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Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route

Climb Africa’s highest mountain via the beautiful wild Lemosho Route supported by some of the most experienced guides on the mountain. Lemosho offers a slice of mountain wilderness that is rare on Kilimanjaro.

Small Group 1 week

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There are several routes up Kilimanjaro and Lemosho is one of the least popular but is nevertheless a fantastic choice, especially if you value a quiet route away from the crowds. The initial section through mountain forest still offers a very real chance of encountering wildlife (sightings of small antelope are virtually unique to the Lemosho and Rongai routes). The Lemosho route offers stunning views and quiet trails and can be the best option during the peak season.

The traditional Lemosho route joins with the busy Machame on day 3, but this variant uses a unique Team Kilimanjaro route developed in 2008 that preserves the sense of wilderness right up to the night before summit when you join the Marangu route at School Hut for the summit bid via Gilman’s Point. The trek starts at Lemosho Start Point and routes via the Shira Plateau and around the Northern Slopes of Kilimanjaro offering classic views of the Kenyan plains to the NW, North and NE. Lemosho is not possible during the rainy months (April, May, November) when the conditions of roads make vehicle passage to the start point unsafe. This trek includes airport transfers and a night’s accommodation at both ends of the trek in Arusha.

Adventurous trekkers can choose the outstanding Excel crater camp option, which includes an extra night after summiting, camping in the crater. It will be cold and the effects of altitude are strong, but the reward is a once in a lifetime experience in a truly alien environment of glaciers, ash-pits and wilderness. Details and photos from crater camp are available here.


The standard option. High level of support with plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables and meat. Mess tents will be used and three course hot lunches will be served most days. (NOTE: This is a 7 day trek, but encompasses 8 nights including the nights before and after in Arusha)


This is a very exciting series that spends the night with a small lightweight support team in the crater at 5729m after summitting Kilimanjaro. The following morning we launch excursions to a number of fascinating and rarely seen features within the crater from the Reusch Ash Pit at the crater's centre, to the rapidly retreating edges of the northern and eastern ice fields, where health and strength permit.



Getting there

This trek includes airport transfers to and from Kilimanjaro Airport.

It is not possible to fly direct from London to Kilimanjaro. KLM is the only major international airline to fly directly into Kilimanjaro. Flights are from Amsterdam which has connections from most major International Airports (including Heathrow). This would always be our first recommendation availability allowing.

The next best option is usually to fly Kenya Airways to Nairobi and then on to Kilimanjaro (the second leg by Kenya Airways subsidiary Precision Air on a small prop plane). British Airways and Ethiopia Airlines also offer this route.

The cheapest available fares from the UK vary throughout the year from £590 - £800

For those short of time it is possible to arrive on the KLM flight landing 2045 in Kilimanjaro and start your trek the very next day, you can then depart on an evening flight on the last day of your trek (with a day room in a hotel convenient for the airport to freshen up)

Price includes

The following are therefore our all-inclusive package prices. These cover the following:
- Pick up at Kilimanjaro Airport and transfer to your hotel in Arusha
- A night’s accommodation both before and after your climb*
- All climb costs, salaries, food, fees, etc (excluding tips)
- All transfers to the mountain and back to your Arusha hotel again
- Transfers back to Kilimanjaro Airport for your return flights
*Accommodation is on B&B basis in our standard range hotels, ie either at the Outpost Lodge, Arusha Naaz Hotel, or Le Jacaranda. If you wish to upgrade to either a mid-range or luxury option a surcharge is payable.

Significant additional cost considerations are as follows:
- Flights or overland transfers to Kilimanjaro International Airport or Arusha town if approaching from Nairobi
- Visas
- Tips to the mountain staff (guideline aprox $200-$250 per person for the whole crew)
- Meals other than breakfast while in Arusha
additional nights beyond the two standard hotel nights included
- Hotel upgrade costs if you decide to request an alternative hotel to the standard
- Items considered to be non-essential, such as alcohol, beverages, cigarettes, snacks, etc

When is best?

Although there are no black-out dates on Kilimanjaro, Lemosho and Rongai are not possible during the rainy season as the roads to the access points become impassable, suring these months (April, May and November) please consider Machame or Marangu routes.
*****December – March is typically dry, with clear skies (great views) but colder with a higher chance of snow on the mountain. The 2 weeks around Christmas and New Year can be the busiest of the year on Kilimanjaro.
** April – May Not possible. Please consider Machame or Marangu routes
**** June – October is dry but the months of July and August tend to be busy (coinciding with the Western school holidays). June is a great month to trek, whilst October is similarly quiet it can suffer from low lying cloud cover (which effects your views of the scenery around Kilimanjaro).
** November Not possible.

Is it for me?

Kilimanjaro via the TK Lemosho route is a fantastic option especially during the peak season as it offers a rare sense of wilderness on Kilimanjaro. It offers some of the finest views on the mountain, the best chances of seeing wildlife and the best chances of avoiding crowding.

TK Lemosho offers a combination of camping and huts, but if you don’t fancy camping, then then Marangu (Coca-Cola route) may be a better choice. It is also worth noting that not everybody is after mountain wilderness and some would relish the opportunity to meet trekkers from all nations of the earth. Marangu and Machame both experience far more trekkers than Lemosho and the epic human drama of scores of groups dragging themselves up an essentially inhospitable mountain can be fascinating.

The usual rules that apply to Kilimanjaro apply similarly to the Lemosho route. See our advice on health requirements for Kilimanjaro.


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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

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  • Both our guides were fine, did a good job, walked at a good pace for our group. Kept a close eye on us on the last night and helped me keep going even when not feeling well. Only thing i would say is that they weren't overly friendly. Felt a bit like they spoke to us enough to sort of do their job and make conversation but sort of expected that they might be a bit more friendly and enthusiastic. Might have been due to the fact we were two girls though? Didn't really stop us enjoying it, just would have been nice! 4/5

    Considering your on a mountain the food was good and there was a lot of it. Though this became a bit of a problem as we felt so much pressure to eat it, not once did we finish all the food that was provided, and felt bad about the waste. Perhaps the cook needs to be more open to changing the portions of food he cooks depending on how much people eat! 4/5

    All the information from tourdust through booking was excellent. We had plenty of information to help decide the route and to prepare for the climb. Though we were advised to take water purifying tablets, but actually they already purified the water. And walking poles were an optional extra however we were advised they were essential on arrival and had to rent some. 5/5

    MissingEmily Davies reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 11 December 2012

  • Our guide, Frederick was excellent and very knowledgeable, definitely a 5. The meals were great and the quantity of food slightly overwhelming on occasion! The service and effort put into presentation far exceeded out expectations

    MissingJames Innes reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 04 August 2012

  • Everything was exceptionally well arranged and the whole trip, from checking in on line and printing out the outward journey boarding cards from home, until return to Heathrow, was completely seamless.

    Although arriving slightly earlier than scheduled, we didn't have to wait before being collected at Nairobi by Elijah, our guide and Samuel the driver. On being told that we had hardly slept at all on the outward journey, they took us to a small B&B place they use (sorry, I've forgotten the name of the place) and we were able to rest/sleep for some 3 hours before setting off on our adventure. This was very much appreciated by us as that first day was full on after that.

    They looked after us really well and both were very knowledgeable and good company and were flexible to our needs, with nothing being too much trouble for them.

    The accommodation you picked for us was spot on. We were particularly taken with Sunbird Lodge (I could have spent the whole week there if it were not for being on the move due to the nature of the trip), which was quite informal and extremely friendly. We then moved on to the Maji Moto Eco Camp, where again everything was fine. Having stayed in similar places before, at my age now, the one night suited well and I was surprised when Dan was so taken with the place that he would have liked to stay another night! I think the camp fire might have had something to do with it. The visit to the school was also well worth it from Dan's perspective.

    On then to Ilkeliani and I concur with what you say about it being so well priced for what it offers, that it is a good recommendation. This was slightly more formal at mealtimes than Sunbird Lodge but nevertheless, the staff were equally friendly. As adults, both my husband and myself enjoyed the food although the feedback I provided on their customer satisfaction questionnaire was that perhaps the evening meals could possibly have slight variations for children. We didn't see any signs of the suspended footbridge and as we didn't ask about it, I don't know whether it's still there or not.

    I have to say that the beds in both Sunbird and Ilkeliani were very, very, comfortable.

    The Mayfair Southern Sun was again a good choice although I think the room we had was perhaps a standard twin room. There were two what I call "three quarters" sized beds, i.e. larger than a single but not quite a double bed size, which meant it was a bit of a squeeze for 2 persons in one bed.

    Both the Giraffe Centre and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Sanctuary were ideal additions to the itinerary. We had a 10 year old who was reluctant to leave Kenya!

    MissingMartha Ann Eileen Curry reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 14 May 2018

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