Lemosho Route Kilimanjaro Climb

If making it to the ‘roof of Africa’ is your goal, this trip gives you an excellent chance of reaching it with the Lemosho route factoring in plenty of time for acclimatisation.
Lemosho Forrest Shira Plateau Shira Cathedral Great Barranco Valley Karanga Sunrise at Stella Point Uhuru peak Millennium camp Option for ascent to bottom of S.E. Valley
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Optional single supplement from £340 - £350.
Minimum age 16.
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Description of Lemosho Route Kilimanjaro Climb

This 12 day climb up Africa's highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, tackles the Lemosho Route which navigates both the volcanic caldera of Shira and underneath the ice fields of Kibo - two out of three of Kilimanjaro's volcanic cones.

As this itinerary extends to eight days on Kili there’s more than enough time to gradually acclimatise at altitude as you enjoy extra rest periods overlooking some of the dormant volcano’s most impressive western approach terrain.

As the Lemosho Route is a lesser-climbed trail there are far fewer crowds which adds to the remoteness and authenticity of the experience as well as giving you every opportunity to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro without compromising on the safety of individuals or the group as a whole.


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£4749To£4799including UK flights
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From £3699 - £3899 excluding flights.
Optional single supplement from £340 - £350.
Minimum age 16.
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Small group tours:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modeled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
Our top tip:
Bring a reusable bottle with insulation cover for carrying water as it helps slow the freezing process.
Trip type:
Small Group 4 - 15 (min age 16)
Activity level:
2 nights comfortable hotel, 7 nights full sevice camping
Solo travellers welcome, supplements may apply
All accommodation, transport, listed activities, tour leader throughout, UK flights
All breakfasts, 8 lunches and 7 dinners


2 Reviews of Lemosho Route Kilimanjaro Climb

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 25 Feb 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Making new friends and climbing the Lava Tower.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Positive attitude is essential. Bring snacks, plenty of food but nice to have
home comforts and to share with guides and porters.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

No, not really.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Excellent experience but very tough.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you for your comments and I'm pleased you had a great trip. The departure that you went on had 10 other clients and therefore a staff of over 30 people supported them from Porters to a senior guide. This provides a vital source of income to the local communities based around Marangu and further afield and we have been involved in a number of initiatives over the last 5 years. I can assure Ms mair that she directly contributed to the local economy both on the mountain and at her hotel beforehand.

We have recently teamed up with the Kilimanjaro Guide Scholarship Foundation (KGSF). By working with KGSF we hope to enable many of our guides to further their education on a three month scholarship during the long rains. KSGF (in conjunction with the Bridge Institute of Business Studies in Arusha, Tanzania) have created a special course that can run through the rainy season. This course is applicable to guides and porters and will enable them to improve their future career prospects. The scholarship allows the recipients to continue working during the remainder of the year and the course consists of four sections: tour operations and administration, social anthropology and history, tourism geography, and wildlife knowledge.

In 2010 three of our guides successfully undertook this course at the Inter-Continental Training College in Arusha. Our Base Manager in Arusha, Richard Marsden, gave his comments:

'I have just had a debrief with Makeke, Mussa and Matthew. The 3 courses: Tour Operations & Administration, Tourism Geography, and Wildlife Studies had a written exam of 2.5 hours, whereas the course Social Anthropology & History was a more informal oral exam.

The parts of the course that were relevant for Kilimanjaro guides were many, helping them understand more about tourists and how they book trips, and then how to describe in greater detail the geology, animals, culture and services of Kilimanjaro. In addition the courses widened their views outside of Kilimanjaro, to many other areas within East Africa. All 3 guides thought the course very useful and are happy to have participated in it. The one comment they made is that in the 3 months it was only possible to cover a small portion of Wildlife Studies both because this subject is very large, and they did not have a field course to assist them. In conclusion the 3 guides and myself thank you for the sponsorship and believe it would be a useful course to offer in the future.'

Reviewed on 21 Aug 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The most memorable and exciting part of the holiday was of course the ascent of Kilimanjaro on summit day. It was exhilarating arriving at the peak after all the lead up to it and the views were fantastic.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Listen and follow your guide’s advice and have a positive mental attitude. Also, be prepared to be grubby!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

I guess it did but it is a curious situation having so many people looking after so few. There were 4 of us and 21 porters/ helping porters/ guides/ cook.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.


Accommodation and Meals:
For the most part of the trip we will be camping. By spending 7 nights in non-permanent accommodation, we create a minimal impact on the environment by saving energy. Our chefs are local people and enthusiastic about sourcing ingredients locally, which keeps money in the area. Whilst trekking, the emphasis is on a varied and well balanced diet with a greater amount of fresh fruit and soup to maximise the daily intake of fluids. For the remainder of the trip, we will be using small, unique hotels or lodges which otherwise may not benefit from the commerce of tourist groups due to their size.

Few holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a trekking trip. It is a quiet, low impact activity requiring comparatively little resources to support. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem and our trip leaders encourage clients not to stray from paths to minimise this. We work with a strict ‘leave no trace’ policy, meaning we have respect for wildlife and the landscape, separate rubbish and take all burnable waste back to a proper disposal place. We also ask that clients consider using biodegradable toiletries and shower at lodges where electricity or solar power is used for hot water.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.


A Fair Deal:
We are dedicated to providing fair treatment, wages and working conditions for our guides and porters. Despite wages being the biggest expenditure on ground, there is no temptation to pay less than what is deserved and as a result we pay one of the highest wages on Kilimanjaro. Alongside this, we always make sure there is suffiecient food, fuel, shelter and medical attention with sick pay if necessary. The care for our local staff is not restricted to the trekking season: In the rainy months when work is restricted, we fund a project to teach English to porters and other staff in order to improve their career prospects. So far, with the support of our clients, the project has reached over 800 people in Arusha, Magangu and Tarekea.

Campaigning for Change:
Our dedication to local community is not just for those working for us. In Tanzania, we have funded a project which has managed to install 180 smokeless stoves in 9 villages across Geita and to teach over 90 young people how to build and use them. The benefits of this project have been incredible as the new stoves eliminate the myriad of health issues caused by prolonged exposure to smoke and take far less cooking time. There are also environemntal benefits as much less firewood is required to run the new stoves.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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