Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro’s Lemosho route in 8 days

8 days Kilimanjaro climbing via Lemosho route with Macpace Tours and Safaris from Moshi town of Kilimanjaro region. We are the Kilimanjaro climbing Experts in Tanzania. Book your 8-day climb and enjoy our guidance to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.

8 days / 7 Nights

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro’s Lemosho route in 8 days

8 days Lemosho route-overview

The 8-day Lemosho route is a scenic and optimal path for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. This route offers a gradual ascent, excellent acclimatization, and a high success rate, making it the best route for beginners and dry-season climbs. It is less crowded with climbers, allowing you to experience the mountain's majestic beauty in peaceful solitude. The trek begins at Lemosho Gate on the west side of Mount Kilimanjaro, starting at an elevation of 2,100 meters. You'll ascend gradually through lush rainforests before reaching the Shira Plateau. From there, the trail joins the Machame route, leading through a series of high-altitude camps. The final push to the summit is made from Barafu Camp (Base Camp), with the descent concluding at Mweka Gate, at 1,640 meters. The well-designed itinerary of the 8-day Lemosho route provides ample time for acclimatization, essential for a successful Kilimanjaro climb.

Embarking on the 8-day Lemosho route itinerary is a journey filled with daily adventures. The initial two days lead you through the dense rainforest, alive with the sounds and sights of diverse wildlife. As you emerge from the forest, the landscape transforms, and you find yourself hiking across the expansive Shira Plateau. On the fourth day, the climb intensifies as you tackle the formidable Barranco Wall. The subsequent days challenge you further as you traverse the stark beauty of the alpine desert, steadily ascending to the high camps. The culmination of this incredible trek is the summit day, which begins at midnight and culminates in a breathtaking reward: a sunrise at Uhuru Peak that illuminates the vastness below, etching an unforgettable memory into the journey.

Acclimatization is a crucial component of the spectacular 8-day Lemosho route climb on Mount Kilimanjaro. This longer duration trek facilitates gradual acclimatization, significantly reducing the risk of altitude sickness. Despite this advantage, it's essential to monitor your health and pace yourself throughout the journey. The 8-day Lemosho route is considered moderately challenging, involving long days of hiking often in harsh weather conditions, with altitude posing significant challenges. However, with adequate preparation and physical fitness, this trek is highly achievable, offering a rewarding experience to those who embark on it. Also, an 8-day trek along the Lemosho route requires careful preparation and attention to detail. Equipping yourself with the right gear, staying well-hydrated, and adhering to your guide’s instructions are crucial for a successful climb. Prioritize regular health checks, ample rest, and a steady pace to significantly enhance your safety and chances of reaching the summit. Essential gear includes layered clothing to adapt to varying weather conditions, sturdy hiking boots, and a reliable backpack. Don’t forget vital accessories such as sunglasses, gloves, and hats. Additionally, hydration packs, energy bars, and a first aid kit are indispensable for maintaining your health and stamina throughout the trek.

The cost of an 8-day Kilimanjaro Lemosho route package can vary widely, influenced by several factors such as the chosen tour operator, the level of service provided, the size of the group, and the inclusions like accommodations, meals, park fees, and necessary equipment. On average, this incredible experience is priced between $2,000 and $4,000 per person, reflecting the diverse options and quality of services available to climbers. These variations ensure that whether you are seeking a budget-friendly adventure or a more luxurious climb, there is a package that meets your needs and preferences.

The best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro via the 8-day Lemosho route is during the dry periods of January to March and June to October. These periods offer the most favorable weather conditions, ensuring a safer and more enjoyable ascent. For a successful climb on the 8-day Lemosho route, thorough preparation is essential. Begin physical training months in advance, emphasizing cardiovascular exercises and strength training. Additionally, familiarize yourself with the symptoms of altitude sickness and learn strategies to mitigate them. Remember, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is not a race; it is a test of endurance and determination. Take your time, savor the journey, and respect the mountain. With proper preparation and a respectful approach, the 8-day Lemosho route can provide an unforgettable Kilimanjaro climbing experience. In conclusion, the 8-day Lemosho route is a thrilling, rewarding, and achievable challenge for those ready to embrace the Kilimanjaro climbing adventure in Tanzania.

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8 days Lemosho route – Kilimanjaro specialist recommendation

8 days Lemosho route is the best camping route on Mount Kilimanjaro suitable for dry season climbs. It offers a balanced approach to summiting Mount Kilimanjaro, maximizing acclimatization and scenic variety. Start with a gradual trek through lush rainforests, progressing to moorlands and alpine deserts. Key camps like Shira plateau and Barranco wall provide rest and altitude adjustment. Allocate extra days for acclimatization, especially at Shira and Karanga camps, enhancing summit success rates. Hydration, nutrition, and pacing are crucial; drink plenty of water, eat high-energy foods, and maintain a slow, steady pace. Utilize our experienced guides and porters properly, as their local knowledge is invaluable. Equip yourself with appropriate gear, including layered clothing for temperature fluctuations and sturdy footwear. Mental preparation and physical fitness are equally important; train well in advance and stay positive. Summit night is challenging; start around midnight to reach Uhuru Peak by sunrise, rewarding your effort with breathtaking views and a profound sense of achievement.

Lemosho route 8 days Vs Lemosho route 7 days

The key difference between the Lemosho route 8 days and the Lemosho route 7 days is the hiking days and acclimatization schedule. The 8-day Lemosho route includes an extra day dedicated to acclimatization, typically at Shira 1 Camp or Karanga Camp. This additional day allows climbers to better adjust to the altitude, reducing the risk of altitude sickness and increasing the likelihood of a successful summit. The 7-day Lemosho route, on the other hand, compresses the trek into fewer days, requiring longer daily hikes with less time for acclimatization. This faster pace can make the climb more physically demanding and may decrease the probability of summiting due to insufficient acclimatization.

Lemosho route 8 days Vs Lemosho route 6 days

The key difference between the 8-day and 6-day Lemosho routes on Mount Kilimanjaro lies in the pace and acclimatization time. The 8-day route offers a more gradual ascent with 2 extra days of rest and acclimatization at Shira 1 Camp and Karanga Camp, increasing the chances of summiting successfully and reducing altitude sickness risk. In contrast, the 6-day route is more demanding with longer daily hikes. It skips 2 resting days at Shira 1 Camp and Karanga Camp, providing less time to acclimatize. This can increase the challenge and risk but might appeal to experienced hikers with limited time.

Dy-by-day trip itinerary for the 8 days Kilimanjaro climbing via the Lemosho route.

8 days Lemosho route climb requires hours of demanding hiking from Lemosho gate up to mount Kilimanjaro summit point then descend to the finishing point at Mweka gate. Here is a full detailed day by day itinerary for climbing Kilimanjaro's 8 days Lemosho route.



Arrival day

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and transfer to your hotel in Moshi Town or Arusha City. Meet with your Professional tour guide for a pre-climb briefing and gear check.



Lemosho gate to Mtimkubwa camp

Drive to the Lemosho Gate (starting point) and begin the trek through lush rainforest to the first camp at Mti Mkubwa (2,750m). This is a relatively easy day to help you acclimatize.



Mtimkubwa to Shira 1 camp

Continue through the forest and into the heath and moorland zone, with stunning views of the Shira Plateau. Arrive at Shira 1 camp (3,500m) for overnight



Shira 1 camp to Shira 2 camp

Climb steadily up to Shira 2 camp (3,900m) and take in the breathtaking views of the Kibo summit and Western Breach.



Shira 2 camp to Barranco camp

Hike across the Shira Plateau, a high-altitude desert, to Lava Tower (4,640m), where you will have lunch and rest before descending to Barranco camp (3,976m) for overnight.



Barranco camp to Karanga camp

Climb the Barranco Wall, a steep and challenging ascent that rewards you with amazing views. Continue to Karanga camp (3,995m) for overnight.



Karanga camp to Barafu camp (Base Camp).

Hike through rocky terrain to Barafu camp (4,673m), your base camp for the final push to the summit. Rest and prepare for the midnight summit attempt.



Base camp to Uhuru Peak back to Base camp again and to Millennium camp

Wake up around midnight for a hot drink and a light breakfast, then begin the final ascent to the summit (Uhuru Peak, 5,895m). This is the most challenging part of the climb, but the views from the top are truly spectacular. Descend a little to Millennium camp (3,100m) for overnight.



Millennium camp to Mweka camp to Mweka Gate

Descend through the rainforest to Mweka Camp and proceed to Mweka Gate, where you will receive your certificate of completion and say goodbye to your trekking team. Transfer back to your hotel for a well-deserved shower and rest.



Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

Today's hiking takes you through the lush rainforest to reach Mweka Gate (1,640m), where you will receive your summit certificates. You will then be transferred back to your hotel in Moshi for a well-deserved rest and celebration.

Overall, the 8 days Kilimanjaro climbing via Lemosho route is a super-incredible and rewarding experience you must not miss!

If you need any further information to help you make a decision about climbing Mount Kilimanjaro's 8 days Lemosho route with Macpace Tours and Safaris, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our Kilimanjaro Specialists directly through WhatsApp +255 755 355 071 or email We are available 24/7 to help you to make your African travel dream come true.

8 Days Lemosho Route Addons


Our 8-day Lemosho route package by default include Kilimanjaro White House Hotel for 2 nights (1 night before and 1 night after climbing Mount Kilimanjaro) to meet the needs for budget travellers, However if you want another hotel you can upgrade at extra cost from the following hotel options;

  • Lindrin Lodge (Single Room) - USD 55 per night

  • Lindrin Lodge (Double Room) - USD 70 per night

  • Lindrin Lodge (Triple Room) - USD 105 per night

  • Keys Hotel (Single Room) - USD 67 per night

  • Keys Hotel (Double Room) - USD 90 per night

  • Keys Hotel (Triple Room) - USD 120 per night

  • Parkview Inn (Single Room) - USD 81 per night

  • Parkview Inn (Double Room) - USD 110 per night

  • Parkview Inn (Triple Room) - USD 190 per night

  • Panama Garden Resort (Single Room)-USD 70 per night

  • Panama Garden Resort (Double Room)-USD 90 per night

  • Panama Garden Resort (Triple Room)-USD 120 per night

  • Kilimanjaro Wonders (Single Room) - USD 130 per night

  • Kilimanjaro Wonders (Double Room) - USD 150 per night

Note: if any hotel is booked out or is otherwise unavailable, we will book you in an alternate equivalent hotel.
If you are booking a hotel directly, please do check with us before booking, to make sure we can meet you and pick you up from the hotel.

8 Days Lemosho Route-Inclusions

  • 2-way Airport transfers

  • 2-nights Hotel accommmodation in Moshi town

  • All transfers to the Lemosho Gate and back to your Moshi hotel

  • Professional, first aid qualified and experienced mountain guides

  • Medical check up and Monitoring, 2-times per day

  • Guides, Porters, Cook salaries and park fees

  • Accommodation in quality four season waterproof tents

  • Sleeping Mattress

  • Emergency Oxygen Cylinder

  • All meals while on the Mountain

  • Quality Mess tent with table and chairs

  • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food

  • Clean, purified drinking water

  • Conservation fees (part of park fees)

  • Camping ut fees (part of park fees)

  • Rescue fees (part of park fees)

  • VAT (18% charged by the Government)

  • Kilimanjaro summit certificate

8 Days Lemosho Route-Exclusions

  • Tanzania Visa

  • International and domestic flights

  • Personal trekking equipment such as sleepings bags, hiking boots, clothes, etc (available for renting)

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Travel insurance

  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)

  • Meals not listed in the itinerary

  • Liquors, beers and bottled beverages

  • Surcharge for online payment of advance and balance (5% on each payment)

8 Days Lemosho Route Payment Terms

Deposit Payment

  • Deposit is 20% of the total booking amount.

  • Deposit can be paid either via a bank transfer or an online card payment.t

  • A 5% fee is applicable on all card payments (payment gateway charges), this is non-refundable.

  • We offer bank accounts in 10 different currencies for bank transfer.

  • Once you make the advance payment you will receive a booking confirmation.

Balance Payment

  • Balance can be paid via bank transfer, online card payment, or with cash.

  • Bank payment can be done 15 days prior to the tour date (recommended 30 days prior).

  • Card Payment can be done 1 day prior to the tour date (recommended 7 days prior).

  • A 5% fee is applicable on all card payments (payment gateway charge), this is non-refundable.

  • Cash can be paid on arrival (USD printed in or after the year 2009).

8 Days Lemosho Route Cancellation Policy

8 days and above departure

  • No cancellation fees.

0 to 7 days before departure

  • 50% of the total tour price will be charged as cancellation fees.

  • Trek can be postponed to any new date without any extra cost at any point in time.

  • The 5% surcharge paid for either or both advance and balance payments is non-refundable in case of cancellation of the trek.

8 Days Lemosho Route Supplements

  • Off-season supplement for 8 days Lemosho route = USD 90

Note : Charged for solo trekkers to start a new departure in the month of March, April, May and November. Does not apply if you join an existing group. Does not apply if others trekkers also join your new group

8 Days Lemosho Route Discounts

Available discounts for Lemosho route - 8 days

  • Children between 5 years and 15 years old

  • Code: 5TO15 - USD 350 per person

  • Expatriates/Residents living in Tanzania

  • Code: RESTAN - USD 210 per person

  • East African Citizens

  • Code: EAC - USD 820 per person

8 Days Lemosho Route Price for Private Trek

Please find below the prices for organizing a 8-day Lemosho route private trek. The price varies depending on the number of trekkers in the group while the level of service remains constant.

  • Solo Trekker - USD 2175 per person

  • Group of 2 - USD 1957 per person

  • Group of 3 - USD 1925 per person

  • Group of 4 - USD 1920 per person

  • Group of 5 - USD 1915 per person

  • Group of 6 - USD 1910 per person

  • Group of 7 - USD 1905 per person

  • Group of 8 - USD 1900 per person

  • Group of 9 - USD 1895 per person

  • Group of 10 and above - USD 1890 per person

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