Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route treks
follow a 6, 7 or 8 night trail which approaches the mountain from the west and represent some of the best longer treks on the mountain.
Lemosho is often considered to be the classic route on Kilimanjaro, with an excellent range of scenery and a wide range of different trek variants. However you should be aware that not all treks on the Lemosho Route are recommended. In fact some are very poor.
The six night variants all suffer from very poor altitude acclimatisation. For shorter options such at this you are likely to be much better off on the Rongai Trail
The seven night variants are roughly equivalent to those on the Shira Trail
, more scenic on the first two days, but less interesting further up and with slightly weaker altitude acclimatisation.
The eight night trek is superb, combining all the best elements of the Lemosho and Shira trails into one very special route.
Recommended Lemosho Route trek variants ...Lemosho 7Ag
... is a high specification non-technical seven night group trek which has good altitude acclimatisation, an excellent summit success rate of 92% and a guide price of USD 2700. Treks start on the mountain on most Wednesdays throughout the main trekking seasons.Lemosho 7Ap
is a high specification non-technical seven night private trek
on the same route as above, which tends to work out slightly more expensive for 1-4 trekkers, slightly lower cost for 5+ trekkers. Surprisingly the summit success rate is marginally lower at 91%. Treks can start any day of the year, subject to availability.Lemosho 8Bp
... is a high specification non-technical eight night private trek which is arguably the best option on the mountain, having excellent altitude acclimatisation, an extraordinary summit success rate of 95% and excellent traffic avoidance, especially for departures early in the week. The guide price is USD 3200, all this varied greatly depending on the number of trekkers.
Rarely used Lemosho Route trek variants ...Lemosho 7Ae
is a budget seven night group trek
on the same routing as above but which has a much reduced summit success rate of 81% and a guide price of USD 2300. It is only suitable only for trekkers for whom price is the overriding consideration.Lemosho 6A
... is a non-technical six night private trek which is not generally recommended due to high traffic, poor altitude acclimatisation and low summit success rate of just 78%.Lemosho 6B
... is a non-technical six night private trek with traffic avoidance but still not generally recommended due to the poor altitude acclimatisation and low summit success rate of just 76%.Lemosho 7Bp
... is a non-technical seven night private trek which manages to avoid traffic up until the last three nights, but which rises too high too fast to be ideal for altitude acclimatisation and has a modest summit success rate of just 82% .
Technical variants ...Lemosho 7W
... is a technical seven to ten night private trek which accesses the summit via the potentially dangerous Western Breach and is only suitable for serious mountaineers.Lemosho 8C
... is a technical eight to twelve night private trek which accesses the summit via the potentially dangerous Western Breach and camps inside Kibo Crater itself. It is only suitable for serious mountaineers.