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Lemosho Route Guides & Trekking Companies

See the best tour operators and trekking companies to guide you along the Lemosho route on Mount Kilimanjaro. There are 7 operators that take climbers on trips along the Lemosho route with a total number of 153 reviews and an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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List of Kilimanjaro trekking companies per route

  • Kilimanjaro tour operators: There are 24 operators in Kilimanjaro with a total number of reviews of 1,788 and average rating to 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Machame Route tour operators: There are 13 operators for the Machame Route with a total number of reviews of 11 and average rating to 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Marangu Route tour operators: There are 8 operators for the Marangu Route with a total number of reviews of 12 and average rating to 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Rongai Route tour operators: There are 8 operators for the Rongai Route with a total number of reviews of 213 and average rating to 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • Shira Route tour operators: There are 2 operators for the Shira Route with a total number of reviews of 2 and average rating to 5 out of 5 stars
This ones the best operators for discovering the Kilimanjaro National Park. Please, notice that often the meals are included.

Facts about Mt Kilimanjaro

Most popular route
Marangu route
Required vaccinations include
Hepatitis A, hepatitis B, meningococcal, rabies, typhoid and yellow fever
Located in
Tanzania
National Park
Mount Kilimanjaro National Park
Meals included
Usually yes

Frequently asked questions: how to climb the Lemosho route

  • How do I prepare for the Lemosho route?

    Any physical activity you can do beforehand will help make your ascent more enjoyable. As for how hard you train, this will depend on whether you're aiming for the Uhuru Peak or embarking on a shorter journey in the national park and will be different for everyone.
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  • When should I climb the Lemosho route (Kilimanjaro National Park)?

    You can climb the Lemosho route year-round, but it may be wet and cold which means you should be equipped with the right waterproof gear. Consider climbing between January–March and June–October. Note that April, May and November are the wettest months. 
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  • What permits do I need?

    Each visitor will be required to pay a fee per person, per day for the conservation fee to help manage the national park, however, most tours will cover the permits and entry fees are included in the price. 
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  • Do I need a guide to climb?

    Yes. All hikes or treks on the Lemosho route (Kilimanjaro national park) can only be completed with a licensed guide. Depending on what route you take, the assistance of porters may also be included in your tour price. 
  • What are the climbing requirements for the Lemosho Route?

    The Lemosho route welcomes hikers of all levels of fitness and ability, but if you’re planning to reach the summit, careful planning and vigorous training is vital. Consider adding extra time to your itinerary to avoid altitude sickness and to enjoy your time climbing Kilimanjaro. Learn more.
  • What should I pack and what equipment do I need?

    While trekking the national park tour operators may supply some of the gear you’ll need, there are a few non-negotiables you will need that includes waterproof gear, a headlamp, sunglasses, appropriate hiking boots, personal medication, a non-disposable water bottle and a cap or a beanie for example. Learn more.

Mount Kilimanjaro National Park routes & maps

  • Machame Route

    Known as the most popular climbing route on Kilimanjaro, Machame is classified as a difficult route due to its steep ascent, and each day tends to cover more distance compared to the Marangu route. Because of it’s challenging nature, Machame tends to attract adventurous and experienced hikers.  
     
    Distance: 62 km
    Average duration: 6-7 days
    Average difficulty: A 7-day hike often shows a higher success rate of approximately 85%. A 6-day hike generally shows a lower success rate of 70%. Less experienced hikers are advised not to rush and aim at 7-day hike for higher chances of reaching the summit.

     

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  • Lemosho Route

    Starting in a similar direction to the Shira route, climbers are likely to encounter lower traffic on the trails until the route meets with the Machame route. Lemosho is known as one of the most beautiful routes as it includes hiking through the rainforest, past the Shira Plateau and through vast icefields.

    Distance: 70 km
    Average duration: 7-8 days
    Average difficulty: The success rates are high, and the longer you take to complete the journey often shows a higher success rate. An 8-day hike usually offers around a 90% success rate while a 7-day hike will be around 85%. For a 6-day hike, the success rate will be much lower at approximately 65%.

     

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  • Rongai Route

    Starting from the northern side of Kilimanjaro, Rongai is the only route that travels from this direction and is often less crowded than Marangu. Rongai is considered a moderately difficult route recommended for less experienced hikers. 

    Distance: 73 km
    Average duration: 6-7 days 
    Average difficulty: This route is considered difficult as it does not offer the same climb height. The longer you take to complete this trail, the higher the success rate will be. A 7-day hike often sees an 80% success rate, and a 6-day hike is much lower at 65%.

     

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  • Shira Plateau Route

    Boasting similar qualities to the Lemosho route, the Shira route also approaches Kilimanjaro from the west. Hikers should take note of the steep elevation on this route, as day one catapults you to some serious altitude. 

    Distance: 56 km
    Average duration: 7-8 days 
    Average difficulty: Shira has an excellent success rate. However, it should only be tackled by more experienced climbers or those who are comfortable with their ability to acclimatise as the first day is incredibly steep.

     

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  • Umbwe Route

    One of the most difficult, and most demanding routes on Kilimanjaro, Umbwe also happens to be the most spectacular. This short and steep route is only recommended for experienced climbers who are confident in their ability to adapt to the altitude. 

    Distance: 53 km
    Average duration: 5-6 days 
    Average difficulty/success rate: As the most difficult and demanding trek on Mount Kilimanjaro, Umbwe has a much lower success rate than the other trails. This route should only be attempted if you are an experienced or confident hiker. 

     

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  • Northern Circuit Route

    The Northern Circuit route follows the Lemosho trail at the start before travelling along the northern slopes where trekkers can enjoy more space on the trails. 

    Distance: 98 km
    Average duration: 8-9 days 
    Average difficulty: Because of its length, the Northern Circuit is one of the most successful routes for reaching the summit and sees a success rate of almost 95%.

     

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  • Machame Route

    Known as the most popular climbing route on Kilimanjaro, Machame is classified as a difficult route due to its steep ascent, and each day tends to cover more distance compared to the Marangu route. Because of it’s challenging nature, Machame tends to attract adventurous and experienced hikers.  
     
    Distance: 62 km
    Average duration: 6-7 days
    Average difficulty: A 7-day hike often shows a higher success rate of approximately 85%. A 6-day hike generally shows a lower success rate of 70%. Less experienced hikers are advised not to rush and aim at 7-day hike for higher chances of reaching the summit.

     

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Lemosho route (Kilimanjaro National Park) tours & reviews