L9WB Lemosho 9 Days via Western Breach

why this itinerary?

The more adventurous version of the 9 day Lemosho route. Ascending via the Western Breach has increased danger of rockfall and so has a separate mandotory waiver form for those that want to ascend this route. Nevertheless, spectacular.


Starting on the Western side of Kilimanjaro at the Lemosho trail head, this route is one of the least used. The route to the summit via the Western Breach is the most spectacular ascent route and allows easy access to the crater floor, ash pit and a relatively easy summit day.


Kilimanjaro! afromontane forest, Shira plateau, glacial valleys and alpine desert, the Western Breach, glaciers, ascent of Kibo and views of Kibo caldera and ash pit.


day 1 - kilimanjaro forest

From Arusha we set out in vehicles to the starting point of the Lemosho trail. Here you meet the rest of your crew and set of at a leisurely pace into afromontane forest. Lunch is taken on trail and camp is reached mid afternoon. Overnight Forest Camp (Alt 2,860m,9,383ft)full board)

day 2 - kilimanjaro shira 1

From the forested slopes of Lemosho you ascend through Podocarpus and Juniper forest and break out of the forest on to the heath zone and the Shira Plateau. Lunch is taken on trail and you arrive in camp mid afternoon. Overnight Shira 1 Camp (Alt 3,560m,11,680ft -full board).

Day 3 - kilimanjaro shira 2

After a relatively long hike and significant altitude gain, today is a short day and you arrive in Shira 2 camp in time for lunch. A good day for acclimatisation with the option of an afternoon walk with your guides. Overnight Shira 2 Camp (Alt 3,850m ,12,631ft-full board).


From the Shira Plateau we head up to the very base of the Kibo massif. The hike is not overly steep and by lunch time we are in camp and take a hot lunch and then time to relax. An afternoon acclimatisation hike is a good option, this area is awash with flank eruptions that build the base of Kilimanjaro. Overnight Moir Camp. Alt 4,100m, 13,451ft (full board).


Another half day today as you start to cross glacial valleys on the western side of the mountain. By not ascending much today we allow our bodies better acclimatisation. A half day where lunch is taken in camp. In the afternoon there is time to go for an acclimatisation walk before dinner. Overnight Lava Tower. Alt 4,600m,15,092ft (full board).


The ascent to Arrow Glacier is relatively short and leaves plenty of time to rest for a large part of the day. Short walks are opssible with the guides to enjoy views of the Great Barranco and remnants of the once mighty glaciers that filled the breach. Dinner and overnight Arrow Glacier Camp. Alt 4,871m,15,981ft (full board).

Day 7 - Kilimanjaro Crater

The starting time this morning will be dependant on the previous day's guides assessment of the weather, temperature, ice and snowfall conditions. All ascents are relatively early to avoid the part of the day when significant thawing occurs. Ascent to the crater floor takes around 4 to 6 hours and a picnic refuel stop is taken near the top of the breach wall. Once on the crater floor there is time to rest and for those that are feeling strong a hike to the ash pit is a superb option. Dinner and overnight Crater Camp. Alt 5,750m,18,865ft (full board).


Unlike other routes with a night time ascent, your hike selection affords you a day time ascent to the summit. Leaving an hour before dawn you ascend to the Roof of Africa! From here you descend to Mweka Camp for the evening. Dinner and overnight Mweka Camp. Alt 3,100m,10,171ft (full board).

day 9 - KILIMANJARO end

After breakfast you decend once again through montane forest and around mid day after saying farewell to your crew, you are picked up and transfer back to your hotel for a well deserved shower!