The Lemosho route is one of the best choices for climbing Kilimanjaro. The route allows you plenty of time for acclimatization and takes in the complete mountain scenery as it practically crosses it from west to east.
The western route requires a bit longer drive to the trailhead but is well worth it because you get to drive through some wild area and may even spot a buffalo or an elephant. During the first few days of the trip, you will ascend the western flank of the mountain, a side of the peak few visitors see, as you ascend through lowland jungles to the Shira Plateau. The remainder of the trek follows the classic Machame Route, after reaching Shira Camp 2 on the third day, and the number of hikers on the trail increases.
The fourth day of trekking is helpful for acclimatization, as you ascend to the Lava Tower (4600m / 15,000 feet) before descending to the Barranco Valley campsite. Another day of hiking brings you to Barafu’s high camp, which is located on a barren volcanic plain. Climbers relax here in the afternoon before making the nighttime summit push. It takes 6 hours to reach the crater rim and another hour to cross the rim of the crater to reach Uhuru Peak, Africa’s final summit and highest point.
Best Time to Climb Kilimanjaro
The best time to climb Kilimanjaro is between Mid-June and September, warm and sunny in the day with low rainfall. Trails are busier but it’s the migratory season for wildlife, so it’s ideal for combining with a safari.
However, Kilimanjaro may be climbed all year; even the short rainy seasons (March through May, and November and December) don’t stop hiking, and small rains can be enjoyable on the trail. Another popular time is from January through early March.
It’s still chilly in the evenings and mornings (Uhuru Peak’s weather range from -7 to -29°C at night), but that’s the case whatever time of year you go.
- Climb Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain!
- Witness some of Africa’s most beautiful and scenic views and surroundings.
- Incredible views of Tanzania and Kenya from the summit of Kilimanjaro.