It is estimated that between 35,000 and 50,000 people attempt to climb Mount Kilimanjaro each year , and of those, just 60% – 70% make it to Uhuru Peak. The success rate may sound very low, but it is generally those on the shorter 5 Day Marangu and 6 Day Machame Routes that do not make it, which is why it is essential that you do your homework before booking your climb.
Of course, shorter climbs are cheaper, and that can be enough to draw many people in, but the fact is, if your body doesn’t have time to acclimatize to the altitude, your trip to the Roof of Africa will be over before you can say Hakuna Matata! So you have to ask yourself, is it really worth saving a few hundred bucks?!
Having climbed Kilimanjaro twice (successfully), we have seen the sheer disappointment felt by those who have to turn back, and experienced the pure elation felt by those who make it to Kili’s snow-capped peak, and if you want to fall in the latter category, we can highly recommend that you book the Lemosho Route for your Kilimanjaro Expedition.
Most Kilimanjaro climbing companies offer 8 Day and 9 Day Lemosho Route Climbs. If time and budget allows, the 9 day option is a great choice, but the 8 day tour has an equally high success rate, which is estimated to be around 85% – 90%.
The Lemosho Route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the west, starting at the Londorossi Gate which is about a 2 hour drive from Arusha. The first two days are spent hiking through the rich green verdant rainforests of mount Kilimanjaro, as you ‘pole-pole’ make your way to the Shira Ridge, where you will cross the entire plateau on your way to Lava Tower.
From Lava Tower, the Lemosho Route joins up with the popular Machame Route, stopping at Barranco Camp, Karanga Camp, and if you book your climb with the right company, Kosovo Camp, a special use camp that is approximately 200m higher than the busy Barafu Camp.
From Kosovo Camp, you have just 5 hours to go to reach Stella Point, and from there it’s a long, slow, but flat hike to Uhuru Peak – Victory!