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Lemosho route trail - Shira Plateau//Arun Raghu

Lemosho Western Breach with Crater Camp Route

Lemosho Western Breach with Crater Camp 8 day / 7 night climb is a less crowded, highly successful route on Mount Kilimanjaro. Not a lot of companies offer it as there is very steep and unstable section of terrain on one day, the Western Breach day.   The history of accidents on the Western Breach in 2006 and again in 2015 mean this route is not for everyone.  But for those looking for an adventurous, less traveled, scenic, successful option it's worth considering the risk vs. benefits.  The gentle, slow ascent during the first 5 days allows the body enough time to acclimatize to the high altitude-like all our versions of Lemosho route. Then, things get vertical as you go up one very steep day – the Western Breach.  This day has areas of scrambling - using your hands and body, not just feet, to get up steep rocky formations.  Because steep, rocky mountainous terrain is often unstable, this is the controversial day of this climb.  Like all our versions of Lemosho, this route offers the climbers the opportunity to hike through Kilimanjaro’s different vegetative zones. While walking through the Lemosho Glades, into the Montane forest, you may see monkeys, as well as elephant and buffalo tracks.  Lemosho route in general, and especially this version of it, is much less crowded than other routes – a wonderful way to get away from the crowds.

We will walk through the Shira plateau, a world heritage site.   Here bird enthusiasts will be thrilled to see the Malachite Sunbird and the Alpine Chat. Amazing views can be experienced from the second day of the hike onwards. On clear days, climbers can see as far as the Ngorongoro highlands and catch glimpses of Mt. Meru.

The Western Breach is a very challenging day. While wearing helmets, we will scramble up rocky steep terrain, made even more challenging by the high altitude. Our guides are properly trained, and certified as Wilderness First Responders (WFR); during the entire trip your safety and wellbeing is our top priority. The crew is equipped with a hyperbaric chamber (Gamow bag) and an oxygen tank along with other safety equipment, to ensure that they are properly prepared to respond to any unforeseen circumstances.

Client feedback on climbs by this route:

Amazing trip. Enjoyed every second of it. The crew made us very comfortable. Kapange was amazing! Did everything he could to give us the best possible experience. The food exceeded all expectations. From Jacob S, August 2015

You guys did an excellent job - the final itinerary and prep information was extremely well done and very helpful!!! From Jeannine V, August 2015

Exceeded expectations on all accounts! Both Agger and Phillipo were awesome - led the group smoothly, good communication and paying attention to individuals.  From Syed U, January 2015

Kapange was an excellent guide, who communicated well, knew the mountain well, and had the support of his whole team. John the cook produced the most amazing meals out of nowhere! Thanks to John and his helpers, we ate really well! From Charles P, August 2015


8 Days / 7 Nights from $3,499 USD Inclusive of all government taxes and crater camping fees

Departure Dates

July 16, 2018
July 30, 2018
August 13, 2018
August 27, 2018
September 19, 2018
October 8, 2018
October 22, 2018
November 5, 2018
November 19, 2018
December 3, 2018
December 15, 2018
December 28, 2018
January 17, 2019
January 31, 2019
February 14, 2019
February 28, 2019
March 14, 2019
March 28, 2019

July 11, 2019
July 25, 2019
August 8, 2019
August 22, 2019
September 5, 2019
September 19, 2019
October 3, 2019
October 17, 2019
October 31, 2019
November 14, 2019
November 28, 2019
December 12, 2019
December 26, 2019


Departure dates are for open/public group trips.  Private climbs are available on any route, any start date (private climb prices vary by group size).  Please note this schedule is subject to change at any time up until any date/route has climbers on it who have confirmed with deposits.
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