Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route

Hi there , am gradually getting the last of my kit sorted .  Have found a fab jacket ( Women's Cho Oyu Down Jacket ) which I am hoping will keep me nice and snug on summit night ( best thing is the jacket has an internal mesh pocket for carrying water so hopefully will not suffer from the dreaded water freezing ).  Need advice on what gloves are best and also the best walking poles to take .  Has anyone tried and tested the Rab Andes sleeping bags as this has been recommended ?

Finally , how much cash do people tend to take on this trip and how much is kept aside to tip the porters / guides ?

Thanks for any help /advice



Hi Colette,

Just finished Lemosho route last week, we all made it, it was a great trek : ) I think spending a bit extra for padded gloves/mitts is worth it as I used cheap fleece ones which didn't do the job and my hands were pretty cold. Also taking your own energy bars/chocolate for summit night a good idea as you are only given a small snack or two on the way up. Apart from that the food is pretty impressive given the conditions they cook it in!

 For tips, we gave a total as above but also worth taking a little bit more if you want to give anyone a bit extra, for example we gave extra to the 2 porters who put up our tent everyday and helped us with our bags. Also at the end of the trek, theres the option to buy a few souveniers at Moshi, if you like to haggle, and also you can barter with items you are prepared to leave behind, they like headtorches! They had coffee, magnets, bracelets etc.

 Have a great trip! Cheryl 


We had a fantastic time (our honeymoon!) and yes summit night was by far the toughest. For us we didn't really get much altitude sickness, the hardest part was just the sheer exhaustion at the end as we didn't have a great deal of food, and the thin air. The guides were amazing though, I fell behind the group for a while to go at my own pace and there was always a guide there every step of the way to support you. The group was actually split up quite a bit to help everyone go at their own pace.

 We did quite a lot of cardio and strength at the gym, maybe 3 times a week, and tried to do some hikes but didn't really do many. BUT I don't really think fitness really is a major factor as there was a huge range of abilities in our group and you spend most of the time walking really slowly anyway. I think the toughest day (for me) physically was day 2 as the trail was pretty steep in parts and it was hot. For most of the trek, it was less the physical tiredness and more getting out of breath because of the thin air.

Yes being comfortable at night really important! The hired mats were actually really good, quite thick foam. We also hired walking poles but they weren't great.  I think our sleeping bags were about 4 season (also hired) and they were fine. The last few nights I also wore some thermals and a few layers which was enough.

There was 12 of us in the group, I would say three got pretty bad sickness (disorientated, headache, being sick from about 3000m on and off).  The rest of us got mild symptms, the odd headache, lightheadedness. All 12 of us made it to Stella Point and 10 made it to Uhuru Peak (2 were taken straight down from stella because of the sickness).

 I could write you a very long email about the finer details and what is useful to take!  If thats helpful anyway. If so get in touch: [email protected] 


Hi Cheryl

Congratulations !! I had to laugh as it sounds just like something I would do !! Would love to hear ALL about your trip ! Did try to e mail you but message not delivered





Oops sorry I missed out a number: [email protected]


Hi there, just wondering where the best places to go for travel insurance are?


Hi Laura

I just got mine with Exodus , at least then you know you are covered for hiking at altitiude.  I had a slight problem 2 years ago when going to Peru , the company I booked insurance with was not very clear and although I stated "hiking" they did not cover for the altitude we were going to , this was covered under "trekking" but the info was not clear at all .

Be very careful where you choose to purchase your insurance as mistakes can easily be made !

Hi Cheryl , will e mail you tonight as wanna hear EVERTHING about your trip !!!



Hi Colette,

I am doing the same trip as you, albeit in October - not long to go.  

If you have any queries that you want me to check out when we are on the trip, let me know and I will find out for you. I can let you know on my return how it went and hopefully answer any questions that will make it all the more enjoyable for you. 

I have lots of altitude experience too so can help if you have any worries there - just let me know.

Hope you have a great and successful trip.




Got mine from trailfinders which covers hiking at any altitude, not all policies cover you at altitude of kilimanjaro. Thankfully didnt use it!


Hi Alan

You may just regret offering that lol !!! I want to know EVERYTHING about your journey !!!  I keep watching posts on YouTube and a lot of people say they find Day 2 quite tough as the trail is very steep .  How much training have you been doing to prepare yourself ? Am hoping after our successful little jaunt to see Machu Picchu and how well we coped with the altitude ( at a mere 13,775 feet ) this could be a positive sign that we may just cope !! Yes , it was tough but I found when we got out of puff , we just took a minute to catch our breath and then start again .

Really got to kick start my training as we leave 12 weeks tomorrow and to be honest , up to now leaves a lot to be desired .  I plan to do the "Escalator of Doom " ( Stairmaster ) twice a day for one hour at a time , up to now I am managing to do an hour albeit at a very slow pace .  I may look ridiculous but have even contemplated wearing a day pack with 20lbs in whilst in training to help me prepare ! As you have lots of altitude experience any tips you could share prior to this lil walk (eek ! ) would be warmly welcomed !!!


Thanks again





Feeling oddly excited and really nervous reading this all at the same time. Leave in the middle of February and just watched the comic relief video of the climb a few years back. The enormity of the climb is really starting to hit home. I have done several marathons but nothing like this so both the climbing and altitude are on my mind. Good to hear other people's success stories. I just hope I am one of them.......!

Also, trying to assess what to bring in terms of number and types of base layers, thermals and socks etc?

Hi All,
Not sure if you are still monitoring this forum but any kit tips including numbers of layers, socks etc that should be taken would be gratefully received. We're doing Lemosho in September this year.

Hi Nic,

We all feel the cold differently and perhaps me less than most so advice on layers is a little subjective. The guides were suggesting as many as five layers on top for the summit climb.

As far as socks are concerned for the summit climb I wore thick Bridgedale Summit socks and two pairs of thin coolmax liners. That was quite sufficient for me.

I had a pair of fleece lined Craghoppers kiwi trousers, HH merino thermals and a pair of supermarket thermals too. That turned out to be too much for me. At the first rest stop I was stripping off my trousers to take the supermarket thermals off, which was a lot of hassle I could have done without considering where we were. The same with my down body warmer and gloves, they had to go, I was closer to heat exhaustion than freezing.

At Stella Point we stopped to watch the sunrise, it was minus 8C (in July) but you are physically working very hard so that keeps your body temperature up.

Something I was unprepared for was the descent. We tend to dwell too much on the expectation of severe cold on the night time ascent but once the sun does come up on the way back down, it is ferocious at that kind of altitude and your concerns quicky switch to staying cool. Something of a problem when you are padded out like the Michelin man with thermal gear. With hindsight I should have worn a lightweight t-shirt as my very bottom layer so I could have stripped away all the thermal stuff on the descent. Not forgetting sun lotion too. The backs of my hands got sun burnt on the way down.

The rest of the time on Kilimanjaro the temperatures are mild to warm. You are unlikely to need to layer up from a thermal point of view anyway. I did the Rongai route which exposes you to moderately strong and persistant winds as you cross the saddle. I put a light fleece on then.

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