8 Days Lemosho route

Description

The Lemosho route is one of our preferred route due to beautiful scenery and a high summit success rate. The Lemosho route located from the west, beginning with a long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate. Sometimes the route is dusty due to many vehicles. From there, the first two days are spent trekking through the lush rainforest to Shira Plateau. We recommend a minimum of 7 days to attempt this route but 8 days is preferable for better acclimatization and summit success. The Lemosho route joins the Machame route after Shira 2 Camp and then follows the same route through the southern circuit and descending at Mweka Gate.

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Itinerary
Arrive to Tanzania
Day 1: Lemosho Glades (2385m) to Big Tree Camp (2780m)

You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to Parkview Inn Hotel or Weru Weru River Lodge in Moshi town, you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day. Overnight at the Hotel.

You will be picked up at your hotel at around 08:00 am and transferred to the Lemosho route at Londorosi gate which is located on the western side of Kilimanjaro. After the registration process, you will still start our climb steadily through the forests of the Lemosho glades to reach Big Tree camp where you will be spending the night.

Distance covered: 7.4km / 4.3mi
Approx. time taken: 4 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Day 2: Big Tree Camp (2780m) to Shira 1 Camp (3500m)

Today you will trek across a plateau of grassy moorland and heather scattered with volcanic rock formations. Our destination for today is the Shira 1 Camp from where there are often views of Kibo Peak floating on the clouds. We gain a reasonable amount of altitude today and parts of the route are fairly steep.

Distance covered: 8.5km / 5.3mi
Approx. time taken: 7 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Day 3: Shira 1 Camp (3500m) to Shira 2 Camp (3900m)

Today you will get the chance to view the Northern Ice fields from the western side of the mountain with some unusual views of Kibo. Our steady climb across the moorland of the Shira Plateau will help with acclimatization and we enjoy great panoramic views. Our destination today is the Shira 2 Camp. In the afternoon you will take an acclimatization walk then head back to camp for dinner and overnight.

Distance covered: 8km / 5mi
Approx. time taken: 5hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Day 4: Shira 2 Camp (3900m) to Barranco Camp (3960m)

Your trek starts with an ascent with far-reaching panoramic views, walking into the climatic zone of the upland desert and on the lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. You will reach the distinct pinnacle of the Lava Tower (4640 m), our high point for the day and a great place to enjoy your lunch. In the afternoon we make a steep descent to our camp for the night, located in the base of the Great Barranco Valley (3960 m), sheltered by towering cliffs but with extensive views of the plains below.

Distance covered: 10km / 6.2mi
Approx. time taken: 7 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Day 5: Barranco Camp (3960m) to Karanga Camp (3963m)

Our day starts by descending into the start of the Great Barranco, a huge ravine. We then exit steeply, up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. It’s a climb over rock, not technical but long and tiring. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, we head towards the Karanga valley. From here we have a steep climb up from Karanga valley to our night’s camp at Karanga camp, set at 3963m. For those feeling strong, we will go for a mid-afternoon acclimatization trek up to around 4200m before descending back to camp for the night.

Distance covered: 5.5km / 3.4mi
Approx. time taken: 5 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Day 6: Karanga Camp (3963) to Barafu Camp (4640m)

After a good night’s rest and breakfast, we set off on our walk to Barafu camp at 4640m. The climb will take us across desolate scree slopes with no vegetation around us at all. It’s a tough steep walk made more difficult by the altitude. On arriving at camp we eat and spend the afternoon resting as we prepare for a long night and day ahead. It is important to keep hydrated and warm. We have an early dinner and then try to get some sleep as we will be getting up between 11 pm and 12 pm to start the climb to the summit. 

Distance covered: 3km / 1.9mi
Approx. time taken: 3hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Day 7: Barafu Camp (4640m) to UHURU PEAK (5895m) & down to Mweka Camp (3100m)

We start off at around midnight, and walk steeply upwards to the summit glaciers. We will be climbing scree for 4 to 5 hours but gain incredible height over a short distance. The views are spectacular. We should be on the crater rim at Stella Point (5739m) as the first rays of the sun hit us. Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater surround us and the views to jagged Mawenzi peak and beyond are breathtaking. Another hour’s walking takes us to the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m). We begin our descent by returning to Stella Point and then descending on scree slope and track back to Barafu Camp for breakfast, before finally heading down to Mweka Camp for a long well-earned rest.

Distance covered: 16.4km / 9.6miles
Approx. time taken: 13 hours - 15 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8: Trek Mweka Camp (3100m) to Mweka Gate (1630m)

A gentle trek takes us down through the rainforest to Mweka Gate, where we complete park formalities and receive certificates, which you can hang up with pride! We are then met by our vehicles and return to the hotel in Moshi, where you can treat yourself to a welcome shower then celebrate with cold drinks. Overnight at the Hotel in Moshi.

Distance covered: 9.1km / 7.5miles
Approx. time taken: 3 hours
Meals: Breakfast

Depart Tanzania

This day left for your next destination. If you have safari, then it might be used to begin your safari or fly to Zanzibar or fly back home. Our vehicle will be ready to take you to the airport at your time.
Meals: Breakfast

Includes
  • Pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro International Airport.

  • Pre & Post Trek accommodation at Parkview Inn or Weru Weru

  • Park fees, camping fees, rescue fees, and 18% VAT on tour fees & services which
    Cost nearly 55% of the total cost charged.

  • 4 Season mountain tents

  • Sleeping Mats

  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate

  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters

  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain

  • Filtered water throughout the trek

  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA) & Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)

  • A portable flush toilet can be provided for free upon the client’s request.

Excludes
  • International Air Fare

  • VISA charges

  • Tipping for Mountain Crew

  • Personal Insurance

  • Doctor for the Group

  • Laundry

  • Items of personal nature 

  • Alcoholic & Soft drinks

Notes
  1. Tipping is like a “tradition” on every Kilimanjaro climb, we recommend contribute tip on Mountain Kilimanjaro and it is for group sharing as following: 
    Guide $15 - $20/guide/day
    Cook $10 - $15/day
    Porters $8 - $10/porter/day.

  2. We recommend you to carry tour own personal gear such as backpacks, 

  3. Please pack some snacks for climbing Kilimanjaro as follows

    • 1-2 bars per day

    • Few packs of jerky and pepperoni sticks

    • Few packs of gummies, candy and/or chocolate

    • Energy chews & gels for summit night

    • Enough juice crystals for 2L+ per day

  4. Please let us know in case you want us to check out the other routes then please let us know and we will get back with revised quotes accordingly.  

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