Tanzania

10 Days Kilimanjaro Hike Via Lemosho Route

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Duration
10 days
Max People
100
Min Age
10+
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The Lemosho route is one of the newer routes on Mount Kilimanjaro. The route begins in the west and rather than simply intersecting Shira Plateau (like Machame), Lemosho crosses it from Shira Ridge to Shira Camp. Climbers encounter low traffic until the route joins the Machame route. Afterwards, Lemosho follows the same route through Lava Tower, Barranco and Barafu, known as the southern circuit.

Lemosho is considered the most beautiful route on Kilimanjaro and grants panoramic vistas on various sides of the mountain. It is our favorite route because it offers a great balance of low traffic, scenic views and a high summit success rate. Thus, Lemosho comes highly recommended. Most of our clients use Lemosho.

Tour Highlights

  • Scenic views
  • Kibo Peak
  • Variety of plant species
  • Glacier Peaks

Inclusions

  • All park entrance fees
  • Accommodation fees in camping (or hut) and rescue fees,
  • All meals and filtered drinking water while on the mountain,
  • Guide (Wilderness First Responder certified)
  • Cook and porter salaries and fees (porters are paid According to national park recommendations),
  • Camping equipment including mountaineering sleeping and mess tents (North Face, Marmot and
  • Mountain Hardware), foam mattresses, toilet tent, chairs and tables,
  • Emergency oxygen bottles,
  • Transfer to/from Kilimanjaro National Park,
  • AMREF Emergency medical evacuation cover.

Exclusions

  • Gratuities
  • Soda/alcohol, energy snacks and drinks such as Power Bars,
  • Personal camping equipment such as sleeping bags
  • Visa fees
  • Hotel in Arusha
  • Airport transfers,
  • Travel/health insurance
  • Airfare
  • Items of a personal nature.
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Tour Plan

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Day 1 Arrival in Arusha

Upon arrival into Kilimanjaro International Airport (depending on time of arrival), you will be met by a member of our team and transferred your hotel.

Meal Plan: Bed & Breakfast.

Day 2: Londorossi Gate (2375m) - Forest Camp (2895m)

Hiking time: 3-4 hours
Distance: 6km
Habitat: Rainforest
After breakfast you will be picked up from the Hotel at around 8:30 am and transferred to Londorossi Gate, where you will complete entry formalities. After here, you will drive approximately one hour to the Lemosho trail head. Upon arrival, eat lunch and then start the 3-4-hour trek through forest to the first camp. Overnight at Forest Camp (Mti Mkubwa Camp).

Day 3: Forest Camp - Shira 1 (3720m)

Hiking time: 5-6 hours
Distance: 8km
Habitat: Moorland
After breakfast, leave the camp and make your way out of the forest. You will take a steep track into a savanna of tall grasses, heather (ornamental plant), and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards (tree moss). Ascend through the lush rolling hills below the Shiru Plateau, finally reaching camp at the edge of the plateau where you can see a view of Kibo Peak.

Day 4: Shira 1 Camp - Fischer’s Camp (3900m)

Hiking time: 3-4 hours (without optional excursions)
Distance: 10km
Habitat: Moorland
After an early breakfast, embark on a full-day exploration of the Shira Plateau. Trek east toward Kibo’s Glacier Peak, with the option to visit the ancient collapsed Shira cone, the oldest of Kilimanjaro’s three volcanoes.
Arrive at Fischer’s Camp for the night.

Day 5: Fischer’s Camp - Barranco Camp (3950m)

Hiking time: 5-7 hours
Distance: 15km
Habitat: Semi desert

After breakfast, trek upwards for approximately four hours over expansive ridgelines of high desert reaching the Lava Tower in time for lunch. In the afternoon, descend the steep track into the Great Barranco Valley. Barranco Camp is set on a valley enclosed on three sides with the massive valley walls and the Kibo massif itself. Hanging glaciers can be seen glistening above among a landscape of fascinating plants.

Day 6: Barranco Camp - Karanga Camp (4673m)

Hiking time: 4-5 hours
Distance: 5km
Habitat: Alpine desert
This is a short trekking day but proven to be important for acclimatization. The day begins after breakfast with a scramble up the steep “Barranco Wall” then traversing up and down the slopes of valleys which have carved their way into the mountain’s southern face. Kibo’s glaciers are above on your left while the peaks of Mawenzi jut into the sky straight ahead. Reach Karanga Camp after 3-4 hours of trekking for a hot lunch and an afternoon of relaxation.

Day 7: Karanga Camp - Barafu Camp (5895m)

Hiking time: 4-5 hours
Distance: 4km
Habitat: Alpine desert
This trekking day is difficult but important. After breakfast, you will head out on the trail that ascends steadily uphill. The temperature is colder and the landscape sparse. Barafu Camp is set on a small, exposed flat area on a ridge which acts as a base camp for which you will make your summit attempt at midnight. Eat and drink copious amounts of water before retiring early in preparation of your midnight summit attempt.

Day 8: Barafu Camp - Uhuru Peak (5895m) - Mweka Camp (3110m)

Hiking time: 8-9 hours ascent/4-6 hours descent
Distance: 5km ascent/12km descent
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped
You will receive a midnight wake-up call and a steaming hot drink to start your 12-15 hours of trekking! The temperatures range from just below freezing at midnight then -12 degrees Celsius to -23 degrees Celsius just before dawn at the summit. After about 5 hours of walking, you will come to the edge of the crater; Stella Point (5790m) on the crater rim is the end of the steep track. From here, there is a gentle slope about 1 hour to Uhuru Peak which climbers find to be extremely difficult but monumental to complete! After a short time at the summit, descend the steep scree trail back to Barafu camp for some rest, then summon your strength again for further descent to Mweka Camp for the night.

Day 9: Mweka Camp - Mweka Gate (1830m)

Hiking time: 3-4 hours
Distance: 10km
Habitat: Rainforest
Descend straight to the gate which will be a 3-4-hour trek. Upon arrival, you will enjoy lunch. Afterward, you will be awarded climbing certificates. Your driver will then pick you up and drive you to Arusha. Check in to your hotel for Dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 10: Departure

Today you will be picked up and transferred to the Kilimanjaro Airport for your outbound flight back home.

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