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8 Days Lemosho Route

The minimum duration for the Lemosho route is 7 days, however we strongly recommend hiking the route in 8 days. The additional 7th day will give your body more time to acclimatize, reducing the effects of altitude sickness and give you more time to rest before attempting the summit.

Safari tour package: A set-date, set-itinerary, group safari
Prices: $1700 - $1850
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 8 days
Best months: All year
Countries visited: Tanzania Tanzania
Parks visited: Kilimanjaro
Activity level: Extreme - Technical climbing (Kilimanjaro, Mt. Meru)
Safari type:
  • Camping
The Lemosho route is a remote, little used and beautiful all the way up to the Shira Plateau. The route is one of the few where the forests around the Lemosho Openings are inhabited by buffalo, elephant and other wildlife. This is a first highly recommended route on Kilimanjaro, Apart from a high level of summit success ratio, Lemosho Route is considered to have great views than any other established route on Mount Kilimanjaro.

DAY 1 : ARRIVAL & TREK BRIEFING WITH A GUIDE AFTER ARRIVAL.

Accommodation: Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel – Moshi

On arrival from KIA we transfer roughly 1 hour to your hotel in Moshi town. You`ll have a short time to freshen up, and then have a briefing.Your guide will give you a briefing and ensure that you have all the gear required for the climb. If you are missing essential equipment it can be rented for very cheap prices. 

Our briefings will give you a clear view of the days to come from your personal guide and cook, also you will be told your exact crew numbers and make up as well as get a chance to ask any questions. If you wouldn’t mind we will enjoy an evening meal together and then have a good night’s sleep to prepare for the challenge ahead.

Meals : Depends On Arrival Time.

 

DAY 2 : MORNING – PICK UP FROM HOTEL HEADING TO LONDOROSSI GATE (2385M), BEGIN ASCENT TO LEMOSHO FOREST (MTI MKUBWA CAMP) (2750M).

Elevation: 2750m
Walking Distance From Gate To Camp: 7km / 4.3mi
Time Taken: 3-4 Hours
Habitat: Montane Forest
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

We depart Moshi for Londorossi Gate, which takes about 4 hours; here we will complete entry formalities while guides and porters prepare equipment. We then continue to drive up a steep path to the Shira Gate where we will begin the hike. The trek starts through shrubs and giant heather until we reach Simba CampIn the morning we transfer to Londorossi (2385m), passing between the slopes of Kilimanjaro and the horseshoe-shaped volcanic crater of Mount Meru (a distance of about 120 km). After carrying out the necessary registration procedures, we drive on for a short distance through farmland and plantations to reach the Lemosho road head. The last 5 km of the road to the park gate is of poor quality, particularly after rain, and the drive there should be considered part of the adventure. 

We will have our lunch in the glades before starting to walk. It is an easy day of walking up a small path through beautiful and lush forest, this area has a variety of game including buffalo. We camp at Lemosho Forest camp (2650 m) Full-service Camping.

 

DAY 3 : MORNING – BIG TREE CAMP (2780M) TO SHIRA 1 CAMP (3500M)

DISTANCE COVERED: 8.5KM / 5.3MI
APPROX. TIME TAKEN: 7 HRS
MEALS: BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER INCLUDED

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.

 

DAY 4 : SHIRA 1 CAMP (3500M) TO SHIRA 2 CAMP (3900M)

DISTANCE COVERED: 8KM / 5MI
APPROX. TIME TAKEN: 5 HOURS
MEALS: BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER INCLUDED

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.

 

DAY 5 : MORNING – SHIRA 2 CAMP (3900M) TO BARRANCO CAMP (3960M)

DISTANCE COVERED: 10KM / 6.2MI
APPROX. TIME TAKEN: 7 HRS
MEALS: BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER INCLUDED

Your Trek Starts With An Ascent With Far-Reaching Panoramic Views, Walking In To 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.

 

DAY 6 : MORNING – FROM BARRANCO CAMP (3960M) TO KARANGA CAMP (3963M)

DISTANCE COVERED: 5.5KM / 3.4MI
APPROX. TIME TAKEN: 5 HOURS
MEALS: BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER INCLUDED

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.

 

DAY 7 : MORNING – AN EARLY START FROM KARANGA CAMP (3963) TO BARAFU CAMP (4640M)

DISTANCE COVERED: 3KM / 1.9MI
APPROX. TIME TAKEN: 3 HOURS
MEALS: BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER INCLUDED

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 At Between 11pm And 12pm To Start The Climb To The Summit.

 

DAY 8 : MORNING – BARAFU CAMP (4640M) TO UHURU PEAK (5895M) & DOWN TO MILLENNIUM CAMP (3790M))

DISTANCE COVERED: 13.4KM / 8.3MI
APPROX. TIME TAKEN: 12 – 15 HOURS
MEALS: BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER INCLUDED

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 Millennium Camp For A Long Well-Earned Rest.

 

DAY 9 : TREK MILLENNIUM CAMP (3790M) TO MWEKA GATE (1630M)

DISTANCE COVERED: 12.1KM / 7.5MI
APPROX. TIME TAKEN: 6 HOURS
MEALS: BREAKFAST & LUNCH INCLUDED

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 Hot Welcome Shower.

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