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8 Day Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Lemosho route + 2 nights Budget accommodation stay

The Lemosho Route is widely considered to be the best route on Mount Kilimanjaro The climbing of Mount Kilimanjaro via the Lemosho Route starts off on the western flank of Mount Kilimanjaro, offering spectacular views of Mt Meru and the plains of Kenya’s Amboseli National Park. Climbing in lush, fertile rainforest. It is the first ecological zone you encounter on Kilimanjaro (we will trek through four). The route heads up and across the Shira Plateau, which used to be Kilimanjaro’s third peak before it collapsed. Then we make our way north to Moir Hut, which serves as a great acclimatization day due to short hikes than can be done in the nearby Lent Hills.

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices: $2210 - $2350
Includes internal flights: Yes
Length of safari: 8 days
Best months: January - March, May - December
Countries visited: Tanzania Tanzania
Parks visited: Kilimanjaro
Activity level: Extreme - Technical climbing (Kilimanjaro, Mt. Meru)
Safari type:
Your first day takes you through a dense rainforest, that gradually thins out with each upward step and by day two you can already see the summit of Kilimanjaro, glistening in the distance. On the third day, the route joins the Machame Route and a long, but rewarding, road lies ahead until you reach the summit. The extra day on this 8 day trek gives you the opportunity to better acclimatize, thus increasing your chances of reaching the top. Overnights on the 8-day Lemosho Route will be in tents.

Arrival Day : Kilimanjaro Airport – Arusha

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, our driver will be waiting for you. He will take you to Arusha at Dahlia Africa hostel. The rest of the day or night is for you to relax and prepare for your upcoming trip. Our Kilimanjaro team will meet you at your accomodation to brief you on your upcoming trek and check your equipment.

Meal: Dinner.

Day 2: Arusha – Starting Point Lemosho (2,385m) – Big Tree Camp (2,780m)

In the morning you will be taken to Londorossi Gate (2,250m). Upon completion of all the entry formalities and a final 15 km drive on a bumpy road you will reach your starting point at the edge of the rainforest. You will enjoy lunch before you set out on the trail through the rainforest. Today’s walk is quite short, thus giving you time to enjoy the lush scenery which will drastically change over the course of your trek. You might even catch a glimpse of the thumbless colobus monkeys sitting in the branches above you. Your dinner and overnight awaits you at the beautiful Big Tree Camp.

Meal:Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 3: Big Tree Camp (2,780m) – Shira Camp 1 (3,500m)

As you walk along the thin trail through the rainforest, you will notice the vegetation becoming scarcer and scarcer until you finally reach moorland filled with lobelia and erica plants. Ascending through rolling hills, you will reach Shira Camp 1 in about 3 to 4 hours. Looking over the Shira Plateau from your camp you will be able to see the unmistakable snow-capped summit of Kibo. A hearty evening meal and a last glimpse at the starry sky will bring the day to a close.

Meal:Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 4: Shira Camp 1 (3,500m) – Shira Camp 2 (3,900m)

Today you will cross Shira Ridge with its rocky ground, low grasses and shrubs. As the terrain is much flatter than the day before, your hike will seem more leisurely and you will enjoy fantastic views of the Great Rift Valley and Mount Meru. Beautiful and distinctive giant lobelias still dot the moor landscape. Walking on ground where lava used to flow you will reach Shira Camp 2, where you will have your evening meal and overnight stay.

Meal:Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 5: Shira Camp 2 (3,900m) – Lava Tower (4,640m) – Barranco Camp (3,960m)

After breakfast you will start your ascent to Lava Tower through a boulder-strewn terrain. In the distance you will see Kibo encouraging you to continue uphill. Reaching Lava Tower, you will rest and allow your body to get used to the higher altitude, after which you continue downwards to Barranco Camp. This method of climbing high but sleeping low allows your body to acclimatize to the differing altitudes and gives you a good idea on how your body react to changes in altitude. Along the way the scenery changes once more and soon you are surrounded by giant senecios and smaller lobelias. After 6 to 7 hours you will reach the beautiful and green Barranco Camp, which offers great views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains. After dinner you will settle in for the night.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 6: Barranco Camp (3,960m) – Karanga Camp (4,035m)

The famous Barranco wall, which is probably the steepest part of the entire route, awaits you after breakfast. Although no technical climbing is necessary, some spots do require you to use your hands for a better grip and to pull yourself up. Your guide will be close by to help you if necessary. After you have pulled yourself around the Kissing Rock you will make your way along the mountain ridge and through the Karanga Valley. You will also pass the last water spot as you finally reach Karanga Camp. After a well-deserved meal, it is off to bed.

Meal:Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 7: Karanga Camp (4,035m) – Barafu Camp (4,640m)

Today you will make your way to Barafu Camp. The landscape is very dry and the ground cracks like glass under your boots. As you make your way through the afro-alpine desert to the rocky Barafu Camp, a sense of excitement sweeps over you as your final stretch is only a few hours away. The Barafu Camp with its rocky scenery allows for a stunning view of Mawenzi Peak and the summit path ahead. After an early dinner and last minute preparation for tomorrow, you will go to bed.

Meal:Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 8: Barafu Camp (4,640m) – Uhuru Peak (5,895m) – Mweka Camp (3,080m)

At around midnight you will be awoken with some hot tea and biscuits in order to get you ready for today’s ascents. You will ascend in a north-westerly direction through heavy scree toward Stella Point, arriving there in about 5 to 7 hours. At Stella Point (5,730m) you may rest if necessary before taking on another 1 to 2 hour stretch along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak – the highlight of your trip. A breath-taking view awaits you as you stand on the highest mountain in Africa. After taking as much pictures as your camera will allow, you will leave behind the glistening glaciers and snowy peak and make your way back down to Barafu Camp. Here you will have time to catch your breath before heading further down to Mweka Camp, an approximate 3 hour walk. A scrumptious dinner and a peaceful night’s sleep awaits you.

Meal:Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 8: Mweka Camp (3,080m) – Mweka Gate (1,630m) – Arusha

After a hearty breakfast and a traditional farewell ceremony by your mountain crew, you will start your final descent to Mweka Gate. A leisurely 2 to 3 hours walk will take you once more through the lush rainforest, where the endemic Impatiens kilimanjari flower grows. Reaching Mweka Gate you will be greeted by our transfer driver, who will take you back to the Dahlia Africa Hostel, The rest of the day is for you to enjoy at leisure.

Meal:Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Depurture: Transfered to Kilimanjaro Airport

After breakfast you will be taken to Kilimanjaro Airport or you can extend your holiday with a safari or beach stay.

What in Included on the Price bellow:

  • Complimentary meet and greet on arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport
  • One arrival & one departure private transfer
  • Breakfast and dinner as included on the first and last night at the accommodation
  • Arusha Hostel accommodation – 2Nights
  • Accommodation includes storage facilities for excess luggage during hike.
  • Return transfers between the hotel to the start / finish point of a climb
  • All Kilimanjaro National Park gate fees, camping / hut fees and climbing permits
  • Kilimanjaro National Park rescue fees (Kilimanjaro Rescue Team)
  • Chief guide carries a Pulse Oximeter, used to take blood-oxygen level readings.
  • Emergency oxygen (for use in emergencies only – not as summiting aid)
  • Complete First Aid kit (for use in emergencies only)
  • Qualified mountain guide, assistant guides, porters and cook
  • Salaries paid to the mountain support crew is much higher than the recommended KINAPA (Kilimanjaro National Park Authority) payment.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as hot drinks on the mountain
  • Lunch is prepared fresh at the lunch stop – except day 1 picnic lunch
  • Camping equipment.
  • Porter to carry your duffel bag, with maximum weight of 15kg / 32 lbs, from one camp to the next camp
  • Kilimanjaro National Park certificate for your successful summit attempt.
  • Complimentary 3 liters of mineral water.
  • Our exclusive, printable Dahlia Kilimanjaro altitude sickness survival guide
  • Complimentary Flying doctors’ membership (Emergency Helicopter evacuation to Nairobi)

Items excluded:

  • Flights and airport taxes
  • Items of a personal nature
  •  (Entry visa for Tanzania (US$50 per passport holder for most nationalities / US $ 100 per visa for USA passport holders)
  • Health requirements (Yellow Fever – only compulsory if you travel to Tanzania via a Yellow Fever infected country, Meningitis & Hepatitis A remains optional, but comes recommended)
  • Optional but highly recommended travel and medical insurance.
  • Personal hiking/trekking gear – you could rent some of the gear in Tanzania.
  • Snacks, personal medicine and water purifying tablets.
  • Meals and drinks not specified.
  • Compulsory Tips for guides from group, porters and cook. (Guide $20/day, assistant guide $15/day, Chef $.10/day, each porter $.5/day)

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  • Day 8: Dahlia Africa Hostel

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