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Mount Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 8 Days

Overview

Lemosho Route approaches Kilimanjaro from the West, just like Shira and newly established Northern Circuit Route. The start of the route is Londorossi Gate, which takes you on two days trek thru lush rainforest, followed by a range of rolling hills. The rest of the trek is classic mountain scenery, with camps where we setup our tents. Lemosho is usually 7 or 8 days trek, and it joins Machame Route when reached Barranco Camp. This is the most scenic of all the Kilimanjaro routes, and has the highest success rate. Lemosho is meant for people that are able to trek difficult terrain, and to sleep in the small tents for several days, but also for those who wish to explore superb wilderness. Descend is at the Mweka gate.

ARRIVE IN TANZANIA

Upon you arrive you will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) with our representative and transferred to your hotel in Moshi/Arusha town; you will be meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment final check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Dinner and overnight.

DAY 1: LONDOROSSI GATE (2385M) TO MTI MKUBWA (2780M)

  • Distance: 11 km
  • Hiking Time: 3 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest

Drive from Moshi or Arusha to  Londorossi Gate, where we will complete entry formalities. From here a forest track requiring one hour drive to Lemosho Glades. After lunch, we will walk along forest trails to Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite,

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.

DAY 2: MTI MKUBWA (2780M) TO SHIRA CAMP 1 (3500M)

  • Distance: 8km
  • Hiking Time: 7 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

We will follow a trail that leads out of the forest and into a savannah  giant heather moorland zone. Our ascend through scenic rolling hills, we will cross several streams to reach the Shira Ridge before descending to Shira 1 camp. The view of Kibo from the plateau is spectacular.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.

DAY 3: SHIRA CAMP 1 (3500M) TO SHIRA CAMP 2 (3900M)

  • Distance: 6km
  • Hiking Time: 2 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

A gentle walk across the plateau leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream. A variety of walks are available on the plateau making this an excellent acclimatization day. Shira is one of the highest plateaus on Earth.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.

DAY 4: SHIRA CAMP 2 (3900M) TO BARRANCO CAMP (3960M)

  • Distance: 7km
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
  • Habitat: Semi Desert

From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east towards the peak of Kibo and passing that junction. Here our path goes east, towards the Lava Tower, also called the Shark’s Tooth. Shortly after passing the Lava Tower, we meet the second junction that brings us to the Arrow Glacier. From here we continue down to the Barranco Hut, where we will rest, have dinner and overnight. Despite the fact that we did not changed elevation from the point where we started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for the summit.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.

DAY 5: BARRANCO CAMP (3960M) TO KARANGA CAMP (3963M)

  • Distance: 5km
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

After breakfast, we take short scramble to the top of the Great Barranco and then a traverse over scree and ridges to the Karanga Valley, beneath the icefalls of the Heim, Kersten, and Decken Glaciers. We will use this day also for acclimatization.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.

DAY 6: KARANGA CAMP (3963M) TO BARAFU CAMP (4640M)

  • Distance: 4km
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

After breakfast, we leave Karanga and cross the junction that connects with the Mweka Trail, used for descend from the mountain later. From here we continue up to the Barafu Camp. Here we will rest, have dinner and prepare for the summit day. From Barafu you can enjoy the view of two volcanic cones Mawenzi and Kibo peaks,  and that view is quite spectacular and you should not miss it.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.

DAY 7: BARAFU CAMP (4640M) TO SUMMIT UHURU PEAK (5895M), TO MILLENNIUM CAMP (3790M).

  • Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent
  • Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent
  • Habitat: Arctic

An early start for the ascent to the rim of the Kibo Crater between the Rebmann and Ratzel Glaciers. The last section before the rim can sometimes be snow-covered and an ice-axe or ski stick is useful for balance and we are highly recommend to wear gaiters as well.

At the rim we will reach Stella point (5739m), from where we have further hour to Uhuru Peak (5895m). After a short stop for taking photos, celebrations and maybe a few tears of joy we take a few moments to enjoy this incredible accomplishment achievement. Later on, we descend to the Barafu Hut for a short rest and lunch before continuing on past Millenium camp for a long well-earned rest.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included. 

DAY 8: MILLENNIUM CAMP (3790M) TO MWEKA GATE (1630M), TO MOSHI/ARUSHA

  • Distance: 10 km
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest

After breakfast to Millennium camp, we continue the descent down to the Mweka park gate to receive your summit certificates. 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 celebrations.  You will meet by our representative driver from the gate.  A vehicle will take you to village shop gifts for few hours before drive you back to hotel in Moshi or Arusha.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.

DEPART TANZANIA

Today is left free to wind down after the trek before your flight back home. Depending on flight times you could go and explore Moshi town before heading to the airport. You can schedule your Tanzania wildlife safaris or beach vacation in Zanzibar.

Meals: Breakfast Included 

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