The Lemosho Route is truly picturesque and unspoilt with the possibility of sighting wild game along the forest section. This route is a superior option for trekkers seeking a quiet route away from the crowds for the first two days trekking.

The Lemosho route takes us from the Forest, Big tree ,Shira Plateau to the rarely visited Moir Hut, onwards to Lava Tower before descending to Barranco Camp. We ascend the Great Barranco Wall, a challenging and exhilarating rock scramble and approach Uhuru Summit from Barafu or Kossovo Camp and the ridge that abuts the Southeast Valley. The climb from Barafu offers incredible views of Mawenzi Peak and Kilimanjaro’s remnant volcanic cone.

After stopping for our summit photos, we continue past the summit and stop to the West of the summit to view the magnificent vistas of the Western Breach and Shira Plateau before descending down..

placard. You will then be transferred to your hotel for overnight.

Day 1 : Arusha- Londrossi Gate to Mti mkubwa Camp (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

After breakfast we travel by 4wd to Londrossi gate where you will meet your guides and mountain  ncrew. We take care of all national park formalities, registering all climbers and weighing all duffle bags to ensure the load carried by each porter does not exceed the mandatory 20kgs limit.

Depending on your program and weather conditions we may take lunch at the gate.

After completing the registration process at Londrossi Gate we drive for 11kms along narrow dirt roads through pine plantations, gradually climbing to the Lemosho Glades where we begin our trek.

We hike uphill for 3 hours through the thick and undisturbed montane forest where you may hear the calls of many exotic birds and if we are lucky we may see blue monkeys and hear the grunting calls of the magnificent black colobus monkeys with their long “cape” of white hair and a flowing white tail.

Our camp tonight is in the forest zone, where podocarpus (African yellow-wood), hagenia and hypericum (St John’s wort) dominate. In the evening you may hear the unmistakable shrieking call of the tree hyrax.

Today’s Status

Hiking Time:4-5 hours

Total Distance:7 km

 StartingAltitude: 1981m (6890ft)

Final Altitude:2780m (9222ft)

Environment: Montane (rain) Forest

Day 2: Mt Mkubwa Camp to Shira 1 Camp (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Today is a long day over narrow tracks that weave in and out of the ridges as we ascend.

Along the way we will admire trees such as the giant heather and erica and as we gain altitude we will encounter the unique giant levelia and giant groundsel (senecio kilimanjari).

There is no hurry to reach Shira Camp and our mantra “pole pole” (Swakili: “slowly slowly”) resonates in our ears ensuring our bodies adjust to the altitude gain and to take in the magnificent views of Kilimanjaro.

The Shira Plateau is one of the highest in the world with an average height of 3810m and extends for about 13 kms to the west of Kilimanjaro.  The Shira Plateau is a caldera, a collapsed volcanic crater. We might even spot a herd of eland in the distance, or startle a grey duiker near camp.

TToday’s Status

Hiking Time:7 hours

Total Distance:12 km

 Starting Altitude:2780m (9222ft)

 Final Altitude:3511m (11520ft)

 Environment: Montane Forest – Moorland

Day 3: Shira 1 Camp to Moir Hut (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Today we trek steadily northwards through the heather and into the barren high altitude desert towards the natural landmark called Shark’s Tooth. We gain altitude slowly and continue to acclimatize.
We walk up a ridge and into a valley, which we then ascend to camp, arriving in time for lunch. We are now in the high desert zone, where only hardy everlastings and small senecios survive, and we are just below the Lent Group, a collection of massive volcanic dykes.

Immediately above us is a huge circular bowl, created by glaciers, and there are numbers of lava tube caves in the cliffs at the uppermost edge. Above that is the Kibo Massif and the Northern Ice Field. Below we have extensive views of the Shira Plateau, a giant sloping depression, where we can see much of the area we have walked recently.

Today’s Status

Hiking Time:5-6 hours

Total Distance:9 km

Starting Altitude:3511m (11520ft)

Final Altitude:4175m (13700ft)

Environment: Alpine Desert

 Day 4: Moir Camp to Barranco Camp (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

We descend the rocky scree path to Lava Tower (4530m) for lunch. Those who feel up to it can undertake and optional rock scramble (non-technical) to the top of Lava Tower where you will have spectacular panoramic vistas of the Karanga Valley below, Shira Plateau and the spectacular Western Breach above.

From Lava Tower, we descend steeply for 2 hours down more than 600m into the Great Barranco Valley. This descent affords fantastic views and some great photo opportunities of the Western Breach and Breach Wall.

You will also feel the clear benefits of this acclimatization day as we lose altitude.

Barranco Camp is set on a col (flat area) enclosed on three sides by the Breach Wall and the Kibo Massif itself. Hanging glaciers shimmer in the sunshine above amidst the eerie landscape of plants such as the giant groundsels, and the uniquely endemic giant lobelia.

This is definitely the toughest day so far, but incredibly beautiful.

Today’s Status

Hiking Time:5-6 hours

 Total Distance:6 km

Starting Altitude: 4175 (1300 ft)

Final Altitude:4642m (15230ft)

 Environment: Semi-Alpine Desert

Day 5: Baranco Camp to Karanga Valley Camp (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Today we undertake the Great Barranco Wall – an imposing face above Barranco camp. A steady climb up the eastern wall takes us just below the Heim Glacier, where we may have some breathtaking views of the Heim Glacier and Mt.Kilimanjaro depending upon the weather and any cloud cover. Our trail continues down into the alpine desert of the Karanga Valley, where we finish this second acclimatization day at Karanga Camp at 4046m.

Today’s Status

Hiking Time:3-4 hours

Total Distance:5 km

Starting Altitude: 3978m 
 (13054ft)

 Final Altitude:4026m (13277ft)

Environment: Alpine Desert

Day 6: Baranco Camp to Barafu Camp (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Our trail continues down into the alpine desert of the Karanga Valley. Here the temperature will grow colder as we follow the trail climbing through this barren and dry landscape up to the Barafu camp.

Barafu is the Swahili word for “ice”, and the camping area is on a ridge in a narrow and exposed flat area. Here there are ever-present powerful winds blowing down from the mountain peaks.

Our campsite at 4600m offers spectacular views of the nearby peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. 

In preparation for your final ascent tonight, you will familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark, and prepare your equipment and thermal clothing for the summit attempt. Sleep will be difficult, though you will to retire to your tents after dinner to rest for the 1385m final ascent to the roof of Africa.

Today’s Status

Hiking Time:2-3 hours

Total Distance:4 km

Starting Altitude: 4039m (13250ft)

 Final Altitude:4600m (15200ft)

 Environment: Alpine Desert

 

Day 7: Barafu Camp
 to Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

We will rise early to leave camp at around 12am and after a warm drink and a light snack, you will begin the most difficult though most rewarding day of the trek – your hike to the roof of Africa.

After approximately 6 hours of slow but strenuous hiking, you will reach the rim of the main crater, Stella Point, at 5685m. 

At this point we stop to rest, eat lunch and take in the views over the clouds. From Stella Point the trail is normally snow-covered, and every step of the two-hour final ascent to Uhuru peak is challenging.

Passing alongside the iridescent blue Rebmann and Tarzel glaciers we reach Elveda Point (5882) we can see Uhuru Peak now only minutes away. The roof of Africa is within your grasp.

Arriving at the summit you feel a huge sense of elation and accomplishment you have done it, you have made it to the highest point in Africa. We spend as much time as you need to appreciate your accomplishment, as this is a day to remember for the rest of your life! The time you will spend on the summit will depend on the weather conditions and temperature.

We start back down the same trail, and descend to Barafu camp. Here you will have a well earned but short rest and remove some of your many layers of clothing as the day begins to heat up. We head down the rock and scree path into the moorland zone, reaching the forest, and eventually arriving at Mweka Camp in the early afternoon where a hot shower and meal awaits. Today is the longest, and the most mentally and physically challenging of the trek. But a life changing day that will stay with you forever, as you conquered the summit of Kilimanjaro.

Today’s Status

 Hiking Time:7hrs to summit, 7- 8hrs descent

Total Distance:7km to summit, 23km descent

Starting Altitude: 4682m Summit Altitude:5895m – Uhuru Peak

Final Altitude:3819m (12530ft)

Environment:Stone Scree, ice capped summit, Alpine desert

Day 8: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate-Arusha (Breakfast, Lunch )

Today your legs will be further tested as the trail descends steeply through the lush Mweka rain forest.

The trail is steep in places and the going slippery if wet. The route follows the crest of a broad ridge separating two river valleys until it meets with a road that leads us for the last 40 mins to the Mweka Park Gates where we stop for a well deserved picnic lunch where successful hikers will receive their summit certificates (gold for Uhuru Peale, Green for Stella point) from the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority.

Today’s Status

Hiking Time:5-6 hours

Total Distance:13.5 km

Starting Altitude: 3819m (15530ft)

Final Altitude:1652m (5420ft)

 Environment: Montane (rain) Forest

 

INCLUDED:

  • Two nights’ accommodation at the Hotel in Arusha  (before and after the climb)
    • First night includes Dinner and breakfast
    • Last night includes dinner & breakfast
  • Transportation from Arusha to/from the starting/finishing points respectively
  • Airport transfers
  • Qualified guides with mountain crew
  • National park fees
  • Tents and sleeping mattresses
  • Cutlery / Crockery / Eating utensils
  • Mess tent (for dining) / Mini camping chairs / Tables / Candles
  • Rescue fees
  • Pulse oxi-meters
  • First aid kit
  • Guides, porters, cook, waiter salaries
  • Hot water on the mountain
  • All meals on the mountain (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Guides, porters, waiter, cook accommodation and entry fees on the mountain

EXCLUDED:

  • Single room supplement at the Hotel (except on the 1 person rate)
  • Guides, Porters, Cook & Waiters tips
  • Meals and drinks not specified
  • Gear for your climb
  • Items of personal nature
  • Additional nights beyond the two standard hotel nights included

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