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7 days lemosho route

 

The minimum duration for the Lemosho route is 6 days, however we strongly recommend hiking the route in 7 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.

Day 1 : Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Londorossi Gate, Hike to Mti Mkubwa Camp

After breakfast and briefing, drive to Londorossi Park Gate (about a 3-hour drive). From here a forest track requiring a 4WD vehicle leads to Lemosho Glades. Walk along forest trails to Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite.

  •  Elevation: 1830m/6000ft to 2650m/8700ft
  •  Distance: 6km/4mi
  •  Hiking Time: 2-3 hours
  •  Habitat: Montane Forest

Day 2 : Hike Mti Mkubwa Camp to Shira 2 Camp

After breakfast, we continue as the trail gradually steepens and enters the giant heather moorland zone. After several streams are crossed we continue over the Shira Ridge past the Shira 1 camp and on to the Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream.

  •  Elevation: 2650m/8700ft to 3850m/12,600ft
  •  Distance: 16km/10mi
  •  Hiking Time: 7-8 hours
  •  Habitat: Moorland

Day 3 : Hike Shira 2 Camp to Barranco Camp

From the Shira Plateau we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth” (elev 4650m/15,250ft). Shortly after the tower we come to the second junction which goes to the Arrow Glacier. We now continue down to the Barranco Camp. Although you end the day around the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

  •  Elevation: 3850m/12,600ft to 4000m/13,000ft
  •  Distance: 8km/5mi
  •  Walking Time: 5-6 hours
  •  Habitat: Semi-desert

Day 4 : Hike Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail.

  •  Elevation: 4000m/13,000ft to 4050m/13,250ft
  •  Distance: 5km/3mi
  •  Hiking Time: 34 hours
  •  Habitat: Alpine Desert

Day 5 : Hike Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

We continue up to the Barafu Camp. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day.

  •  Elevation: 4050m/13,250ft to 4700m/15,350ft
  •  Distance: 4km/2mi
  •  Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  •  Habitat: Alpine Desert

Day 6 : Hike Barafu Camp to Summit, down to Mweka Camp

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit.

From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. Once at Uhuru Peak you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa!

From the summit we begin our descent by continuing straight down to the Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You may want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. We arrive at Mweka Camp and enjoy our last evening on the mountain.

  •  Elevation: 4700m/15,350ft to 5895m/19,340ft
  •  Down to 3090m/10,150ft
  •  Distance: 5km/3mi up / 13km/8mi down
  •  Hiking Time: 5-7 hours up / 5-6 hours down
  •  Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

Day 7 : Hike Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate, drive to Moshi

After breakfast we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

A vehicle will meet you at Mweka gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 30 minutes).

  •  Elevation: 3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft
  •  Distance: 10km/6mi
  •  Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  •  Habitat: Forest

Our Package include:

  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters
  • Medical evacuation with AMREF flying Doctors
  • 2 night and accommodations-one before and after the trek in good hotels.
  • All Park entrance fee.
  • Rescue fees in mountain
  • Transfers from Airport and return.
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Salaries to the guides, cooks and porters
  • Highly experienced English speaking – Professional & experienced mountain guides
  • Government Tax
  • Camping gear
  • Hot water for washing every day
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • Management and safety procedures
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters
  • Water proof tents tent on climb, Mess tent and crew tents
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
  • Arrival and Departure transfers

Not include

  • Tips for guides,cook and porters
  • Track your trek by satelite device services
  • ALTOX Personal oxygen System
  • Tanzania Visa on arrival
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)