Tanzania Mountain Climbing & Wildlife Adventures
    Tanzania Mountain Climbing & Wildlife Adventures
    Tanzania Mountain Climbing & Wildlife Adventures
    Tanzania Mountain Climbing & Wildlife Adventures
    Tanzania Mountain Climbing & Wildlife Adventures
    Tanzania Mountain Climbing & Wildlife Adventures

    Mount Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route

    The Lemosho Route starts on the Western side of Mount Kilimanjaro at the Londorossi Gate and was introduced as an alternative to the Shira Route which begins at a higher, more challenging altitude. The Londorossi Gate is a fair drive from the town of Moshi. At the gate you will register with the authorities before being driven a further 12km to the starting point. The western side of Kilimanjaro is still very wild and you may get lucky and spot large antelope, buffalo and maybe even elephant.

    On day three the Lemosho Route joins the Machame Route at Lava Tower and down towards Barranco Valley via the Southern Circuit. As with the Machame Route, Lemosho trekkers need to transverse the Barranco Wall and then summit from Barafu Camp. Most trekkers complete the Lemosho Route in six days; we also offer seven and/or eight day hikes on the Lemosho which of course increases the probability of success.

    The seven day route typically stops for a night at both Shira Camp 1 and Shira Camp 2. Eight day treks stop again at Karanga Camp for another acclimatization day.

     

    Day 1: Arrive in Tanzania
    You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your hotel in Moshi town, you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day.

    Hotel: Bed & Breakfast

    Day 2: Lemosho Glades (2385m) to Big Tree Camp (2780m)
    You will be picked up at your hotel at around 08:00am and transferred to the Lemosho gate located on the western side of Kilimanjaro. After the registration process you will still start our climb steadily through the forests of the Lemosho glades to reach Big Tree camp where you will be spending the night.

    Distance covered: 7km / 4.3mi
    Approx. time taken: 4 hours
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

    Day 3: Big Tree Camp (2780m) to Shira 1 Camp (3500m)
    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.

    Distance covered: 8.5km / 5.3mi
    Approx. time taken: 7 hrs
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

    Day 4: Shira 1 Camp (3500m) to Shira 2 Camp (3900m)
    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.

    Distance covered: 8km / 5mi
    Approx. time taken: 5 hours
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

    Day 5: Shira 2 Camp (3900m) to Barranco Camp (3960m)
    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.

    Distance covered: 10km / 6.2mi
    Approx. time taken: 7 hrs
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

    Day 6: Barranco Camp (3960m) to Karanga Camp (3963m)
    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.

    Distance covered: 5.5km / 3.4mi
    Approx. time taken: 5 hours
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

    Day 7: Karanga Camp (3963) to Barafu Camp (4640m)
    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 12 pm to start the climb to the summit.

    Distance covered: 3km / 1.9mi
    Approx. time taken: 3 hours
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

    Day 8: Barafu Camp (4,680 meters) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters) and then Mweka Camp (3,100 meters)

    Distance: ~4.5km / 3 miles ascent and then 11km / 7 mile descent
    Trekking time: 6-8 hours to the summit and then 5-8 hours to Mweka
    Zone: Glacial zone and the all preceding zones

    You will be awoken around 23:30 with hot tea and biscuits. Hopefully you have managed to get a few hours’ sleep; don’t worry if you haven’t as most people struggle to sleep before summit night. Do however make sure that all your kit, including warm clothes, headlamp, insulated water reserves and snacks are ready for a sharp departure at 24:00. The trek up Kibo is steep and slow. The trick is to keep your momentum moving forward, one step at a time. It takes about 6-8 hours to reach the top of the crater rim where you will see the sign for Stella Point (5,739 meters). You still have another 156 meters of altitude to walk around the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters). After reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro, a 4.5km / 3 mile ascent, you still have an 11km / 7 mile descent to Mweka Camp (3,100 meters)! Mweka is situated in the upper part of the rainforest zone. The richness of oxygen and moisture in the air will be a very welcome surprise.

    Day 9: Mweka Camp (3,100 meters) to Mweka Gate (1,640 meters)

    Distance: ~9km / 5.5 miles   |   Trekking time: 3-5 hours   |   Zone: Rainforest

    In the morning after breakfast you will be trekking down to Mweka gate. The trek is a pleasant one through the lower rain-forested slopes and down to Mweka Gate (1,640 meters). Although you cover 9km / 5.5 miles, the trek only takes 3-4 hours. Assuming you successfully reach Stella Point or Uhuru Peak you will be presented with official certificates – a green certificate for the former and a gold certificate for the latter. It is customary to tip your trekking crew before being transported back to your hotel in Moshi.

     

    Mount Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route - Price List

     

     Number of people
    7 Days / 6 Nights
     8 Days / 7 Nights
     1
    USD $ 1,760     
     USD $ 1,860
     2-3
     USD $ 1,700     
     USD $ 1,800
     4-5
     USD $ 1,650   
     USD $ 1,750
    6 and above
     USD $ 1,600
     USD $ 1,700

     

    Included

      • Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees
      • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
      • mountain tents
      • Sleeping Mats
      • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
      • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
      • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
      • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
      • 2- way  airport transfers
      • Supplemental Oxygen & Pulse Oximeter 
      • 2 nights of accommodation at Park view inn or Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel

    Not Included

    • Flights 
    • Tips to mountain crew
    • Items of a personal nature
    • Laundry Services
    • A doctor for the group
    • Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra (US$100 per toilet + toilet tent)

     

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