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Kilimanjaro – Lemosho Route

8 Days

The Lemosho route is regarded as one of the prettiest routes on Kilimanjaro. We begin from the west, trekking in the fertile rainforest until we reach the wildflowers of the heath ecosystem. Approaching from the west, we cross one of most beautiful areas on Kilimanjaro, the Shira Plateau, before traversing the mountain along the southern circuit.

The total time on the mountain is 8 days. We recommend hiking the 8 day Lemosho route as it provides plenty of time for acclimatization and it also keeps the daily hiking distances reasonable.

Overview

The total time on the mountain is 8 days. We recommend hiking the 8 day Lemosho route as it provides plenty of time for acclimatization and it also keeps the daily hiking distances reasonable.

Itinerary

Elevation (ft): 7,800ft to 9,500ft
Distance: 6 km
Hiking Time:3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest
Transport from the hotel is arranged to the park entrance (2000m). Here you will complete entry formalities. Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead (another hour to reach the trailhead). Upon arrival at trailhead, we eat lunch, then commence through undisturbed forest which winds to the first camp site. The climb goes through the rain forest. It is a 4/5 hours walk to the first camp, through verdant scenery. The forest is alive with bird life, and some elephant and other wildlife may be seen. Dinner and overnight at Mti Mkubwa camp

Elevation (ft): 9,500ft to 11,500ft
Distance: 8 km
hiking Time 5-6 hours
Habitat: Moorland
The trek to Shira One camp is about 7 miles and takes 4 to 5 hours. About half an hour after leaving Mti Mkubwa camp, the climber emerges from the rain forest on to alpine meadow. This is a stunning climb, with splendid views possible of the peaks and of the plains below the mountain. The vegetation is also quite spectacular, especially higher up, where giant lobelias may be seen. Higher still, the vegetation becomes thinner, and the effects of altitude, commonly experienced as shortness of breath, may begin to be felt. Dinner and Overnight at Shira One (3400m).

Elevation (ft): 11,500ft to 13,800 ft
Distance: 14 km
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Moorland
An easy day to help acclimatization and to explore the volcanic rock formations of Shira Plateau. We walk to the summit of Shira Cathedral before reaching the next camp at Shira Hut (12,600 ft). This campsite has stunning views, close to the glaciated dome of Kibo and the jagged rim of Shira Plateau. The views from here of Mt. Meru floating on the clouds are simply unforgettable. Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth

Elevation (ft): 13,800ft to 13,000ft
Distance: 7 km
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Semi Desert
This is an acclimatization day. You walk from the camp up to Lava Tower at 4600m before descending down to Baranco camp at 3945m, 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." Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

Elevation (ft): 13,000ft to 13,100ft
Distance: 5km
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. This is a short day meant for acclimatization. A steep climb up the Barranco Wall leads us to an undulating trail on the south-eastern flank of Kibo, with superb vistas of the Southern Icefields. The terrain changes to scree, with pockets of lush vegetation in sheltered hollows, and there is only a short distance to our camp at Karanga Camp (13,100 ft), the last water point on the way to the summit
(But this Day can be Skipped, and the Group will Leave Baranco straight to Barafu Camp without spending the night in Karanga)

Elevation (ft): 13,100ft to 15,300ft
Distance: 4 km
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
After breakfast, we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, 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. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the early morning final ascent.

Elevation (ft): 15,300ft to 19,345ft (and down to 10,000ft)
Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent
Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent
Habitat: Arctic
We start our ascent by torchlight about midnight so that we can be up on the crater rim by sunrise. The steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to Stella Point (18,800 ft), in about five or six hours. We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the two-hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (19,345 ft), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Barafu is surprisingly fast from the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site,. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

Elevation (ft): 10,000ft to 5,400ft
Distance: 10 km
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest
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).
From the gate, a Private transport Transfers you back to hotel in Moshi.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • • 7 nights’ Accommodation on the Mountain, Camping in Tents 2 persons per tent where applicable
  • • Kilimanjaro Park Entrance Fees, and government taxes and Levies.
  • • Services of a professional English speaking Mountain guide
  • • Private Transport from Moshi Hotel to Mountain Gate or Trail Head.
  • • All Meals while on the Mountain
  • • AMREF. Flying doctors service (Evacuation Insurance)

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • • Tips to the Mt guide, porters, cooks and Driver guide
  • • Expenses of personal nature.
  • • Bottled water
  • • Visa Fees
  • • Personal Medical / Travel Insurance.
  • • Any other services other than those mentioned above as inclusive.
  • • 1st and last night after and before the climb.

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Kilimanjaro – Lemosho Route