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8 Days Kilimanjaro Climb Lemosho Route

Duration

8 Days

Destinations

  • Kilimanjaro

Activities

  • Game Drive
  • Walking Safari
  • Masai Boma Visit

Meals

  • Meals provided according to travel plan

Day 1: Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa Camp

  • Elevation (ft): 7,800ft to 9,500ft
  • Distance: 6 km
  • Hiking Time:3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest

We depart Moshi for Londorossi Gate, which takes about 4 hours, where 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.

Day 2: Mti Mkubwa to Shira Camp 1

  • Elevation (ft): 9,500ft to 11,500ft
  • Distance: 8 km
  • Hiking Time 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

We continue on the trail leading out of the forest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather, and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As we ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, we reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 camp. The view of Kibo from across the plateau is amazing.

Day 3: Shira Camp 1 to Shira 2 to Moir Hut

  • Elevation (ft): 11,500ft to 13,800 ft
  • Distance: 14 km
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

We explore the Shira plateau for a full day. It is a gentle walk east toward Kibo’s glaciered peak, across the plateau which leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream. Then we continue to Moir Hut, a little used site on the base of Lent Hills. A variety of walks are available on Lent Hills making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity. Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth.

Day 4: Moir Hut to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

  • Elevation (ft): 13,800ft to 13,000ft
  • Distance: 7 km
  • Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
  • Habitat: Semi Desert

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.

Day 5: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

  • 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.

Day 6: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

  • 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.

Day 7: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut

  • 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

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), 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 (18,600 ft), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all they way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit.
From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. 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.

Day 8: Mweka Camp to Moshi

  • 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, you continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to hotel in Moshi.

Inclusive:

  • Two nights’ accommodation at the Hotel in Moshi/Arusha (before and after the climb)
    o First night includes breakfast
    o Last night includes dinner & breakfast
  • Return transportation from Moshi/Arusha to/from the starting/finishing point on the mountain
  • Qualified guides with their professional crew
  • National park fees
  • Tents and sleeping mattresses
  • Cutlery / Crockery / Eating utensils
  • Mess tent (for dining) / Mini camping chairs / Tables / Candles
  • Rescue Fees
  • Return Airport transfers to JRO – Kilimanjaro international Airport
  • Pulse oximeters
  • Emergency Oxygen
  • First aid kit
  • Guides, porters, cook, waiter salaries
  • Boiled water (drinking and washing) on the mountain
  • All meals on the mountain (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Guides, porters, waiter, cook accommodation and entry fees on the mountain

Exclusive:

  • Single rooms supplement at the Hotel (except on the 1-person rate)
  • Guides, Porters, Cook & Waiters tips
  • Meals and drinks not specified
  • Gears for your climb (they are available for rent if you need one)
  • Items of personal nature.
  • Additional nights beyond the two standard hotel nights included
  • Visas & Travel Insurance
  • Flights Ticket

Clothing & foot wear

  • Caps for sun protection
  • Sun glasses
  • Light shoes [snickers are recommended]
  • Hiking boots [from day 3]
  • Gaiters
  • Summit jacket
  • Balaclava
  • Gloves
  • T-shirts [polyester material]
  • Water proof pants
  • Skinny pants [polyester material]
  • Socks [both heavy & light ones]
  • Rain jacket in case you’ll visit during rainy season
  • Equipment
  • Camera
  • Chargers [photo]
  • Memory chip and battery for cameras
  • Notebook & pen [you might need to write your memories down]
  • Duffel bag.
  • Day pack
  • Reusable water bottle & thermos
  • Sleeping bag [you can even rent on your arrival]

Appliances

  • Sun lotion for face
  • Normal skin lotion
  • Tooth brush & tooth paste

Documents

  • Keep them in a secure place. You can some copies in your day pack just in case. You can leave the original back in the hotel/camp.

Emergency Evacuations (procedures, insurance, health)

  • You are required to have a travel insurance that covers emergency air lifting evacuation, this will help you get a helicopter and be out of the mountain in not more than 1 hour. For more information and recommendation feel free to ask us.

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