Lemosho route is the most dramatic and beautiful route up to Kilimanjaro. It is the most remote and getting popularity now days which traverse some of Kilimanjaro most striking and least traveled landscapes, including the base of Kibo Peak’s and dramatic south-facing glaciers. This route has added benefits of trekking across the Shira Plateau a World Heritage Site trekking 180 degrees around Kilimanjaro and also this route allowed plenty of time to acclimatize to the high altitude and this is the key to your safety, comfort, enjoyment and success while trekking mountain Kilimanjaro. Lemosho route can be climb for 6 days, 7 days and 8 days depend with your time and budget.
We will meet, drive you from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) to your hotel in Moshi to rest for a while and later meet your guide for gear checking and briefing about the mountain. Furthermore, the guide will go through the group camping gear and demonstrate the use and operation of all equipment especially emergency oxygen cylinder and pulse ox-meter, your guide also will explain signs and symptoms of various mountain sicknesses which might happen while trekking.
To Mti Mkubwa Camp 9100ft/2650m
After breakfast in the morning, you will drive for approximately four hours to the Londorosi gate where you will do registration and get entrance permit. Then, you will drive again for one hour to Lemosho starting point where you will get off from the jeep and stop for picnic lunch. After lunch, you will meet all the crews including the rest of the guides, cooks, and porters.
Your hike will start through crossing a rainforest for about 2 to 3 hours to cover the distance of 4.5 miles/7km to Mti Mkubwa Camp. On the way, you will see a lot of beautiful flowers like impatiens Kilimanjaro, and if you are lucky, you might see black and white Colobus monkeys and other forest wildlife.
To Moir Hut 13800ft/4200m
This day will be one of your beautiful and longest hikes. For the first sessions, you will walk for 3-4 hours to Shira 1 camp. You will have a lunch stop and short break, and you will cover distance of 4.5miles/7km. After lunch, you will hike for about 4-5 hours to cover the distance of 5.5miles/9km. You will also cross the middle of Shira Plateau, a world heritage site through moorland zone, and arrive in the beautiful overnight camp located at the base of a massive lava flow.
Today, you will keep walking in Alpine desert for 5.5miles/9km for about 6 to 8 hours. You will start by climbing over steep hills and very few rocks, then steady uphill climb to the lava tower 15190feet/4600m, ( Lava towers is 328feet/100m high volcanic plug that just outside of the mountain) and stop for lunch around noon. From this point, some people might start to feel a mild headache due to the altitude change. From lava tower, you will descend for about 2 hours through dust and rock trail to have overnight rest at Barranco Camp.
Today is a short day for 4 to 6 hours to cover the distance of 3.7miles/6km and you will start by scrambling up the great Barranco wall for about 1 to 2 hours. In this wall, some section will be steep forcing you to use hands to reach and maneuver yourself around rock boulders like rock climbing, though it is not as challenging as rock climbing. At the top of the wall, you can see Barranco valley and the campsite where you spent the night before. You will also walk up and down to Karanga valley which is the last water point on the mountain and on top of the ridge; it will be your campsite where you will have hot lunch and overnight stay.
Today, you will have another walking of 2.4 miles/4km for 3 to 5 hours in steep uphill with a lot of boulders and shattered rock crossing an upper Alpine desert. You will go through a steep ridge until you reach a rocky section which is more scrambling for about an hour and a half. Your next camp will be on a large rocky area with steep faces and you will have earlier dinner and sleep earlier because you will have to wake up in the middle of the night for the summit
You will wake up around 11:00pm and have some tea and snacks that will warm you for the summit. At 12:00am you will start your summit around midnight by start it with steep rocks for about 2 to 3 hours and then you will start crossing zigzag area and keep moving to crater rim and finally Stella point 18800feet on around 06:00am. At Stella point, you will meet with other hikers from other route and join them heading to Uhuru peak and you will be able to see the sunrise on your way or at the summit. Once you arrive at the summit, you will stay for 10 to 15 minutes for pictures and sightseeing and descend down via the same trail for about 3 hours to Barafu Camp for rest, brunch, and descend to Mweka Hut. The distances from the base camp to the summit is 6.2 miles/10km round trip
There are so many cases of the people falling and hurt themselves on the mountain after the summit achievement because of the excitement and happiness kindly make sure you walk slow and use walking poles while descending from the summit.
Today after breakfast, you will meet your Eastland Adventures Kilimanjaro crew for group pictures and Kilimanjaro songs. Afterward, you will start descending down via rain forest for about 3 to 4 hours to cover the distance of 6.2 miles/10km, also if you lucky you can see blue monkeys and black and white Colobus monkeys as well. At Mweka Gate, you will sign out in Kilimanjaro National Park log book and the guide will collect a certificate for those who manage successful summit and then drive you to your hotel in Moshi for a hot shower and Kilimanjaro beer.
Today as per your flight details we will drive you too Kilimanjaro international airport for the departures or join us for the Safaris