7 days lemosho route (mount kilimanjaro hiking)

Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

African Trek & Travel
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Duration: 7 days
Group size: 1 - 25
7 days lemosho route (mount kilimanjaro hiking)
Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

African Trek & Travel
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Duration: 7 days
Group size: 1 - 25

About this trip

 

The Lemosho route is considered the most scenic trail on Kilimanjaro,  granting panoramic vistas on various sides of the mountain. As one of the newer routes, Lemosho is a superb choice for your climb. It is our preferred route due to its ideal balance of low crowds, beautiful scenery, and a high summit success rate.

Climb and Safari Tours® specializes in guiding on the Lemosho route. Most of our clients climb Kilimanjaro using this route and they consistently report that they loved it. Thus,  Lemosho is highly recommended. The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the west, beginning with a long drive from Moshi to Londorossi  Gate. From there, the first two days are spent trekking through the rain forest to Shira Ridge. The Lemosho route crosses the entire Shira  Plateau from west to east in a pleasant, relatively flat hike. Crowds are low until the route joins the Machame route near Lava Tower.

DAY ONE: MOSHI- LONDOROSSI GATE- BIG TRE

 Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa Elevation: 7,742 ft to 9,498 ft Distance: 6  km/4 miles 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. Upon arrival at trailhead, we begin hiking through an undisturbed forest which winds to the first campsite. 

DAY TWO: BIG TREE CAMP- SHIRA CAMP 2

 Mti Mkubwa to Shira 1 Camp Elevation: 9,498 ft to 11,500 ft Distance: 8  km/ 5miles Hiking Time: 5-6 hours Habitat: Health. We continue on the trail leading out of the rain 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. Here  we catch our first glimpse of Kibo across the plateau. 

DAY THREE: SHIRA CAMP 2 - LAVA TOWER- BA

 Shira 1 Camp to Shira Camp 2 Elevation: 11,500 ft to 13,800 ft Distance:  11 km/ 7 miles Hiking Time: 5-7 hours Habitat: Heath. We explore the  Shira Plateau for a full day. It is a gentle walk east on moorland  meadow towards Shira 2 Camp. Then we divert from the main trail 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 Plateau is one of the highest plateaus on earth. 

DAY FOUR: BARRANCO CAMP- KARANGA CAMP

 Start; Barranco Camp (3960 m) Finish: Karanga Camp (4035 m) Altitude: ↑  100 m ↓ 25 m Walking Time: 3-4hours. Today will start with the daunting  Barranco Wall. Soon you will realize it looks worse than it actually is,  but there are tricky sections where you will need to hold on tight.  Admire the views from the top. The rest of the route follows along the  mountain ridge into the Karanga valley and out. You reach Karanga Camp  after lunch and you will have fantastic views of the southern glacier of  Kibo as well as of the Kibo summit.. 

DAY FIVE: KARANGA CAMP- BARAFU CAMP

 Start; Karanga Camp (4035 m) Finish: Barafu Camp (4640 m) Altitude: ↑  605 m Walking Time: 3-4hours. A few hours hiking through desolate and  rocky moon-like landscape lies ahead. It will be a relatively easy day  leading steadily uphill. The goal for today is the Barafu campsite on a  narrow ridge in full view of Mawenzi peak. You will walk along a trail  that passes through the afro-alpine dessert until you reach your  destination for today –Barafu Camp at 4640 m. Use the rest of the day to  relax and pack your daypack for tonight’s summit attempt. Supper will  be served early; drink and eat enough if you can and try to sleep. You  will be woken up around midnight to start your walk to the summit.  

DAY SIX: BARAFU CAMP- UHURU PEAK- MWEKA

 Start; Barafu Camp (4640 m) Finish: Uhuru Peak (5895 m) – Mweka Camp  (3080 m) Altitude: ↑ 1255 m ↓ 2815 m Walking Time: 10-14 hours. It is  dark and cold as you set off just after midnight. You will climb the  frozen volcanic dust by headlamp going towards Stella Point on the  crater rim – about six hours. The sun should be rising when you arrive  here. Just an hour or two more and you will be standing on the highest  point of the crater: Uhuru peak. On top of the world! Take a short break  for pictures and celebratory hugs before you tackle the steep and dusty  descent. By now the volcanic ash will have thawed… You will stop for a  short tea break at Barafu and then continue downhill for about three  hours to Mweka camp (3080 m). This is your overnight stop. Refuel by  drinking lots of fluids and have a good helping at supper time.  

DAY SEVEN: MWEKA CAMP (3080 M)- MWEKA GA

 Start; Mweka Camp (3080 m) Finish; Mweka Gate (1630 m) Altitude; ↓ 1450 m  Walking Time; 2-3hours. A traditional farewell ceremony from the  porters begins the day. After about three hours of comfortably  descending through the greenness of the forest, you should reach Mweka  gate where the driver will be waiting. Back at the lodge, a hot shower,  cold drinks, a debrief and your certificate of achievement are waiting.  Well done!. 

What’s included

  • Park fees, camping fees
    Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees
  • Supplemental oxygen and
  • 18% VAT on tour fees &
  • Quality Mess tents with
  • Transportation to & fro
  • Enough porters to carry
  • Professional mountain gu
  • 3 meals daily while on t
  • Personal Summit Certific
  • Filtered water througho
  • Fair wages for the mount
  • Flights
  • All items of person nat
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa and passport fees
  • Tips to mountain crew
  • Items of a personal nat
  • Laundry Services
  • A doctor for the group
  • Alcoholic beverages

Itinerary

DAY ONE: MOSHI- LONDOROS
7 Days Lemosho Route Kilimanjaro Hiking

 Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa Elevation: 7,742 ft to 9,498 ft Distance: 6  km/4 miles 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. Upon arrival at trailhead, we begin hiking through an undisturbed forest which winds to the first campsite. 

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