Among other routes to Kilmanjaro, Lemosho route should be the most competitive route of all because of its’ scenic and trail development. Unlike the most popular and crowded Machame route, which simply intersects the Shira Plateau, the Lemosho route crosses the entirety of the plain from west to east in a pleasant, relatively flat climb. The best thing as an added bonus is that climbers will meet few people while climbing until the route joins the Machame route. Later, Lemosho follows the same route through Lava Tower, Barranco and Barafu, known as the southern circuit. Both Machame route and Lemosho route descends through the Mweka route. And the climber can decide to have a stop at Millennium Camp or Mweka Camp before heading out.
The nine days Lemosho variation is preferred over the seven days option because it breaks up day two into two days, providing better acclimatization and a more gradual ascent. On the seven day route, we walk from Forest Camp to Shira Camp 1 on day two, a reasonable altitude gain of 2,000 feet. Then on day three, we continue from Shira Camp 2 to the little used Moir Hut, at 13,800 feet. Overall the exposure to this altitude will help prepare the body for higher altitudes coming on the following days.
Reaching the summit! Experiencing that incomparable, ‘roof of the world’ feeling
A more relaxed pace than other routes, but longer in time and distance. But very challenging!
Stunning views as you ascend, with arguably the best photo opportunities, possible wildlife experiences on Day One
Discover Shira Plateau and Barranco
Climb the Lava Tower!
Dedicated guides, porters and cooks – a great team to help you on your way
Please arrive by 07:30 AM for a prompt departure at 08:00 AM
Approximately 5:30 PM
.2 Nights accommodation in Arusha in a Standard Hotel Quality, waterproof private mountain tents Professional, experienced, mountain guides
.All Park fees:
.All meals while on the Mountain
.Arrival and Departure transfers
.Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
.Mess tents with table and chairs
.Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food:
.Clean, purified drinking water
.Crisis management and safety procedures
.Insurance and ethical treatment of porters
.2 nights luxury hotel in Arusha / Moshi (FB)
.Emergency Oxygen Tank
.Extra Sleeping Bag
.Assistant porter to carry your daypack everyday
Day 1: Arrival and Airport Pick Up
Upon landing at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will follow all the customs and immigration formalities the driver who has been waiting for you with a board bearing your names will take you to a private transfer to Arusha/Moshi where you will spend the night at your hotel. Your Mountain climbing guides will meet you for climbing briefing and will answer any questions you may have about your climb. Your Kilimanjaro guide will also do an equipment check to be sure that you are fully prepared.
Day 2: Starting point (2,300m) to Mti Mkubwa (2,750m
After breakfast in your hotel in Arusha, you will drive for approximately one hour and half to the Kilimanjaro National Park, Londorosi gate. At the gate you will have to check in and register, and then you will have an opportunity to meet the rest of the climbing crew, such assistant guides, porters and the chef. Today you your trek to the first camp will take about 4 hours through the undisturbed forest to our camp for the night. With luck we will be able to see Colobus monkeys and signs of elephants or buffaloes and other forest wildlife on our hike to camp.
Day 3: Mti Mkubwa (2,750m) to Shira Plateau West Side Camp 1 (3,550m)
Today you will take your time hiking through the forest which will afford you an opportunity to spot plentiful game and bird life. The hike will take you up through the Montane Forest and the Hagenia forest zones. You will be able to see the unique environmental differences that characterize these equatorial zones.
Day 4: Shira Camp 1 (3,550m) to Shira Camp 2(Fischer’s Camp) (3,840m)
Take your hike today which will last for about 4 hours across the Shira Plateau, A World Heritage Site, and another hour will take you up the western slope of the Kibo Massif. Spend some time admiring and exploring the plateau, before you get to your picnic lunch site. You overnight camp will be set up in the upper heath and moorland zone in full view of the Western Breach.
Day 5: Shira Camp 2 (3,840m) - Barranco camp (3,950m) via Lava Tower
This morning you will hike east over intervening ridges and valley to join the Mweka Route, which will be your descent route. From there you can observe well the beauty Kibo peak. Passing by many awesome ridges and of it the most famous one is named Shark’s Tooth (4,400m) made of milestone then you will come across protruding Lava Tower (4,600m). The you will reach at Barranco wall then at the camp , your tent will be pitched on a narrow, stony, wind-swept ridge, so make sure that you familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents. Prepare your equipment the next day is for acclimatization and low sleep.
Day 6: Barranco Camp (3,950m) to Barafu Camp (4,700m)
Today its awesome day, you will begin your beauty day by trekking the Barranco wall following by beauty scenery of the edges of Kibo peak vantage points of frosted scenery. The trail begins to fluctuate as we cross various small streams and the Karanga River that excitedly hops over the rocks. We will stop a bit at Karanga Campsite for our hot lunch at 3930m. An hour’s climb up a steep, granite lava ridge will lead us to the Barafu Camp. . The last water point on this route is Karanga Valley as there is no water at Barafu Cam. Even though Barafu is the Swahili word for ice. The famous snows of Kilimanjaro are far above Barafu Camp near the summit of the mountain. Your tent will be pitched on a narrow, stony, wind-swept ridge, so make sure that you familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents. Prepare your equipment and warm clothing for your summit climb, and drink a lot of fluids. After an early dinner, go to bed for a few hours of valued sleep.
Day 7: Barafu Camp (4,700m) to Summit (5895m) , descent to Mweka Camp (3100m)
You will be up around 11:30 PM, and after some hot tea and biscuits you will drag your feet off into the night. 6-hour climb northwest up through heavy scree between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers to Stella Point on the crater rim is the most challenging part of the route for most climbers. At Stella Point 5,685 m you stop for a short rest and a chance to see a supremely sanguine sunrise aiming to reach at summit when the temperature is low up to -10C○ you will have a trek of some hours before reaching the summit. Reaching at the Uhuru peak the top part of Africa (the roof of Africa) you will have an excellent award, viewing the heaven touching apex of the mountain drenched in a shroud of clouds and splotches of gleaming snow impale the lush floor. Across the horizon you will see the glaciers protruding like a row of thorns. Swaddled around them are necklaces of powdery snow, frosty ice fields and Mawenzi Peak. Enjoying seeing the summit crater glaciers and standing on Africa’s highest peak, After taking in the view from Uhuru Peak, begin the long descend through Barafu Hut and down to your final camp near Mweka Hut. A tantalizing meal will be served at the campsite and you will be able to snuggle in your sleeping bag.
You will have breakfast before pursuing the day adventure .Descend further down in a hike that will take you about 4 to 5 hours to make the 4,500 feet descend to the park gate. At the gate, you will be cheered by your Kilimanjaro crew as you check out. This is also a day when successful climbers normally receive their summit certificates and can be followed by a bottle of chapmen. Climbers who reached Stella Point are issued green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak receive gold certificates. From Mweka Gate you will continue down to Mweka Village 3 km where you will be served a delicious hot lunch after which you are driven back to Arusha for a past due hot shower and comfortable night in a nice hotel in Arusha.
DAY 9: Arusha to Kilimanjaro Airport
Your trip in Tanzania is now over. After a good night rest at your hotel, there will a breakfast ready according to your request while a scheduled check-out in most hotels is 10.00am. (If you wish to remain in the hotel during the day, please advise us of this when you book your trip and you will inform you of the cost for day room which ends at 18:00hrs. You will be picked from your hotel and dropped off at the Kilimanjaro International Airport if you wish airport transfer arrangement; your airport transfer driver will meet you at the hotel. However, those travelers who have booked with us to go on safari, your Alkebulan Travels guide will be meeting you in the evening for safari briefing.