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Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route, Tanzania - 8 Days

Kilimanjaro Trekking on the Lemosho Route

Day 1: Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Londorossi Gate, Hike to Mti Mkubwa Camp

After breakfast and briefing, drive to Londorossi Park Gate (about a 3-hour drive). From here a forest track requiring a 4WD vehicle leads to Lemosho Glades. Walk along forest trails to Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite.

Elevation: 1830m/6000ft to 2650m/8700ft

Distance: 6km/4mi

Hiking Time: 2-3 hours

Habitat: Montane Forest

Meals: LD

Budget Lodging: Mti Mkubwa Camp

Day 2: Hike Mti Mkubwa Camp to Shira 1 Camp

After breakfast, we continue as the trail gradually steepens and enters the giant heather moorland zone. After several streams are crossed we continue over the Shira Ridge then gently downwards to Shira 1 camp located by a stream on the Shira Plateau.

Elevation: 2650m/8700ft to 3500m/11,500ft

Distance: 8km/5mi

Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Habitat: Moorland

Meals: BLD

Budget Lodging: Shira 1 Camp

Day 3: Hike Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp

After breakfast, a gentle hike across the plateau leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream. A variety of hikes are available on the Plateau, making this an excellent acclimatization day.

Elevation: 3500m/11,500ft to 3850m/12,600ft

Distance: 8km/5mi

Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Habitat: Moorland

Meals: BLD

Budget Lodging: Shira 2 Camp

Day 4: Hike Shira 2 Camp to Barranco Camp

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" (elev 4650m/15,250ft). Shortly after the tower we come to the second junction which goes to the Arrow Glacier. We now continue down to the Barranco Camp. Although you end the day around the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

Elevation: 3850m/12,600ft to 4000m/13,000ft

Distance: 8km/5mi

Walking Time: 5-6 hours

Habitat: Semi-desert

Meals: BLD

Budget Lodging: Barranco Camp

Day 5: Hike Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail.

Elevation: 4000m/13,000ft to 4050m/13,250ft

Distance: 5km/3mi

Hiking Time: 34 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Meals: BLD

Budget Lodging: Karanga Valley Camp

Day 6: Hike Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

We continue up to the Barafu Camp. 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.

Elevation: 4050m/13,250ft to 4700m/15,350ft

Distance: 4km/2mi

Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Meals: BLD

Budget Lodging: Barafu Camp

Day 7: Hike Barafu Camp to Summit, down to Mweka Camp

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), 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 you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit.

From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. Once at Uhuru Peak you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa!

From the summit we begin our descent by continuing straight down to the Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You may want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. We arrive at Mweka Camp and enjoy our last evening on the mountain.

Elevation: 4700m/15,350ft to 5895m/19,340ft

Down to 3090m/10,150ft

Distance: 5km/3mi up / 13km/8mi down

Hiking Time: 5-7 hours up / 5-6 hours down

Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

Meals: BLD

Budget Lodging: Mweka Camp

Day 8: Hike Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate, drive to Moshi

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, continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 30 minutes).

Elevation: 3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft

Distance: 10km/6mi

Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: Forest

More Tours by Kilimanjaro Guides Expeditions:

Country: Tanzania
Transfer: Included
Food: Included
Airport: Moshi - Kilimanjaro International Airport
Registered Member of Tourism board of: Tanzania
Testimonials (Website,TripAdvisor, etc.): Yes
Link to reviews:
Guide Languages:
Experience Level: Moderate
Tour operator name: Kilimanjaro Guides Expeditions
Min group size: 2
Max group size: 7
Duration: 8
Provided Accommodation: Tent and Hostel/Hotel
Included in service: Accommodations before and after the trek. -Park entrance/Huts fees. -Transfers from base hotel to the park entrance gate and come back -Food 3 meals (All meals are hot)/premium Menu. -Enough clean Water the mountain. -Professional and Experience Mountain Guide who have qualified in wilderness first aid responder (WFR) -Good number of porters -Cook. -Pulse oxymeter, stetescope -Hot water every day for washing
Not included in Service: Tips. -All items of personal nature. -Climbing gear
Equipment to bring: Clothing - 1 - Waterproof Jacket, breathable with hood - 1 - Insulated Jacket, synthetic or down - 1 - Soft Jacket, fleece or soft-shell - 2 - Long Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric - 1 - Short Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric - 1 - Waterproof Pants, breathable (side-zipper recommended) - 2 - Hiking Pants (convertible to shorts recommended) - 1 - Fleece Pants - 1 - Shorts (optional) - 1 - Long Underwear (moisture-wicking fabric recommended) - 3 - Underwear, briefs (moisture-wicking fabric recommended) - 2 - Sport Bra (women) Footwear - 1 - Hiking Boots, warm, waterproof, broken-in, with spare laces - 1 - Gym Shoes, to wear at camp (optional) - 3 - Socks, thick, wool or synthetic - 3 - Sock Liners, tight, thin, synthetic, worn under socks to prevent blisters (optional) - 1 - Gaiters, waterproof (optional) Equipment - 1 - Sleeping Bag, warm, four seasons - 1 - Sleeping Bag Liner, for added warmth (optional) - 1 - Sleeping Pad, self-inflating or closed-cell foam - 1 - Trekking Poles (highly recommended) - 1 - Head lamp, with extra batteries - 1 - Duffel bag, for porters to carry your equipment - 1 - Daypack, for you to carry your personal gear Paperwork - Trip Receipt - Passport - Visa (available at JRO) - Yellow fever certificate - Insurance Documents including emergency phone number Headwear - 1 - Brimmed Hat, for sun protection - 1 - Knit Hat, for warmth - 1 - Balaclava, for face coverage (optional) - 1 - Bandana (optional) Handwear - 1 - Gloves, warm (waterproof recommended) - 1 - Glove Liners, thin, synthetic, worn under gloves for added warmth (optional) Accessories - 1 - Sunglasses or Goggles - 1 - Backpack Cover, waterproof (optional) - 1 - Poncho, during rainy season (optional) - 1 - Water Bottle (Nalgene, 32 oz. recommended) - 1 - Water Bladder, Camelbak type (optional) - 1 - Towel, lightweight, quick-dry (optional) - 1 - Pee Bottle, to avoid leaving tent at night (highly recommended) - Stuff Sacks or Plastic Bags, various sizes, to keep gear dry and separate Other - Toiletries - Prescriptions - Sunscreen - Lip Balm - Insect Repellent, containing DEET - First Aid Kit - Hand Sanitizer - Toilet Paper - Wet Wipes (recommended) - Snacks, light-weight, high calorie, high energy (optional) - Pencil and Notebook, miniature, for trip log (optional) - Camera, with extra batteries (optional) Empfohlene Reise Saison:
Recommended Season:
Guaranteed departure dates: Daily departure
Remarks: None
Terms and Conditions: Cancellation: 42 days before arrival 100 % refund, 41-22 days before 70 % refund less than there weeks before arrival 0 % refund
Listing created Jan 31, 2016

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