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7 Days/6 | 8 DAYS/7NIGHTS | 9DAYS/8NIGHTS Lemosho route

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    MAIN FEATURES:

    • The Lemosho Route: is an unspoilt, remote, little-used and beautiful way up to the Shira Plateau. It can either be used to gain the Western Breach route or followed by the Kibo South Circuit to ascend by the easier Barafu Route. The route is one of the few where groups may be accompanied on the first day by an armed ranger as the forests around the Lemosho Glades are rich in buffalo, elephant and other big game animals. The route is quite long and a party wishing to ascent comfortably should take 8 days on the trip.

    • However the campsites at Shira 1 and at Karanga Valley could be left out by a very strong party ascending via the Barafu Route making this a 6 day trip. Also it is possible to go up the Western Breach and complete the trip in 5 days – this is a very tough option. The Barafu (comfortable) variant is described below.

    DAY 1: LEMOSHO GATE TO MTI MKUBWA CAMP.( 2250M – 2750M)- ALTITUTE.GAIN..500M.A.S.L
    Drive from hotel in Moshi to Londorosi Park Gate (distance: 2250m, time: 2hours).
    From here a forest track requiring a 4WD vehicle leads to Lemosho Glades (altitude:2100m,distance: 11km – time: 45 minutes) and Walk along forest trails to Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite, (2750m, 3 hours).

    DAY 2. FROM MTI MKUBWA TO SHIRA 1 CAMP (2750M – 3500M) –ALTITUDE GAIN 750M.A.SL.
    The trail gradually steepens and enters the giant heather moorland zone. Several streams are crossed then it gains the Shira Ridge at about 3600m and drops gently down to Shira 1 camp located by a stream on the Shira Plateau (distance: 3500m,time: 5 hours).

    DAY 3: FROM SHIRA 1 CAMP TO SHIRA 2 CAMP (3500M – 3850M) – ALTITUDE GAIN 350M.A.S.L
    A gentle walk across the plateau leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream (distance:3850m, time: 1.5 hours). A variety of walks are available on the Plateau making this an excellent acclimatization day.

    DAY 4: FROM SHIRA 2 CAMP TO BARRANCO/KARANGA VALLEY (3850M – 4000M).ALT.GAIN- 150M.A.S.L
    Continue eastwards over moorland then the rocky path leads amongst outcrops to the Lava Tower. We traverse below this and descend gently to the Barranco Hut and good campsites back in the moorland zone (distance: 3900m, time: 4 hours).

    DAY 5: FROM KARANGA CAMP TO BARAFU CAMP (4000M – 4600M) – ALTITUDE GAIN: 600M.A.S.L.
    A short scramble to the top of the Great Barranco and then a traverse over screen and ridges to the Karanga Valley (distance: 4000m – time:3 hours), beneath the icefalls of the Heim, Kersten and Decken Glaciers. After climbing out of the Karanga Valley the trail ascends a ridge to the Barafu Hut, a bleak location with little vegetation at 4600m, (3 hours walking). An early start for the ascent to the rim of the Kibo Crater between the Rebmann and Ratzel Glaciers, (4 hours); the last section before the rim can sometimes be snow-covered and an ice-axe or ski stick is useful for balance.

    DAY 6: FROM BARAFU CAMP TO UHURU PEAK -MWEKA CAMP (4600M–5896M)-ALTITUDE GAIN: 1296M.A.S.L
    From here a further hour leads to Uhuru Peak, from where there are often fine views of Meru to the west and the jagged peak of Mawenzi to the east. After a short time on the summit you descend to the Barafu Hut for a rest and lunch before continuing on down to camp at Mweka camp in the giant heather zone on the Mweka route. Those with energy on the summit may wish to descend to the Reutsh Crater and visit the dramatic ice pinnacles of the Eastern Ice fields. Overnight at Mweka camp.

    DAY 7 : FROM MWEKA CAMP TO MWEKA GATE
    After early breakfast, descent down to the Mweka gate meet with KINAPA staff for certificate of appreciation! Then transfer to the hotel in Moshi/Arusha for resting, evening time arrange occasion for congratulation party with your fellow members!

    DAY 1: LONDOROSSI GATE (2,100M/6,890FT) TO MTI MKUBWA CAMP (2,750M/9,023FT)
    ELEVATION GAIN: 650 METERS, 2,133 FEET.
    Lemosho is ideal for climbers seeking a more private hiking experience. Although the trail joins with the more popular Machame route on day three, the first two days on the mountain are relatively quiet with few other trekking groups on the trail. On the first day, arrive at Londorossi Gate at about 11am. Spend about an hour at the gate while Our professional guide registers your climb and the porters and guides make final preparations.

    Please note that: the arrival time at the gate may vary depending on road conditions.
    After registering at the gate, drive to the trailhead. Leave the gate at around 12pm for Mti Mkubwa Camp. Pass through the rain forests of Kilimanjaro viewing trees and birds along the way. Eat a picnic on the trail before continuing to Mti Mkubwa Camp. Arrive at the campsite in the late afternoon and relax for the rest of the day.

    DAY 2: MTI MKUBWA CAMP (2,750M/9,023FT) TO SHIRA 1 CAMP (3,720M/12,200FT)
    ELEVATION GAIN: 970 METERS, 3,177 FEET
    Leave the forest on day two for Kilimanjaro’s moorland. When the trail flattens out, you will have your first views of Kibo peak. After lunch, you will climb the Shira Plateau, created when Kibo’s lava flows filled up the Shira crater. Stop at Shira 1 Camp, where you will relax for the rest of the day. Faster hikers may continue to Shira 2 Camp (3,830m/12,560ft).

    DAY 3: SHIRA I CAMP (3,720M/12,200FT) TO BARRANCO CAMP (3,950M/12,960FT)
    TOTAL ELEVATION GAIN: 810 METERS, 2,660 FEET
    This is a very long day of hiking and it is imperative that you leave the camp by 7am. Hikers may also choose to camp at Shira II and skip Karanga Valley on day four. This will shorten day three significantly. Although this up-and-down day ends with an elevation gain of only 120 meters, by early afternoon you will have climbed 810 meters to a height of 4,530 meters before beginning your descent to Barranco Camp. Although the hike is tiring, it is crucial for acclimatization.
    After breakfast continue east on the Shira Plateau, reaching the junction for the Machame, Lemosho and Shira trails. Join the more crowded Machame route before stopping for lunch. Shortly after lunch you will reach the highest point of the day before descending quickly to Barranco Camp. Faster hikers can take a detour via Lava Tower, a 300-foot lava formation jutting out of the mountainside.

    DAY 4: BARRANCO CAMP (3,950M/12,960FT) TO KARANGA VALLEY (4,200M/13,780FT)
    ELEVATION GAIN: 250 METERS, 820 FEET.
    Leave Barranco Camp after breakfast for Karanga Valley. The day begins with an hour and a half scramble up the Barranco Wall. This is the hardest part of the day and in some places you may have to use your hands to pull your body up. After reaching the top, make a short descent into the greener Karanga Valley. We generally camp on the ridge above the valley to allow for greater acclimatization.

    DAY 5: KARANGA VALLEY (4,200M/13,780FT) TO BARAFU CAMP (4,600M/15,100FT) ELEVATION GAIN: 400 METERS, 1,320 FEET
    After breakfast, begin the hike to Barafu Camp. On the way to Barafu, view several of Kibo’s glaciers as well as the junction that connects the descent route, Mweka, with the Machame trail. During day four, hike by the Heim, Kersten and Decken Glaciers. Although the trail to Barafu passes through alpine desert with little vegetation, there are stunning views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks along the way. Try to sleep as soon as you finish dinner as you will awake before midnight for your summit hike.

    DAY 6: BARAFU CAMP (4,600M/15,100FT) TO CRATER CAMP (5,715M/18,750FT)
    ELEVATION GAIN: 1,115 METERS, 3,650 FEET
    Due to the steep ascent at high altitude, this is the most challenging day of the ascent. Leave Barafu Camp early in the morning to begin your hike to the top of Kibo Crater. It is important to remember to snack during the ascent to keep your energy up. You will likely lose your appetite during this day and begin to feel new effects of altitude sickness. After ascending Kibo’s wall, hike to Crater Camp, the highest camp on Kilimanjaro. The camp is located inside Kilimanjaro’s Kibo crater, and offers stunning views of the surrounding glaciers.

    DAY 7: CRATER CAMP (5,715M/18,750FT) TO SUMMIT (5,895M/19,340FT) TO MWEKA CAMP (3,100M/10,170FT)
    ELEVATION GAIN: 180 METERS, 590 FEET AND ELEVATION LOSS: 2,795 METERS, 9,170 FEET
    At dawn, begin the final ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. The hike to the summit is slow, taking up to two hours to gain 180 meters. Reach Uhuru around 8am and take photos at the roof of Africa. Descend to Barafu Camp where you are at brunch. At 1pm, continue to Mweka Camp your final camp on Kilimanjaro.

    DAY 8: MWEKA CAMP (3,100M/10,170FT) TO MWEKA GATE (1,500M/4,920FT)
    ELEVATION LOSS: 1,600 METERS, 5,250 FEET
    After breakfast, finish the trek with a descent to Mweka Gate. Your last hike on Kilimanjaro is a beautiful one, passing through Kilimanjaro cloud forest. Watch your step during the descent, as the trail can be slippery. Our vehicles will be waiting at the lower station of Mweka Gate to take you back to Arusha. You will be able to buy t-shirts and sodas at the gate.

    DAY 01: LONDOROSSI GATE (2,100M/6,890FT) TO MTI MKUBWA CAMP (2,750M/9,023FT) ELEVATION GAIN: 650 METERS, 2,133 FEET
    The Lemosho Route offers a more private Kilimanjaro experience than the other routes of Marangu and Machame. Although the trail joins with the more popular Machame route on day three, the first two days on the mountain are relatively private, with few other trekking groups around. On the first day, arrive at Londorosi Gate at about 11am. Once you arrive, you’ll spend about an hour waiting at the gate while Our professional guide will registers your climb and the porters and guides make final preparations. At around 12pm, you will begin hiking with your guides to Mti Mkubwa Camp. Hike through the rain forests of Kilimanjaro viewing trees and birds along the way. You will eat a packed lunch on the trail while enjoying the sounds of the forest. Arrive at the campsite at about 4pm to rest for the next day.

    DAY 2: MTI MKUBWA CAMP (2,750M/9,023FT) TO SHIRA 1 CAMP (3,720M/12,200FT) ELEVATION GAIN: 970 METERS, 3,177 FEET
    Leave the forest on day two for Kilimanjaro moorland. When the trail flattens out, you will have your first views of Kibo peak. After lunch, you will climb the Shira Plateau, created when Kibo’s lava flows filled up the Shira crater. Stop at Shira 1 Camp, where you will relax for the rest of the day. Faster hikers may continue to Shira 2 Camp (3,830m/12,560ft).

    DAY 3 : SHIRA I CAMP (3,720M/12,200FT) TO SHIRA II CAMP (3,840 METERS/12,532FT) ELEVATION GAIN: 120M, 332FT
    This is an acclimatization day that allows you to take day hikes that explore the Shira Plateau. You will hike only a short while and gain just over 1000 feet in elevation.

    DAY 4: SHIRA II CAMP (3,840M/12,532) TO BARRANCO CAMP (3,950M/12,960FT) ELEVATION GAIN: 110M, 428FT
    Although this up-and-down day ends with an elevation gain of only 110 meters, by early afternoon you will have climbed 690 meters to a height of 4,530 meters before beginning your descent to Barranco Camp. Although the route is somewhat frustrating, this day is crucial for acclimatization. After breakfast, continue east on the Shira Plateau for two hours before reaching the junction for Shira and Lemosho Routes. Continue on through the barren landscape for another half an hour before stopping for lunch. Shortly after lunch you will reach the highest point of the day before descending quickly to Barranco Camp. From the high point, you can see Lava Tower, a 300-foot lava formation jutting out of the mountainside. Faster hikers can take a detour via Lava Tower.Barranco Camp is considered to be the most scenic campsite on the Machame Route. It is set in a valley among forests of Senecio Kilimanjaro. From the campsite you will see magnificent views of Mount Meru, Heim Glacier and Kibo’s southern face.

    DAY 5: BARRANCO CAMP (3,950M/12,960FT) TO KARANGA VALLEY (4,200M/13,780FT) ELEVATION GAIN: 250 METERS, 820 FEET
    Leave Barranco Camp after breakfast for Karanga Valley. The day begins with an hour and a half scramble up the Barranco Wall. This is the hardest part of the day and in some places you may have to use your hands to pull your body up. After reaching the top, make a short descent into the greener Karanga Valley. We generally camp on the ridge above the valley to allow for greater acclimatization.

    DAY 6: KARANGA VALLEY (4,200M/13,780FT) TO BARAFU CAMP (4,600M/15,100FT) ELEVATION GAIN: 400 METERS, 1,320 FEET
    After breakfast, begin the hike to Barafu Camp. On the way to Barafu, view several of Kibo’s glaciers as well as the junction that connects the descent route, Mweka, with the Machame trail. During day four, hike by the Heim, Kersten and Decken Glaciers. Although the trail to Barafu passes through alpine desert with little vegetation, there are stunning views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks along the way. Try to sleep as soon as you finish dinner as you will awake before midnight for your summit hike.

    DAY 7: BARAFU CAMP (4,600M/15,100FT) TO CRATER CAMP (5,715M/18,750FT)
    ELEVATION GAIN: 1,115 METERS, 3,650 FEET
    Due to the steep ascent at high altitude, this is the most challenging day of the ascent. Leave Barafu Camp early in the morning to begin your hike to the top of Kibo Crater. It is important to remember to snack during the ascent to keep your energy up. You will likely lose your appetite during this day and begin to feel new effects of altitude sickness. After ascending Kibo’s wall, hike to Crater Camp, the highest camp on Kilimanjaro. The camp is located inside Kilimanjaro Kibo crater, and offers stunning views of the surrounding glaciers.

    DAY 8: CRATER CAMP (5,715M/18,750FT) TO SUMMIT (5,895M/19,340FT) TO MWEKA CAMP (3,100M/10,170FT ELEVATION GAIN: 180 METERS, 590 FEET AND ELEVATION LOSS: 2,795 METERS, 9,170 FEET
    At dawn, begin the final ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. The hike to the summit is slow, taking up to two hours to gain 180 meters. Reach Uhuru around 8am and take photos at the roof of Africa. Descend to Barafu Camp where you’ll eat brunch. At 1pm, continue to Mweka Camp your final camp on Kilimanjaro.

    DAY 9: MWEKA CAMP (3,100M/10,170FT) TO MWEKA GATE (1,500M/4,920FT)ELEVATION LOSS: 1,600 METERS, 5,250 FEET
    After breakfast, finish the trek with a descent to Mweka Gate. Your last hike on Kilimanjaro is a beautiful one, passing through Kilimanjaro cloud forest. Watch your step during the descent, as the trail can be slippery. Our vehicles will be waiting at the lower station of Mweka Gate to take you back to Arusha. You will be able to buy t-shirts and sodas at the gate.

    •  Pick up from Kilimanjaro airport (round trip),
    • 2night accommodation at a premium hotel – standard room (bed and breakfast in Moshi – Kilimanjaro)
    •  All mountain Kilimanjaro entrance fees, hut, camp and rescue fees
    • Experienced and professional English-speaking guide and Porters
    • Full board -3 meals a day whilst on trek and camping gears
    •  Tents and mess tent (dining mess)
    • First aid kit, Private toilet and Sleeping bag
    • Lunch boxes the first day on the mountain and at the last day on descent from the mountain
    • Purified water on the mountain (2botlle of water 1.5-liter x 2 = 3litre a day)
    • Transfers to and from the mountain gates from and to Moshi
    • Your successful International certificate of Mount Kilimanjaro (KINAPA)
    • Hot shower tent
    • Foam mattress and pillow
    • Mountain Hardware Trango 4 tent
    • Guides and porters’ salaries
    •  All Government taxes
    • Administration cost
    • Drinks, (Alcoholic and non- alcoholic)
    • Personal climbing gears,
    • Travel Insurance and flight ticket
    •  Hire of any clothing / equipment, personal toiletry & requirements and All items of a personal nature.
    • Water purifying tablets, Insulation pad,
    • Boots and light walking shoes
    • Balaclava and Woolen hat or Scarf Snow goggles
    • Sun glasses
    • Gaiters and Gloves -Sweaters
    • Jumpers Pants and Jackets (waterproof)
    • Water bottle
    • Anorak / raincoat & several pairs of socks
    • Insect repellent Sun protection cream and lip salve,
    • Flash light with spare