10 Days Mt Kilimanjaro – Lemosho Route

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10 Days Mount Kilimanjaro – Lemosho Route

The route begins in the west and rather than intersecting Shira Plateau, Lemosho crosses it from Shira Ridge to Shira Camp. This route is less crowded and climbers encounter low traffic until the route joins the Machame route. Afterwards, Lemosho follows the same route through Lava Tower, Barranco and Barafu, known as the southern circuit.

Package includes

  • Return flight from Nairobi
  • Accommodation in Moshi
  • Return hotel-mountain-hotel transfers
  • Services of qualified mountain guide, assistant guide, porters and cooks
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as hot drinks on the mountain
  • All camping equipment (tents, camping chairs & sleeping mat)
  • Kilimanjaro National Park certificate for your successful summit attempt

The Price Excluded:
• Laundry

  • Sleeping bags
  • Drinks/Beverages
  • Climbing gears
    • Items of personal nature
    • Any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary
  • Travel insurance

 

Day 1: Arrival

Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport where you will be met at the airport and transferred to your Hotel in Moshi/Arusha for dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Arusha – Londorossi Gate

After breakfast you will have a briefing session at your hotel followed by a drive to Londorossi Park Gate (2,250m / 7,380ft, 2.5 hours). After park receiving the rules and regulations the trail takes us to the forest with our  vehicle towards Lemosho Glades (2,390m 7,830ft, 11km, 45 minutes) and Walk along the forest trails to Mti Mkubwa campsite for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Mti Mkubwa Camp – Shira Camp

Continue with our trail which at this point slowly becomes very steep and enters the moorland zone, then crosses the Shira Ridge at 3,600 m/11,810 ft and drops gently to Shira Camp one located by a stream on the Shira Plateau. Have an early morning breakfast and continue as the trail gradually steeping and enters the giant heather moorland zone Several streams are crossed then it gains the Shira ridge at about 3600m / 11,810ft and drops gently down to Shira one camp site located near by the streams on the Shira Plateau. Dinner and overnight at Shira one campsite.

Day 4: Shira Camp 1 to Shira Camp 2

Today’s walk will be moderate across the plateau which leads you to Shira Camp two on moorland meadows by a stream. Although variety walks are available on the plateau just to make this an excellent acclimatization day.

Day 5: Shira Camp 2 – Lava Tower

After breakfast walk east up to a steeping path above the vegetation toward Kilimanjaro looming mass. After several hours of walking you will get to a rocky landscape then reach the prominent landmark called Lava Tower at 4,630 m/15,190 ft. This chunky remnant of Kilimanjaro earlier volcanic activity is several hundred feet high, and the trail passes right below it. Break for lunch. After a lunch stop near Lava Tower, descend for 2 hours below the lower cliffs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall to Barranco Camp at 3,950 m/12,960 ft. stop here to take photos to commemorate your hike. Barranco Camp is in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Walls, which provides a breathtaking sunset as you wait for dinner.

Day 6: Barranco – Karanga Camp

After breakfast we continue up a steep ridge to the great Barranco Wall, and then you climb this magnificent obstacle which is a moderate climb. Topping out just below the Heim Glacier, you will be graced by the beautiful Kilimanjaro views. With Kibo glaciers soaring over head you descend into the lush Karanga Valley to the Karanga Valley campsite. From the camp you can look east and see the jagged peaks of Mawenzi into the African sky. After lunch at the camp spent the afternoon at leisure for resting or exploring.

Day 7: Karanga Camp – Barafu Camp

This morning you will hike east over intervening ridges and valley to join the Mweka Route, which will be your descent route. Ascend the ridge through a sparse landscape for another hour to Barafu Hut for lunch. Kilimanjaro’s snow can be seen far above Barafu Camp near the summit of the mountain. It is important to familiarize yourselves 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. Dinner and overnight here.

Day 8: Summit Day – Barafu Camp

Wake up at 11:30 PM, and after some hot tea and biscuits commence our trail. 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/18,650 ft you stop for a short rest and a chance to see a gorgeous sunrise. At Stella Point you join the top part of Marangu Route.

Depending on the time of year and current storms you may stumble upon snow on your remaining hike along the rim to Uhuru Peak. Upon arrival at the peak weather conditions will determine how long we will spend, enjoying the achievement, before the 3 hour descent back to Barafu Camp, you will have a well-deserved but short rest collect your gear, and hike down a rock and scree path into the moorland and sooner or later into the forest to Mweka Camp 3,100 m/10,170 ft This camp is in the upper forest, so you can anticipate mist or rain in the late afternoon., Dinner, relaxing and overnight at the camp.

Day 9: Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate

After a hearty breakfast hike back for 3 hrs to the park gate. At Mweka Gate you will sign your name and add details in a register. It is at the gate where successful climbers normally receive their summit certificates. 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 hot shower and comfortable night in a nice hotel in Moshi/Arusha.

Day 10: Arusha

Depart for the airport for your return flight.

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