Lemosho Route Kilimanjaro - 9 Days

The Lemosho route is one of our preferred routes due to its low traffic, beautiful scenery and a high summit success rate.

The Lemosho route starts off from the west, beginning with a long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate. From there, the first two days are spent trekking through the lush rainforest to Shira Plateau. We recommend a minimum of 7 days to attempt this route but 8 days is preferable for better acclimatization and summit success.

The Lemosho route joins the Machame route at Shira 2 Camp and then follows the same route through the southern circuit and descending at Mweka Gate.

Day 1

Arrive in Tanzania

Meals: No Meals Included

You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your hotel in Moshi town, you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. The missing gear can be rented on this day.

 

Day 2

Lemosho Glades (2385m) to Big Tree Camp (2780m)

Distance covered: 7km
Approx. Time taken: 4 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

You will be picked up at your hotel at around 08:00am and transferred to the Lemosho gate located on the western side of Kilimanjaro. After the registration process you will still start our climb steadily through the forests of the Lemosho glades to reach Big Tree camp where you will be spending the night.

Day 3

Big Tree Camp (2780m) to Shira 1 Camp (3500m)

Distance covered: 8.5km
Approx. Time taken: 4 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today you will trek across a plateau of grassy moorland and heather scattered with volcanic rock formations. Our destination for today is the Shira 1 Camp from where there are often views of Kibo Peak floating on the clouds. We gain a reasonable amount of altitude today and parts of the route are fairly steep.

Day 4

Shira 1 Camp (3500m) to Shira 2 Camp (3900m)

Distance covered: 8km
Approx. Time taken: 5 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today you will get the chance to view the Northern Ice fields from the western side of the mountain with some unusual views of Kibo. Our steady climb across the moorland of the Shira Plateau will help with acclimatization and we enjoy great panoramic views. Our destination today is the Shira 2 Camp. In the afternoon you will take an acclimatization walk then head back to camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 5

Shira 2 Camp (3900m) to Barranco Camp (3960m)

Distance covered: 10km
Approx. Time taken: 7 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Your trek starts with an ascent with far-reaching panoramic views, walking in to the climatic zone of the upland desert and on the lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. You will reach the distinct pinnacle of the Lava Tower (4640 m), our high point for the day and a great place to enjoy your lunch. In the afternoon we make a steep descent to our camp for the night, located in the base of the Great Barranco Valley (3960 m), sheltered by towering cliffs but with extensive views of the plains below.

Day 6

Barranco Camp (3960m) to Karanga Camp (3963m)

Distance covered: 5.5km
Approx. Time taken: 5 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Our day starts by descending into the start of the Great Barranco, a huge ravine. We then exit steeply, up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. It’s a climb over rock, not technical but long and tiring. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, we head towards the Karanga valley. From here we have a steep climb up from Karanga valley to our night’s camp at Karanga camp, set at 3963m. For those feeling strong we will go for a mid-afternoon acclimatization trek up to around 4200m before descending back to camp for the night.

Day 7

Karanga Camp (3963) to Barafu Camp (4640m)

Distance covered: 3km
Approx. Time taken: 3 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After a good night’s rest and breakfast, we set off on our walk to Barafu camp at 4640m. The climb will take us across desolate scree slopes with no vegetation around us at all. It’s a tough steep walk made more difficult by the altitude. On arriving at camp we eat and spend the afternoon resting as we prepare for a long night and day ahead. It is important to keep hydrated and warm. We have an early dinner and then try to get some sleep as we will be getting up at between 11pm and 12pm to start the climb to the summit.

Day 8

Barafu Camp (4640m) to UHURU PEAK (5895m) & down to Millennium Camp (3790m)

Distance covered: 13.4km
Approx. Time taken: 12-15 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We start off at around midnight, and walk steeply upwards to the summit glaciers. We will be climbing scree for 4 to 5 hours but gain incredible height over a short distance. The views are spectacular. We should be on the crater rim at Stella Point (5739m) as the first rays of the sun hit us. Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater surround us and the views to jagged Mawenzi peak and beyond are breathtaking. Another hour’s walking takes us to the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m). We begin our descent by returning to Stella Point and then descending on scree slope and track back to Barafu Camp for breakfast, before finally heading down to Millennium Camp for a long well-earned rest.

Day 9

Millennium Camp (3790m) to Mweka Gate (1630m)

Distance covered: 12.1km
Approx. Time taken: 6 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

A gentle trek takes us down through the rainforest to Mweka Gate, where we complete park formalities and receive certificates, which you can hang up with pride! We are then met by our vehicles and return to the hotel in Moshi, where you can treat yourself to a hot welcome shower.

Included

  • Private transport to & from Kilimanjaro International Airport to your accommodations in Moshi.
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Moshi.
  • Transportation to & from the Kilimanjaro gate
  • Park entry fees
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew
  • Camping fees
  • Team Kilimanjaro Rescue fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • 4 Season mountain tents
  • Double layered Sleeping Mats
  • Friendly and professional mountain guides, cook and porters
  • 3 hot meals daily while on the mountain
  • Enough treated & filtered drinking ter throughout the trek
  • Hot water for washing
  • Government taxes
  • Portable oxygen tanks & ox meter
  • Emergency first-aid kit
  • Moshi town walking tour before / after climb
  • Bike tour to Rau Forest 30km
  • Oclaa Adventures T-Shirt
 

Not Included

  • Lunches, dinners and drinks at your hotel before and after climb.
  • Travel insurance
  • Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is available for extra charges $ 70 for the entire trek.
  • Flights
  • Laundry (Available at hotel)
  • Personal items and toiletries
  • Tips for guides, porters and cook
  • Guides: $15/day/guide
  • Cook: $13/day
  • Porter: $10/day/porter

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