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lemosho route 8 days

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Kilimanjaro Climb- 8 days Lemosho Route Itinerary

Duration: 8 days 7 nights

Best time to travel: all year round

Day 1 Lemosho Route 8 days – Arusha (1400m) – Londorossi Gate (2100m) – Forest camp (2750m)

Distance: 6 km
Hiking Time:3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

After eating breakfast at your hotel, your guide will brief you on the day. You will drive two hours from Arusha (1400m) to Londorossi Park Gate (2100m). In the village near Londorossi where you will complete entry formalities. Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead (another hour to reach the trailhead). Upon arrival at trailhead, we eat lunch, then commence through undisturbed forest which winds to the first camp site.

 

Day 2 Lemosho Route 8 days – Forest Camp (2750m) – Shira 1 Camp (3540m)

Hiking time: 5.5 hours

Habitat: Moorland

Distance: 8 km

We continue on the trail leading out of the forest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather, and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As we ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, we reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 camp. The view of Kibo from across the plateau is amazing.

Day 3 Lemosho Route 8 days – Shira 1 (3540m) – Shira 2 (3840m)- Moir Hut (4114

Hiking time: 5-7 hours

Distance: Approximately 15 kilometers

Habitat: moorland

This spectacular camp we will be going to today is  located beneath the Northern Ice Fields of Kilimanjaro. It is a gentle walk east toward Kibo’s glaciered peak, across the plateau which leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream. Then we continue to Moir Hut, a little used site on the base of Lent Hills. A variety of walks are available on Lent Hills making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity. Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth.

Day 4 Lemosho Route 8 days – Moir Hut ( 4114)- Lava Tower ( 4600)-Barranco Camp (3950m)

Hiking time: 7 hours

Distance: Approximately 7 kilometers

Habitat: Semi Desert

From Moir hut, 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.” Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

Day 5 Lemosho Route 8 days – Barranco Camp (3950m) – Karanga Camp (4235m)

Hiking time: 4-5 hours
Distance: Approximately 5 kilometers
Habitat: Alpine desert

This is a short hiking day meant for acclimatization. After an early morning breakfast, it is now time to conquer the Great Barranco Wall! Although it may look intimating at first glance, hikers state that this Class 2 hike is usually much easier than they anticipated. At the top of the Wall, you will have a view of Heim Glacier and will be above the clouds. The trail then winds up and down in the Karanga Valley. You will spend the night at Karanga Camp (3950m) and enjoy dinner and washing at the site.

Day 6 Lemosho Route 8 days – Karanga Camp (4235m) – Barafu Hut (4600)

Hiking time: 3-4 hours
Distance: Approximately 4 kilometers
Habitat: Alpine desert
After breakfast, you will begin your ascent. The trail intersects with the Mweka Route, which is the trail used to descend on the final two days. As you continue hiking for an hour, you will reach Barafu Hut. This is the last water stop for the porters because there is no accessible water at Barafu Camp (4550m). The word “barafu” in Swahili means “ice” and this camp is located on a rocky, exposed ridge. Tents will be exposed to wind and rocks so it is important for hikers to familiarize themselves with the campsite before dark. An early dinner will be served so hikers can rest before attempting the summit the same night. Your guide will brief you in detail on how to prepare for summit night. Get to sleep by 19:00!

 

Day 7 Lemosho Route 8 days – summit attempt Barafu Camp (4600m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka (3100m)

Hiking time: 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak, 7-8 hours to descend to Mweka
Distance: Approximately 7 kilometers ascent and 23 kilometers descent
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

Your guide will wake you around 23:30 for tea and biscuits. You will then begin your summit attempt. The route heads northwest and you will ascend over stone scree. During the ascent, many hikers feel that this is the most mentally and physically challenging part of the climb. In about 6 hours, you will reach Stella Point (5685m), located on the crater rim. After enjoying the magnificent sunrise, you will continue ascending for about 2 hours on a snow-covered trail to Uhuru Peak (5895m). Reaching the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro is a lifetime accomplishment! You will be able to spend a short time on the summit taking photographs and drinking tea before the descent to Barafu begins. The hike down to Barafu Camp takes about 3 hours.

At camp, you will rest and enjoy a hot lunch in the sun. After eating, you will continue descending down to Mweka Hut (3100m). The Mweka Trail will lead you through the scree and rocks to the moorland and eventually into the rain forest. Mweka Camp (3100m) is located in the upper rain forest, so fog and rain should be expected. You will have a dinner, wash, and rest soundly at camp.

 

Day 8 Lemosho Route 8 days – Mweka Camp (3100m) – Mweka Gate (1980m)

Hiking time: 3 hours
Distance: Approximately 15 kilometers
Habitat: Forest

Following a well-deserved breakfast, your staff will have a big celebration full of dancing and singing. It is here on the mountain that you will present your tips to the guide, assistant guides, chef(s), and porters. After celebrating, you will descend for three hours back to Mweka Gate. The National Park requires all hikers to sign their names to receive certificates of completion. Hikers who reached Stella Point (5685m) receive green certificates and hikers who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. After receiving certificates, hikers will descend into the Mweka village for 1 hour (3 kilometers). You will be served a hot lunch then you will drive back to Arusha for long overdue showers and more celebrations.

Lemosho Route 8 days Rates:

1 person $2,490
Per person for 2 people $2250
Per person for 3 people $1980
Per person for 4 people $1870

Items included:

Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents

Professional, experienced, mountain guides

All Park fees

Rescue fees

All meals while on the Mountain

Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees

Quality Mess tents with table and chairs

Large portions of fresh, healthy nutritious food

Clean, purified drinking water

Crisis management and safety procedures

Fair and ethical treatment of porters

Airport transfers

Accommodation in Arusha for 2 nights

Items not included:

Tanzania Visa

Gratuity

Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)

Meals not listed above

Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)

 

 

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  1. Jonathan

    5 out of 5 “Experience of a lifetime”

    We used Tanzania Expeditions as our guiding service for both a climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro and a post-climb Safari. Every aspect of our trip was executed flawlessly by the seasoned experts at Tanzania Expeditions. As a longtime mountaineer, I was impressed with the level of medical and safety training that our Kilimanjaro guides had. Their knowledge of altitude adaption and well devised “climb high/sleep low” plan enabled our entire team of eight to summit (with ages ranging from 17 to 60). On the safari, our guide appeared to have a PhD in biology given his encyclopedic knowledge of all the animal and plant life in Tanzania. Most importantly everyone at TE was friendly and worked their butts off to ensure a first class experience. So glad we didn’t waste all that additional money with a “big name” US guiding firm.

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