The Lemosho route is one of the newer routes on Mount Kilimanjaro. The route begins in the west and rather than simply intersecting Shira Plateau (like Machame), Lemosho crosses it from Shira Ridge to Shira Camp. 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 southerncircuit. Lemosho route allowing you to camp and fully appreciate the splendor of your surroundings and the clear night skies. The terrain changes as you ascend the mountain, passing through thick forest, moorland and scree en route to the highest point of the crater, Uhuru Peak. This is a challenging trek at altitude, climbing one of the most impressive and well-known mountains in the world. The minimum number of days required for this route is seven days, although eight days is ideal. Lemosho is considered the most beautiful route on Kilimanjaro and grants panoramic vistas on various sides of the mountain. It is our favorite route because it offers a great balance of low traffic, scenic views and a high summit success rate. Thus, Lemosho comes highly recommended.
DAY 1: Arrive in Tanzania
Arrive anytime at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), there will be a pick up private transfer waiting to Kilimanjaro wonders hotel in Arusha. We will gather in the evening for a pre- climb briefing and an equipment check. We will also confirm you have the appropriate and mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance.
Hotel: Palace hotel or mount meru hotel
DAY 2: Lemosho Gate – Mti Mkubwa Camp
The day begins with a long drive to Londrossi Park Gate (2100 m) for registration. Pass through village communities to the trailhead to start hiking on the route along a narrow forest path to reach Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree) campsite (2800 m).
Trekking Time: 2-3 hours ⎟ Distance: 5 km⎟ Altitude Gain: 411 m.
DAY 3: Mti Mkubwa Camp - Shira Hut 1
Leaving the forest, the trail gets steeper as it enters the moorland zone towards the valley. A gentle grade walk takes you across the high altitude Shira Caldera past Shira Cave (views of Arrow glacier) at 3500 m and then gently downwards to Shira Hut 1 located near a stream on the Shira Plateau.
Trekking Time: 3 hours ⎟ Distance: 8 km⎟ Altitude Gain: 719 m.
DAY 4: Shira Hut 1 - Shira Hut 2
A gentle hike across the plateau within the moorland meadow takes you to Shira Hut 2 for the afternoon and overnight. Many hikes are available on the Plateau, making this a great day for acclimatization.
Trekking Time: 3 hours ⎟ Distance: 7 km⎟ Altitude Gain: 321 m.
DAY 5: Shira Hut 2 - Barranco Camp
Walking now on high moorland, the landscape changes the entire character of the trek. Traverse the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the Lava Tower and the final section of the Western Breach to reach Barranco camp (3900 m). The day has been spent at altitude (up to 4600 m), but you will have followed the mountaineering code of ‘walk high, sleep low’ to avoid altitude sickness by aiding your bodies in acclimatization.
Trekking Time: 6-7 hours ⎟ Distance: 10 km⎟ Altitude Gain: 60 m.
DAY 6: BarrancoCamp -Karanga
Valley Start the day by descending into the start of the Great Barranco, a huge ravine. Then exit steeply, up what has been termed the Breakfast Wall, which divides you from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. It is a climb over rocks, although not technical. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, head towards the Karanga Valley (4000 m) for overnight.
Trekking Time: 4-6 hours ⎟ Distance: 5 km⎟ Altitude Gain: 100 m.
DAY 7: Karanga Valley - Barafu Camp
The day is characterized by a short hike on terrain formed by scree. Walk through arid land towards Barafu Camp (4600 m) where you have the entire afternoon to rest before ascending towards the summit.
Trekking Time: 2-4 hours ⎟ Distance: 4 km⎟ Altitude Gain: 600 m.
DAY 8: Barafu Camp - Uhuru Peak - Millennium Camp
We avoid walking too long in the heat of the sun today by starting around midnight, walking steeply upwards to the summit glaciers. You will be climbing scree for 5 to 6 hours but you gain incredible height over a short distance. The views are spectacular. You should be on the crater rim at Stella Point (5750 m) as the first rays of the sun emerge. Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater surround you and the views to Mawenzi peak and beyond are breathtaking. Another hour’s walk takes you to your goal, the summit of Uhuru (5896 m), the highest point; Uhuru means freedom in Swahili.
Trekking Time: 6-8 hours ⎟ Distance: 7 km⎟ Altitude Gain: 1296 m.
After a quick celebration and photos at the top, you will begin the descent by returning to Stella Point and then descending on scree slope back to Barafu Camp for breakfast and a short rest before finally heading down to Millennium Camp (3000 m) for a well-earned rest. On the descent, you will have fabulous views of the plains and Mawenzi peak.
Trekking Time: 6-8 hours ⎟ Distance: 12 km⎟Altitude Loss: 2896 m.
DAY 9: Millennium Camp – Arusha
A gentle trek takes you down through the rainforest to the Mweka Gate (1640 m), where park formalities will be completed, you will be met by our vehicles, and receive your certificate of ascent courtesy of the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority. Thereafter, drive back to Aursha, where you can treat yourself to a well-earned shower and a cold beer or two.
Trekking Time: 4-5 hours ⎟ Distance: 10 km⎟ Altitude Loss: 1360 m.
Hotel: palace hotel or mount meru hotel,
DAY 10: Departure day in Tanzania
We will transfer you from the hotel to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) where you will fly back home.
Our package includes the following
2 transfers to and from the Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO).
Tanzania VAT on tourism activities and park fees.
Adequate and appropriate number of guides, porters, and cooks for your group.
All park fees, camping fees, rescue fees and team fees.
Transfers to and from the route gate(s) (2 transfers)
Sleeping mattress pad(s), dining tent(s), sleeping tent(s), and crew’s equipment– Dining tent and sleeping tent for Kilimanjaro trek.
2 nights in a hotel in Arusha on a Bed & Breakfast basis and Double Occupancy (1 before trekking & 1 after trekking).
3 full fresh meals daily. We provide fresh food on the mountain in plentiful and well prepared by skilled professional cooker (we also consider your choice of food that you would prefer -Vegetarian and Non Vegetarian). Menu especially designed for climbers.
Hot drinks on the mountain and Hot water for washing will be provided everyday on the mountain.
3-4 liters of mineral (per Climber) provided daily during the climb
Portable toilet for the trek with the tent for Kilimanjaro trek.
Emergency evacuation covers with AMREF Flying Doctors for Kilimanjaro trek.
Hotel accommodation includes storage facilities for excess luggage during hikes.
Kilimanjaro National Park rescue fees (Kilimanjaro Rescue Team)
Chief guide carries a Pulse Ox meter, used to take blood-oxygen level readings of clients twice a day.
Emergency oxygen (for use in emergencies only – not as summiting aid)
Basic first aid kit (for use in emergencies only).
Salaries for mountain support crew, as per required KINAPA and KPAP.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as hot drinks on the mountain.
Porter to carry your duffel bag, with maximum weight of 15kg / 32 lbs, from one camp to the next camp.
Kilimanjaro National Park certificate for your successful summit attempt.
Excluded from Standard Package rates:
Flights and airport taxes. ( Option We can organize a flight from your destination to JRO)
Items of a personal nature.
Compulsory tips for guides, porters and cook.
Entry visa for Tanzania (US$50 per passport holder for most nationalities / US $ 100 per visa for USA passport holders).
Health requirements (Yellow Fever – only compulsory if you travel to Tanzania via a Yellow Fever infected country, Meningitis & Hepatitis A remains optional, but comes recommended).
Optional but highly recommended travel and medical insurance.
Personal hiking/trekking gear – you could rent some of the gear in Tanzania.
Snacks, personal medicine and water purifying tablets.
Meals and drinks not specified.