Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Lemosho Route 7 Days

The Lemosho route is unspoiled Offering captivating stunning panoramas, pristine wildlife, outstanding acclimatization opportunities and the lowest traffic of other hikers. 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 inhabited by buffalo, elephant and other wildlife. This rote can be completed in 6days. However we recommend hiking the route in 7 days, because the extra 7th day will give you more time to acclimatize and reducing the effects of altitude sickness and give you more time to rest before attempting to reach UHURU PEAK (5,895 M)


Day 1: arrival Kilimanjaro international airport (JRO)

On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, or Shuttle from Nairobi, you will be met and greet by our representative, assisted with your baggage and transfer to your hotel in Arusha/Moshi Town. After shower and rest our Tour consultant together with our mountain guide will meet with you for a comprehensive briefing of the tour, pack your mountain gears and equipment ready for trekking next morning (it all depends with your arrival time otherwise it will be done the next day morning before departure).
Overnight on bed and breakfast basis.
Meals: bed and breakfast
Accommodation: hotel

DAY 2: LONDOROSSI GATE (2100M) – MTI MKUBWA CAMP (2 821M)

Hiking approximately time: 3 ½ hours
distance: approximately 5.4 km
habitat: montane forest
Your day starts early with a briefing, followed by breakfast and a 3-4hours drive from Arusha/ Moshi to the Londorossi Park Gate (2100m). after registration formality, we continue by vehicle, a further 12km on a forest track that leads to the Lemosho starting point (2244m). The group continues upwards towards their drop off point by off-road vehicles (reaching 3,500 meters). Here you can see a spectacular view of the Shira Plateau for the first time.
The route from your drop off point to your first high-altitude camp Shira 2 features a moderate gain in altitude and is not too physically challenging. Due to this, you will be able to properly begin the process of acclimatization. By the time you reach at the camp, you will find our crew already set your tent .the crew will prepare everything necessary, dinner and overnight .
Meals: breakfast lunch and dinner
Accommodation: under the tent

DAY3: FOREST CAMP (2821M) – SHIRA 2 CAMP (3875M)

Hiking approximately time: 8 hours
approximately distance: 15.6 km
Habitat: Moorland
Wake up early morning for breakfast start walking through the forest which may take an hour to the end of the forest and then the trail gradually steepens and enters the giant heather moorland zone. Several streams are crossed. After 8.1 km we reach Shira 1 camp (3504m) located on the Western edge of the Shira Plateau where we stop for lunch.
After lunch we hike across the Shira plateau for another 7.5km to the Shira 2 Camp, situated on the moorland meadows (3875m).
From this point, you will be able to view the Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. The crew will provide you washing water, before the chef serves dinner. The night at this exposed camp will even be colder than the previous night, with temperatures dropping to well below freezing
Meals: breakfast lunch and dinner
Accommodation: under the tent

Day 4: Shira 2 Camp (3875m) – Lava Tower (4642m) – Barranco camp (3984m)

Hiking approximately time: 8 hours
Distance: Approximately 10.3 km
Habitat: Semi desert
After early breakfast trek from Shira 2 Camp east towards Lava Tower (4642m). As the hike progress the surrounding area turns into a semi desert and rocky landscape. Shortly before reaching Lava Tower the Lemosho route links up with the Machame route. The last part of the hike, (just before reaching Lava Tower), it’s absolutely the toughest part of your hike so far. This is the point where some of the first time hikers will start to experience the symptoms of breathlessness, irritability and headaches. You will arrive in time for lunch at Lava Tower (4 642m) after hiking a distance of about 6.6 km.
After lunch you descent again by almost 680m to the Barranco camping area and after reaching the high altitude of 4600m at Lava Tower, the true acclimatization benefit of this day becomes clear. This descent to Barranco camp takes about 2 hours (3.3 km) and offers great opportunities to take some beautiful photographs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. The camp is situated in a valley below the Breach and great Barranco enjoys the panoramic view of sundown. Dinner and overnight.
Meals: breakfast lunch and dinner
Accommodation: under the tent

Day5 Trekking from Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

Hiking approximately time: 4–5 hours
approximately hiking distance: 5 km
Habitant: Alpine desert
Early wakeup, breakfast and the start of summiting Barranco Wall (we recommend you leave the camp as early as possible to avoid crowds of the other groups). Hiking up the gorge wall is not difficult and only takes around an hour. After the climb you can have a rest and take photos in front of the Kibo volcano.
Then you start a more difficult hike to Karanga Camp, which features numerous ascents and descents during the route, but don’t worry: our guides are experts at choosing an optimal pace for the group. After reaching the camp you will be offered warm lunch. After a couple of hours you will have to complete an acclimatization hike in the direction of Barafu Camp with a 300-meter gain in altitude, and then descent back down to the camp.
Meals: breakfast lunch and dinner
Accommodation: under the tent

DAY 6: TREKKING FROM KARANGA CAMP TO BARAFU CAMP (4,600 m),

Aproximently distance: 6 km.
Hiking aproximently time: 4–5 hours
Habitant: Alpine desert

In the morning after breakfast you begin your way to Barafu Summit Camp (4,600 m), the starting point for a night summiting Uhuru Peak (5,895 m). Our team will set up a camp for you ahead of time, including tents and sleeping bags, so you can relax. After regaining strength, you have to complete an acclimatization hike towards the intermediate Kosovo Summit Camp (4,800 m) and then back to Barafu Camp, where you will be served a hot dinner. It is better to spend the remainder of the day resting and sleeping before night summiting.
Meals: breakfast lunch and dinner
Accommodation: under the tent

DAY 7: ASCEND TO UHURU PEAK (5,895 m) AND DESCEND TO MILLENNIUM CAMP (3,820 m)

Hiking Approximately time: 6 to 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak, 5 to 7 hours to descend to Millennium Camp
Approximately Distance: 4.5 km ascent and 10.8 km descent
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

Wake up around 23h20, and after some tea and biscuits depart from Barafu Camp (4,640 m) and start of summiting Kilimanjaro: Uhuru Peak (5,895 m). Technically the climb is relatively simple; however, the most challenging part is the high altitude. Each pair of climbers will get a personal guide for the entire ascent to monitor your physical and mental conditions. After your successful ascent to Uhuru Peak, you can descend to the nearest glacier if desired. Then you will return to Barafu Camp and after a shot rest proceed to Millennium Camp (3,820 m).

DAY 8 DESCENTS FROM MILLENNIUM CAMP TO MWEKA GATE (1,650m)

Aproximently distance: 12 km
hiking approximately time: 4–5 hours
The camp is situated in a tropical rainforest. When you wake up, you will feel relief from the reduction of the height and the satisfaction of reaching the summit. After a warm breakfast, you will head for the park’s exit “Mweka Gate 1,650m”. After your descent the whole group will gather to congratulate you, here you will have a chance to share your feelings with the crew. Lastly, we will present you with a commemorative certificate provided by park’s management “KINAPA” then you will be transfer back to the hotel for hot shower and dropped off at the airport.
End of service

- Return transfers from Kilimanjaro International Airport.
- 4X4 Landcruiser with English speaking driver guide for Safari. Lunch box,
- Accommodations on BB in Arusha,
- Accommodation on full board basis during Safari,
- Crater fee
- All park entrance fees including government taxes.
- International and domestic flights and taxes,
- Tips
- Laundry,
- Drinks ,
- Visas to Tanzania and items of a personal nature and any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary.
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