Climb mt Kilimanjaro via Lemosho Route

27th Sep 2018


Photo of Climb mt Kilimanjaro via Lemosho Route by Fredrick Wilbert
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Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route The Lemosho route is one of the newer routes on the mountain, and a superb choice for your climb. It is our preferred route due to its ideal balance of low traffic, beautiful scenery and a high summit success rate. Most of our clients use this route and love it. The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the west, beginning with a long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate. From there, the first two days are spent trekking through the rainforest to Shira Ridge. Unlike the popular Machame route, which simply intersects the Shira Plateau, the Lemosho route crosses the entirety of the plain from west to east in a pleasant, relatively flat hike. An added bonus is that climbers will 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. Descent is made via the Mweka route.

Day 1

Day 1: Arrival Day in Kilimanjaro Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport. You will be met at the Airport and transferred to the hotel in Moshi for your overnight. Overnight stay at Kilimanjaro Wonder Hotel (

DAY 2: Lemosho Gate - BigTree 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: Big Tree 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 – Moshi 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 Moshi 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

DAY 10: Departure to Zanzibar We will transfer you from the hotel to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) where you will fly to Zanzibar.

package includes the following

2 transfers to and from the Kilimanjaro airport.

 Tanzania VAT on tourism activities and park fees.

 Adequate and appropriate number of guides, porters, and cooks for your group.

 Government taxes.

 All park fees, camping fees, rescue fees and team fees.

 Carbon Offset.

 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 Moshi on a Bed & Breakfast basis (2 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.

 Forest fee

 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.

 Certificate of Carbon Offset.

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.

Costs of additional services:

• Single supplement, for single tent/room, per trip $250.

• Extra porter, for excess gear, $30 per day.

• Extra hotel night in Moshi, check in 11AM, check out 10AM, per double room $180.

• Sleeping bag rental, Mountain Hardware Lamina, synthetic -30F, per trip $50.

• Trekking poles rental, telescopic, per trip $20.

• Materuni Waterfall (1 day trip), cost $45 per person.

• Marangu Coffee Tour (1 day trip), cost $60 per person.

• 3 Days Serengeti Safari for $1572 per person sharing- Minimum 6 pax (Double room or Twin room)


• The guidelines for tipping are as follows:

• Guide - $15 to $20 per day

• Assistant Guide - $10 to $15 per day

• Chef - $10 to $15 per day

• Porters - $5 to $8 per day per porter

These tips are paid as a group rather than by each climber. For example, in a group of 5 climbers, each climber would contribute $3 - $4/day for the guide’s tip.

• Examples of climb staff numbers:

• For a group of 3, you would typically have 1 guide, 1 assistant guide, 1 cook and 12 to 14 porters.

• For a group of 5, you would typically have 1 guide, 2 assistant guides, 1 cook and 17 - 19 porters.

• For a group of 12, you would typically have 2 guide, 3 assistant guides, 1 cook and 40 - 45 porters.

The number of porters will depend on the total weight of all gear - including tents, food, utensils, climb staff gear,


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