Mt Kilimanjaro 8 Days Lemosho Route
Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa. It is a volcanic mountain that has three volcanic cones that is Shira, Mawenzi and Kimbo. It is spectacular because it is snowcapped and is not found on highlands but mushrooms from low land, rising from approximately 4,900m (16,000ft) from its base to 5,895m (19,341ft) above sea level. The mountain is part of Kilimanjaro National Park. It is a major climbing destination by most mountaineers. A lot of scientific studies have been conducted on the mountain because of its shrinking glaciers. The first ascent to the summit in record was by Hans Meyer and Ludwig Purtscheller in 1889.
There are different routes that one can use to access the summit. We are going to give you each route with a detailed daily breakdown of time.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Tough
Group Size Small Group
This route scales Mount Kilimanjaro from the western side. The first 2 days you transverse the thick rain forest belt which later changes into heath and moorland with many ferns and Ericas along the way. Sometimes the trail encounters very steep passages and goes through diverse landscapes. By day 3, the route joins Machame route. Compared to Rongai and Machame route, Lemosho route is more challenging.
What will be included in cost are below
- All breakfasts, lunches and dinners & dining
- Transport from/to Londorossi Gate
- Mountain tents and matresses
- Park, camping and Rescue fees
- Tour and trekking guide, porters and chef for entire journey
What not included in cost are below
- Travel insurance and other emergencies
- Visa fees and entry clearing fees
- Tips for guide, porter or cook
- Liquors, beeers and bootled beverages
- Photography accessories like cameras etc.
Transfer from Kilimanjaro Airport to Moshi Town
Upon arrival, you will be picked by a driver and he shall drive you to your hotel. Orientation for the 6 days hike shall be done at the hotel. Your guides will meet you and have a spot check on your gear and make adjustments where necessary.
Moshi Town To Londorossi Gate
After breakfast in your hotel, you will take a 2hrs drive to Londorossi Gate. You will register with the park authorities and familiarize with the crew. Afterwards you will take a 15km drive on a bumpy road to the starting point at the edge of the rainforest. You will be served with lunch before you start your trek. You will take a short walk of about 3hrs to Mti Mkubwa Camp. The day’s trek is short and thus you will enjoy the lush green vegetation and might even catch a glimpse of Columbus monkeys sitting in the branches above you.
Mti Mkubwa Camp to Shira Camp 1
After breakfast at Mti Mkubwa Camp you will walk along a thin trail through the rainforest. Vegetation will gradually become scarce until you finally reach the moorland filled with Lobelia and Erica plants. You will transverse through rolling hills and reach Shira 1 Camp looking over the Shira Plateau. From here you will be able to see the unmistakable snow-capped summit of Kibo. You will take your dinner and retire for the night.
Shira 1 Camp to Shira Camp 2
After breakfast you will leave Shira 2 Camp and embark on the rocky ground of Shira Ridge. The area has low grass and shrubs and the terrain is much flatter than the day before. From here, you will be fascinated by scenic view of Mount Meru and the Great Rift Valley. You will keep walking on lava grounds until you will get to Shira 2 Camp where you will have your evening meal. The day was relatively easy but you can enjoy your night.
Shira 2 Camp to Lava Tower
This is a day for acclimatization. You will notice that you will climb high and come back to sleep low. This is the best method to acclimatize because your body will get used to different altitudes and you will be able notice how your body reacts to changes in altitude. After breakfast, you will ascend to Lave Tower through a boulder strewn terrain seeing Kibo peak in the distance. Upon reaching Lava Tower, you will rest and allow your body to get used to the higher altitude. You will later start descent to Barranco Camp. Along the way the scenery changes once more and you are soon surrounded by giant Senecias and smaller Lobelia plants. After 6 – 7 hours you will reach the beautiful and green Barranco Camp, which offers great views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains. You will have your meals and retire for the next day.
Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
The famous Barranco wall, which is probably the steepest part of the entire route, awaits you after breakfast. Although no technical climbing is necessary, some spots do require you to use your hands for a better grip and to pull yourself up. Your guide will be close by to help you if necessary. After you have pulled yourself around the Kissing Rock you will make your way along the mountain ridge and through the Karanga Valley. You will also pass the last water spot as you finally reach Karanga Camp after 3 – 4 hours. After a well-deserved meal, it is off to bed.
Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
Today you will make your way to Barafu Camp at around 4,640m, which you will reach in about 3 – 4 hours. The landscape is very dry and the ground cracks like glass under your boots. As you make your way through the afro-alpine desert to the rocky Barafu Camp, a sense of excitement sweeps over you as your final stretch is but a few hours away. The Barafu Camp with its rocky scenery allows for a stunning view of Mawenzi Peak and the summit path ahead. After an early dinner and last minute preparation for tomorrow, you will go to bed.
Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp
At around midnight you will be awoken with some hot tea and biscuits in order to get you ready for today’s ascents. You will ascend in a north-westerly direction through heavy scree toward Stella Point, arriving there in about 5 – 7 hours. At Stella Point you may rest if necessary before taking on another 1-2 hours stretch along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak – the highlight of your trip. A breath-taking view awaits you as you stand on the highest mountain in Africa. After taking as much pictures as your camera will allow, you will leave behind the glistening glaciers and snowy peak and make your way back down to Barafu Camp. Here you will have time to catch your breath before heading further down to Mweka Gate (3,080m), approximately 3 hours walk. A scrumptious dinner and a peaceful night’s sleep awaits you.
Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate
After a hearty breakfast and a traditional farewell ceremony by your mountain crew, you will start your final descent to Mweka Gate. A leisurely 2 – 3 hours walk will take you once more through the lush rainforest, where the endemic Impatiens Kilimanjaro flower grows. Reaching Mweka Gate where your transferring driver will be waiting for you. He will take you back to your hotel in Moshi and after a warm shower, the rest of the day is free to rest and relax as you contemplate on your achievement.
Camping and Hostels
Any suitable hiking boots.