Lemosho Route

6 Days | 5 Nights

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Tour Cost

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Tour Overview
It is more remote and undoubtedly more beautiful as a newer route, but it is slightly longer and more expensive. It begins on the mountain’s western side at the Londorossi Gate, which is a longer drive from town, and was introduced as an alternative to the Shira route. On day 3, it crosses the Shira Plateau to connect with the Machame Route at Lava Tower and then down towards Barranco Valley via the Southern Circuit. You might get lucky and see a buffalo, elephant, or other game. This route has a higher summit success rate because it can be done over a longer period of time for acclimatization.

Full Itinerary

Day 1: Londrossi Gate to MtiMkubwa Camp

Elevation: 2389m to 2785m

Departing from Moshi/Arusha to Kilimanjaro National Park Gate. We will patiently wait for our permits to be issued while watching the hustle and bustle of operations as many crews prepare for the journey ahead. Enjoy the beautiful rainforest scenery and windy trails while your guide tells you about the local flora and fauna and natural wildlife. At these lower elevations, the trail can be muddy and quite slippery. We highly recommend gaiters and trekking poles here.

Day 2: MtiMkubwa Camp to Shira 1 Camp

Elevation: 2785m/9137ft to 3504m/11,496ft

After a pretty night sleep and a hearty breakfast, we emerge from the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, we leave the forest behind now, the trail climbs steadily with wide views to reach the rim of the Shira Plateau. Temperatures begin to drop.

Day 3: Shira 1 Camp to Shira Hut

Elevation: 3504m to 3895m

We explore the Shira plateau for a full day. 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: Shira Hut to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

Elevation: 3895m to 3986m

Although you end the day around the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization. From Shira Plateau we continue east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the Kibo peak before we then continue, South East towards the Lava Tower. Shortly after the tower, we come to a second junction, which leads to the Arrow Glacier. We then continue to descend to overnight at Barranco Camp.

Day 5: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

Elevation: 3986m to 4034m

After breakfast, we continue on a steep ridge up to the adventurous Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and the junction, which connects, with the Mweka Trail. This is one of the most impressive days to see the power, agility, and strength of your crew zip over this wall with what appears such ease. Overnight at Karanga Camp.

Day 6: Hike Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

Elevation: 4034m to 4662m

We continue up toward Barafu Camp, and once reached you have now completed the South Circuit, which offers a variety of breathtaking views of the summit from many different angles. An early dinner and rest as we prepare for summit night. Overnight at Barafu Camp.

Day 7: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Camp

Elevation: 4662m to 5895m to 3106m

Excitement is building as morning comes with an early start between midnight and 2 a.m. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.

We continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers trying to stay warm and focused on the amazing sense of accomplishment that lies ahead. With a switchback motion in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. You will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise during your short rest here. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit. From here on your remaining 1-hour ascent to Uhuru Peak, you are likely to encounter snow all the way.

Congratulations, one step at a time you have now reached Uhuru Peak the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the entire continent of Africa!
After photos, celebrations and maybe a few tears of joy we take a few moments to enjoy this incredible accomplishment. We begin our steep descent down to Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch and a very brief rest. We strongly recommend gaiters and trekking poles for uncooperative loose gravel and volcano ash terrain. Well-deserved rest awaits you to enjoy your last evening on the mountain. Overnight Mweka Camp.

Day 8: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

Elevation: 3106mto 1633m

After breakfast and a heartfelt ceremony of appreciation and team bonding with your crew, it’s time to say goodbye. We continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. As the weather is drastically warmer, the terrain is wet, muddy and steep and we highly recommend Gaiters and trekking poles.From the gate, a vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi/Arusha.

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