Climb Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route
Climb Kilimanjaro on Lemosho route. Lemosho is remote and spectacular, with dramatic gorges and views of West Kilimanjaro. The Lemosho route trail joins Machame climbers for the final summit ascent via Stella Point.
Taking eight days to climb Kilimanjaro on Lemosho route is good for acclimatizing the body in preparation for a successful summit. Descent is via Mweka route.
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Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route Itinerary: 8 trek days (10 days / 9 nights)
Arrive into Kilimanjaro airport and transfer to your Moshi hotel for overnight. (dinner and transfer can be booked seperately).
The day begins with a long drive to Lemosho Gate for registration (2100m). Pass through village communities to the trail head to start hiking along a narrow forest path. Reach Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite (2,750m) in 3 to 4 hours.
An early start. Leaving the forest, the trail gets steeper as it enters the moorland zone towards Gane and Marshall One Valley, followed by a more gentle grade trek across the high altitude Shira Caldera to Shira Cave Camp. Catch a glimps of the infamous Arrow glacier (3,500m, 6-7 hours).
Hiking eastwards, Lemosho route crosses the moorland meadows of Shira Plateau and Shira Cathedral to reach Shira Camp 2 for dinner and overnight camping (3,840m).
Ascend to the base of the Lava Tower on a rocky and rugged path (4,630m - 5 to 6 hrs). Stop for lunch. This is a short distance ascending hike to help acclimatization. From the Lava Tower there is a 680m descent to Barranco camp site (3,950m, 2-3 hours) and your tent. The camp is situated in a valley below the Western Breach and Great Barranco Wall.
The route starts as a scramble up Baranco Wall (not as difficult as it looks from the base camp) to top out just below the Heim Glacier. The route then heads into the Karanga Valley and the camp where you will stay overnight. This is a short hiking day of 2 to 3 hours to help your body to acclimatize to the high altitude. Dinner and overnight camping (Karanga, 4000m).
After breakfast, leave Karanga Camp. Begin hiking through alpine vegetation, which becomes noticably more sparse as the trail ascends. If there is no cloud cover you may get a good view of Mawenzi peak. After 4 to 5 hours hiking reach Barafu camp site. After dinner you will be briefed on the Kilimanjaro summit ascent before retiring to your tent for rest (Barafu, 4,550m).
Around midnight expect a wake-up with hot drinks and snacks provided by your summit crew. The Kilimanjaro summit ascent is started around midnight on a frozen path. The climb up to Stella Point is steep but then the route flattens out along the crater rim before ascending again to reach the ice-capped summit of Uhuru Peak (5,895m, 1-2 hours). After a short rest and celebration photos, begin the descent to return to Barafu camp for breakfast and another short rest before heading down the trail to Mweka campsite (3100m).
After an early breakfast, a 4 to 5 hour scenic hike on a rocky path will take you back to Mweka national park gate to pick up your certificates and to join the waiting vehicle for the journey back to the hotel in Moshi (B&B).
Transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for departure or continue on to another activity.
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