Kilimanjaro trekking on Lemosho route
8 day PRIVATE trek
Kilimanjaro climbing on Lemosho route starts with a
rough 4X4 drive through western Kilimanjaro to Lemosho gate for registration. Pass through village communities before leaving the vehicle to start hiking in the forest. Lemosho is a quiet, remote and spectacular Kilimanjaro route with dramatic gorges and views of west Kilimanjaro.
The Lemosho route joins the south circuit trail (Machame) for the summit ascent, after a weather exposed hike on Shire Plateau. Taking eight days to climb makes Lemosho a good route for acclimatizing in preparation for a successful summit. Descent is via Mweka route.
We run private treks on Lemosho route with a minimum of two climbers.
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Lemosho route: 10 days / 9 nights (8 trek days)
Day 1: Arrive into Kilimanjaro airport and transfer to your Moshi hotel for overnight. (Dinner and airport transfer not included.)
Day 2: The day begins with a long drive to Lemosho Gate (2100m) for registration. Pass through village communities to the trail head to start hiking along a narrow forest path to reach Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite (2,750m. 3 to 4 hrs).
Day 3: 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 (with views of Arrow glacier) (3,500m - 6 to 7 hours).
Day 4: 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).
Day 5: Continue on a rocky and rugged eastward path to ascend to the base of the Lava Tower (4,630m - 5 to 6 hrs) 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 to 3hrs) and your tent. The camp is situated in a valley below the Western Breach and Great Barranco Wall.
Day 6: The route starts as a scramble up Baranco Wall (which is easier than it looks) to top out just below the Heim Glacier. The route then heads to the Karanga Valley 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).
Day 7: After breakfast, leave Karanga Camp to begin hiking through alpine vegetation, which becomes 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 summit ascent before retiring to your tent for rest (Barafu 4,550m).
Day 8: The final ascent is started around midnight while the scree (small stone) is still frozen. There is a steep climb to Stella Point. The route then flattens along the crater rim before ascending again to reach the ice-capped summit. Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters) can be reached 1 to 2 hrs. After a short rest and celebration photos on the peak begin the descent and return to Barafu camp for breakfast and a short rest before heading down the trail to Mweka campsite (3100m).
Day 9: After an early and well-deserved breakfast, it is a short 4 to 5 hour scenic hike, on a rocky path, back to Mweka national park gate to pick up your certificates before joining the waiting vehicle for the journey back to your hotel in Moshi (B&B).
Day 10: Transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for departure (not included) or continue onto another program.
Trained Kili-trekking teams and quality equipment will help you achieve a safe and successful Kilimanjaro climbing experience.
- Pre-arrival information pack
Hotel nights provided before and after trek (B&B, based on 2 sharing)
Licensed Kilimanjaro mountain guides and experienced teams
- Kilimanjaro entry and camping permits
Mt Kilimanjaro gate transfers (all routes)
Kilimanjaro camping equipment - tents, mattress, dining
- Kilimanjaro rescue fees
- Lemosho forest fees
All mountain meals and drinking water
All government taxes.
- Transfers to/from Kilimanjaro airport (JRO)
Internal air or road transfers (e.g. Nairobi, Dar es Salaam etc)
International travel visas (obtainable at most border entry points)
Personal insurance (mandatory)
Alcohol, sodas, items of a personal nature
- Airport transfers (JRO) from US$25 per person
- Emergency air rescue service (price on request)
- Oxygen and pulse oximeter (price on request)
- Internal flight or bus tickets for transfers within East Africa
- Extension safari - staying in lodges or adventure camping
- Extra hotel nights (a rest day on arrival is advisable after a long-haul flight).
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