Climb Kilimanjaro on Lemosho Route:
The adventure begins with a scenic drive through western Kilimanjaro and managed forests to Lemosho gate for registration. Drive through village communities to the starting point to begin hiking in the forest.
Lemosho route is remote and spectacular, with dramatic gorges and views of West Kilimanjaro. Lemosho climbers join Machame route climbers for the 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.
Lemosho Route Itinerary: 8 trek days (10 days / 9 nights)
Arrive into Kilimanjaro airport and transfer to your Moshi hotel for overnight. (Dinner and airport transfer not included.)
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).
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).
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).
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.
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).
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 Kilimanjaro summit ascent before retiring to your tent for rest (Barafu 4,550m).
The Kilimanjaro summit 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 of Uhuru Peak (5,895m - 1 to 2 hrs). 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 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. Join the waiting vehicle for the journey back to the hotel in Moshi (B&B).
Transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for departure (not included) or continue on to another activity.
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