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9 Days Lemosho Route – Kilimanjaro

Created with Sketch. Lemosho, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
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Duration

9 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

English

Overview

The Lemosho route is considered the most scenic trail on Kilimanjaro, granting panoramic vistas on various sides of the mountain. As one of the newer routes, Lemosho is a superb choice for your climb. It is our preferred route due to its ideal balance of low crowds, beautiful scenery and a high summit success rate. The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the west, beginning with a long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate. From there, the first two days are spent trekking through the rain forest to Shira Ridge. The Lemosho route crosses the entire Shira Plateau from west to east in a pleasant, relatively flat hike. Crowds are low until the route joins the Machame route near Lava Tower.

The nine days Lemosho variation is preferred over the seven days option because it breaks up day two into two days, providing better acclimatization and a more gradual ascent. On the seven day route, we walk from Forest Camp to Shira Camp 1 on day two, a reasonable altitude gain of 2,000 feet. Then on day three, we continue from Shira Camp 2 to the little used Moir Hut, at 13,800 feet. Overall the exposure to this altitude will help prepare the body for higher altitudes coming on the following days.

CLIMB HIGHLIGHTS                 

  • Reaching the summit! Experiencing that incomparable, ‘roof of the world’ feeling
  • A more relaxed pace than other routes, but longer in time and distance. But very challenging!
  • Stunning views as you ascend, with arguably the best photo opportunities, possible wildlife experiences on Day One
  • Discover Shira Plateau and Barranco
  • Climb the Lava Tower!
  • Dedicated guides, porters and cooks – a great team to help you on your way
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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and Airport Pick Up
Upon landing at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will follow all the customs and immigration formalities the driver who has been waiting for you with a board bearing your names will take you to a private transfer to Arusha/Moshi where you will spend the night at your hotel. Your Mountain climbing guides will meet you for climbing briefing and will answer any questions you may have about your climb. Your Kilimanjaro guide will also do an equipment check to be sure that you are fully prepared.
Day 2: Montane Forest (9,000′)
After breakfast in your hotel in Arusha, you will drive for approximately one hour and a half to the Kilimanjaro National Park, Londorosi gate. At the gate you will have to check-in and register, then you will have an opportunity to meet the rest of the climbing crew, such assistant guides, porters and the chef. Today you trek to the first camp will take about 4 hours through the undisturbed forest to our camp for the night. With luck we will be able to see Colobus monkeys and signs of elephants or buffaloes and other forest wildlife on our hike to camp.
Day 3: Shira Plateau West Side (11,300′)
Today you will take your time hiking through the forest which will afford you an opportunity to spot plentiful game and bird life. The hike will take you up through the Montane Forest and the Hagenia forest zones. You will be able to see the unique environmental differences that characterize these equatorial zones.
Day 4: Shira Plateau East Side -Fischer’s Camp (12,950′)
Take your hike today which will last for about 4 hours across the Shira Plateau, A World Heritage Site, another hour will take you up the western slope of the Kibo Massif. Spend some time admiring and exploring the plateau, before you get to your picnic lunch site. You overnight camp will be set up in the upper heath and moorland zone in full view of the Western Breach.
Day 5: Lava Tower (14,300′)
This morning you will hike east over intervening ridges and valley to join the Mweka Route, which will be your descent route. Turn left toward the mountain and hike up the ridge through a sparse landscape for another hour to Barafu Hut where you will receive a hot lunch. The last water point on this route is Karanga Valley as there is no water at Barafu Cam. Even though Barafu is the Swahili word for ice. The famous snows of Kilimanjaro are far above Barafu Camp near the summit of the mountain. Your tent will be pitched on a narrow, stony, wind-swept ridge, so make sure that you familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents. Prepare your equipment and warm clothing for your summit climb, and drink a lot of fluids. After an early dinner, go to bed for a few hours of valued sleep.
Day 6: Arrow Glacier (16,000′)
You will be up around 11:30 PM, and after some hot tea and biscuits you will drag your feet off into the night. 6-hour climb northwest up through heavy scree between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers to Stella Point on the crater rim is the most challenging part of the route for most climbers. At Stella Point 5,685 m/18,650 ft you stop for a short rest and a chance to see a supremely sanguine sunrise. At Stella Point, you join the top part of Marangu Route but do not stop here too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and exhaustion.

Depending on the time of year and current storms you may stumble upon snow on your remaining hike along the rim to Uhuru Peak. On the summit, you can enjoy your accomplishment and know that you are creating a day that you will remember for the rest of your life. After your 3-hour descent from the summit back to Barafu Camp, you will have a well-deserved but short rest collect your gear, and hike down a rock and scree path into the moorland and sooner or later into the forest to Mweka Camp 3,100 m/10,170 ft This camp is in the upper forest, so you can anticipate mist or rain in the late afternoon., Dinner and washing water will be prepared and the camp office sells drinking water, soft drinks, chocolates
Day 7: Summit Crater Camp (18,500′)
Today is an exciting day as you wind your way up the Western Breach. It will take about 5 -6 hours before reaching crater rim of the main Kilimanjaro summit massif. After the hike and you still have the energy, you can explore the inner crater and the ash pit before moving to your highest camp on the crater floor. This spectacular high camp is next to the Furtwangler Glaciers, with stunning views westward towards Mount Meru and the setting African sun. The high altitude of crater camp makes it a physically demanding experience, but the reward is a radical scene of towering glaciers rising from the harsh rock landscapes.
Day 8: Summit Day And Mweka Camp (10,500′)
You will start the final ascent that will take you to the summit (19,340′) early enough in the morning so that you reach the summit by 9:00 am. This final stretch of your climb is only 800 feet and can be undertaken after sunrise and a leisurely breakfast or just early enough to be at the summit during sunrise. This is quite a contrast to the 3,000 feet slog required to summit via all the other ascent routes on Kilimanjaro. Enjoy the rewards of seeing the summit crater glaciers and standing on Africa’s highest peak. After taking in the view from Uhuru Peak, begin the long descend through Barafu Hut and down to your final camp near Mweka Hut.
Day 9: Arusha
Descend further down in a hike that will take you about 4 to 5 hours to make the 4,500 feet descend to the park gate. At the gate, you will be cheered by your Kilimanjaro crew as you check out. This is also a day when successful climbers normally receive their summit certificates and can be followed by a bottle of champagne. Climbers who reached Stella Point are issued green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak receive gold certificates. From Mweka Gate you will continue down to Mweka Village 3 km where you will be served a delicious hot lunch after which you are driven back to Arusha for a past due hot shower and comfortable night in a nice hotel in Moshi/Arusha

Included/Excluded

  • Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain
  • 2 Nights accommodation
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides:
  • All Park fees
  • Rescue fees
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Arrival and Departure transfers
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
  • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs:
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food:
  • Clean, purified drinking water:
  • Crisis management and safety procedures:
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters:
  • Sleeping Mattress:
  • Emergency Evacuation
  • Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Meals not listed above
  • Optional Tours (short or long safari after your climb etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters and any items of personal nature.
  • International and domestic flights
  • Beverages and alcohol
  • Sleeping bags and personal items
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation and meals in Moshi

Tour Categories

Mount Kilimanjaro

Durations

Multi day

Languages

English

Tour's Location

Created with Sketch. Lemosho, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

FAQs

What can I expect on a typical safari day?
This is your safari trip, your adventure! You decide how you want to spend your time on this vacation. If you would like to spend a full day on safari, you are definitely welcomed to do so. Visa Expeditions does not restrict your mileage, fuel or how much time you want to be on safari. While some days you may decide set out by sunrise, other days you can have a slower-paced breakfast before starting your daily exploration. Simply sit down with your guide to plan your day and meals the night before. Your guide will have plenty of suggestions, but of course, the decision is yours.
What to Bring on Safari
Safaris are casual vacations! Dress comfortably and pack lightly. As you will be spending most of your safari viewing in the vehicle, loose-fitting and light coloured clothing is recommended. Avoid dark colours (i.e. black, dark blue) as they tend to attract unwanted attention from insects such as the tsetse fly.
What are the park fee regulations?
All park fees and conservation fees have a 24 hours limit. We plan your itinerary according to the park permits paid. Your safari driver guide will brief you the night before and provide suggestions regarding your schedule. Please note that any penalty fee resulting from the client’s wish to extend their stay will be at the guest’s expense.
Am I allowed to walk around the national parks?
It is recommended to stay inside your vehicles at all times when you are in the national parks unless your driver-guide find a safe area to stop for lunch or to stretch your legs. If you are keen on hiking, there are guided walks that are available in Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro. Within the Serengeti National Parks, long walks are not permitted during to conservation reasons, however, some lodgings will offer short walks near the lodge or camp.
Will there be wildlife roaming at the camps and lodges?
It is important to never assume that any of the animals encountered on your game drive are tame. Though attacks by wild animals are unusual, nothing in the African wilderness is predictable. While you are staying in your safari lodges and camps, it is important to be especially cautious and aware of your surroundings as many of these areas are not fenced and contain wildlife roaming freely. If you have children with you, keep them in sight and do not let them wander alone. At smaller tented lodges, you will always be escorted to and from your tent for dinner or during the night. Should you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to raise them to the staff or your guide.
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