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Lemosho Route 8 Days

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Introduction

The Lemosho Route starts on the Western side of Mount Kilimanjaro at the Londorossi Gate. The western side of Kilimanjaro is still very wild and you may get lucky and spot large antelope, buffalo and maybe even elephant. The route is one of our preferred routes due to its low traffic, beautiful scenery and a high summit success rate. The Lemosho route starts off from the west, beginning with a long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate. At the gate you will register with the authorities before being driven a further 12km to the starting point. Descent is via the Mweka route.

Day 1

Pick up from Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to Moshi we will meet with your mountain guide at hotel for briefing about your safari mountain after you check in, Dinner and overnight at Moshi.

Day 2: Londorossi Gate to Forest Camp

Depart Moshi for Londorossi Gate, which takes about 4 hours, where you will complete entry formalities. Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead (another hour to reach the trailhead). Upon arrival at trailhead, we eat lunch, and then commence through undisturbed forest which winds to the first camp site.

  • Elevation (ft): 7,800ft to 9,500ft
  • Distance: 6 km
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest

Day 3: Forest Camp to Shira Camp 1

We will go on the trail leading out of the forest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather, and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As we ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, we reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 camp. The view of Kibo from across the plateau is amazing.

  • Elevation (ft): 9,500ft to 11,500ft
  • Distance: 8 km
  • Hiking Time 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

Day 4: Shira Camp 1 to Shira 2 to Moir Hut

We will 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.

  • Elevation (ft): 11,500ft to 13,800 ft
  • Distance: 14 km
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

Day 5: Moir Hut to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth.” Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000ft.We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

  • Elevation (ft): 13,800ft to 13,000ft
  • Distance: 7 km
  • Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
  • Habitat: Semi Desert

Day 6: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. Then, you leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.

  • Elevation (ft): 13,000ft to 15,000ft
  • Distance: 9km
  • Hiking Time: 8-10 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Day 7: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.

At Stella Point (18,600 ft), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit.

From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

  • Elevation (ft): 15,300ft to 19,345ft (and down to 10,000ft)
  • Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent
  • Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent
  • Habitat: Arctic

Day 8: Mweka Camp to Moshi

After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy)

  • Elevation (ft): 10,000ft to 5,400ft
  • Distance: 10 km
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Fores (ft): 10,000ft to 5,400ft

From the gate, you continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to hotel in Moshi,where will be presented with official certificates as a successful climber .It is customary to tip your trekking crew before being transported back to your hotel in Moshi or Arusha.

It is time for celebration! Congratulations! You’ve made it!

Price Includes

  • Transfers from/to Kilimanjaro airport (JRO)
  • Transfers to/from Kilimanjaro entrance gate
  • All national park gate fees
  • Certified, experienced, English-speaking guides
  • Porters and Cook salaries
  • Rescue fees (required by national park)
  • All meals on the mountain
  • Mountain tents
  • Double layered Sleeping Mats
  • Filtered water throughout the trek
  • Cooking equipment and eating utensils
  • All government tax

Price Excludes

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fee
  • Tips to mountain crew
  • Laundry Services
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra

Important to know

Health
Visa
Currency

Visitors are advised to take precautionary measures to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. You may use insect repellent, wear long sleeved shirts and trousers in evenings and utilize mosquito nets. Hospitals provide good medical care in cities and in the remote areas or on safari. Flying Doctors facilities are also available. However, it is also advised to carry medical kits for emergencies.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov), the following vaccinations are recommended for Tanzania:

  • Hepatitis A + B – Rabies – Typhoid
  • Boosters for Tetanus, Diphtheria and Measles
  • An International Certificate for vaccination for yellow fever is required to enter Zanzibar.

Please contact your personal Doctor at home for detailed information!!!

Visitors are required to have valid passports and entry visa. Visas can be obtained from Tanzania Embassies, High Commissions and Consulate as well as at major entry points in the country such as Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar International Airports, Namanga, Sirari, Horohoro and Taveta.

The Tanzanian shilling (Tsh.) is divided into 100cents. Notes are in denomination of 200, 500, 1000, and 10,000 shillings. Coins are in order of 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 shillings. Money can be changed in banks, bureaux de change and other accredited points such as hotels. Credit cards (Access, Master Card, Visa, American Express, Euro Card and Diners) are accepted by large hotels around the country. Travellers’ cheques in US dollars and Pound Sterling are recommended, although Euros are also accepted. Banking hours in major towns are from Monday to Friday (08.30 – 16.00 hrs), Saturday from 08.30 hrs – 13.30 hrs. These may vary in smaller towns. ATM and 24 hour cash machines are available in branches of major banks and accept international VISA cards. Please note that banks are closed on Sundays.

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