Lemosho Routes 8 days

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The Lemosho route is considered the most beautiful trail and offers panoramic views to the various sides of the mountain. As one of the new routes, Lemosho is suitable for your mountaineering. It is our favored route due to its ideal balance of low congestion, beautiful landscape and a high success rate for the summit. We as Eco Warriors Friends specializes in Lemosho route guides. Most of our clients use this route to trek Kilimanjaro and they have consistently loved it. Therefore, Lemosho is highly recommended.

Beginning with a long drive from Moshi/Arusha to Londorossi Gate, the route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the west. From there, our first two days will be spent trailing the rainforest to shira ridge. Lemosho route crosses the whole Shira Plateau from west to east in an enjoyable, fairly smooth hike. It is of low congestions until the route joins the Machame route close to Lava Tower. Then the route navigates underneath Kilimanjaro Southern ice field on a path known as “Southern Circuit” before summiting from Barafu. And finally the descent is made through the Mweka route.

8 DAYS LEMOSHO ITINERARY

Day 1

Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa

Elevation: 7,742 ft to 9,498 ft

Distance: 6 km/4 miles

Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: Rain Forest

After breakfast we depart from our hotel in Arusha or Moshi to Londorossi Gate, where we will complete issuing permit and all government formalities. Then we drive to Lemosho trailhead and start our trekking through undisturbed rain forest in park which takes us to our first campsite.

Accommodation: camping at Mti Mkubwa campsite

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

 

DAY 2

Mti Mkubwa to Shira 1 Camp

Elevation: 9,498 ft to 11,500 ft

Distance: 8 km/ 5miles

Hiking Time 5-6 hours

Habitat: Health

After breakfast we continue trekking out of the rain forest into the savannah of the tall grasses, heather and volcanic rocks. We ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross few streams then we reach the Shira Ridge before dropping slowly to Shira 1 Camp. On view we will be able see our first glance of Kibo across the plateau.

Accommodation: camping at shira 1 campsite

Meals: breakfast lunch and dinner

 

DAY 3

Shira 1 Camp to Moir Hut

Elevation: 11,500 ft to 13,800 ft

Distance: 11 km/ 7 miles

Hiking Time: 5-7 hours

Habitat: Heath

After breakfast we travel around the Shira Plateau for a full day. A slowly walk on moorland meadows towards the Shira 2 Camp. Then we reroute from the main trail to Moir Hut. Different walks are available on Lent Hills making an excellent way for acclimatization. Shira Plateau is one of the highest plateaus on earth.

Accommodation: camping at moir hut

Meals: breakfast lunch and dinner

 

DAY 4

Moir Hut to Lava Tower

Elevation: 13,800 ft to 15,190 ft

Distance: 7 km/4 miles

Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

Elevation: 15,190 ft to 13,044 ft

Distance: 3 km/2 miles

Hiking Time: 2-3 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

After breakfast we begin our day trekking up the ridge and then head southeast towards the Lava Tower – a 300 ft tall volcanic rock formation. And then we descend down to Barranco Camp through the outlandish but stunning senecio forest. Even though we begin and finish the day at the same elevation, time spent at higher altitude is very useful for acclimatization.

Accommodation: camping at barranco campsite

Meals: breakfast lunch and dinner

 

DAY 5

Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

Elevation: 13,044 ft to 13,106 ft

Distance: 5 km/3 miles

Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

After breakfast we start the day by descending into a gorge to the base of the Great Barranco Wall. Then we mount the non-technical but steep, nearly 900 ft cliff. From the top of the Barranco Wall we traverse a sequence of hills and valleys until we descend sharply into Karanga valley onto one more sheer climb leads us to Karanga Camp. It is a shorter day for trekking meant for acclimatization.

Accommodation: camping at Karanga campsite

Meals: breakfast lunch and dinner

 

DAY 6

Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

Elevation: 13,106 ft to 15,331 ft

Distance: 4 km/2 miles

Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

After breakfast we leave Karanga and head to the intersection which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the rocky segment to Barafu Hut. Up to this point, we have completed the Southern Circuit, which presents different views of the summit from many different angles. Here we set out our tents for camping, then we enjoy an early dinner and then we rest and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo can be seen from this angle.

Accommodation: camping at Barafu campsite

Meals: breakfast lunch and dinner

 

DAY 7

Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak

Elevation: 15,331 ft to 19,341 ft

Distance: 5 km/3 miles

Hiking Time: 7-8 hours

Habitat: Arctic

 

Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp

Elevation: 19,341 ft to 10,065 ft

Distance: 12 km/7 miles

Hiking Time: 4-6 hours

Habitat: Rain Forest

Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our climb to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically tricky portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be intense. We ascend in the darkness for sometimes while taking regular, but short, breaks. Near Stella Point (18,900 ft), we will be able to see the most stunning sunrise from Mawenzi peak. And finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and in Africa.

From the summit, we make our descent straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch and a bit of rest. We continue trailing, the trail is very rocky and it can be a bit difficult on the knees; trekking poles are helpful. Mweka Camp is located in the upper forest so 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.

Accommodation: camping at Mweka campsite.

Meals: breakfast lunch and dinner

 

 

DAY 8

Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

Elevation: 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft

Distance: 10 km/6 miles

Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: Rain Forest

On our last day after breakfast we continue down to Mweka Gate and collect our summit certificates and some pictures. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy so our raining gears will be helpful. From the gate, we continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet us at Mweka Village to drive us back to the hotel in Moshi/Arusha.

Accommodation: at the hotel or lodge

Meals: breakfast and lunch

Included

  • Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • Mountain crew (cook & porters)
  • Overnight stays in hotels and mountain tents
  • Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables etc.)
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Drinking water
  • All national park fees
  • All mentioned transfer

Items excluded:

  • Flights
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance
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