Kilimanjaro Hiking via Lemosho Route

Kilimanjaro Climb - 8 Days Lemosho Route

Kilimanjaro Hiking via Lemosho Route

The Lemosho Route starts on the Western side of Mount Kilimanjaro at the Londorossi Gate and was introduced as an alternative to the Shira Route which begins at a higher, more challenging altitude. The Londorossi Gate is a fair drive from the town of Moshi. At the gate, you will register with the authorities before being driven a further 12km to the starting point. The western side of Kilimanjaro is still very wild and you may get lucky and spot large antelope, buffalo and maybe even elephant.

On day three the Lemosho Route joins the Machame Route at Lava Tower and down towards Barranco Valley via the Southern Circuit. As with the Machame Route, Lemosho trekkers need to transverse the Barranco Wall and then summit from Barafu Camp. Most trekkers complete the Lemosho Route in six days; we also offer seven and/or eight-day hikes on the Lemosho which of course increases the probability of success.

The seven-day route typically stops for a night at both Shira Camp 1 and Shira Camp 2. Eight-day treks stop again at Karanga Camp for another acclimatization day.

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Tour Details

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Tour Highlights

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

 

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

 

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

 

Day 4

Moir Hut to Lava Tower then Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

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

 

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

 

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

 

Day 7

Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak then Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp

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

 

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

Tour Plan

DAY 1

Londorossi Gate (2,100 meters) – start point 2,360 meters to Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,820 meters)

We depart Moshi for Londorossi Gate, which takes about 4 hours, where you will complete entry formalities. Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead. Upon arrival at the trailhead, we begin hiking through the undisturbed forest which winds to the first campsite.

DAY 2

Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,820 meters) to Shira Camp 1 (3,503 meters)

We continue on the trail leading out of the rain 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. Here we catch our first glimpse of Kibo across the plateau.

DAY 3

Shira Camp 1 (2820 meters) to Moir Camp (4206 meters)

We explore the Shira Plateau for a full day. It is a gentle walk east on moorland meadows towards Shira 2 Camp. Then we divert from the main trail 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 Plateau is one of the highest plateaus on earth.

DAY 4

Moir Camp (4206 meters) to Barranco Camp (3962 meters)

We begin the day climbing up a ridge and then head southeast towards the Lava Tower – a 300 ft tall volcanic rock formation. We descend down to Barranco Camp through the strange but beautiful Senecio Forest to an altitude of 13,000 ft. Although you begin and end the day at the same elevation, the time spent at higher altitude is very beneficial for acclimatization

DAY 5

Barranco Camp (3992 meters) to Karanga Camp (4023 meters)

We begin the day by descending into a ravine to the base of the Great Barranco Wall. Then we climb the non-technical but steep, nearly 900 ft cliff. From the top of the Barranco Wall, we cross a series of hills and valleys until we descend sharply into Karanga Valley. One more steep climb up leads us to Karanga Camp. This is a shorter day meant for acclimatization.

DAY 6

Karanga Camp (4023 meters) to Barafu Camp (4672 meters)

We leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the rocky section to Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest and enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are viewable from this position.

DAY 7

Barafu Camp (4672 meters) to Uhuru Peak (19341 meters) then to Mweka Camp (3067 meters)

Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. Near Stella Point (18,900 ft), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.

From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. The trail is very rocky and can be quite hard on the knees; trekking poles are helpful. 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.

DAY 8

Mweka Camp (3067 meters) to Mweka Gate (1639 meters)

On our last day, we continue the descent to Mweka Gate and collect the summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. 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 which you can have options of doing a safari or you can extend your stay and have an inland flight to the exotic island of Zanzibar for a tropical beach holiday. Please Contact us for Details.

Nights Accommodation

1st night  – Mti Mkubwa Campsite (Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch)

 

2nd night –Shira  Campsite (Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch)

 

3rd night  –  Moir Campsite (Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch)

 

4th night  – Barranco Campsite (Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch)

 

5th night  – Karanga Campsite  (Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch)

 

6th night  – Barafu Campsite  (Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch)

 

7th night  – Mweka Campsite  (Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch)

Tour Include

  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Airport pickup and drop off
  • Kilimanjaro park fees
  • Climbing permits and fees, gate, camp/hut fees.
  • Guide, assistant guides, cook and porters salaries.
  • Certified, experienced, English-speaking guides for all routes
  • Porters to carry luggage from one camp to the next camp.
  • 3 meals per day and bottled water/drinks (1.5 liters per person per day)
  • Emergency Insurance in case of altitude sickness
  • Rescue fees (required by the national park)
  • Transport to/from the hotel to Gate

Tour Exclude

  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Meals outside the regular tour itinerary
  • International visa for Tanzania
  • International Airfares and Airport taxes

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