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Lemosho Route 7 Days | Kilimanjaro Mount | Tanzania Safari

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Duration

7 Days 6 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

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Overview

Considered to be the most scenic of all the Kilimanjaro routes, Lemosho is a newer and less-traveled route. It’s perfect for somebody looking to get off the beaten track!  Lemosho Route 7 Days is perfect for those who want to take their time with Kilimanjaro and soak in its stunning beauty.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Summit Mt Kilimanjaro, one of the seven summits of the world at 19,340′
  • Cross 6 ecological zones from lush rainforest to the harsh, beautiful arctic zone
  • Follow expert Mountain guides, full of knowledge of the mountain, and its environment
  • Low traffic route to Kilimanjaro
  • Higher probability of making it to the summit

Itinerary

Day 1: Londorossi Gate (2100m) – Mti Mkubwa Camp (2750m)
Day 1: Londorossi Gate (2100m) – Mti Mkubwa Camp (2750m)

Hiking time: 3 hours
Distance: Approximately 6 kilometers
Habitat: Montane forest

After eating breakfast at your hotel, your guide will brief you on the day. You will drive two hours from Arusha (1400m) to Londorossi Park Gate (2100m).

In the village near Londorossi Gate, you will receive a packed lunch and can buy mineral water for the hike. Then the final 45 minutes of the drive leading up to the gate will be on a bumpy forest track requiring 4WD vehicles.

At the entrance gate, the guides and porters distribute the supplies and register with the Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA).

You are now ready to begin your 3-hour hike into the rainforest. Be on the lookout for Colobus monkeys! Along the way, you will stop for an afternoon lunch break and arrive at Mti Mkubwa (“Big Tree”) Campsite (2750m) in the early evening. The porters, who arrive at the campsite before you, will set up your tent and boil water for drinking and washing. The chef will prepare a snack then dinner for the clients. At nighttime, mountain temperatures may drop to freezing, so be prepared!

Day 2: Mti Mkubwa Camp (2750m) – Shira 2 Camp (3505m)
Day 2: Mti Mkubwa Camp (2750m) – Shira 2 Camp (3505m)

Hiking time: 8 to 9 hours
Distance: Approximately 18 kilometers
Habitat: Moorland

After early morning breakfast, the second day of your Lemosho Route 7 Days will begin by ascending out of the rainforest and into the heather moorland zone. You will cross many streams and walk over a plateau that leads to Shira 2 Camp (3840m).

At this campsite, you will be next to a stream and have a spectacular view of the Western Breach and its glaciers in the East. Similar to the first night, your tents will be set up prior to arriving at camp and the porters will prepare drinking and washing water for you. You will enjoy evening snacks then dinner prepared by our chef.

Be prepared for a cold night as temperatures drop below freezing at this exposed camp.

Day 3: Shira 2 (at 3505m) – Lava Tower (at 4630m) – Barranco Camp (at 3950m)
Day 3: Shira 2 (at 3505m) – Lava Tower (at 4630m) – Barranco Camp (at 3950m)

Hiking time: 7 hours
Distance: Approximately 12 kilometers
Habitat: Semi-desert

Following an early morning breakfast, you will leave the moorland environment and enter the semi-desert and rocky landscape. After 5 hours of walking east, you will come face to face with the Lava Tower (4630m).

Packed lunches are served at the Tower and hikers have the option of climbing the massive Lava Tower weather permitting. At this point of the hike, it is normal for hikers to start feeling the effects of the altitude including headaches and shortness of breath.

After lunch, you will descend from the Lava Tower (4630m) to the Barranco Campsite (3950m). The 6800m descent gives hikers a huge advantage to allow their bodies to adjust to the conditions of high altitude. The descent to camp takes around 2 hours to reach. It is located in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall (“Breakfast Wall”).

Drinking and washing water and dinner will be served as hikers view the sun setting.

Day 4: Barranco Camp (3950m) – Karanga Camp (3950m)
Day 4: Barranco Camp (3950m) – Karanga Camp (3950m)

Hiking time: 4-5 hours
Distance: Approximately 5 kilometers
Habitat: Alpine desert

Today is the most exciting day of the Lemosho Route 7 Days. After early morning breakfast, it is now time to conquer the Great Barranco Wall! Although it may look intimidating at first glance, hikers state that this Class 2 hike is usually much easier than they anticipated.

At the top of the Wall, you will have a view of Heim Glacier and will be above the clouds. The trail then winds up and down in the Karanga Valley. This is an ideal hiking day for acclimatization.

Day 5: Karanga Camp (3959m) – Barafu Hut (4600m)
Day 5: Karanga Camp (3959m) – Barafu Hut (4600m)

Hiking time: 2-3 hours
Distance: Approximately 4 kilometers
Habitat: Alpine desert

Following breakfast, you will leave Karanga Camp (3959m). The trail intersects with the Mweka Route, which is the trail used to descend on the final two days. As you continue hiking for an hour, you will reach Barafu Hut. This is the last water stop for the porters because there is no accessible water at Barafu Camp (4550m).

The word “barafu” in Swahili means “ice” and this camp is located on a rocky, exposed ridge. Tents will be exposed to wind and rocks, so it is important for hikers to familiarize themselves with the campsite before dark.

An early dinner will be served, so hikers can rest before attempting the summit the same night. Your guide will brief you in detail on how to prepare for summit night. Get to sleep by 19:00!

Day 6: Barafu camp (4600m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka (3100m)
Day 6: Barafu camp (4600m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka (3100m)

Hiking time: 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak, 7-8 hours to descend to Mweka
Distance: Approximately 7-kilometer ascent and 23-kilometer descent
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

The sixth day of your Lemosho Route 7 Days adventure is considered the most important one, as you will reach the highest mountain peak in Africa.

Your guide will wake you around 23:30 for tea and biscuits. You will then begin your summit attempt.

The route heads northwest, and you will ascend over stone scree. During the ascent, many hikers feel that this is the most mentally and physically challenging part of the climb.

In about 6 hours, you will reach Stella Point (5685m), located on the crater rim. After enjoying the magnificent sunrise, you will continue ascending for about 2 hours on a snow-covered trail to Uhuru Peak (5895m). Reaching the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro is a lifetime accomplishment! You will be able to spend a short time on the summit taking photographs and drinking tea before the descent to Barafu begins.

The hike down to Barafu Camp takes about 3 hours. At camp, you will rest and enjoy a hot lunch in the sun. After eating, you will continue descending to Mweka Hut (3100m). The Mweka Trail will lead you through the scree and rocks to the moorland and eventually into the rain forest.

Mweka Camp (3100m) is located in the upper rain forest, so fog and rain should be expected. You will have dinner, wash, and rest soundly at camp.

Day 7: Mweka camp (3100m) – Mweka Gate (1980m)
Day 7: Mweka camp (3100m) – Mweka Gate (1980m)

Hiking time: 3 hours
Distance: Approximately 15 kilometers
Habitat: Montane forest

Following a well-deserved breakfast, your staff will have a big celebration full of dancing and singing for successfully finishing the Lemosho Route 7 Days journey. It is here on the mountain that you will present your tips to the guide, assistant guides, chef(s), and porters.

After celebrating, you will descend for three hours back to Mweka Gate. The National Park requires all hikers to sign their names to receive certificates of completion. Hikers who reached Stella Point (5685m) receive green certificates and hikers who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates.

After receiving certificates. You will be served a hot lunch, then you will drive back to Arusha for long overdue showers and more celebrations.

Included/Excluded

  • Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary
  • Professional, English-speaking Wilderness First Responder & CPR certified Guide
  • Proper Ration of Mountain crew (Cook & Porters)
  • Pre and Post accommodations (2 nights Bed and Breakfast)
  • Airport Transfers
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Drinking water and Full Board Meals
  • All National Park & Hut Fees, Crew Permits and VAT
  • Fair and Sustainable Salary Crew Wages
  • Complimentary Oxygen Cylinder
  • Quality Imported Equipments
  • Flights and Visa fees
  • Travel or Medical Insurance is required and you should ask for Recommendation
  • Gamow Bag and Medication
  • Tips for porters and mountain crew (20% Industry Standard Recommended)
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Energy food & beverages, alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Personal hire gear such as trekking poles, sleeping bags, etc.
  • Additional lodge nights if early descent from the mountain $150 per room

Duration

7 Days

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