9 Days Kilimanjaro Climb - Lemosho Route
Tour SummaryThe Lemosho Route is a newer route on Mount Kilimanjaro that approaches from the west. It is a difficult and long route, but one that is favored by most reputable Kilimanjaro outfitters due to its smaller crowds, scenic variety and high success rates.
Day 0: Arrival
A staff member will greet you at the airport and escort you to your lodge. Overnight: Mount Meru hotel.
Day 2: Mti Mkubwa
Begin trek to forest camp (Mti Mkubwa camp 2780m asl) After the quick formality of acquiring climbing permits and registrations the group will start trekking towards the first camp of the route: Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,780 m). Watch for rare black-and-white Colobus monkeys swinging in the lush canopy overhead. Raincoats are necessary on this day in particular, as you will be walking through rainforest. By the time you reach the camp, our professional mountain crew will prepare everything necessary, where a hot dinner will be waiting. Trekking from Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa Camp: Change in Elevation: Londorossi Gate (2,200 m) — Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,780 m) Hiking distance: 6 km Hiking time: 3–4 hour.
Day 3: Trek Day 2 Forest camp to Shira 1 camp
An early wakeup, breakfast, and a gradual trek upwards until 3,500 meters; Pass into the heath, where dense rainforest gives way to the wide expanse of the Shira Plateau. We will stop halfway for picnic lunch. This day is where you'll catch your first view of the summit towering Change in Elevation: Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,780 m) — Shira 1 Camp (3,505 m) Hiking distance: 5 km Hiking time: 5–6 hours
Day 4: Trek Day 3: Shira 1 to Shira 2 camp
Departing from Shira 1 Camp (3,505 m) and a light trekking towards the second-high altitude camp: Shira 2 Camp (3,900 m). This trek is not difficult and you will be able to enjoy spectacular views of Africa and the unique flora of Kilimanjaro and the surrounding area. Explore the Shira Plateau during an acclimatization day that will increase your chances of summit success. Look west for breathtaking views of Mt. Meru. Trekking from Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp: Change in Elevation: Shira 1 Camp (3,505 m) — Shira 2 Camp (3,900 m) Hiking distance: 7 km Hiking time: 3–4 hours
Day 5:Trekking from Shira 2 Camp to The Lava Tower and Descent to Barranco Camp
After breakfast you will leave Shira 2 Camp (3,900 m) and start your way to the key point of the route: Lava Tower (4,630 m). This section of the route has a lot of ascents and descents that end in a camp at over 4,600 meters. It might be difficult, and you may feel some discomfort, but in order to successfully acclimate to the altitude you have to spend at least 1–2 hours here, so this is where lunch will be. Then you will descend to Barranco Camp (3,960 m). Here you can see the famous Barranco Wall, impressive in both its massive size and steepness! Next day you will be climbing it. Change in Elevation: Shira 2 Camp (3,900 m) — Lava Tower (4,630 m) — Barranco Camp (3,960 m) Hiking distance: 12 km Hiking time: 6–8 hours
Day 6: Trekking from Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
Early wakeup, breakfast and the start of summiting Barranco Wall (we recommend you leave the camp as early as possible to avoid crowds of the other groups). Hiking up the gorge wall is not difficult and only takes around an hour. After the climb you can have a rest and take photos in front of the Kibo volcano. Then you start a more difficult hike to Karanga Camp, which features numerous ascents and descents during the route, but don't worry: our guides are experts at choosing an optimal pace for the group. After reaching the camp you will be offered warm lunch. After a couple of hours, you will have to complete an acclimatization hike in the direction of Barafu Camp with a 200-meter gain in altitude, and then descent back down to the camp. Trekking from Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp: Change in Elevation: Barranco Camp (3,960 m) — Karanga Camp (4,035 m) Hiking distance: 5 km Hiking time: 4–5 hours
Day 7: Karanga to Barafu camp
The group leaves Barafu Camp and the altitude of 4,640 m around midnight. This night you climb to 5,895 m at Uhuru Peak. The altitude poses a challenge on this trek, despite the relative ease of the walk. Every two climbers in the group will be accompanied by a guide whose responsibility is the constant monitoring of their fitness for the climb. Upon reaching Uhuru Peak you may choose to walk on one of Kilimanjaro’s glaciers. The group will then returns to Barafu Camp for a 2-hour rest before the descent to 3,820 m at Millennium Camp. Please note, that while descent brings relief from high altitude, it is also where most accidents (as much as 90%) happen. It is easy to avoid falling and possibly breaking a limb, as well as damaging your toenails if you just watch your step. Change in Elevation: Barafu Camp (4,640 m) Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) — Millennium Camp (3,820 m) Hiking distance: 15 km Hiking time: 8–12 hours
Day 8: Barafu or Crater Camp / Mweka Millennium Camp
Millennium Camp sits amidst a rain forest. Lower altitude and the associated relief from any effects of altitude sickness, as well as the realization of having reached you goal make for a good night's sleep. The group will set out on the last leg of the journey towards Mweka Gate Park exit (1,650 m) upon finishing breakfast. This will be your last opportunity to share memories of the climb with your guides and support team. You will receive your certificates of accomplishment before being driven back to your hotel. Change in Elevation: Millennium Camp (3,820 m) — Mweka Gate (1,650 m) Hiking distance: 12 km Hiking time: 4–5 hours
Day 9: Departure Day
Rest in the hotel and transfer to the airport. Note: Hotel check-out is at 11:00 AM. In case you need a late check-out because of an evening flight, there is the option to extend your hotel stay for an extra fee211
- Park fees.
- All activities (unless labeled as optional)
- All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
- A professional driver/guide
- All transportation
- All Taxes/VAT
- Roundtrip airport transfer
- All Meals based on full board
- Local flight.
- Drinking water on all days& soft drinks
- International flights
- Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
- Tips (tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
- Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
- Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
- Alcohol drinks