Lemosho Route (9 Days Trek)

LEMOSHO ROUTE -To the west of the Mountain.

The route starts with a rough drive through western Kilimanjaro to Londrossi / Shira gate or Lemosho gate. Remote and spectacular with dramatic gorges and views of West Kilimanjaro. The route join Machame route at New Shira Camp on the way to Barranco Campsite. The complete Kilimanjaro experience, more acclimatization time, more spectacular scenery. For those that have the time and the budget consider the 9 day version, otherwise this is the best route.

LEMOSHO ROUTE (9 DAYS 8 NIGHTS – TO THE WEST)
Why this Itinerary?
The route starts with a rough drive through western Kilimanjaro to Londrossi / Shira gate or Lemosho gate. Remote and spectacular with dramatic gorges and views of West Kilimanjaro. The route join Machame route at New Shira Camp on the way to Barranco Campsite. The complete Kilimanjaro experience, more acclimatization time, more spectacular scenery. For those that have the time and the budget consider the 9 day version, otherwise this is the best route.

Highlights of Mount Kilimanjaro: Montane forest, Shira plateau, glacial valleys and alpine desert, views of Mawenzi, ascent of Kibo and possible views of Kibo caldera and ash pit. Glaciers and the roof of Africa!

Route Description: A 9 day ascent to the roof of Africa. Starting at Lemosho on the Western side and traversing across the most spectacular parts of the mountain. It joins the Machame route above Shira camp on day 4 and then from Barafu camp ascends to the summit via Stella Point. Descent is via the Mweka route

Detailed Trekking Itinerary :

You will be greeted on arrival by our friendly AFRICA GREATWALKS team who will transfer you to your hotel in either Moshi or Arusha. After meals or refreshments, mountain climbing briefing and climbing equipment inspection. Overnight at your Hotel on bed and breakfast basis.

You set out in vehicles to the starting point on the Lemosho route. At the gate, you meet the rest of the Crew and set off at a leisurely pace into Afromontane forest. Lunch is taken en-route and the camp is reached midafternoon. Overnight at Forest Camp.

From the forested slopes of Lemosho you descend through podocarpus and juniper forest and break out of the forest on to the heath zone and Shira plateau. Lunch is taken on trail and you arrive in camp midafternoon. Overnight at Shira 1 Camp.

After a relatively long hike and significant altitude gain, this will be a short day and you arrive at Shira 2 Camp in time for lunch. A good day for acclimatization with the option of an afternoon walk with your Guides. Overnight at Shira 2 Camp.

The route to Lava Tower takes you out of the heath zone in to the alpine desert zone. Here relatively little flora or fauna can survive the extreme temperature which ranges and conditions that typify this zone. A half-day walk is taken where lunch is taken in Camp. In the afternoon, depending on the weather conditions, there is an option to scramble to the top of the nearby Lava Tower. Overnight at Lava Tower Camp.

The section to Karanga Camp is strategic – significant time at altitude is essential for safe acclimatization and in the late afternoon, you arrive at the Camp. Sunset here is particularly spectacular with views of the southern glacial valleys and ice fields towering 1,000 meters (over 3,000 feet) above you. Overnight at Karanga Camp.

You will have fantastic views across to Mawenzi peak from the camp after having completed a longer day of hiking which now requires you to adequately relax in preparation of the challenging summit hike early the following day. The temperature will grow colder and the landscape more sparse as we near Barafu Camp. Barafu Camp is set on a small, exposed flat area on a ridge, acting as a base camp from which you will make your summit attempt at midnight. Early dinner and early sleep ready for the summit. Overnight at Barafu Camp.

Unlike other itineraries depending on the route used with a nighttime ascent, our hike selection will allow you a daytime ascent to Kibo Crater Camp. The hike is slow but with constant encouragement from your climb team to the rim of Kibo, proceeds descending a little way into the caldera to Kibo Crater Camp. The afternoon is spent relaxing and short walks can be taken with one of your Guides. Overnight at Kibo Crater Camp.

After a night at the Crater, you now have the shortest final Summit bid compared to other routes arriving at sunrise, which is quite spectacular. The summit of Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak amongst the freestanding mountains in the World. After taking some photographs and admiring the scenery, you then descend for a final night on the mountain to Millennium Camp passing through the heath zone. Endemic proteas, pollinated by malachite sunbirds are plentiful. Overnight at Millenium Camp (FULL BOARD).

After breakfast you descend once again through montane forest and around mid-day, you arrive at Mwenka gate (depending on individual fitness) to collect certificates and meet the vehicle. After saying farewell to your Crew you will be taken for lunch at Moshi or for a day at leisure and evening transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

END OF THE HIKE & TREK – SERVICES.

  • Pick up at International Airport and transfer to the Hotel;
  • Professional mountain crew. Each participant will be provided with a porter (who can carry up to 15 kg of personal baggage);
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • Kilimanjaro National Park permits.
  • Kilimanjaro National Park rescue fees
  • Camping/hut fees
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain. The menu includes different soups, garnishes, several types of fish and meat, fresh fruit and vegetables; vegetarian options are available upon request
  • Modern tents
  • First aid kit
  • Warm and comfortable sleeping pads (2 inches thick)
  • Portable flush toilets can be provided for free upon clients request
  • Group equipment (dining tent, table, chairs, crockery and cutlery)
  • Accommodation after the climb
  • International certificates for a successful ascent
  • Return transfer to Kilimanjaro airport.
  • Flights tickets
  • Visa fee
  • Personal gear rental
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry services
  • Tips for the mountain

The perfect way to end your trekking and hiking in Tanzania is by making an add on tour program to Wildlife National Parks for animal viewing in their natural habitat, Gorilla trekking, chimpanzee trails and cultural visits cannot be missed while visiting our Country. We can arrange transport and accommodation for a broad range of lodges, villas and hotels in the best resorts.
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