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December 30, 2019

Lemosho Route 8 Days

Written By Best Northern Tours And Safaris

OVERVIEW

  • The Lemosho route is one of our preferred routes due to its low traffic, beautiful scenery and a high summit success rate.
  • The eight day Lemosho route variation is the ideal schedule for this route.
  • By having a short day beforehand, climbers can be better rested.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival

Arrival

Day 2: Londorossi Gate to Forest Camp

Hiking time: 3-4 hours

Distance: 6 kilometres

Habitat: Rain Forest

Meals: B, L, D

Budget Lodging: Machame Camp

We depart Arusha for Londorossi Gate, which takes about 4 hours, where you will complete entry formalities. Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead (another hour to reach the trailhead). Upon arrival at trailhead, we eat lunch, then commence through undisturbed forest which winds to the first camp site.

Day 3: Forest Camp to Shira Camp

Hiking time: 5-6 hours

Distance: 8 kilometres

Habitat: Moorland

Meals: B, L, D

Budget Lodging: Forest Camp

We continue on the trail leading out of the 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. The view of Kibo from across the plateau is amazing.

Day 4: Shira Camp to Moir Hut

Hiking time: 5-7 hours

Distance: 14 kilometres

Habitat: Moorland

Meals: B, L, D

Budget Lodging: Moir Hut

We explore the Shira plateau for a full day. It is a gentle walk east toward Kibo’s glaciered peak, across the plateau which leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream. Then we continue 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 is one of the highest plateaus on earth.

Day 5: Moir Hut to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

Hiking time: 4-6 hours
Distance: 7 kilometres
Habitat: Semi Desert
Meals: B, L, D
Budget Lodging: Barranco Camp
From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth.” Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

Day 6: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

Hiking time: 4-5 hours
Distance: 5 kilometres
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Meals: B, L, D
Budget Lodging: Karanga Camp
After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. This is a short day meant for acclimatization.

Day 7: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

Hiking time: 4-5 hours
Distance: 4 kilometres
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Meals: B, L, D
Budget Lodging: Barafu Camp
After breakfast, we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.

Day 8: Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut

Hiking time: 7-8 hours
Distance: 18 kilometres
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Meals: B, L, D
Budget Lodging: Barafu Camp
Very early in the morning, we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a north-westerly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point, you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most wonderful sunrise you are ever likely to see. From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit. From the summit, now we make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

Day 9: Mweka Camp to Arusha

Hiking time: 3-4 hours
Distance: 10 kilometres
Habitat: Rain Forest
Meals: B, L, D
Budget Lodging: Barafu Camp
After a healthy breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear. From the gate, you continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to hotel in Arusha.

Day 10: Departure

Departure

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Londorossi Gate
  • Forest Camp
  • Shira Camp
  • Moir Hut
  • Lava Tower
  • Baranco Camp
  • Karanga Camp
  • Barafu Camp
  • Uhuru Peak

INCLUDE

  • Overnight Stays In Mountain Huts
  • Professional Mountain Guides
  • All Park Fees
  • Rescue Fees
  • All Meals
  • Quality Mess Tents With Table And Chairs
  • Purified Drinking Water
  • Safety Procedures

EXCLUDE

  • Airport Transfers
  • Accommodation In Arusha
  • Tanzania Visa
  • Gratuity
  • Personal Expenses
  • Optional Tours (Short Safari After Your Climb Etc)
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