The Lemosho Route includes a crossing of the Shira Plateau which precedes an assault on the summit via Barranco, Karanga Valley and Barafu to Stella Point on the Barafu Route; or, alternatively, via the Western Breach Route up to the Kibo crater floor and onto the summit. The usual descent route is the Mweka trail. Overall, allow seven-eight days if stops at Shira 1, Shira Huts and in the Karanga Valley are taken.The variety of different trails one can take and itineraries one can build, is the one of the pleasures of the Lemosho Route, there is no one standard ‘Lemosho Route’. 

ROUTE HIGHLIGHTS

 Climbing days: 6 Days to 9 Days
 Difficulty Level: High
 Traffic Level: Medium 
 Scenery: Excellent

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ITINERARY FOR 6 DAYS CLIMBING

Welcome to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) where you will be met by our representative and transported to Sal Salinero Moshi for Overnight.

Day 1: Londorossi Gate (2,100m) – Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,821m)
Distance Approximation: 6 km
Climbing time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Montane Forest
The Lemosho Route start out from the West side of Mount Kilimanjaro. Arriving at Londorossi Gate takes approximately 2 hours from Moshi. At the gate, you will register with the Kilimanjaro National Park authorities before getting back into vehicles to be transported to the starting point which is a further approximately 1,9312 meters from Londorossi. It can be very hard to use the vehicle during the wet season and you may need to walk the last few meters to the starting point.

We can provide lunch before starting the short climb to Mti Mkubwa Camp. You may have a chance to see large wildlife like buffalo and elephant on this stretch of the mountain.


Day 2: Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,821m) – Shira Camp 2 (3,840m)
Distance Approximation: 14.9 km
Climbing time: 8-10 hours
Habitat: Moorland
Day 2 starts with a gradual climb through the final stretch of the rainforest zone and then gets steeper as you approach the low alpine moorland zone. The climb is a long one that stops briefly for lunch at Shira Camp 1 which is on the western edge of the Shira Plateau; just over 14 km from your starting point.

You will continue to climb across and up the Shira plateau to Shira Camp 2 at 3,840 meters. You will have a chance to join climbers from the Machame Route and enjoying a fabulous view across the valley below and the Western Breach of Kilimanjaro above. The plateau is exposed so be prepared for a cold night with temperatures getting below zero.


Day 3: Shira Camp 2 (3,840m) – Lava Tower (4,640m) – Barranco Camp (3,960m)
Distance Approximation: 10.3 km
Climbing time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
On Day 3 you will start climbing to east from the Shira Plateau, passing through the ‘Garden of the Senecios’ which also have many giant lobelias. The landscape will rapidly become desert when you are approaching Lava Tower and the Shark’s Tooth formation.

You will have lunch at Lava Tower before joining the Southern Circuit trail, which descends to Barranco Camp. Climbing high and sleeping low is a good way for acclimatization the body to altitude so you will stop at Barranco Camp where you will spend the night at a very similar elevation as the night before.


Day 4: Barranco Camp (3,950 m) - Karanga Camp (4,200 m) - Barafu Camp (4,680 m)
Distance Approximation: 9 km
Climbing time: 8-10 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
On Day 4 you will be presented with the relatively steep Barranco ‘Breakfast’ climb, a 257 meters scramble up the Barranco Wall. Be prepared to use all four limbs as you traverse the wall to the top of the Karanga Valley. From here you will follow a path that sojourns through many inclines and declines to Karanga Camp. At Barafu you will have an early dinner and rest before your summit attempt which begins at midnight.
Note: You will be waking at midnight, all gear for summit should be organized early.


Day 5: Barafu Camp (4,680m) – Uhuru Peak (5,895m) – Mweka Camp (3,100m)
Distance Approximation: 12 km
Climbing time: 10-14 hours
Habitat: Arctic and Rain Forest
Day 5 starts at midnight with hot tea, biscuits and a long and zigzagging climb up the heavy scree that covers the steep slopes of Kibo. The going is slow and very tough. You will need to dig deep and ensure you maintain a consistent pace to push yourself up to the crater rim. After about 4-6 hours climbing you will reach Stella Point (5,739 meters) where you will have a chance to rest and watch dawn break across the Tanzanian landscape. It is a good idea to have some hot tea or hot chocolate at this point as you will need to gathering the energy to continue for another 1-2 hours around and up the crater rim to Uhuru Peak. Remember to keep your momentum moving forward, one step at a time. if you are experiencing severe AMS symptoms you should descend immediately. You may have a chance to slide down the scree slopes of Kibo to Barafu Camp, where you will have a chance to rest before continuing on to Mweka Camp. You will be climbing between 10-14 hours on Day 5 so it is really important that you pace yourself and remain hydrated.


Day 6: Mweka Camp (3,100m) – Mweka Gate (1,640m)
Distance Approximation: 10 km
Climbing time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest
The final day on the mountain is a short climbing. after breakfast and a traditional farewell ceremony by your mountain crew, you will start your final descent to Mweka Gate. A leisurely 3 to 4 hours walk will once again take you through the lush rainforest, where the endemic Impatiens Kilimanjaro flower grows. Go slowly and enjoy the wonderful rainforest scenery as you head towards Mweka Gate. Reaching Mweka Gate you will be greeted by our transfer driver, who will take you back to your Sal Salinero Hotel

ACCOMMODATION
Before/After climbing:
There are hotels in Arusha or Kilimanjaro Area.

Mountain area:
On this route, there are designated Campsites.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

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Inclusive of:
JRO  Airport and Mt. transfer fees.
2 Nights Moshi accommodation at     the Sal Salinero Hotel (3 Stars).
Quality climbing gears including     Sleeping bag and walking poles.
Free Local Moshi City walking tour.
Professional mountain guide.
All national park fees (Campsites,     Permits and Rescue fees).
Storage for excess unused staffs.
Fair Mountain crew Salaries.
3 Meals and purified mineral water.

Exclusive of:
International and local airfares.
Meals and drinks not specified.
Entry visa in Tanzania.
Laundry.
Private mountain gears.
Travel insurance.
Tips for guides, porters and cook     and gratuities (high recommended).
Portable toilet with a toilet tent is      available for extra charges $70
Other Items of a personal nature     and unspecified services.