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
In the morning, you will be picked up at the Green Hills of Africa and taken to the Londorossi Gate. Here you will be registered by the national park authorities. Then you will drive an approximate 15 km on a bumpy track that will take you into the dense rainforest to the drop-off point where your climb begins. You will follow a moderately steep track, which leads you through an amazing and unspoilt natural forest to the 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: 16,093 meters
Climbing time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Moorland
Today’s long climb starts on a small trail that passes through the rainforest. As one climbs, the forest gradually thins out and the landscape changes into heath and moorland where plants like ericas and lobelia start to dominate the landscape. You will cross the Shira Ridge and after 4 to 5 hours of climbing, you will reach the Shira Camp 1. Here you will stop for lunch, relax a bit and enjoy the fantastic views of Mt Meru and the Rift Valley. For the last part of the climb (approximately 3 hours), you will climb another 400 m in altitude. The landscape will change again and at Shira Camp 2, you will camp for the night and with a little luck, enjoy the wonderful view of the Kibo summit at sunset.


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
Today you will climb approximately 740 m but you will spend the night at an elevation only slightly higher than the previous night. This will allow your body to acclimatise, as a height of over 4,600 m will be reached before descending again. In doing so, you will be able to see how your body reacts to such an altitude. The climb begins with a long ascent above the Shira Plateau in the direction of the Lava Tower. The vegetation becomes sparser as the landscape changes to alpine desert. The climb passes through the wide Barranco Valley with its lobelia and giant senecio plants. After 6 to 8 hours walking you will arrive at the Barranco Camp perhaps the most beautiful camp on Kilimanjaro.


Day 4: Barranco Camp (3,950m) – Karanga Camp (4,200m)
Distance Approximation: 5 km
Climbing time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Today’s climbing leg has many ascents and descents and shortly after the 

start, you will tackle the steepest part of the entire route the Barranco Wall. Every now and then, you may need your hands to hold on as there are no climbing “paths”. Safety is paramount and your guides will assist you whenever necessary. After reaching the top of Barranco Wall, you will walk along the mountain ridge. From here you will have fantastic views of the southern glacier of Kibo as well as of the Kibo summit. You will get to Karanga Camp around lunch time.


Day 5: Karanga Camp (4,200m) – Barafu Camp (4,680m)
Distance Approximation: 4 km
Climbing time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
After breakfast, you will walk along a trail that passes through an alpine desert area until you reach the destination of today the Barafu Camp. This camp is situated at an altitude of 4,680 m and will be reached in about 4 to 5 hours. In the afternoon you can relax and stretch your legs in preparation of the upcoming summit night. You will have dinner early in order to catch a few hours’ sleep before you will be woken up at around midnight.


Day 6: 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
After some hot tea and a light snack, the climb begins at around midnight. With the torchlight, you will start walking on the lava ash that is still frozen. After 5 to 7 hours you will arrive at Stella Point, the crater rim of Mt Kilimanjaro. Another 1 to 2 hours climb along the crater ridge will lead you to the summit of Uhuru Peak. From “Africa’s Roof”, you will be able to see the surrounding landscape being lit up by the rising sun – a truly liberating experience. After a short break and taking photos, you will return to Barafu Camp just before midday where the rest of the crew will be waiting for you. You will have a warm lunch and rest for about 1 to 2 hours before you make our way down to the Mweka Camp about 3 hours away.


Day 7: Mweka Camp (3,100m) – Mweka Gate (1,640m)
Distance Approximation: 10 km
Climbing time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest
The final leg of your amazing adventure begins after breakfast with a traditional farewell ceremony from the mountain crew. Then a gentle 3 to 4 hours descent through the rainforest continues to Mweka Gate, where your driver will be waiting for you who will take you back to your Sal Salinero Hotel. The rest of the day is for you to enjoy at leisure, enjoy a long shower, jump in the pool or just relax at the bar.

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.