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 taken to Londorossi Gate. Upon completion of all the entry formalities and a final 15 km drive on a bumpy road you will reach your starting point at the edge of the rainforest. You will enjoy lunch before you set out on the trail through the rainforest. Today’s walk is quite short, about 3 to 4 hours, compared to the days ahead, thus giving you time to enjoy the lush scenery which will drastically change over the course of your climb. You might even catch a glimpse of the thumbless colobus monkeys sitting in the branches above you. Your dinner and overnight await you at the beautiful Mti Mkubwa Camp.


Day 2: Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,821m) – Shira Camp 1 (3,720m)
Distance Approximation: 8 km
Climbing time 5-6 hours
Habitat: Moorland
As you walk along the thin trail through the rainforest, you will notice the vegetation becoming scarcer and scarcer until you finally reach moorland filled with Lobelia and Eric plants. Ascending through rolling hills, you will reach Shira Camp 1 in about 5 to 6hours. Looking over the Shira Plateau from your camp you will be able to see the unmistakable snow-capped summit of Kibo. A hearty evening meal and a last glimpse at the starry sky will bring the day to a close.


Day 3: Shira Camp 1 (3,720m) – Shira Camp 2 (3,840m)
Distance Approximation: 6.9km
Climbing time 3-4 hours
Habitat: Moorland
Today you will cross Shira Ridge with its rocky ground, low grasses and shrubs. As the terrain is much flatter than the day before, your climbing will seem more leisurely and you will enjoy fantastic views of the Great Rift Valley and Mount Meru. Beautiful and distinctive Giant Lobelias still dot the moor landscape. Walking on ground where lava used to flow you will reach Shira Camp 2, where you will have your evening meal and overnight stay.


Day 4: 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
After breakfast, you will start your ascent to Lava Tower through a boulder-strewn terrain. In the distance, you will see Kibo encouraging you to continue uphill. Reaching Lava Tower at an altitude of 4,640m, you will rest and allow your body to get used to the higher altitude, after which you continue downwards to Barranco Camp. This method of climbing high but sleeping low allows your body to acclimatize to the differing altitudes and gives you a good idea on how your body react to changes in Altitude. Along the way the scenery changes once more and soon you are surrounded by giant Senecias and smaller Lobelia plants. After 6 to 8 hours you will reach the beautiful and green Barranco Camp, which offers great views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains. After dinner, you will settle in for the night.


Day 5: Barranco Camp (3,950m) – Karanga Camp (4,200m)
Distance Approximation: 5 km
Climbing time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
The famous Barranco wall, which is probably the steepest part of the entire route, awaits you after breakfast. Although no technical climbing is necessary, some spots do require you to use your hands for a better grip and to pull yourself up. Your guide will be close by to help you if necessary. After you have pulled yourself around the Kissing Rock you will make your way along the mountain ridge and through the Karanga Valley. You will also pass the last water spot as you finally reach Karanga Camp after 4 to5 hours. After a well-deserved meal, it is off to bed.


Day 6: Karanga Camp (4,200m) – Barafu Camp (4,680m)
Distance Approximation: 4 km/2 miles
Climbing time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Today you will make your way to Barafu Camp at around 4,680 m, which you will reach in about 3 – 4 hours. The landscape is very dry and the ground cracks like glass under your boots. As you make your way through the afro-alpine dessert to the rocky Barafu Camp, a sense of excitement sweeps over you as your final stretch is but a few hours away. The Barafu Camp with its rocky scenery allows for a stunning view of Mawenzi Peak and the summit path ahead. After an early dinner and last-minute preparation for tomorrow, you will go to bed.


Day 7: 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
At around midnight you will be awoken with some hot tea and biscuits in order to get you ready for today’s ascents. You will ascend in a north-westerly direction through heavy scree towards Stella Point, arriving there in about 5 to 7 hours. At Stella Point, you may rest if necessary before taking on another 1 to 3 hours stretch along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak – the highlight of your trip. A breath-taking view awaits you as you stand on the highest mountain in Africa. After taking as many pictures as your camera will allow, you will leave behind the glistening glaciers and snowy peak and make your way back down to Barafu Camp. Here you will have time to catch your breath before heading further down to Mweka Gate, an approximate 3 hours walk. A scrumptious dinner and a peaceful night’s sleep awaits you.


Day 8: Mweka Camp (3,100m) – Mweka Gate (1,640m)
Distance Approximation: 10 km
Climbing time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest
After a hearty 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 Kilimanjari flower grows. Reaching Mweka Gate you will be greeted by our transfer driver, 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.