Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route Overview
Lemosho route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the west. You can have the scope to visit the Shira Plateau and Shira Caldera, if you are travelling in this route. The route crosses from Shira Ridge to Shira 2 camp and after this it joins with the same route. Till joining the Machame, the visitors would enjoy the low traffic, but the vast vistas of the scenic beauty would make you excited. After this both Lemosho and the Machame would pass through Lava Tower, Barranco and Barafu sharing some of the best view points of the southern circuit. The minimum days for the summiting is 7 days, but 8 days is recommended as it will give more chance to acclimatize and achieve the summit. but 8 days is recommended as it will give more chance to acclimatize and achieve the summit.
As Lemosho passes through some of the most spectacular landscapes like the rain forest at the beginning, the spectacular Shira Plateau and together with Machame it shows some of the best view points of the Southern Circuit, it is considered to be one of the scenically most beautiful routes to the summit of Kilimanjaro. Lemosho has low crowds until it combines with Machame. Lemosho is highly recommended and it has an abundance of wildlife such as elephant, buffalo, eland and lion which come over to forage during dry season from Longido game controlled area.
Because the starting point is far from Moshi, it is more expensive to climb this route due to the added transportation cost of getting hikers to the gate. A vehicle is used to bring hikers to the gate, where the trail begins in the montane rainforest. Lemosho trekkers have a longer distance to shield in the tropical rain forest ecosystem than other routes, and as a result hikers do not exit the rainforest until the end of day two. This plan means that the Lemosho route is a longer route, usually taking 7 to 8 days to complete.
LEMOSHO ROUTE 8 DAYS WITH CRATER CAMP + 2 DAYS IN MOSHI
Day 1: Kilimanjaro International Airport to Moshi
On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met and welcomed by your driver who will pick you up and transfer to your designated lodge in Moshi town for overnight.
Day 2: Londorossi Gate and Starting Point to Mti Mkubwa
Leave in the morning from Moshi to Londorossi village were gate is located. The start of trail 2100m trek winds up through the lush forest zone on to the lower slopes of the northern side, going to Shira Plateau. Overnight at Mti Mkubwa 2650m, 4 to 5 hours.
Day 3: Mti Mkubwa to Shira 2 Camp
Trek to Shira 2 Hut walking through the fine open moorlands. Overnight at Shira 2 Hut, 3480m 6 to 7 hours
Day 4: Shira 2 Camp to Barranco Camp
A long trek to Barranco. There is a good sheltered area below the cliffs of the Breach wall, where the camping is done. The beach wall, the some of Uhuru and the Heim Glacier create a spectacular view that make it a favorable spot for an overnight stay. The journey takes 6-7 hours from Shira 2 to Barranco Camp.In the morning trek to Barafu. Huge glaciers and cliffs can be seen which mark this part of the mountain. Here is the last water point.
Day 5: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
This is an acclimatization day. The trek continues from Barranco to Karanga valley. Overnight at Karanga camp, 3930m, 3 to 4 hours.
Day 6: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
In the morning of day 6 you start trekking to Barafu. The grand sights of the huge glaciers and the cliffs would give you a very pleasant view. And remember, that, this is the last point of getting water Overnight Barafu Camp, 4600m, 3 hours.
Day 7: Barafu Camp to Crater Camp (Furtwangler Glacier)
In the morning trek to Crater Camp beautify scenery of Ash pit, after lunch your guides take you to walk around the Ash pit. Overnight Furtwangler Glacier.
Day 8: Crater Camp to Uhuru Peak (Summit) to Mweka Camp
At midnight the trek instigates up to the final steep walk gradually up the ridge and around the crater to reach Uhuru peak at 5895m. From the summit the trek descends to overnight at Mweka Camp (3100m).
Day 9: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate to Moshi
Covering the last section of the mountain, the trek continues down through the forests to the gate where your vehicle will be waiting to transport you back to Moshi
Day 10: Departure to Kilimanjaro International Airport
Today, you may option to relax at the lodge or choose to extend your holiday by continue with safari but if not our driver will transfer you to the Airport to connect with your flight back home.
8 Days Lemosho Route with crater camp + 2 nights hotel
- Park fees, camping fees, Hut fees & rescue fees
- Twice a day medical health checkup, monitoring with pulse-oximeter and stethoscope with basic first kit
- Oxygen Cylinder
- Orientation meeting in Moshi and gear check as well.
- 18% Value Added Tax on tour fees & services
- Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mat, camp chairs, camp tables, mess tent & cutlery for meals) and 3 Season mountain tents
- Airport pick up and drop off
- Transportation to & from the mountain gate
- Medically qualified mountain guides, cooks and porters
- 3 Meals while on the mountain + evening tea with popcorn or peanuts.
- Hot water for washing up daily and treated water for drink while climbing.
- Pre & Post Trek accommodation in Moshi. Bed & Breakfast Basis with storage facilities for excess luggage during hikes.
- Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
- 3-4 porters per climber, which includes porters to carry up to 30 lbs of your personal gear.
- Kilimanjaro certificate for your successful summit attempt.
- Tips to mountain crew
- Items of a personal nature
- Laundry Services
- Entry visa for Tanzania
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