Lemosho-Route

Lemosho Route is a fresher route on Mount Kilimanjaro that approaches from the west. It is a tough and long route, but one that is preferred by most trustworthy Kilimanjaro outfitters due to its smaller crowds, scenic diversity and high victory rates.

Tour Program

Highlight

Day1: Arusha (1400m) – Londorossi Gate (2100m) – Mti Mkubwa camp (2750m) Hiking time: 3 hours

Day2: Lemosho Route 6 days–Mti Mkubwa Camp (2750m)–Shira 2 Camp (3840m)
Hiking time: 6.5 hours

Day3: Lemosho Route 6 days–Shira(3840m)–Lava Tower(4630m)–Barranco Camp (3950m)
Hiking time: 7 hours

Day4: Lemosho Route 6 days–Barranco Camp(3950m)–Barafu Camp(4550m)  Hiking time: 7 hours

Day5: Lemosho Route 6 days–Summit Attempt Barafu camp(4550m)–Uhuru Peak (5895m)–Mweka (3100m)
Hiking time: 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak, 7-8 hours to descend to Mweka

Day6: Lemosho Route 6 days–Mweka camp(3100m)–Mweka Gate(1980m) Hiking time: 3 hours

Map

Full Itinerary

Day 1  Arusha (1400m) – Londorossi Gate (2100m) – Mti Mkubwa camp (2750m)

Hiking time: 3 hours

Habitat: Montane forest

After eating breakfast at your hotel, your guide will brief you on the day. You will drive two hours from Arusha (1400m) to Londorossi Park Gate (2100m). afternoon lunch break and arrive at Mti Mkubwa (“Big Tree”) Campsite (2750m) in the early evening. The porters, who arrive at the campsite before the clients, will set up your tent and boil water for drinking and washing. The chef will prepare a snack then dinner for the clients. At nighttime, mountain temperatures may drop to freezing so be prepared!


Day 2 Lemosho Route 6 days – Mti Mkubwa Camp (2750m) – Shira 2 Camp (3840m)

Hiking time: 6.5 hours

Habitat: Moorland

After an early morning breakfast, you will begin your ascent out of the rainforest and into the heather moorland zone. You will cross many streams and walk over a plateau that leads to Shira 2 Camp (3840m). At this campsite, you will be next to a stream and have a spectacular view of the Western Breach and its glaciers in the East. Similar to the first night, You will enjoy evening snacks then dinner prepared by our chef. Be prepared for a cold night as temperatures drop below freezing at this exposed camp.


Day 3 Lemosho Route 6 days – Shira (3840m) – Lava Tower (4630m) – Barranco Camp (3950m)

Hiking time: 7 hours

Distance: Approximately 15 kilometers

Habitat: Semi desert

Following an early morning breakfast, you will leave the moorland environment and enter the semi desert and rocky landscape. After 5 hours of walking east, you will be come face to face with the Lava Tower (4630m).. At this point of the hike, it is normal for hikers to start feeling the effects from the altitude including headaches and shortness of breath. Following lunch, you will descend from Lava Tower (4630m) to the Barranco Campsite (3950m). The 680m descent gives hikers a huge advantage to allow their bodies to adjust to the conditions of high altitude. The descent to camp takes around 2 hours to reach. It is located in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall (“Breakfast Wall”). Drinking and washing water and dinner will be served as hikers view the sun setting.


Day 4 Lemosho Route 6 days – Barranco Camp (3950m) – Barafu Camp (4550m)

Hiking time: 7 hours

Distance: Approximately 13 kilometers

Habitat: Alpine desert

After an early morning breakfast, it is now time to conquer the Great Barranco Wall! Although it may look intimating at first glance, The trail then winds up and down in the Karanga Valley and intersects with the Mweka Route, which is the trail used to descend on the final two days. As you continue hiking for an hour, you will reach Barafu Hut. The word “barafu” in Swahili means “ice” and this camp is located on a rocky, exposed ridge. Tents will be exposed to wind and rocks so it is important for hikers to familiarize themselves with the campsite before dark. An early dinner will be served so hikers can rest before attempting the summit the same night. Your guide will brief you in detail on how to prepare for summit night. Get to sleep by 19:00!


Day 5 Lemosho Route 6 days – Summit Attempt Barafu camp (4550m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka (3100m)

Hiking time: 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak, 7-8 hours to descend to Mweka

Distance: Approximately 7 kilometers ascent and 23 kilometers descent

Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

Your guide will wake you around 23:30 for tea and biscuits. You will then begin your summit attempt. The route heads northwest and you will ascend over stone scree. During the ascent, many hikers feel that this is the most mentally and physically challenging part of the climb. In about 6 hours, you will reach Stella Point (5740m), located on the crater rim. After enjoying the magnificent sunrise, you will continue ascending for about 2 hours on a snow-covered trail to Uhuru Peak (5895m). Reaching the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro is a lifetime accomplishment! You will be able to spend a short time on the summit taking photographs and drinking tea before the descent to Barafu begins. The hike down to Barafu Camp takes about 3 hours.

At camp, you will rest and enjoy a hot lunch in the sun. After eating, you will continue descending down to Mweka Hut (3100m). The Mweka Trail will lead you through the scree and rocks to the moorland and eventually into the rain forest. Mweka Camp (3100m) is located in the upper rain forest, so fog and rain should be expected. You will have a dinner, wash, and rest soundly at camp.


Day 6 Lemosho Route 6 days – Mweka camp (3100m) – Mweka Gate (1980m)

Hiking time: 3 hours

Distance: Approximately 15 kilometers

Habitat: Forest

Following a well-deserved breakfast, your staff will have a big celebration full of dancing and singing. It is here on the mountain that you will present your tips to the guide, assistant guides, chef(s), and porters. After celebrating, you will descend for three hours back to Mweka Gate. The National Park requires all hikers to sign their names to receive certificates of completion. Hikers who reached Stella Point (5740m) receive green certificates and hikers who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. After receiving certificates, hikers will descend into the Mweka village for 1 hour (3 kilometers). You will be served a hot lunch then you will drive back to Arusha for long overdue showers and more celebrations.

Inclusive

Camping safari according to the itinerary

Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle

Professional, English-speaking guide

Professional, English-speaking safari cook

Overnight stays in safari tents

Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables etc.)

Meals according to the itinerary

Mineral water

All mentioned activities

All national park fees

Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF) during the safari

Exclusive

Sleeping bag

Flight

Optional activities

Alcoholic and soft drinks

Visa fees

Tips

Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.

Travel insurance

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Good tips attempting the Summit Mt Kilimanjaro

Choose the right route for your Kilimanjaro climb One of the biggest problems on Kilimanjaro is people trying to go up the mountain way too quickly.

Mentally prepare, depending on your level of comfort with the outdoors, you may need to prepare yourself for life on the mountain.

Make sure you have the right clothing and boots for Ascending and descending

Hydration is very important while climbing Kilimanjaro at higher levels of altitude, your body will dehydrate much quicker than it will at sea level, and you will have to make sure you are drinking plenty of water.

Don’t be afraid of little Headache, one of the greatest causes of headaches on the mountain is due to dehydration, so drinking water can greatly help to eliminate or lessen your headaches.

Slow and steady wins the race. When taking on a challenge like Kilimanjaro, or any long trek/climb, you have to remember that it is a marathon, not a sprint. Acclimatization to the low levels of oxygen in the mountains requires you to take your time, to slowly get your body used to lack of oxygen.

Bring some summit treats, there is always plenty of food to choose from on the mountain, but when your tummy is having a hard time with the altitude, those familiar snacks may be all you can get down.

New or extra batteries, replace your head lamp and camera batteries with new ones on your summit night.

Mountain water, the stream water high on the mountain Kilimanjaro has been tested and has been found to be fit for drinking. However, we recommend that you be on the safe-side and use water purification tablets before drinking.

Wet wipes, there is no washing water at Barafu, Kibo and Arrow Glacier camps. Wet Wipes are very useful

Stay out of the sun whenever possible, the second way of protecting yourself is to always wear your goofy looking, yet extremely important, sun hat.

Ladies…No make-up here is necessary!

Remember you are on holidays, enjoy yourself! The most important thing to remember is that you are on vacation, relax, have an open mind, and enjoy yourself!

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