LEMOSHO ROUTE

Description

Gaining ascendancy among the devotees of mountain trekking is the relatively new route of Lemosho. The longer duration of the trek, yes a good long 9 days on the mountain! And high success rates have ensured the vote of confidence from the mountain czars and the climbers gushing in admiration.

Acknowledged as the most scenic route a trek through Lemosho routes takes you through lush forests, stunning lavas, alpine deserts en route to the ice-capped peak of mighty Kilimanjaro.

Ascending from the west the nine-day trek will take you through the montane forests characterised by humid climes and with opportunities to sight exotic birds and primates like colobus monkeys.

As you push upwards into the heather moorlands it gets challenging but the directs of Kibo should keep you motivated. Daytime temperatures here can soar above 40C and night the temperature drops to 0C with gusting winds. From there the ascent continues up the rocky scree path to the lava tower where the first effects of altitude will start to kick in. After that, it’s a steep descent into Barranco valley followed by a trek through the alpine desert of the Karanga Valley where the winds get harsher as you ascent onto the Barafu camp. And few hours of  strenuous hiking, you will reach the rim of the main crater, Stella Point, at 5685m- the scene of the final push to Uhuru peak for that rewarding feel atop of Kilimanjaro

The route is less trafficked and descent is through Mweka route.

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Day One: Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Arrival at JRO and meet with our staff who will take you at the Hotel at Arusha or Moshi for overnight (Bed & Breakfast)

Day Two: Londorossi Gate. (2360m/ 7,742ft to Mti Mkubwa Camp 2896m/9498ft)

We depart Moshi for Londorossi Gate, which takes about 4 hours, where you will complete entry formalities. Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead. Upon arrival at the trailhead, we begin hiking through the undisturbed forest which winds to the first campsite.
Elevation Gain: 536 meters, 1758 feet.
Distance: 8 kilometers

Day Three: Mti Mkubwa Camp (2896m/9498ft to Shira 1 Camp 3506m 11,500 ft)

As we continue ascending we leave the rainforest behind to enter into the savannah of tall grasslands and sparse vegetation of heather moorlands characterised by lichen beard covered volcanic rocks. Pushing ahead through the rolling hills and across several streams you reach the Shira plateau for the first sight of Kibo.

Elevation Gain: 610meters, 2000ft.
Distance: 8 kilometers

Day Four: Shira 1 Camp 3506m/11,500ft Shira 2 Camp 4207m/13,800ft

Next, we explore the scenic features of one of the highest plateaus on earth, the Shira plateau for an entire day. It is a gentle walk east on moorland meadows towards Shira 2 Camp. Then we divert from the main trail to Moir Hut, a little-used site on the base of Lent Hills. The availability of varied walks on Lent Hills provide for excellent additional acclimatization opportunities.

Elevation Gain: 710 meters 2300 feet
Distance: 11 kilometers

Day five: Shira 2 Camp (4207m/13,800ft Barranco Camp 4631m/15,190 ft)

Next up is a high climb up a rocky ridge and over Lava tower, a 300ft reminder of Kilimanjaro’s volcanic past; followed by a descent into the beautiful Barranco Camp characterised by dense vegetations and giant senecios and lobelias. You begin and end the day at almost the same elevation bringing into play the principles of climb high/sleep low giving your body the best chance to acclimatize for the challenges ahead.
Moir Hut to Lava Tower
Elevation Gain: 424metere 1391 feet
Distance: 7 kilometers

Day Six: Barranco Camp 4631m/15,190 ft Karanga Camp 3995m/13,106 ft)

The day starts with a drop into the base of the Great Barranco Wall, for a vertical climb up the intimidating wall. It’s not even a climb rather a scramble to the top of the 900ft high Barranco Wall on all fours. Once at the top you will traverse a series of hills and valleys before taking a sharp descent into the Karanga Valley. A steep climb later you would have reached the Karanga Camp. The short day filled with ascents and descents provides for decent acclimatization.
Elevation Loss: 636 meters, 2086 feet
Distance: 5 kilometers

Day Seven Karanga Camp 3995m/13,106 ft Barafu Camp 4674m/15331)

The next morning we head out from Karanga to hit the Mweka trail ascending a rocky trail to the high camp Barafu Hut. The route circles around the southern circuit and offers views of the scenic surroundings. Then we eat rest and recuperate in the camp as preparation for the summit ascent at midnight. The views of twin peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi are great from the Barafu camp.
Elevation Gain: 679 meters, 2227 feet
Distance: 4 kilometers

Day Eight: Barafu 4674m Uhuru Peak 5896/19,341ft)

Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to the summit for what is going to be the most grueling portion of the trek and bound to test your physical and mental reserves to the hilt. We ascend in the darkness for several hours taking frequent, but short breaks to reach Stella Point (18,900 ft), to witness the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi peak. Another hour’s walking takes us to the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa.

From the summit, you will make a steady descent to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. The trail is rocky and the descent can be especially hard for your aching legs and back, already stressed from the exhausting ascent. Pull out your trekking poles for support and leverage while descending as the location of Mweka Camp in the upper rainforest region predisposes it to mist and rain in the late afternoon.
Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak
Elevation Gain: 1,222 meters, 4008 feet
Distance: 5 kilometers

Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp
Elevation Loss: 2828 meters, 9,276 feet
Distance: 12 kilometers

Day Nine: Mweka Hut 3068m/10,065f, Mweka Gate 1640m/5380f)

On the last day, you will make a steady descent to the Mweka Gate, where at the park office you will be presented with a certificate marking your achievement of summiting at the top. As you continue your descent be watchful of your footing as the ground tends to be damp and muddy at the lower reaches. From the gate, we continue another trekking for another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet us at Mweka Village to drive us back to the hotel in Arusha or Moshi.
Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate
Elevation Loss: 1,4028 meters, 5,380 feet
Distance: 10 kilometers

Includes

  • All Kilimanjaro National Park fees and rescue fees
  • All guides (WFR qualified) and porters
  • All food on the mountain with services of dedicated cook
  • Transfers from Arusha to Mount Kilimanjaro and back to Arusha
  • All safety equipment (including oxygen)
  • All camping equipment
  • All camping and hut fees
  • All communication techniques (mobile phones)
  • Packed lunch on the first day and last day
  • Sleeping mats, stools, a mess tent and hot water for washing are provided on the mountain
  • Bed and breakfast only at Hotel in Arusha on the first day of arrival and the last day

Excludes

  • All costs associated with obtaining any necessary passports, visas and permits
  • All costs associated with obtaining any necessary immunization, inoculation and medication
  • Any and all meals, items of a personal nature and services not specified above.
  • Tips

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