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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