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7 Days Kilimanjaro Trekking via Lemosho Route + 2 Nights Hotel Stay

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Duration: 7 days
Product code: 1635
Overview

The Lemosho route is considered the most scenic trail on Kilimanjaro, granting panoramic vistas on various sides of the mountain.

As one of the newer routes, Lemosho is a superb choice for your climb. It is our preferred route due to its ideal balance of low crowds, beautiful scenery and a high summit success rate. Ultimate Kilimanjaro specializes in guiding on the Lemosho route. Most of our clients climb Kilimanjaro using this route and they consistently report that they loved it. Thus, Lemosho is highly recommended.

The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the west, beginning with a long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate. From there, the first two days are spent trekking through the rainforest to Shira Ridge.

The Lemosho route crosses the entire Shira Plateau from west to east in a pleasant, relatively flat hike. Crowds are low until the route joins the Machame route near Lava Tower. Then the route traverses underneath Kilimanjaro's Southern Ice Field on a path known as the Southern Circuit before summiting from Barafu.

Descent is made via the Mweka route.

Highlights
  • Compared to the Marangu and the Rongai route, the Lemosho route is more challenging.
  • On the third day, the trail joins the Machame route.
  • The small trail sometimes has very steep passages and goes through diverse landscapes.
  • The first 2 days of the tour cross the thick rainforest belt which then changes into heath and moorland with many ferns and ericas along the way.
  • Be amazed at Kibo volcano
  • Admire the Shira Plateau 
  • See the famous Barranco Wall
  • Gaze upon the unique flora of Kilimanjaro and the surrounding area
Good to Know
  • Scheduling Scheduling: Private Tour
  • Languages offered on the Activity / TourLanguages offered on the Activity / Tour: English, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish
  • Duration Duration: 7 days
  • Skip the Line Skip the Line
  • Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Instant Confirmation Instant Confirmation
  • Pick-up service Pick-up service
    Pick-up drop-off Kilimanjaro international Airport
  • Disability Services Disability Services
    Yes activity is wheelchair accessible and can cater for people with disabilities only in Marangu route
  • Easy Cancellation Easy Cancellation
    There is no cancellation fee once Customers Cancel at least 7 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
    There is 50% cancellation fee for Customers to Cancel 3 and 6 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
    There is 100% cancellation fee for Customers to Cancel 2 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
Inclusions
  • Transfer to the hotel/Lodge
  • Meeting the group at the National Park exit and transfer to the hotel;
  • Accommodation after the climb (including breakfast; sharing a twin room);
  • International certificates for a successful ascent
  • Group equipment (dining tent, table, chairs, crockery and cutlery
  • Comfortable sleeping pads (2 inches thick)
  • First aid kit
  • Oxygen systems and pulse oximeters
  • Modern tents
  • Vegetarian options are available upon request
  • 3 square meals a day
  • Kilimanjaro National Park rescue fees
  • Kilimanjaro National Park permits
  • Professional mountain crew
  • Transfer to the trail head
  • Accommodation prior to the climb (including breakfast; sharing a twin room)
  • Pick-uo drop-off Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • Camping/hut fees
Exclusions
  • Mountaineering insurance
  • Tips for the mountain crew
  • Personal gear rentals
  • Lunch and dinner at the hotel (before and after the ascent
  • Visa fee
  • Airline tickets
Itinerary
Days

Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), where you will meet our representative, and transfer to the hotel under the rate.

The hotel will provide all the essentials for a comfortable stay: cosy rooms, hot water, polite staff, a swimming pool, and internet access.

In the evening there will be a briefing with our managers, who will also make sure you are ready to begin the climb.

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation : Lodge/Hotel

A guide and a mountain support crew will arrive at the hotel in the morning in order to meet you and hold another briefing, after which you will travel by vehicle (roughly 3–4 hours) to Kilimanjaro National Park's western entrance: Londorossi Gate (2,200 m).

After the quick formality of acquiring climbing permits and registering with the search and rescue service, the group continues upwards towards their drop off point by off-road vehicles (reaching 3,500 meters). Here you can see stunning views of the Shira Plateau for the first time.

The route from your drop off point to your first high-altitude camp Shira 1 features a small gain in altitude and is not too physically challenging. Due to this, you will be able to properly begin the process of acclimatization. By the time you reach the camp, our professional mountain crew will prepare everything necessary, erect the tents and cook dinner for you. 

This will be your first day at this altitude, so it is strongly recommended you heed the following instructions from this point on: Abstain from consuming alcohol and caffeine Drink over 4 litres of bottled water daily (little by little, frequently). Take a Diamox pill to help alleviate symptoms of altitude sickness. Most mountain climbers take Diamox in the morning, before they start their ascent, in order to reduce discomfort associated with altitude sickness. We recommend you consult your doctor prior to the trip in case of potential allergies. At night you may experience discomfort associated with acclimatization to the high altitude: because of a reduction in your waking breathing pattern, your body gets less oxygen than during the day. Taking altitude into account, you may, therefore, start feeling sick and have a headache. Pay attention to your own body and tell your guide if you start feeling any symptoms of altitude sickness.

Change in Elevation: Lemosho Glades (3,500 m), Shira 1 Camp (3,505 m), Hiking distance: 5 km, Hiking time: 1–2 hours

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation : Hut

Departing from Shira 1 Camp (3,505 m) and a light trekking towards the second high altitude camp: Shira 2 Camp (3,900 m).

This trek is not difficult and you will be able to enjoy spectacular views of Africa and the unique flora of Kilimanjaro and the surrounding area.

Shira 2 Camp is the best place on the trip to see Mount Meru (the fifth summit of Africa), weather permitting. When you arrive to camp you will have lunch, and after a two-hour rest everyone will complete an acclimatization hike towards Lava Tower Camp that features a 200-meter gain in altitude.

Note: The acclimatization hike is an easy trek with a slight gain in altitude done in order to speed up the acclimatization process. You should take the acclimatization hikes very seriously. They help increase your chances of successfully summiting Kilimanjaro and save you from the consequences of altitude sickness.

Change in Elevation: Shira 1 Camp (3,505 m), Shira 2 Camp (3,900 m), Hiking distance: 7 km, Hiking time: 3–4 hours

Acclimatization hike: Change in Elevation: Shira 2 Camp (3,900 m), Destination point en route to Lava Tower (4,110 m), Hiking distance: 2 km, Hiking time: 1–2 hours

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation : Hut

After breakfast, you will leave Shira 2 Camp (3,900 m) and start your way to the key point of the route: Lava Tower (4,630 m).

This section of the route has a lot of ascents and descents that end in a camp at over 4,600 meters. It might be difficult, and you may feel some discomfort, but in order to successfully acclimate to the altitude you have to spend at least 1–2 hours here, so this is where lunch will be.

Then you will descend to Barranco Camp (3,960 m). Here you can see the famous Barranco Wall, impressive in both its massive size and steepness! Next day you will be climbing it, but don't worry: it features a very simple hiking trail.

Note: If one or more participants feel sick, the group may refrain from passing the Lava Tower and adjust the route, following instead the road for porters. In this case, you will not reach an altitude of 4,630 meters, getting up only to a maximum of 4,400 meters.

Change in Elevation: Shira 2 Camp (3,900 m), Lava Tower (4,630 m), Barranco Camp (3,960 m), Hiking distance: 12 km, Hiking time: 6–8 hours

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation : Tent

Early wake-up, breakfast and the start of summiting Barranco Wall (we recommend you leave the camp as early as possible to avoid the crowds of the other groups).

Hiking up the gorge wall is not difficult and only takes around an hour. After the climb, you can have a rest and take photos in front of the Kibo volcano. Then you start a more difficult hike to Karanga Camp, which features numerous ascents and descents during the route, but don't worry: our guides are experts at choosing an optimal pace for the group.

After reaching the camp you will be offered warm lunch. After a couple of hours you will have to complete an acclimatization hike in the direction of Barafu Camp with a 200-meter gain in altitude, and then descend back down to the camp.

Trekking from Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp: Change in Elevation: Barranco Camp (3,960 m), Karanga Camp (4,035 m), Hiking distance: 5 km, Hiking time: 4–5 hours

Acclimatization hike: Change in Elevation: Karanga Camp (4,035 m) ,Destination point en route to Barafu Camp (4,270 m), Hiking distance: 2.5 km, Hiking time: 1–2 hours

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation : Tent

In the morning after breakfast, you begin your way to Barafu Summit Camp (4,640 m), the starting point for a night summiting Uhuru Peak (5,895 m).

Our team will set up a camp for you ahead of time, including tents and sleeping bags, so you can relax.

After regaining strength, you have to complete an acclimatization hike towards the intermediate Kosovo Summit Camp (4,800 m) and then back to Barafu Camp, where you will be served a hot dinner.

It is better to spend the remainder of the day resting and sleeping before night summiting.

Trekking from Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp: Change in Elevation: Karanga Camp (4,035 m), Barafu Camp (4,640 m), Hiking distance: 6 km, Hiking time: 4–5 hours

Acclimatization hike: Change in Elevation: Barafu Camp (4,640 m), Kosovo Camp (4,800 m), Hiking distance: 2 km, Hiking time: 1–2 hours

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation : Tent

Departure from Barafu Camp (4,640 m) at night and the start of summiting Kilimanjaro: Uhuru Peak (5,895 m).

Technically the climb is relatively simple; however, the most challenging part is the high altitude. Each pair of climbers will get a personal guide for the entire ascent to monitor your physical and mental conditions.

After your successful ascent to Uhuru Peak, you can descend to the nearest glacier if desired.

Then you will return to Barafu Camp and after a 2-hour rest continue your descent to Millennium Camp (3,820 m).

Note: Don't forget that 90% of all accidents occur during the descent, including all broken arms and legs. Please pay attention to your feet, as there is a high risk of damaging your toenails.

Change in Elevation: Barafu Camp (4,640 m) ,Uhuru Peak (5,895 m), Millennium Camp (3,820 m), Hiking distance: 15 km, Hiking time: 8–12 hours

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation : Tent

The camp is situated in a tropical rainforest. When you wake up, you will feel relief from the reduction of the height and the satisfaction of reaching the summit.

After a warm breakfast, you will head for the park's exit: Mweka Gate (1,650 m).

After your descent the whole group will gather to congratulate you, followed by offering you a chance to share your opinions on the climb in the guestbook.

Lastly, we will present you with your commemorative certificates in our office and provide you with a transfer back to the hotel.

Change in Elevation: Millennium Camp (3,820 m), Mweka Gate (1,650 m), Hiking distance: 12 km, Hiking time: 4–5 hours

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation : Lodge/Hotel

Rest in the hotel and transfer to the airport.

  • Breakfast
Meeting Point
Pick-up drop-off from Kilimanjaro International airport
Know Before You Go
  • Officially, no vaccinations are required by the Tanzanian health department. However, Tanzania is a yellow fever region and thus we advise that you get yourself vaccinated for this.
  • There are a few things you should pack for a Kilimanjaro climb and as the list is quite extensive, you will receive a detailed packing list from us once you have confirmed the booking
  • Tips for the mountain crew are common practice. Gratuities are a large portion of the crew’s income and thus highly appreciated. Below are some recommendations from our side (per group, not per person): Guide: 15-18 USD per day
  • You should bring some extra money for tips, souvenirs and other personal expenses. If you are bringing USD, please make sure the bills have been be printed after 2004 as any earlier printed ones will not be accepted
  • Mountain rescue services in Tanzania can in no sense be compared to the ones found in the European Alps for example. If you find yourself unable to walk, you will either be carried or transported on stretcher
  • Almost everybody climbing Kilimanjaro will be affected by the altitude in some or other way. Top athletes are just as much at risk of suffering from it as are people who are out of shape. Headaches and extreme fatigue are symptons
  • 3 square meals will be provided as in the itinerary
  • Apart from very basic long drops (simple latrines), there are no further ablution facilities. Climbers are however provided with a bowl of warm water for their daily wash
  • You will sleep in two-man tents equipped with sleeping mats. Single travellers often share a tent with another group member of the same gender, but single tents can be requested at an extra cost
  • The Lemosho Route starts off on the remote western side but meets up with the Machame Route on day 3. Although this route is comparable to the Machame Route when it comes to the changes in altitude, it offer extra acclimatization treks
  • The warmest time with the least rainfall is between December and February, followed by the main rainy season from March until the beginning of June. Between June and October, temp
  • Africa’s highest peak is one of the only mountains of this magnitude that can be conquered without you being an experienced alpinist. However, it goes without saying that you should be healthy and fit to master the 4-6 hour treks
  • According to the national park authorities, children under the age of 10 years are only allowed to hike until Horombo Hut (3700 m). There are no official restrictions for children above the age of 10 years
  • Groups can be anywhere between 2 and 10 climbers who come from far and wide
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