8 Day Lemosho Route Itinerary
The Lemosho Route is an unspoilt, remote and very beautiful way up to the Shira Plateau. The route is one of the few where individuals/groups may be accompanied on the first day by an armed ranger, as buffalos, elephants and other wildlife inhabit the forests around the Lemosho Glades. For those seeking a quiet route away from the crowds it clearly a superior option for the first two days of movement. Thereafter however, the route is precisely the same as the Machame Route.
The minimum duration for the Lemosho route is 6 days, however we strongly recommend hiking the route in 7 – 8 days. The additional day(s) give your body more time to acclimatize, reducing the effects of altitude sickness and give you more time to rest before attempting the summit.Accommodation is in tents that add the sense of adventure.
With our professional and extremely experienced team, we will take care of all the arrangements for your ascent, essentially to give you the best experience that you can hardly find it somewhere else. Happy Climbing!!!
Day 1: Londorossi Gate (2377m/7800ft) to Mti Mkumbwa (2895m/9500ft)
Hiking Time: 3 – 4hrs
We depart Moshi for Londorossi Gate, which takes about 4 hours, where you will complete entry formalities. Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead (another hour to reach the trailhead). Upon arrival at trailhead, we eat lunch, and then commence through undisturbed forest that winds to the first campsite.
Overnight at Forest Camp: Dinner, Breakfast & Lunch
Day 2: Forest Camp (2895m/9,500ft) to Shira 1 (3505m/11,500ft)
Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
We continue on the trail leading out of the forest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather, and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As we ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, we reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 camp. The view of Kibo from across the plateau is amazing.
Overnight at Shira 1 Camp: Dinner, Breakfast & Lunch
Day 3: Shira Camp 1(3505m/11,500ft) toShira 2 to Moir Hut (4206m/13,800ft)
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
We explore the Shira plateau for a full day. It is a gentle walk east toward Kibo’s glaciered peak, across the plateau which leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream. Then we continue to Moir Hut, a little used site on the base of Lent Hills. A variety of walks are available on Lent Hills making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity. Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth.
Overnight at Moir Hut: Dinner, Breakfast & Lunch
Day 4: Moir Hut (4206m/13,800ft) to Lava Tower (4,630m/15,190ft) to Barranco Camp (3,950m/12,960ft)
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth.” Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction that brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation, as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.
Overnight at Barranco Camp: Dinner, Breakfast & Lunch
Day 5: Barranco Camp (3,950m/12,960ft) to Karanga Camp (3,992m/13,100ft)
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. This is a short day meant for acclimatization.
Overnight at Karanga Camp: Dinner, Breakfast & Lunch
DAY 6:Karanga Camp (3,992m/13,100ft) to Barafu Camp (4,463m/15,300ft)
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
After breakfast, we leave Karanga and hit the junction that connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.
Overnight at Barafu Camp: Dinner, Breakfast & Lunch
Day 7: Summit Day!
Barafu Camp (4,550m/14,930ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,340ft) to Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft)
Hiking Time: 8 hours up and 7-8 hours down
At 11:30 PM, you will wake up to steaming tea and biscuits. You will then take off into the night. Your 6-hour climb northwest through heavy scree between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers to Stella Point on the crater rim is the most challenging part of the route for most climbers. At Stella Point (5,685 m/18,650 ft) you stop for a short rest and a chance to see an outstanding sunrise. At Stella Point, you join the top part of the Marangu Route. You cannot stop for long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to fatigue and cold. Depending on the season and recent storm activity, you may encounter snow on the remaining part of your hike along the Uhuru Peak rim. On the summit, you can enjoy your accomplishment, knowing you are creating a day you will remember the rest of your life. After a 3-hour descent from the summit back to Barafu Camp, you will have a well-earned but short rest, collect your gear, and hike down a rock and scree path to the moorland below and enter the forest to Mweka Camp (3,100 m/10,170 ft). This camp is in the upper forest, where you can expect rain and mist in the late afternoon. Dinner, and washing water will be prepared, and the camp office sells drinking water, beer, soft drinks and chocolates.
Overnight at Mweka Camp: Dinner, Breakfast & Lunch
Day 8: Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft) to Mweka Gate (1,980m/6,500ft) to Moshi (890 m/2,920 ft)
Hiking Time: 3 hours
After breakfast, you will take a short, scenic, 3-hour hike back to the park gate. You should not give your porters any tips until you and all your gear have reached the gate safely, but do not forget to tip your staff at the gate. At Mweka Gate, you can sign your name and add details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive summit certificates. Climbers who reached Stella Point are issued green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak receive gold certificates. From the Mweka Gate, you will continue down to Mweka Village, for a 1 hour hike if the road is too muddy for vehicles. In the Mweka Village you will be served a delicious hot lunch and afterwards be driven back to Moshi for a hot shower and comfortable at your hotel.
- Transfer to / from the mountain
- Kilimanjaro National Park Permits, camping / hut fees & rescue fees
- All food and catering equipment’s.
- 3 liters of treated/boiling water while trekking
- Service of a professional & qualified mountain guide
- Cook and adequate porters to carry both trip provisions & passenger private bags
- Certificate of achievement
- Free storage of excess baggage not required on the mountain hike
- Airport transfers.
- 2 Nights’ accommodation in Moshi/Arusha on Bed & Breakfast (before & after climb).
- Personal mountain gears
- Any kind of insurance e.g. personal or luggage insurance.
- Oxygen ($100 per person)
- Portable private toilet ($100 per person)
- All type of hard and soft drink
- Any expense of personal nature
- Any excess luggage more than 15 Kgs per client while trekking
- Tips & gratuities to your guides, porters and cook