Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route - 7 & 8 Days Programs

Day 1: After breakfast transfer from your hotel to National Park Forest edge. From here walk through the undisturbed forest to Mti Mkubwa camp site for dinner and overnight. By luck you will be able to see colobus monkeys and signs of elephants.

Day 2: Take your time to walk through the forest sporting some of plentiful game and bird life. You will pass through montane forest and hagenia zone. Dinner and overnight at Shira camp.

Day 3: After breakfast hike up Lava Tower – The first introduction to the alpine zone. The only plant life being the hardest of grasses and Lichen. Here you will be able to have a spectacular view of final ascent route up to Western breach.

Day 4: With the Western breach ascent route in view, spend a few hours climbing to the base of the route where you will make a camp near Arrow Glacier. An afternoon hike further up the route before relaxing in camp will help you acclimatize and improve your performance the next day.

Day 5: Wind your way up the Western Breach non – technical climbing route about six hours to the crater rim. Explore the inner crater and ash pit before to pitching the camp at the crater floor.

Day 6: Summit day: Start your ascent to the summit early enough in the morning to put on the Summit by 10 a.m. After Uhuru peak descend via Barafu Hut and on down to Mweka Hut camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 7: It takes about 3 to 4 hours to make the descent to the road head. After your lunch bid bye to your porters and transfer to Moshi/Arusha for dinner and overnight.

Day 1: Moshi to Londorossi Park Gate to Mti Mkubwa Camp

Visiting: Moshi to Kilimanjaro
After breakfast and briefing, drive to Londorossi Park Gate (7,380 ft / 2,250 m, 2.5 hours). From here a forest track requiring a 4WD vehicle leads to Lemosho Glades (7,830 ft / 2,390 m, 11km, 45 minutes) and a possible campsite (park fees are not paid to camp here). Walk along forest trails to Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite.

Meals: LD
Budget Lodging: Mti Mkubwa Camp

Day 2: Mti Mkubwa Camp to Shira 1 Camp

Visiting: Kilimanjaro
After breakfast, we continue as the trail gradually steepens and enters the giant heather moorland zone. After several streams are crossed we continue over the Shira Ridge (11,810 ft / 3,600 m) then gently downwards to Shira 1 camp located by a stream on the Shira Plateau.

Meals: BLD
Budget Lodging: Shira 1 Camp

Day 3: Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp

Visiting: Kilimanjaro
After breakfast, a gentle hike across the plateau leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream. A variety of hikes are available on the Plateau, making this an excellent acclimatization day.

Meals: BLD
Budget Lodging: Shira 2 Camp

Day 4: Shira 2 Camp to Barranco Hut

Visiting: Kilimanjaro
From the Shira Plateau we continue to the east, passing the junction near 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 which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier (15,997 ft / 4,876 m). We now continue down to the Barranco Hut (12,664 ft / 3,860 m). Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization.

Meals: BLD
Budget Lodging: Barranco Hut

Day 5: Barranco Hut to Karanga Hut

Visiting: Kilimanjaro
After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley campsite (13,780 ft / 4,200 m).

Meals: BLD
Budget Lodging: Karanga Valley Camp

Day 6: Karanga Hut to Barafu Hut

Visiting: Kilimanjaro
After breakfast, we leave the Karanga Valley and pass the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue to the Barafu Hut (15,092 ft / 4,600 m). 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 can be seen from our campsite.

Meals: BLD
Budget Lodging: Barafu Hut

Day 7: Barafu Hut to Summit then Mweka Hut

Visiting: Kilimanjaro
Waking up very early (midnight to 2 am) we continue our way to the summit of Uhuru Peak (19,636 ft / 5,985 m). This part of the climb takes about 6 hours. It can be very cold at night at these elevations, but it will be quite warm by the end of the hiking day. You will want clothing for both extremes with you. At Uhuru Peak, we have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers may be able to see the sunrise from the summit. From the summit, we make our descent, continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site (10,171 ft / 3,100 m). This part of the descent takes about 5 hours. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned rest. Beer and soda may be available for purchase at the Mweka Hut.

Meals: BLD
Budget Lodging: Mweka Hut

Day 8: Mweka Hut to Moshi

Visiting: Kilimanjaro to Moshi
After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel. Don't forget to tip your guides and porters. It is time for celebration!

Meals: B

2 transfers from Arusha or Moshi to Lemosho gate – return.

3 meals per day while trekking: Vegetarian/non-vegetarian.

7 or 8 days Kilimanjaro trek – Lemosho route.

6 or 7 nights accommodation in tents while trekking.

2 nights hotel accommodation bed & breakfast in Arusha or Moshi before and after the climb.

All park entrance fees, and government levies.

English speaking mountain guide and assistant.

Porters – minimum of 3 per client.

Camping Equipments including sleeping tents, sleeping mats, dining tent, chairs and table.

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