Lemosho

Kilimanjaro Trekking

Do what people only dream of doing – hiking up the highest and most famous summit in Tanzania. This Mountain of Light, Mountain of Greatness or Mountain of Caravans known as Mount Kilimanjaro. It stands almost 6000 meters above sea level. To make it to the peak you don’t need to be an experienced mountain climber but to reach the summit, you need to be in a fit and healthy state with a good all-round condition, strong will power and a little bit of luck. All you really need is the ambition - we will do the rest.

Lemosho Route

The less known Lemosho Route begins at Moshi on the western flank of the Kilimanjaro. The first 2 days of the tour crosses the thick rainforest as well as heath and moorland with many ferns and Erica’s along the way. This route offers the most varying terrain, with lots of opportunity to acclimatize along the way. The small trail sometimes has very steep passages and is scenically diverse. On the third day, the trail joins the Machame Route. In comparison to the Marangu and the Rongai Route, the Lemosho Route is more challenging. All nights are spent solely in tents.

 

Itinerary:

 

Day 1 - Arrival in Moshi:

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro airport, you will be greeted by our transfer driver and be taken to the Sal Salinero Hotel in Moshi. The rest of the day is at leisure with the option to relax at the hotel or explore the small town of Moshi (a small taxi ride away). You will have a preliminary talk in preparation for your trek the following days. (Dinner)

 

Day 2 - Moshi – Starting Point Lemosho – Big Tree Camp:

In the morning, you will be transferred from your hotel to the Londorossi Gate at 2250m - a 2½-hour drive. Here, you will be registered by the National Park authorities. A further 15 km drive follows over a bumpy track into the dense rainforest to the drop off point where your trek begins. You will follow a small trail with a moderate climb, which leads you through an amazing and unspoilt natural mountain forest until the Big Tree Camp (2780m). This camp is approx. 2½ hours away and is your destination for today. This region is home to wild game, such as elephants and buffaloes. For better safety, an armed ranger will eventually accompany you on your trek up to the Shira plateau of the Kilimanjaro. Overnight stay in tents. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

 

Day 3 - Big Tree Camp - Shira Camp 2:

Today’s long trek starts on a small trail which passes through the rainforest. As one climbs, the forest gradually thins out and the landscape turns again into a heath and moorland where the plants of Erica and Lobelia start to dominate the landscape. You will cross the Shira Ridge and continue trekking until you reach the Shira Camp 1. Here you will stop for lunch, relax for a while and enjoy the fantastic views of Mt Meru and the Rift Valley. For the last part of the climb, you will climb another 250 meters in altitude. The landscape will once change again; you will walk on ground that once was a lava flow and just before reaching Shira Camp 2, you will pass the giant Senecias that can grow to almost 9 meters in height. At Shira Camp 2, you will camp for the night. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

 

Day 4 - Shira Camp 2 - Lava Tower - Barranco Camp:

Today, you will climb approximately 700m but you will camp the next night at an elevation only slightly higher than the previous night. This will allow your body to acclimatise, as a height of over 4500m will be reached before descending again. The trek begins with a long ascent above the Shira Plateau in the direction of the Lava Tower Hut trek through the heath and moorland zone with impressive vegetation on the way. The climb passes through the spacious and sweeping Barranco Valley with its giant Senecias and Lobelia plants. After 6 – 7 hours walking, you will arrive at perhaps the most beautiful overnight camp on the Kilimanjaro- the Barranco Camp. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

 

Day 5 - Barranco Camp - Karanga Camp:

Today’s trekking leg has many ascents and descents. Shortly after the start, you will tackle the steepest part of the entire route – the Barranco Wall. Every now and then, you may need your hands to hold on tight - but no fears: there are no alpine climbing passages. Safety is a priority and your guide will secure

you with a safety line upon agreement whenever necessary. After that, you will walk along the mountain ridge with a fantastic view of the southern glacier of Kibo as well as an amazing sight of the Kibo summit. Walking time will be 3 to 4 hours. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

 

Day 6 - Karanga Camp - Barafu Camp:

You will walk along a trail that passes through the rocky afro-alpine dessert which isn’t technically demanding, until you reach the destination of today – the Barafu Camp. After a filling evening meal, you can relax and take an early night in preparation for tomorrow’s early climb. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

 

Day 7 - Barafu Camp - Uhuru Peak - Mweka Camp:

After hot tea and a light snack, the climb begins at midnight in which you will climb the scree and ash paths of the Kibo by torchlight. After a very steep and long 5 -7 hrs of climbing by night, you will arrive at Stella Point, the crater rim of the Kilimanjaro. Another 1 - 2 hrs climb along the crater ridge will lead you to the summit of Uhuru Peak. From “Africa’s Roof”, you will be able to see the surrounding summits and landscape being lit up and warmed by the suns first rays – a truly liberating experience. After having a short break and taking many pictures, you will return to Camp Barafu just before midday where the rest of the climbing crew is waiting for you. Upon your return, you will have a warm meal and a well-deserved break of 1 – 2 hrs before you will hike back to the Camp Mweka. At Camp Mweka, you will have an evening meal followed by a relaxing evening and a good night’s sleep. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

 

Day 8 - Mweka Camp - Mweka Gate – Moshi:

The final leg of your adventure is an easy one and begins after breakfast with a traditional farewell ceremony from the mountain guides. Then, a gentle and short 2 -3 hr descent follows through the lush rainforest to Mweka Gate where your driver waits for you and takes you back to the
Sal Salinero Hotel in Moshi. Once there, you may choose to relax and stay at the pool or just idly doze away an hour or two with thoughts of the roof of Africa – the Kilimanjaro. (Breakfast & Dinner)

 

Day 9 – Moshi:

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Kilimanjaro Airport to your onward destination. (Breakfast)

 

Items included:

  • Professional, English speaking guide
  • Personal porter
  • Kilimanjaro Trekking Tour according to the travel plan description
  • Meals as indicated in the tour brochure
  • Return transfer from Moshi to the National Park Gate
  • Overnight stay in hotels and tents according to travel plan
  • All national park fees

Items not included:

  • Meals not indicated in the tour description
  • Alcohol and soft drinks (coke, mineral water etc.)
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance