Highlights

  • Best ascending route
  • Best acclimatisation conditions
  • Spectacular views of the landscape
  • Experience a variety of treks, temperatures and views

Overview

Start and end in Moshi! Lemosho route trek (hiking, climbing) adventure tour – Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Lemosho Route, you have a 10 day trip package taking you through Kilimanjaro National Park.

The tour takes you to the western approach we cross the caldera of Shira Volcano, traversing beneath the southern icefields of Kibo, Kilimanjaro’s highest volcano. We have eight days on Africa’s highest mountain, which means plenty of time for acclimatisation and soaking up the ever changing scenery.

This is one of the least trekked routes allowing us to savour the immense and wild Shira Plateau. This itinerary gives you an excellent chance of reaching the summit: approximately 96% of people trekking the Lemosho route with Landside Adventure and Safaris Company team stand on the roof of Africa.

  • EXPLORE BEAUTY OF KILIMANJARO!
  • FRIENDLY TEAM
  • EXPERIENCED GUIDES
  • GET TO THE TOP OF AFRICA!
  • FEEL THE ADVENTURE!
  • UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE

DAY 1 – ARRIVAL DAY

Our driver will pick you up at the airport and proceed to the hotel. Orientation for your trek will take place shortly after you arrive and your guides will provide comprehensive information that will assist you in reaching the summit. Your trekking gear will be checked before you leave.

Accommodation: Planet Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast.

Day 2 “Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa”

Elevation: 7,742 ft to 9,498 ft
Distance: 6 km/4 miles
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest
We depart Moshi for Londorossi Gate, which takes about 4 hours, where you will complete entry formalities. Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead. Upon arrival at trailhead, we begin hiking through undisturbed forest which winds to the first camp site.


DAY 3 “Mti Mkubwa to Shira 1 Camp”

Elevation: 9,498 ft to 11,500 ft
Distance: 8 km/ 5miles
Hiking Time 5-6 hours
Habitat: Health

We continue on the trail leading out of the rain 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. Here we catch our first glimpse of Kibo across the plateau.


DAY 4 “Shira 1 Camp to Moir Hut”

Elevation: 11,500 ft to 13,800 ft
Distance: 11 km/ 7 miles
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Heath

We explore the Shira Plateau for a full day. It is a gentle walk east on moorland meadows towards Shira 2 Camp. Then we divert from the main trail 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 Plateau is one of the highest plateaus on earth.


DAY 5 “Moir Hut to Lava Tower”

Elevation: 13,800 ft to 15,190 ft
Distance: 7 km/4 miles
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
Elevation: 15,190 ft to 13,044 ft
Distance: 3 km/2 miles
Hiking Time: 2-3 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
We begin the day climbing up a ridge and then head southeast towards the Lava Tower – a 300 ft tall volcanic rock formation. We descend down to Barranco Camp through the strange but beautiful Senecio Forest to an altitude of 13,000 ft. Although you begin and end the day at the same elevation, the time spent at higher altitude is very beneficial for acclimatization.


DAY 6 “Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp”

Elevation: 13,044 ft to 13,106 ft
Distance: 5 km/3 miles
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

We begin the day by descending into a ravine to the base of the Great Barranco Wall. Then we climb the non-technical but steep, nearly 900 ft cliff. From the top of the Barranco Wall we cross a series of hills and valleys until we descend sharply into Karanga Valley. One more steep climb up leads us to Karanga Camp. This is a shorter day meant for acclimatization


DAY 7 “Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp”

Elevation: 13,106 ft to 15,331 ft
Distance: 4 km/2 miles
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
We leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the rocky section to Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest and enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are viewable from this position.


DAY 8 “Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak”

Elevation: 15,331 ft to 19,341 ft
Distance: 5 km/3 miles
Hiking Time: 7-8 hours
Habitat: Arctic
Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp
Elevation: 19,341 ft to 10,065 ft
Distance: 12 km/7 miles
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest
Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. Near Stella Point (18,900 ft), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.
From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. The trail is very rocky and can be quite hard on the knees; trekking poles are helpful. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

DAY 9 “Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate”

Elevation: 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft
Distance: 10 km/6 miles
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest
On our last day, we continue the descent to Mweka Gate and collect the summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. From the gate, we continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet us at Mweka Village to drive us back to the hotel in Moshi.

Accommodation: Planet Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast.
 
Descending time: 3-5 hours.

DAY 10 – DEPARTURE DAY

There are no activities planned today, so feel free to depart at any time. Or why not continue the adventure by exploring our wildlife safaris or visit Zanzibar beach for relaxation.

 

Pricing Table

Price includes the following:

  • Accommodation while on a trek
  • AMREF Flying Doctors
  • All meals for vegetarian/non-vegetarian
  • 2 Nights hotel before and after the climb
  • All entry fees, Camping fees, and Rescue fee
  • Utensils, Awards Certificates of Achievements
  • Professional mountains  Guides, Cook, and Porters.
  • Treated drinking water, Sleeping Mattress, Tables and Chairs
  • 4 Transfers from JRO to hotel, from hotel to gate, from gate to hotel and from hotel to JRO

Price does not include the following:

  • Tips & Visa
  • Laundry services
  • International flight tickets fees
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • All items of person nature such as telephone call, fax, email etc
  • Equipment including fleece jacket, socks, sunglasses, water bottles, body tights, scarf etc

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