Lemosho is the most scenic route on Mt Kilimanjaro, every day offers something new to appreciate. The chances of seeing wildlife are high on this route.it is quiet, less crowded not many climbers use this route. The trails are long but with slow ascent this helps the body to adopt, increasing success rate to the summit Uhuru peak
Kilimanjaro Lemosho route 7 days itinerary
Day 1; Nairobi – Arusha/Moshi
Depart from Nairobi in the morning for Moshi or Arusha arriving late afternoon spend the rest of the day relaxing. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Moshi/Arusha is better in gaining acclimatization.
Day 2; Londorossi Gate – Mti Mkubwa camp
A drive to the Londorossi Park Gate (2100m) from Moshi takes about 2 hours. Enjoy the black and white Columbus monkeys as you await clearance at the gate. From the gate a drive to Lemosho Glades a quick stop over for a picnic lunch. A pleasant walk through the forest occasionally seeing monkeys and if you are lucky the water buffaloes. 3 hours later the trail leads to Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite. Here we have dinner and spend the night.
Day 3; Mti Mkubwa camp – Shira 2 camp
After breakfast we leave Mti Mkubwa camp through the forest that clears to reveal the magnificent giant heathers on the moorland zone. The hike is extremely steep and requires lots of rest time. The walk leads to the Shira plateau before getting to the camp, there are beautiful views along the way and streams to drink from, a journey that would take about 5 hours is covered in a day making the steep climb less strenuous. Dinner and overnight at the
Shira 2 camp.
Day 4; Shira – Lava Tower – Barranco camp
This is a long and tough day we advise our guests to sip water every chance they get, the high altitudes and low oxygen are likely to cause headaches, irritability and breathlessness.
The trail takes us east into an arid area, very rocky barren sans plant life. 5 hours into the walk we stop for a picnic lunch and ascend the rocky scree path to Lava Tower
After getting to the Lava tower we descend for about 2 hours before getting to the Barranco camp. The combination of descending and ascending on this day is great for acclimatization. The camp being in the valley offers the best view of the southern glaciers, plains, Western Breach and Breach Wall. And as the day comes to an end the sunset from the camp is picture perfect. Dinner and overnight at the Barranco camp.
Day 5; Barranco camp – Barafu camp
After breakfast we ascend the Great Barranco Wall that seems intimidating but it is much easier than expected. The sight of the Heim Glacier as you rest is worth the difficult ascend. After which we descend to the Karanga Valley that join the Mweka route which we’ll use to descend after getting to the peak. An hour later we get to the Barafu Hut. It is important to familiarise yourself with this rocky ridge in order to avoid accidents when it gets dark. True to its name ‘Barafu’ which means ice, it gets freezing cold at night having water from the thermal flasks helps. Prepare your equipment and gears for it is the last night before the summit attempt
Day 6; Barafu camp (4550m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka
A few minutes before midnight we take a hot drink and some snacks to fuel us for the final ascent for the summit which begins through the rocky steep slope. The first stop is the Stella Point on the crater rim, here we rest as we enjoy the beautiful sunrise that has soft colours that favour taking pictures of the plains valleys and glaciers below. After that short rest continue to Uhuru Peak the highest point in Africa at 5895m. Descend to Barafu camp for a meal and continue further down to Mweka hut for dinner and overnight.
Day 7; Mweka camp – Mweka Gate
After a well-deserved rest we have breakfast and start the journey to the Mweka gate which takes around 3 hours. Enjoy the lasts scenes of the moorland and rainforest as you exit Mt Kilimanjaro .If you made it to the summit collect your certificate at the gate and take a vehicle to Mweka village for lunch then proceed to Moshi or Nairobi.
Note; spending the night at Moshi adds an extra day to the itinerary.
Included in the price:
Transfer to and from the base of the mountain
Full board accommodation and meals while on the trek
All park entrance fees to include government taxes
Services of an English speaking professional guide, porters and skilled cook
Start and finish Nairobi
Treated water on the trek.
On completion, successful climb Certificate
Laundry, sleeping bags, climbing gears beverages/Drinks
Visas to Tanzania
Any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary