Lemosho route, The 9-day routes allow us the time to properly acclimatize, thus increasing our chances of summiting. They also allow us to bypass the crowds that tend to climb on the most popular routes (Rongai, Marangu and Machame routes). Our trekkers will be able to climb in relative peace and quiet and at a leisurely pace (pole pole). This allows our head guides to better interact with our trekkers during the entire trip
Day 1: Rainforest Zone
We enter the western gate of the park at approximately 7,700 feet and climb to approximately 9,000 feet and camp overnight at Big Tree Camp in a tropical rainforest. This part of the trip will consist of a trek through lush rainforest and the possibility of interacting with a variety of wildlife.
Day 2: Heather Zone
We climb from 9,000 feet to approximately 11,520 feet and camp overnight at Shira 1 Camp in the Heather Zone. Trekkers will be travelling through the Heather and Moorland Zones, consisting of more lush vegetation.
Day 3: Moorland Zone
We climb from 11,520 feet to approximately 13,700 and camp overnight at Moir Camp in the Moorland Zone. The landscape will begin to change to smaller plants and trekkers will start to travel through a more desert-like landscape.
Day 4: Great Baranco Wall
We climb from 13,700 feet to approximately 14,940 feet at Lava Tower. We then descend down to 13,000 feet and camp at Baranco Camp. We have spectacular views of the Baranco Wall. We camp at Baranco Camp.
Day 5: Karanga Valley
We climb from 13,000 feet to approximately 13,300 feet reaching the Karanga Valley. Our hike is short today, so we have plenty of time to relax, take pictures or read. We camp overnight at Karanga Camp.
Day 6: Barafu Camp
We climb from 13,300 feet to approximately 15,250 feet and camp overnight at Barafu Camp. Barafu Camp is near the peak, and as a result provides us with the perfect views to take pictures.
Day 7: SUMMIT DAY
Starting at 15,250 feet, we will climb to 19,365 feet. We wake up at 6 am and hike approximately 7 hours to Stella Point. We stop for a short lunch and then continue our climb to the summit. After spending time at the summit, we will descend to camp overnight at Crater Camp (18,500 feet).
Day 8: Mweka Camp
We climb from 18,500 feet down to Mweka Camp (approximately 10,000 feet) in the Tropical Rainforest Zone.
Day 9: Mweka Gate & Official Certificate
After breakfast, we continue to climb down to Mweka Gate, at 5,400 feet, where we sign the official register, have a cold drink, and get presented our official certificate by our Head Guide. We then head to our bus, where we leave for our hotel and a well-deserved shower.
- 9 day adventure, 7 of which include 3 meals a day
- Airport Pickup from Kilimanjaro Airport
- All Ground Transfers
- Accommodation while trekking*
- National Park Entry Fees
- Fully-licensed, English-speaking guide
- Porter service on the trek
- First aid kit
- Trip completion certificate
- Farewell Dinner
- International airfares and departure taxes
- All items of person nature such as telephone call, fax, email etc
- Tips and gratuities to hotel, lodges, porters, camp staff – guide(s)
- Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
- Laundry services
- Visa and International flight tickets fees.
*The Lemosho Route is tent camping.
The Lemosho Route is one of the best options for climbing Kilimanjaro. The route provides plenty of time for acclimatization and takes in the entire scenery of the mountain as it practically traverses it from west to east. The access via the western route requires a bit longer drive to the trail head but is well worth it as you get to drive through some wild country and may even be lucky enough to spot buffalo or an elephant. During the first few days of the trek you will ascend the western flank of the mountain a side of mountain few visitors reach as you ascend through the lowland jungles to the Shira Plateau. After reaching Shira Camp 2 on the third day the remainder of the trek follows the traditional Machame Route and the number of trekkers on the trail increases. The fourth day of trekking is quite helpful for acclimatization as you ascend to the Lava Tower (15,000 feet / 4600m) before descending to the campsite in Barranco Valley. Another day of trekking brings you to the high camp at Barafu, which lies on a barren volcanic plain. Climbers spend the afternoon resting here before making a midnight summit push. It’s a 6 hour slog to the crater rim and another hour of traversing across the rim of the crater to reach Uhuru Peak the final summit and highest point in Africa.