LEMOSHO ROUTE

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The Lemosho route, starting from the west is the most beautiful, natural and remote of all the Kilimanjaro routes. The route described is more or less an adaptation of the Shira or Londorossi route. The route is rated in difficulty approximately the same as Machame route and, even follows the same trail from the third day onwards. Registrations for the permits are at Londorossi gate. Groups may be accompanied on the first day by an armed ranger as the forests around the Lemosho Glades are rich in buffalo, elephant and other game. The South Circuit is then followed, offering superb views of the Southern Ice fields, past the Barranco Hut then on to Barafu and hence the summit. Accommodation overnights at campsites in tents 4 season K-way, 3 person tents.

Important information:

Accommodation is only in campsites in K-way basecamp 3 person tent.
Ascent is via Londorossi route and descent is via Mweka route.
This route can be trekked within minimum of 7 days, however an additional day for acclimatization is highly recommended.
Success rate is high.
Traffic is low.

ITINERARY 7 DAYS 6 NIGHTS

Day 1-Lemosho glades (2100m) – Mti Mkubwa camp (2780m)
Hiking time: 3-4 hours 7km
Montane forest

A three-hour drive from our Hotel brings us to the Londorossi Park Gate located on the western side of Kilimanjaro. At the gate, we pick up our game ranger who will accompany us, as we might encounter elephants and buffaloes during our trek. We drive to the trailhead at Lemosho Glades and start our trek through the rain forest. In places, the vegetation is so untouched that it grows right across the narrow track. The flora and fauna are richer here than on the other more popular routes through the rain forest. Our trek today will be along a little used track known as Chamber’s Route. In about 3-4 hours, we reach our camp in the rain forest at Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree).

Day 2- Mti Mkubwa camp (2780m) – Shira one camp (3500m)
Hiking time: 4-5 hours 8km
Montane forest, heather, moorland

After breakfast, we start the climb cross the remaining rain forest towards the giant moorland zone. Today is a full day trek with an altitude gain of 2,000 ft. A great lunch stop is One, a beautiful valley just outside the Shira Crater at around 10,000 ft. After lunch, we cross into the Shira Caldera, a high altitude desert plateau that is rarely visited. Shira is the third of Kilimanjaro volcanic cones, and is filled with lava flow from Kibo Peak. The crater rim has been decimated by weather and volcanic action. Today you will get your first close views of Kibo – the dramatic summit of Kilimanjaro.

Day 3-Shira one camp (3500m) – Shira two camp (3900m)
Hiking time: 3-5 hours 6km
Moorland & heather

Full day exploration of the Shira plateau; Trek east toward Kibo’s glaciered peak, with the option to visit the ancient collapsed Shira cone, the oldest of Kilimanjaro’s three volcanoes. Arrive at Shira 2 camp (Fischer’s Camp); Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth. Trekking time without the optional excursions is about 3 hours.

Day 4 – Shira two camp (3900m) – Barranco camp (3960m)
Hiking time: 7-8 hours 10km
Moorland & heather

Today is the last of the “easy days”. It is about a 7-hour superb hike. We pass the Lava Tower, around the southern flank of Kibo, and slowly descend into the spectacular Barranco Valley, interspersed with giant lobelia and senecia plants. After arriving at our most spectacular campsite, everyone stands in awe at the foot of Kibo Peak, looming high above, on our left. Our camp is only 465 feet higher than where we were last night, but during the day, we will have climbed to just over 14,000 feet. This is one of our most valuable days for acclimatization.

Day 5 – Barranco Camp (3960m) – Barafu Camp (4660m)
Hiking time: 7-8 hours 8km
Heather, Moorland & Alpine

On the eastern side of the valley, across the stream is the Barranco Wall – a 950 ft. barrier of volcanic rock. Although it is tall and looks steep, it is very easy to climb. This is our first challenge of the day. The views from the wall are nothing less than magnificent. The rest of the day is spent skirting the base of Kibo peak over our left shoulder. We descend down into the Karanga Valley, stop for lunch here and continue on. First thing, you will be making a steep hike out of the valley. The air starts getting quite thin, and you will be running short of breath. It is a tough, but rewarding uphill to the rocky, craggy slopes at the camp. Barafu means, ice in Swahili, and it is extremely cold at this altitude. So, go to bed early because we will be waking you at midnight for the final leg to Uhuru Peak.

Day 6 – Barafu camp (4650m)–Summit (5895m) – Mweka camp (3080m)
Hiking time: 13-15 hours 19km
Alpine desert, snow, heather, moorland

A wake up call at midnight for the final ascent to Uhuru Peak. Dress warmly because it is the steepest and most demanding part of the mountain. The moon will provide enough light, and we’ll reach Stella Point by sunrise. At dawn, from the Crater rim, rugged Mawenzi is a thrilling sight, with the Kibo saddle still in darkness beneath you, and the crater’s ice-walls looming ahead. 1- 2hours to reach the highest point in Africa UHURU PEAK 5896m.

Descent is far less tiring, it’s a good idea to have a little rest once in awhile as you continue down to Mweka camp.

Day 7 – Mweka camp (3080m) – Mweka gate (1680m)
Hiking time: 3-4 hours 10km
Montane forest, moorland & heather

In the morning we walk down to the road head. This takes about 3 – 31/2 hours. After a welcome lunch, it is time to say “kwaheri” to the porters and earn a good rest and hot shower! Transfer to hotel for well earned shower and celebrations!

Recommended additional day for acclimatization Karanga Camp 4035m is on day 5 of the 7 days climb. Crater camp can be visited as an additional to those trekkers who want to explore the ash pit.  We recommend mostly for any longer itineraries