9 Days-Kilimanjaro-Lemosho Route

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The Lemosho route is one of the most beautiful and newest routes to the summit of Kilimanjaro.The first part of the route leads through woods and dense rain forest.

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  • 2 to 10- Pax
All about the 9 Days-Kilimanjaro-Lemosho Route.

The Lemosho route is one of the most beautiful and newest routes to the summit of Kilimanjaro. It is also the longest route, starting at Londorossi Gate, which is the western entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park. The first part of the route leads through woods and dense rainforest, and you may spot a number of animals around Lemosho Glades.

The landscape then opens up into a vast expanse of heath, and you continue across the Shira Plateau. The higher up you climb, the more barren and stony the terrain becomes.The Lemosho Route is relatively new. It starts on the Western side of Mount Kilimanjaro at the Londorossi Gate and was introduced as an alternative to the Shira Route which begins at a higher, more challenging altitude.

The Londorossi Gate is a fair drive from the town of Moshi, and considerably further from Arusha. At the gate you will register with the authorities before being driven a further 12km to the starting point.

The western side of Kilimanjaro is still very wild and you may get lucky and spot large antelope, buffalo and maybe even elephant.

On day three the Lemosho Route joins the Machame Route at Lava Tower and down towards Barranco Valley via the Southern Circuit (see map below). As with the Machame Route, Lemosho trekkers need to transverse the Barranco Wall and then summit from Barafu Camp.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • Mountain crew (cook & porters)
  • Overnight stays in hotels and mountain tents
  • Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mats, chairs, tables
  • Portable toilet and toilet tent
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Drinking water
  • All national park fees
  • All mentioned transfers
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Sleeping bag
  • Flights
  • Optional activities
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance
  1. Day-1 Flight from Home to Kilimanjaro

    You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your arranged hotel in Arusha town, you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day.

    •  Meals: B&B
  2. Day-2 Hotel to Londorosi Gate to–Mti Mkubwa Camp

    Today, you will leave Arusha and drive to Londorossi Gate, the western entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park. The drive takes around 3 hours. On arrival at Londorossi Gate, you will have time to check in and register before meeting your team of guides, cooks and bearers. This marks the start of your ascent of Kilimanjaro.

    The route takes you through woods and rainforest, where you may be fortunate enough to catch sight of the rare and extremely beautiful black/white Colobus monkey or some of the many other animals that live in the forest altitudes: Londorossi Gate: 2,250 masl, Lemosho Glades: 2,000 masl, Mti Mkubwa Camp: 2,750 masl

    • Distance: 10 km
    • Walking time: 3-4 hours
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day-3 Mti Mkubwa Camp to Shira 1 Camp

    Today’s stage takes you through the last stretch of rainforest, and the landscape soon transforms into open heathland, featuring heather, wild flowers, grass and stony paths. The route leads over the Shira Plateau from where there is a wonderful view of Kibo and Mt. Meru. When you arrive at Shira 1 Camp, you can admire the view of Kilimanjaro Western Breach, which is the western crater edge with the magnificent glacier.

    •  Altitudes: Mti Mkubwa Camp: 2,750 masl, Shira 1 Camp: 3,500 masl
    • Distance: 8 km
    • Walking time: 5-6 hours
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day-4 Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp

    You continue your ascent across the plateau to Shira 2 Camp. There are several routes you can follow, which makes this an excellent acclimatization day. As you walk, you may be able to enjoy a fine view of the impressive Kibo Massif, or you may experience the sight of clouds at eye level …

    • Altitudes: Shira Camp 1: 3,500 , Shira Camp 2: 3,840
    • Distance: 12 km
    • Walking time: 6-7 hours
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day-5 Shira Camp 2to Lava Tower -Barranco Campa

    Today, you will be heading east. The landscape starts to dry out, becoming more barren and stonier the higher you climb. As you continue upwards, you can enjoy magnificent views of both Kibo and Mt. Meru, poking up above the white clouds behind you. After ascending for a couple of hours, you will reach the famous Lava Tower, which stems from Kilimanjaro’s previous incarnation as an active volcano.

    •  Altitudes: Shira Camp 2: 3,840 masl, Lava Tower: 4,630 masl, Barranco Camp: 3,950 masl
    •  Distance: 6 km
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Walking time: 5 hours
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day-6 Barranco camp to Karanga Camp

    After a night at the foot of the impressive Great Barranco Wall, the time has come to climb the notorious cliff – which is fortunately easier than it looks. At the top of the wall, just below Heim Glacier, the full beauty of Kilimanjaro magically unfurls. The route then takes you down through Karanga Valley, where Karanga Camp is located. From here, you can admire the ragged peaks of Mawenzi that rise up towards the African sky.

    • Altitudes: Barranco Camp: 3,950 masl, Karanga Camp: 4,200 masl
    • Distance: 4 km
    • Walking time: 3,5 hours
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day-7 Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

    Today’s stage takes you to Barafu Camp, leading through dramatic and spectacular landscapes consisting of large and small volcanic rocks testifying to volcanic activity in ages past. The last part of the trail to Barafu Camp follows the Mweka route, and as you walk you can look out over Kibo and Mawenzi.

    Barafu Camp is located at an exposed site on a mountain ridge. The ground is stony and the winds often blow strongly here.

    • Altitudes: Karanga Camp: 4,200 masl, Barafu Camp: 4,550 masl
    • Distance: 4 km
    • Walking time: 3,5 hours
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day-8 Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak - Back to Mweka Camp

    You will be woken up around midnight, and following a light meal it will be time to tackle the final stretch of the ascent to Uhuru Peak. Most people find walking across tricky terrain in the dark before the sun comes up a serious challenge; the objective is to reach Stella Point at dawn. At Stella Point, you will all take a short break to enjoy the magnificent sunrise.

    • Altitudes: Barafu Camp: 4,550 masl, Uhuru Peak: 5,895 masl, Mweka Camp: 3,100 masl
    • Distance: 5 km up and 12 km down
    • Walking time: 6-7 hours up and 7 hours down
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. Day-9 Mweka camp to Arusha

    After breakfast, you make your way to Mweka Gate to check out before being picked up and driven back to your hotel in Arusha, where a delicious lunch awaits. Everyone who completed the climb will be awarded a certificate.

    •  Altitudes: Mweka Gate: 1,850 masl,
    • Distance: Approx. 10 km
    • Walking time: 3 hours
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation during Trekking

Accommodation

During trekking you will overnight in two-man mountain tents equipped with sleeping mats. Single traveler often share a tent with another group member of the same gender, but single tents can be requested at extra cost.

Mountain Tent

  • 4-5 Pairs of Underwear
  • Top and Bottom Base Layer
  • 3-4 Short Sleeve
  • 1-2 Long Sleeve Trekking Shirts
  • 1-2 Pairs of Hiking Trousers
  • 1 Polartec Fleece Jacket
  • 1 Insulated Winter Jacket
  • 1 Insulated Trekking Pants 1 Hard Shell Jacket
  • Lightweight Raingear

  • 4-5 Pairs of Underwear
  • Top and Bottom Base Layer
  • 3-4 Short Sleeve
  • 1-2 Long Sleeve Trekking Shirts
  • 1-2 Pairs of Hiking Trousers
  • 1 Polartec Fleece Jacket
  • 1 Insulated Winter Jacket
  • 1 Insulated Trekking Pants 1 Hard Shell Jacket

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