8 Day Route
Lemosho route features all the benefit, offering, and success ratio of Machame route by starting a little further round to the West. It leads you over the spectacular Shira Plateau and avoids the clumsiness on the early part of the Machame route at the same time. You’re guaranteed of a fantastic journey and a better success rate over the 8-days time period.
The climb commences at Londorossi Gate which is situated at an altitudinal level of 2360 meters and approaches far to the west of the mountain before circling around Kilimanjaro to the south. It passes through majestic dense rainforest and offer sightings of most unique wildlife of the region. The route then leads all the way up to the third summit of the mountain at Shira Ridge. Then you’ll cross the famed Shira plateau and see the beautiful Shira Cathedral before reaching the Shira Camp on day three. Thus the initial few days offer a quiet climbing experience overlooking the amazing terrain before embarking on a more challenging and heavily travelled route to the summit. Descend is done by the Mweka trail instead of retracing along the ascent route.
DAY 1: LONDROSSI GATE – MTI MKUBWA CAMP: | Rainforest
Elevation: 2389m/7838ft to 2785m/9137ft
Altitude gained: 396m
In the morning you will be taken to Londorossi Gate, a 3 hour’s drive from Moshi. After you’ve gone through all the park entry formalities and driven 15 km on a bumpy road, you’ll reach the starting point of your trekking journey located at the rainforest. Before setting out, you’ll be served with your lunch. The walk on the first day will be brief and short consisting of about 3 or 4 hours. This will let you enjoy the lush scenery to the fullest which, as you’ll see, will change over the course of your trek. You might even catch a glimpse of the thumbless colobus monkeys sitting in the branches above you.
DAY 2: MTI MKUBWA CAMP – SHIRA I CAMP | Moorland
Elevation: 2785m/9137ft to 3504m/11,496ft
Altitude gained: 719m
As you walk along the thin trail through the rainforest, you will notice the vegetation becoming scarcer and scarcer until you finally reach moorland filled with Lobelia and Eric plants. Ascending through rolling hills, you will reach Shira 1 Camp in about 4 – 5 hours. From your campsite, you’ll witness the snow-capped summit of Kibo looking over the Shira plateau. You’ll end this day with a hearty evening meal and stargazing.
DAY 3: SHIRA I CAMP –SHIRA II CAMP| Low Alpine
Elevation: 3504m/11,496ft to 3895m/12,779ft
Altitude gained: 391m
Today, you’ll be crossing the Shira Ridge along the rocky ground, low grasses, and shrubs. The terrain will be much flatter compared to the previous day which makes the hiking experience leisurely. You’ll get to enjoy fantastic views of the Great Rift Valley and the nearby Mount Meru. The moor landscape is characterized by beautiful giant Lobelias. Walking on ground where lava used to flow you will reach Shira 2 Camp, where you will have your evening meal and overnight stay.
DAY 4: SHIRA HUT – LAVA TOWER – BARRANCO CAMP| Semi Desert
Elevation: 3895m/12,779ft to 3986m/13,077ft
Altitude gained: 91m
From Shira 2, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we ascend further, our direction will change to the south east and we’ll head towards the Lava Tower which is also known as “Shark’s tooth.” After making it to the tower, we’ll come across a second junction which will lead us further to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000 ft. From here we’ll descend down to 13,000 ft and reach the stunning Barranco camp. Dinner and overnight at this camp. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.
DAY 5: BARRANCO CAMP – KARANGA CAMP| Alpine Desert
Elevation: 3986m/13,077ft to 4034m/13,235ft
Altitude gained: 48m
Today the Barranco Wall stands before you to conquer. Some stages will require you to use your hands for a better grip, but no actual climbing is necessary and your guide will be with you every step of the way to provide a helping hand. The route with its numerous ascents and descents allow you a chance for further acclimatization, before reaching the mountain ridge. Walking along the ridge you can take in the beautiful landscape with its stunning contrasts of desert and vegetation, before finally reaching the cloudy Karanga Camp. Your trek will take between 4 to 5 hours, leaving more than enough time to rest and play a game of rummy.
DAY 6: HIKE KARANGA CAMP – BARAFU CAMP| Alpine Desert
Elevation: 4034m/13,235ft to 4662m/15,295ft
Altitude gained: 628m
Awakening to the sunlight dancing off the Kibo Summit, you will enjoy an energetic breakfast before setting out to today’s destination – the Barafu Camp. Much of the time today will involve walking through the dry deserted terrain of the mountain with Kibo present on your left side. After trekking continuously for 3 to 4 hours, you’ll reach Barafu Camp and have an early dinner and overnight. The main highlight of your trip is just few miles away.
DAY 7: BARAFU CAMP – SUMMIT – MWEKA CAMP: | Glaciers, Snow Capped Summit
Elevation: 4662m/15,295ft to 5895m/19,341ft
Altitude gained: 1233m
Descent to 3106m/10,190ft
Altitude lost: 2789m
After sipping some hot tea with some snacks, you’ll start trekking at around midnight. With aid from torchlight, you’ll climb the heavily screed surface of Kibo. Ascending for 5 to 7 hours in the dark will lead you to Stella Point which is the crater rim of Mt. Kilimanjaro.Another 1 to 2 hours climb along the crater ridge will lead you to Uhuru Peak (the summit) 5,895 meters. From here, you’ll get to experience Kilimanjaro and all its glory and enjoy a 360° view over the landscape. After taking pictures and celebrations, you’ll descend down the same route. Shortly before midday, you’ll arrive at Barafu Camp for your lunch. After a warm meal and a well-deserved break of approximately 1 to 2 hours, you will be on your way down to Mweka Camp 3,100 meter where supper and a well-earned rest await you.
DAY 8: MWEKA CAMP – MWEKA GATE – MOSHI| Rainforest
Elevation: 3106m/10,190ft to 1633m/5358ft
Altitude lost: 1473m
The final ascend of your amazing Kilimanjaro trekking adventure begins after breakfast with a traditional farewell ceremony from the mountain crew. Then a gentle 3 to 4 hours’ descent through the rainforest continues to Mweka Gate, where your transferring driver will be waiting for you. He will take you back to the Hotel in Moshi.
- Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary
- Professional, English-speaking
- Proper Ration of Mountain crew (Cook & Porters 4.5)
- Pre and Post accommodations (2 nights Bed and Breakfast)
- Airport Transfers
- Meals according to the itinerary
- Drinking water and Full Board meals
- All National Park & Camping Fees, Crew Permits and VAT
- Rescue Fees and Emergency Evacuation Coverage with AMREF
- Fair and Sustainable Salary Crew Wages
- Gate Transfers
- Complimentary Oxygen Cylinder
- Portable Private Toilet and Porter
- Quality Imported Equipment
- Visa fees
- Travel Insurance (Required)
- Gamow Bag
- Tips for porters and mountain crew (20% Industry Standard Recommended)
- Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
- Energy food & beverages, alcoholic and soft drinks
- Personal hire gear such as trekking poles, sleeping bags, etc.
- Additional lodge nights if early decent from the mountain
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