The Lemosho route is a relatively new trail and was introduced as an improvement on the original Shira route as it starts much lower than Shira thus improving acclimatisation. It is one of our highly recommended routes, not only for the beautiful scenery but also the high summit success due to the longer and steadier walk in improving acclimatisation. The first two days of the route have low traffic and are quite unspoilt, however, thereafter it joins with the Machame route to the summit. Starting from Londorossi Gate, the first two days are spent trekking through the rainforest, where you may see wild game. It then traverses up to Shira Ridge, Kilimanjaro’s third summit. From here you will ascend and cross the expansive Shira Plateau with fantastic views of Shira Cathedral. The descent is via the Mweka Route. The minimum time taken for the Lemosho route is 7 days, but again an extra day to acclimatise is recommended to improve the chances of summiting. Lemosho route can be climbed in 7 days. Please contact us for quotes for the same.
Kilimanjaro is a big mountain and each of the trekking routes to its summit involves around 4000 metres of ascent. The 8 day Lemosho Route is potentially the most scenic route on the mountain with ample time to acclimatize ahead of the always difficult summit day. It is still a new trail therefore you do not see too many climbers in the first 2 days. Generally, the trek is on good trails and is never very steep. With the exception of the summit day (which is very long) each of the trekking days is short, usually just 4 to 5 hours of walking, which gives us the afternoons to take it easy. The summit day will present a considerable challenge to everyone, as much for the 3000 metres of descent as for the ascent.
Meet at the group hotel in Moshi. where we can finally meet your trek partners and crew or mingle with other climbers if any staying at the hotel. The first day is reserved for resting and the chief guide will introduce himself and explain the week long climb to Mt. Kilimanjaro to the group. Rest is essential before you embark towards your goal of climbing the Uhuru Peak.
4WD transfer to Londorossi Park Gate for registration. Our porters prepare and pack our supplies and luggage before we start our ascent along the forest trail to Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite at 2895m. We will stay here overnight.
Our journey continues eastwards across the Shira Plateau with spectacular views of Shira Cathedral. We cross moorland meadow to reach Shira 1 camp for dinner and overnight camping at 3500m. By now we will be able to see the stunning glaciers of Western Breach. It will be colder tonight than the previous night with temperatures possibly falling below freezing.
We leave the forest
behind now, the trail gets steeper as it enters the moorland zone. A gentle
grade walk takes you across the high altitude Shira Caldera to Shira Cave with
fabulous views of Arrow glacier. We will camp here for the night at 4200m
Today we will climb up to 4600m to the base of the Lava Tower for lunch and acclimatization. This will be our toughest day so far and you may, for the first time, feel the altitude. After lunch we will descend again by almost 650m to Barranco camp, following “walk high, sleep low” golden rule of acclimatisation. Our descent to Barranco camp takes about 2 hours and offers great opportunities to take some beautiful photographs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. The camp is situated in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall.
A short, but fun day, starting with a scramble, to the top of the Great Barranco Wall. We then traverse over scree to the Karanga Valley (3930m) beneath the icefalls of the Heim, Kersten and Decken Glaciers. We will stay overnight at Karanga campsite.
We leave Karanga campsite behind to meet the junction connecting with the Mweka descent Trail. From here we continue up to the Barafu Hut. You have now completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. At camp, we can rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be clearly seen from this position.
You will be woken at 23:30 with tea and biscuits. We start our Lemosho route trek to the summit between the Rebman and Ratzel glaciers through heavy scree up to Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging part of the trek. Make sure you keep hydrated throughout the trek and make the most of the shortstops with drinks and snacks. It is vital we go slow but steady. At Stella Point (5732m), we will stop to witness the magnificent sunrise (weather permitting). We are now only an hour away from the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m), the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro. From the summit, we descend down to the Mweka Hut camp site, via Barafu for lunch. Trekking poles will be needed for the loose scree going down to Mweka Camp (3100m). Later in the evening, we will enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.
Your final day on the Lemosho route trek, departing after breakfast we descend a further 1300m to the Mweka Park Gate to pick up your summit certificates from the Park Headquarters. Transfer to your hotel.
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