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MT.KILIMANJARO - 8 DAY LEMOSHO




 
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MT.KILIMANJARO - 8 DAY LEMOSHO

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.

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  • The weather on Kilimanjaro ranges from hot to bitter cold. Mt. Kilimanjaro has 5 major ecological zones, each with its own temperature and life as the altitude increases. January and February are the warmest months, April and May are the wettest months, June and July are the coolest months, and August and September are the driest months. These generalities about the weather in Moshi hold true for Mount Kilimanjaro as well. Temperatures at the summit can range from -7 to -29 degrees Celsius. Due to its height, the mountain makes its own weather. It is impossible to predict the weather on the mountain.

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Is this Holiday for you ?

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.

  • Spectacular western approach crossing the remote Shira Plateau and fantastic view of the dramatic Shira Cathedral
  • Offers good acclimatization even though it starts at a higher altitude than other routes.
  • Joins up to Machame after Day 3

  • English speaking guides
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary as mentioned
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as per the Meal Plan
  • All permits and entrance fees in the itinerary
  • All costs are applicable for double occupancy
  • Oxygen tanks (only for descent)
  • Private group chemical toilet
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Visas
  • Some meals as per the Meal Plan
  • Airport transfers
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.
  • Personal camera equipment & gear
  • Flights and airfare
  • Breakfast is usually fairly hearty, and includes porridge, sausage, eggs and toast with marmalade or jam. Of course, you’ll also have hot drinks, generally a choice of tea, coffee or hot chocolate
  • Lunch is either packed for you, to carry in your rucksack, or we stop for a hot cooked lunch depending on your itinerary. A typical packed lunch is a boiled egg, sandwiches, a portion of chicken, crisps, snack bar, fresh fruit and a drink.
  • Afternoon Tea is served at the end of the day's walking, once you get to camp. In addition to tea and other hot drinks, there are plenty of peanuts, popcorn, biscuits and snacks to help restore some of the energy you’ve just burned off.
  • Dinners are quite filling. They usually begin with a nice hearty soup, and then a main course such as chicken curry, spaghetti bolognese, fresh vegetables, and plenty of rice, pasta or potatoes, followed by a yummy dessert such as pancakes or banana fritters with maple syrup or nutella! Let your guide know if you are still hungry, or even if you think you could ‘pack in a few more bites’. Our cooks always try to provide more food than necessary to ensure everyone gets a good meal.
  • No Airport transfers are included as people travel from different parts of the world and a single group transfer is impossible to assign. We can, however, arrange a transfer from and to the airport as per your request. Please contact the UFO office for transfer details and cost.
  • During this trip the group will spend 2 nights in hotel and 7 nights camping.. All accommodation is allocated on a twin sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. All accommodations used by UFO adhere to hygiene and comfort norms. For Hotel prices and single supplement costs please contact UFO office.
  • Day will start with a hot cup of tea at around 6- 6.30 am. At around 7-7.30 a.m. breakfast will be under way and by 8-8.30 we should be back on the trail to our next camp. While you have your breakfast, the guides will brief you for the day and do health checks. You will have plenty of time to get up and pack your trek bag which will be transported safely to the next camp by porters. Please make sure you fill you water bottles for the trek ahead. Usually, our route will involve a mix of walking through rugged terrain and scrambling over loose rocks. Be prepared for some uphill climbing every day. Usually we walk for around 5-6 hours every day. On arrival at camp, we can relax in our mess tent and take tea or coffee. Dinner is ready at around 7-7.30 p.m. in the mess tent. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trip so far and for general socializing. There will be time for debriefing with the guides and anything that you may have on your mind. After dark, the temperature starts to fall and everyone will soon be tucked up in their sleeping bags.
  • 10 Days, 2 nights hotel, 7 nights camping
  • 10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners
  • max group size: 10

MEET AT THE GROUP HOTEL IN MOSHI.

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.



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Hotel in Moshi
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LONDROSSI GATE TO MTI MKUBWA (2895m)

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.



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Camping
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BLD
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3-4 hrs walking(6 kms)
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Montane Forest

MTI MKUBWA TO SHIRA CAMP 1 (3800m)

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.



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Camping
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BLD
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5 hrs walking(8 kms)
  Habitat
Moorland

SHIRA CAMP 1 TO MOIR HUT (4200m)

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



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Camping
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BLD
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5-7 hrs walking(14 kms)
  Habitat
Semi Desert

MOIR HUT VIA LAVA TOWER (4600m) TO BARRANCO CAMP (3950m)

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.



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Camping
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BLD
  Time
6-7 hrs walking(12 kms)
  Habitat
Semi Desert

BARRANCO CAMP TO KARANGA CAMP (3930m)

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.



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Camping
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BLD
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4 hrs walking(7 kms)
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Alpine Desert

KARANGA CAMP TO BARAFU CAMP (4600m)

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.



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Camping
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BLD
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3 hrs walking(6 kms)
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Alpine Desert

BARAFU CAMP TO SUMMIT (5895m) TO MWEKA CAMP (3100m)

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. 



  Accommodation
Camping
  Meals
BLD
  Time
6-8 hrs walking ascent (7 kms) ; 7-8 hrs walking descent (23kms)
  Habitat
Stone Scree - ice capped summit

MWEKA CAMP TO MWEKA GATE (1800m)

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.



  Accommodation
Hotel in Moshi
  Meals
BL
  Time
3-4 hrs walking(10 kms)
  Habitat
Forest

DEPARTURE DAY

Get going for your next destination. If you want to extend your holiday in Tanzania with safari and other activities please contact UFO office.

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