Climb Lemosho Route - 9 Days / 8 Nights
1: On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport you
will be met and transferred to you to Key's Annex hotel or Buffalo
hotel for overnight staying.
2: Londorossi Gate (2000 m) to Mti Mkubwa
time: 4 hrs
the morning after breakfast you will meet your mountain guide for
briefing about the mountain climbing and thereafter transferred
to Marangu gate for park formalities before been transferred to
Lemosho gate for starting climbing. A three hour drive from Moshi,
around the mountain, brings you to the Londorossi Gate on the western
side of Kilimanjaro. At the gate, you pick up a game ranger who
will protect you from elephants and buffalo during the trek. After
a short drive to the trail head at Lemosho Glades you will start
your trek through the pristine rain forest. Today you will hike
to Mti Mkubwa, which means 'Big Tree; in Kiswahili. In the evening
dinner and overnight at the camp.
3: Mti Mkubwa (2650 m) to Shira One
time: 5 hrs
a good breakfast, you start the climb through the remaining rain
forest toward the giant Erica moorland zone. You will enjoy a great
lunch stop in a beautiful valley just outside the Shira Crater.
Today you will get your first close views of the summit. Dinner
and overnight at Shira one campsite.
4: Shira One (3610 m) to Shira Two (3850
time: 6 hrs
an early breakfast, you hike east across the Shira Plateau past
the Shira Cathedral toward Shira Two camp. We only gain 240m in
elevation which allows you to acclimatize slowly to the altitude.
The views of the plateau are spectacular. Dinner and overnight at
Shira Two Camp.
5: Shira Two (3610 m) to Lava Tower
time :6 hrs
will head up to Lava Tower, traversing the southern flank of Kibo.
This is one of the most valuable days for acclimatization. If you
prefer we can substitute Lava Tower for Barranco Camp, but this
makes the walk a few hours longer.
6: Lava Tower (4650 m) to Karanga Valley
time: 7 hrs
leaving Lava Tower, you descend into the stunning Barranco Valley
which is adorned with giant lobelia and senecia plants. There are
good views of Kibo peak from here. After the Barranco Wall, we descend
down into the Karanga Valley, where we rest for the night before
the hard climb to Barafu Hut
7: Karanga Valley (4000 m) to Barafu Camp
time: 4 hrs
is a tough, steep, climb uphill to the rocky, craggy slopes at the
camp. 'Barafu' means, 'Ice' in Swahili and it is extremely cold
at this altitude. You will get a half day rest before you begin
the final summit ascent at midnight.
8: Barafu to Uhuru Peak (Summit) to Mweka Camp Barafu Camp
(4,600m) to the Summit (5896 m) and then to Mweka Camp (3100 m)
time: 7 hrs
time: 5 hrs
elevation: 3100m, 10,170 ft
is a 17 hour day, commencing at midnight and hiking until the next
afternoon. You will begin your summit ascent around midnight, and
will arrive at the Kilimanjaro summit before sunrise. After the
sunrise, you will head back down the mountain, stopping at Barafu
Camp to rest, and heading to Mweka Camp, just a few hours from the
9: Mweka Camp to Moshi
time: 4 hrs
the morning you will hike for about 3 hours through lush forest
to the gate. After a welcome lunch, you will get your climb certificate
and say goodbye to your crew and porters. We will then take you
back to your hotel in Moshi. In the evening you will have a transfer
to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight back home.
Price: US $ 1750 per person
Tour price includes:
- Transfer to and from the base of the mountain
- Lemosho route trek as itinerary depicts
- Full board accommodation whilst on the trek.
- Meal plan as detailed: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner
- Accommodations at Keys Annex Hotel in Moshi for 2 nights and huts
on the mountain as per the itinerary
- All park entrance fees to include government taxes
- Service of an English speaking professional Mountain guide on
the mountain, porters and skilled cook
- All services begin and end at Kilimanjaro Airport as per the itinerary
- Treated water on the trek
- Tips, laundry, sleeping bags, drinks and climbing gears
- Medical evacuation, US$ 30 per person value
- International flights and taxes
- Items of a personal nature and any other extras not detailed in
the above itinerary.
Summit Gear List
Leather or thermal boots
Gore-Tex, Microtex or K-Tech Trilaminate jacket
Gore-Tex, Microtex or K-Tech pants
Gore-Tex mittens or gloves
Fleece gloves (use as inner for Gore-Tex mittens)
Thermal glove liners (use as inner for Gore-Tex gloves)
Thermal long johns
Sunglasses with UV protection
Trekking gear: (Wear between camps)
Rain suit or poncho (mainly used in the rain forest)
Hiking boots or cross trainers
. Day pack
. Short pants
. Sun hat
(peak caps do not offer enough protection)
. Woolen socks
. Fleece beanie
. Water bottle
General gear & equipment
bag (-10 rating)
Drink at least three to four litres of water a day.
. Use water filters and purifying pills to minimize
. Take enough snacks like energy bars, drink mixes,
. Do not move too fast, walk at a slow steady pace.
. Move as lightly as possible, do not carry unnecessary
. All clothing in Duffel bags or backpacks must
be protected with sack-liners to avoid getting wet, especially through
. High factor lip balm and sun block is essential.
. Nausea and headache pills should be kept handy
on summit night.
. Symptoms of altitude sickness can be reduced
by using medication (consult your doctor).
. New boots should be walked-in; this avoids blisters.
. Use a sleeping mat when camping.
. Use a thermal flask on summit night; other water
bottles will freeze.
. Allow camera or video camera to acclimatize;
do not wrap or place them in plastic bags.
. Thermal glove liners allow easier camera handling
on the summit.
. Use only new camera and headlamp batteries on
. Guides and porters will expect tips; confirm
amounts with your tour operator. ;