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7-day Mount Kilimanjaro trek in Tanzania via the Lemosho Route, from Arusha

Join Mack, a certified mountain guide on this incredible 7-day trek to Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania via the scenic Lemosho Route.

Mountain RangeEast African Mountains
Duration7 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Skill LevelBeginner
Fitness LevelOpen to everyone
Type of tripPrivate

Highlights

  • Climb the roof of Africa via the scenic Lemosho Route.

  • Traverse a beautiful landscape on this not so crowded route.

  • The route has a high success rate and offers panoramic views.

Description

Join me to climb the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro via the scenic Lemosho route.

The lesser-known route begins on the western side of Kilimanjaro. It seems like an ideal pick due to its ideal balance of low crowds, beautiful scenery, and a high summit success rate. 

The trip will begin in Arusha. A long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate will take us to the starting point of the trek. We will spend the first 2 days crossing a thick rainforest which will then give way to moorland. The trail leads through the Shira Plateau on a relatively flat hike. As you will cross the Shira ridge you will see stunning views of  Mount Meru and the Rift Valley.

There will be several steep passages taking us through dramatic landscapes. The trail will be mostly secluded until we join the Machame route near the Lava Tower. Heading further, we will climb the Barranco Wall, the steepest part of the entire route. You will see fantastic views of the Kibo glacier and the Kibo summit from here.

The hike to the summit will begin from Barafu Camp (4,640 m). We will start just past midnight and scale on lava ash. It will take about 5 to 7 hours to reach Stella Point (5,730 m), the crater rim of Kilimanjaro. From here, a good climb of about 1 to 2 hours takes us to Uhuru Peak to see one of the most beautiful sunrises you are ever likely to see. It will be no less than an accomplishment to stand on the roof of Africa!

Thereafter, we will return to Barafu Camp and finally descend to Mweka Camp. You sure will reflect on the journey as we transfer you to Arusha on the final day.

It is an easy trek, well-suited for beginners and seasoned hikers alike. As long as you are fit and used to long walks, you should be just fine!

So, send a message now to reserve your seat on this spectacular climb. I will be happy to guide you. Also, check out my page for some more exciting adventures in Tanzania.

Accommodation

Hotel Tulia B&B and Tents

More info

Walking Duration: About 8 hours every day.

Meeting point

Kilimanjaro International Airport or Arusha Town or Moshi

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Itinerary

Day 1: Start from Kilimanjaro Airport to Arusha

We will transfer you from Kilimanjaro Airport to your hotel in Arusha. You can spend the rest of the day relaxing at the hotel or exploring the town of Arusha. We will brief you about the trek in the evening.

Overnight at Tulia Hotel and Spa

Day 2: From Arusha to the Big Tree Camp (2,780 m)

We will pick you up in the morning and take you to the Londorossi Gate (2,250 m). Here, after registration, we will drive for about 15 km on a bumpy track through dense rainforest to get to the starting point of the trek.

The trail leads through an unspoilt natural forest to get to the Big Tree Camp. As this region is also home to wild animals, you will be accompanied by an armed ranger during the first 2 days of your trek.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 3: Big Head from Big Tree Camp (2,780 m) to Shira Camp 2 (3,900 m)

Continuing through a rain forest,  we will walk into a landscape of heath and moorland where plants like erica and lobelia start to dominate. We will cross the Shira Ridge and after 4 to 5 hours of trekking, we will reach the Shira Camp 1.

Here, we will stop for lunch and enjoy the fantastic views of Mt Meru and the Rift Valley. For the last part of the climb (approximately 3 hours), we will climb another 250 m. The landscape will change again and you will pass by giant senecios that can grow to almost 9 m in height. We will camp at Shira Camp 2 and enjoy the wonderful view of the Kibo summit at sunset.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 4: Shira Camp 2 (3,900 m) to Barranco Camp (3,960 m)

Today we will climb approximately 700 m which will help your body to acclimatize. The trek begins with a long ascent above the Shira Plateau in the direction of the Lava Tower.

The vegetation will become sparser as we enter the alpine desert. Passing through the wide Barranco Valley with its lobelia and giant senecio plants, we will arrive at the Barranco Camp after about 6-7 hours.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 5: Barranco Camp (3,960 m) – Karanga Camp (4,035 m)

Today we will tackle the steepest part of the entire route – the Barranco Wall.

After reaching the top you will walk along the mountain ridge from where you will see fantastic views of the southern glacier of Kibo as well as that of the Kibo summit. We will halt at the Karanga Camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 6: Karanga Camp (4,035 m) to Barafu Camp (4,640 m)

The trail passes through an alpine desert until we reach the Barafu Camp. The rest of the day is spent relaxing and preparing for the summit attempt which will take place the following day.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 7: Summit attempt- Barafu Camp (4,640 m) to Mweka Camp (3,080 m)

The climb begins at around midnight. We will start walking on frozen lava ash by our torchlight. After about 5 to 7 hours, we will arrive at Stella Point (5,730 m), the crater rim of Mt Kilimanjaro. Another 1 to 2 hour climb along the crater ridge will lead you to the summit of Uhuru Peak. From “Africa’s Roof”, you will be able to see the surrounding landscape being lit up by the rising sun – a truly liberating experience.

After relishing your time here, you will return to Barafu Camp just before midday. After a hot lunch and rest for about 1 to 2 hours, we’ll make our way down to the Mweka Camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 8: Mweka Camp (3,080 m) – Mweka Gate (1,630 m) – Arusha

The final leg of your amazing adventure begins after breakfast with a traditional farewell ceremony from the mountain crew. Thereafter, we will descend for 2-3 hours through the rainforest and continue to Mweka Gate. From here, we will transfer you to your hotel and after a warm shower; the rest of the day is spent relaxing.

Included: Bed and Breakfast

 


Equipment you will need to bring

Ski equipment (skis, boots, poles)

Climbing skins

Poles

Sunglasses

Belay device


About the guide

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Mack was born and raised in Arusha, northern Tanzania, in a lovely Ilmaasai tribe family. He is the eighth child of ten and has spent the majority of his career as Tour Guide covering East Africa.

Mack studied Information Communication Technology and has also specialized in the field of Procurement and Supply Management. However, he feels at home in the African wilderness!

Travel and Tourism Management is where his heart lies. As he gained more experience, Mack realized that he wanted to create safaris of his own using the skills he acquired during his travels. He wanted to use his personal touch to provide the best possible customer experience! His intense love for nature and conservation has contributed richly to the quality of the safaris he offers.

Mack has the uncanny ability to coordinate and organize tours for large groups of people making his tours a hassle-free and seamless experience.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 2062 each

Group of 2

USD 1959 each

Group of 3

USD 1959 each

Group of 4

USD 1959 each

Group of 5

USD 1856 each

Group of 6

USD 1856 each

Group of 7

USD 1753 each

Group of 8

USD 1753 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back

• Transport during the trip

• Luggage transfer during the trip

• Permit and entrance fees

• Group porters (transport of tents, cooking equipment, etc. for the group)

• Clean, drinkable water during the trip

• Mountain guide's expenses (lifts, meals, accommodation, etc)

• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

• Camping equipment: Tents, Sleeping bag, Cooking utensils

Price details

• Pride does not include: Flights, Alcoholic and soft drinks, Visa fees, Tips, Travel insurance.


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