8-day Kilimanjaro expedition via the Lemosho Route

The certified guides from Tanzania Travelers Tours will take you on this 8-day Kilimanjaro expedition via the Lemosho Route, a gorgeous trail the involves hiking through the West Kilimanjaro captivation local farms area full of beautiful rainforest, unspoiled scenery and epic views.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

8 days

Mountain Range

East African Mountains

People per Guide

10 people

Trip Level

Sustained

Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

Type of Trip

Private and Group

Highlights

 
  • Scale the summit of Kilimanjaro - Africa's highest mountain!

  • Witness some of the best views on the continent back out over the landscape

  • Test yourself mentally and physically with the high altitudes

  • Experience a wide array of terrain - from rainforest to glaciers

 

Join me on this 8-day Kilimanjaro expedition via the Lemosho Route and I promise you will bear witness to some of the most spectacular and stunning views of the landscape, scenery and terrain of Tanzania, as we trek up to the summit of Africa’s highest peak via this challenging yet rewarding route.

Mount Kilimanjaro, nestled within the Kilimanjaro National Park in Tanzania, is a mountain standing 5895m high, and is famous for being the highest mountain in Africa. Ascending to the summit of the mountain is an immensely popular activity, with people also wanting to bear witness to the massive glaciers that dot the landscape.

We meet on the first morning in nearby Moshi Town, from where we then transfer to our starting point, the Lemosho Gate on the Western side of Kilimanjaro. We then begin trekking in earnest, as we wade through the Lemosho Glades to reach our first overnight campsite, Big Tree Camp (2780m).

The subsequent 3 days are spent making our way to Barranco Camp (3960m) via Shira 1 Camp (3500m) and Shira 2 Camp (3900m), with highlights including walking through plateaus of grassy moorland, viewing the Northern Ice Fields and hiking through lava ridges beneath the numerous glaciers.

From Barranco Camp we head towards the Great Barranco, a humongous and mesmerizing ravine, before an overnight stay at Karanga Camp (3963m) and onwards to Barafu Camp (4640m).

Each day of the trip entails vital and important acclimatization to the high altitudes, hence the many trips up to higher altitudes before sleeping each night in lower altitudes.

The penultimate day is the undoubted highlight of the trip for all, as we scale the summit of the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro, slogging our way for 8 hours of physically and mentally tough trekking to reach Uhuru Peak (5895m), with views out over all of Africa and a truly special part of the world.

Following this is the descent and finish of the trip on the 8th day, where you will hopefully be mentally and physically shattered, but proud at completing such a great achievement.

Book now so you don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure!

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Price per person

 
Group of 1
2070 USD

Group of 2
1998 USD

Group of 3
1898 USD

Group of 4
1847 USD

Group of 5
1828 USD

Group of 6
1818 USD

Group of 7
1808 USD

Group of 8
1798 USD

 

Price includes

 
  • Guiding fee
  • Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back
  • Permit and entrance fees
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
 Tents provided but you need to bring your own sleeping gear.
 

Itinerary

 
  • Day 1Lemosho Glades (2385m) to Big Tree Camp (2780m)

    You will be picked up at your hotel at around 08:00am and transferred to the Lemosho gate located on the western side of Kilimanjaro. After the registration process you will still start our climb steadily through the forests of the Lemosho glades to reach Big Tree camp where you will be spending the night.

  • Day 2Big Tree Camp (2780m) to Shira 1 Camp (3500m)

    Today you will trek across a plateau of grassy moorland and heather scattered with volcanic rock formations. Our destination for today is the Shira 1 Camp from where there are often views of Kibo Peak floating on the clouds. We gain a reasonable amount of altitude today and parts of the route are fairly steep.

  • Day 3Shira 1 Camp (3500m) to Shira 2 Camp (3900m)

    Today you will get the chance to view the Northern Ice fields from the western side of the mountain with some unusual views of Kibo. Our steady climb across the moorland of the Shira Plateau will help with acclimatization and we enjoy great panoramic views. Our destination today is the Shira 2 Camp. In the afternoon you will take an acclimatization walk then head back to camp for dinner and overnight.

  • Day 4Shira 2 Camp (3900m) to Barranco Camp (3960m)

    Your trek starts with an ascent with far-reaching panoramic views, walking in to the climatic zone of the upland desert and on the lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. You will reach the distinct pinnacle of the Lava Tower (4640 m), our high point for the day and a great place to enjoy your lunch. In the afternoon we make a steep descent to our camp for the night, located in the base of the Great Barranco Valley (3960 m), sheltered by towering cliffs but with extensive views of the plains below.

  • Day 5Barranco Camp (3960m) to Karanga Camp (3963m)

    Our day starts by descending into the start of the Great Barranco, a huge ravine. We then exit steeply, up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. It’s a climb over rock, not technical but long and tiring. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, we head towards the Karanga valley. From here we have a steep climb up from Karanga valley to our night’s camp at Karanga camp, set at 3963m. For those feeling strong we will go for a mid-afternoon acclimatization trek up to around 4200m before descending back to camp for the night.

  • Day 6Karanga Camp (3963) to Barafu Camp (4640m)

    After a good night’s rest and breakfast, we set off on our walk to Barafu camp at 4640m. The climb will take us across desolate scree slopes with no vegetation around us at all. It’s a tough steep walk made more difficult by the altitude. On arriving at camp we eat and spend the afternoon resting as we prepare for a long night and day ahead. It is important to keep hydrated and warm. We have an early dinner and then try to get some sleep as we will be getting up at between 11pm and 12 pm to start the climb to the summit.

  • Day 7Barafu Camp (4,680 meters) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters) and then Mweka Camp (3,100 meters)

    You will be awoken around 23:30 with hot tea and biscuits. Hopefully you have managed to get a few hours’ sleep; don’t worry if you haven’t as most people struggle to sleep before summit night. Do however make sure that all your kit, including warm clothes, headlamp, insulated water reserves and snacks are ready for a sharp departure at 24:00. The trek up Kibo is steep and slow. The trick is to keep your momentum moving forward, one step at a time. It takes about 6-8 hours to reach the top of the crater rim where you will see the sign for Stella Point (5,739 meters). You still have another 156 meters of altitude to walk around the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters). After reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro, a 4.5km / 3 mile ascent, you still have an 11km / 7 mile descent to Mweka Camp (3,100 meters)! Mweka is situated in the upper part of the rain-forest zone. The richness of oxygen and moisture in the air will be a very welcome surprise.

  • Day 8Mweka Camp (3,100 meters) to Mweka Gate (1,640 meters)

    In the morning after breakfast you will be trekking down to Mweka gate. The trek is a pleasant one through the lower rain-forested slopes and down to Mweka Gate (1,640 meters). Although you cover 9km / 5.5 miles, the trek only takes 3-4 hours. Assuming you successfully reach Stella Point or Uhuru Peak you will be presented with official certificates – a green certificate for the former and a gold certificate for the latter. It is customary to tip your trekking crew before being transported back to your hotel in Moshi.

 
 

Other details

 
Skill level required

Intermediate

Fitness level required

Extremely Fit

Meeting point

Moshi Town, Tanzania

Accommodation

Camping in tents every night.

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Please wear: Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat, cold weather jacket, gloves, pants, spare clothing.

 

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