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Climbing Kilimanjaro in 7 days via the Lemosho Route

Climb to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro (5895m) via the beautiful and varied Lemosho route, with this 7-day trekking ascent, along experienced guides from the Kilisa Tours and Safaris team. Check the dates below and join a group!

Mountain RangeEast African Mountains
Duration7 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Jun, Jul, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Skill LevelAdvanced
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripGroup

Highlights

  • Reach the summit of the highest mountain in Africa!

  • Climb to the top via a scenic and less crowded route

  • Enjoy an unforgettable trek along experienced local guides

Description

Join us on this unique trekking adventure in Tanzania and climb to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro(5895m) in 7 days, via the scenic Lemosho route, enjoying spectacular panoramic views and different landscapes along the way.

The Lemosho route is one of our preferred ways to the top, not only because of its beautiful scenery, but it is also a less crowded route compared to others. Additionally, the Lemosho route offers a high summit success rate. Bear in mind you need a very good fitness level to join this trek!

We will pick you up from the Kilimanjaro International Airport and take you to your hotel in Moshi. The next day, our trek starts from the west, following a long drive from Moshi to the Londorossi Gate, where we will complete entry formalities.

We will then drive to the Lemosho trailhead, where we will have lunch and start trekking along a forest to our first campsite. We will be trekking during the first two days through an exuberant rainforest to the Shira Plateau.

This 7-day program is a great option to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. It offers the possibility of gradually acclimatizing to the altitude before attempting the summit. The Lemosho route connects with the Machame route when we reach Shira Camp 2.

On the sixth day, very early in the morning, at 02:00 am, we will start climbing to the summit of mythical Mount Kilimanjaro, a really demanding day! It will be a 7-8 hours ascent and a 4-6 hours descent.

Along the way to the top, we will be rewarded with a magnificent sunrise view when we stop for a short break at Stella Point. We will continue until we reach Uhuru Peak, the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and in Africa!

From the summit, we will descend straight down via the same route, along the southern circuit, and descend to the Mweka Gate, and stop at Barafu for lunch. You can check the day-by-day itinerary below.

If you want to join us on this unique trek to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, just contact us and book your place! We will be happy to guide you on an unforgettable adventure to the highest peak in Africa!

We also offer an 8-day and 9-day Lemosho programs, you can find the prices and  departure dates detailed below.

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Accommodation

Hotel in Moshi We will camp and sleep in tents along the trek

More info

8-day option staying at Crater. 1-2 PEOPLE $2520 PER PERSON 3-4 PEOPLE $2470 PER PERSON 5-8 PEOPLE $2420 PER PERSON 9-12 PEOPLE $2370 PER PERSON 9-day option. 1-2 PEOPLE $2760 PER PERSON 3-4 PEOPLE $2710 PER PERSON 5-8 PEOPLE $2660 PER PERSON 9-12 PEOPLE$2610 PER PERSON 12 and ABOVE $2560 PER PERSON 12 and ABOVE $2320 PER PERSON

Meeting point

Kilimanjaro International Airport

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Itinerary

Day 0: Arrival in Tanzania

Our Kilimanjaro adventure starts the moment you land at the Kilimanjaro International Airport. You will be met by our staff at the airport and transferred to Moshi, enjoying the peaceful surroundings of our comfortable pre and post trek accommodation at Parkview inn Hotel (http://www.pvim.com) from where there are great views of the mountain. You can relax by the pool before a briefing with the guides, who will provide you with the essential information about your trek to the roof of Africa.

Day 1: Londorossi Gate to Forest Camp

We depart from Moshi to the Londorossi Gate, which will take us about 4 hours, where you will complete entry formalities. Then we drive to the Lemosho trailhead (another hour to reach the trailhead). Upon arrival at the trailhead, we have lunch, then we start hiking through undisturbed forest which winds to the first camp site.

Hiking time: 3-4 hours / Distance: 6 kilometers / Habitat: Rain forest / Elevation (ft): 7,800ft to 9,500ft / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 2: Forest Camp - Shira Camp 1

We continue on the trail leading out of the forest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather, and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As we ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, we reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira Camp 1. The view of Kibo from across the plateau is amazing.

Hiking time: 5-6 hours / Distance: 8 kilometers / Habitat: Moorlands / Elevation (ft): 9,500ft to 11,500ft / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3: Shira Camp1 - Shira Camp 2 - Moir Hut

We explore the Shira plateau for a full day. It is a gentle walk east toward Kibo’s glaciered peak, across the plateau which leads to Shira Camp 2 on moorland meadows by a stream. Then we continue to Moir Hut, a little used site on the base of Lent Hills. A variety of walks are available on Lent Hills making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity. Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth.

Hiking time: 5-7 hours / Distance:14 km /Habitat: Moorlands / Elevation: 11,500ft to 13,800 ft / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4: Moir Hut - Lava Tower - Barranco Camp

From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth.” Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

Hiking time: 4-6 hours / Distance: 7 kilometers /  Habitat: Semi Desert / Elevation (ft): 13,800ft to 13,000ft /Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5: Barranco Camp - Karanga Camp - Barafu Camp

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. Then, we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.

Hiking time: 8-10 hours / Distance: 9 kilometers / Habitat: Alpine forest / Elevation (ft): 13,000ft to 15,000ft / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6: Barafu Camp - Mt. Kilimanjaro summit - Mweka Hut

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.

At Stella Point (18,600 ft), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all they way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit.

From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

Hiking time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent  //  Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent // Habitat: Arctic / Elevation (ft): 15,300ft to 19,345ft (and down to 10,000ft) / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7: Mweka Camp - Moshi

After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

From the gate, you continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to hotel in Moshi.

Hiking time: 3-4 hours / Distance: 10 kilometers / Habitat: Rain forest / Elevation (ft): 10,000ft to 5,400ft /Meals: Breakfast


About the guide

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Kilisa Tours & Safaris is the Tanzanian local owned company that made up of professionals who are well organized for Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking, Mount Meru trekking and wildlife safaris in Northern circuit. Giving customized and unprecedented services to our customers with the goal that they generally treasure their visit to Africa and Tanzania specifically for being an exemplary tour provider and emerge as the most satisfactory safari experience facilitator.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 2227 each

Group of 2

USD 2227 each

Group of 3

USD 2176 each

Group of 4

USD 2176 each

Group of 5

USD 2124 each

Group of 6

USD 2124 each

Group of 7

USD 2124 each

Group of 8

USD 2124 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

- 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 pad, Cooking utensils

Price details

The price includes: Private transport to & from Kilimanjaro International Airport to your accommodations in Moshi. Two (2) nights of accommodation in Moshi. Transportation to & from the Kilimanjaro gate. Park entry fees, Camping fees. Team Kilimanjaro Rescue fees. 18% VAT on tour fees & services. Four Season mountain tents. Double layered Sleeping Mats. Friendly and professional mountain guides, cook and porters. Three (3) hot meals daily while on the mountain. Enough treated & filtered drinking water throughout the trek. Hot water for washing.

Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO). Government tax. Portable oxygen tanks & ox meter. Emergency first-aid kit // The price DOES NOT INCLUDE: Lunches, dinners and drinks at your hotel before and after climb. Travel insurance. Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is available for extra charges $ 70 for the entire trek. Flights. Laundry (Available at hotel). Personal items and toiletries. Tips for guides, porters and cook (this is a guide to tipping on the Mountain http://www.kiliporters.org/tipping_recommendations.php. Guides:$20/day/guide -Cook:$15/day - Porter:$10/day/porter


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