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Mt. Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route

Descriptions

Mount Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route is the best ascent route which offers the complete Kilimanjaro experience, more acclimatization time, more culture, more spectacular scenery and even a night in Kibo caldera. Starting on the Western side of Kilimanjaro this ascent covers all of the most spectacular areas of Kilimanjaro. The trip is fully supported with spacious guest tents, mattress and pillow as well as a mess tent with lightweight tables and chairs and all cutleries. Our trips also include a toilet tent in camp and most importantly knowledgeable professional guides that go through bi annual training. Our logistics team at our base monitors your trip from start to finish.

Day 1: Arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport – Arusha

On arrival you are personally met by one of our representatives and transferred to Arusha to a well-appointed lodge. In the afternoon there will a full briefing with the climbs Manager and your guide. Overnight at Out Post Lodge

Day 2: Arusha– Forest Camp

From our hotel we set out in vehicles to the starting point of our Kilimanjaro climb, the Lemosho trail. Here you meet the rest of your crew and set of at a leisurely pace into Afromontane forest. Lunch is taken on trial and camp is reached midafternoon. Overnight Forest Camp

DAY 3: Forest Camp – Shira one Camp

From the forested slopes of Lemosho you ascend through Podocarpus and Juniper forest and break out of the forest on to the heath zone and the Shira Plateau. Lunch is taken on trail and you arrive in camp midafternoon. Overnight Shira 1 Camp

Day 4: Shira1 Camp – Shira 2 Camp

 After a relatively long hike and significant altitude gain, today is a short day and you arrive in Shira 2 camp in time for lunch. A good day for acclimatization with the option of an afternoon walks with your guides. Overnight Shira 2 Camp

Day 5: Shira 2 Camp – Lava Tower

The route to Lava Tower takes you out of the heath zone in to the alpine desert zone. Here relatively little flora or fauna can survive the extreme temperature ranges and conditions that typify this zone. A half day where lunch is taken in camp. In the afternoon, depending on weather conditions, there is an option to scramble to the top of the nearby Lava Tower. Overnight Lava Tower Camp

Day 6: Lava Tower – Karanga Camp

After 2 half days you now have a relatively long day to Karanga camp. The selection of Karanga camp is strategic – significant time at altitude is essential for safe acclimatization and in the late afternoon you arrive in camp. Sunsets here are particularly spectacular with views of the southern glacial valleys and ice fields towering 1000 meters (over 3000 feet) above you. Overnight Karanga Camp

Day 7: Karanga Camp – Barafu Camp

Today is another half day ascending to Barafu camp Once again lunch is taken in camp allowing plenty of time to relax before the summit bid. Desolate alpine desert and at times strong winds rip over this camp and yet in the evening splendid views of Mawenzi volcano are the norm. Overnight Barafu Camp.

Day 8: Barafu Camp – Crater camp

Unlike other routes with a night time ascent, your hike selection affords you a day time ascent to Kibo crater. The going is slow but with constant encouragement from your climb team the rim of Kibo is reached before descending a little way into the caldera to Crater camp. The afternoon is spent relaxing and short walks can be taken with one of your guides. Overnight Crater Camp.

Day 9: Crater Camp – Uhuru Peak – Mweka Camp

After a night in the crater you now have the shortest final summit bid of any route. With such a short distance to the summit from the crater (around 1 hour) means that timing arrival with the sunrise is much easier and quite spectacular. The summit of Kilimanjaro is the top of the highest freestanding mountain in the world. After your summit bid you then descend for a final night on the mountain at Mweka Camp passing back through the heath zone. Endemic Proteas, pollinated by Malachite Sunbirds are plentiful. Overnight Mweka Camp

Day 10: Mweka Camp – Kilimanjaro Finish – Arusha

After breakfast you descend once again through montane forest and around mid-day after saying farewell to your crew, you are picked up and transfer back to your hotel for a well-deserved shower! Overnight Outpost Lodge.

Day 11: Departure Day

Today a day room is held to allow time for packing and relaxing pre departure, or today you can join ongoing safari / adventure or beach trip extensions. Day room Outpost Lodge

Included Services

  • Local tourist taxes
  • All mountain trekking fees
  • Park or reserve entry fees – where applicable
  • Certified and Experienced Mountain guides and Porter
  • All meals as mentioned in the itinerary – ( Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner )
  • Pick up from airport of arrival and drop off to the airport of departure while on safari
  • Full board Accommodation and If accommodation is fully booked we’ll suggest a comparable alternative

Excluded Services

  • International flights
  • Tips and gratuities, which are optional
  • Airport customs entry visas (currently US$ 50 per person)

Optional Services

  • Optional safari tours to Northern National Park

PLEASE NOTE: The tour can be upgraded to a higher standard accommodation at an extra cost. It can also be cheaper if less expensive (but still good quality) accommodation is used. The final cost of the tour depends on your budget and preference.