Mt. Kilimanjaro climb on Lemosho Route Overview
The very spectacular scenic that approaches Kilimanjaro from the west. A 4×4 vehicle transports us through a rich, lush rainforest until we arrive at the ridge of the Shira Plateau, where our expedition begins.
Day 1: Arrive in Arusha at Kilimanjaro International Airport
Arrive anytime at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). We will arrange a private transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) to Arusha at Ilboru Safari Lodge or similar, where the rest of the day is at leisure. You will stay at Ilboru Safari Lodge or similar lodge, we will gather in the hotel for a pre-climb briefing and an equipment check.
We will also confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance.
Day 2: Lemosho Big Tree Camp (2,650 m); 3-4 hours walking.
After completing the necessary registration formalities at Londorossi National Park gate, we drive through varied farmland with open views over the plains to reach the Lemosho road head. The last section of the road is of poor quality and difficult to drive after rain, sometimes we start walking a kilometre or two below the road head. We often have our lunch at the road head before starting to walk. It is an easy day of walking up a small path through the beautiful and lush forest. We camp at Lemosho Big Tree Camp.
Day 3: Shira One” (3,550 m); 5-6 hours walking.
We soon leave the forest behind and enter the moorland zone of giant heather. The trail climbs steadily with wide views to reach the rim of the Shira Plateau. There is a tangible sense of wilderness, especially if afternoon mists come in! We camp in the centre of the plateau at “Shira One.
Day 4: Shira Hut (3,840 m); 3-5 hours walking.
We walk to the summit of Shira Cathedral before reaching the next camp at Shira Hut. This campsite has stunning views, close to the glaciated dome of Kibo and the jagged rim of Shira Plateau. The views from here of Mt. Meru floating on the clouds are simply unforgettable.
Day 5: Great Barranco valley (3,900 m); 6-8 hours walking
A morning of gentle ascent and panoramic views, leaving the moorland plateau behind to walk on lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. After lunch near the Lava Tower junction (4,550 m) we descend to the bottom of the Great Barranco valley sheltered by towering cliffs and with extensive views of the plains far below near our campsite at Barranco valley.
Day 6: Karanga campsite (4,000 m); 4-5 hours walking
A steep climb up the Barranco Wall leads us to an undulating trail on the south-eastern flank of Kibo, with superb vistas of the Southern Icefields. The terrain changes to scree, with pockets of vegetation in sheltered hollows, and there is only a short distance to our camp at Karanga (4,000 m), the last water point on the way to the summit.
Day 7: Barafu campsite (4,600 m); 3-4 hours walking
We follow an easy path on compacted scree with wide views that gains altitude unrelentingly to reach the Barafu campsite (4,600 m) for lunch. There is a short acclimatization walk to the plateau at the bottom of the South-East valley (4,800 m). The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night.
Day 8: Mweka forest camp (3100 m); 13-15 hours walking
We will start our ascent by torchlight at about 1 a.m. so that we can be up on the Crater rim by sunrise. The steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zing-sags and a slow but steady pace will take us to Stella Point (5,735 m), in about five or six hours. We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the two hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Barafu is surprisingly fast, and after some refreshment, we continue to descend to reach our final Mweka forest camp.
Day 9: Mweka forest camp to Mweka Gate (1,650 m); 3-4 hours walking – Arusha
A sustained descent through lovely forest with lush undergrowth takes us to Mweka National Park gate then drive to Arusha for dinner and overnight at Ilboru Safari lodge or similar, meals on half board basis.
Day 10: Arusha to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
Today you will have to bid a fond farewell to Tanzania. At the appropriate time, you will be taken to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your International flight.
Welcome back to Tanzania, the land of Mt. Kilimanjaro
Group Size Per person
2 – 4 1,850US$
6 – 8 1,750US$
10 or more Contact us for price
Kilimanjaro Climbing Includes:
2 Nights’ accommodation in Arusha at Ilboru Safari Lodge or similar lodge
Private professional mountain guides
All Park fees
All meals while on the Mountain
Arrival and Departure transfers
Government taxes, VAT and all relating service charges
Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
Excluded services in the package:
Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival
Personal Expenses; e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.
Meals not listed above
Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc.)
Staff tips and any items of personal nature
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