8 DAYS KILIMANJARO CLIMB -LEMOSHO ROUTE
8 Days Kilimanjaro Climb Lemosho Route
As a newer route, it is more remote and arguably more beautiful, but a bit longer and slightly more expensive. It starts on the Western side of the mountain at the Londorossi Gate which is a further drive from town, and was introduced as an alternative to the Shira route.
After beautiful forests and moorlands it crosses the Shira Plateau, on day 3 it connects with the Machame Route at Lava Tower and down towards Barranco Valley via the Southern Circuit. You may be lucky to see buffalo and Elland. Because this route can be done over a longer period of time for acclimatization, it has a higher success rate of summit.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
All year round
Arrival in Tanzania
Day 1: Londrossi gate – Mti mkubwa camp:
Day 2: Mti mkubwa camp – Shira 1 camp:
Day 3: Shira 1 camp –shira hut:
Day 4: Shira hut – lava tower – Barranco camp:
Day 5: Barranco camp – Karanga camp:
Day 6: Hike karanga camp – Barafu camp:
Day 7: Barafu camp – summit – mweka camp
Day 8: Mweka camp – mweka gate – Arusha:
- Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary
- Professional, English-speaking guide
- Pre and Post accommodations (2 nights Bed and Breakfast)
- Airport Transfers round trip
- Meals according to the itinerary
- Drinking water
- All National Park & Hut Fees or Camping fees
- International flights
- Extra night
- Travel insurance
- Items of a personal nature
- Lunch & Dinner (but Neeko tours will arrange upon your request for an extra charge).
- Roundtrip airport transfer
- International flights
- Additional accommodation
- Services not mentioned in the program
- Travel insurance
Arrive in Tanzania
Upon arrival at the airport, your driver shall pick you up and drive to your hotel in Arusha. Have a rest and prepare for your safari in the next morning.
Accommodation at appointed Hotel
Day 1: LONDROSSI GATE – MTI MKUBWA CAMP
Departing from Moshi, driver will take you through welcoming mountainside villages to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate. We will patiently wait for our permits to be issued while watching the hustle and bustle of operations as many crews prepare for the journey ahead Enjoy the beautiful rainforest scenery while your guide tells you about the local flora and fauna and natural wildlife. At these lower elevations, the trail can be muddy and quite slippery. We highly recommend gaiters and trekking poles here.
Dinner and Overnight at Mti Mkubwa Camp
Day 2: MTI MKUBWA CAMP – SHIRA CAMP
After a good nights sleep and a hearty breakfast, we emerge from the rain forest and continue on an ascending path, we leave the forest behind now, the trail climbs steadily with wide views to reach the rim of the Shira Plateau. Temperatures begin to drop
Dinner and Overnight at Shira 1 camp:
Day 3: SHIRA CAMP -SHIRA 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 2 camp 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.
Dinner and Overnight at shira hut:
Day 4: SHIRA HUT – LAVA TOWER – BARRANCO CAMP
Although you end the day around the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization. From Shira Plateau we continue east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the Kibo peak we then continue, South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth” (elev. 4650m). Shortly after the tower, we come to a second junction, which leads to the Arrow Glacier. We then continue to descend to overnight at Barranco Camp.
Dinner and Overnight at Barranco camp:
Day 5: BARRANCO CAMP – KARANGA CAMP
After breakfast, we continue on a steep ridge up to the adventurous Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and the junction, which connects, with the Mweka Trail. This is one of the most impressive days to see the power, ability, and strength of your crew.
Dinner and Overnight Karanga camp:
Day 6: KARANGA CAMP – BARAFU CAMP
We continue up toward Barafu Camp, and once reached you have now completed the South Circuit, which offers a variety of breathtaking views of the summit from many different angles. An early dinner and rest as we prepare for summit night.
Dinner and Overnight at Barafu camp:
Day 7: BARAFU CAMP-SUMMIT-MWEKA CAMP
Excitement is building as morning comes with an early start between midnight and 2 a.m. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.
We continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers trying to stay warm and focused on the amazing sense of accomplishment that lies ahead. With a switchback motion in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. You will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise during your short rest here. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit. From here on your remaining 1 hour ascent to Uhuru Peak, you are likely to encounter snow all the way.
Dinner and Overnight Mweka camp
Day 8: MWEKA CAMP – MWEKA GATE – ARUSHA
After breakfast and a heartfelt ceremony of appreciation and team bonding with your crew, it’s time to say goodbye. We continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. As the weather is drastically warmer, the terrain is wet, muddy and steep and we highly recommend Gaiters and trekking poles.