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Kilimanjaro - Lemosho Route

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On this Nine (9) day route we approach the mountain from the west by the lightly-used Lemosho trail. Experienced guides consider this ascent route to be both easier and more beautiful than any other trail and it retains a real sense of unspoilt wilderness, crossing the caldera of Shira volcano, before traversing beneath the southern ice fields of Kibo.

Lemosho is a little-used approach route and there is time to enjoy the unspoilt wilderness, and the breathtaking scenery, on Shira Plateau before the convergence with other routes in the later stages of the trip. This package also take you to have one night camping at crater. The final ascent to the summit is made along the Barafu route, often providing stunning views of Kibo.

Please do take a look at the day-to-day itinerary we've laid out under the "itinerary" tab. You can also always contact us here via trekbooking if you have any questions to us.

Trek type: Small- Medium group size, Youth and Family, High altitudes. Summit success rates: : Stella Point (98%). Uhuru Peak (97%).
Day 1: Arrival day in Tanzania

Upon arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport code: JRO you will welcomed by ANAPA representative who will usher you into a waiting vehicle and transfer you to the Hotel in Arusha. The rest of the day will be yours to do as you please; you may choose to relax at the hotel or explore the small town of Arusha (Arusha City excurtion). You will have a preliminary talk in preparation for your trek the following days. Dinner& Overnight at Outpost Lodge Arusha.

Day 2: Kilimanjaro Gate- Mti Mkubwa Camp
Elevation (ft): 3,000ft to 9170ft - Distance: 4 km - Hiking Time: 3-4 hours -Habitat: Rain Forest

We enter Kilimanjaro National Park and check in at the Londorossi Gate located on the western side of Kilimanjaro. Our trek today will be along a little used track through the montane forest. In places the vegetation is so untouched that it grows right across the trail. The flora and fauna are richer here than on the other more popular routes through the rain forest. Our first camp is in the rain forest at Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree).

Day 3: Mti Mkubwa- Shira I Plateau
Elevation (ft): 9,170ft to 11,500ft. - Distance: 8.4 km - Hiking Time: 7-8 hours

After breakfast we leave the glades, and start the climb towards the heath and moorland zone. A couple hours after lunch we cross into the Shira Caldera, a high altitude desert plateau, very different from the rain forest. Shira is the third of Kilimanjaro’s volcanic cones, and is filled with lava flow from Kibo Peak. Weather and volcanic action have decimated the crater rim. Today you’ll get your first close views of Kibo – the summit of Kilimanjaro.

Day 4: Shira I- Shira II Plateau
Elevation (ft): 11,500ft to 13,650ft - Distance: 10 km - Hiking Time: 7-8 hours

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 13,650ft. 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.

Day 5: Shira II- Baranco camp
Elevation (ft): 12,950ft - Distance: 9.9 km - Hiking Time: 6-7 hours

After breakfast, we start climbing toward Lava Tower lower camp, at 15,200-ft/4,633-m, where we stop for lunch, allowing our bodies to acclimatize. We descend down through the giant Senecio forest to Barranco Camp, which is beautifully set up on a ridge at the foot of the Barranco Wall. This is where the Machame and Lemosho routes converge, so we meet other climbers ascending the Machame Route.

Day 6: Baranco- Karanga Camp
Elevation (ft): 13,200ft - Distance: 5.8 km - Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

After breakfast, our big challenge is to hike up the Barranco Wall, a 500 -ft lava flow. It’s not a technical wall, but challenging nonetheless. Once on top of the “wall”, the climb becomes easier and extremely beautiful with fantastic views of the crags and crevasses of the jagged peaks of Kibo on your left. Lastly we descend into the Karanga Valley and up the other side, for our overnight camp. The sunsets here are truly spectacular.

Day 7: Barafu Camp- Summit-
Elevation (ft): 14,950ft - Distance: 3.4km - Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

It’s all uphill to the rocky, craggy slopes at Barafu camp. Barafu means “ice” in Swahili, and it is extremely windy and cold at this altitude. There is a buzz of excitement in the air, as climbers anticipate our toughest day just ahead. The clouds move in an out, revealing the eroded peak of Mawenzi, painted with colors of the African sun.

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.

Day 8: Summit/ Crater Camp
Elevation (ft): 19,340ft - Distance: 4.5 km - Hiking Time: 7-9 hours

We repack our gear, taking only what we’ll need for the summit push. Today’s the toughest day, with the most stunning views of Mawenzi, the Kibo Saddle and the plains below. We slowly wind our way up over the rocky outcrops and through the scree until we reach the rim of the crater. After lunch on the rim, we make our push to the summit. The view from the summit is dramatic. The weather and effects of altitude will determine how long we stay here. After our summit celebration we descend to our crater camp for overnight facing the amazing Furtwangler Glacier. We spend the remainder of the day taking it easy, and enjoying camp at the highest sleeping altitude.

Day 9: Crater camp- Mweka camp
Elevation (ft): 10,400ft - Distance: 12 km - Descending Time: 8-9 hours

After breakfast, you can take a short hike up to the Ash pit, where fumaroles are evidence of Kilimanjaro’s dormant volcanic state. We then head downhill to Mweka Camp, where we enjoy our last night on Mount Kilimanjaro.

Day 10: Mweka camp- Mweka Gate/ Arusha
Elevation (ft): 5,500ft - Distance: 8.5 km - Descending Time: 4-5 hours - 1 hour drive to Arusha

In the morning we have a 4-5hour walk down to the gate, where the ANAPA vehicles meet us and take us back to the hotel and a well-earned shower.

Day 11: Arusha- Transfer

After breakfast, you can continue with your travel plans or be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport.
what’s included
  • English speaking mountain guide and assistant.
  • Porters – minimum of 3 per client.
  • Flying Doctors Emergences
  • 2 nights’ hotel accommodation bed & breakfast in Arusha before and after the climb.
  • 2 transfers from Arusha to Kilimanjaro Lemosho gate – return.
  • 3 meals per day while trekking: Vegetarian/non-vegetarian.
  • 9 days Kilimanjaro trek – Lemosho route.
  • 7 nights + 1Night at crater accommodation in tents while trekking.
  • All park entrance fees, and government levies.
  • First Aid Kit including Oxygen Kit.
  • Camping Equipment’s including sleeping tents, sleeping mats, dining tent, chairs and table.
  • Climbing certificate
  • Complementary of printed Climbing-hat and T-shirt
what’s excluded
  • International flight tickets to Tanzania
  • Travel documents i.e Insurance, Visa, Health certificate
  • Sleeping bag
  • Items of personal nature
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 9 days
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English & Tanzanian
meeting/Start point Arusha, Tanzania
customer reviews
5.0 - Excellent Based on 1 review
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5 - Excellent
“I did Lemosho route this June 2015 with ANAPA Travel. I warmly recommend this local agency: the trip was adjusted to my personal needs (regarding budget and paying, dates of the trip etc.) due to the very friendly and service oriented tour operator Tumaini. I also had a great guide (ask for Marwa) and team on the mountain. There was nothing I could complain about. I planned the tour via internet in advance - very reliable.”
other information
Anapa Travel Tanzania Ltd / Product Category: Trekking
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