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Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route & Arusha National Park Tour

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  • Explore the stunning Arusha National Park
  • Climb Kili via one of the most popular and scenic routes available
  • Discover remote, spectacular and dramatic gorges and views of west Kilimanjaro
  • An ideal route to slowly acclimatize yourself and boost your chances of a successful climb
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the top things to do while visiting Africa. It offers mesmerizing experiences, and is a must-do for all adventure travelers. That said, choosing from the number of routes available can be a huge task. Luckily for you, we've done all the hard work, so that you can focus your energies on preparing for the most exciting adventure of your life.

The Lemosho route approaches Kilimanjaro from the west. Rather than simply intersecting Shira Plateau (like Machame), Lemosho crosses it from Shira Ridge to Shira 2 Camp, in a pleasant hike. Climbers encounter low traffic until the route joins the Machame route. Afterwards, Lemosho follows the same route through Lava Tower, Barranco and Barafu, known as the southern circuit. Including Arusha National Park but is Option,

The Lemosho route is considered the most scenic trail on Kilimanjaro, granting panoramic vistas on various sides of the mountain. As one of the newer routes, Lemosho is a superb choice for your climb. It is our preferred route due to its ideal balance of low crowds, beautiful scenery and a high summit success rate.

The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the west, beginning with a long drive from Arusha to Londorossi Gate. From there, the first two days are spent trekking through the rain forest to Shira Ridge. The Lemosho route crosses the entire Shira Plateau from west to east in a pleasant, relatively flat hike.
4 Star Hotel at Arusha Gold Crest Hotel
After arriving at Kilimanjaro airport, our representative will take you to your hotel in Arusha .You will spend two nights in Arusha which allows you to regenerate after a long, weary flight, meet and interact with your guides, check all necessary gears, and of course, explore the stunning Arusha National Park.

• Main destination: Arusha Town
• Accommodation: Gold Crest Hotel
• Meals: {B&B }
Meals
  • Dinner
9 hours 4 Star Hotel at Arusha Cold Grest Hotel
After arriving at Kilimanjaro airport, our representative will take you to your hotel in Arusha .You will spend two nights in Arusha which allows you to regenerate after a long, weary flight, meet and interact with your guides, check all necessary gears, and of course, explore the stunning Arusha National Park.

• Accommodation: Gold Crest Hotel
• Meals: {Breakfast,Lunch Box,Dinner
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
3-4 hours Camping
We depart from Arusha for Londorossi Gate. The journey takes about 4 hours, where you will all complete entry formalities. Then we drive to the Lemosho trailhead. Upon arrival at the trailhead, we begin hiking through the undisturbed forest which slowly winds to the first camp site.

Elevation: 7,742 ft to 9,498 ft
Distance: 6 km
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5-6 hours Camping
We continue on the trail leading out of the rain 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 down to Shira 1 Camp. Here we catch our first glimpse of Kibo across the plateau.

Elevation: 9,498 ft to 11,500 ft
Distance: 8 km
Hiking Time 5-6 hours
Habitat: Health
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5-7 hours Camping
We explore the Shira Plateau for the entire day. This gentle trail passes east on moorland meadows towards the Shira 2 Camp. Then we divert from the main trail to Moir Hut, a little used site on the base of Lent Hills. A variety of trails are available on Lent Hills making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity. Pssst... Shira Plateau is also one of the highest plateaus on earth.

Elevation: 11,500 ft to 13,800 ft
Distance: 11 km
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Heath
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4-5 hours Camping
We begin the day climbing up a ridge and then head southeast towards the Lava Tower – a 300 ft tall volcanic rock formation. We descend down to Barranco Camp through the strange but beautiful Senecio Forest to an altitude of 13,000 ft. Although you begin and end the day at the same elevation, the time spent at higher altitude is very beneficial for acclimatization.

Moir Hut to Lava Tower
Elevation: 13,800 ft to 15,190 ft
Distance: 7 km
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
Elevation: 15,190 ft to 13,044 ft
Distance: 3 km
Hiking Time: 2-3 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4-5 hours Camping
We begin the day by descending into a ravine to the base of the Great Barranco Wall. Then we climb the non-technical but steep 900 ft. cliff (approx). From the top of the Barranco Wall, we cross a series of hills and valleys until we descend sharply into Karanga Valley. One more steep climb leads us to the Karanga Camp. This is a shorter day meant for acclimatization.

Elevation: 13,044 ft to 13,106 ft
Distance: 5 km
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4-5 hours Camping
We leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects to the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the rocky section to Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest and enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo can be seen from this position.

Elevation: 13,106 ft to 15,331 ft
Distance: 4 km
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7-8 hours Camping
Early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our attempt to climb the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. Near Stella Point (18,900 ft), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive Uhuru Peak, the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.

From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. The trail is very rocky and can be quite hard on the knees; trekking poles are helpful. 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.

Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak
Elevation: 15,331 ft to 19,341 ft
Distance: 5 km
Hiking Time: 7-8 hours
Habitat: Arctic

Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp
Elevation: 19,341 ft to 10,065 ft
Distance: 12 km
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
3-4 hours Hotel
On our last day, we continue the descent to Mweka Gate and collect the summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. From the gate, we continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet us at Mweka Village to drive us back to the hotel in Arusha.

Elevation: 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft
Distance: 10 km
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
what’s included
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
  • Entry fees, Rescue fees, camping fees or hut fees
  • Arrival and Departure transfers
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
  • All meals while on the Mountain
what's excluded
  • Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc)
  • Tips and any items of personal nature
  • Health requirements
  • Yellow Fever infected country
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 10 days
Tour Type Private Tour
Minimum Participants 2 people
Age Requirement 18 +
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Meeting/Start Point Pick-up at your hotel or location in Arusha, Tanzania
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A deposit of 40% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 60 days prior departure. For any bookings within 60 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.

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