Altezza recommends this route for everyone willing to avoid the bustle of other groups. A slightly more expensive price is fully justified by the spectacular scenarios, SUV transfer to the beginning of the trek and the highest chances of successful climbing and solitude!
Lemosho route has the following advantages:
- The camping sites location and gradual altitude increase are the most suitable for beginners and amateurs. Acclimatization process is the easiest on Kilimanjaro making the summiting chances the highest.
- The route is the least frequented by climbers, making oneness with the nature unique. Lemosho is for real solitude admirers, whose ephemeral contact with Nature is never broken there.
- Successful summiting chances are the highest on this route! Lemosho is the only route, where acclimatization process is smooth, the attacks of the high altitude sickness are rare and the odds to see the most amazing sunrise of your life at Uhuru peak are the greatest!
The group arrives at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Our representative will meet you and transfer to the hotel Parkview Inn.
Our manager will visit you in the evening, bringing a printed, signed and sealed agreement. He will give you a brief trekking orientation and check your equipment.
The hotel price includes breakfast only.
Hotel check-in starts at 2 PM.
Our guides and climbing crew will come to the hotel. You will have a relatively long transfer (approx. 3-4 hours) to the Western entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park – Londorossi Gate (2360 m). After the park permits are arranged and the crew is registered with the emergency service, the group will ride in the vehicles to 3500 point. Once reached, the first spectacular panoramic views on Shira Plateau will open for you.
Walking from the “landing point” to your first checkpoint – Shira 1 Camp is not physically demanding and takes 1-2 hours. The altitude increases almost insensibly, which is especially helpful for effective acclimatization process. By the time of your arrival, the crew will arrange the camp and prepare a dinner for you.
It will be your first day on such elevation. We highly recommend you following these simple instructions:
• Reduce caffeine consumption;
• Drink 4 liters (or more) of water (you should better drink in small portions, but frequently);
• Once the symptoms of the high altitude sickness are found, the intake of Diamox is advisable. Moreover, the pill can be taken as a preventive measure at the beginning of the trekking. Please, consult your physician on the possible individual allergic reactions.
Acclimatization is more difficult at night because of respiratory activity decrease multiplied by the high altitude. Once you discover any symptoms of high altitude sickness, ask the guides for help.
The group leaves Shira 1 Camp (3505 m) and treks to Shira 2 Camp (3810 m.) This trekking is not physically demanding, giving you an opportunity to enjoy magnificent African landscapes and unique flora of Kilimanjaro.
After arriving in the camp, you will have lunch and then make an acclimatization hike up to 300 m towards Lava Tower and go back to the camp.
Acclimatization hike is an easy trekking up to some minor altitudes. Please, kindly note, that these acclimatization hikes are very important in order to reach Uhuru Peak successfully and will help you to prevent AMS (acute mountain sickness).
After the breakfast, the group leaves Shira 2 Camp and heads for another key point of our route – Lava Tower (4630 m). Many ups and lows lie ahead. Experiencing some discomfort is common among the amateur climbers at this stage of the ascent. In order to make acclimatization process smoother, it is advisable spending 1-2 hours there. The cooks will offer a warm lunch to make your stamina stronger.
Your Lava Tower adventures are followed by descent to Barranco Camp, which amazes with its magnificence and steepness. Conquering it may seem to be daunting, but in reality it is a simple challenge – a nice walking path traverses it.
If high altitude sickness or other health disorder cowardly attacks one or some of the team, you can bypass Lava Tower by taking the porters’ route. In this scenario, the group does not have to reach 4630 meters, the maximum altitude here on the porters’ route is 4400 meters only.
Early wake up, breakfast and you start conquering the Barranco Wall. We recommend you to start as early as possible to outstrip other groups. Ascending the wall of the gorge is not a complexity at all. It takes only about one hour. After this accomplishment, you will have an opportunity to rest and take some photos, having Kibo volcano as a spectacular background.
Then a relatively complex trekking awaits you. The rest of the way to Karanga is full of highs and lows, but no worries, our guide will choose the most optimal trekking speed for you. After you reach the camp, a warm lunch will be offered. After a couple of hours, you will have an additional acclimatization hike up to 300 m towards Barafu and go back to the camp.
Our cooks will serve a breakfast; then you will climb to the summit camp Barafu (4673 m). From there you will make a night push to Uhuru Peak (5895 m). You will spend the remainder of the day there, adapting to the altitude and regaining your stamina.
Our crew will erect a camp for you, prepare the tents and warm sleeping bags to give you a complete rest. After a proper recovery, another acclimatization hike to Kosovo Camp will follow. After going back to Barafu Camp, a hot dinner will be provided. The guide will advise you going sleep early and taking in Diamox and other pills if necessary. They will reduce the unpleasant symptoms of high altitude sickness. Try to drink much water and rest more. Always remember that acclimatization is the best with minimal physical activity.
At night, the team leaves Barafu Camp (4673 m) and starts conquering Uhuru Peak (5895 m). Technically, this leg of your journey is not difficult, but high altitude is really a challenge. A guide will accompany each couple of the climbers. He will monitor your stamina and fortitude. Once Uhuru is successfully conquered, the group may descend to the glacier.
Then, the group will go down to Barafu Camp. After a two hours rest, you will continue descending to Millennium Camp (3750 m).
Do not forget that the 90% of all accidents (broken hands, legs, fractures and strains) befall on the way down. Legs and feet are the most vulnerable areas (especially toenails).
The camp is located amidst the dense tropical forest. Waking up in the morning, satisfied with your accomplishment, you will feel great relief because of lowering altitude. Our cooks will offer you a warm breakfast, and you will start going down to the exit from the National Park – Mweka Gate (1640 m). Then, the team will salute and congratulate you. You will have an opportunity to leave your memories in the Mountain Kilimanjaro guestbook.
We will present you Kilimanjaro Climbing certificates in our office and then transfer you to Parkview Inn Hotel.
Rest at Parkview Inn. Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport.
Hotel check-out is at 11 AM. In the event of necessity (e.g. your flight is scheduled for evening time) you can prolong your stay for extra payment (charged by the hotel).
- Meeting at Kilimanjaro International Airport
- Transfer to Parkview Inn hotel
- Accommodation at the hotel Parkview Inn (includes breakfast, accommodation in double rooms)
- Transfer to 3500m altitude
- Professional team support. All guides are certified «Wilderness First Responders», «Wilderness First Aid», and experience climbing over 7 years
- Two porters are assigned to each climber. Camp crew is responsible for camp arrangements
- Kilimanjaro National Park fees
- Rescue fee
- Ecological fee
- Regular nutritional meals three times a day + fresh fruits
- Sleeping bags "The North Face" (comfort -18 C / Extreme -34 C)
- Modern tents "The North Face" VE 25 / 2-Meter Dome Tent
- Briefing with English-speaking support team before the start of the ascent
- Medical kit
- Equipment for group (power tent / table / chairs / crockery)
- Drinking bottled water for the first days of climbing
- Meet the group at the exit of the National Park on Mweka Gate and transfer to the hotel
- Accommodation in Parkview Inn hotel (includes breakfast, accommodation in double rooms)
- International certificates
- Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport
- Visa fees
- Lunch and dinner at the hotel (before and after the climb)
- Rent of personal equipment
- Support team tips $ 150-250 per climber
- High-altitude trekking insurance