This Kilimanjaro trip sees us approach the ascend to the summit from the Western side, using the Lemosho route. 2 hour from Moshi lies the gates to the Lemosho gate.
The Kilimanjaro Lemosho route is a scenic route where you will pass by fertile lands of West Kilimanjaro where barley and wheat flourish. On this side of the mountain you will also pass Maasai homes. This route is considered one of the most quiet and less frequented routes. It is, however, a comparatively longer route requiring 8 days. Using 8 days will mean also that you chance of summiting the mountain increases as your body has more time to acclimatise to the heights.
The Lemosho route traverses across the Shira plateau, one of Kilimanjaro's three peaks that has been eroded to the elements with time. We will then proceed onto Barranco, into the Karanga valley, to Barafu, Stella point and finally reach Uhuru peak, Mt Kilimanjaro's highest peak at 5,895 m.
We, at Pristine Trails Adventures, are looking very much forward to taking you on an adventure of a lifetime.
Day 1 - Moshi to Lodrossi gate to Mti Mkubwa Camp
3 hours from Moshi lies Londrossi gate. Here we complete park formalities and there after drive to the trail head, Lemosho glades (2,389 m / 7,838 ft) from where we trek to Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree camp) - 2,785 m / 9,173 ft
Day 2 - Mti kubwa to Shira Camp 1
Today we enter the heather and moorland zone coming onto Shira Plateau and spend the night at the Shira 1 camp - 3,504 m / 11,496 ft
Day 3 - Shira 1 to Shira 2
We trek past The Cathedral and onto Shira 2 Camp - 3,895 m / 12,779 ft at Shira 2 Camp we will hike around the camps environs some more and in the process acclimatise
Day 4 - Shira 2 - Barrannco Camp
Today we pass the Lava Tower at 4,627 m / 15,18 ft and down to Barranco camp - 3,986 m / 13,077 ft. This is an important day where you will acclimatise by gaining elevation and coming down to sleep low
Day 5 - Barranco Camp - Karanga Camp
We begin with a vertical scramble up the Barranco wall (breakfast wall) and on to Karanga camp - 4,034 m
Day 6 - Karanga Camp - Barafu Camp - Trek to Barafu camp - 4,662 m / 15,295 ft
This is the camp before the ascend to Uhuru peak which we will begin at midnight.
Day 7 - Barafu Camp - Uhuru peak - Mweka Camp
We begin our summit attempt to Uhuru peak - 5,895 m / 19,341 ft at midnight, 12:00 am. The trek should take us 6 hours arriving at summit with the sunrise. We return to Barafu hut where we have a short rest and then proceed down to Mweka camp - 3,106 m / 10,190 ft
Day 8 - Mweka Camp - Mweka gate
Today is our final trek down to Mweka gate - 1,633 m / 10,190 ft where we meet our
transport back to Moshi town, bid fare well to our guides especially our portersand collect our Kilimanjaro certificates