Lemosho route, Duration: 8 days
Accommodation: Camping (Tents)
The Lemosho route is considered the most scenic trail on Kilimanjaro, granting panoramic sceneries 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. Nyayo Tours and Safaris specializes in guiding on the Lemosho route. Most of our clients climb Kilimanjaro using this route and they consistently report that they loved it. Thus, Lemosho is highly recommended.
The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the west, beginning with a long drive from Moshi 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. Crowds are low until the route joins the Machame route near Lava Tower. Then the route traverses underneath Kilimanjaro’s Southern Ice Field on a path known as the Southern Circuit before summiting from Barafu. Descent is made via the Mweka route.
Nyayo Tours offers Lemosho as an 7 day group climb or as a 7 to 8 day private climb. The seven day variation combines days five and six, going from Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp without staying at Karanga. A nine day variation that includes an overnight at Crater Camp is available as a private climb by special request.
7 Days Lemosho Route Itinerary
Day 00: Arrival Day
Upon your arrivals at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be welcomed by our office representative, followed by an hour drive to the hotel in Moshi Town. After having a short rest at the hotel, our Mountain guide will meet you to check with your climbing gears and equipment. If some gears will be missing, our guide will help you on how to rent those missing gears from the rental shops
Day 01: From Hotel to Londorossi gate (2100m) to Mti Mkubwa (2821m)
Time taken to hike: 3 hours
Habitat: Mountain forest
A 3-hours private drive from hotel in Moshi to starting point, Londorosi gate. At the gate registration, payment and entrance permit process will take place while porters are sorting and weight the luggage.
After all process be done, the hike starts to the first camp, MtiMkubwa campsite. Trail is gentle slope, and it’s passing through the rain forest. At the campsite you will have to spend the remaining time for rest, dinner and overnight.
Day 02: From Mti Mkubwa to Shira 2 Camp (3840M)
Time taken: 10 hours
Habitat: Montane forest zone to Moorland zone
After breakfast, hike will continue to Shira 2 campsite, leaving the rain forest and start approaching moorland vegetation. Gently hike across the plateau to Shira 2 camp, crossing some streams, it’s a good path for acclimatization. Lunch box will be provided on the way, you will enter shira 2 camp late afternoon, spending the remaining time for rest, dinner and overnight.
Day 03: From Shira 2 to Barranco camp (3950m) via Lava tower (4642m)
Time taken: 8 hours
Habitat: Alpine desert.
The hike continue to the high point Lava tower, a short break for acclimatization and lunch, before heading down to BarrancoVallay Camp, viewing the great Barranco Wall. The camp is crowded because it’s the hub for 3-routes (Machame, Umbwe and Lemosho route). At the camp you will have a rest, dinner and overnight.
Day 04: From Barranco to Karanga camp
After breakfast at Barranco camp you will have a short hike to Karanga camp, where you will spend the remaining time for hot lunch, dinner and overnight.
Day 05: From Karanga Camp to Barafu base camp (summit overnight)
At barafu base camp you will have a rest, dinner and early sleeping because you will awake at mid-night for summit attempt.
Around 01:00am, guide will awake you to get well prepared with the summiting gears, warm clothes that can accommodate up to -10 degree Celsius. After all process be done, guide will slowly lead you to hike up for the summit attempt, passing through Stella point, (5685m) to Uhuru Peak (5895).
Day 06: Descend From Summit (Uhuru Peak) to Barafu-Mweka Camp
The beginning of sixth day might caught you at the peak if the weather is good, you will be able to spend couple of minutes at the peak, taking a beautiful photo while sunrises, drinking a tea on your thermal bottle before start descending down to Barafu camp.
At barafu camp you will have time to rest, before continuing to hike down to Millemium/Mweka camp for lunch, dinner and overnight.
Day 07: From Mweka camp to Mweka gate (Final day of the tour)
It’s the end of 7 days in the jungle, morning of this day you will be packing all of your stuffs ready to leave the park. Crew will be seen organizing and sorting all stuffs for marking the end of the tour. They will be singing, celebrating and congratulating you for a successful climb. After all that you will hike down to Mweka gate, where you will sign out, and receive certificates for those who made their summit attempt successfully. An hour drive from the gate will drop you to the hotel in town, ready for rest and continuing with other schedule.
PRICE CHARGED FOR THIS TOUR
$ 2200 per single person
$ 2000 per group sharing
$ 1800 per 3+ group sharing.
PRICE INCLUSION FOR 7 DAYS LEMOSHO ROUTE
- Airport transfer on arrival and departure day
- 2 nights comfort stay in hotel/lodge
- Transport to and from Mountain
- All park entrance fee +18% VAT
- All park accommodation fee + 18% VAT
- Park rescue fee
- Food on the mountain (3-meals a day)
- Non personal hiking equipment and gears
- Salary to guide, cook and the crew.
PRICE EXCLUSION FOR 7 DAYS LEMOSHO ROUTE
- Personal hiking gears and rentals
- Other personal expenses out of the mentioned above.
ESSENTIAL MOUNTAIN CLIMBING GEARS
- Warm clothes including trouser, sweater, thermal underwear and enough pair of warm socks.
- Balaclava, snow goggles or ski sun glasses and scarf.
- Water proof layers, sun roof hat, warm sleeping bag, mattress, warm jacket and pair of gloves.
- Comfort mountain boots and walking poles
- Sun cream, first aid kit, knapsack, pair of getters and water bottle minimum 2litres each.