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7 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing, Lemosho Route

Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing, Lemosho Route, Shira Route, Londorossi Route
7 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing, Lemosho Route

It can either be used to gain the Western Breach route or followed by the Kibo South Circuit to ascend by the easier Barafu Route. The route is one of the few where groups may be accompanied on the first day by an armed ranger, as the forests around the Lemosho Glades are rich in buffalo, elephant and other big game animals.

Day 1: Arrival - Nairobi / Kilimanjaro Airport
On arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta international Airport, you will be transferred to Arusha arriving ready for lunch and then to Moshi town where you will be accommodated ready for the climbing the next day. Alternatively, on arrival at the at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be met by our tour manager who will then transfer you to your hotel for overnight rest on bed and breakfast ready for next day climbing expedition.

Day 2: Londorossi Gate (2100m) - Mti Mkubwa camp (2750m)
Habitat: Montane forest,Hiking time: 3 hours.

Your day starts early with a briefing, followed by breakfast and a drive to Londorossi Park Gate (2100m). The guides and porters prepare and pack the supplies and your equipment in the village. You will receive a lunch pack and you can also buy mineral water in the village. From here a forest track requiring a 4WD vehicle leads to Lemosho Glades (2100m, 11km, 45 minutes). You will have a lunch stop about half way and will reach the Machame camping area in the late afternoon. Walk along forest trails to Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite, (2750m, 3 hours). Your porters (arriving at the camp site long before you) will have your tent set up on your arrival. In the evening the porters will boil drinking and washing water and the cook will prepare dinner, before you retire to your tent for the night. Night temperatures can already drop to freezing point at this campsite, B,L,D.

Day 3: Mti Mkubwa camp (2750m) - Shira 2 camp (3840m)
Habitat: Moorland,Hiking time: 6.5 hours

You rise early at Mti Mkubwa camp and, after breakfast, you climb an hour or so to the top of the forest and then the trail gradually steepens and enters the giant heather moorland zone. Several streams are crossed. A gentle walk across the plateau leads to Shira 2-camp on moorland meadows next to a stream (3840m). By now you will be able to see, in an easterly direction, the Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. The porters will boil drinking and washing water, before serving dinner. The night at this exposed camp will even be colder than the previous night, with temperatures dropping to well below freezing. Enjoy dinner and overnight, B, L, D.

Day 4: Shira (3840m)-Lava Tower (4630m) - Barranco camp (3950m)

Distance: About 15 kms,Hiking time: 7 hours, Habitat: Semi desert

The route now turns east into a semi desert and rocky landscape surrounding Lava Tower, where you reach an altitude of 4630m after about a 5 hours walk. Lunch is served in a designated area before ascending the rocky scree path to Lava Tower (4630m). Definitely the toughest day so far. It is normally around this point, where for the first time, some climbers will start to feel symptoms of breathlessness, irritability and headaches. After lunch you descent again by almost 680m to the Barranco camping area and after reaching the high altitude of 4600m at Lava Tower, the true acclimatisation benefit of this day becomes clear. This descent to Barranco camp takes about 2 hours and offers great opportunities to take some beautiful photographs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. The camp is situated in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while you wait for your dinner, B,L,D.

Day 5: Barranco camp (3950m) - Barafu camp (4550m)
Distance: About 13 kms,Hiking time: 7 hours,Habitat: Alpine desert

After spending a night at the Great Barranco Wall (a very imposing sight at first), you make your way up this awesome looking obstacle, which in the end normally turns out to be easier than anticipated. Topping out just below the Heim Glacier, you now appreciate just how beautiful Kilimanjaro really is. The route then heads down through the Karanga Valley over intervening ridges and valleys, and then joins up with the Mweka route. This is the preferred route down from the summit, so remember it. Turn left up the ridge and after another hour or so, you reach Barafu Hut. The last water stop on the route is the Karanga Valley, as there is no water at Barafu camp. Barafu is the Swahili word for "ice" and it is a bleak and inhospitable camping area to spend the night. Totally exposed to the ever-present gales the tents are pitched on a narrow, stony, and dangerous ridge. Make sure that you familiarise yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents. The summit is now a further 1345m up and you will make the final ascent the same night. Prepare your equipment, ski stick and thermal clothing for your summit attempt. This should include the replacement of your headlamp and camera batteries and make sure you have a spare set available as well. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask. Go to bed at round about 19h00 and try to get some precious rest and sleep, B,L,D.

Day 6: SUMMIT ATTEMPT, Barafu camp (4550m)-Uhuru Peak (5895m)-Mweka (3100m)
Distance: About 7 kms ascent - 23 km's descent,Hiking time: 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak 7/8 hours to descend to Mweka,Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

You will rise around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night. You will head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This 6-hour walk to Stella point is for many climbers, mentally and physically the most challenging on the route. At Stella Point (5685m) 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 will normally encounter snow all the way on your 2-hour ascent to Uhuru Peak. The time you will spend on the summit will depend on the weather conditions. Do not stop here for too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue. Enjoy your accomplishment and a day to remember for the rest of your live. The walk back to Barafu from the summit, takes about 3 hours. Here you will have a well earned but short rest and collect the rest of your gear, before heading down to Mweka hut (3100m).
The route is not difficult and will take you down the rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest. The camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Dinner and washing water will be prepared as well as drinking water, B, L, D.

Day 7: Mweka camp (3100m) - Mweka Gate (1980m)
Distance: About 15 kms,Hiking time: 3 hours,Habitat: Forest

After an early and well-deserved breakfast, it is a short 3-hour and scenic hike back to the Park gate. At Mweka gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Stella Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. From the Mweka Gate you will continue down into the Mweka village, normally a muddy 3 km (1 hour) hike. In the Mweka village you will be served a delicious hot lunch.

You will be received by your tour guide and taken for an overnight stay at your hotel at Moshi before departure or proceed to Arusha town if you are to either continue on a safari or depart via Jomo Kenyatta international Airport in Nairobi.

Cost Include:

  • Transport to and from Nairobi to Arusha or Kilimanjaro Airport then to Moshi town and back
  • Transport from your hotel to the Park Gate,
  • Lemosho / Shira / Londorossi route trek as itinerary depicts
  • All services begin and end at Nairobi / Kilimanjaro Airport as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation and 3 meal plan while in mountain huts or tents when camping
  • Service of an English speaking professional Mountain guide on the mountain, porters and skilled cook together with treated water on the trek
  • All National Park entrance and camp site fees, Rescue fees, Hut fees,
  • All food - breakfasts, lunches (packed if necessary) and evening meals prepared by our own cook.
  • Return airport transfers from/to Nairobi / Kilimanjaro Airport

Cost Exclude:

  • Travel and personal accident insurance
  • Tips, Visas, International flights and taxes
  • Personal hiking equipment - sleeping bags, boots etc
  • Expenditure on all drinks
  • Medical evacuation insurance
  • Items of a personal nature and any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary

Tips on What to Bring
Anorak, Fleece, Walking Boots, Water Proof Jacket, Pants, Shirts, Trousers, Skirts, Socks, Gloves, Sun Hut, Balaclava/Woolen Hat, Gaiters, Thermal Underwear, Towel, Toiletries, Toilet Paper, Sun Glasses, Snow Goggles, Water Bottle, Walking Pole, Torch, Sun Cream/Sun Block, Lip Salve, Penknife, Day Pack, Camera, Films, Four Season Sleeping Bag, Water Purification Kit And First Aid Kit.

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