Lemoisho Route Kilimanjaro Climb – 9 Days
Available daily on request
Please note this climb is based on pick up and drop off Kilimanjaro airport
We would be happy to assist with other arrangements before or after this climb.
The Lemosho route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro through forest and moorland from the west, crossing the caldera of Shira volcano and exploring the rock formations of the plateau, before traversing beneath the Southern ice fields of Kibo. We make our final ascent by the Barafu route. The seven day itinerary gives maximum possible acclimatization and also gives us an unusual view of the montane forest on Kilimanjaro. There are often stunning views of Kibo in the sharp light of morning and early evening. Lemosho is a little-used approach route and there is time to enjoy the unspoilt wilderness of Shira Plateau before the convergence with other routes in the later stages of the trip.
Day 1 – Moshi
You are met on arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to the spring lands Hotel in Moshi. Those arriving by 1900 will meet for an equipment check and climb briefing. If arrival is late evening, the briefing is held the next morning. Overnight at spring lands Hotel on bed and breakfast basis.
Day 2 – Moshi – National Park Gate (approximately 2½ hours)
Climb to Mkubwa Camp.
After completing the necessary registration formalities at Londorossi National Park gate, it is an easy day of walking from the Lemosho road head up a small path through beautiful and lush forest. We have our lunch in the glades before continuing to Lemosho Forest camp (2,650 m.). This area is home to a variety of game including buffalo. [2-3 hours walking]. Overnight on the mountain (in tents) on a full board basis
Day 3 – Climb to Shira One Camp
We soon leave the forest behind and enter the moorland zone of giant heather. The trail climbs steadily with wide views to reach the rim of the Shira Plateau. There is a tangible sense of wilderness, especially when the afternoon mists come in! We camp in the centre of the plateau at “Shira One” (3,550 m.). [6-7 hours walking]. Overnight on the mountain (in tents) on a full board basis
Day 4 – Climb to Shira Camp
An easy day to help acclimatization, and to explore the volcanic rock formations of Shira Plateau. We walk to the summit of Shira Cathedral, a huge buttress of rock flanked by steep pinnacles, before reaching the next camp near Shira Hut (3,840 m.). This campsite has some of the most stunning views on Kilimanjaro, close to the glaciated dome of Kibo and the jagged rim of Shira Plateau. The views from here of Mt. Meru floating on the clouds are simply unforgettable. [4-5 hours walking]. Overnight on the mountain (in tents) on a full board basis
Day 5 – Climb to Barranco Camp
A morning of gentle ascent and panoramic views, leaving the moorland plateau behind to walk on lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. After lunch near the Lava Tower junction (4,550 m.) we descend to the bottom of the Great Barranco valley (3,900 m.), sheltered by towering cliffs and with extensive views of the plains far below. [5-7 hours walking]. Overnight on the mountain (in tents) on a full board basis
Day 6 – Climb to Barafu Camp
A steep climb up the Barranco Wall leads us to an undulating trail on the south-eastern flank of Kibo, with superb vistas of the Southern Ice fields. Lunch is usually taken at Karanga, the last water point, in a steep valley. After lunch, the terrain changes to scree and we climb steeply to reach the Barafu campsite (4,600 m.) by mid afternoon. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night. There are often spectacular views to the plains far below from Barafu. [6-8 hours walking]. Overnight on the mountain (in tents) on a full board basis
Day 7 – Summit Day! Then descend to Rau Camp
We will start our ascent by torchlight at about 1 a.m. so that we can be up on the Crater rim by sunrise. The steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zigzags and a slow but steady pace will take us to Stella Point (5,735 m.), in about five or six hours. We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the two hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m.), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Barafu is surprisingly fast, and after some refreshment, we continue to descend to reach our final campsite (3,100 m.) at the edge of Mweka Forest. [11-15 hours walking]. Overnight on the mountain (in tents) on a full board basis
Day 8 – Descend to park gate and transfer to Moshi
A sustained descent through lovely forest with lush undergrowth takes us to the National Park gate at Mweka (1,650 m.) (4-6 hours walking) When we finish the climb, there will be a vehicle waiting to meet you and transfer you back to Moshi. Overnight at spring lands Hotel on bed and breakfast basis
Day 9 – Depart
After breakfast you are transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport or connect for onward arrangements. You might consider a post climb safari or extend your stay with a relaxing holiday on the beaches of Zanzibar.
Meet and greet services
Assistance at the airport
Mountain guide and porters
Transfers as specified
All pre and post climb accommodation as mentioned
All accommodation and meals on the mountain
All park fees, hut/camp fees and rescue fees
Airport tax (pay direct)
Driver guide, mountain guide and porters gratuities
Climbing gear – if required can be hired locally
Drinks, dining rooms tips, porterage, personal travel and baggage insurance
Telephone bill, laundry and any items of a personal nature
We may have to reroute the itinerary or accommodate in similar lodges in case of non-availability. Prices for domestic flights, airport taxes or park fees may be changed without prior notice. This is beyond our control and any increase levied will be passed to you.
Passengers should bring only soft sided bags on safaris. All the passengers must have Identification Card/Passport with them for internal flights. Baggage on internal flights is strictly limited to 15kgs per person (including hand luggage). Any excess baggage will be charged by the airline at check-in.
Passengers arriving to Tanzania may be asked to present a valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate.