The Kilimanjaro Adventurer

Lemosho Route 8 Nights ABOUT Lemosho is a classic, serene route for climbers who are looking to hike with less traffic. Because this route lies on one of the highest plateaus in the world and has Kibo Peak as it’s backdrop, the scenery cannot be beaten! There are also many options to hike at a […]

 

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  • Duration: 9 days
  • Departs: 23/02/2018
  • Arrives: 03/03/2018
  • Price: $3,750
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Lemosho Route 8 Nights

ABOUT
Lemosho is a classic, serene route for climbers who are looking to hike with less traffic. Because this route lies on one of the highest plateaus in the world and has Kibo Peak as it’s backdrop, the scenery cannot be beaten! There are also many options to hike at a higher elevation, yet sleep at a lower elevation, which makes this route very unique. Lemosho Route may be utilized during wet season, however, hikers who aren’t ready for a big adventure may be better off taking the Marangu Route. Some climbers on the Lemosho Route may be lucky to spot animals such as buffalo and elephants!

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1
On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met by a representative from Keys Hotel and transferred to the hotel in Moshi (approx 1 – 1 ½ hour’s drive), where you will overnight including a continental breakfast.
There are two sister hotels – Keys Mbokomo and Keys Uru. Both of these hotels have good views of Mount Kilimanjaro and are classified as modern “tourist” standard hotels.

They are of medium size, and rooms are all en-suite.
Some have air-conditioning, television and mini-bar. Meals consist of buffet continental breakfast, full restaurant meals, bar snacks served all day and occasional barbecues.

A bar with a full range of drinks including beers, bottled water and soft drinks is available. Amenities include room service, full laundry service, swimming pool, international telephone, facsimile and internet services, car parking and security.
Leave any excess clothing and valuables at the hotel – they will lock them up for you. Pack your bag carefully for the climb – remember the weight limit of 12 kg.
Our representative will meet you either today or tomorrow morning, please feel free to ask her for any assistance you may require.
Please also chat to her about the tipping situation (I have attached a document for your perusal).
Overnight Keys Hotel Moshi

Day 2
Londorossi Gate (2375m) – Forest Camp (2895m)
Hiking time: 3-4 hours – Distance: 6km
Habitat: Rainforest

Depart from Moshi at 7:30 am for Londorossi Gate, where you will complete entry formalities.
We then drive approximately one hour to the Lemosho trail head.
Upon arrival, eat lunch and then start the 3-4 hour trek through forest to the first camp.
Overnight at Forest Camp (Mtee Mkubwa Camp). (2895m)
Day 3
Forest Camp (2895m) – Shira 1 (3720m)
Hiking time: 5-6 hours – Distance: 8km
Habitat: Moorland

After breakfast, leave camp and make your way out of the forest.
You will take a steep track into a Savanna of tall grasses, heather (ornamental plant), and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards (tree moss).
Ascend through the lush rolling hills below the Shiru Plateau, finally reaching camp at the edge of the plateau where you can see a view of Kibo Peak.
Overnight Forest Camp – Shira 1 (3720m)
Day 4
Shira 1 Camp – Fischer’s Camp (3900m)
Hiking time: 3-4 hours (without optional excursions) -Distance: 10km
Habitat: Moorland

After breakfast, embark on a full-day exploration of the Shira Plateau.
Trek east toward Kibo’s glacier peak, with the option to visit the ancient collapsed Shira cone, the oldest of Kilimanjaro three volcanoes. Arrive at Fischer’s Camp for the night.
Overnight Fischer’s Camp (3900m)
Day 5
Fischer’s Camp – Baranco Camp (3950m) – Hiking time: 5-7 hours
Distance: 15km
Habitat: Semi desert

After breakfast, proceed trekking upward for approximately four hours over expansive ridgelines of high desert to Lava Tower for lunch. In the afternoon, descend the steep track into the Great Barranco Valley.
Barranco Camp is set on a valley enclosed on three sides with the massive valley walls and the Kibo massif itself. Hanging glaciers can be seen glistening above among a landscape of fascinating plants.
Overnight Barranco Camp (3950)
Day 6
Barranco Camp – Karanga Camp (4673m) – Hiking time: 4-5 hours
Distance: 5km Habitat: Alpine desert
This is a short trekking day but proven to be important for acclimatization.The day begins after breakfast with a scramble up the steep “Barranco Wall” then traversing up and down the slopes of valleys which have carved their way into the mountain’s southern face.
Kibo’s glaciers are above on your left while the peaks of Mawenzi jut into the sky straight ahead. Reach Karanga Camp after 3-4 hours of trekking for a hot lunch and an afternoon of relaxation.
Overnight Karanga Camp
Day 7
Karanga Camp – Barafu Camp (5895m) -Hiking time: 4-5 hours
Distance: 4km
Habitat: Alpine desert

This trekking day is difficult but important. After breakfast, you will head out on the trail that is steadily uphill. The temperature is colder and the landscape sparse.
Barafu Camp is set on a small, exposed flat area on a ridge which acts as a base camp for which you will make your summit attempt at midnight.
Eat and drink copious amounts of water before retiring early in preparation of your midnight summit attempt.
Overnight Barafu Camp
Day 8
Barafu Camp – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka Camp (3110m) -Hiking time: 8-9 hours – ascent/4-6 hour’s descent – Distance: 5km ascent/12km descent
Habitat: Stone screen and ice-capped

You will receive a midnight wake-up call and a steaming hot drink to start your 12-15 hours of trekking!
The temperatures range from just below freezing at midnight then -12 degrees Celsius to -23 degrees Celsius just before dawn at the summit.
After about 5 hours of walking, you will come to the edge of the crater; Stella Point (5790m) on the crater rim is the end of the steep track.
From here, there is a gentle slope about 1 hour to Uhuru Peak which climbers find to be extremely difficult but monumental to complete!
After a short time at the summit, descend the steep scree trail back to Barafu camp for some rest, and then summon your strength again for further descent to Mweka Camp for the night.
Overnight Mweka Camp
Day 9
Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate (1830m) – Hiking time: 3-4 hours
Distance: 10km
Habitat: Rainforest

Descend straight to the gate which will be a 3-4 hour trek. Upon arrival, you will enjoy lunch and be awarded climbing certificates. At this point, you will transfer to your hotel in Moshi.