LEMOSHO ROUTE A REMOTE & BEAUTIFUL ROUTE High Level Facts About this Route It is relatively new route to Kilimanjaro. It starts on…
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A REMOTE & BEAUTIFUL ROUTE
High Level Facts About this Route
- It is relatively new route to Kilimanjaro.
- It starts on the Western side of Mount Kilimanjaro at the Londorossi Gate and was introduced as an alternative to the Shira Route which begins at a higher more challenging altitude.
- The Londorossi Gate is a fair drive from the town of Moshi, and considerably further from Arusha.This is where you will register with the authorities before being driven a further 12km to the starting point.
- You may get lucky and spot large antelope, buffalo and may be even elephant.
- It joins the Machame Route at Lava Tower and heads down towards Barranco Valley via the Southern Circuit.
- Lemosho trekkers need to transverse the Barranco Wall and then summit from Barafu Camp.
- Descent is via the Mweka route.
- Most trekkers complete the Lemosho Route in eight days, however some tour operators offer seven day treks and six day hikes (not recommended) on the Lemosho.
- The 8-day variation is great for acclimatisation and of course increases the probability of success.
- The seven day route typically stops for a night at both Shira Camp 1 and Shira Camp 2.
- Eight day treks stop again at Karanga Camp for another acclimatization day.
LEMOSHO ROUTE ITINERARY
Below is the itinerary for an 9-day Lemosho Route..
Lemosho Glades (2385m) to Big Tree Camp (2780m)You will be picked up at your hotel at around 08:00am and transferred to the Lemosho gate located on the western side of Kilimanjaro. After the registration process you will still start our climb steadily through the forests of the Lemosho glades to reach Big Tree camp where you will be spending the night. Distance covered: 7km / 4.3mi Approx. time taken: 4 hours Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
Big Tree Camp (2780m) to Shira 1 Camp (3500m)Today you will trek across a plateau of grassy moorland and heather scattered with volcanic rock formations. Our destination for today is the Shira 1 Camp from where there are often views of Kibo Peak floating on the clouds. We gain a reasonable amount of altitude today and parts of the route are fairly steep. Distance covered: 8.5km / 5.3mi Approx. time taken: 7 hours Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
Shira 1 Camp (3500m) to Shira 2 Camp (3900m)Today you will get the chance to view the Northern Ice fields from the western side of the mountain with some unusual views of Kibo. Our steady climb across the moorland of the Shira Plateau will help with acclimatization and we enjoy great panoramic views. Our destination today is the Shira 2 Camp. In the afternoon you will take an acclimatization walk then head back to camp for dinner and overnight.
Distance covered: 8km / 5mi Approx. time taken: 5 hours
Shira 2 Camp (3900m) to Barranco Camp (3960m)Your trek starts with an ascent with far-reaching panoramic views, walking in to the climatic zone of the upland desert and on the lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. You will reach the distinct pinnacle of the Lava Tower (4640 m), our high point for the day and a great place to enjoy your lunch. In the afternoon we make a steep descent to our camp for the night, located in the base of the Great Barranco Valley (3960 m), sheltered by towering cliffs but with extensive views of the plains below.
Barranco Camp (3960m) to Karanga Camp (3963m)Your trek starts with an ascent with far-reaching panoramic views, walking in to the climatic zone of the upland desert and on the lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. You will reach the distinct pinnacle of the Lava Tower (4640 m), our high point for the day and a great place to enjoy your lunch. In the afternoon we make a steep descent to our camp for the night, located in the base of the Great Barranco Valley (3960 m), sheltered by towering cliffs but with extensive views of the plains below.
Distance covered: 10km / 6.2mi Approx. time taken: 7 hours Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
Karanga Camp (3963) to Barafu Camp (4640m)Our day starts by descending into the start of the Great Barranco, a huge ravine. We then exit steeply, up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. It’s a climb over rock, not technical but long and tiring. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, we head towards the Karanga valley. From here we have a steep climb up from Karanga valley to our night’s camp at Karanga camp, set at 3963m. For those feeling strong we will go for a mid-afternoon acclimatization trek up to around 4200m before descending back to camp for the night.
Distance covered: 5.5km / 3.4mi
Approx. time taken: 5 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
Barafu Camp (4640m) to UHURU PEAK (5895m) to Crater Camp (5,790m)After a good night’s rest and breakfast, we set off on our walk to Barafu camp at 4640m. The climb will take us across desolate scree slopes with no vegetation around us at all. It’s a tough steep walk made more difficult by the altitude. On arriving at camp we eat and spend the afternoon resting as we prepare for a long night and day ahead. It is important to keep hydrated and warm. We have an early dinner and then try to get some sleep as we will be getting up at between 11pm and 12pm to start the climb to the summit.
Distance covered: 3km / 1.9mi
Approx. time taken: 3 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
Crater Camp (5,790m) to Uhuru Peak (5895m) to Millennium Camp (3790m)Wake before dawn to start your summit approach. You’ll reach Uhuru Peak in the early afternoon, when few groups are around. A short descent brings you to Crater Camp, set in soft sands near the famed Furtwangler Glacier. Crater camp is not a route in it’s own right but a challenging extension which in principle can be added to any route. It involves sleeping overnight in the bowl of the crater. An amazing experience enjoyed by only a few of the most adventurous climbers.
Distance covered: 3km / 1.9mi
Approx. time taken: 5-6 hours & 1-2hours to Crater.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
Millennium Camp (3790m) to Mweka Gate (1630m)In the morning after early breakfast, we begin our descent by returning to Stella Point and then descending on scree slope passing Barafu camp for a short break before heading down to Millennium Camp for a long well-earned rest.
Distance covered: 13.4km / 8.3mi
Approx. time taken: 12 – 15 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
Millennium Camp (3790m) to Mweka Gate (1630m)Today you walk down through the rain forest to Mweka Gate, where we complete park formalities and receive certificates, which you can hang up with pride! We are then met by our vehicles and return to your arranged hotel in Moshi.
Distance covered: 12.1km / 7.5mi
Approx. time taken: 6 hours
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch Included
DepartureThe day is left free to wind down after the trek before your flight home. Depending on flight times you could go and explore Moshi town and grab some souvenirs before heading to the airport. Our vehicle will be ready to take you to the airport at your time. Hotel: Bed &Breakfast
- Pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro International Airport.
- Pre & Post Trek accommodation at Parkview Inn or Kilimanjaro wonders Hotel
- Park fees, camping fees, rescue fees and 18% VAT on tour fees & services which cost nearly 55% of the total cost charged.
- 4 Season mountain tents
- Sleeping Mats
- Transportation to & from the mountain gate
- Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
- 3 meals daily while on the mountain
- Filtered water throughout the trek
- Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
- Portable flush toilet can be provided for free upon client’s request.
- Items of a personal nature
- Laundry Services
- A doctor for the group
- Tips to mountain crew
- Guide $15 – $20/guide/day
- Cook $10 – $15/day
- Porters $8
The trek to the Barafu Hut is only moderately difficult.The only really steep point is Barranco Wall (which can be managed with just small will and wits ). The final push to the summit ridge takes around 6 hours and is very steep and cold. This last steep section is mostly switchbacks and then some easy rock scrambling near the top. Your guide will set a very slow pace. Most reasonably fit individuals can make it so long as they are not having any difficulty acclimatizing.
The official age limit set by the Kilimanjaro National Park to climb the Uhuru summit is 10 years, and we usually recommend a minimum age of 13 years. If anyone in your group is under 16, please let us know in advance so arrangements can be made.
Guides are a requirement on Kilimanjaro developed by Tanzania National Park Service
Although it’s not technically required but it's a good idea. Kilimanjaro is not the easiest trek and its good to have some previous experience and know what you are getting into and what the trekking is.
We have a complete downladable packing list or if you want more details please visit http://trekohike.com or https://share.bannersnack.com/bcie120lu/
March and April are the rainy months at Kilimanjaro so we recommend that you avoid this time period. Rest of the months are quite fine.
We generally recommend flying to Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) where it is likely to end up spending several hundred dollars to and from Nairobi. There is a shuttle service from Nairobi operated by Riverside Shuttle which takes 6 to 8 hours and costs $ 35 to $ 40 each way. You will need a yellow fever certificate to cross the land border into Tanzania. You will also need a separate visa for Kenya. Flights from Nairobi to Kilimanjaro cost US $ 200 each way.
Permits are required and are included in the cost of the trip. You will receive your entrance permit at the entrace on the first day of the trip.
Your park entrance fee includes the cost of a mountain rescue that will be organized by the Tanzanian National Park in cooperation with our team. In addition, it is strongly recommended that you have adequate travel insurance. While the Park Service will provide rescue services, your travel insurance will cover any costs related to cancellation fees, unexpected interruption of your vacation, medical expenses and repatriation including air ambulance, personal accidents, loss due to delay or damage to your personal belongings. If you do not already have one, we recommend either Cover More or World Nomads.
It depends on the route you chose and your physical fitness . It can be covered in 5 days (too aggressive) to 8 days (goo acclimatization).Some individuals opt for an extra acclimatization day which is spent at Camp.
The usual time spent walking is about 5 to 6 hours. On the day of the summit, you will spend 12 to 16 hours of trekking.However, you will be given a few hours to rest at Barafu so this long day of trips is divided into two parts. We make the summit push and decent all in one day to avoid acclimatization problems.
We offer camping tent on most of the Route. The camp staff will prepare the tents before you arrive. Tents are available for twin sharing and private tents may be available for individual travelers. You will need to bring your sleeping bag.
Your mobile service may work at one or two points in the mountain but do not rely on them. We tested mobile internet cards from Vodacom (Tanzania) and Safaricom (Kenya) and we could not access the Internet. If you have a phone call to make during the treks, please talk to your guide and he may be able to arrange something.
In general, it is best to bring additional batteries or a portable solar charger. In some cases, park rangers may be able to help you charge a device for an additional fee.
We provide plenty of drinking water on the climb. Drinking water is obtained on the mountain and then boiled before it is provided to you. Disposable plastic water bottles are not allowed on the mountain.
Your guide can provide you with a bucket of hot water both in the evening and the morning for washing.
Lunch are packed and eaten on the trail during the day. You will take lunch and dinner in the dinning tents that are set up.
You must be in good enough condition to walk continuously throughout the day. Comprehensive fitness, flexibility and health will ensure you can walk safely and comfortably. People with severe or chronic health conditions that affect their endurance, range of movement, coordination, or balance may experience difficulty completing the journey. If you suspect your physical preparedness, consult a good doctor before booking your trip!
The best scenario is to adapt slowly. The 6-day trip over Kilimanjaro is a fairly quick trip and the hikers must report any problems in their guidebook. Common symptoms of mountain sickness include headache and cough.
It may seem obvious, but your skin is more vulnerable to sun damage in the mountains than on the beach! The intensity of the sun increases dramatically when we rise in altitude, and the refreshing snow reflects more captivity than ultraviolet radiation than does sand. You will need to protect your skin with clothes and sunblock. It is recommended to use a sunblock specifically for mountain conditions. If you wear a prescription eyeglasses, I recommend that you get your medical prescription for sunglasses.
We take all possible precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of our hikers, but be assured that our guides are trained and experienced in dealing with emergencies. Each guide is trained in first aid and is Wilderness First Aid Certified. In case of altitude sickness, you will be taken directly to a lower altitude. If necessary, your guide will use the park rescue services for immediate evacuation.
Yes, we ensure the safety of travel for all our guests, both male and female. We have strong long-term relationships with hostels that we abound, and know that they are safe and reliable. In addition, our guides constantly indicate the whereabouts of all guests on treks. We travel in small groups, all the better to maintain continuous communication easily.
We will provide you a complete packing list on receipt of your trek. It is possible that you can rent gear once you reach Moshi but it tends to be expensive and the quality is not great. If you need any specific equipment beforehand we may be able to help you with some supplies free of charge.Please visit http://trekohike.com to get an idea.
A good pair of hiking boots are important for the final climb as they help to keep your feet warm and provide adequate ankle support. Tennis shoes are sufficient on the other days of the trek.
Porters on Kilimanjaro are allowed to carry 15Kg plus their own personal belongings.
Tipping is an important part of the culture in Tanzania. Please review our tipping guidelines.
Its not required to bring any money on the mountain and you can give tips at the hotel at the end of the climb. The hotel has a lock box where you can store valuables during the climb. Our treks are all-inclusive. We cover accommodation, food, park fees, permits, and many other costs, as a means of making your adventure as stress-free and convenient as possible. Once you get on the mountain there are no opportunities to spend any money.
Your guide should be able to arrange a phone call or to get a message relayed in the case of emergency. Don’t expect any communication options although it is possible you will have cell signal in some locations.
Some climbers may actually finish the climb ahead of schedule and get back to Moshi early. Its also the case that sometimes climbers either have problems with altitude or decide to come down earlier for other reasons. If you do get back to Moshi early you are responsible to pay the costs for your extra hotel nights ($35 per/night) and meals. The reason behind this is that our costs are the same regardless of when you end the climb. So even if you are climbing less days than scheduled keep in mind that we have already paid the staff, purchased, food and rented gear for all the days you were supposed to be on the climb.
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