LEMOSHO ROUTE – 10 DAYS - K004
Why Lemosho route?
The early stages of Lemosho route are also your best chance of seeing some wildlife on Mount Kilimanjaro, with monkeys prevalent in the forest. The Lemosho route is perfect for those who want to talk a slightly longer, more relaxed approach to climbing Kilimanjaro.
AIRPORT TO KEYS HOTEL
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro airport you will be met by our representative and taken to Keys Hotel Travel and Tours. It is a family run hotel located on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, with comfortable accommodation, variety of meals, clean swimming pool and friendly services. Located just ten minutes walking distance to Moshi town centre, palatable meal and luxurious accommodation; Keys Hotel is the most spectacular place one will always wish to stay, Keys Hotel Travel and Tours - 2700 ft (BB).
LONDOROSSI GATE (2,220M/6,825FT) TO MTI MKUBWA
A three-hour drive from Moshi brings you to the Londorossi Park Gate located on the western side of Kilimanjaro. At the gate after registration you will be led by a game ranger who will accompany you, as you might encounter elephants and buffaloes during your trek. Drive to the trailhead at Lemosho Glades and start your trek through the rain forest. In places the vegetation is so untouched that it grows right across the narrow track. The flora and fauna are richer here than on the other more popular routes through the rain forest. Your trek today will be along a little used track known as Chamber's Route. In about 3-4 hours you will reach your camp in the rain forest at Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree). Dinner and Overnight: Mti Mkubwa Camp. (FB)
MTI MKUBWA (2,800M /9,100FT) TO SHIRA ONE CAMP
After breakfast, start the climb cross the remaining rain forest towards the giant moorland zone. Today is a full day trek with an altitude gain of 2,000 ft. A great lunch stop is at the beautiful valley just outside the Shira Crater at around 10,000 ft. After lunch you will walk to Shira Caldera, a high altitude desert plateau which is rarely visited. Shira is the third of Kilimanjaro's volcanic cones, and is filled with lava flow from Kibo Peak. The crater rim has been decimated by weather and volcanic action. Today you’ll get your first close views of Kibo - the dramatic summit of Kilimanjaro. Dinner and Overnight: Shira one Camp (FB)
SHIRA ONE CAMP (3,505M/11,500FT) TO SHIRA TWO CAMP
After breakfast continue hike east across the Shira Plateau past the Shira Cathedral towards Shira Two camp. You only gain 700 feet in elevation – this allows you to acclimatize slowly to the altitude. The views of the plateau are nothing less than spectacular. Dinner and Overnight: Shira two Camp (FB)
SHIRA TWO CAMP (3,810M/12,500FT) TO BARANCO HUT
Today's the last of the "easy days". It’s about a 7 hour superb hike. You pass the Lava Tower, around the southern Flank of Kibo, and slowly descend to Baranco, your most spectacular campsite, at the foot of Kibo Peak, looming high above. Your camp is only 465 feet higher than where you were last night, but our walk will have taken you just over 14,000 feet today. This is one of your most valuable days for acclimatization. Dinner and Overnight: Baranco Hut (FB)
BARRANCO CAMP (3,950M/13,106FT) TO KARANGA CAMP
This morning finds you growing ever closer to your goal. The wind is stronger in Barranco Camp and the temperature is colder. With good weather, the whole Western Breach is visible below you on the western side. After breakfast, acclimatize with a 2 hour hike up to the Great Barranco Wall and with good weather Mt Meru may even be seen from the distance. Continue to Karanga Camp for lunch. With a short acclimatization walk in the afternoon, Karanga Camp will be a place to camp for the night. Dinner and Overnight: Karanga Camp (FB)
KARANGA CAMP (3,935M/13,106FT) TO BARAFU CAMP
Start after breakfast from Karanga Camp. A morning three-hour hike brings you to Barafu Camp, otherwise known as Base Camp. A relatively early dinner is taken before heading to rest for the evening. Most groups depart just before midnight for the final summit bid. Patience and persistence is the name of game to reach the summit. Dinner and Overnight: Barafu Camp.(FB)
BARAFU HUT (4,650/15,331FT) TO UHURU PEAK (19,340 FT.) TO MWEKA HUT
Dress warmly, because we start climbing around midnight, on the steepest and most demanding part of the mountain. The moon will provide enough light, and we'll reach Stella Point by sunrise. (About 6 hours) At dawn, from the Crater rim, rugged Mawenzi is a thrilling sight, with the Kibo saddle still in darkness beneath you, and the crater's ice-walls looming ahead. If you feel strong enough, you should continue to Uhuru Peak (1-2 hours) this is the highest point in Africa, and the world’s highest solitary peak (19,340 ft).This is the toughest day that most trekkers have ever experienced. You will have to ascend 3,600 feet and descended 7,200 feet in a period of 12-15 hours. Although descending is far less tiring, it's a good idea to have a little rest once in a while as you continue down to Mweka Hut (3-4 hours from the top). Dinner and Overnight: Mweka Camp - 10,200ft (FB)
MWEKA CAMP (3,100M /12,300FT) TO THE MWEKA GATE (1,640M /5,380FT)
On the final day of the journey, climbers descend from Mweka camp to the base. The descent to the gate will take approximately 5 hours and climbers usually arrive before noon. Upon arrival at the gate climbers will be rewarded with certificates attesting their success at climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. After finishing your climb you will be taken to Keys Hotel Travel and Tours for hot shower, dinner & overnight. (BB).
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