LEMOSHO ROUTE 9 DAYS K003
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 center, dinner, pleasant accommodation, Keys Hotel is the most blissful place one will always wish to stay at. 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 get 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, you will 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 (3,505/11,500FT) TO SHIRA TWO CAMP
After breakfast will continue hiking to the 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 (3,800M/12,500FT) TO BARANCO HUT
Today's walk is the last of the "easy days". It’s about a 7 hour superb hike. You will 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)
BARANCO HUT (3,950M/ 13,106FT) TO KARANGA VALLEY - BARAFU
After breakfast, your first obstacle is to breach the Baranco Wall, a 600-foot rock. Once over wall, the climb becomes easier and extremely beautiful with fantastic views of the crags and crevasses of the jagged peaks on your left. Then you descend to the Karanga Valley. Some folks with time restrictions don’t stop here in the Karanga Valley for an overnight camp. Continue straight on to Barafu Hut. If you continue, you’ll find that it becomes a really long day, but it is certainly doable. We encourage you to spend the extra night here at Karanga, as it enables you to acclimatize to the altitude, and increases your chances of getting to the top. It’s also a really great place on Kili. The air is starting to get quite thin, and you will be running short of breath as you climb out of the Karanga Valley. It is a slow tough hike up to Barafu hut and you’ll be glad you stayed at Karanga for the night. Barafu means "ice" in Swahili, and it is extremely cold at this altitude. Go to bed early as we'll wake you up at midnight for the final ascent to Uhuru Peak – the summit. Dinner and Overnight: Barafu Camp -14, 950 ft (FB)
BARAFU HUT (4,650M /15,331FT) TO UHURU PEAK (19,340 FT.) TO MWEKA CAMP
Dress warmly, because we will 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 ascended 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. Descending 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 rest. (BB).
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