Mt Kilimanjaro Trek - Lemosho Route 8 Days

8 Days / 7 Nights On The Mountain, 2 Nights In Arusha Hotel  |  Private Tour  |  Basic |  ETPKL8B

TRIP INTRODUCTION

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Eight days on the mountain itself give adventurers who choose the Lemosho Route good time in which to acclimatize. And those who climb via Lemosho will also have a more remote experience, as there is less traffic than is found on either of the popular Marangu or Machame routes, though eventually we do join up with the latter before we take on our summit attempt.

Lemosho is one of Kilimanjaro’s newer routes, making its approach from the west of the mountain, heading mainly eastwards and – of course – upwards! It is sometimes referred to as the Shira route, as it crosses the plateau of that same name. Many find this to be the most scenic route up Kilimanjaro and the extra time spent on the mountain helps to give Lemosho a good success rate.

Trip Highlight

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Words can never describe the breath-taking views enjoyed from the summit, the very ‘Roof of Africa,’ but the incomparable, exhilarating sense of achievement in getting to the top of Kilimanjaro is surely in itself the highlight of any trip.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Month Season Traffic Weather Road Trails Sky Recommendation
January Peak Medium Little to no rainfall Dry Sunny & Cloudy Highly Recommended
February Peak High No Rainfall Dry Sunny & Cloudy Highly Recommended
March High Low Short Rainfall Wet & Muddy Cloudy Highly Recommended
April Low Low Long rainfall Wet & Muddy Cloudy Recommended
May Low Low Short Rainfall Wet & Muddy Cloudy Recommended
June Peak High No Rainfall Dry Sunny & Cloudy Highly Recommended
July Peak High No Rainfall Dry Sunny Highly Recommended
August Peak High No Rainfall Dry Sunny Highly Recommended
September Peak High No Rainfall Dry Sunny Highly Recommended
October Peak High No Rainfall Dry Sunny Highly Recommended
November High Medium Little to no Rainfall Wet & Muddy Sunny & Cloudy Recommended
December High Medium Little to no Rainfall Wet & Muddy Sunny & Cloudy Recommended

Physical Level

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Challenging. Guests undertaking one of our trips categorized as ‘challenging’ will require a good level of fitness and proper physical preparation –perhaps two or three months – in advance of arriving in Tanzania. To take one of these trips, you must be confident in your own level of fitness and stamina. Our ‘challenging’ trips involve a significant degree of high-altitude hiking, and at times a degree of discomfort can be expected. For example, on a summit day to reach the top of Kilimanjaro, a total of around 13 hours is required of participants and this is combined with a great deal of ascent and descent. Special clothing and equipment are required for these trips, as advised on our trip notes, and accommodation is in tents or mountain huts, depending on which trip is undertaken.

Accommodation

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Accommodation on this tour is in our Basic category, with two night’s hotel accommodation in Arusha and seven nights out on the Mountain in the public campsite. Our Basic level accommodations are selected by Easy Travel to focus on good value.

Tour Summary

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8 Days on the Mountain, 2 Nights in Arusha Hotel 1 Arusha – 1 Mti Mkubwa – 1 Shira 1 Camp – 1 Shira 2 Camp – 1 Barranco Camp – 1 Karanga Camp – 1 Barafu Camp – 1 Mweka Camp – 1 Arusha
  • Day 1 – Kilimanjaro International Airport To Arusha
  • Day 2 – Arusha – Londorossi Gate & Starting Point – Mti Mkubwa
  • Day 3 – Mti Mkubwa Camp – Shira 1 Camp
  • Day 4 – Shira 1 Camp – Shira 2 Camp
  • Day 5 Shira 2 Camp – Barranco Camp
  • Day 6 Barranco Camp – Karanga Camp
  • Day 7 Karanga Camp – Barafu Camp
  • Day 8 Barafu Camp – Summit – Mweka Camp
  • Day 9 Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate – Arusha
  • Day 10 Departure – Kilimanjaro International Airport

Tour Map

Chart

Day Start (Location) Altitude (Meter) Altitude (Feet) Finish (Location) Altitude (Meter) Altitude (Feet) Time (Hrs) Vegetation(Zone) Distance (km) Distance(Miles)
1 Londorossi Gate 2360 7743 Mti Mkubwa 2895 9498 3-4 Rain Forest 6 4
2 Mti Mkubwa 2895 9498 Shira 1 Camp 3505 11,499 5-6 Heath & Moorland 8 5
3 Shira 1 Camp 3505 11,499 Shira 2 Camp 3804 12,480 5-7 Heath & Moorland 11 7
4 Shira 2 Camp Lava Tower 3804 4630 12,480 15,190 Lava Tower Barranco Camp 4630 3950 15,190 12,959 4-5 2-3 Alpine Desert 7 3 4 2
4 Barranco Camp 3950 12,959 Karanga Camp 4033 13,231 4-5 Alpine Desert 5 3
5 Karanga Camp 4033 13,232 Barafu Camp 4556 14,948 4-5 Alpine Desert 4 2
6 Barafu Camp Uhuru Peak 4556 5895 14,948 19,341 Uhuru Peak Mweka Camp 5895 3100 19,341 10,171 7-8 4-6 Ice Camp Rain Forest 5 12 3 7
7 Mweka Camp 3100 10,171 Mweka Gate 1640 5381 3-4 Rain Forest 10 6
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Tour Itinerary

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After your long flight, you’ll be pleased to spend your first night in comfort at your hotel, the Planet Lodge in Arusha. If you have chosen to be picked-up by us from Kilimanjaro International Airport, your Easy Travel driver will be waiting to meet and welcome you and take you to your hotel in Arusha to relax after your flight. Your adventure has begun!

              • Accommodation
              • Planet Lodge Hotel
    • Meal Plan Dinner at hotel.
    • Journey time and Distance 1 hour’s drive, 55 km from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Arusha
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After an early breakfast (07.00), we leave the hotel one hour later to arrive at the Londorossi Gate (2360 meters) for registration around 12.00, and in time to have our picnic lunch. After Londorossi, we have a short drive to the start-point of today’s walk. Today our walking time will be less than 6km, but with an expected 3 to 4 hours of walking time.

Our approach to the mountain using the Lemosho Route is from the west and some people say this provides the very best views of Kilimanjaro. At the start of our walk, we may be lucky enough to spy some colobus or blue monkeys, though an encounter with buffalo, elephant or leopard – while possible – would be rare nowadays. Our walk, steadily upwards, is a wonderful experience, with fantastic forest and some really colourful flowers. Mti Mkubwa Camp 2895 meters (‘Big Tree Camp’) is normally reached by 18.00 and dinner is served at 19.30.

        • Accommodation Mti Mkubwa Camp
    • Meal Plan Breakfast (at hotel), Picnic Lunch box and Dinner
    • Journey time and Altitude 3 – 4 hours’ walking, from Londorossi Gate at 2360 m to Mti Mkubwa Camp at 2895 m
    • Walking distance 6 km/ 4 miles
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You will soon become used to the early, 07.00 breakfast. Our departure time today is at 08.00. Although our walking distance is only slightly longer than yesterday, today we will be ascending from 2895 metres to over 3505 metres and we can expect a longer walking time of between 5 and 6 hours. Indeed, we start climbing straightaway, to the top of a ridge as we head eastwards and upwards. Today, the trees of our first day’s walk thin out, and we eventually leave the forest environment behind as we move onto the moorland. From here, we are able to get our first view of both the Shira Plateau and mighty Kibo itself.

As ever, you should concentrate on walking pole pole (slowly) to reduce the chances of feeling unwell. Our direction is largely eastwards, and picnic lunch is taken around 13.00. Walking is steep at first after lunch, but then flattens and with the snow-topped Kibo ahead of you, you actually descend slightly to the Shira 1 Camp 3505 meters. Arriving at around 16.00, there will be some welcome resting time before dinner, which will be served at 18.30.

  • Accommodation in tents at Shira 1 Camp
  • Meal Plan Breakfast, Picnic Lunch box and Dinner
  • Journey time and Altitude 5-6 hours’ walking, from Mti Mkubwa at 2895 m to Shira 1 Camp at 3505 m
  • Walking distance 8km/5 miles
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Today we potentially have less climbing to do than yesterday, so we celebrate (!) with a later breakfast, at the leisurely hour of 08.00 and a departure about one hour later. We say ‘potentially’ as your guide will explain that today we have the option of trekking via the Shira Cathedral, depending on how you are feeling (see below).

The standard walking distance we cover today will be about 11km/7 miles. It is a steady, uphill climb and you should expect about 5 to 6 hours of walk time in total. We set off first in a south-eastern direction across the moor and heathland of the Shira Plateau. Buffalo, dik-dik and klipspringer graze here and can occasionally be seen. By this standard route, we intend to reach Shira 2 Camp 3804 meters – which is also known as Shira Huts – by 13.00, in time to be served a cooked lunch. Dinner tonight will be 18.00

(As we mentioned above, you will be given the option today of diverting via the Shira Cathedral (3862 meters, or 12670 feet). This involves more walking, but your extra hours of trekking will be rewarded with stunning panoramic views of the plateau and beyond. Your guide will discuss this option with you in detail.)

  • Accommodation in tents at Shira 2 Camp
  • Meal Plan Breakfast, Cooked Lunch, and Dinner
  • Journey time and Altitude 5-6 hours’ walking, from Shira 1 Camp at 3505 m to Shira 2 Camp at 3804m
  • Walking distance 11km/7miles
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Today we are back to our early, 07.00 breakfast time, ready for 08.30 departure. We have around 10km/6 miles to cover, but although we will finish our day only 90 metres higher than we started it, in between we have to climb to the foot of the Lava Tower (4630 metres) before we then descend once more, down to Barranco Camp 3950 meters for our overnight stop.

You can expect a total of around 6 to 8 hours of walking, during which time you leave the Shira Ridge. The Lemosho Route joins up with the more popular Machame trail, which will make it more crowded! The scenery today changes to predominantly Alpine desert. Your picnic lunch will be at 13.00, arrival at Barranco 3950 meters around 16.00 and dinner at about 19.00.

  • Accommodation in tents at Barranco Camp
  • Meal Plan Breakfast, Picnic Lunch box and Dinner
  • Journey time and Altitude 6 -8 hours’ walking, from Shira 2 Camp at 3804 m to Barranco Camp at 3950 m
  • Walking distance 10km/6 miles
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We breakfast slightly later (07.30) with a departure time from camp scheduled for 08.30. Today’s walk is actually quite short, being only 5km/3 miles but it will still take between 4 and 5 hours of trekking time. We will break for cooked lunch at around at 13.00 on reaching Karanga 4033 meters and have the afternoon to enjoy the views before eating our dinner at 18.00.

At the beginning of the day, we encounter the hardest part of the stage as we have to scramble up the near-vertical face of the Barranco Wall (also commonly referred to as the ‘Breakfast Wall’ as you tackle it right after your breakfast!). At the top of this climb, you will be rewarded with views of the Heim Glacier. After this, the rest of today’s walk becomes a bit easier as we first gradually descend to the gully below, and into the cold but beautiful Karanga Valley. We then continue and finally climb up a steep series of zig-zags until reaching the Karanga Camp 4033 meters. Our overall altitude gain today is only 83 metres.

  • Accommodation in tents at Karanga Camp
  • Meal Plan Breakfast, Cooked Lunch and Dinner
  • Journey time and Altitude 4 – 5 hours’ walking, 3950m at Barranco Camp to 4033m at Karanga Camp
  • Walking distance 5km/ 3 miles
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Another short day -in terms of distance – begins with our breakfast at the camp at 07.30 and another 08.30 departure. Today we will ascend about 523 metres in a distance of around 5km/3 miles and walking time once again is between 4 and 5 hours.

We will be aiming to arrive at the Barafu Camp 4556 meters by 13.00, when we will be rewarded with a cooked lunch. (With tomorrow being the summit day, it will be important to relax and prepare for the hard work ahead.) Dinner tonight is served at 17.30, giving you time to get to bed early. After leaving Karanga, today’s stage climbs steadily, passing through barren, rocky landscape, with the Decken and Kersten glaciers visible away to your left. At the top of the climb, the landscape remains bleak as you descend into a valley and you get your first sight of another glacier, Rebmann. At the end of this valley is today’s goal, the Barafu Camp 4556 meters, at which you arrive after a short, steep scramble and a walk

  • Accommodation in tents at Barafu Camp
  • Meal Plan Breakfast, Cooked Lunch and Dinner
  • Journey time and Altitude 4 – 5 hours’ walking, from 4033m at Karanga Camp to 4556m at Barafu Camp
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If there is one certainty on Kilimanjaro, it is that ‘summit day’ will be the toughest! But although hugely challenging, hopefully it will be matched with the great sense of achievement and exhilaration at reaching your goal – the summit of Kilimanjaro!

Our schedule for our ‘Summit Day’ is of course very different to what has gone before. Rising at 23.00, we take our tea and biscuits (23.30) before a midnight departure. We begin with a long, tough climb from Barafu at 4556 metres to Stella Point at 5756 metres; for some of this you will be walking on scree, making your trek more difficult.

From Stella Point 5756 meters, there is still another 139 metres of ascent and 45 minutes’ walk to the summit. Our goal is to reach the top by around 07.00 then celebrate (of course!) take our precious photos and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience. After the summit, we return to Barafu 4556 meters, where we rest for a couple of hours, take a brunch and then leave again at 13.30 to continue to descend to Mweka Camp (3100 metres) where we spend the night. We would expect to arrive there at 17.00 and take our dinner at 19.00. (In total, we cover around 17km/10 miles today with about 11-14 hours of walking – tough going, but with our objective hopefully achieved!)

  • Accommodation In tents at Mweka Camp
  • Meal Plan Brunch and Dinner
  • Journey time and Altitude 11-14 hours’ walking, from 4556m at Barafu Camp to the summit at 5895m, then down to 3100m at Mweka Camp
  • Walking distance 17km/10 miles
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Still thrilled by your achievement, breakfast is taken at 07.00 and at 08.00 you can take the chance to reward your trekking team at the ‘Tipping Celebration.’

Although we still have 10km/6 miles to walk, departure is at a leisurely 09.00 and you descend down to the Mweka Gate which sits at an altitude of 1640 metres. There, you will be served a cooked lunch at midday and be presented with your hard-earned certificate.

Your vehicle transport will be waiting to return you back to your Hotel in Arusha, where you can choose to relax – or, if you have any energy left, to celebrate!

  • Accommodation Planet Lodge
  • Meal Plan Breakfast, Cooked Lunch and Dinner
  • Journey time and Altitude 3 hours’ walking, from Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate, descending from 3106m to 1633m; from Mweka Gate to Arusha, 3 hours’ drive.
  • Walking distance 10km/6 miles walking, then 2 hours’ drive back to Arusha