Climb Mount Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route
Make no mistake; this is a once in a lifetime experience to savour and enjoy, and remember for years afterwards.
All our Kilimanjaro routes have been carefully chosen both to improve your enjoyment through acclimatisation and also for your safety. We at Adventure Peaks do not believe it is wise to spend any less than 6 days on the mountain for the simple fact that we want our clients to feel good both mentally and physically and to reach their goal – the ‘roof of Africa’. Each route we offer has its own quirks and we encourage you to check our website or contact our experienced staff to help you decide which trip is perfect for you. Yes, every extra day on the mountain costs, but it helps retain our success levels of more than 99% for clients to the true summit of Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak – and it will cost a lot more to come back for a second attempt!
All flights are to Kilimanjaro airport avoiding the overland journey to and from Nairobi. And finally we include ALL PARK FEES in our prices.
The Mount Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route is the longest of our routes to climb the mountain, designed for those of you who have the time and really want to maximise your chances of summiting. It approaches the mountain from low down in the pristine rainforest on the western side, emerging and crossing the World Heritage site of the Shira plateau. Skirting the southern face of Kibo, the views of the summit icefields and back to Mawenzi are stunning, and a climb to the Lava Tower (4600m) on the 4th day makes for excellent and valuable acclimatisation. The infamous Barranco wall provides excitement on the 5th day, with the ascent to Stella point on the 7th day providing an easier approach to Uhuru Peak than via Gillmans. Descent is via the Mweka route.
This route is a must and makes a great trek in its own right and may appeal to those not too worried about achieving the dizzy heights of 5895m and happy to stay at camp for a lie-in on summit day!
The departure date is based on an overnight flight departing the UK in the evening and arriving the following day at Kilimanjaro International Airport. Some same-day flights may be available but the overnight flight allows you to arrive earlier in the day giving you more time to recover from the flight before heading up the mountain.
Days 1-2 Overnight flight to Kilimanjaro International airport. On arrival in Tanzania you will be met and transferred to the hotel . Situated in a quiet location in the foothills of Kilimanjaro this is a pleasant and friendly hotel with restaurant and bar.
Day 3 After breakfast we meet our local guide before leaving for the drive to Londorossi Park Gate (3hrs) to register. We then drive a short distance before starting our trek along forest roads and trails to MtiMkubwa (big tree) campsite. You may see Black and White Colobus and Blue Monkeys on the way. Climb 600 metres walking time: 3 to 5 hours.
Day 4 Today we continue as the trail gradually steepens and enters the giant heather moorland zone. After several streams are crossed we continue over the Shira Ridge then gently downwards to Shira 1 camp located by a stream on the Shira Plateau. Climb 800 metres, descend 100m: walking time: 5 to 7 hours.
Day 5 After breakfast, a gentle hike across the plateau followed by some easy ascent leads to Moir camp at the head of a wide valley by a stream. The Shira Plateau is a World Heritage Site and as you look back you will be rewarded with spectacular views across to Mt Meru. The camp is set amidst a typical upland moorland landscape below a south facing cliff. Climb 600 metres; walking time: 5 to 7 hours.
Day 6 This stage, quite tiring at first, explains why hikers starting on this route suffer the altitude less on the final stage to the Kibo summit. Zigzagging up and down is, on any mountain, the best way to get acclimatised. In the morning you ascend on good tracks to the Lava Tower (4600m), joining trekkers on the Shira and Mweka routes part way up. High up, in the distance are the walls of the Western Breach. Once at the ridge at the base of the Lava Tower a rather steep descent leads to the Barranco Hut (3950 meters), a splendid viewpoint of the Breach Wall and the Heim and Decken glaciers. Climb 500 metres; descend 650 metres, walking time: 7 to 8 hours.
Day 7 A short but spectacular day which gives an ever changing vista of the summit. You start by crossing the valley and scrambling up the Barranco wall by a series of easy rock ledges. Once at the top a broad, rocky ridge traverses around the mountain with wonderful views of the Heim glacier. A short sharp descent past some amazing rock formations leads down into the Karanga Valley (4000m) and the final climb to your campsite. Climb 250 metres; descend 200 metres, walking time: 3 to 4 hours.
Day 8 The final short stretch of the approach follows a rocky wind-beaten ridge close under the south flank of Kibo and crosses a large desolate bowl before climbing up onto the obvious ridge to the Barafu Hut (4600m) and our camp. Climb 600 metres; walking time: 3 to 4 hours.
Day 9 Leaving our camp just after midnight a good path marked by stones climbs the rocky slopes and into the wide gorge to the right of the Rebmann glacier. A section on the more friable ground (nothing like the screes of Gillman’s Point on the normal route) precedes the last slopes, sometimes covered with snow. Once out on the crater at Stella Point (5795m) you continue on round to Uhuru Peak (5895m). To descend, we drop back scree slopes to Barafu for a rest and an early lunch and then continue down for a further four hours to Mweka Camp, delightfully situated in the trees, and celebrate! Climb 1295 metres; descend 2795 metres, walking time: 10 to 14 hours.
Day 10 A fully refurbished trail takes you down through the forest to the park gate (1500m) and the bizarre sight of vehicles which will transfer you back to the comforts of your hotel in time for lunch. The afternoon is free to buy souvenirs and try your hand at haggling with the local shopkeepers. Descend 1600 metres, walking time: 3 to 4 hours.
Day 11 Usually there is some time to visit town in the morning before transferring to the airport for your flight home. (Sometimes flights used will get you back home the same day).
Day 12 Arrive back in the UK.
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