Dive into a journey like no other with our 9 Days Lemosho Route, an opportunity to witness the majestic beauty of Mount Kilimanjaro. The Lemosho Route, often hailed as one of Kilimanjaro's most picturesque paths, starts from the lush west, winding through the dense rainforest and into the vibrant heath ecosystem adorned with wildflowers.
As you approach the iconic Shira Plateau, prepare to be captivated by breathtaking vistas exclusive to the Lemosho route. As the trail progresses, it merges with the renowned Machame Route, guiding trekkers past landmarks like the Lava Tower and the formidable Barranco Wall.
While the Lemosho Route offers varying durations of 6, 7, or 8 days, our Lemosho Route 9 Days itinerary with the best climbing experience is tailored for those who wish to immerse themselves fully, allowing ample time for acclimatization and enhance the chances of a successful summit. Spend the initial two days soaking in the tranquillity of the rainforest before reaching the Shira Plateau.
This exceptional package promises a harmonious blend of serenity, low foot traffic, and a high-quality hiking experience, making it one of the top Mount Kilimanjaro Packages. Travel with Tanzania Tribe Safaris and discover the splendour of Kilimanjaro, one step at a time.
Arrival City: Arusha
Departure City: Arusha
Airport: Kilimanjaro Airport
Welcome to Tanzania! Upon your arrival into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), and after clearing customs and immigration, you will be met by your Joica Tours And Safaris representative who will transfer you to your Hotel in Arusha. In the evening your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. The missing gear can be rented on this day.
Elevation (ft): 7,800ft to 9,500ft
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
We depart Arusha for Londorossi Gate, which takes about 4 hours, where you will complete entry formalities. Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead (another hour to reach the trailhead). Upon arrival at trailhead, we eat lunch, then commence through undisturbed forest which winds to the first camp site.
Elevation (ft): 9,500ft to 11,500ft
Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
We continue on the trail leading out of the forest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather, and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As we ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, we reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 camp. The view of Kibo from across the plateau is amazing.
Elevation (ft): 11,500ft to 13,850ft
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
We explore the Shira plateau for a full day. It is a gentle walk east toward Kibo’s glaciered peak, across the plateau which leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream. Then we continue to Moir Hut, a little used site on the base of Lent Hills. A variety of walks are available on Lent Hills making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity. Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth.
Elevation (ft): 13,800ft to 13,000ft
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth.” Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.
Elevation (ft): 13,000ft to 15,000ft
Hiking Time: 8-10 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. Then, we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.
Elevation (ft): 15,300ft to 19,345ft
Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent
Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent
Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point (18,600 ft), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit.
From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.
Elevation (ft): 10,000ft to 5,400ft
Distance: 10 km
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest
After breakfast, we will descend to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and T-shirts are plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). From the gate, you continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to the hotel in Arusha.
After breakfast and rest, we will Transfer you to Kilimanjaro International Airport for those returning home.
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