TOUR TITLE – OHTL – 05 – LEMOSHO ROUTE.
TOUR CATEGORY – CAMPING ACCOMMODATION ONLY.
TOUR LENGTH – 7 NIGHTS – 8 DAYS.
Day – 0 – Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport.
Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport, where we are met on arrival and transferred to Nyumbani Hotel in Moshi town. The Hotel is situated at the center of Africa half way from Cairo and Cape Town for overnight (Bed and breakfast.)
Day – 1 – Arusha – Londorossi Park Gate (2100m.) – Mti Mkubwa Campsite (2,750m.)
After breakfast the day starts from Arusha with a long drive to Londrossi Park Gate (2100m) for registration. Pass through village communities to the trail head to start hiking on Lemossho route along a narrow forest path to reach Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite, (2,750m. 3 to 4 hrs)
Day – 2 – Mti Mkubwa Campsite (2,750m) – Shira Cave (3,500m.)
After breakfast we start our trek through the forest, the trail gets steeper as it enters the moorland zone towards Gane and Marshall One Valley. A gentle grade walk takes you across the high altitude Shira Caldera to Shira Cave (views of Arrow glacier) camp site (3,500m – 6 to 7 hours).
Day – 3 – Shira Cave (3,500m) – Shira Hut (2) (3,840m.)
After breakfast we start hiking eastwards. Lemosho route crosses Shira Plateau and Shira Cathedral within the moorland meadow to reach Shira Hut 2 for dinner and overnight camping (3,840m).
Day – 4 – Shira Hut (2) (3,840m) – Lava Tower (4,630m) – Barranco Camp (3,950m.)
After breakfast, you will hike east up a steepening path above the highest vegetation toward Kilimanjaro’s looming mass. After several hours, you walk through a rocky landscape to reach the prominent landmark called Lava Tower at 4,630 m/15,190 ft. This chunky remnant of Kilimanjaro’s earlier volcanic activity is several hundred feet high, and the trail passes right below it. For extra credit, the sure-footed can scramble to the top of the tower. After a lunch stop near Lava Tower, descend for 2 hours below the lower cliffs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall to Barranco Camp at 3,950 m/12,960 ft. There are numerous photo opportunities on this hike, especially if the walls are festooned with ice. Barranco Camp is in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Walls, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while you wait for your dinner. On this day, be careful to notice any signs of altitude sickness.
Day – 5 – Barranco Camp (3,950m) – Karanga Campsite.
After breakfast, we continue up a steep ridge to the great Barranco Wall, then you climb this imposing obstacle, which turns out to be easier than it looks. Topping out just below the Heim Glacier, you can now appreciate just how beautiful Kilimanjaro really is. With Kibo’s glaciers soaring overhead, you descend into the lush Karanga Valley to the Karanga Valley campsite. From the camp, you can look east and see the jagged peaks of Mawenzi jutting into the African sky. After a hot lunch in camp, your afternoon is at leisure for resting or exploring. After two long days, this short day is very important for your acclimatization, since your summit push is about to start.
Day – 6 – Karanga Campsite – Barafu Camp (4,600m.)
In the morning, you hike east over intervening ridges and valleys to join the Mweka Route, which will be your descent route. Turn left toward the mountain and hike up the ridge through a sparse landscape for another hour to the Barafu Hut where you will receive a hot lunch. The last water on the route is in the Karanga Valley, there is no water at Barafu Camp, even though Barafu is the Swahili word for “ice.” The famous snows of Kilimanjaro are far above Barafu Camp near the summit of the mountain. Your tent will be pitched on a narrow, stony, wind-swept ridge, so make sure that you familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents. Prepare your equipment and warm clothing for your summit climb, and drink a lot of fluids. After an early dinner, go to bed for a few hours of precious sleep.
Day – 7 – Barafu Camp (4,600m) – Stella Point (5,685m) – Uhuru Peak (5,895m – – Barafu Camp (4,600m) – Mweka Camp (3,100m.)
You will rise around 11:30 PM, and after some steaming tea and biscuits, you shuffle off into the night. Your 6-hour climb northwest up through heavy scree between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers to Stella Point on the crater rim is the most challenging part of the route for most climbers. At Stella Point (5,685 m/18,650 ft) you stop for a short rest and a chance to see a supremely sanguine sunrise. At Stella Point you join the top part of the Marangu Route, but do not stop here too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue. Depending on the season and recent storms, you may encounter snow on your remaining hike along the rim to Uhuru Peak (5,895m.)
On the summit, you can enjoy your accomplishment and know that you are creating a day that you will remember for the rest of your life. After your 3-hour descent from the summit back to Barafu Camp, you will have a well-earned but short rest, collect your gear, and hike down a rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest to Mweka Camp (3,100 m/10,170 ft). This camp is in the upper forest, so you can expect mist or rain in the late afternoon. Dinner, and washing water will be prepared, and the camp office sells drinking water, soft drinks, chocolates, and beer!
Day – 8 – Mweka Camp (3,100m) – Mweka Village (1,450m.)
After a well-deserved breakfast, it is a short, scenic, 3-hour hike back to the park gate. Don’t give your porters any tips until you and all your gear have reached the gate safely, but do remember to tip your staff at the gate. At Mweka Gate, you can sign your name and add details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Climbers who reached Stella Point are issued green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak receive gold certificates.
From the Mweka Gate, you will continue down to the Mweka Village, possibly a muddy, 3 km, 1 hour hike if the road is too muddy for vehicles. In the Mweka Village you will be served a delicious hot lunch after which you are driven back to Moshi or Arusha for an overdue hot shower and comfortable night in your Hotel.
End of our Trek.
Our Price is based on the remarks below:
Minimum number – Two persons USD.2,300 per person.
The above prices are based on a minimum of 2 persons sharing costs.
A price reduction is available for numbers above two persons sharing costs.
From 3 to 5 persons booking a Climb with us a saving of USD.500 per person.
Six persons may enjoy up to USD 600 saving on the per person rate.
Outstanding features are fewer people travels this route,
Pristine untamed forest,
Greater chance of seeing wildlife and bird life in the lower levels.
- 1 night Hotel accommodation in town hotels.
- Transfers to and from the Airport.
- Mountain huts accommodation.
- Guides and Porters salaries, accommodation, meals and entry fees.
- Park entry fees.
- Park rescue fees.
- Kilimanjaro certificates.
- Last Night accommodation in town hotels.
- Transfers to and from the Mountain base.
- Visa and vaccination fees.
- International and domestic flight tickets.
- Things of personal nature.
- Tips to driver guide, Hotel and Lodge staff.