LEMOSHO ROUTE | VIA CRATER | 8 DAYS CLIMBING-ITINERARY

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LEMOSHO ROUTE | VIA CRATER | 8 DAYS CLIMBING-ITINERARY begins and ends in Arusha, arrive anytime at Kilimanjaro Airport, there will be a private transfer from Outstanding Tanaznia Safari waiting at the airport to pick up you to Arusha.

Mountain Climbing

What to expect

LEMOSHO ROUTE | VIA CRATER | 8 DAYS CLIMBING-ITINERARY begins and ends in Arusha, arrive anytime at Kilimanjaro Airport, there will be a private transfer from Outstanding Tanaznia Safari waiting at the airport to pick up you to Arusha. 

All airport transfers are part of the package, no extra fee is required. 

EMAIL US AT ANY TIME TO DISCUSS YOUR TRIP AND GET AN ACCURATE QUOTATION. 

DAY 1: ARRIVE IN TANZANIA: 

We stay at the Arusha Safari Lodge, which is a beautiful Hotel located on the lower slopes of Mount Meru and is a perfect place to prepare you for the adventure. 

We will gather in the evening at 5:30 pm for a pre-climb briefing and an equipment check. 

We will also confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance. 

Dinner and overnight at Arusha Safari Lodge: Bed, dinner, and Breakfast-included.DAY 2: LONDOROSSI GATE (2,100M/6,890FT) TO MTI MKUBWA CAMP (2,750M/9,023FT) ELEVATION GAIN: 650 METERS, 2,133 FEET. 

Lemosho is ideal for climbers seeking a more private hiking experience. Although the trail joins with the more popular Machame route on day three, the first two days on the mountain are relatively quiet with few other trekking groups on the trail. On the first day, arrive at Londorossi Gate at about 11am. Spend about an hour at the gate while Outstanding Tanzania Safari registers your climb 

and the porters and guides make final preparations. Please note that the arrival time at the gate may vary depending on road conditions. 

After registering at the gate, drive to the trailhead. Leave the gate at around 12pm for Mti Mkubwa Camp. Pass through the rain forests of Kilimanjaro viewing trees and birds along the way. Eat a picnic on the trail before continuing to Mti Mkubwa Camp. Arrive at the campsite in the late afternoon and relax for the rest of the day. 

DAY 3: MTI MKUBWA CAMP (2,750M/9,023FT) TO SHIRA 1 CAMP (3,720M/12,200FT) ELEVATION GAIN: 970 METERS, 3,177 FEET. 

Leave the forest on day two for Kilimanjaro’s moorland. When the trail flattens out, you will have your first views of Kibo peak. After lunch, you will climb the Shira Plateau, created when Kibo’s lava flows filled up the Shira crater. Stop at Shira 1 Camp, where you will relax for the rest of the day. 

Faster hikers may continue to Shira 2 Camp (3,830m/12,560ft). 

DAY 4: SHIRA I CAMP (3,720M/12,200FT) TO BARRANCO CAMP (3,950M/12,960FT) TOTAL ELEVATION GAIN: 810 METERS, 2,660 FEET. 

This is a very long day of hiking and it is imperative that you leave the camp by 7am. Hikers may also choose to camp at Shira II and skip Karanga Valley on day four. This will shorten day three significantly. 

Although this up-and-down day ends with an elevation gain of only 120 meters, by early afternoon you will have climbed 810 meters to a height of 4,530 meters before beginning your descent to Barranco Camp. Although the hike is tiring, it is crucial for acclimatization. 

After breakfast continue east on the Shira Plateau, reaching the junction for the Machame, Lemosho and Shira trails. Join the more crowded Machame route before stopping for lunch. 

Shortly after lunch you will reach the highest point of the day before descending quickly to Barranco Camp. Faster hikers can take a detour via Lava Tower, a 300-foot lava formation jutting out of the mountainside. 

DAY 5: BARRANCO CAMP (3,950M/12,960FT) TO KARANGA VALLEY (4,200M/13,780FT) ELEVATION GAIN: 250 METERS, 820 FEET. 

Leave Barranco Camp after breakfast for Karanga Valley. The day begins with an hour and a half scramble up the Barranco Wall. This is the hardest part of the day and in some places you may have to use your hands to pull your body up. After reaching the top, make a short descent into the greener Karanga Valley. We generally camp on the ridge above the valley to allow for greater acclimatization. 

DAY 6: KARANGA VALLEY (4,200M/13,780FT) TO BARAFU CAMP (4,600M/15,100FT) ELEVATION GAIN: 400 METERS, 1,320 FEET. 

After breakfast, begin the hike to Barafu Camp. On the way to Barafu, view several of Kibo’s glaciers as well as the junction that connects the descent route, Mweka, with the Machame trail. During day four, hike by the Heim, Kersten and Decken Glaciers. Although the trail to Barafu passes through alpine desert with little vegetation, there are stunning views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks along the way. Try to sleep as soon as you finish dinner as you will awake before midnight for your summit hike. 

DAY 7: CRATER CAMP (5,715M/18,750FT) TO SUMMIT (5,895M/19,340FT) TO MWEKA CAMP (3,100M/10,170FT) ELEVATION GAIN: 180 METERS, 590 FEET ELEVATION LOSS: 2,795 METERS, 9,170 FEET. 

At dawn, begin the final ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. The hike to the summit is slow, taking up to two hours to gain 180 meters. Reach Uhuru around 8am and take photos at the roof of Africa. Descend to Barafu Camp where you will eat brunch. At 1pm, continue to Mweka Camp your final camp on Kilimanjaro. 

Day 8: Mweka Camp (3,100m/10,170ft) to Mweka Gate (1,500m/4,920ft) Elevation Loss: 1,600 meters, 5,250 feet 

Day 9 : End of the Tour 

Thank you very much for choosing us to make your life time adventure together, the driver will transfer you to the airport to met your flight OR if you have more days don’t hesitate to contact us so we can plan something for you. 

LEMOSHO ROUTE | VIA CRATER | 8 DAYS CLIMBING-ITINERARY INCLUDES 

 Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents 

2 Night accommodation 

Professional, experienced, mountain guides: 

All Park fees 

Rescue fees 

All meals while on the Mountain 

Arrival and Departure transfers 

Guides, Porters, cook 

Quality Mess tents with table and chairs: 

Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food: 

Clean, purified drinking water: 

Crisis management and safety procedures: 

Fair and ethical treatment of porters: 

Sleeping Mattress: 

LEMOSHO ROUTE | VIA CRATER | 8 DAYS CLIMBING-ITINERARY NOT INCLUDES 

 Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival 

Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.) 

All extras which are not included in itinerary 

Meals not listed above 

Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc) 

Tips and any items of personal nature.