Trekking - Lemosho Route
The Lemosho route is one of the newer routes on Mount Kilimanjaro. The route begins in the west and rather than simply intersecting Shira Plateau (like Machame), Lemosho crosses it from Shira Ridge to Shira Camp. Climbers encounter low traffic until the route joins the Machame route. Afterwards, Lemosho follows the same route through Lava Tower, Barranco and Barafu, known as the southern circuit.
The minimum number of days required for this route is six days, although eight days is ideal.
Lemosho is considered the most beautiful route on Kilimanjaro and grants panoramic vistas on various sides of the mountain. It is our favorite route because it offers a great balance of low traffic, scenic views and a high summit success rate. Thus, Lemosho comes highly recommended.
Drive from Moshi or Arusha to Londorossi Park Gate (2250m, 2 hours). From here a forest track requiring a 4WD vehicle leads to Lemosho Glades (2100m, 11km, 45 minutes) and a possible campsite (park fees are not paid to camp here). Walk along forest trails to Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite, (2750m, 3 hours).
The trail gradually steepens and enters the giant heather moorland zone. Several streams are crossed then it gains the Shira Ridge at about 3600m and drops gently down to Shira 1 camp located by a stream on the Shira Plateau (3500m, 5 hours). This campsite could be omitted.
A gentle walk across the plateau leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream (3850m, 1.5 hours). A variety of walks are available on the Plateau making this an excellent acclimatisation day.
Continue east towards Kibo passing the junction, then east towards the Lava Tower. Shortly after this, you descend to Barranco hut (3940m, 4 hours).
A short scramble to the top of the Great Barranco and then a traverse over scree and ridges to the Karanga Valley (4000m, 3 hours). Excellent views of the icefalls of the Heim, Kersten and Decken Glaciers. Day 6 & 7 Video
After climbing out of the Karanga Valley the trail ascends a ridge to the Barafu Hut, a bleak location with little vegetation at 4600m, (3 hours walking).
An early start for the ascent to the rim of the Kibo Crater between the Rebmann and Ratzel Glaciers, (4 hours); the last section before the rim can sometimes be snow-covered and an ice-axe or ski stick is useful for balance. From here a further hour leads to Uhuru Peak, from where there are often fine views of Meru to the west and the jagged peak of Mawenzi to the east. Descend to the Barafu Hut for a rest and lunch before continuing on down to camp at Mweka Hut in the giant heather zone on the forest edge. Those with energy on the summit may wish to descend to the Reutsh Crater and visit the dramatic ice pinnacles of the Eastern Icefields. Video
A 3-4 hour descent through beautiful forest brings you to the Park gate and your waiting transport. Drive back to the hotel.
Price: Lemosho route/ Shira route 8day: 2PAX - 4PAX 1810$ PER PERSON, 5PAX - 8PAX 1755$ PER PERSON, 9PAX - 12PAX 1715$ PER PERSON
- National Park gate fees
- Transport from Moshi to starting point on mountain and return to Moshi
- Hut or camping fees
- Certified, experienced, English-speaking guides for all routes
- Salaries for all crew members
- Rescue fees (as required by national park)
- All meals on the mountain
- Tents, foam sleeping pads, cooking equipment, and eating utensils
- Airport Pickup
- Accommodation 1 day before and 1 day after the trek
|Price does not include:
- Tips for guides and porters
- Sleeping bags and personal items
- Airport drop-off
|Budget for extras:
- $170 for extra day on the mountain
- $270 - $300/person tip
- $30 for meals in Moshi
- $30 for Kilimanjaro Airport departure tax
Every client must send a deposit which is 200$ for kili climb and 100$ for safari in order to secure the booking while the balance will be finished in cash on arrival. however, the deposit is non refundable due to the any cancellation. and every client should consider that as a very strictly.
Our professionally trained cooks serve up the best cuisine on Kilimanjaro, using
the freshest and highest quality ingredients. You will be provided with
breakfast, lunch and dinner each day spent on the mountain. The food,
specifically selected to help your climb, good taste, high carbohydrate (energy)
foods that are easily digestible. You may bring some supplementary “comfort”
foods, such as candy, gum, chocolate, energy bars or powdered energy drinks.
Breakfast: Toast (with honey, jam and/or butter); French toast;
pancakes; sausage; bacon; eggs (scrambled, fried, poached, omelet and Spanish
egg); cooked vegetables; fruits (oranges, mangos, bananas, pineapple), cereals;
hot cereal; tea; coffee; cocoa; juice.
Lunch: Meat sandwiches; chicken, vegetables sandwiches;
grilled cheese sandwiches; fruits (oranges, mangos, bananas, pineapple and
paw-paws); boil eggs; French fries (chips), tea; coffee; cocoa; juice
Dinner: Beef, chicken, fish (roasted, stewed, curried);
pasta; rice; vegetables (stewed, boiled, steamed, curried); potatoes (mashed,
boiled, fried); ugali (local dish); fruits (oranges, mangos, bananas); tea;
coffee; cocoa; juice
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