Lemosho is well known as the most beautiful route on Kilimanjaro especially for beginners due to its shot walking days which enhance proper acclimatization resulting to high success rate. This route has grant low traffic in the fore campsites which also add value to the use of public facilities compared to other route. It has a panoramic view from the Westside of the mountain very nice for taking memorable photos. The landscape is varied, with possible animal sightings on the first day’s hike, when we start out from Londorosi Gate.
Accommodation style is based sleeping in the tent pinched at each public campsite.Less
Driving distance: 55km/1hr
After arrival and clear custom at Kilimanjaro airport, meet with our smiling driver and guide at the exit door with your name on our sign board. Together will welcome you and assist to load your bags in the vehicle thereafter drive you to your accommodation in Arusha city.
Once in accommodation, driver will help you with check-in process then confirm the next day schedule.
(Depend with your arrival time, sales person will meet you for short briefing and your guide will check your climbing gears to ensure everything is in order before trekking. If not briefing will be scheduled next morning before heading to the mountain)
Accommodation: Overnight stay at Karama Lodge on Bed and Breakfast Basis
Driving distance: 2hrs
Walking distance: 7kms/3-4hrs excluding resting time
Elevation at the gate: 2100meters AML
Nature of trail: gradual walk
Vegetation: Rain forest zone
After an early breakfast (07.00), we leave the lodge - 2hrs later arrive at the Londorosi Gate for registration. After Londorossi, we have a short drive (less than a hour) to the start-point of today’s walk.
Our approach to the mountain is from the west and some people say this provides the best views of Kilimanjaro. At the start of our walk, we may be lucky enough to spy some colobus or blue monkeys, and various bird species.
Our walk, steadily upwards, is a wonderful experience, with fantastic artificial and natural forest with some colorful flowers. MtiMkubwa Camp (‘Big Tree Camp’) is normally reached by 18.00 and dinner is served at 19.30.
Walking distance: 10kms/ 5-6hrs exclude resting time
Starting elevation: 2700mters AML
Destination elevation: 3600meters AML
Nature of Trail: gradual walk
Soon after breakfast we proceed with our adventure where our walk is expected to be longer than yesterday. We eventually leave behind the forest and start to explore the moorland with our beautifully view of shira plateu Kibo’s glaciered peak in the eastside.
Picnic lunch will be offered during the day while having a good time to acclimatize.
Walking distance: 7km/4hrs
Starting elevation: 3600metres AML
Destination elevation: 3850meters AML
We set off in a south-eastern direction across the moor and heathland of the Shira Plateau. Buffalo, dik-dik and klipspringer graze here and can occasionally be seen. We intend to reach Shira 2 Camp – which is also known as Shira Huts – by 13.00, in time to be served a hot lunch. Dinner tonight will be 18.00.
Walking distance: 10kms: 6-7hrs excluding breaks
Starting Elevation: 3750meters AML through 4600meters at Lava Tower
Destination elevation: 3900meters AML
Nature of trail: gentle walking to Lava Tower then steep-scree down to Barranco campsite.
Nature of weather: Moorland to Alpine desert
We become used to the early, 07.00 breakfast as we aim to leave the camp at 08.30. Today’s trek is longer than yesterday though our overall gain in height is modest.
This is the day where many start to feel the mountain by getting several mountain sicknesses like headache due to altitude. “But” the best medicine is to walk slowly and drink much water.
We plan to arrive at Lava Tower in the afternoon to enjoy our picnic lunch and having sometime for acclimatization later we descend down to the Barranco Camp.
Once at camp, you should take time to admire the views of the southern face of Kibo as well as the Heim Glacier. Dinner tonight is served at 19.00
Walking distance: 6kms 4 hrs excluding breaks
Starting elevation: 3900meters AML
Destination elevation: 3995meters AML
Nature of trail: steep-up to the top of Barranco wall and down to Karanga valley campsite.
Nature of weather: Alpine desert
Our breakfast starts at 0730hrs then proceed with our trek toward Karanga campsite as our destination. At the beginning, we encounter the hardest part as we have to scramble up the near-vertical face of the Barranco Wall (also commonly referred to as the ‘Breakfast Wall’ as you tackle it right after your breakfast!).
At the top of this climb, you will be rewarded with views of the Heim Glacier. After this, the rest of today’s walk becomes a bit easier as we first descend to the gully below, and into the cold but beautiful Karanga Valley.
We then continue and finally climb up a steep series of zig-zags until reaching the Karanga Camp. “This is the day intended for acclimatization”
Walking distance: 4kms 3.5 – 4hrs excluding breaks
Starting elevation: 3995meters AML
Destination elevation : 4673meters AML
Nature of trail: Gentle slope 2.5 hr and steep slope 1 hr
Nature of weather: Desert
After breakfast, we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connect with the Mweka Trail and then continue up to the Barafu campsite. At this point, you would have completed the South Circuit, which offers stunning views of the summit from various angles.
This is our base camp where final arrangements for summing night are made. Everything is early at this campsite as we arrive early for hot lunch; we enjoy our dinner early, having a Knapp early and wake up early going to the summit.
The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.
Before dinner your guide will brief you on what to wear and what to carry when going the summit.
Walking distance: 17km 14-15hrs
Elevation: 4673m AML – 5895m AML then 3100m AML at Mweka hut.
Today is the most challenging day, but hopefully with the great sense of achievement of reaching your goal – the summit of Kilimanjaro! Our schedule for our ‘Summit Day’ is of course very different. Rising at 23.00, we take our tea and biscuits (23.30) before a midnight departure.
The day starts with the long, tough climb from Barafu camp where we take a steep and zigzag switch back up to Stella Point at 5756 metres about 7hrs walk.
At Stella point we take our time for short rest and enjoying the sunrise if weather allows. From there it is another 45 minutes’ walk to the summit while taking a gradual walk.
Our goal is to reach the summit by around 0700-0730hrs then celebrate reaching the top, take our precious photos and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
After the summit, we return to Barafu, about 3hrs for breakfast short rest and hot lunch then we keep on descending to Mweka Camp (3100 metres 4hrs walk) for our last dinner and overnight in the mountain.
Mweka hut is situated in the rain forest which offer more fresh air for the body to recover from been staying in the less oxygen zone.
Walking distance: 3hrs excluding breaks
Elevation at the gate: 1650meters AML
Vegetation cover: Rain forest.
While keeping on celebrating your achievement, after breakfast we continue descending down to the Mweka Gate to receive summit certificate and check out from the park.
At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy but gaiters and trekking poles will help. It is also best to keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy. Lunch will be provided at the gate where is also recommended time to reward/tip your crew.
From there we find our vehicle ready to pick and drive you back to your accommodation for strong shower and refreshment.
Overnight stray at Karama Lodge on Bed and Breakfast
Relaxed night and breakfast followed by check out from your lodge mostly scheduled at 10:00hrs ready for transfer back to the airport.
If you need a day room please let us know in advance so we can tell you the cost and book on behalf. If not, you are free to use the public areas until the time for your pick up to the airport.
If you have booked to extend to safari, salesperson and your driver guide will meet you for safari briefing.
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