LEMOSHO ROUTE (8 Days)

Day 1 : Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Londorossi Gate, Hike to Mti Mkubwa Camp

We pick you up from your hotel at Moshi and drive to Londorossi Park Gate (about a 3-hour drive). From here, a jeep track requiring 4WD leads to Lemosho Glades. We hike a trail through the forest to Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite. This being the first day, its just 6 kms and a little bit of elevation to get the blood moving. A soft introduction to what will come.

Elevation: 1830m/6000ft to 2650m/8700ft

Distance: 6km/4mi

Hiking Time: 2-3 hours

Habitat: Montane Forest

Meals: LD

Budget Lodging: Mti Mkubwa Camp

 

Day 2 : Mti Mkubwa Camp to Shira 1 Camp

Day 2 sees us break camp after breakfast. The trail gradually gets steeper until it enters the heather and bracken of the moorland. We cross several streams as we continue over the Shira Ridge. Then our trail gently slopes down to Shira 1 Camp. This is picturesquely located next to a stream on the Shira Plateau. The trail is only marginally harder than the previous day, albeit 2 kms longer. You may rest and relax and enjoy the rest of the evening.

Elevation: 2650m/8700ft to 3500m/11,500ft

Distance: 8km/5mi

Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Habitat: Moorland

Meals: BLD

Budget Lodging: Shira 1 Camp

 

Day 3 : Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp

Day 3 is even more relaxed than the previous day. While its the same distance, the elevation gain is small. The trail gently meanders across the plateau until you arrive at Shira 2 Camp. This too sits by a stream amidst the meadows of the moorland. From here, the more enthusiastic and energetic among you can take off on a number of short hikes for the rest of the day.

Elevation: 3500m/11,500ft to 3850m/12,600ft

Distance: 8km/5mi

Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Habitat: Moorland

Meals: BLD

Budget Lodging: Shira 2 Camp

 

Day 4 : Shira 2 Camp to Barranco Camp

On Day 4, the trail heads east, up a ridge, as it passes the junction towards Kibo’s peak. We then change direction towards the South East and the lava tower which is known as ‘Shark’s Tooth’ (4650m / 15250ft). On passing the tower we will arrive at a second junction which leads to Arrow Glacier. We will then descend to Barranco Camp. Rest well for the difficult times are yet to come. On Day 4, you will begin and end the day at about the same elevation which is highly important for your acclimatisation in the lead up to your summit push.

Elevation: 3850m/12,600ft to 4000m/13,000ft

Distance: 8km/5mi

Walking Time: 5-6 hours

Habitat: Semi-desert

Meals: BLD

Budget Lodging: Barranco Camp

 

Day 5 : Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

After a good nap, and hopefully better acclimatisation, we tuck into  breakfast. We then break camp and leave Barranco. We will trek up a fairly steep ridge of the Barranco Wall and enter the Katanga Valley. Here we come to the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail and make camp.

Elevation: 4000m/13,000ft to 4050m/13,250ft

Distance: 5km/3mi

Hiking Time: 34 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Meals: BLD

Budget Lodging: Karanga Valley Camp

 

Day 6 : Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

On Day 6 we continue up to Barafu Camp. The trek is very short at just 4 kilometres but there is significant altitude gain of nearly 700m. With this you would have completed the ‘South Circuit’ which gives trekkers many spectacular views of the summit from multiple angles. At Barafu Camp it is time to rest, relax and mentally prepare for your attack on the summit.

Elevation: 4050m/13,250ft to 4700m/15,350ft

Distance: 4km/2mi

Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Meals: BLD

Budget Lodging: Barafu Camp

 

Day 7 : Barafu Camp to Summit, down to Mweka Camp

We break camp in the black of night (between midnight and 2 a.m) to make our push on the summit. Our trail takes us between the Reman and Ratzel glaciers. We will head towards Stella Point on the rim of the crater. Our ascent will see us battle through heavy scree and this is without a doubt the single most challenging section of the trek, both mentally and physically. Once we come out on Stella Point, we will rest and take a load off out feet as we are rewarded with a spectacular sunrise. If you’re one of the faster trekkers, you can skip the rest and even push on to take in the sunrise at the summit. From Stella Point to the summit is an hour’s ascent during which you may encounter snow. The trail finally brings you out at Uhuru Peak – the highest point in Africa and our final goal.

Here you can spend some time reflecting on your achievement while basking in the spellbinding views it provides.

Then it is time to turn our sights back down. Our descent takes us straight down to Mweka Camp. We will break for lunch along the way at Barafu Camp. From there the route contains a fair amount of loose gravel so you may want to pick up trekking poles.

We finally arrive at Mweka Camp and enjoy our last meal (and evening) on Kilimanjaro. One that was well earned indeed.

Elevation: 4700m/15,350ft to 5895m/19,340ft

Down to 3090m/10,150ft

Distance: 5km/3mi up / 13km/8mi down

Hiking Time: 5-7 hours up / 5-6 hours down

Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

Meals: BLD

Budget Lodging: Mweka Camp

 

Day 8: Hike Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate and drive to Moshi

We wake up and tuck into breakfast after which our descent continues. Our destination is the Mweka Park Gate where you will receive certifications that you have summitted Kilimanjaro. After the cold of the highlands it could be warm, wet and muddy so trekking poles could come in useful, as well as gaiters. Keep your warm weather clothes handy as well as your rain gear.

From the gate its another hour of walking to Mweka village. There you will be picked up and safely deposited at your hotel in Moshi.

Elevation: 3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft

Distance: 10km/6mi

Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: Forest

 

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