The Lemosho route located from the west that begins with a long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate. Is one of our preferred route due to beautiful scenery and a high summit success rate. The Lemosho route joins the Machame route after Shira 2 Camp and then follows the same route through the southern circuit and descending at Mweka Gate.
8 Days Lemosho
DAY BY DAY PROGRAM
Day 1: Londorossi Park Gate – Mti Mkubwa Camping
Day 2 : Mti Mkubwa Camp – Shira 1 CampElevation (metres): 2,821m to 3500m – Distance: 8kms – Hiking Time: 5-6hrs
Day 3: Shira 1 Camp – Shira 2 Camp
Gently walk across the plateau to the Shira 2 Camp on moorland meadows by a stream. This is a perfect acclimatization day that allows you to take day hikes to further explore the Shira plateau. Look to the west at sunset and you may catch a glimpse of the twin eruptions from the craters of Ol Doinyo Lengai, an active volcano 100 kilometers away.
Day 4: Shira 2 Camp – Lava Tower – Barranco CampElevation (metres): 3840m to 4630m to 3950m – Distance: 10kms – Hiking Time: 6-8hrs
After breakfast, trek East on the Shira plateau for several hours before reaching the junction for the Machame route. Continue through the barren landscape for another thirty minutes before stopping for lunch. Shortly after lunch, continue east towards the Lava Tower, the highest point of the day (4630m). Descend for 2 hours below the lower cliffs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall to Barranco Camp. There are many Senecio and Lobelia plants around the camp site which make this Campsite unique.
Optional: Extra Day
You can spend an extra day at Shira Camp 2, Barranco Camp, or Karanga Camp for acclimatization purposes (9 days).
If you want to add this day, and maintain an 8-day itinerary, you can omit day 3 and walk from Shira Camp 1 to Barranco Camp (then no acclimatization option an Shira 2).
Day 5: Barranco Camp – Karanga Valley
Elevation (metres): 3950m to 4023m – Distance: 5kms – Hiking Time: 4-5hrs
After breakfast, scramble to the top of the Great Barranco wall, this is the hardest part of the day and in some places you may have to use your hands to aid your climb. While at the top, traverse over screes and ridges to the Karanga Valley campsite, beneath the icefalls of the Southern Glaciers.
Day 6: Karanga Valley Camp – Barafu CampElevation (metres): 4023m to 4645m – Distance: 4kms – Hiking Time: 4-5hrs
From Karanga the trail ascends east over intervening ridges and valleys to join the Mweka Route; the views here can be spectacular on the southern glaciers and of the glacial valleys that snake their way down the Mountain. The final stage to Barafu is quite steep, and as always it’s taken very slowly. Reach camp by around lunch time leaving lots of time to prepare and relax. In the evening your guide briefs you for the final ascent.
Day 7: Barafu Camp – Uhuru Peak – Mweka CampElevation (metres): 4645m to 5895m to 3090m
Distance and Hiking Time:
Barafu Hut – Uhuru Peak (5 kms, 7-8 hrs)
Decent to Mweka Hut (12 kms, 6-8 hrs)
Just after midnight, start the ascent of the screes leading to Stella Point (5725m). From here a further 50 minutes’ walk leads to Uhuru Peak; the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. After a short time at the summit, descend to the Barafu camp for a rest and brunch before continuing with the descent to Mweka Camp for overnight.
Day 8: Mweka Camp – Mweka GateElevation (metres): 3090m to 1640m – Distance: 10Kms – Hiking Time: 4-5hrs
After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate. Each hiker will receive a certificate of achievement for the successful climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro; climbers who reached Stella Point (5739m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak receive gold certificates.
From the Mweka Gate you will continue down into the Mweka village, normally a muddy 3 km (1 hour) hike. In the Mweka village you will be served a delicious hot lunch. After lunch you drive back to Arusha for a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations!
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