Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing 8 Days Lemosho Route Hike

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Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing 8 Days Lemosho Route Hike; The most beautiful route on Mount Kilimanjaro. The Lemosho Route is widely considered to be the best route on Mount Kilimanjaro.

Not too long ago, there were only two main routes used to climb Kilimanjaro – the Marangu (Coca Cola) route and the Machame (Whiskey) route.

But as Tanzania’s tourism industry flourished, the Kilimanjaro park authority created more trails to African’s highest peak. The Lemosho Route is typically completed in 8 days.

This is a great option if you want a longer trek for acclimatization. It connects with the Machame Route at Shira 2 Camp. The drive to trail head is about 4 hours.

Lemosho, a relatively new route, is preferred by reputable operators due to its beauty, remoteness and success rate.

In short, it maximizes the chances that a climber will reach the summit, and enjoy the experience overall.

Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing 8 Days Lemosho Route Hike Itinerary Summary

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

DAY 2: Hike Mti Mkubwa Camp to Shira 1 Camp

DAY 3: Hike Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp

DAY 4: Hike Shira 2 Camp to Barranco Camp

DAY 5: Hike Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

DAY 6: Hike Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

DAY 7: Hike Barafu Camp to Summit, down to Mweka Camp

DAY 8: Hike Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate, drive to Moshi

Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing 8 Days Lemosho Route Hike Itinerary in Detail

Day 1: Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Londorossi Gate (1830 M/ 6000 Ft), Hike to Mti Mkubwa Camp (2650 M/ 8700 Ft)

After breakfast and briefing, drive to Londorossi Park Gate (about a 3-hour drive).

From here a forest track requiring a 4WD vehicle leads to Lemosho Glades. Walk along forest trails to Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite.

Hiking distance 6 Kilometers/ 4 Miles and the hiking time is about 2-3 hours through Montane Forest.

Overnight at Mti Mkubwa Camp
Meal Plan: 
{Lunch & Dinner}


Day 2: Hike Mti Mkubwa Camp (2650 Meters/ 8700 Feet) Hike to Shira 1 Camp (3500 Meters/ 11,500 Feet)

After breakfast, we continue as the trail gradually steepens and enters the giant heather moorland zone.

After several streams are crossed we continue over the Shira Ridge then gently downwards to Shira 1 camp located by a stream on the Shira Plateau.

Hiking distance 8 Kilometers/ 5 Miles and the hiking time is about 4 to 5 hours through Moorland.

Overnight at Shira 1 Camp
Meal Plan: 
{Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 3: Hike Shira 1 Camp (3500 Meters/ 11,500 Feet) Hike to Shira 2 Camp (3850 Meters/ 12,600 Feet)

After breakfast, a gentle hike across the plateau leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream. A variety of hikes are available on the Plateau, making this an excellent acclimatization day.

Hiking distance 8 Kilometers/ 5 Miles and the hiking time is about 4 to 5 hours through Moorland.

Overnight at Shira 2 Camp
Meal Plan: 
{Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 4: Hike Shira 2 Camp (3850 Meters/ 12,600 Feet) Hike to Barranco Camp (4000 Meters/ 13,000 Feet)

From the Shira Plateau we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo.

As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth” (4650meters/ 15,250 feet).

Shortly after the tower we come to the second junction which goes to the Arrow Glacier. We now continue down to the Barranco Camp.

Although you end the day around the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

Hiking distance 8 Kilometers/ 5 Miles and the hiking time is about 5 to 6 hours through Semi-desert.

Overnight at Barranco Camp
Meal Plan: 
{Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 5: Hike Barranco Camp (4000 Meters/ 13,000 Feet) Hike to Karana Camp (4050 Meters/ 13,250 Feet)

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail.

Hiking distance 5 Kilometers/ 3 Miles and the hiking time is about 3 to 4 hours through Alpine Desert.

Overnight at Karanga Valley Camp
Meal Plan: 
{Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 6: Hike Karanga Camp (4050 Meters/ 13,250 Feet) to Barafu Camp (4700 Meters/ 15,350 Feet)

We continue up to the Barafu Camp. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles.

Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day.

Hiking distance 4 Kilometers/ 2 Miles and the hiking time is about 3 to 4 hours through Alpine Desert.

Overnight at Barafu Camp
Meal Plan: {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 7: Hike Barafu Camp (4700 M/ 15,350 Ft) to Summit (5895 M/ 19,340 Ft), down to Mweka Camp (3090 M/10,150 Ft)

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim.

This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see.

Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit. From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit.

Once at Uhuru Peak you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa! From the summit we begin our descent by continuing straight down to the Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch.

You may want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. We arrive at Mweka Camp and enjoy our last evening on the mountain.

Hiking up distance 5 Kilometers/ 3 Miles and the hiking time is about 5 to 7 hours through Stone scree and ice-capped summit. Hiking down distance 13 Kilometers/ 8 Miles and the hiking time is about 5 to 6 hours through Stone scree and ice-capped summit.

Overnight at Mweka Camp
Meal Plan: {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 8: Hike Mweka Camp (3090 Meters/ 10,150 Feet) Hike down to Mweka Gate (1680 Meters/ 5500 Feet), drive to Moshi

After breakfast we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help.

Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). From the gate, continue another hour to Mweka Village.

A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 30 minutes). Hiking down distance 10 Kilometers/ 6 Miles and the hiking time is about 3 to 4 hours through Forest.

Remember to tip your guides and porters.

Meal Plan: {Breakfast}

Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing 8 Days Lemosho Route Hike Prices

Dates FromDates ToPrice Per Student8 to 11 Year Child
 1st January 201931st December 2019Request for ratesRequest for rates

Notes

* Budget for extras 450 US Dollars to 650 US Dollars per person for gratuity
* Mount Kilimanjaro’s Lemosho route is a scenic hike favored by top Kilimanjaro operators

Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing 8 Days Lemosho Route Hike Rates Includes:

* Oximeters
* Hut or camping fees
* National Park gate fees
* All meals on the mountain
* Salaries for all crew members
* Rescue fees (as required by national park)
* Certified, experienced, English-speaking guides for all routes
* Tents, foam sleeping pads, cooking equipment, and eating utensils
* Transport from Moshi to starting point on mountain and return to Moshi

Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing 8 Days Lemosho Route Hike Rates Do Not Include:

* Drinks
* Laundry
* Tips or gratuity for guides and porters
* Travelers insurance
* Communication charges
* Sleeping bags and personal items
* Accommodation and meals in Moshi
* Visas, international airfares and airport taxes; meals
* Sightseeing not included in the package; optional activities
* Personal expenses such as transfers to/ from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)

Booking & Reservations for Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing 8 Days Lemosho Route Hike Contacts;

Booking Office Tel: + 254 718-179-967
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