10 Days Mt Kilimanjaro Climbing – Lemosho Route

Tour Information

This is an eight day climb to the summit of Kilimanjaro using the Lemosho route which gives more time to acclimatise and wonderful views enroute. It has a beautiful approach through the forest from the west before joining the Machame trail at the Shira Plateau and heading to the visually dramatic southern flanks via Lava Tower, Barranco Camp, Karanga Camp and then on to Barafu camp for the summit push. The exit is via Millennium Camp and through Mweka Gate.

Price: from $4000 per person

The Lemosho Route is a camping trip for an average group size of 4 (we can take up to a maximum of 50 people but this is usually only for organised private groups; most team sizes are 3 – 6 people) using top quality mountain tents, comfortable mattresses, and qualified guides who work with us full time, porters who carry the bags and equipment, and cooks who provide fresh, tasty food every day.

The Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in to Kilimanjaro or if travelling overland arrive into Moshi. This is the start date for the Kilimanjaro climb advertised above. Relax and overnight stay in hotel.

Day 2: Briefing day in Moshi Town, meet the AA Tanzania staff and have time for hiring equipment or relaxing by the pool or in the hotel.

Day 3: We leave the Hotel and drive to the Londorossi Gate (2385m), which can take 3 hrs and if there has been a lot of rain the last section is on foot due to poor roads. Meet the team of porters, guides etc and upward to Big Tree Camp (2700m), 3 hours through forest

Day 4: We make our way further through the forest then out on to open heath land reaching camp at Shira Plateau 1.

Day 5: Relatively short day from Shira Plateau 1 to Shira Plateau 2 but an important day in terms of rest and acclimatisation.

Day 6: Shira Camp to Barranco Camp traversing the mountain over two valleys and skirting the base of the summit massif. High desert environment with amazing rock formations, quite exposed to the weather, dropping into the Barranco Valley right beneath the Western Breach. This day ascends a maximum of 700 metres but the net gain is only about 100 metres.

Day 7: Barranco Camp to Karanga Valley, starting with a scramble over the Barranco Wall and over a further two valleys to get to this open campsite with great views of the Heim Glacier. Another up and down day but no net gain in height, which is all good for acclimatisation.

Day 8: Karanga Valley to Barafu Camp, now heading more directly upwards towards the open rock and colder temperatures. This is the average freezing level on the mountain and Barafu means ‘ice’. Camping in amongst the rocks and an early night.

Day 9: Night-time ascent on rock and scree, occasional snow, to the crater rim and the summit. Cold temperatures with windchill. Final slope to the crater rim is steeper and has loose scree. Descend in sunlight to Barafu for early lunch, and then walk to Millennium Camp, normally arriving mid-afternoon.

Day 10: Descending through the lush forest to Mweka Gate where you sign out and pick up the summit certificate. Legs will be tired! Meet Castro at the gate for transport back to the hotel, arriving normally at about 2pm. The gate is where tips are handed out and you say goodbye to the mountain staff. A hot shower and an afternoon relaxing before an overnight in the hotel

Day 11: Either start our 4 day / 3 night safari or depart home.

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