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KILIMANAJARO SUMMIT CLIMBING - LEMOSHO ROUTE

10 days

DEPARTS TANZANIA

Lemosho variation is the ideal schedule for this route. On the 8 day Lemosho route, the trek from Barranco to Barafu is broken up into two days, allowing for a short day just prior to the summit attempt. This is important because summit day begins very early, around midnight, so climbers are sleep deprived going into the toughest day on the mountain. By having a short day beforehand, climbers can be better rested. Lemosho is considered the most beautiful route on Kilimanjaro and grants panoramic vistas on various sides of the mountain. It is our favorite route because it offers a great balance of low traffic, scenic views and a high summit success rate. Thus,  Lemosho comes highly recommended. Most of our clients use Lemosho. The 8 day Lemosho route is highly recommended and used by most prominent Kilimanjaro operators.

Prices below are land only, let us know if you require a flight inclusive quote.

From £1722.53 - Price is per person based on two travelling

Price of tour vary depending on date of departure.

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Day 1:    2016- Arrival in Tanzania – Ndarakwai

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport meet and great by our representative transfer to the Hotel in Arusha for kit checking and briefing the overnight at Ndarakwai tented Lodge –F/B 

 

Day 2:  2016 •Arusha- Londorossi Gate to Forest Camp

•Elevation (ft): 7,800ft to 9,500ft •Distance: 6 km •Hiking Time:3-4 hours•Habitat: Rain Forest

We depart Arusha for Londorossi Gate, which takes about 2 hours, where you will complete entry formalities. Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead (another hour to reach the trailhead). Upon arrival at trailhead, we eat lunch, then commence through undisturbed forest which winds to the first camp site.

 

Day 3: 2016•Forest Camp to Shira Camp 1

•Elevation (ft): 9,500ft to 11,500ft•Distance: 8 km•Hiking Time 5-6 hours •Habitat: Moorland

We continue on the trail leading out of the forest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather, and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As we ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, we reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 camp. The view of Kibo from across the plateau is amazing.

 

Day 4: 2016• Shira Camp 1 to Shira 2

•Elevation (ft): 11,500ft to 13,800 ft •Distance: 14 km •Hiking Time: 5-7 hours•Habitat: Moorland

We explore the Shira plateau for a full day. It is a gentle walk east toward Kibo’s glaciered peak, across the plateau which leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream. T A variety of walks are available on Lent Hills making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity. Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth.

 

Day 5: 2016•Shira 2  to Barranco Camp

•Elevation (ft): 13,800ft to 13,000ft •Distance: 7 km •Hiking Time: 4-6 hours  •Habitat: Semi Desert

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." Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

 

Day 6: 2016-  Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

Elevation (ft): 13,000ft to 13,100ft •Distance: 5km •Hiking Time: 4-5 hours •Habitat: Alpine Desert

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. This is a short day meant for acclimatization.

 

Day 7 :2016 -Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

•Elevation (ft): 13,100ft to 15,300ft •Distance: 4 km •Hiking Time: 4-5 hours •Habitat: Alpine Desert

After breakfast, we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, 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. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.

 

Day 8: 2016 - Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut

•Elevation (ft): 15,300ft to 19,345ft (and down to 10,000ft) •Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent •Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent •Habitat: Arctic

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), 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 (18,600 ft), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit.

From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

 

Day 9: 2016 – Mweka Camp to Arusha

•Elevation (ft): 10,000ft to 5,400ft •Distance: 10 km •Hiking Time: 3-4 hours •Habitat: Rain Forest

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, you continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at mweka  to drive you back to the Hotel in Arusha

 

Dinner and Overnight at Mount Meru Hotel

NB: Don’t forget to tip your guides and porters. It is time for celebration!

 

 Day 10:  October 2015 –- Departure

Leisure morning and afternoon at the beach late afternoon transfer the Airport and catch your Home flight.

Safari Inclusions

  • 7 nights / 8 days Mount Kilimanjaro Climb.  Lemosho Route.
  • Kilimanjaro National Park fees,
  • Transportation to From the Mountain.
  • All meals during the Climb.
  • Porters and Guide fees.
  • 2 Night accommodation before and after the climb.
  • Government Tax.
  • -Private professional English speaking guide with Certificate of Red Cross first Aid Provider.
  • Oxygen Cylinder
  • Private chemical toilet
  • First aid   guide provider

 

Safari Exclusions

  • International Air Transportation
  • Holiday supplements
  • Drinks, tips,
  • Visas, airport taxes
  • Laundry, toiletry requirements
  • All items of a personal nature.

6 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 evening meals are included.

You only need to pay a 20% deposit

Full payment is due 8 weeks before departure

               GENERAL ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR CLIMBERS.

 

CLIMATE:

Mount Kilimanjaro is only three degrees south of the Equator so although the climate is technically 'equatorial’, it is essentially tropical. The long dry season (Jun-Oct) is followed by ‘Short Rains’ (Nov-Dec). During the short dry season (Jan-Mar) it can be very hot and humid.

The 'Long Rains' fall Apr-May. On the mountains, temperatures rise and fall only slightly throughout the year but vary considerably between night and day. Temperatures gradually fall as altitude increases. Above 4,000m, daytime temperature is usually around 5C dropping well below freezing at night.

 

BAGGAGE:

For your comfort we recommend you travel as light as possible; many airlines impose a maximum weight limit of 20 kg – we advise you to take a lot less!

We would suggest:

One main piece - soft bag rather than a hard suitcase as it can be easily stowed and carried by porters on the ascent. Pack lightly as space is restricted - max. 15kg. NB: any surplus baggage can be stored in Arusha during the ascent - it is vital not to over pack. Please take only bare essentials for the climb.

A daypack - For comfort we recommend a larger daypack or small rucksack with a comfortable harness and waist belt (30-40 litres capacity is ideal for carrying warm clothing, camera, water bottle etc.

 

CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR:

It’s essential to keep yourself (and your baggage) dry at all times. Also, to cope with variable temperatures, the best strategy is to layer clothing, so you can adjust your temperature. You should not underestimate the freezing cold conditions you will encounter on the mountain. Although some clothing and equipment is available for hire locally, it’s impossible to guarantee its quality or availability, so equip yourself fully before departure.
 

The following is a suggestion of what you may find useful to take on this trip. It is not exhaustive and a more detailed packing list can also be found at Suggested Mountain Climb Equipments page.

 

T-shirts (synthetic materials are best as cotton retains moisture)

Waterproof thigh-length jacket (Goretex or similar)

Gloves (waterproof warm outers + thin liners)

Warm hat (or balaclava) that covers the ears

Waterproof walking boots (well broken-in)

Waterproof outer trousers _ Warm mid-layer (fleeces or down)

Warm long-sleeved shirt _ Warm walking trousers (not jeans!)

Thermal underwear _ Walking socks (several pairs)

Walking shorts

Trainers or soft shoes for relaxing

Sun-hat

Gaiters

 

EQUIPMENT:

Glacier glasses (or good quality sunglasses – preferably with side shields)

Personal first aid kit & essential medication

Wet wipes

Warm sleeping bag (3/4-season)

Sleeping bag liner

Trekking pole(s) - can be hired locally

Small towel

Head torch & spare batteries

Spare plastic bags

Water bottle(s) - minimum 3 liters capacity

High factor sunscreen & lip salve

High energy snacks, dried fruit, nuts, sweets, etc. NB: hang on to some till the last day - you’ll appreciate them more!

A small bottle of cordial or squash concentrate (to liven up the ‘flat’ taste of boiled water)

 

TIPPING:

Tipping is an accepted part of life in Tanzania, and you will be expected to tip to reward service. You will be briefed on arrival as to when and how much is appropriate, however, depending on the size of your group you should budget on a personal contribution of around $15 to $20 per person  per day  for your trek guides, cooks and porters on the trek.

 

 

 

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