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7-Day Lemosho Route Hiking in Kilimanjaro

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The Lemosho route is widely considered to be the best route on Mount Kilimanjaro, the route begins in the western side of the Mt Kilimanjaro and descends down the northern side of the Mountain. Lemosho route is relatively new route and is preferred by some due to its remoteness, scenery, acclimatization and summit success rate . The lemosho route meets the Machame route on the 3rd day. Karagwe tours recommends the trail for those willing to avoid much traffic during the trek and those willing to pay an extra little for the high altitude drop off by a vehicle.

Itinerary Details

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Day 1 Day 1: Arusha (1,400 m) – Londorosi Gate at (2,100 m) – Big Tree Camp at (2,750 m)

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After breakfast at you lodge/hotel in Arusha, we pick up and drive all the way to the town of Boma N’gombe and across the village of Sanya juu, You will have 15 minutes break at Boma Ng’ombe for crew to have breakfast if you wish you can do some grocery shopping here. Then you will drive along the pumpy road up to the Londorossi gate. At the gate the usual paper work will be done, and you will lastly sign the KINAPA book before you start your first day of ascent Kilimanjaro. You will have your picnic lunch prior to start, you will need about 3 hours of walking to make your day. The route leads you mostly across the rain forest, large tree roots and a lavish nature so you man expect rain, mad & sometime fog. Reach your camp at late afternoon.

Duration: 3 hour

Day 2 Day 2: Big Tree Camp at (2,750 m) – Shira Camp 2 at (3,840 m)

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After breakfast leave Mti Mkubwa Camp, after trekking for 30 minutes the nature will transform into heather and moorland. You will cross many streams and trek over a plateau that leads to Shira 2 Camp standing at (3,840 m). The camp is next to a stream & it offers a stunning view of the Western Breach and its glaciers in the East. Arriving at the camp similar procedure will follow as per the first day. Be prepared for a cold night as temperatures drop below freezing point at this exposed camp. Overnight at Shira 2 Camp (3,840 m). All meals included.

Duration: 7 hour

Day 3 Day 3: Shira Camp at (3,840 m) – Lava Tower at (4,630 m) – Barranco Camp at (3,950 m)

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After breakfast your third stage of Kilimanjaro trekking will start, firstly you will trek South of the Shira/Lemosho route. The route tracks over a black lava desert through millions of heavy rocks that sometime reminds of cairns, all in all the route is passable. During the ascend and descent past Lava Tower the climb is of about 1,4700 meters but you will be sleeping at about 100 meters higher than the last day. Your today’s goal will be reached at an altitude of 4,630 meters at Lava Tower. It is very silent up here thus you can easily hear your heartbeat and the wind in your ears. During lunch time you can sight the snowline above the Lava Tower and the temperatures are almost to the freezing point. Move on to Barranco valley after lunch.

Duration: 7 hour

Day 4 Day 4: Barranco Camp at (3,950 m) – Karanga Camp at (3,950 m)

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After breakfast, there is a big challenge ahead waiting for you “climbing the Great Barranco Wall” Therefore it is nice that you start a bit early to avoid a traffic jam at the wall, 1 to 1.5 hours needed to climb the Great Barranco Wall. As you gaze behind the wall you will see a barren wall and the rocky plateau. The view of Kibo and the three southern glaciers are awesome. The route then continues on sand and gravel through the rocky moors. Again and again you will pass across streams, grasslands and the giant stone cross herbs. After a distance of about 2 to 3 hours you will reach Karanga camp at an altitude of 3,950 meters, as you go up hill after hill, you will have a good view of upcoming routes. Enjoy your lunch at the camp and use the rest of the day to rest and gather the strength for the following day.

Duration: 7 hour

Day 5 Day 5: Karanga Camp at (3,950 m) – Barafu Camp at (4,600 m)

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After breakfast you will start ascending the most difficult part of this mountain for the entire crew “The Barafu camp”. The first still existing moorland gradually vanishes and the landscape becomes rocky. Stones and boulders are ruling this landscape. This is the last water stop for porters because they can’t access water at Barafu Camp (4,600 m). Barafu means ice in swahili, this camp is situated on rocky, exposed ridge. Tents are much exposed to the wind as well as rocks so it is important for trekkers to be familiarized themselves with the environment around before dark. Spend the rest of the day having snacks and dinner later on. You should go to bed early enough and get a good sleep as you will be attempting the summit tonight. After dinner your guide will give you detailed briefing on how to prepare for the summit night.

Duration: 7 minutes

Day 6 Day 6: Summit Day. Barafu Camp at (4,600 m) – Uhuru Peak at (5,895 m) – Mweka Camp at (3,080 m)

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Spend a short night at this camp & before mid-night at around 23:00 or 23:30, your guide will wake you up, you will have tea & biscuits, after, Kilimanjaro trekking the final push to the summit will begin. The night is silent and freezing cold when you and your guide set out for the summit. The route to the summit is on the northwest & the scent is over the stone scree. It is at this point where majority of trekkers feels that this is the most physical & mental challenging part of their trek. Steeply up step by step and over the shoulders your path will lead you to the crater rim, to be reached after 5 to 6 hours and thus the Stella Point (5740 m). Now, you only have 150 meters left to reach your goal. As the first rays of the day emerged you pass the Rebmann Glacier and proceed to Hans Mayer point. Enjoy the sunrise that occurs with an amazing play of lights through the ice formations. Soon the summit sign of Mount Kilimanjaro will appear…you have done it.

Duration: 6 hour

Day 7 Day 7: Descent: Mweka Camp at (3,080 m) – Mweka Gate at (1,980 m)

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Walking distance: approx.10 km in 3 to 4 hours, vegetation zone is moorland and rain forest. Start with good breakfast on this last day of your Kilimanjaro trekking. Take last team photos for souvenir before start your way down to Mweka Gate. The trial is well-developed, a forest road and in the second half it is mostly characterized by rain forest. You will reach Mweka gate after 10 kilometers. Celebration, Tipping and farewell will be at Mweka gate and at the very end your guide will present to you Green certificate for hikers who reached Stella Point & gold certificates for those made to Uhuru peak the actual summit of Kilimanjaro Mountain.

Duration: 5 hour