The Kilimanjaro climb-lemosho route 8 days itinerary is the best for acclimatization. The remote is less used and a beautiful way up to the Shira Plateau. The route is one of the few where groups may be accompanied on the first day by an armed ranger, as the forests around the Lemosho Glades are inhabited by buffalo, elephants and other wildlife.
The minimum duration for the Lemosho route is 6 days, however we strongly recommend hiking the route in 8 days. The additional 8th day will give your body more time to acclimatize, reducing the effects of altitude sickness and give you more time to rest before attempting the summit.
After arrival you will be picked up at the airport, followed by a briefing by your head guide and then drive from the airport to Londorossi Park Gate (2100m). The guides and porters prepare and pack the supplies and your equipment at the park’s gate and registration. You start trekking through the rainforest until completes this day by entering to our first camp where your tent is setup with your personal belongings inside -Walking distance: 6km, 3-4hrs All meals are included
You depart from Mti mkubwa to the second camp through heath and Moorland zone, following the shira ridge we enter vast high attitude desert plateau where the first view of Mount kilimanjaro unfold one the horizon –Walking Distance: 8km, 6-8hrs All meals are included
The route now turns east into a semi desert and rocky landscape surrounding Lava Tower. We leave from Shira to Moir camp which is nested near enormous beds of volcanic rock and surrounded by rocky hills and cliffs. At the arrival of camp you enter your tent which is already set with your belongings inside –Walking Distance: 9km, 6-8hrs All meals are included
After spending a night at the Moir camp today we test our acclimatization with a trek to the base of Lava tower at 4500m, following our rest we descent through senecio forest passing waterfalls that usher us in to the Barranco camp. The camp is set in the shadow of the massive Barranco wall with easterly breezes often carrying misty clouds from the Barranco Valley. –Walking distance: 5-7hrs, 7km All meals are included
Today’s task will be the 150m face of the Barranco wall. Realization of how hard the porters work will be realized as this challenging scramble provides quite the balancing act for our crew. We arrive at the camp for a well deserved dinner and overnight –Walking distance: 3-5hrs, 5km All meals are included
After breakfast with picnic lunch en route, the morning trek is slow and steady uphill hike as we enters the Arctic zone, The temperatures becomes noticeably cooler, however excitement fills our camp as we take final preparations for the summit day ahead. –Walking distance: 3-5hrs, 4km All meals are included
Today we face our greatest challenge, and meet the most rewarding point. An early wake up call for preparation and light breakfast before starting the summit around 01.00hrs. Spectacular views coupled with the sunrise will warm the soul and strengthen the spirit as the iconic Uhuru peak is now on sight. After the elation of a well earned summit, we descend back to Barafu camp for a nice break and celebration before continuing to Mweka camp –Walking Distance: 12-14hrs, 21km All meals are included
Descend from Mweka camp to the park gate where you are transferred back to your hotel for a well deserved shower. –Walking Distance: 3-4hrs, and drive back to Moshi or Arusha.