9 Days Kilimanjaro Climb-Lemosho Route
The 9 Days Kilimanjaro Climb Lemosho Route is regarded as one of the prettiest routes on Mount Kilimanjaro. You begin the trek from the west, climbing in the fertile rainforest until we reach the wildflowers on the heath ecosystem. Approaching from the west, we cross on of the most beautiful areas on Mount Kilimanjaro, the Shira Plateau before traversing the mountain along the southern circuit.
Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport, Meet and assist at the airport and after going through Immigration, Baggage Claim, and Customs, Transfer to your lodge overnight. We will gather in the evening for a pre–climbing briefing and climbing equipment check. We will also confirm that you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance as well.
Morning transfer to the west of Mount Kilimanjaro, after completing the necessary registration formalities at Londorossi National Park Gate, we will drive through varied farmland with open views over the plains to reach the Lemosho Route road head. We often have our lunch in the glades before starting to walk. It is an easy day of walking up a small path through a beautiful and lush forest. This area has a variety of wildlife including the African Buffalo. Stay overnight at Mti Mkubwa Camp (8,700 ft). It takes about 2–3 hours walking.
After breakfast, we soon leave the forest behind and enter the moorland zone of Giant Heather. The trail climbs steadily with wide views to reach the rim of the Shira Plateau. There tangible sense of the wilderness especially if afternoon mists come in. You will camp in the center of the plateau at Shira One Campsite (11,000ft). It takes about 6–7 hours walking.
After breakfast, proceed with an easy day to help acclimatization and to explore the volcanic rock formations of Shira Plateau. We walk to the summit of Shira Cathedral before reaching the next camp of Shira Hut (12,600 ft). This campsite has stunning views close to the glaciated dome of Kibo and the jagged rim of the Shira Plateau. The views from here of Mount floating on the clouds are simply unforgettable. It takes about 4 –5hours walking.
After breakfast, you will start with a morning of gentle ascent and panoramic views, leaving the moorland plateau behind to walk on lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. After lunch near the Lava Tower (14,900 ft), we descend the bottom of the Barranco Valley to the campsite at Barranco Camp (12,790 ft), sheltered by towering cliffs and with extensive views of the plains far bellow. It takes about 7–9 hours walking.
After breakfast, we follow an easy path on compacted scree with wide views that gains altitude unrelentingly to reach Barafu Hut (14,800 ft) for lunch. There is a short acclimatization walk to the plateau at the bottom of the southern valley. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the early morning final ascent. It takes about 3–5 hours walking.
Wake up and then start our ascent by tonight around 1:00am so that we can be up on the crater rim by sunrise. The steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well–graded zig–zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to Stella Point (18,800 ft), in about five or six hours. We will rest at Uhuru Peak for a short time in order to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi Peak. For those who are still feeling strong can make the two hours round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (19,345 ft), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Barafu Camp is surprisingly fast and after some refreshment, we continue to descent to reach our final campsite, Mweka Camp (12,500 ft). It takes about 11 – 15 hours walking.
After breakfast, proceed with a sustained descent on a well-constructed path that takes us through a lovely tropical forest alive with birdsong and boasting lush undergrowth with considerable botanical interest. Our route winds down to Mweka National Park Gate (5,400 ft) and on through coffee and banana farms to Mweka Village where you will be transferred to your hotel overnight on a Bed and Breakfast basis.
After breakfast, Aardvark Expeditions Team can organize a private departure transfer to Arusha Airport or to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight back home or flying to Zanzibar Island.
- Two Nights’ accommodation in Arusha
- Private professional mountain guides
- All Park fees
- Rescue fees
- All meals while on the Mountain
- Arrival and Departure transfers
- Government taxes, VAT, and all relating service
- Porters and cook
- Sleeping tent
- Mess tent
- Table and chairs
- Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival
- Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
- Meals not listed above
- Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)
- Tips and any items of personal nature
- Summit Oxygen
- Walking Poles
- Sleeping form mattress