Lemosho route is a remote, lesser known and little-used route that starts in the western side of Mount Kilimanjaro. The route leads you into the Shira plateau, above which you reach the Western Breach of the mountain. On this route, you will see spectacular views of Mount Meru and Amboseli National Park across the border in Kenya. For the first two days of this route, you will be accompanied by an armed ranger because the route traverses through territory occupied by some wild animals around the Lemosho Glades.
Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
.Accomodation during the climb (mountain camps & tents)
After arriving at Kilimanjaro International Airport our drive will drive you to your hotel in Arusha where you will finish of the day relaxing leisurely; you will be briefed about the impending climb the next day then you will be served with dinner in order to catch some rest before the next day.
Day 1: Arusha – Londorossi Gate(2250m) – Big Tree Camp (2780 m)
After breakfast you will be taken straight to Londorossi Gate ( 2250m) where you will be registered ready to start the trek. After being registered you will be driven by a 4WD car up a rough bumpy road until you read the drop off point where the ascend on foot will begin. You will climb through a relatively steep terrain until reaching big Tree Camp(2250m). Dinner and overnight stay will be enjoy at this camp.
Day 2: Big Tree Camp (2780 m) – Shira Camp 1 (3,500 m)
You will trek in a trail that passes through the rain forest after which vegetation will become scarcer and scarcer as you transition to heathland and moorland. After 4 to 5 hours of trekking, you will reach Shira Camp 1 where you will be able to view the snow-capped summit of Kiba over Shira plateau. Dinner, overnight stay, and the starry sky will all be enjoyed at Shira Camp 1 that night.
Day 3: Shira Camp 1 (3,500 m) – Shira Camp 2 (3900m)
On this day you will cross Shira Ridge which is a terrain dominated by rocky ground and shrubs; this terrain is flatter than the previous day so you will enjoy a more leisurely trek to Shira Camp 2. At this camp you will be close to the Kibo glaciers and the rim of Shira plateau; you will also view Mt Meru seeming to float in the clouds; this view is simply unforgettable. Dinner and overnight stay will be enjoyed at Shira Camp 2.
Day 4: Shira Camp 2 (3900m) – Lava Tower (4,630 m) – Barranco Camp (3,960 m)
This climb takes you to the Lava Tower(4630m) through Shira Plateau; after reaching Lava Tower, the trail will take you through the Barranco which is home to lobelia plants and giant senecio plants. After trekking for 6 to 7 hours you will reach Barranco Camp(3960 m) where you will spend the night after enjoy a warm dinner.
Today’s trail will force you to ascend to 4630 m before taking you down to 3500m; this ascend and descent will help your body acclimatize better. Net elevation gained for the day will be only around 700m.
Day 5: Barranco Camp (3,960 m) – Karanga Camp (4,200m)
On this day the Barranco wall need to be conquered before one can make progress forward; this cliff is by far the most challenging stage of this route. You may need to use your hands for better grip as you conquer the wall step by step. After climbing the Barranco wall a beautiful view of the southern glacier of Kibo awaits you. Karanga Camp(4200 m) will be reached around lunch time; the remainder of the day will be spent resting in the camp.
Day 6: Karanga Camp(4,200m) – Barafu Camp (4,640 m)
On this day you will push your way forward towards Barafu Camp situated at 4640 m. Barafu Camp has a rocky scenery that allows you to experience stunning views of Mawenzi and Uhuru peaks all from one place. The trek from Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp takes about 3 to 4 hours the rest of the day is spent relaxing in preparation for the coming summit night.
Dinner will be served early so you can get some rest before midnight when you will be woken up ready for the final descent towards the summit.
Day 7: Barafu Camp (4,640 m) – Uhuru Peak (5,895m) – Mweka Camp(3,100 m)
Around midnight after being woken up to a cup of hot tea and a light snack you will start ascending in the north-westerly direction going through heavy scree as you head towards Stella Point where you will reach after 5 to 7 hours of strenuous ascent. After some rest at Stella Point you will commence on another 1 to 2 hours trek on a snow covered path towards Uhuru peak(5895m). At Uhuru Peak you will be standing on the “Roof of Africa”; from where you will enjoy stunning views of lands below the mountain as the become illuminated by the morning sunrays.
The amount of time you can spend on the summit depend on the weather conditions but you are advised not to spend so much here because of the cold and fatigue that your body has already been exposed to. The descent to Barafu Camp takes at most 3 hours after which you will enjoy a warm meal and short break before proceed down to Mweka Camp where you will camp for the night.
Day 8: Mweka Camp(3100m) – Mweka Gate(1980m) – Arusha
After breakfast you will embark on a leisurely 2 to 3 hours descent that will take you through the rainforest before reaching Mweka Gate from where our drive will drive you to your hotel in Arusha. At the hotel you will take a long warm shower and the spend the rest of the day leisurely celebrating your achievement.
Departure Day: Arusha – Kilimanjaro Airport
Breakfast will be served after which you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight home. Airport transfer time depend on the departure schedule of your flight on that day.
If you are not yet ready to go back home no worries Tanzania still has so much to offer; you may extend your stay and go on Safari or head to Zanzibar for a day or two at the world famous beaches of the Spice Islands.