Embrace the mountainous challenge, revel in the alpine air and behold the serene beauty of wildlife traipsing through one of the most scenic trails up to the highest mountain in Africa, Kilimanjaro (5,895 m).
Amongst seven official trekking routes to scale the Kilimanjaro including the widely proclaimed as the most scenic Machame, Lemosho route is now considered as the equally beautiful route if not more. As one of the newer paths, Lemosho grants the beautiful scenery, low horde, and mostly high summit success rate.
The route approaches Mt. Kilimanjaro from the west with a long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate. For the first two days, the trek goes through the rain forest to Shira Ridge. Then the trail passes the entire Shira Plateau from west to east on a pleasant path and connects to the famous Machame route at Lava Tower. Next, the way heads down towards Barranco Valley via the alpine desert zone and traverses the Barranco Wall. The summit attempt is made from Barafu early in the morning all the way up to Uhuru peak (5,895 m) for the mighty sunrise view. After the summit, the trail descent via the Mweka route.
The climb of the Kilimanjaro should not be underestimated. For the peak to be scaled, it is essential to be physically as well as mentally prepared. Sufficient groundwork and your intense passion, there you’re at the summit of Kilimanjaro conquering all the obstacles.
Direct arrival at Mountain Inn. Pre-climb briefing on trek and overnight Mountain Inn.
Start climb at Lemosho Glades (2100m) through the forest zone. Trekking time: 3-4 hours, approx. 7km distance. Overnight Mti Mkubwa Camp (2780m)
Continue through the forest, steeply climbing into the heather and moorland zone, crossing the Shira Ridge, and descending into the Shira Ridge. Trekking time: 4-5 hours, approx. 7-8km distance. Overnight Shira One Camp (3500m)
A slow paced hike across the Shira Plateau through the heather and moorland. Trekking time: 3-5 hours, approx. 6km distance. Overnight Shira Two Camp (3900m)
Continue trekking east past the junction for Oehler ridge and then south-east towards Lava Tower. Trekking time: 7-8 hours, approx. 10km distance. Overnight Barranco Camp (3960m)
This is an additional day for acclimatisation where you will enter the alpine desert zone and climb up the Barranco Wall. Trekking time: 3-5 hours, approx. 6km distance. Overnight Karanga Camp (4035m)
Continue east towards Mweka junction where you will turn north to the next campsite. Trekking time: 3-4 hours, approx. 4km distance. Overnight Barafu Camp (4650m)
Around mid-night, start for the summit to Stella Point (5740m) and then continue to Uhuru Peak (5895m). Descend via Barafu Campsite and then into the heather and moorland. Trekking time: 13-15 hours, approx. 19km distance. Overnight Mweka Camp (3080m)
Continue your descent through the forest zone of the mountain to Mweka Gate (1680m). Transfer to Moshi. Trekking time: 3-4 hours, approx. 10km distance. Overnight Mountain Inn
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