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Overview

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.

 

 

Brief ItineraryView full

  • Day 1 : Arrival at Mountain Inn
  • Day 2 : Lemosho Glades
  • Day 3 : Heather and moorland zone-Shira Ridge-Shira Ridge
  • Day 4 : Shira Plateau
  • Day 5 : Oehler ridge- Lava Tower
  • Day 6 : Alpine desert zone-Barranco Wall
  • Day 7 : Mweka-Barafu Camp
  • Day 8 : Stella Point-Uhuru Peak-Mweka Camp
  • Day 9 : Descent to Mweka Gate
  • Day 10 : Check-out.
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Arrival at Mountain Inn

Direct arrival at Mountain Inn. Pre-climb briefing on trek and overnight Mountain Inn

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Day
2

Lemosho Glades

Start climb at Lemosho Glades (2100m) through the forest zone. Trekking time: 3-4 hours, approx. 7km distance. Overnight Mti Mkubwa Camp (2780m)

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2780

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Heather and moorland zone-Shira Ridge-Shira Ridge

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)

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3500

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Shira Plateau

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)

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3900

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Oehler ridge- Lava Tower

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)

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3960

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Alpine desert zone-Barranco Wall

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)

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4035

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Mweka-Barafu Camp

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)

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4650

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Stella Point-Uhuru Peak-Mweka Camp

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)

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5895

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Descent to Mweka Gate

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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1680

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Check-out.

Check-out. Proceed for safari | proceed to the airport | end of our services

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Includes

2 nights’ accommodation at Mountain Inn on half board basis (1 double | twin)

Kilimanjaro National Park (KINAPA) conservation fees (entry fees)

Kilimanjaro National Park compulsory rescue fees

Kilimanjaro National Park camping fees

KINAPA trained and certified English speaking guide/s

KINAPA trained and certified porters (1 porter per person for personal mountain luggage of 15kg max.)

KINAPA trained and certified cook / chef, utensils, cutlery, crockery etc.

All meals on the mountain on full board basis

Camping chairs, tables, dining tent

Four or three season light dome tent per two passenger sharing

1 Transfer from Moshi to park gates per group

1 Transfer from park gates to Moshi per group

Safe and luggage storage at Mountain Inn while on trek

Boiled drinking water on trek

Basic first aid kit per group

Additional day/s for acclimatization

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Tips / gratuities

Additional transfers from park gates to Moshi

Airport transfers

Extra nights’ accommodation at Mountain Inn

Personal mountain equipment such as sleeping bags, walking poles, mattresses, duffel bags etc. (please request prices)

Specialized trekking equipment such as Oxygen cylinders (please request prices)

Beverages such as soft drinks, alcohol etc.

International flight.

Metal water bottles, water bladders etc. (please note: no soft plastics are permitted on the mountain)

Items of personal nature

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