7 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Via Lemosho Route

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7 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing Via Lemosho Route

Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport where you will be met and assisted with our professional driver who will drive you to Arusha Gran Melia Hotel for Overnight  and Dinner on BB( Bed and Breakfast)

Accommodation: Gran Melia Hotel https://www.melia.com/en/hotels/tanzania/arusha/granmeliaarusha/index.htm?utm_medium=organic&utm_source=uberall&utm_content=dynamic

 

DAY 1: LONDOROSSI GATE TO MTI MKUBWA

We depart Arusha for Londorossi Gate, which takes about 4 hours, where you will complete entry formalities. Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead. Upon arrival at the trailhead, we begin hiking through an undisturbed forest that winds to the first campsite.

  • Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch on route either hot lunch or packed lunch and Dinner.
  • Elevation: 7,742 ft to 9,498 ft
  • Distance: 6 km/4 miles
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Forest

 

DAY 2: SHIRA 1 CAMP MTI MKUBWA TO SHIRA 2

We explore the Shira Plateau for a full day. It is a gentle walk east on moorland meadows towards Shira 2 Camp. Then we divert from the main trail to Moir Hut, a little-used site on the base of Lent Hills. A variety of walks are available on Lent Hills making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity. Shira Plateau is one of the highest plateaus on earth.

  • Meal Plan: Lunch on route either hot lunch or packed lunch.
  • Elevation: 11,500 ft to 13,800 ft
  • Distance: 11 km/ 7 miles
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
  • Habitat: Heath

 

DAY 3: SHIRA 11 – LAVA TOWER – BARRANCO CAMP

We begin the day climbing up a ridge and then head southeast towards the Lava Tower – a 300 ft tall volcanic rock formation. We descend down to Barranco Camp through the strange but beautiful Senecio Forest to an altitude of 13,000 ft. Although you begin and end the day at the same elevation, the time spent at a higher altitude is very beneficial for acclimatization.

  • Meal Plan: Lunch on route either hot lunch or packed lunch.
  • Elevation: 13,800 ft to 15,190 ft
  • Distance: 7 km/4 miles
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

 

DAY 4: BARRANCO CAMP TO KARANGA CAMP

We begin the day by descending into a ravine to the base of the Great Barranco Wall. Then we climb the non-technical but steep, nearly 900 ft cliff. From the top of the Barranco Wall, we cross a series of hills and valleys until we descend sharply into Karanga Valley. One steeper climb up leads us to Karanga Camp. This is a shorter day meant for acclimatization.

  • Meal Plan: Lunch on route either hot lunch or packed lunch.
  • Elevation: 13,044 ft to 13,106 ft
  • Distance: 5 km/ 3miles
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

 

DAY 5: KARANGA CAMP TO BARAFU THEN UP CAMP COSSOVO CAMP

We leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the rocky section to Barafu Hut for lunch. After lunch, you will work for one to two hours to the upper camp known as Cosovo camp for your accommodation. At this point, you have completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest,  7 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing, and enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are viewable from this position.

  • Meal Plan: Lunch on route either hot lunch or packed lunch.
  • Elevation: 13,106 ft to 1aa5, 331 ft
  • Distance: 4 km/2 miles
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

 

DAY 6: BARAFU CAMP – UHURU PEAK – MWEKA CAMP

Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. Near Stella Point (18,900 ft), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.

From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. The trail is very rocky and can be quite hard on the knees; trekking poles are helpful. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak

Elevation: 15,331ftto19, 341ft

Distance: 5km/3miles

Hiking Time: 7-8hours

Habitat: Arctic

 

Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp

Elevation: 19,341ftto10, 065ft

Distance: 12km/7miles

Hiking Time: 4-6hours

Habitat: RainForest

 

DAY 7: MWEKA CAMP TO MWEKA GATE TO ARUSHA

On our last day, we continue the descent to Mweka Gate and collect the summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. From the gate, we continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet us at Mweka Village to drive us back to the hotel to mark the end of our Safari. Accommodation: 

Gran Melia Hotel https://www.melia.com/en/hotels/tanzania/arusha/granmeliaarusha/index.htm?utm_medium=organic&utm_source=uberall&utm_content=dynamic

  • Meal Plan: Lunch on route either hot lunch or packed lunch.
  • Elevation: 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft
  • Distance: 10 km/6 miles
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: RainForest

 

DAY 8: DEPARTURE DAY

The day is left free to wind down after the climbing before your flight home. Depending on flight times you could go and explore Arusha town and grab some souvenirs before heading to the airport.

 

Price Includes

Camera tent for group

A suitable place for charging your accessories (phones, camera, etc.)

Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents

Professional, experienced, mountain guides:

Park fees

Sleeping Bag

Rescue fees

Tents

All meals while on the Mountain

Guides, Porters, cook salaries, and park fees

Quality table and chairs on mountain

Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food

Clean, purified drinking water

Crisis management and safety procedures

Fair and ethical treatment of porters

Summit Emergency Oxygen

 

Price Excludes

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

 

Safety

Success is what we want during our trip. We are prepared for any urgent situation and also have in place a complete evacuation procedure in case of altitude sickness. We carry first aid supplies and Pulse Oximeters).

Expeditions Guides

Our Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru Head and Assistant guides are Wilderness First Responder Certified

(WFR), are licensed by Kilimanjaro National Park and Meru, have significant experience climbing Kilimanjaro, and speak English fluently, and are professionally trained to take you safely to Uhuru peak, and back. Our Head guides have experience of 50-100+ successful summits and work with a handpicked crew of experienced Assistant guides, Cooks, and Porters. Their strong, genuine, and friendly characters combined with their passion for Kilimanjaro contribute to the quality of experience, 7 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing, link to Kilimanjaro culture, and provide that extra motivation, when needed during the expedition, to reach the summit and come back safely. I hope to hear from you soon with more questions concerning this tour.

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