Kilimanjaro Climb - Lemosho Route

Start: Arusha Finish: Arusha

Visiting: Arusha, Londorossi Gate, Lemosho Route, Shira, Shira Camp, Barranco Camp, Karanga Camp, Barafu Camp, Uhuru Peak, Mweka Trail, Kilimanjaro


Duration: 9 Nights

Physical rating: Challenging / Tough

Special diets catered: Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour Operator: Exodus

Group size: 4 - 16

Age range: 16 to 99

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

Taking the western approach we cross the caldera of Shira Volcano, traversing beneath the southern icefields of Kibo, Kilimanjaro's highest volcano. We have eight days on Africa’s highest mountain, which means plenty of time for acclimatisation and soaking up the ever changing scenery. This is one of the least trekked routes allowing us to savour the immense and wild Shira Plateau. This itinerary gives you an excellent chance of reaching the summit: approximately 96% of people trekking the Lemosho route with Exodus stand on the roof of Africa.

Highlights

  • iconWhy not extend your trip on beautiful Zanzibar for a few days
  • iconExtra day to aid acclimatisation
  • iconTo stand on top of the largest freestanding mountain in the world - Kilimanjaro
  • iconA fantastic eight-day route, carefully designed to maximise time in remote wilderness
  • icon1 guide to every 2 clients on summit day

Places You'll See

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Kilimanjaro Climb - Lemosho Route
Kilimanjaro Climb - Lemosho Route
Kilimanjaro Climb - Lemosho Route

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Start Arusha.

Location: Arusha

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Dinner

There will be a trip briefing this afternoon/evening. Please bring with you your passport and insurance details, and your air ticket details. The briefing will cover all aspects of your trip and will include the distribution of any hired equipment you have booked. *Comfortable Hotel*

icon Day 2 : To Londorossi; begin ascent to Lemosho Forest (2650m).

Location: Londorossi Gate, Lemosho Route

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Lemosho Forest camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

In the morning we transfer to Londorossi (2250 m), passing between the slopes of Kilimanjaro and the horseshoe-shaped volcanic crater of Mt. Meru (a distance of about 120 km). After completing the necessary registration formalities, we drive on for a short distance through farmland and plantations to reach the Lemosho roadhead. The last 5 km of the road to the park gate is of poor quality, particularly after rain, and the drive there should be considered part of the adventure. We often have our lunch in the glades before starting to walk. It is an easy day of walking up a small path through beautiful and lush forest, this area has a variety of game including buffalo. Approx 3-4 hours walking. *Full-service Camping*

icon Day 3 : Explore Shira Plateau; camp at Shira One (3550m).

Location: Shira

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: the plateau at Shira One camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The trail starts out in the lush rich montane forest before ascending into the moorland zone of giant heather. The trail climbs steadily with views across the plains opening out as we reach the rim of the Shira Plateau. There is a tangible sense of wilderness especially if the afternoon mists come in. We camp in the centre of the plateau at Shira One (3550 m). Approx 6-7 hours walking. *Full-service Camping*

icon Day 4 : Walk to the summit of Shira Cathedral to camp at Shira Hut (3840m).

Location: Shira Camp

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: camp near Shira Hut

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A day to help acclimatisation and to explore the grassy moorland and the volcanic rock formations of the plateau. We walk to the summit of Shira Cathedral, a huge buttress of rock surrounded by steep spires and pinnacles. The views from our camp near Shira Hut (3840m) of Mt. Meru floating on the clouds are simply unforgettable. The afternoon is free to relax. Approx 4-5 hours walking. *Full-service Camping*

icon Day 5 : Descend to camp at Great Barranco Valley (3900m).

Location: Barranco Camp

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: camp at Great Barranco Valley

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A morning of gentle ascent and panoramic views, walking on lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. After lunch near the Lava Tower junction (4550m), we descend to the bottom of the Great Barranco valley (3900m), sheltered by towering cliffs and with extensive views of the plains far below. Approx 5-7 hours walking. *Full-service Camping*

icon Day 6 : Over the Barranco Wall to Karanga (4000m).

Location: Karanga Camp

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Karanga camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A short steep climb up the famed Barranco Wall leads us to an undulating trail on the south-eastern flank of Kibo, with superb vistas of the southern icefields. The terrain changes to volcanic scree, with pockets of lush vegetation in sheltered hollows, and a powerful sense of mountain wilderness. Our next camp is at Karanga (4000m) a short distance away. The valley floor has the last water point on the approach to Barafu and we camp on the higher sides of the valley with views towards the glaciers of the southern icefields. Approx 4-5 hours walking. *Full-service Camping*

icon Day 7 : Steep ascent to Barafu campsite (4600m), with optional afternoon ascent to bottom of S.E. Valley (4800m).

Location: Barafu Camp

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Barafu Campsite

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The trail follows a path on compacted scree with wide views ahead including the Barafu Ridge where our camp lies. The trail climbs unrelentingly to reach the Barafu campsite (4600m) for lunch, after which there is a short acclimatisation walk to the plateau at the bottom of the southeast valley (4800m). The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent and includes a very early night. Approx 3-5 hours walking. *Full-service Camping*

icon Day 8 : An early start to reach Stella Point in time for sunrise; on to Uhuru Peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa; descend to Millennium Camp (3800m).

Location: Uhuru Peak

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: campsite at Millenium camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We will start our ascent by torchlight around midnight so that we can be up on the crater rim by sunrise. The steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zigzags and a slow but steady pace will take us to Stella Point (5735m), in about five or six hours. We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the two hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,895m), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Barafu is surprisingly fast, and after some refreshments we continue to descend to reach our final campsite (3800m) at Millenium camp. Most of us will be too tired to notice the beauty of the forest surrounding the crowded campsite. This is an extremely long and hard day with between 11 and 15 hours of walking at high altitude. *Full-service Camping*

icon Day 9 : To Mweka Gate; transfer to Arusha.

Location: Mweka Trail, Arusha

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This day is a sustained descent on a well-constructed path through lovely tropical forest alive with birdsong and boasting lush undergrowth with considerable botanical interest. Our route winds down to the national park gate at Mweka (1650m); and on through coffee and banana farms to Mweka village. The shower, the beer, and the swimming pool are tantalisingly close! We return by bus to Arusha (a distance of about 100 km). Approx 4-6 hours walking. *Comfortable Hotel*

icon Day 10 : End Arusha.

Location: Arusha

Meals: Breakfast

The morning can be spent resting in the hotel garden by the pool or exploring Arusha for souvenirs for those on group flights. Those not flying back to UK with the group will leave us in Arusha. **

What's Included

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    Flights from London (if booking includes flights)

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    Kilimanjaro Park Fee

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    All accommodation (see below)

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    All breakfasts, 8 lunches and 9 dinners

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    All transport and listed activities

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    Tour leader throughout

What's Not Included

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    Equipment hire

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    Visas or vaccinations

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    Travel insurance

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    Single supplement

Food

All meals during the climb are included. Please allow about GBP20-30 (USD30-50) for the two lunches (day 1 and 10) not included.  On trek the emphasis is on a varied and well-balanced diet with a greater amount of fresh fruit and soup to maximise the daily intake of fluids. Vegetarians are well catered for but please inform us before departure of any special dietary requests. Please note that in Tanzania the availability of certain specialised products for restricted diets, e.g. gluten-free or dairy-free, is minimal or non-existent and we strongly recommend you bring these specialised dietary items from home. The menu has a high liquid and carbohydrate content; the two important elements for successful climbing. At higher altitudes, stimulants (such as coffee) and less digestible foods (such as meat) are not recommended. Our evening meal at the highest camp on Kilimanjaro is a meatless stew as our experience shows this to be the ideal preparation for the summit day. At mealtimes a selection of hot drinks are available. Soup is served twice daily. Daily Meals Bed Tea - tea or coffee served in your tent. Breakfast  - consists of seasonal fresh fruit (mango/banana/watermelon), porridge, cooked eggs, sausage, bacon and toast. Energy snacks are provided for the daily walk such as biscuits, bananas, and chocolate bars. Lunch  -  either a packed lunch on longer days or, more usually, a hot lunch served in camp by a small team who have raced ahead of the clients. A hot lunch typically consists of soup, bread or pancakes, cheese, tuna, jam, peanut butter, pasta salad and cake. Afternoon tea  -  served in late afternoon. It is an opportunity to drink lots of hot drinks and snack on peanuts or popcorn. Dinner  -  the main meal of the day and always consists of three courses; soup and bread, followed by the main dish, which could be rice, potatoes or pasta with fish, meat or vegetables, and is followed by a dessert often of fruit. Summit snacks - Whilst we provide enough food for the climb, we recommend that you bring some of your favourite snacks, and keep them for the summit day. This is because the summit day is a long and tough climb and having your favourite snacks can give you a very welcome boost. Water Whilst the water we provide on Kilimanjaro is suitable for drinking you may wish to be extra safe and treat it with your own water purification tablets. Biox Aqua drops or tablets are the best available alternative for sale in the UK as they kill giardia and cryptosporidium.

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KILIMANJARO CLIMB - LEMOSHO ROUTE
The most thrilling, rewarding and emotional adventure I have ever been on. The most thrilling, rewarding and emotional adventure I have ever been on.

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KILIMANJARO CLIMB - LEMOSHO ROUTE
An amazing experience - a trip of a lift time that was made by the great group of people and the fantastic guides. Reaching Stella Point as the sun was ....more An amazing experience - a trip of a lift time that was made by the great group of people and the fantastic guides.

Reaching Stella Point as the sun was rising is something I will never forget and made the final trek to Uhuru Peak that much easier.

Our head guide Henry was superb as were his assistant guides, Double V, Hans, Ricardo, Halida and Emanuel.

Without their support, encourage and positivity I would have struggled to make that final push to the top.

Thank you all in helping me achieve my goal of climbing Kilimanjaro.

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KILIMANJARO CLIMB - LEMOSHO ROUTE
Excellent organization. Maybe a bit over the top in the commodities... but definitely appreciated once there. The African Walking Company is an excellent organization.  Excellent organization.

Maybe a bit over the top in the commodities.

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but definitely appreciated once there.

 The African Walking Company is an excellent organization.

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KILIMANJARO CLIMB - LEMOSHO ROUTE
A great adventure, well organised by the African Walking Company. A must if you like a bit of walking and can put up with a frosted tent in the morning. A great adventure, well organised by the African Walking Company.

A must if you like a bit of walking and can put up with a frosted tent in the morning.

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Lemosho Route - a perfect adventure!
This is one of the longest routes up Kili. I'd recommend it to anyone looking to climb this mountain. The extra days certainly gave us the time needed to acclimatise ....more This is one of the longest routes up Kili.

I'd recommend it to anyone looking to climb this mountain.

The extra days certainly gave us the time needed to acclimatise to ever increasing altitude.

The tour was well organised and we were expertly looked after - our safety was paramount at all times and the guides were constantly checking on us to ensure that we were showing no signs of altitude sickness.

A wonderful experience and a great trek!; ....less
KILIMANJARO CLIMB - LEMOSHO ROUTE
There are a number of options to complete the summit to Kilimanjaro, although I can not speak for them all the Lemosho route was amazing. It offered a fantastic balance ....more There are a number of options to complete the summit to Kilimanjaro, although I can not speak for them all the Lemosho route was amazing.

It offered a fantastic balance between providing a stimulating ascension and varied environments to climb.

Due to the additional duration it also enables suitable time to acclimatise to maximise the opportunity to summit.

I was slightly sceptical of completing this activity with a group of strangers, however the diversity of the group was one of the most memorable things of the expedition.

In short, climbing Kilimanjaro was excellent and I have already thoroughly recorded this to my friends.

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KILIMANJARO CLIMB - LEMOSHO ROUTE
What a fantastic experience!  I felt like a complete wuss when I arrived and discovered we had 34 porters, 5 guides and a cook for only 10 of us.  However ....more What a fantastic experience!  I felt like a complete wuss when I arrived and discovered we had 34 porters, 5 guides and a cook for only 10 of us.

  However I then felt alot better when the guides told us that they had also taken Ashley Cole's wife and her friends (otherwise known as the Comic Relief climbing team) up the mountain and that they had a porter / guide team of 110.

  Even our team of 40 resulted in luxury camping at its best.

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Exodus lemosho
A great trip with African Walking Company. Everything was organised but still flexible and great team of guides, cook, porter all 39 were amazing! Highly recommend this trip to people ....more A great trip with African Walking Company.

Everything was organised but still flexible and great team of guides, cook, porter all 39 were amazing! Highly recommend this trip to people who don't mind camping for over a week and hiking to the summit with a start at midnight.

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Outstanding life experience
This was a fantastic experience for myself and my wife, as part of a team of 14: all of who got to Stella point and with 13/14 getting to ....more This was a fantastic experience for myself and my wife, as part of a team of 14: all of who got to Stella point and with 13/14 getting to Uhuru point.

The local staff, from the African Walking Company, were superb - friendly, professional and always with safety and wellbeing at the top of their agenda.

The food, given the conditions, was 5*.

Was it hard? Yes it was, particularly on summit night.

But was it worthwhile and would I recommend the experience to others - ABSOLUTELY!; ....less
Pole Pole
A gruelling but worthwhile trip. A gruelling but worthwhile trip.

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