Mt Kilimanjaro Trek - Lemosho Route

Start: Moshi Finish: Moshi

Visiting: Moshi, Mti Mkubwa Camp, Shira 1 Camp, Shira 2 Camp, Barranco Camp, Karanga Camp, Barafu Camp, Mweka Camp


Duration: 9 Nights

Physical rating: 5 - Challenging

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Vegans

Tour Operator: G Adventures

Age range: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

Take the challenging and less-travelled Lemosho route, considered by many to be the most beautiful path up the western breach of the mountain, to the Shira Plateau. This adventure starts off with a few long days as you gain altitude, and has several days built in to help you acclimatize, improving your chances of making the summit. Enjoy the climb through magnificent forests and moorland, and emerge into high-alpine deserts as you enjoy spectacular views along the way to the summit.

Highlights

  • icon Moshi Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group. 8-day guided group trek up Mt Kilimanjaro's Lemosho Route with local guides
  • icon camp along the trail
  • iconMarvel at the stunning scenery from Africa's highest mountain
  • iconMarvel at the stunning scenery from Africa's highest mountain, camp along the trail, summit to Uhuru Peak at sunrise.
  • icon summit to Uhuru Peak at sunrise.

Itinerary

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icon Day 1: Moshi

Location: Moshi

Accommodation: Stella Maris Lodge

Arrive at any time.

ACTIVITY: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.

icon Day 2: Moshi/Mti Mkubwa Camp

Location: Moshi

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER

Begin the Lemosho trail of Mt Kilimanjaro ending for the day at the Mti Mkubwa Campsite.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Register at the gate office, and start the hike with a gradual ascent and a slight descent into the Lemosho Glades. Enter the lush rainforest and listen to the sounds of many exotic birds. Spot monkeys such as the black and white colobus - these monkeys are black with a long ‘cape’ of white hair and a flowing white tail. Spend the day in the gorgeous and fascinating forested slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro, most of which is considered to be a rainforest zone. End the day at the Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree) Campsite, within the upper reaches of the montane forest zone.

icon Day 3: Mti Mkubwa Camp/Shira 1 Camp

Location: Mti Mkubwa Camp

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER

Climb into the moorland over the Shira ridge and down to the plateau and the Shira 1 Camp.

ACTIVITY: Rise early and tackle a steep climb to head out of the montane forest zone and into the moorland zone. Admire trees such as the Giant Heather and Erica. Embark on a challenging hiking day with a trek over the Shira ridge at 3,500m (11,483 ft), where, on a clear day, have direct views of Kibo, the peak and ultimate goal of the adventure. From there, descend to the Shira plateau and set up at Shira 1 Camp, located next to a stream.

icon Day 4: Shira 1 Camp/Shira 2 Camp

Location: Shira 1 Camp

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER

Travel across the Shira plateau, with time for short acclimatization walks.

Because the hiking time is only about 3 hours today, use the free time to take a number of short acclimatization walks around and above the Shira 2 Camp. This camp is more exposed than the previous night's camp. It may be windier and colder, with temperatures dropping to below freezing.

ACTIVITY: Traverse the Shira plateau. Ascend gently through the lower alpine moorland, which is notable for beautiful wild alpine flowers and the unique giant lobelia and giant groundsel (senecio kilimanjari) plants.

icon Day 5: Shira 2 Camp/Barranco Camp

Location: Shira 2 Camp

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER

Climb through rocky scree to the Lava Tower. Descend into the Great Barranco Valley to acclimatize and camp.

ACTIVITY: Climb slowly through the rocky terrain to the Lava Tower (4600m, 15,092 ft) from the Shira 2 Camp. The route becomes increasingly challenging and steep. Some hikers might start to feel weak or short of breath from the altitude so go slowly— “pole pole” as they say in Swahili—to avoid exasperating the symptoms.

ACTIVITY: Descend from the Lava Tower 650m (2133 ft) to the Great Barranco Valley. Hike about 2 hours to reach the valley, acclimate to the elevation and take in the view of the Western Breach and Breach Wall along the way. Reach the Barranco Camp and enjoy the beautiful landscape as a reward for the day’s difficult hike. The Breach Wall surrounds the Camp on three sides and the area has an amazing view of hanging glaciers and the Kibo massif.

icon Day 6: Barranco Camp/Karanga Camp

Location: Barranco Camp

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER

Tackle the Great Barranco Wall up into the alpine desert of the Karanga Valley.

ACTIVITY: Start the steady hike up the eastern side of the Great Barranco Wall. On the way to the Karanga Camp (4100m, 13,451 ft), pass below the Heim Glacier and through the alpine desert of the Karanga Valley. Depending on the weather, enjoy the fantastic view of Mt. Kilimanjaro from the Heim Glacier.

icon Day 7: Karanga Camp/Barafu Camp

Location: Karanga Camp

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER

Trek through the alpine desert up to Barafu Camp. Prepare for the midnight start of the summit attempt.

In preparation for the final ascent the same night, you will familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark, and prepare your equipment and thermal clothing for the summit attempt. Sleep may be difficult, but lie down after dinner to try and rest for the 1295m final ascent.

ACTIVITY: Trek through the Karanga Valley to the Barafu Camp at 4600m (15,092ft). The trail through the alpine desert is dry, barren, and temperatures will get colder after leaving the valley camp. The Barafu Camp is on a narrow ridge with no barriers from the wind, but with a beautiful view of the Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Take some time before dark to get familiar with the camp area to avoid any accidents later.

icon Day 8: Barafu Camp/Mweka Camp

Location: Barafu Camp

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER

At midnight, begin the summit trek. Conquer the rim of the main crater, then cross the scree and snow to Uhuru Peak. Descend to Mweka Camp.

This stretch is the longest, and the most mentally and physically challenging of the trek. But the feeling of conquering Kilimanjaro will stay with you forever.

ACTIVITY: Wake up call today is at 11pm in order to reach Stella Point (5756m, 18,885 ft) in time for the spectacular view of the sunrise (depending on weather). Enjoy a snack and warm drink and get ready for the ascent in the dark up the northwest scree. Go slowly as the terrain is rocky and difficult, pass between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers before arriving at Stella Point.

ACTIVITY: Start the 1 hour, gradual ascent to Uhuru peak (5895m, 19341 ft) along the snow-covered trail. Temperatures near the summit can range from -23° C (-9°f) in the morning to just below freezing overnight. Arrive at the summit at last! Take a deep breath and celebrate a successful climb.

ACTIVITY: Begin the descent from the summit towards the Barafu camp, where the group will pack up and enjoy a quick rest. The route down will use the same rock and scree path as the ascent and will pass back through moorland and forest terrain. Reach Mweka hut in the late afternoon.

icon Day 9: Mweka Camp/Moshi

Location: Mweka Camp

Accommodation: Stella Maris Lodge

Meals: BREAKFAST, LUNCH

Continue descent through the forested, lower slopes to Moshi. Meet the mamas of the Moshi Women’s Cooperative, a G supported project, for a climbing ceremony.

Arrive to Moshi in the afternoon. Time to relax, take a shower, and celebrate with a drink. Cheers to climbing Mt Kilimanjaro! Before dinner, you will be welcomed and congratulated on your climb by the mamas of the Moshi Women’s Cooperative, a project supported by G Adventures. They will present you with a gift and a certificate to remember all your efforts on the mountain. Opt to pre-book the Moshi Mamas Massage by adding it to your checkout page, or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.

ACTIVITY: Hike downhill to the Mweka Gate. Enjoy the lower altitude and the view of the forested slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro. The route can be muddy underfoot so take care. From the Mweka Gate you will continue down into the Mweka village for lunch, normally a muddy 1 hour hike. Upon arrival to Moshi in the afternoon, relax, or opt to have that much-deserved shower and congratulatory beverage.

ACTIVITY: Walk back to the Mweka village for lunch. The route is typically muddy but doesn’t take long.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: This project is supported by the Planeterra Foundation and G Adventures. Women and girls are often the first to be excluded from educational programs in Tanzania, with most girls being pulled out of school by Grade 3 to help out around the home. Our ground partners provide free adult business education for women in Moshi, and Planeterra and G Adventures have rented a cooperative space to allow these students to practice their academic skills and save income to start their own business. Feel free to shop for for souvenirs and speak to the women who run the cooperative about their lives and how the project has assisted in building a brighter future.

icon Day 10: Moshi

Location: Moshi

Meals: BREAKFAST

Depart at any time.

What's Included

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    Accommodation

    Simple hotel (2 nts), full-service alpine camping (7 nts).

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    Meals

    9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners

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    All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group. 8-day guided group trek up Mt Kilimanjaro's Lemosho Route with local guides, cooks and porters. Additional "acclimatization day" during ascent. All permits and fees. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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    8-day guided group trek up Mt Kilimanjaro's Lemosho Route with local guides, cooks and porters

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    Your G for Good Moment: Moshi Women's Cooperative Visit, Moshi Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group

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    Additional "acclimatization day" during ascent

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    Your G for Good Moment: Moshi Women's Cooperative Visit, Moshi

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    All permits and fees

Accommodation

Simple hotel (2 nts), full-service alpine camping (7 nts).

Transport

Private minibus, trekking.

Meals Included

9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners

Your Peace of Mind Options

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    Low Deposit

    G Adventures requires a deposit of 200 GBP to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 60 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


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