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8 Days / 7 Nights – Lemosho Route

“Francisco is a wonderful person, an incredible host, and the best safari guide that we have had.  He is knowledgeable,… ”
Climbing tour
, Kilimanjaro trekking
, Mountain Climbing
, Trekking to Kilimanjaro
, Walking tour, Tanzania, Arusha, Africa, Kilimanjaro

from $2,805* per person 8 Days Year-round
Comfort accommodations Exertion level: 7
Operator: Lappet Faced Safaris 6 people max
  • Tanzania
  • Active & Adventure trips

The 8 day Lemosho variation is the ideal schedule for this route.

On the 8 day Lemosho route, the trek from Barranco to Barafu is broken up into two days, allowing for a short day just prior to the summit attempt. This is important because summit day begins very early, around midnight, so climbers are sleep deprived going into the toughest day on the mountain. By having a short day beforehand, climbers can be better rested.

Locations visited/nearby

Climbing tour , Kilimanjaro trekking , Mountain Climbing , Trekking to Kilimanjaro , Walking tour, Tanzania, Arusha, Africa, Kilimanjaro

1 testimonial about this trip

  1. Reviewer: located in United states of America
    Francisco is a wonderful person, an incredible host, and the best safari guide that we have had.  He is knowledgeable, eager to make your experience incredible and knows how to find the animals that we are all there to see!  He is also eager to tell you about his country and the Tanzanian people.  He is also interested in you.  We loved every day that we spent with him.
    5

3 testimonials about the provider, Lappet Faced Safaris:

  • Reviewer: located in California United states of America
    Francisco is a wonderful person, an incredible host, and the best safari guide that we have had.  He is knowledgeable, eager to make your experience incredible and knows how to find the animals that we are all there to see!  He is also eager to tell you about his country and the Tanzanian people.  He is also interested in you.  We loved every day that we spent with him
    5
  • Reviewer: located in China
    They prepare everything for my trip! They helped me to decide what to see and what not to see.
     5/5

    I’m sorry that I press five star button, I had prefer to press more than 10 stars. Anyway what I know five stars is best number that is why I decide to press all stars for Lappet Faced Safaris. My trip was awesome. It fill my trip so happy by visiting beautiful nature of Tanzania and is probably the most beautiful place on the planet, but more importantly Lappet Faced Safaris arranged my access to the country’s wonders so professional.
    Lappet Faced Safaris prepare everything for my trip! They helped me to decide what to see and what not to see. They arranged tours that took me behind the scenes for many of the National Parks and game reserves of Tanzania. They sent me on adventures that were beautiful, thrilling, Maasai traditional dancing and brought me at the top of Mountain Kilimanjaro. Then, after my various day-long excursions, we were able to relax in lovely hotels and eat amazing food.
    How did they know my tastes so well? Maybe magic, maybe the attentiveness and time that they devoted to working with me. At the outset of our relationship, they spent several hours talking with me about what I wanted to do and then planning an itinerary. For the next few months they worked on the reservations and other arrangements for all of my requests. Most of those communications took place by email and facebook, and they were very responsive all along the way. Right before I left, I had a ask all of my questions call with them, and they presented to me with a detailed, day by day itinerary. By the time I left for my trip, I felt that everything had been taken care of, and all of my what if worries had been anticipated.
    i couldn’t ask for a better travel experience overall, or a better experience with a Lappet Faced Safaris Our sincere thanks to Lappet Faced Safaris and the whole his team.
    I love to trip with Lappet Faced Safaris once again

    5
  • Reviewer: located in Dutch
    I've been on a safari with lappet faced safari compagny. It was the best time I ever had. Have been to Manyara and Ngorro crater. The tourguide explained everything very well.. It was such an amazing trip to never forget. Thanks for everything and wish you the best tour safaris in the future!
    5

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Special information

  • This is a custom departure, meaning this trip is offered on dates that you arrange privately with the provider. Additionally, you need to form your own private group for this trip. The itinerary and price here is just a sample. Contact the provider for detailed pricing, minimum group size, and scheduling information. For most providers, the larger the group you are traveling with, the lower the per-person cost will be.
  • May accommodate certain types of disabilities. Contact the operator for more information.

Itinerary

Elevation (ft): 7,800ft to 9,500ft
We depart Moshi / Arusha for Londorossi Gate, which takes about 4 hours, where you will complete entry formalities. Then drive to the Lemosho trail head (another hour to reach the trail head). Upon arrival at trail head, we eat lunch, then commence through undisturbed forest which winds to the first camp site.

DAY 2 – Forest Camp to Shira Camp 1

Elevation (ft): 9,500ft to 11,500ft
We continue on the trail leading out of the forest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather, and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As we ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, we reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 camp. The view of Kibo from across the plateau is amazing.

DAY 3 – Shira Camp 1 to Shira 2 to Moir Hut

Elevation (ft): 11,500ft to 13,800 ft
We explore the Shira plateau for a full day. It is a gentle walk east toward Kibo’s glaciered peak, across the plateau which leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream. Then we continue 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 is one of the highest plateaus on earth.

DAY 4 – Moir Hut to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

Elevation (ft): 13,800ft to 13,000ft
From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth.” Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

DAY 5 – Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

Elevation (ft): 13,000ft to 13,100ft
After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. This is a short day meant for acclimatization.

DAY 6 – Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

Elevation (ft): 13,100ft to 15,300ft
After breakfast, we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.

DAY 7 – Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut

Elevation (ft): 15,300ft to 19,345ft (and down to 10,000ft)
Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point (18,600 ft), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all they way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit.
From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. 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.

DAY 8 – Mweka Camp to Moshi / Arusha

Elevation (ft): 10,000ft to 5,400ft
After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). A vehicle will meet you at Mweka gate to drive you back to hotel in Moshi / Arusha.

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