Itinerary Lemosho Route is the longest of the standard routes and is without doubt the most beautiful. Expect some of the most extraordinary scenery anywhere in Africa, with well-preserved forests, sweeping moorland, heather forests and high desert. Lemosho Route also offers easy walking days and plenty of opportunity for altitude adjustment. The route approaches the summit from the west via the Londorossi Gate and one of the most remote quarters of the region. The trail head is a little more difficult to reach, so Lemosho can sometimes be more expensive options.
Pick up at Kilimanjaro International Airport met on arrival and transfer to Arusha for dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 1: Arrive in Arusha at Kilimanjaro International Airport
Arrive anytime at Kilimanjaro International Airport. We will arrange a private transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) to Arusha at a Safari Lodge, where the rest of the day is leisure. We will gather in the hotel for a pre-climb briefing and equipment check. We will also confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance.
Day 2: Lemosho Big Tree Camp (2,650 m); 3-4 hours walking
After completing the necessary registration formalities at Landorossi gate, we drive through varied farmland with open views over the plains to reach the Lemosho road head. The last section of the road is of poor quality and difficult to drive after rain, sometimes we start walking a kilometer or two below the road head. We often have our lunch at the road head before starting to walk. It is an easy day of walking up a small path through beautiful and lush forest. We camp at Lemosho Big Tree Camp.
Day 3: Shira One (3,550 m); 5-6 hours walking
We soon leave the forest behind and enter the moorland zone of giant heather. The trial climbs steadily with wide views to reach the rim of the Shira Plateau. The is a tangible sense of wilderness, especially if afternoon mists come in! we camp in the centre of the plateau at Shira One.
Day 4: Shira Hut (3,840 m); 3-5 hours walking
We walk to the summit of Shira Cathedral before reaching the next camp at Shira Hut. This campsite has stunning views, close to the glaciated dome of Kibo and the jagged rim of Shira Plateau. The views from here of Mt. Meru floating on the clouds are simply unforgettable.
Day 5: Great Barranco Valley (3,900 m); 6-8 hours walking
A morning of gentle ascent and panoramic views, leaving the moorland plateau behind to walk on lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. After lunch near the Lava Tower junction (4,550 m) we descend to the bottom of the Great Barranco valley sheltered by towering cliffs and with extensive views of the plains far below near our campsite at Barranco valley.
Day 6: Karanga Campsite (4,000 m); 4-5 hours walking
A steep climb up the Barranco Wall lead us to an undulating trail on the southern-eastern flank of Kibo, with superb vistas of the Southern Ice fields. The terrain changes to scree, with pockets of vegetation in sheltered hollows, and there is only a short distance to our camp at Karanga (4,000 m), the last water point on the way to the summit.
Day 7: Barafu Campsite (4,600 m) 3-4 hours walking
We follow an easy path on compacted scree with wide views that gains altitude unrelenting to reach the Barafu campsite (4,600) for lunch. There is a short acclimatization walk to the plateau at the bottom of the South-East valley (4,800m). The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night.
Day 8: Mweka forest camp (3,100 m); 13-15 hours walking
We will start our ascent by torchlight at about 1am.so that we can be up on the crater rim by sunrise. The steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zing-sags and a slow but steady pace will take us to Stella Point (5,735 m), 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 2hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896m), 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 refreshment, we continue to descend to reach our final Mweka forest camp.
Day 9: Mweka forest camp to Mweka Gate (1,650 m); 3-4 hours walking
A sustained descent through lovely forest with lush undergrowth takes us to Mweka National Park gate.
Day 10: Arusha to Kilimanjaro International Airport with private departure transfer included