MOUNT KILIMANJARO: LEMOSHO ROUTE
This is the most remote route to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro. After taking you through beautiful forests and moorlands, it crosses the Shira Plateau to meet up with the Machame Route. The South Circuit is then followed, offering superb views of the Southern Ice fields, past the Barranco Hut and then on to Barafu and the summit. Kilimanjaro Lemosho route, this trail is at high elevation, and thus we start slow and easy, on this route, the trail begins after completing the necessary registration formalities at the national park gate, we drive a short distance through farmland and plantations to the starting point 2420m.The hike across the natural rain forest is said to be one of the most beautiful hikes in Africa. The route is
- High summit success rate, good for acclimatization.
- Its take 7, 8 or 9 days climb based on your experience.
- Converges with Machame and Umbwe route on 4 at Barranco depending with your bookings.
- Good view of western side Kilimanjaro.
- Accommodation in tents.
8 Day 7 Nights
Day Zero: Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to the Hotel in Arusha where you will meet your Chief Guide for final gear checkup and overnight at the Hotel.
Day 1: Transfer from Arusha – Londorossi Gate – Mti Mkubwa Camp (Big Tree Camp)
Breakfast at your Lodge then transfer to Kilimanjaro entrance gate. After completing the necessary registration formalities at londorossi gate, then drive a short distance to the starting point 2420m. The hike across the natural rain forest is said to be one of the most beautiful hikes in Africa. Distance is 7km from starting point to Big tree Camp/Mti Mkubwa, dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Mti Mkubwa Camp – Shira One Camp
After breakfast to be done trek from Big Tree camp to Shira One (1) camp 3550m distance 7.7km, its normal to experience mild headaches on this days which you should be alleviated with paracetamol, at this point you can even start using diamox 125mg evening 125mg morning but this also depending with your doctor recommendations. Lunch, Dinner and overnight at the Camp.
Day 3: Shira One Camp – Shira Two Camp
Trek across the Shira plateau and have the good view of western breach glaciered peak to Shira 2 camp 3875m, Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth, averaging 12,500 feet. The trek is about 4-5 hours, to the camp. Lunch, dinner and overnight at the camp
Day 4: Shira Two Camp – Lava Tower Camp – Barranco Camp
After breakfast we trek from Shira 2 camp to Lava Tower Campsite 4630 for hot lunch after about 5 hrs. It is normally around this point, where for the first time some climbers will start to feel symptoms of breathlessness, irritability and headaches. After lunch you descent again to Barranco camping area and after reaching the high altitude of 4600m at Lava Tower, the true acclimatization benefit of this day becomes clear. This descent to Barranco camp takes about 2 hours and offers great opportunities to take some beautiful photographs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. The camp is situated in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while you wait for the preparation of your dinner and overnight at Barranco Camp site.
Day 5: Barranco Camp – Karanga Camp
Day five starts with a steep climb up to Barranco Wall. No technical skills are required but you will need to use all four limbs to scramble up to the top. From hire you will follow an up and down route along the Southern Circuite through the Karanga Valley and up to Karanga Camp for lunch, dinner and night.
Day 6: Karanga Camp – Barafu Camp
After breakfast; trick from Karanga camp to Barafu camp 4680m for lunch, dinner and have a good time for preparation before night summit. . Prepare your equipment, ski stick and thermal clothing for your summit attempt. This should include the replacement of your headlamp and camera batteries and make sure you have a spare set available as well. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask. Go to bed round about 19:30 and try to get some precious rest and sleep for not more than 5 Hours.
Day 7: Barafu Camp – Uhuru Peak – Mweka Camp
SUMMIT ATTEMPT- MID-NIGHT
Barafu camp (4680m)-Uhuru Peak (5895m)-Mweka (3100m) you will rise around 23:00, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night. You will head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This 6-hour walk to Stella point is for many climbers, mentally and physically the most challenging on the route. At Stella Point (5685m) 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 will normally encounter snow all the way on your 2-hour ascent to Uhuru Peak. The time you will spend on the summit will depend on the weather conditions. Do not stop here for too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue. Enjoy your accomplishment and a day to remember for the rest of your life. The walk back to Barafu from the summit, takes about 3 hours. Here you will have a well-earned but short rest and collect the rest of your gear, before heading down to Mweka Camp (3100m) for Dinner and Overnight.
Day 8: Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate – Transfer to Arusha
After Breakfast, continue to go down to Mweka Gate where you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Drive to your hotel in Arusha and you will be served a delicious hot lunch, hot shower and celebrate. Later on you will meet with the Managing Director of Jumbo Tours and Safaris Ltd so as to receive a certificate of touring with Jumbo. Tip is recommended and is highly appreciated at the end of the trip. Tips can be given to the Guide at the exit gate or a day before descent to the exit gate.