Route is one of the less crowded and most scenic routes with high success rates. It involves the crossing of Shira plateau from west to east. The route takes a minimum of seven days however eight days is recommended. It takes 4 hours drive from Arusha to Londrosi Gate where the hikers will do registration then will drive back to the starting point Lemosho Gate, The route starts from the rainforest and across the Shira Plateau, the trail joins Machame route on the third or fourth day depends on the program. You will hike the Barranco wall and crossing lava tower.
Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa! Situated south of the equator – in Tanzania – at 19,340 feet, (5895m) this is Africa’s highest mountain and the highest “free standing” mountain in the world. Its permanent glaciers, in tropical Africa, give it its spectacular image and is the greatest reward for heroic climbers whose satisfaction lasts a lifetime. Mount Kilimanjaro can be the experience of a lifetime! It is a challenge that cannot be taken lightly.
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Day 0:Kilimanjaro Airport to Arusha
You will meet our driver(s) at Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO), and transfer you to the hotel or lodge in Arusha.
Day 1: Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa camp
After registration at Londrosi Gate 2100m amsl, drive to Lemosho starting point. You will spend 3 hours hiking through the rainforest to Mti Mkubwa camp 2750m amsl.
Day 2:Mti Mkubwa camp to Shira 1 camp.
After breakfast, you will leave Mti Mkubwa Camp to Shira 1 camp 3610 m amsl. 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
Hiking time: 5/6 hours
Day 3:Shira 1 camp to Shira 2 camp.
After breakfast, you will leave Shira 1 camp to Shira 2 camp 3850m amsl.
Hiking time: 6/7 hours
Day 4:Shira 2 Camp to Barranco Valley
Leave Shira two (2) camp to Lava tower 4630m amsl for acclimatization. You will reach the junction connecting people from Machame route, continue up to Lava Tower. After lunch at Lava tower, descend to Barranco camp 3950m amsl for dinner and overnight. Hiking time: 6 hours.
Day 5: Barranco Valley camp to Karanga camp
Early in the morning after breakfast, you will conquer the Barranco wall which is also known as breakfast. It is the somehow a technical part of the whole trek you will enjoy hugging and kissing the rocks. After a short break on top of the Barranco wall, you will continue to Karanga campsite 3995m amsl for lunch dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Karanga Camp to Barafu camp
After breakfast, leave Karanga to Barafu camp 4,673m amsl. It takes 4 hours hiking to Barafu camp (BaseCamp). You will reach Barafu camp early to get ready for summit night.
Day 7: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp
After light breakfast, you will start your summit journey at 12:00 am. Enjoy your special night by walking slowly (pole pole). You might be exhausted on the way up but never give up, just keep on going while drinking frequently. At Stella Point 5,756m you will be able to spend a short time drinking tea/hot water. It will take 45 minutes or 1 hour from Stella Point to Uhuru Peak. Take your time to celebrate conquering the peak of Africa, enjoy the beautiful sunrise, crater view, and glaciers. After taking photographs to descend to the base camp for short rest, descend to Mweka camp 3100m. It will be your last night on the mountain. Hopefully, you will get a better night’s sleep due to physical exhaustion
Day 8 : Mweka camp to Mweka gate to Arusha
After the last breakfast on the mountain, you will descend about 3 to 4 hours through the rainforest to Mweka Gate to collect your certificates. Our drivers will be waiting for you at Mweka Gate to take you back to the hotel or lodge in Arusha.
- Airport Transfers (upon Arrival and Departure)
- Transport to and from mountain gates
- Clean, purified drinking water
- All meals while on the Mountain
- Accommodation for all days on Kilimanjaro (Tents)
- Camping equipment such as sleeping tents, mess tent, kitchen tent, sleeping mattress, table and chairs
- Kilimanjaro entrance fees/conservation fees
- Kilimanjaro Camping fees
- Rescue Fees and all taxes.
- Fair salaries for Porters, Cook, and Guides
- Emergency oxygen tanks
- Oxygen Tanks Pulse Oximeter
- Private toilet
- Walking poles & Sleeping Bag
- International and local airfare.
- Optional tours
- Personal expenses example Laundry, beverages, etc.
- Yellow fever vaccinations
- Items of a personal nature such as passport, visa, and traveler’s insurance.
- Tips for Porters, Cook, and Guides
Lemosho Route Map
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Machame Route is also known as the “Whiskey Route”. It is a more difficult route compared to Marangu’s route