7 Days Lemosho Route + 3 Days Safari (December)

Overview

As a newer route, it is more remote and undoubtedly more beautiful, but it is slightly longer and more expensive. It begins on the mountain’s western side, a longer drive from town, at the Londorossi Gate, and was introduced as an alternative to the Shira route. On day 3, it crosses the Shira Plateau to connect with the Machame Route at Lava Tower, then descends via the Southern Circuit to Barranco Valley. You might be fortunate enough to see a buffalo, elephant, or other game. This route has a higher summit success rate because it allows for more time for acclimatization.

In the morning, you will make your way to the Lemosho Gate. Here you will be registered by the national park authorities and your trek through a dense rainforest begins. Today will be a shortest walk of the entire trek, about 2½ hours, which gives you a small taste of what lies ahead in the coming days. The walk takes you through dense and unspoiled rainforest, which is very different from the scenery you will have in the next couple of days. Your destination for the day is the beautiful Big Tree Camp at 2780 m.

Accommodation :  Big Camp     Meals & Drinks : Lunch and Dinner included

A longer day awaits. Starting off through the forest, you will notice how the vegetation gradually changes; the trees are thinning out and more shrubs appear as you ascend. You will see lobelias and Erica’s and cross Shira Ridge. After about five hours of hiking, you will stop for a hot lunch at Shira Camp 1. This spot has great views of the sister mountain Mt Meru and the Rift Valley below. The afternoon stretch will take about three hours and you will gain 400 m in altitude. Still the landscape changes as you cross an area that was molten lava many years ago. Strange plants dot the landscape – giant senecios – you should be close to Shira Camp 2. This is your camping spot for the night. If the weather is good, you should see the summit – an awesome view at sunset.

Accommodation :  Shira Camp 2     Meals & Drinks : All meals included

After breakfast you will start your walk-up to Lava Tower with a long ascent above the Shira Plateau. You will climb quite a bit in altitude, roughly 740 m. You will have a rest here before descending again. This is a so called acclimatising day, where you will climb high but sleep low, giving you a good idea of how your body reacts to altitude. The landscape will once again change as you pass through the Barranco Valley, with its big Senecias and smaller Lobelia plants. After a long 6 – 7 hours you will reach your beautiful camp for the night, the Barranco Camp. The crew will be there waiting with a well deserve evening meal before settling in for the night. Accommodation :  Barranco Camp     Meals & Drinks : All meals included

Straight after breakfast you will make your way up the famous Barranco Wall. This is most probably the steepest part of the entire route. Safety is very important to us so please follow the guideline of your guides who will get you to the top safely. You might have to use yours hands every now and then to get a better grip but rest assured there are no alpine climbing passages. Once at the top you will walk along the mountain ridge and if the weather allows you will have a great view of the southern glacier of Kibo as the Kibo summit. After 3 – 4 hours you will reach Karanga Camp for your overnight. Accommodation :  Karanga Camp     Meals & Drinks : All meals included

Barafu Camp is your destination for today at (15,220 ft) 4640 m. You will start after breakfast and should reach it in about 3 to 4 hours. The scenery for today will be mostly afro-alpine dessert. Once at the camp you will have a filling early dinner before settling in for a good rest in preparation for tomorrow exciting climb.

Accommodation :  Barafu Camp     Meals & Drinks : All meals included

Your day will begin at 00:00. After hot tea and biscuits, you will start your 5-7 hours walk to Stella Point, the crater rim of Kilimanjaro. Here you will have a short rest if necessary before continuing another 1-2 hours to reach the highlight of the trip, the Uhuru Peak (5895 m). This is truly a once in a lifetime experience as you stand at the top of Africa watching the sunrise light up the surrounding summits and landscape. After taking much-needed pictures, you will make your way down back to Barafu Camp for a 1-2 hours rest. Once everyone is well rested you will continue down to Mweka gate (3080 m), an approx. 3 hours walk. The rest of the evening is yours to relax, you’ll have a nice evening meal and a good night’s sleep.

Accommodation :  Mweka Camp     Meals & Drinks : All meals included

After breakfast, before starting your final stretch, you will enjoy a traditional farewell ceremony from the mountain guides. A 2 – 3 hours walk will take you through the rainforest back the Mweka Gate. Our driver will be there waiting for you and take you back to your Hotel. The rest of the day is yours to freshen up, relax, and take in all the excitement of the last couple of days.

Meals & Drinks : Breakfast & Lunch included

  • Trekking tour according to the itinerary
  • Accommodation in huts / camps as indicated in the itinerary
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Personal porter
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinking water
  • Transfers as indicated in the itinerary
  • National park fees
  • Rescue fees
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • International flights (From/to home)
  • Domestic Flight
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (Tipping guideline from US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • The government imposed an increase in taxes and/or park fees
  • Sleeping bag
  • Climbing gear


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Highly recommended! Hans and his team at Kilimanjaro Tourenare highly recommended! We really enjoyed our Mt. Kilimanjaro hike because of them. Anyone who wants to try climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro should definitely contact Kilimanjaro Touren!
Daryle Dale D
Daryle Dale D
2020-08-29
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Mt kilimajaru climb and safari Reliable and well accomodated to the participants. Recommended for kilimanjaru climb amd safaru tour
Joo mar
Joo mar
2020-01-16
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Unforgettable Kilimanjaro Experience Kili Touren created a wonderful experience for me and my friends! We embarked on our journey from Moshi and stayed at a hotel prior to beginning the climb the next day. During this time Hans and his team made sure we were fully prepared and had the gear required to be safe and comfortable throughout our trip. For those that did not have everything, they took us to a shop so that we could rent anything we needed. We took the Rongai route and made it in 5 days. The first three days weren't too difficult, and the guides with us were very knowledgable on the right pace we should be taking to make sure we could acclimate to the elevation. Each night we had a delicious meal that typically involved 2-3 courses, and there was water readily available when we needed it! The summit day was pretty difficult, mostly in part to the fact that our trip required us to do additional hiking after making it to Uhuru Peak. For other considering the climb, I would recommend 6 days if you have the budget. This trip was an unbelievable experience and I would like to thank Hans and his entire team for helping ensure all of us made it up and down safely, while also making it fun! I would highly recommend Kilimanjaro Touren to anyone considering hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro, or any other activity in Tanzania!
Stevey T
Stevey T
2018-11-06
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Western New York & Boston Meets the in country Peace Corps Hans and company were great! The guides and the barriers were some of the hardest working people on the planet. When one of our crew members was struck with altitude sickness the guides were right there to make sure he got down safely. We all enjoyed their company and comradeship on the hike. I can strongly recommend KILIMANJARO Turen for your next hike up the mountain.
Richard R
Richard R
2018-11-03
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Amazing Kilimanjaro Adventure Climbing mount Kilimanjaro is was an amazing bonding opportunity for me, my family and friends. A group of eight of us were led by Hans and the Kilimanjaro Touren team to the summit on the Rongai route and descend using the Marangu route in 5 days. Prior the start of the climb we stayed in Marangu, which is where Hans and many of the crew live or have family. They did a gear check and made sure we were all fully prepared for our journey. We were concerned that trying to complete the climb in 5 would result in some being unable to make it to the summit because we had heard success rates for 5 day climbs are lower because of acclimatization issues. We decided to make the climb in 5 days however because of our budge. Despite a snow storm the night of our final ascent our entire team (including my 62 year old father) made it to the top and back down safely. The team of guides proved to be experienced and made us feel safe while pushing through the harsh weather conditions above 5,000 meters. It is an experience that I will cherish forever and am grateful for the help of Kilimanjaro Touren.
Brian R
Brian R
2018-11-01

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