Lemosho Route

The Lemosho route, also referred to as the longest route, is one of the becoming popular route on Kilimanjaro and favorite for us. Lemosho route is one of the highest summit success rates given the topography and nature of the route which allows climbers to trek high and sleep low. This is what is making it a more favorable route for acclimatization. This route offers some of the most spectacular scenery while on the mountain. The route starts in the North West side of the mountain and proceeds steeply north, traversing the Shira plateau and eventually joining the Shira and Machame routes just after Shira II camp. The Lemosho route can be done in minimum 7 days but 8 days trek is recommended to allow climbers been well rested and acclimatized before making the final ascent to the summit.

Arrive in Kilimanjaro International Airport in the afternoon. Transfer you to the arranged Hotel in Arusha / Moshi town, and then relax for the couple of hours. You will meet your trek guide from Arctic Adventure & Safari Limited who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day. This is done before dinner.

Four hours drive from Arusha lies the gate to Lemosho route, where we complete park formalities, meet our crews of porters and start to trek! The first section of the route treks steadily and passes through magnificent, dense rainforest. This path is less well-trodden so it can get somewhat overgrown in places and it is often wet and muddy underfoot. This day will be short and enjoy the Flora and some Fauna, Montana Forest where White Colobus Monkey can be seen.

Our route continues on up through the forest until we reach the steep slope ascent onto the Shira plateau and back of elephant, where there are rewarding views of the mountain. Lookingback, you will be able to see Mt Meru rising high above Arusha town in the distance and wheat farms, pine plantation.

Walking now on high moorland, landscape changes the entire character of the trek. We traverse the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the Lava Tower and the final section of the Western Breach and finally reach camp The day has been spent at altitude (up to 4600m), but we have followed the mountaineering code of `walk high, sleep low’ to aid your body`s acclimatization to altitude.

Our day starts by walking on low alpine where is short plants and landscape changes the entire character of the trek .We traverse the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the lava tower and the final section of the western breach and walk steep down to the Barranco camp. This day will be the best day for acclimatization and longest day for spent on high altitude (4600m).

The day starts by walking up and over the Barranco Wall which is not quite as hard as it looks! Upon reaching the top we are rewarded with great views of Kilimanjaro, the Heim Glacier and the surrounding landscape. The trail then enters the Karanga Valley with many short ascents and descents as we cross many small streams. We set up a temporary camp just after the Karanga River. Here you will have lunch and relaxing, chatting at fellow trekker, guides and porters. After lunch we walk along a ridge towards Barafu Camp. We set an easy pace to ensure good acclimatization. As we gain altitude the landscape becomes completely barren and free of vegetation, a quite inhospitable environment. after about three and half hours we reach Barafu camp where we need to register with the park rangers. After views are amazing. We spend the afternoon resting, eating and preparing for tomorrow’s summit day. Your expedition leader will give you a full summit brief in the afternoon. Go to bed very early in preparation for the big day! Overnight camp. Altitude 4,600m. .

We rise very early usually around 12:00 am, have some tea and snacks and start walking, We keep a steady pace as we walk on steep screen to reach Stella Point (5,685m). for many trekkers, this six-hour walk is the toughest section of the day. We take a short rest at Stella point to enjoy the sunrise. From Stella Point it is a worth it as the feeling of being on the roof of Africa is second to none! After a short stay at the summit we start the descent to Millennium Camp. After three hours we reach Barafu Camp and enjoy a rest and some food. We then walk for a further four hours to reach Millennium Camp. Overnight Camp. Altitude 3,832m.

After a hot breakfast we walk downhill for six hours and finish our trek at Mweka Gate. Form the gate we drive back to Arusha and enjoy a well earned hot shower. The rest of the day is spent resting tired bodies by the pool. In the evening you will enjoy a celebratory meal and some drinks at the hotel. Overnight hotel.

Arrive in Kilimanjaro International Airport in the afternoon. Transfer you to the arranged Hotel in Arusha / Moshi town, and then relax for the couple of hours. You will meet your trek guide from Arctic Adventure & Safari Limited who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day. This is done before dinner.

Four hours drive from Arusha lies the gate to Lemosho route, where we complete park formalities, meet our crews of porters and start to trek! The first section of the route treks steadily and passes through magnificent, dense rainforest. This path is less well-trodden so it can get somewhat overgrown in places and it is often wet and muddy underfoot. This day will be short and enjoy the Flora and some Fauna, Montana Forest where White Colobus Monkey can be seen.

Walking now on high moorland, landscape changes the entire character of the trek. We traverse the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the Lava Tower and the final section of the Western Breach and finally reach camp The day has been spent at altitude (up to 4600m), but we have followed the mountaineering code of `walk high, sleep low’ to aid your body`s acclimatization to altitude.

Walking now on high moorland, the landscape changes the entire character of the trek and it was the flattest trail. We traverse the North West side of Kilimanjaro. This day will trek to cathedral point (3950m) the day has been spent at altitude. But we have followed the mountaineering code of `walk high, sleep low` to aid your body`s acclimatization to altitude.

Our day starts by walking on low alpine where is short plants and landscape changes the entire character of the trek. We traverse the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the lava tower and the final section of the western breach and walk steep down to the Barranco camp. This day will be the best day for acclimatization and longest day for spent on high altitude (4600m).

Our day starts by descending into the start of great Barranco,a huge ravine. We then exist steeply, up the Great Barranco Wall, whichdivides us from the southeastern slopes of kibo.It’s a climb over rock, not technical but long and rising .Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, we head towards the Karanga valley. From here we have a steep climb up from Karanga valleys to our night’s camp at Karanga camp; set at 3995m.For those feeling strong we will go for a mid-afternoon acclimatization trek up to around 4200m before descending back to camp for the night.

After a good night’s rest and breakfast, we set off on our walk to Barafu camp at 4640m.The climb will take us across desolate scree slopes with no vegetation around us at all. It’s a tough steep walk made more difficult by the altitude. On arriving at camp we eat and spend the afternoon resting as we prepare for a long night and day ahead. It is important to keep hydrated and warm .We have an early dinner and then try to get some sleep as well as we will be getting up at between 11pm and 12 Am to start the climb to the summit.

We start off at around mid-night, and walk steeply upwards to the summit glaciers. We will be climbing scree for 4 to 5 hours but gain incredible height over a short distance. The views are spectacular. We should be on the crater rim at Stella point (5756m) as the first rays of the sun hit us. Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater surround us and the views to jagged Mawenzi peak and beyond are breathtaking. Another hours walking takes us to the summit, Uhuru peak (5895).We begin our descend by returning to Stella point and then descending on scree slope and track back to Barafu camp for breakfast, before finally heading down to Mweka camp for a long well-earned rest.

A gentle trek takes us down through the rain forest to Mweka gate, where we complete park formalities and receive certificates, which you can hang up with pride. We are then met by our vehicles and return to the hotel in Arusha, where you can treat yourself to a welcome shower then celebrate with cold drinks. Overnight at your arranged Hotel.

Arrive in Kilimanjaro International Airport in the afternoon. Transfer you to the arranged Hotel in Arusha / Moshi town, and then relax for the couple of hours. You will meet your trek guide from Arctic Adventure & Safari Limited who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day. This is done before dinner.

Four hours drive from Arusha lies the gate to Lemosho route, where we complete park formalities, meet our crews of porters and start to trek! The first section of the route treks steadily and passes through magnificent, dense rainforest. This path is less well-trodden so it can get somewhat overgrown in places and it is often wet and muddy underfoot. This day will be short and enjoy the Flora and some Fauna, Montana Forest where White Colobus Monkey can be seen.

Walking now on high moorland, landscape changes the entire character of the trek. We traverse the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the Lava Tower and the final section of the Western Breach and finally reach camp The day has been spent at altitude (up to 4600m), but we have followed the mountaineering code of `walk high, sleep low’ to aid your body`s acclimatization to altitude.

Walking now on high moorland, the landscape changes the entire character of the trek and it was the flattest trail. We traverse the North West side of Kilimanjaro. This day will trek to cathedral point (3950m) the day has been spent at altitude. But we have followed the mountaineering code of `walk high, sleep low` to aid your body`s acclimatization to altitude.

We leave Shira Camp and walk east towards Lava Tower, a huge rocky outcrop. After five hours of walking along a rocky trail we have lunch just before Lava Tower, allowing us extra time at this higher altitude. By walking to Lava Tower we reach 4,630m where we will spend overnight and we will drop down to the Barranco camp on the next day.

We leave Lava Tower Camp and walk east towards Barranco wall, a huge rocky outcrop. After five hours of walking along a rocky trail we have lunch just before Lava Tower, allowing us extra time at this higher altitude. By walking to Lava Tower we reach 4,630m before walking back down to Barranco Camp. This jump in elevation greatly helps us with acclimatization and is key to a successful summit attempt. After lunch we descend 680 meters over two hours to set up camp below the Barranco Wall Todays route has stunning views throughout. Overnight camp. Altitude 3,950m.

Our day starts by descending into the start of great Barranco,a huge ravine. We then exist steeply, up the Great Barranco Wall, whichdivides us from the southeastern slopes of kibo.It’s a climb over rock, not technical but long and rising .Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, we head towards the Karanga valley. From here we have a steep climb up from Karanga valleys to our night’s camp at Karanga camp; set at 3995m.For those feeling strong we will go for a mid-afternoon acclimatization trek up to around 4200m before descending back to camp for the night.

After a good night’s rest and breakfast, we set off on our walk to Barafu camp at 4640m.The climb will take us across desolate scree slopes with no vegetation around us at all. It’s a tough steep walk made more difficult by the altitude. On arriving at camp we eat and spend the afternoon resting as we prepare for a long night and day ahead. It is important to keep hydrated and warm .We have an early dinner and then try to get some sleep as well as we will be getting up at between 11pm and 12 Am to start the climb to the summit.

We start off at around mid-night, and walk steeply upwards to the summit glaciers. We will be climbing scree for 4 to 5 hours but gain incredible height over a short distance. The views are spectacular. We should be on the crater rim at Stella point (5756m) as the first rays of the sun hit us. Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater surround us and the views to jagged Mawenzi peak and beyond are breathtaking. Another hours walking takes us to the summit, Uhuru peak (5895).We begin our descend by returning to Stella point and then descending on scree slope and track back to Barafu camp for breakfast, before finally heading down to Mweka camp for a long well-earned rest.

A gentle trek takes us down through the rain forest to Mweka gate, where we complete park formalities and receive certificates, which you can hang up with pride. We are then met by our vehicles and return to the hotel in Arusha, where you can treat yourself to a welcome shower then celebrate with cold drinks. Overnight at your arranged Hotel.

Depart Tanzania

The day is left free to wind down after the trek before your flight home. Depending on flight times you could go and explore Moshi town and grab some souvenirs before heading to the airport. Our vehicle will be ready to take you to the airport at your time.

Included
Park fees, camping fees & rescue
18% VAT on tour fees & services
3 season mountain tents
Double layered Sleeping Mats
Transportation to & from the mountain gate
Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
3 meals daily while on the mountain
Filtered water throughout the trek
Pre & Post Trek accommodation at the Parkview Inn
Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority(KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators(KIATO)
2-way private airport transfers

Not Included
Flights
Items of a personal nature
Laundry services
A doctor for the group