Lemosho Route – Climb Kilimanjaro – 7 days
Lemosho is a more recent and less traveled route that climbs Kilimanjaro. It is widely regarded as having the most breathtaking scenery of any of the routes. It’s ideal for anyone who wants to take a detour from the typical tourist routes! Those who want to ascend Kilimanjaro at a leisurely pace and take in the mountain’s breathtaking scenery should consider taking the Lemosho Route, which lasts for seven days.
Day by Day Itinerary
Day One – Moshi – Londorossi Gate – Mti Mkubwa Camp
You’ll be picked up from your Moshi accommodations and make the drive towards the londorossi gate.
Stopping along the way in a local village for lunch and to buy last-minute supplies, you’ll then liaise with your guides and begin your ascent through the verdant rainforest that clothes the lower reaches of Kilimanjaro.
You’ll have a short three-hour hike through the forest today, but keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife such as colobus monkeys as you make your way to mti mkubwa camp to set down for the evening.
Day Two – Mti Mkubwa Camp – Shira 2 Camp
You’ll bid farewell to the Kilimanjaro rainforest after breakfast, as your climb takes you gradually into scrubby moorland crisscrossed with quietly bubbling mountain streams.
You’ll cross over a vast plateau on your way to shira 2 camp, where you’ll have spectacular views of the surrounding landscape.
Setting up camp here for the evening, you’ll find your path has now crossed with those on the Machame route.
Day Three – Shira Camp – Lava Tower – Barranco Camp
Your first goal today will be the intimidating form of the lava tower (4,640m) and you’ll set off for this distinctive landmark immediately after breakfast.
After ascending 700m to the lava tower, you’ll descend gradually towards barranco camp at 4,500m.
Your trek again takes you through different vegetation zones and you’ll set up camp at the scenic barranco camp in the shadows of the imposing barranco wall. Considered the most beautiful of all of the camps on Kilimanjaro, barranco will be your base for the evening.
Day four – barranco camp – karanga camp
You’ll get your first real taste of mountain climbing today, as you’ll tackle the barranco wall for a bit of old-fashioned rock climbing.
After this initial trial, you’ll continue for another 3-4 hours until you reach your camp in the karanga valley.
Stopping in time for lunch, you’ll have the afternoon to relax and acclimatize.
Day Five – Karanga Camp – Barafu Camp
After your breakfast, you’ll continue on for another 2-3 hours until you reach barafu camps.
Your hike takes you across an alpine desert, making for a truly otherworldly day of hiking.
As you’ll be summitting tomorrow, it’s important that you eat a full meal and drink plenty of fluids before turning in for the evening.
Day Six – Barafu Camp – Uhuru Peak – Mweka Camp
You’re starting your day early today – just after midnight, in fact!
Your climbing team will wake you with a cup of hot tea and a light snack for energy as you get dressed and prepare your daypack for the adventure ahead.
You’ll be hiking in utter darkness for the next 5-7 hours, so take it slow and you’ll arrive at stella point a few hours before dawn. From here, there are another two hours of intense hiking before you reach your ultimate goal: uhuru peak.
Standing at 5,985m, you’ll be able to experience spectacular sunrise and take in the panoramic view. You’ve done it!
After snapping your photos and soaking it all in, you’ll begin the descent back down towards barafu camp, where you’ll stop for lunch and some celebration.
After a bit of rest, you’ll continue down to mweka camp overnight.
Day Seven – Mweka Camp – Moshi
It’s a day of celebration today, as you’ll enjoy one last breakfast on the mountain before descending to the mweka gate.
Here, you’ll get to celebrate with your porters and guides, provide them with their tips for their hard work, and collect your certificate of completion.
Your driver will then whisk you away to your Moshi or Arusha hotel to get some well-earned rest.
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