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Kilimanjaro - Lemosho Route

Trip type: 
Walking & Trekking
Trekking level: 
5. Strenuous
Max group size: 
12
Avg user rating: 
5
Africa, Tanzania | 12 days
Trip code: 
YKXL
What's included: 

Transport - Minibus

Accommodation - Hotel (2nts), camping (7nts).

Meals - 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches & 9 dinners

All Kilimanjaro park fees are included in the price.

Trip Highlights: 
The most beautiful and remote route
Extra time for acclimatisation
Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro
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Itinerary

(Departures in 2012-13)
  • Day 1 - Tour starts; Arusha
  • Day 2 - Mti Mkubwa (2650m)
  • Day 3 - Shira Hut 1 (3480m)
  • Day 4 - Shira Hut 2 (3840m)
  • Day 5 - Barranco Hut (3950m)
  • Day 6 - Karanga camp (3963m)
  • Day 7 - Barafu Hut (4600m)
  • Day 8 - Summit (5895m) And Mweka Camp (3100m)
  • Day 9 - Arusha
  • Day 10 - Tour ends
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Day
1
Tour starts; Arusha

Tour starts; Arusha

The tour starts at the Arusha hotel. You will receive full details of exactly where to meet your Group Leader on the Joining Instructions which will be sent to you 2-3 weeks before your trip starts. Tanzania’s major northern commercial centre stands on a fertile plain beside Mount Meru, Kilimanjaro’s westerly neighbour, some 50km from Kilimanjaro International airport. This evening you’ll have a comprehensive briefing to prepare you for your trek. Lodge - 1 night (D)

Day
2
Mti Mkubwa (2650m)

Mti Mkubwa (2650m)

Leave in the morning from Arusha to drive to Londorossi gate (2100m), the entrance to Mount Kilimanjaro National Park. At the end of the track you register for the climb and meet your team of Chagga guides and porters. The Chagga people live from cultivating the fertile volcanic soil on the lower slopes of the mountain. Your first day’s trek winds up through the lush forest zone on to the lower slopes of the northern side on a little used track going to Shira Plateau. There is a good chance of seeing wildlife today, perhaps some black and white Colobus monkeys. Approx 5 hours walking. Camping – 1 night (BLD)

Day
3
Shira Hut 1 (3480m)

Shira Hut 1 (3480m)

You climb an hour or so to the top of the forest and then the trail gradually steepens and enters the giant heather moorland zone. Several streams are crossed. The trail is very steep today but you will get rewarded with some great views. Although this day is pretty strenuous, a lot of trekkers name this as their favourite day of the walk. Approx 6 hours walking. Camping – 1 night (BLD)

Day
4
Shira Hut 2 (3840m)

Shira Hut 2 (3840m)

With less altitude gain than the day before, this is more of an acclimitisation day. A gentle walk across the plateau leads to Shira 2-camp on moorland meadows next to a stream (3840m). By now you will be able to see, in an easterly direction, the Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. Approx 6 hours walking. Camping – 1 night (BLD)

Day
5
Barranco Hut (3950m)

Barranco Hut (3950m)

Today you head due east towards Kibo Summit, passing the turn-off of the trail which leads around the northern side of the summit. Climbing all the while, you continue towards the Lava Tower (4600m). From here you descend to Barranco Hut, your overnight camp which lies in a sheltered area below the spectacular cliffs of the Breach Wall. The Breach Wall, the dome of Uhuru and the edge of the Heim Glacier dominate the head of the valley. Approx. 6-7 hours walking / 12 km. Camping – 1 night (BLD)

Day
6
Karanga camp (3963m)

Karanga camp (3963m)

This morning you head eastward along the Southern Circuit. After a 200m scramble to the top of the Great Barranco Wall, you traverse scree fields and a series of ridges to the Karanga Valley (4100m), beneath the icy snouts of Heim, Kersten and Decken Glaciers. Approx 3-4 hours walking. Camping – 1 night (BLD)

Day
7
Barafu Hut (4600m)

Barafu Hut (4600m)

After climbing out of the valley, you join the Mweka Route on a trail which ascends a steep ridge to Barafu (which means "ice" in Swahili) Hut, standing amidst a desert of bleak tundra. Tonight you must ensure that you don’t pack anything you don’t need in your daypacks, as you’ll need all your reserves of energy tomorrow! You get an early night in order to leave soon after midnight so you can reach the summit before it clouds over. Approx. 3 hours walking.Camping - 1 night (BLD)

Day
8
Summit (5895m) And Mweka Camp (3100m)

Summit (5895m) And Mweka Camp (3100m)

The day of truth! The guides wake you and you start out in darkness by the light of your head torch, in the extreme cold. The Mweka Route leads steeply upward over a long scree slope between Rebmann and Ratzel Glaciers. This is the hardest part; it can be covered with snow, so trekking poles are useful for balance. Eventually - after some five or six hours walk - you reach the rim of Kibo Crater, close to Stella Point (5732m). From here it’s another hour’s walk west along the crater rim past Hans Meyer's Point - named after the German geologist who made the first successful ascent in 1889 - to reach Uhuru (meaning “Freedom”) Peak (5895m). If the summit is clear, there are fine views of the sun rising over Mawenzi’s icefields and jagged peaks to the east, and of Mount Meru to the west. Triumphant, you then head back to Barafu Hut, where you rest from your exertions for a while. After lunch you continue down to your final camp at Mweka Hut, in the giant heather, close to the forest’s edge. Tonight you enjoy a well-earned rest and your last dinner on the mountain. Approx. 13-14 hours walking (7-8 hours ascent, plus 6 hours descent). Camping - 1 night (BLD)

Day
9
Arusha

Arusha

The pace quickens as the Mweka Route descends across alpine meadow and through rainforest and shamba to Mweka Gate (approx. 3-4 hours walking). After bidding farewell to your guides and porters you board the vehicle for the drive back to Arusha. On arrival you can take a hot shower, and relax with a celebratory drink! Lodge - 1 night (BLD)

Day
10

Tour ends

After Kilimanjaro, Arusha feels like a lively metropolis. The morning is free to relax, shop, or explore. It’s worth a look at the covered market, or the stalls and shops around the clock tower. However the likelihood is that you will want to relax, maybe with a drink, at the lovely lodge in Arusha resting those tired legs and reminiscing about your journey to the highest point in Africa!! (B)