Overview

This Western Approach starts at a higher altitude and is a longer route providing a more gradual ascent with more time to acclimatize. This is the least travelled route, allowing a more peaceful and enjoyable trek without the usual crowds found on other more high traffic camps. The Lemosho Route is a camping trip for an average group size of 4 using top quality mountain tents, comfortable mattresses, and qualified guides, porters who carry the bags and equipment, and cooks who provide fresh, tasty food every day. The ratio of guide: climber is 1:2. Our local guides have been with us for many years and are all trained, qualified, experienced and great fun. We provide an experienced personal service throughout, and you can chat with us in the office about the climb. Gavin has been guiding the mountain since 1994 and makes several ascents a year, and we have been using the same team of guides and cooks since 2001.

Tour Highlights

  • The Lemosho route is an unspoilt, remote, little used and beautiful way up to the Shira Plateau.
  • The route is one of the few where groups may be accompanied on the first day by an armed ranger, as the forests around the Lemosho Glades are inhabited by buffalo, elephant and other wildlife.
  • The minimum duration for the Lemosho route is 6 days, however since the biggest cause of altitude sickness is going too high too fast and it affects every person differently irrespective of their age, fitness levels etc, do we strongly recommend hiking the route in 7 or even 8 days.

Map

Include

  • Pick-up and drop-off at Kilimanjaro International Airport;
  • Entry Fees
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Safety Equipment’s
  • Climbing Crew

Excludes

  • Airline tickets;
  • Visa fee;
  • Lunch and dinner at the hotel (before and after the ascent);
  • Personal gear rentals;
  • Tips for the mountain crew (200–250 USD per person);
  • Mountaineering insurance

Trekking Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Arusha

Arrive at Arusha, Overnight at Arusha Outpost Lodge on Bed & Breakfast

Day 2 Londorossi Gate to Simba Cave

Departs in the morning from Arusha to Londorossi village/gate. The trek winds up through the lush forest zone on to the lower slopes of the northern side, going to Shira Plateau. Camp at Simba Cave.

Day 3 Shira Cave to Shira Hut

Trek to Shira Hut walking through the fine open moorlands. Camp at Shira Hut (3840m)

Day 4 Shira to Moir Hut

A walk thru the open moorland. Overnight at Moir Hut. (4200m)

Day 5 Moir Hut to Barranco Camp

After a good night’s rest, this day is a challenging trek to Barranco; the route turns east into a semi desert and rocky landscape surrounding via Lava Tower. Barranco camp 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. Camp at Barranco Hut (3950m)

Day 6 Barranco Camp to Karanga Valley

Trek from Brancco to Karanga Valley – Overnight Karanga Valley Hut (4100m)

Day 7 Karanga Valley to Barafu Hut

In the morning trek to Barafu. Huge glaciers and cliffs can be seen which mark this part of the mountain. Here is the last water point. Camp at Barafu Hut (4600m)

Day 8 Barafu Hut to Mweka Hut

At midnight the trek begins up to the final steep, scree section to reach Stella Point. Walk steadily up the ridge and around the crater to reach Uhuru peak at 5895m. From the summit the trek descends to overnight at Mweka Hut/High Camp. (3100m)>

Day 9 Departure

Covering the last section of the mountain, the trek continues down through the forests to the gate where your vehicle will be waiting to transport you back to Arusha – Overnight at Arusha Outpost Lodge on Bed & Breakfast.

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