Lemosho route – 9 Day – Overnight Crater Camp

Lemosho route – 9 Day – Overnight Crater Camp

Lemosho route – 9 Day – Overnight Crater Camp

About the route

The Lemosho route can be done in as little as six days (five nights) on the mountain. However, it is ideally tackled over eight days (seven nights) for a better altitude acclimatization schedule.

The trek begins at Londorossi Gate, located in the western base of mountain, within its lush, fertile rainforest. The route heads across the Shira Plateau, before circling along the southern circuit halfway around the mountain, exposing the climber to great views from all angles. The approach to the summit is made from the east, and the descent follows the Mweka trail.

With eight days (seven nights) on the mountain, your chances of reaching the “Roof of Africa” are very high, around 90%. The Lemosho route is approximately 70 km/ 42 miles from gate to gate. While if you include crater camp, we recommend 8days minimum and 9days for better acclimatization. Also, overnight at crater is charged in extra to cover an extra entrance fees.

Day 1: Welcome to Tanzania

You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your accommodation in Moshi town, you will meet your guide for brief of your trekking and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain equipment, Rent the missing equipment if needed. Dinner and overnight at your accommodation.

Day 2: Starting point to Mtimkubwa Campsite 

You will be picked up from your accommodation in Moshi around 8:00am and drive 3-4hrs to Lodorosi gate (2200meters).

Sign up at the gate (please ensure you have your passport number at hand). It will take approximately 1 hour at the gate to weigh luggage and food, organizing the crew, park fees payment and signing in. After that we will drive back to the starting point (2380meters) for one hour.

You will have lunch before you start your climb (lunch boxes and water will be provided). After lunch, you will start your trekking to mtimkubwa (big tree)campsite (2800meters).

  • Elevation 2380meters to 2800meters
  • Distance: 6 km
  • Hiking Time:3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest

Day 3: Mti Mkubwa campsite to Shira Camp 1

After breakfast around 8am the trekking will continue on the trail leading out of the forest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather and moorland. You will trek through the hills and crossing several streams and reach the Shira ridge before dropping down to Shira 1 camp.

The view of Kibo across the plateau is spectacular.

  • Elevation 2800meters to 3500meters
  • Distance: 8 km
  • Hiking Time 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

Day 4: Shira Camp 1 to Shira 2 Campsite

After breakfast you will begin your trek to Shira 2 campsite.

You will explore the Shira plateau for a full day. It is an easy walk toward Kibo’s peak from the east across the plateau which leads to Shira 2 campsite. You will have hot lunch at the camp. Later in the afternoon you will have acclimatization walk which will help you to get used to the altitude.

  • Elevation 3500meters to 3900meters
  • Distance: 7 km
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

Day 5: Shira 2 Campsite to Lava Tower to Barranco Campsite

After Breakfast you will begin your trek to Barranco campsite via Lava Tower (4600meters) also called the Shark’s tooth.

You will have lunch at the Lover tower and spend time at this altitude so that you can get used to the altitude. You will continue down to Barranco campsite at altitude of 3950meters where you will have dinner and overnight-

Although you will end the day at the same elevation as where you started, this day it is very important for acclimatization and it will keep your body ready for summit day.

  • Elevation 3900meters to 4600meters to 3950meters
  • Distance: 12 km
  • Hiking Time: 8-9 hours
  • Habitat: Semi Desert

Day 6: Barranco Campsite to Karanga Valley Campsite 

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. You will have a hot lunch at the camp. Later in the afternoon you will go for acclimatization walk.

Dinner and overnight at Karanga Valley.

  • Elevation 3950metters to 4002meters
  • Distance: 5 km
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Day 7: Karanga Valley Campsite to Barafu Campsite

After breakfast you will continue the trekking to Barafu camp. At Barafu camp you will have a good view of the summit from different angles.

Rest and prepare for the summit and dinner will be served early. Also you will have a good view of two peaks – Kibo and Mawenzi.

  • Elevation 4002meters to 4600meters
  • Distance: 4 km
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Day 8: Barafu Camp to Uhuru peak to Crater Camp

During normal morning hours, we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. We ascend for several hours at a slow but steady pace while taking frequent, but short, breaks. The trail turns into heavy scree as we make the steep climb to the crater rim. At Stella Point (18,900 ft), we see the summit sign in the distance. We continue the around the crater rim until finally we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro.

We then descend a short distance to Crater Camp, where the rest of the staff will join us to set up camp. There is an option to hike to Reutsch Crater and the ash pit, or simply explore the areas around Furtwangler Glacier. Sleeping at this high altitude can be dangerous. Serious AMS can develop if adequate altitude acclimatization has not been achieved so the guides will monitor you very closely

  • Elevation 4600meters to 5890meters to 5790meters
  • Distance: 6 km
  • Hiking Time: 8 – 9 hours
  • Habitat: Arctic

Day 9: Crater Camp to Mweka Camp

From Crater Camp, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. The trail is very rocky and can be quite hard on the knees; trekking poles are helpful. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

  • Elevation 5790meters 3100meters
  • Distance: 12 km
  • Hiking Time: 4 – 6 hours
  • Habitat: Arctic

Day 10: Mweka Campsite to Mweka gate

After breakfast, you will start to trek down to Mweka Gate to receive your summit certificates.

At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help.

A vehicle will be waiting at the gate to take you to your accommodation in Moshi.

  • Elevation 3100meters to 1800meters
  • Distance: 10 km
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest

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Map of the Route

What’s Included

  • Park fees, camping fees, rescue fees
  • 18%VAT on tour fees and services
  • Camping equipment: 3-season vaude tents, tables, chairs and sleeping mats
  • Transport to and from the gates
  • Three meals daily while on the mountain
  • Certified English-speaking guides
  • Two nights accommodation in Moshi – pre and post climbing accommodation
  • Recommended salaries for porters and guides
  • Pick up from Kilimanjaro airport

What’s Excluded

  • Tips for guides and porters.
  • Mountain climbing equipment and clothes (but they available for rent)
  • Transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport.
  • Alcohol
  • Portable manual flush toilet is extra
  • Gamov Bag is extra

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