The Nine (9) nine day On this route we approach the mountain from the west by the lightly-used Lemosho trail. Experienced guides consider this ascent route to be both easier and more beautiful than any other trail and it retains a real sense of unspoilt wilderness, crossing the caldera of Shira volcano, before traversing beneath the southern ice fields of Kibo. Lemosho is a little-used approach route and there is time to enjoy the unspoilt wilderness, and the breathtaking scenery, on Shira Plateau before the convergence with other routes in the later stages of the trip. The final ascent to the summit is made along the Barafu route, often providing stunning views of Kibo.
Trek type: Small- Medium group size, Youth and Family, High altitudes. Summit success rates: Stella Point (98%). Uhuru Peak (97%). Book to day!
Tour Code: ATT0154
Minimum Rate per Traveler: US$ 2500
Best time: All year around (Except April& May Tanzania heavy rain season)
Duration: 9Day/ 8night
Departing From: Arusha city and Ending at Arusha (Kilimanjaro Airport)
Departure Time: 0800 Hrs (possible to leave earlier than)
Minimum Hiker number: 2
Language: English Mountain guide
Transportation Method: Min bus/ Land cruiser, 4 by 4 Wheel drive.
You’re Daily to Daily Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival and Stay days in Tanzania
Upon arrival at the Arusha- Tanzania you will welcomed by ANAPA representative and (Tumaini Willson) who will usher you into a waiting vehicle and transfer you to the Hotel. The rest of the day will be yours to do as you please at the Hotel. You will have a preliminary talk in preparation for your trek the following days. Dinner and your overnight stay at Venice Hotel or similar category .
Day 2: Kilimanjaro Lemosho Gate- Mti Mkubwa Camp
• Elevation (ft): 3,000ft to 9170ft
• Distance: 4 km
• Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
• Habitat: Rain Forest
We enter Kilimanjaro National Park and check in at the Londorossi Gate located on the western side of Kilimanjaro. Our trek today will be along a little used track through the montane forest. In places the vegetation is so untouched that it grows right across the trail. The flora and fauna are richer here than on the other more popular routes through the rain forest. Our first camp is in the rain forest at Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree).
Day 3: Mti Mkubwa- Shira I Plateau
• Elevation (ft): 9,170ft to 11,500ft.
• Distance: 8.4 km .
• Hiking Time: 7-8 hours
After breakfast we leave the glades, and start the climb towards the heath and moorland zone. A couple hours after lunch we cross into the Shira Caldera, a high altitude desert plateau, very different from the rain forest. Shira is the third of Kilimanjaro’s volcanic cones, and is filled with lava flow from Kibo Peak. Weather and volcanic action have decimated the crater rim. Today you’ll get your first close views of Kibo – the summit of Kilimanjaro.
Day 4: Shira I- Shira II Plateau
• Elevation (ft): 11,500ft to 13,650ft
• Distance: 10 km
• Hiking Time: 7-8 hours
From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth.” Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,650ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.
Day 5: Shira II- Baranco camp
• Elevation (ft): 12,950ft
• Distance: 9.9 km
• Hiking Time: 6-7 hours
After breakfast, we start climbing toward Lava Tower lower camp, at 15,200-ft/4,633-m, where we stop for lunch, allowing our bodies to acclimatize. We descend down through the giant Senecio forest to Barranco Camp, which is beautifully set up on a ridge at the foot of the Barranco Wall. This is where the Machame and Lemosho routes converge, so we meet other climbers ascending the Machame Route.
Day 6: Baranco camp- Karanga Camp
Elevation (ft): 13,000ft to 13,100ft
– Distance: 5 km
– Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
– Habitat: Alpine Desert
After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. This is a short day meant for acclimatization.
DAY 7: Karanga Camp- Barafu Camp
– Elevation (ft): 13,100ft to 15,300ft
– Distance: 4 km
– Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
– Habitat: Alpine Desert
After breakfast, we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.
DAY 8: Barafu Camp- Summit- Mweka Hut
– Elevation (ft): 15,300ft to 19,345ft (and down to 10,000ft)
– Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent
– Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent
– Habitat: Arctic
Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point (18,600 ft), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting).
From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all they way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit.
From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. 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.
DAY 9: Mweka Camp- Mweka gate- Arusha (Kilimanjaro Aiport)
– Elevation (ft): 10,000ft to 5,400ft
– Distance: 10 km
– Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
– Habitat: Rain Forest
After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive our summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and T-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). At the gate, A vehicle will meet you and drive back to Kilimanjaro Aiport catch flight back home.
THE CLIMB PACKAGE INCLUSIVE OF;
– Flying Doctors Emergences
– 2 nights’ hotel accommodation bed & breakfast in Arusha before and after the climb.
– All transfers from Airport- Arusha Lodge- Kilimanjaro Lemosho gate – return.
– 3 meals per day while trekking: Vegetarian/non-vegetarian.
– 9 days Kilimanjaro trek – Lemosho route program Tanzania.
– 7 nights accommodation in tents while trekking.
– All park entrance fees, and government levies.
– English speaking mountain guide and assistant.
– Porters – minimum of 3 per client.
– First Aid Kit including Oxygen oximeter.
– Camping Equipment’s including sleeping tents, sleeping mats, dining tent, chairs and table.
– Climbing certificate
– Complementary of printed Climb hat / T-shirt
THE PACKAGE EXCLUSIVE:
o International flight ticket
o Travel documents i.e Insurance, Visa, Health certificate
o Sleeping bag, Tips
o I terms of personal nature.