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Lemosho / Shira Route – 7 Days Kilimanjaro Climbing

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  • 8 Days 7 Nights
  • Max People per group : 10
  • Min Age : 15+
  • Pickup: Airpot

Hike through the amazing scenery on the Lemosho route to summit Mount Kilimanjaro

Ready to climb the highest mountain in Africa? This tour takes you on a guided trek up Mount Kilimanjaro on the Lemosho route. You won’t have to worry about finding your way, making your meals, or carrying your tent with the help of experienced guides, porters, and a cook. They’ll provide all the support you need so you can focus on getting to the summit.

Taking this route gives you a perfect amount of time to become acclimated to the high elevation. It also is one of the most scenic routes on the mountain. You’ll see the famous Kilimanjaro sights, such as Shira Plateau, the Lava Tower, and Barranco Wall.

You’ll also enjoy that the beginning of your trek will be more secluded before you join some of the busier camps as you get closer to the summit. This is a demanding trail, but a gorgeous way to climb Africa’s tallest mountain. It’s time to take on the 8-Day Mount Kilimanjaro on the Lemosho Route tour!

Departure & Return Location

Arusha town (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Airport Pickup & Transfer
  • 3 Nights Hotel Accommodation in Arusha
  • Kilimanjaro Tour Guide
  • Entrance Park Fees
  • Transport to and from the airport
  • All meals per itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All tours and entrance fees per itinerary (unless listed as excluded)
  • Emergency Oxygen (2L canister)
  • Oximeters
  • All transportation and transfers per itinerary
  • Camping fees
  • Tents, foam sleeping pads, cooking equipment, and eating utensils
  • Rescue fees (as required by national park)
  • Certified, experienced, English-speaking guides for all routes
  • Salaries for all crew members

Price Excludes

  • International and domestic flights
  • Beverages and alcohol
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff

Complementaries

  • Umbrella
  • Kilimanjaro Coffee
  • T-Shirt
Highlights of the 8 Day Mount Kilimanjaro on Lemosho Route
  • Experience a magnificent sunrise from Stella Point before you reach the summit.
  • Camp under the stars with scenic views along your route.
  • Spot monkeys and many types of birds that live in the rainforest.
  • Discover the diverse landscapes and climate zones of the mountain.
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Itinerary

Day 0Pre-trek briefing

After your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport in Moshi and transfer to your hotel, you’ll meet with a representative for a trek briefing and equipment assessment. This will also give you ample time to look after any additional equipment rental you may want.

Overnight Location: Hotel in Moshi
Distance: None
Meals: None

Day 1Arrive at Londorossi Park Gate

You’ll be picked up from your Moshi hotel for the drive to Londrossi Park Gate. This little wooden village is where you’ll begin your trek. Columbus monkeys are common along with the beginning of your trail through the rainforest. There are sometimes larger wildlife residents in the area, so you may be accompanied by an armed ranger in case there are buffalo or elephants nearby. Your first camp Mti Mkubwa is on the edge of the forest, so there could be wildlife sightings here as well.

Overnight Location: Camping on Mount Kilimanjaro (2,650m / 8,694’)
Distance: 2 to 3 hours, 6 km, 820m of elevation gain
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 2Hike Shira Ridge to Shira Plateau

As the rainforest fades into moorland you’ll experience sweeping views, especially as you climb up the dramatic Shira Ridge. You’ll trek through the heather and across some streams before arriving at Shira 1 Camp in the meadow.

Overnight Location: Camping on Mount Kilimanjaro (3,500m / 11,482’)
Distance: 4 to 5 hours, 8 km, 850m of elevation gain
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3Cross the plateau to explore or relax at Shira 2 Camp

You’ll have plenty of time today to cross the plateau to Shira 2 camp. From here you’ll be able to explore the area or take in the views and relax at camp. This rest day will help you acclimate to the altitude before you continue higher.

Overnight Location: Camping on Mount Kilimanjaro (3,810m / 12,500’)
Distance: 4 to 5 hours, 8 km, 310m of elevation gain
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4Visit the Lava Tower and trek to Barranco Camp

You will be hiking out of the valley and up to the Lava Tower today. This volcanic rock outcropping is shaped like a shark’s tooth, and you have the choice to scramble up it. Today you’ll be climbing to a higher altitude before descending again to camp for the night at Barranco Camp.

Overnight Location: Camping in Mount Kilimanjaro (3,900m / 12,795’)
Distance: 5 to 6 hours, 8 km, 90m of elevation gain
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5Conquer the Barranco Wall and hike to Karanga Camp

Today you’ll be hiking up the imposing Barranco Wall. This will be good practice for the challenging ascent to the summit. From the top, you’ll have views clear into the Karanga Valley, which you’ll be trekking across before camping for the night.

Overnight Location: Camping on Mount Kilimanjaro (3,995m / 13,160’)
Distance: 3 to 4 hours, 5 km, 95m of elevation gain
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6Short trek to Barafu to prepare for summit day

As you hike through the alpine desert this morning, you’ll have completed the South Circuit of the peak and seen it from many different angles. You won’t have a lot of ground to cover before you arrive at Barafu Camp for an early dinner. Head to bed early in preparation for tomorrow’s long day.

Overnight Location: Camping in Mount Kilimanjaro (4,673m / 15,331’)
Distance: 3 to 4 hours, 4 km, 650m of elevation gain
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7Midnight hike and reach the top of Uhuru Peak

It will still be dark out when your trek begins around midnight. You’ll have to dig deep through this challenging section of heavy scree and steep ascent. After you cross between Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers you’ll begin climbing up to Stella Pont. Here you’ll have a break to take in a magnificent sunrise before you attempt the summit. It’s about another hour through the snow to reach the peak.

Congratulations! You’ve reached the highest point in Africa, and the views will be incredible. Take a moment to celebrate your success before beginning the trek back down. You still have a long day ahead of you, as you’ll have to hike down to a safer altitude before you can camp for the night at Mweka Camp.

Overnight Location: Camping on Mount Kilimanjaro (3100m / 10,170’)
Distance: 10 to 13 hours, 16 km, 1195m of ascent, and 2795m of descent
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8Hike to Mweka Gate and return to Moshi or Arusha

You’ll appreciate the warmer temperature and how much easier it is to breathe as you descend back into the rainforest. Upon your arrival at Mweka Gate, you’ll receive your summit certificate, and your driver will meet you to take you back to Moshi.

Overnight Location: Hotel in Moshi
Distance: 3 to 4 hours, 10 km, 1410m of descent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9Goodbye!

Today, after a good night’s sleep, you’ll head to the airport for your departure flight. Goodbye, Kilimanjaro!

Overnight Location: None
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

Kilimanjaro Route Map

kilimanjaro route map

FAQ

1) How much time do I need to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

We recommend a minimum of eight days from the USA and Europe, although some people may wish more time for the trip. We can customize itineraries or routes to offer more days in the park(s). Some people may wish to climb nearby Mount Meru as well. If you have more than eight or nine days, you can choose any of the main routes on the mountain and still have time for a wildlife safari before or after your trip.

2) What is the best time of year to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

You can climb any month of the year. At lower elevations, April, May, and November are quite wet while March and June are transitional months. August and September are the coldest and driest months. January, February, July, August, and September are all popular climbing months.

3) How far do I hike each day?

We can measure each day in walking hours rather than kilometers. Most days, other than the summit day, will begin with breakfast around 6:30 AM and departure at 7 AM. You will walk four to five hours with a break for lunch followed by another hour or two of hiking in the afternoon. These days are not long or difficult and you will be advised to walk slowly.

4) Why do we make the final ascent in the pre-dawn darkness?

Most groups will start for the summit on ascent day around 11 PM to midnight, depending on the perceived fitness of the group, the weather, and the route. The pre-dawn hours are ideal to start the ascent to the summit as it is cold but also calm and clear. It is rare to find cloudy weather at the summit at dawn any time of year and at dawn, you have the best view.

On the other hand, if you leave in the early morning, it could be very windy and the ascent becomes more difficult. The ascent day is a long hiking day, so it is better to start early and walk slowly. It can take up to 15 hours to reach the summit and descend to the camp for that night.

5) How much weight will I have to wear and where can I leave unnecessary luggage?

You will simply carry a day pack of about two to four kilograms, although some people carry more or less. Your gear (not to exceed twelve kilograms) will be placed inside a waterproof duffle at the trailhead and a porter will carry this for you. If you have things that you do not need on the climb, you may leave a bag behind at Arusha.

6) What kind of staff will accompany me on the climb?

The usual ratio is three or four local staff for each climber, although small groups may have four or five staff per climber. The staff usually consists of an English-speaking guide or guides, a professional cooker, and gear-carrying porters. We encourage you to interact with your staff. They are all trustworthy, local people who have grown up in the shadow of the mountain. Many of them have climbed the peak a hundred or more times.

7) What is provided and what do I have to bring?

We provide tents, camping gear, food, utensils, and leadership. You should bring your own sleeping bag, water system, personal clothing, light duffle bag, and day pack. Hiking poles can be rented.
A packing list is provided to all climbers, along with our pre-departure packet:

• 1 mountaineering sleeping bag (usually a below 10-degree rating or better is recommended)

• 2-3 liters water canteen (sturdy plastic or steel)

• 1 LED flashlight with spare batteries

• 1 Pair of comfortable trekking boots

• 1 towel

• 2 pairs of thick thermal socks and several pairs of regular socks

• 2 fleece jackets

• 1 down jacket or long-sleeved wind-breaker (down jacket is unnecessary if you have good fleece jackets)

• 1 set of thermal underwear (i.e. thermal vest and long jeans)

• 2 pairs of trekking trousers

• 1 waterproof jacket

• 1 pair of waterproof trousers

• 1 balaclava or ski-mask

• 1 sun hat

• 1 pair of sunglasses

8) What kind of tents will I sleep in? What are the huts on the Marangu Route like?

Your tents are mountain-style, double-walled, mosquito-netted, and durably-floored with waterproof material. While technically rated as three-person tents, they accommodate two people very comfortably. Tents are erected and packed up by the portering staff. There is enough space for tall people to stretch out and room for your gear within the tent. On the Marangu Route, the huts are just large enough for four bunks built against the walls of A-frame cubicles. Tall hikers will feel cramped. Gear is stored on the floor. Wash and toilet facilities are shared and are outside of the bungalows.

9) What is the food like?

Breakfast includes tea, coffee, milk, eggs, toast, porridge, cereals, bread, fruits, bacon, sausages, etc.
Lunch is a picnic lunch on the way the first day while it is hot lunch the next day with hot soups, bread, vegetables, fruits, salad, cookies, beef, chicken or fish, potatoes, pasta, or rice with sauce.
Dinner starts with hot soups, followed by the main course (pasta or rice, meat), desserts, and ends with hot drinks.

10) Drinking water—is it safe and is there enough for all climbers?

You will have enough drinkable water during the trip. To keep your system running normally, we recommend you bring two bottles and use tablets to purify water (you can buy tablets in Arusha).

11)What happens if some members of the party need to turn back before the summit?

No one is forced to go on. There is always enough staff to split the group according to needs and regroup later at the camp. Most people have no trouble reaching the highest campsite. If some party members decide not to climb the final distance to the peak or cannot proceed at any point in time, they can wait for the other group climbers to come back or can go down with a guide following the same way or take a lateral path to the descent route.

12) What are the health issues on Mount Kilimanjaro?

You must arrive healthy and fit. A simple cold or another respiratory sickness can become worse during trekking. There is no malaria risk on the mountain and insect bites are very rare.

13) What kind of help is available in case of an emergency?

We always have a first aid kit with us and guides are well trained on first aid. Serious injuries are very rate and Kilimanjaro National Park has a rescue team in case of emergency.

14) Is bottled oxygen necessary or available on the climb?

Bottled oxygen is not routinely available on this climb and is not included in the price of the trip. The most immediate treatment for serious altitude sickness is rapid descent, which is always possible on Mount Kilimanjaro. Virtually no climbers on the mountain carry oxygen. If upon reaching the final campsite before the ascent your guide judges you to have serious symptoms of altitude sickness, you will not be permitted to attempt the final climb. Oxygen may be available on an emergency basis or at an added cost, but not as an aid for climbers who have not acclimatized adequately on their own.

15) Do I need to get any vaccinations before I leave?

Check with your doctor and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for current recommendations. None are required for entry to Tanzania from the USA and Europe or for re-entry to the USA and Europe. If you come from a yellow fever endemic country by road, proof of vaccination is required.

16) Will I need a VISA?

Yes, you can obtain it in advance or on arrival in Tanzania at the international airport.

17) Why can I find cheaper prices for the same route?

The major sources of cost variations are the money spent on food, off-mountain accommodation, porter and guide wages, tents, and the cost of getting to the mountain.

Safari Nuggets is determined to provide the best food, best guides, and porters, best tents and equipment, top quality before-and-after-climb accommodation, a full professional pre-climb orientation, insurance for all staff, and inclusion of all park permits, meals, transfers, and local hosting costs. On some of the least expensive trips, food is minimal and often prepared by frying. As guides and porters are expected to cover part of their wages with tips, these companies cannot attract the best staff. Often, they do not provide full warm clothing to staff. The mountain is hard on tents which are expensive in Tanzania, meaning that tents on cheap trips are often worn or dirty.

Our approach is not to provide the cheapest trip, but rather to do everything we can to increase the likelihood you will reach the summit and enjoy the overall experience with a staff of people who are well qualified and compensated for the extraordinary assistance they provide to you.

We invite you to report your issues/requests/questions to the Safari Nuggets office or your guide during the hiking.

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