7 – DAYS LEMOSHO ROUTE

Lemosho
Goldfish Tours
Goldfish Tours
Goldfish Tours
Goldfish Tours
Goldfish Tours

Route Overview:

A relatively new route up to the mountain and extremely beautiful. It’s our favorite routes because;-

  • It offers a great balance of high summit success rate
  • scenic views and
  • Low traffic.

The Lemosho route starts off from the west, beginning with a long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate. From there, the first two days are spent trekking through the lush rainforest to Shira Plateau.

This may be the most beautiful route to take, with breathtaking views on all sides of the mountain and if you wanted a more private experience with fewer climbers

This is one of the few routes where an armed ranger accompanies our groups, since there are still animals in the forest around the Lemosho Glades. We recommend minimum of 7 days but 8 days is preferable for better acclimatization and summit success.

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Arrive in Tanzania:

Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport where you will be meet with Goldfish Tours representative, picked up there and transfer to hotel in Moshi town. Then you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day.

Hotel: Bed & Breakfast

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DAY 1: LEMOSHO GLADES (2385METERS) TO BIG TREE CAMP (2780METERS)

Location:Lemosho Glades
Approx. trekking time:4 hours
Distance:7km / 4.3 miles
Zone:Rainforest
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast and briefing from your guide you will be collected from your hotel in Moshi and you will be driven to Lemosho gate located on the western side of Kilimanjaro. After the registration process you will still start our climb steadily through the forests of the Lemosho glades to reach Big Tree camp where you will be spending the night.

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DAY 2: BIG TREE CAMP (2780METERS) TO SHIRA 2 CAMP (3900METERS)

Location:Shira 2 Camp
Approx. trekking time:9 – 11 hours
Distance:16.5km / 10.3 miles
Zone:Rainforest
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day two will cover a lot of ground as you trek across a plateau of grassy moorland and heather scattered with volcanic rock formations. We will trek through Shira 1 Camp from where there are often views of Kibo Peak floating on the clouds as we head towards our destination which is Shira 2. We gain a reasonable amount of altitude as we head towards Shira 1 and parts of the route are fairly steep. As you proceed towards Shira 2 you will get the chance to view the Northern Ice fields from the western side of the mountain with some unusual views of Kibo. Our steady climb across the moorland of the Shira Plateau will help with acclimatization and we enjoy great panoramic views.

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DAY 3: SHIRA 2 CAMP (3900METERS) TO BARRANCO CAMP (3960METERS)

Location:Barranco Camp
Approx. trekking time:7 hours
Distance:10km / 6.2 miles
Zone:Low alpine zone
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Your trek starts with an ascent with far reaching panoramic views, walking in to the climatic zone of the upland desert and on the lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. You will reach the distinct pinnacle of the Lava Tower (4640 m), our high point for the day and a great place to enjoy your lunch. In the afternoon we make a steep descent to our camp for the night, located in the base of the Great Barranco Valley (3960 m), sheltered by towering cliffs but with extensive views of the plains below.

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DAY 4: BARRANCO CAMP (3960METERS) TO KARANGA CAMP (3963METERS)

Location:Karanga Camp
Approx. trekking time:5 hours
Distance:5.5km / 3.4 miles
Zone:High alpine zone
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On day five early wakeup, breakfast and the start of summiting Barranco Wall. Hiking up the gorge wall is not technical but long and tiring, only takes around an hour. After the climb you can have a rest and take photos in front of the Kibo volcano. Then you start a more difficult hike to Karanga Camp, which features numerous ascents and descents during the route, but don’t worry: our guides are experts at choosing an optimal pace for the group. After reaching the camp you will be offered warm lunch. After a couple of hours you will have to complete an acclimatization hike in the direction of Barafu Camp with a 200-meter gain in altitude, and then descent back down to the camp.

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DAY 5: KARANGA CAMP (3963METERS) TO BARAFU CAMP (4640METERS)

Location:Barafu Camp
Approx. trekking time:3 hours
Distance:3km / 1.9 miles
Zone:High alpine zone
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day five is summit night (and day)! We start off at around midnight, and walk steeply upwards to the summit glaciers. We will be climbing scree for 4 to 5 hours but gain incredible height over a short distance. The views are spectacular. We should be on the crater rim at Stella Point (5739m) as the first rays of the sun hit us. Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater surround us and the views to jagged Mawenzi peak and beyond are breathtaking. Another hour’s walking takes us to the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m). We begin our descent by returning to Stella Point and then descending on scree slope and track back to Barafu Camp for breakfast, before finally heading down to Mweka Camp for a long well-earned rest.

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DAY 6: BARAFU CAMP (4640METERS) TO UHURU PEAK (5895METERS) AND DOWN TO MWEKA CAMP (3100METERS)

Location:Mweka Camp
Approx. trekking time:13hours – 15hours
Distance:16.4km / 9.6 miles
Zone:Glacial zone and the all preceding zones
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We start off at around midnight, and walk steeply upwards to the summit glaciers. We will be climbing scree for 4 to 5 hours but gain incredible height over a short distance. The views are spectacular. We should be on the crater rim at Stella Point (5739m) as the first rays of the sun hit us. Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater surround us and the views to jagged Mawenzi peak and beyond are breathtaking. Another hour’s walking takes us to the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m). We begin our descent by returning to Stella Point and then descending on scree slope and track back to Barafu Camp for breakfast, before finally heading down to Mweka Camp for a long well-earned rest.

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DAY 7: TREK MWEKA CAMP (3100METERS) TO MWEKA GATE (1630METERS)

Location:Mweka Gate
Approx. trekking time:3 hours
Distance:9.1km / 7.5 miles
Zone:Rainforest
Hotel:Bed & Breakfast

A gentle trek takes us down through the rainforest to Mweka Gate, where we complete park formalities and receive certificates, which you can hang up with pride! We are then met by our vehicles and return to the hotel in Moshi, where you can treat yourself to a welcome shower then celebrate with cold drinks. Overnight at your arranged Hotel.

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DAY 8: DEPART TANZANIA

Location:Moshi
Meals:Breakfast

This day left for your next destination. A vehicle will take you back to the Hotel in Moshi, where it is definitely time for celebration. Depart for the airport or other destinations in Tanzania. If you have safari, then might be used to beginning your safari or fly to beaches in Zanzibar so as we can arrange many reasonably priced trips and safaris around Moshi and the Kilimanjaro region. If you fly back home our vehicle will be ready to take you to the airport at your time.

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Inquiry About This Tour

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • 3 Season mountain tents
  • Double layered Sleeping Mats
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Filtered water throughout the trek
  • Pre & Post Trek accommodation at the hotel in moshi
  • 2- way private airport transfers

PRICE EXCLUDES

  • FlightsTips to mountain crew
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry Services
  • Any service not mentioned above
  • Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra (US$65 per toilet + toilet tent)