Highlighting enrapturing picturesque vistas, unblemished untamed life, astounding acclimatization open doors and low traffic of climbers, Lemosho is our own most memorable #1 for arriving at the top of Africa.
Following a 4-hour lengthy drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate you’ll wind up on the western slant of Mt Kilimanjaro, from that point the course will take you to the undeniably popular Shira Plateau. That is where you’ll leave on your experience through all environment zones – from snow capped glades to everlasting ice. The trip is smooth and steady, highlighting the most noteworthy achievement pace of all courses on Kilimanjaro.
Six, seven and eight-day programs are accessible, so you can pick contingent upon how much time available to you. Longer projects are constantly suggested over the more limited ones for better acclimatization.
6 and 7-day Lemosho programs start from a high-height drop-off: you’ll be moved to the rise of 3,500 m/11,500 f by a rough terrain vehicle and begin the climb from that point. This is intended to expand acclimatization change – the higher you start, the simpler your variation will be.
Day 0 | Arrival
Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), where you will meet Kiliholidays representative, and transfer to Weru Weru River lodge (https://www.weruweruriverlodge.com/ ). The hotel will provide all the essentials for a comfortable stay: cozy rooms, hot water, polite staff, a swimming pool, and Internet access. In the evening there will be a briefing with our managers, who will also make sure you are ready to begin the climb. Bed and Breakfast
𝐍𝐨𝐭𝐞: Check-in starts at 1:00 PM.
DAY 1: HIGH- ALTITUDE DROPS OFF DESTINATION AND TREKKING TO SHIRA 1 CAMP.
A guide and a mountain support crew will arrive at the hotel in the morning in order to meet you and hold another briefing, after which you will travel by vehicle (roughly 3–4 hours) to Kilimanjaro National Park’s western entrance: Londorossi Gate (2,200 m). After the quick formality of acquiring climbing permits and registering with the search and rescue service, the group continues upwards towards their drop off point by off-road vehicles (reaching 3,500 meters). Here you can see stunning views of the Shira Plateau for the first time.
The route from your drop off point to your first high-altitude camp Shira 1 features a small gain in altitude and is not too physically challenging. Due to this, you will be able to properly begin the process of acclimatization. By the time you reach the camp, our professional mountain crew will prepare everything necessary, put tents and cook dinner for you.
This will be your first day at this altitude, so it is strongly recommended you heed the following instructions from this point on: Abstain from consuming alcohol and caffeine Drink over 4 liters of bottled water daily (little by little, frequently)
Take a Diamox pill to help alleviate symptoms of altitude sickness. Most mountain climbers take Diamox in the morning, before they start their ascent, in order to reduce discomfort associated with altitude sickness. We recommend you consult your doctor prior to the trip in case of potential allergies.
At night you may experience discomfort associated with acclimatization to the high altitude: because of a reduction in your waking breathing pattern, your body gets less oxygen than during the day. Taking altitude into account, you may therefore start feeling sick and have a headache. Pay attention to your own body and tell your guide if you start feeling any symptoms of altitude sickness.
ELEVATION: 3,500 m to 3,505 m
HIKING TIME: 1-2 hours
DISTANCE: 5 km
DAY 2: TREKKING FROM SHIRA 1 CAMP TO SHIRA 2 CAMP.
Departing from Shira 1 Camp (3,505 m) and a light trekking towards the second high altitude camp: Shira 2 Camp (3,900 m). This trek is not difficult and you will be able to enjoy spectacular views of Africa and the unique flora of Kilimanjaro and the surrounding area. Shira 2 Camp is the best place on the trip to see Mount Meru (the fifth summit of Africa), weather permitting.
When you arrive to camp you will have lunch, and after a two-hour rest everyone will complete an acclimatization hike towards Lava Tower Camp that features a 200-meter gain in altitude.
Note: The acclimatization hike is an easy trek with a slight gain in altitude done in order to speed up the acclimatization process. You should take the acclimatization hikes very seriously. They help increase your chances of successfully summiting Kilimanjaro and save you from the consequences of altitude sickness. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐄𝐥𝐞𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧: Shira 2 Camp (3,900 m) — Destination point route to Lava Tower (4,110 m)
𝐇𝐢𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞: 2 km
𝐇𝐢𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞: 1–2 hours.
𝐄𝐋𝐄𝐕𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍: 3,505 m to 3,900 m
𝐇𝐈𝐊𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐓𝐈𝐌𝐄: 3-4 hours
𝐃𝐈𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐍𝐂𝐄: 7 km
DAY 3: TREKKING FROM SHIRA 2 CAMP TO THE LAVA TOWER AND DESCEND TO BARRANCO CAMP.
After breakfast you will leave Shira 2 Camp (3,900 m) and start your way to the key point of the route: Lava Tower (4,630 m). This section of the route has a lot of ascents and descents that end in a camp at over 4,600 meters. It might be difficult, and you may feel some discomfort, but in order to successfully acclimate to the altitude you have to spend at least 1–2 hours here, so this is where lunch will be.
Then you will descend to Barranco Camp (3,960 m). Here you can see the famous Barranco Wall, impressive in both its massive size and steepness! Next day you will be climbing it, but don’t worry: it features a very simple hiking trail.
Note: If one or more participants feel sick, the group may refrain from passing the Lava Tower and adjust the route, following instead the road for porters. In this case you will not reach an altitude of 4,630 meters, getting up only to a maximum of 4,400 meters. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
3,900 m to 4,630 m
4,630 m to 3,960 m
𝐇𝐈𝐊𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐓𝐈𝐌𝐄: 6-8 hours
𝐃𝐈𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐍𝐂𝐄: 12 km
DAY 4: TREKKING FROM BARRANCO CAMP TO KARANGA CAMP.
Early wakeup, breakfast and the start of summiting Barranco Wall (we recommend you leave the camp as early as possible to avoid crowds of the other groups). Hiking up the gorge wall is not difficult and 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. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐄𝐥𝐞𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧: 𝐊𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐚 𝐂𝐚𝐦𝐩 (𝟒,𝟎𝟑𝟓 𝐦) — 𝐃𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐩𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐭 𝐞𝐧 𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐁𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐟𝐮 𝐂𝐚𝐦𝐩 (𝟒,𝟐𝟕𝟎 𝐦)
𝐇𝐢𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞: 2.5 km
𝐇𝐢𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞: 1–2 hours.
𝐄𝐋𝐄𝐕𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍:3,960 m to 4,035 m
𝐇𝐈𝐊𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐓𝐈𝐌𝐄: 4-5 hours
𝐃𝐈𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐍𝐂𝐄: 5 km
DAY 5: TREKKING FROM KARANGA CAMP TO BARAFU CAMP.
In the morning after breakfast you begin your way to Barafu Summit Camp (4,640 m), the starting point for a night summiting Uhuru Peak (5,895 m). Our team will set up a camp for you ahead of time, including tents and sleeping bags, so you can relax. After regaining strength, you have to complete an acclimatization hike towards the intermediate Kosovo Summit Camp (4,800 m) and then back to Barafu Camp, where you will be served a hot dinner. It is better to spend the remainder of the day resting and sleeping before night summiting. Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐄𝐥𝐞𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧: 𝐁𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐟𝐮 𝐂𝐚𝐦𝐩 (𝟒,𝟔𝟒𝟎 𝐦) — 𝐊𝐨𝐬𝐨𝐯𝐨 𝐂𝐚𝐦𝐩 (𝟒,𝟖𝟎𝟎 𝐦)
𝐇𝐢𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞: 2 km
𝐇𝐢𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞: 1–2 hours.
𝐄𝐋𝐄𝐕𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍: 4,035 m to 4,640 m
𝐇𝐈𝐊𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐓𝐈𝐌𝐄: 4-5 hours
𝐃𝐈𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐍𝐂𝐄: 6 km
𝐇𝐀𝐁𝐈𝐓𝐀𝐓: Alpine desert
DAY 6: ASCENT TO UHURU PEAK AND DESCENT TO MILLENNIUM CAMP.
Departure from Barafu Camp (4,640 m) at night and the start of summiting Kilimanjaro: Uhuru Peak (5,895 m). Technically the climb is relatively simple; however, the most challenging part is the high altitude. Each pair of climbers will get a personal guide for the entire ascent to monitor your physical and mental conditions. After your successful ascent to Uhuru Peak, you can descend to the nearest glacier if desired. Then you will return to Barafu Camp and after a 2-hour rest continue your descent to Millennium Camp (3,820 m).
𝐍𝐨𝐭𝐞: Don’t forget that 90% of all accidents occur during the descent, including all broken arms and legs. Please pay attention to your feet, as there is a high risk of damaging your toenails.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner
4,640 m to 5,895 m
5,895 m to 3,820 m
HIKING TIME: 8-12 hours
DISTANCE: 15 km
DAY 7: DESCEND FROM MILLENNIUM CAMP TO MWEKA GATE.
The camp is situated in a tropical rainforest. When you wake up, you will feel relief from the reduction of the height and the satisfaction of reaching the summit. After a warm breakfast, you will head for the park’s exit: Mweka Gate (1,650 m). After your descent the whole group will gather to congratulate you, followed by offering you a chance to share your opinions on the climb in the guestbook. Lastly, we will present you with your commemorative certificates and provide you a transfer back to Weru Weru hotel. Breakfast; Lunch
ELEVATION: 3,820 m to 1,650 m
HIKING TIME: 4-5 hours
DISTANCE: 12 km
DAY 8: DEPARTURE
Rest in the hotel and transfer to the airport
Note: Hotel check-out is at 11:00 AM. In case you need a late check-out because of an evening flight, there is the option to extend your hotel stay for an extra fee.
The climb cost includes:
- Pick-up and drop-off at Kilimanjaro International Airport;
- Transfer to the trailhead – entry gate to Kilimanjaro National Park;
- Pick-up at the exit from Kilimanjaro National Park and transfer to the hotel;
- All park fees collected by the Kilimanjaro National Park (conservation fees, camping fees, crew fees, vehicle fee, rescue fee and all other fees collected by the Tanzania National Parks Authority).
- One night at 3* hotel (Weru Weru River Lodge or Similar) before the expedition and one night after; The hotels have everything for your comfortable stay – caring staff, nice rooms, reliable Wi-Fi, restaurant and swimming pool);
- Tented accommodation on Mount Kilimanjaro (modern comfortable 4-season North Face VE-25 tents).
All accommodation is on sharing basis (i.e. you will be sharing with your travel companion a twin/double room in the hotel and a tent during the hike. If you travel alone, we will match you with a same-sex adventurer).
- Breakfast in the hotel before and after the hike
- All meals on the hike. Our Kilimanjaro diet includes energy-rich and highly nutritious meals prepared by our professional high-altitude cooks. A typical diet on Kilimanjaro includes different soups, garnishes, several types of fish and meat, fresh fruit and vegetables; vegetarian/gluten-
free/halal options are available at no extra cost;
- All drinks on the hike (coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water).
𝐇𝐢𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐚𝐟𝐞𝐭𝐲 𝐞𝐪𝐮𝐢𝐩𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭:
- 4-inch (10-cm) thick and comfortable sleeping mats;
- All group equipment (spacious and comfortable dining tent, camping table and chairs, crockery and cutlery);
- Oxygen cylinders and oximeters;
- Complete medical kits.
- Climbing crew:
- Professional guides, licensed by Kilimanjaro National Park. All our guides are the holder of Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness First Aid certifications. All our guides have 10+years of successful mountaineering experience;
- Dedicated support crew (assistant guides, camp master, porters, cooks, etc.).
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐥𝐢𝐦𝐛 𝐜𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐞𝐱𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐝𝐞𝐬:
- Airline tickets;
- Alcoholic and soft drinks
- Visa fees
- Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
- Travel insurance
- Personal gear rentals;
𝐓𝐢𝐩𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐧 𝐊𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐣𝐚𝐫𝐨 𝐢𝐬 𝐚𝐧 𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐜𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐦𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐰 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤. 𝐀𝐧𝐝 𝐦𝐚𝐧 𝐝𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤 𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐝!! 𝐀 𝐠𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐫𝐮𝐥𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐮𝐦𝐛: 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐢𝐩 𝐚𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝 𝟏𝟎% 𝐨𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐜𝐥𝐢𝐦𝐛 𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐞.
𝐋𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐠𝐮𝐢𝐝𝐞: $𝟐𝟎-$𝟑𝟎 𝐩𝐞𝐫 𝐝𝐚𝐲
𝐀𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐠𝐮𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐬: $𝟏𝟓-$𝟐𝟓 𝐩𝐞𝐫 𝐝𝐚𝐲
𝐂𝐨𝐨𝐤: $𝟏𝟎-$𝟏𝟓 𝐩𝐞𝐫 𝐝𝐚𝐲
𝐇𝐞𝐥𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬: $𝟖-$𝟏𝟐 𝐩𝐞𝐫 𝐝𝐚𝐲 *
𝐏𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬: $𝟔-$𝟏𝟎 𝐩𝐞𝐫 𝐝𝐚𝐲