This is the 7 Day Lemosho Route climb of Mt Kilimanjaro in Africa. A deposit of 25% is required at the time of booking which will be deducted from your balance which is due 10 weeks before your challenge date. After booking, you will receive the following:
-Tanzanian Visa Application Form
-Visa Help Form -Health Declaration
Flight details will be sent separately and you should ensure that you book this as soon as possible. We do not book your flights for you and you will benefit from being able to find the best deals.
Many other challenge companies will send you a 'fuel surcharge' invoice one week before your challenge which will be in the region of £250. By booking yourself, this cost will be included in your flight cost.
7 Day Lemosho Route
Lemosho Route - Day 1
A two and a half hour’s drive to Londorossi Gate where you will be registered by the national park authorities. Then you drive another 15 km into the dense rainforest to where you will start. A moderately steep path leads to the Big Tree Camp (2780m). Look out for monkeys and interesting birds along the way. The tents will be already set up and hot tea and washing water will be waiting followed by dinner.
Camp elevation: 2780m
Elevation gain: 520m
Lemosho Route - Day 2
Today’s long trek starts on a small trail which continues through the trees and gradually ascends to reach the Shira plateau. Enjoy the views of the mountain and plains below. The path continues to cross the Shira Ridge (ca. 3600m) and you will stop for lunch at the Shira Camp 1 after another few hours. The last section (approximately 3 hrs), you will climb another 250 meters in altitude and pass the surreal Senecia-plants growing to over 8m in height. Reaching the camp after the long day, you will relax with coffee and tea and be nourished with a 3-course meal tonight. As the sun sets you might see the summit glowing in the afternoon sun.
Camp elevation: 3900m
Elevation gain: 1120m
Lemosho Route - Day 3
You will gain 700m in altitude but descend to sleep at Barranco – 60m higher than last night’s camp. This will help with acclimatisation as you will go up to 4600m before descending again. Today begins with a long uphill in the direction of the Lava Tower Hut (4640m) and you will notice how the landscape changes to a rocky alpine desert. Later, the path descends again to the Barranco Valley with its giant Senecias and Lobelias. After six to seven hours you should arrive at the most beautiful camp on the mountain – the Barranco Camp.
Camp elevation: 3960m
Elevation gain: 60m
Lemosho Route - Day 4
Today will start with the daunting Barranco Wall. Soon you will realize it looks worse than it actually is, but there are tricky sections where you will need to hold on tight. Admire the views from the top. The rest of the route follows along the mountain ridge into the Karanga valley and out. You reach Karanga Camp after lunch and you will have fantastic views of the southern glacier of Kibo as well as of the Kibo summit.
Camp elevation: 4035m
Elevation gain: 75m
Lemosho Route - Day 5
A few hours hiking through desolate and rocky moon-like landscape lies ahead. It will be a relatively easy day leading steadily uphill. The goal for today is the Barafu campsite on a narrow ridge in full view of Mawenzi peak. You will walk along a trail that passes through the afro-alpine dessert until you reach your destination for today –Barafu Camp at 4640m. Use the rest of the day to relax and pack your daypack for tonight’s summit attempt. Supper will be served early; drink and eat enough if you can and try to sleep. You will be woken up around midnight to start your walk to the summit.
Camp elevation: 4640m
Elevation gain: 605m
Lemosho Route - Day 6
It is dark and cold as you set off just after midnight. You will climb the frozen volcanic dust by headlamp going towards Stella Point on the crater rim – about six hours. The sun should be rising when you arrive here. Just an hour or two more and you will be standing on the highest point of the crater: Uhuru peak. On top of the world! Take a short break for pictures and celebratory hugs before you tackle the steep and dusty descent. By now the volcanic ash will have thawed… You will stop for a short tea break at Barafu and then continue downhill for about three hours to Mweka camp (3080m). This is your overnight stop. Refuel by drinking lots of fluids and have a good helping at supper time.
Camp elevation: 3080m
Elevation gain: 1255m
Elevation loss: 2815m
Lemosho Route - Day 7
A traditional farewell ceremony from the porters begins the day. After about three hours, comfortably descending through the greenness of the forest, you should reach Mweka gate where the driver will be waiting. Back to Kindoroko Hotel for a hot shower, a cold drink, a debrief and your certificate of achievement are waiting. Well done!
Gate elevation: 1630m
Elevation loss: 1450m
What is included
All of our Kilimanjaro challenges include the following:
-Transfers to and from the Airport
-Hotel accommodation on your first and last night
-All park fees
-All fees for guides, porters and support staff
-All food on the mountain including breakfast, lunch and dinner
-All camping equipment, excluding personal kit
Whats NOT included
-Flights to and from Tanzania International Airport
-Visa fees, payable on arrival
Accommodation is based on 2 people sharing hotel/tent. If travelling alone, you will be placed with someone of the same sex and similar age.
If you wish to upgrade to single occupancy, you can select this option at an additional cost of £225.
You can also choose to add a safari experience on to your challenge. Please select this option at the time of booking.