Lemosho Route – Kilimanjaro Trek

Day by Day Itinerary

Embark on an 8-day trek up Mount Kilimanjaro via the scenic and serene Lemosho Route with Northern Masailand Safaris. Starting from the less-traveled western side of the mountain, this journey offers a blend of breathtaking vistas, diverse ecosystems, and a higher success rate for reaching the summit. Ideal for both seasoned hikers and first-time trekkers, the Lemosho Route provides a unique opportunity to experience the grandeur of Africa’s highest peak while embracing the natural beauty and wildlife of Kilimanjaro National Park.

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You're just one step away from realizing your dream of conquering Africa's highest peak. Immerse yourself in these expertly curated Kilimanjaro trekking itineraries crafted by our team of specialists, and embark on the journey of a lifetime. Whether you seek the thrill of the summit or the beauty of the journey, let us guide you to the roof of Africa.

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and Preparation

Arrive in Tanzania and settle into your chosen accommodation in Arusha, such as the Arusha Coffee Lodge or Rivertrees Country Inn. Spend the day preparing for the trek, with a briefing from Northern Masailand Safaris experts. Enjoy a welcome dinner featuring local Tanzanian cuisine.

Day 2: Lemosho Gate to Mti Mkubwa Camp

  • Altitude: 2,360m to 2,895m
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

Begin your trek at Lemosho Gate, traversing through lush rainforests teeming with wildlife. This gentle start provides a fantastic opportunity for birdwatching and spotting monkeys. Overnight at Mti Mkubwa Camp, nestled amidst the forest.

Day 3: Mti Mkubwa Camp to Shira 1 Camp

  • Altitude: 2,895m to 3,505m
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours

Ascend through the heather and moorland zones, enjoying panoramic views of the Rift Valley and Mt. Meru. Learn about the local flora and fauna from your experienced guide. Rest at Shira 1 Camp, where the landscape opens up to reveal sweeping views.

Day 4: Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp

  • Altitude: 3,505m to 3,850m
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

A leisurely trek across the Shira Plateau, one of the highest plateaus on earth. This day is crucial for acclimatization and includes a visit to the Shira Cathedral, a striking rock formation. Camp at Shira 2 Camp, offering magnificent sunset views.

Day 5: Shira 2 Camp to Barranco Camp via Lava Tower

  • Altitude: 3,850m to 3,950m via 4,630m
  • Hiking Time: 6-7 hours

Trek to the Lava Tower for acclimatization, experiencing a change in vegetation to the alpine desert. Descend to Barranco Camp, situated in a valley below the Western Breach and Great Barranco Wall. This day is perfect for photography enthusiasts.

Day 6: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

  • Altitude: 3,950m to 3,995m
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Climb the Great Barranco Wall, an exhilarating scramble that rewards you with spectacular views. The route then descends through the Karanga Valley to Karanga Camp, where you can engage in short walks for acclimatization.

Day 7: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

  • Altitude: 3,995m to 4,673m
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Ascend to Barafu Camp, the starting point for the summit attempt. Prepare for your night ascent by resting and enjoying early dinner. The camp offers an opportunity to witness the Mawenzi and Kibo peaks.

Day 8: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak, Down to Mweka Camp

  • Summit Altitude: 4,673m to 5,895m
  • Descent to Mweka: 5,895m to 3,100m
  • Total Time: 11-14 hours

The summit day starts at midnight. Trek to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. Witness the sunrise from the summit, providing once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities. After celebrating at the summit, descend to Mweka Camp for your final night on the mountain.

Day 9: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

  • Descent: 3,100m to 1,640m
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

Descend through the rainforest to Mweka Gate. Receive your summit certificates and say farewell to your trekking team. Transfer back to your accommodation in Arusha for a well-deserved rest.

Day 10: Departure

Depart from Tanzania, or extend your adventure with a safari or a visit to Zanzibar.

Packing and Preparation Tips
  • Pack warm layers, waterproof clothing, and comfortable hiking boots.
  • Bring sun protection, a hat, and sunglasses.
  • Essential: camera, binoculars, and a headlamp.
  • Hydration packs and energy snacks are recommended.
Price and Customization

The cost for the 8-day trek via the Lemosho Route typically ranges from approximately $2,500 to $3,500 per person. The variation in price depends on several factors including:

  • Season (with peak and off-peak rates).
  • Group size (private treks tend to be more expensive than joining a group).
  • Level of service and quality of accommodations on the mountain.
  • Additional services and amenities requested.
  • Kilimanjaro National Park fees, camping/hut fees, and rescue fees.
  • Services of professional mountain guides, porters, and a cook.
  • Meals and water during the trek.
  • Accommodation in tents or huts along the route.
  • Transfers to and from the start/end point of the trek.
  • Flights to and from Tanzania.
  • Accommodation and meals before and after the trek in Arusha or Moshi.
  • Personal trekking equipment and gear.
  • Tips for the trekking crew.
  • Travel insurance that covers high altitude trekking.
  • Trek Duration: Opt for a longer itinerary (9 days) for better acclimatization.
  • Accommodation: Upgrade accommodation before and after the trek or choose higher-end camping gear.
  • Private vs. Group Trek: Choose between a private trek or joining a group trek.
  • Additional Acclimatization: Add an extra day on the mountain for acclimatization.
  • Add-on Experiences: Combine your trek with a wildlife safari in Tanzania’s national parks or a relaxing stay in Zanzibar.
  • Training and Preparation: Access to training programs or consultations for physical preparation.
  • Fitness Preparation: Tailored training plans can be arranged.
  • Dietary Requirements: Specific dietary needs can be accommodated with prior notice.
  • Age and Experience: Customization based on the age and experience levels of the trekkers.
  • Advance Booking: It is advisable to book several months in advance, especially during peak seasons.
  • Expert Consultation: Many trekking companies offer pre-trip consultations to help tailor the trek to your needs and expectations.

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Trekking packages vary depending on the route, duration, and level of comfort. Most packages include park fees, accommodation (tents or huts), meals during the trek, guides, porters, and transport to and from the mountain. Customized packages can also include add-ons like safari trips or cultural tours.

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