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Travelcation Africa Safaris

  • Tanzania
Destinations

Destinations

Tanzania,

Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Large Group, Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Camping

Tour Overview

This climb is the more adventurous version of Kilimanjaro’s Lemosho Route for those that specifically want to ascend the Western Breach. Note that this area has an increased level of risk and requires guests to sign a separate waiver. Nevertheless, it is a superb route for the right type of guest. Starting on the Western side of Kilimanjaro at the Lemosho trailhead, this route follows the first half of the Lemosho Trail until reaching Lava Tower. At this point, the route ascends straight up the side of the mountain to the crater floor passing sleeping glaciers on the way. From the Crater, the route to the summit is the shortest of all routes, which makes the summit day much less tiring.

 

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General Information

  • Safari types:
    Mountain Safari, Trekking Safari
  • You will visit:
    Kilimanjaro National Park
  • Wildlife:
    Birds, Thomson's Gazelle, Colobus Monkey
  • Activities:
    Trekking, Hiking
  • Getting around:
    Transfer Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start in Arusha or Moshi, end in Arusha or Moshi

Highlights

  • Afromontane forest
  • Shira plateau
  • Glacial valleys & glaciers
  • Alpine desert
  • Western Breach
  • Ascent of Kibo
  • Views of Kibo caldera and ash pit

Note:

Please note: This route is inherently more dangerous than other routes for two reasons. Firstly, the amount of time spent at high altitude and secondly, accessing the western breach. This route should only be undertaken by fit individuals with experience in altitude and adventurous training.

Price Per Person – USD

From USD 2,160 per person

What's Included

  • Transportation to & from airport, to & from mountain gates
  • Professional & experienced mountain guide, cooks & porters
  • Three healthy & fresh meals per day
  • Camping gear (sleeping tents, dining tents, tables, chairs)
  • Food, shelter & fair wages for the porters, cooks & guides
  • Radio and cell phone communication
  • Guides have professional first aids kits and pulse oximeters for daily updates on acclimatization progress
  • Assistance with climbing permit procedure
  • Supplemental oxygen & pulse oximeter
  • Park fees, camping/hut fees, rescue fees, crew fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services

What's Excluded

  • Flights & visas
  • Personal porters
  • Medical & travel insurance
  • Tips to mountain crew
  • Mountain trekking gear e.g. walking poles (available for hire upon request)
  • Sleeping bag (available for hire upon request)
  • A portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra (US$200 per toilet + toilet tent)
  • Others: extra expenses such as additional food or drinks, satellite phone calls, transference fees
  • Any other alterations to our itineraries

Disclaimer

  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Travelcation Africa Safaris
  • All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • Travelcation Africa Safaris‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Day by Day Overview

After breakfast, you depart by vehicle to Kilimanjaro National Park. At the gate your crew finalizes packing and after finishing with formalities you return to your vehicle for another 30 minutes or so until you arrive at the start of the Lemosho Trail. Today’s hiking is through verdant afromontane forest and is steep in places. A picnic lunch is usually taken on the trail during the hike before reaching Forest Camp for the night.

START – 6,890FT / 2100M
END – 8,695FT / 2650M
DISTANCE – 4 MILES / 7KM
TIME – 4-6 HRS
CLIMATE ZONE – AFROMONTANE FOREST

From the forested slopes of Lemosho, you ascend through podocarpus and juniper forest and break out of the forest onto the heath zone and the Shira Plateau. A hot lunch is taken at Shira 1 Camp and the rest of the afternoon is spent relaxing and acclimatizing to the new environment.

START – 8,695FT / 2650M
END – 11,844FT / 3610M
DISTANCE – 4 MILES / 7KM
TIME – 5-7 HRS
CLIMATE ZONE – HEATH

Crossing the Shira plateau can be one of the most scenic parts of the trip and this morning we hike for around 4-5 hours to Moir Camp, where lunch is taken. The afternoon is spent acclimatizing and for those with the energy, a hike in the late afternoon up to a viewpoint is highly recommended to keep the blood flowing.

START – 11,844FT / 3610M
END – 13,780FT / 4200M
DISTANCE – 6 MILES / 10KM
TIME – 4-5 HRS
CLIMATE ZONE – ALPINE DESERT

Another half day today as you start to cross glacial valleys on the western side of the mountain. By not ascending much today we allow our bodies better acclimatization. A half-day where lunch is taken in camp. In the afternoon there is time to go for an acclimatization walk before dinner.

START – 13,780FT / 4200M
END – 15,093FT / 4600M
DISTANCE – 4 MILES / 7KM
TIME – 4-6 HRS
CLIMATE ZONE – ALPINE DESERT

The ascent to Arrow Glacier is relatively short and leaves plenty of time to rest for a large part of the day. Short walks are possible with the guides to enjoy views of the Great Barranco Wall and remnants of the once-mighty glaciers that filled the breach before having dinner and an early night.

START – 15,093FT / 4600M
END – 16,087FT / 4903M
DISTANCE – 0.6 MILES / 1KM
TIME – 1-2 HRS
CLIMATE ZONE – ARCTIC

The starting time this morning will be dependent on the previous day’s guide’s assessment of the weather, temperature, ice, and snowfall conditions. All ascents are relatively early to avoid the part of the day when significant thawing occurs. Ascent to the crater floor takes around 4 to 6 hours and a picnic refuel stop is taken near the top of the breach wall. Once on the crater floor, there is time to rest and for those that are feeling strong a hike to the ash pit is a superb option.

START – 16,0871FT / 4903M
END – 18,866FT / 5750M
DISTANCE – 2 MILES / 3KM
TIME – 6-8 HRS
CLIMATE ZONE – ARCTIC

Unlike other routes with a nighttime ascent, your hike selection affords you a daytime ascent to the summit. Leaving an hour before dawn you ascend to the Roof of Africa! From here you descend to Mweka Camp for the evening. Dinner and overnight Mweka Camp. Alt 3,100m,10,171ft (full board).

START – 18,866FT / 5750M
END – 10,171FT / 3100M
DISTANCE – 8 MILES / 13KM
TIME – 7-9 HRS
CLIMATE ZONE – ARCTIC, ALPINE DESERT, HEATH, AFROMONTANE FOREST

After breakfast you descend once again through the afromontane forest and around midday, after lunch, diplomats collection and saying farewell to your crew, you are picked up and transferred back to your lodge for a well-deserved shower! Later that evening you will be visited by a Travelcation Africa Safaris Representative to congratulate you, find out how the trip went, and answer any final questions you may have about your onward journey.

START – 10,171FT / 3100M
END – 5,381FT / 1640M
DISTANCE – 6 MILES / 10KM
TIME – 3-4 HRS
CLIMATE ZONE – AFROMONTANE FOREST

Kilimanjaro Trek
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