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    $2640 p/p in USD
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Sirikwa Travel

  • Tanzania
Destinations

Destinations

Tanzania,

Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Camping

Tour Overview

The Lemosho Route is considered the most scenic trail on Kilimanjaro, offering some of the best panoramic views along the entire trail that promises to leave you speechless. The route has fewer crowds than most making it even more ideal, allowing travelers to take in the beauty around them undisturbed as they attempt to summit Africa’s highest peak. Lemosho has the highest summit success rate, further making this route the preferred option. Make your way from Londorossi Gate on a hike through the rain forest before reaching Shira Ridge. Cross the entire Shira Plateau towards the Lava Tower before continuing on the Southern Circuit to the summit. Finally stand on the top of Africa, looking over its magnificent plains having conquered the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro.

Sirikwa Hiking Kilimanjaro
Kilimanjaro Trekking Excitements
Kilimanjaro Lemosho Climb
Hiking Kilimanjaro Via Lemosho Route
Climb Lemosho Route Kilimanjaro
Climb Lemosho Route Kilimanjaro

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Trekking Safari
  • You will visit:
    Kilimanjaro National Park
  • Wildlife:
    Birds, Colobus Monkey
  • Activities:
    Trekking
  • Getting around:
    Transfer Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start/end in Moshi
  • Minimum age:
    12

Price Per Person – USD

From USD 2,640 per person (2 pax)

There are also options for tailor-made journeys best suited to you, your family and friends – enquire for more details.

What's Included

  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Moshi (before & after the trek)
  • Certified, experienced, English speaking mountain guides
  • All hot meals prepared by our cook while on the mountain
  • Safety equipment, emergency oxygen & pulse ox meter
  • Water provided during the climb & hot drinks at every meal
  • Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tent
  • Quality mess tents with table & chairs & portable toilet tent
  • Transfers to & from airport/bus station in Moshi to selected route
  • Government climbing taxes & climbing permits
  • All National Park fees & emergency rescue fees
  • Guides, porters & cooks salaries
  • Enough porters to carry your luggage
  • Fair & ethical treatment of porters
  • Summit certificate signed by the National Park & your Guide

What's Excluded

  • Flights, visa fees & departure taxes
  • Personal items, expenses & toiletries
  • Alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages
  • Tips (recommended tips per day: Guide $20, cook $15, porter $10)
  • Laundry services

Disclaimer

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  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
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Day by Day Overview

We depart Moshi for Londorossi Gate, which takes about 4 hours. We then drive to the Lemosho trail head, where we begin hiking through the undisturbed forest which winds upwards to the first camp site. As you make your way through the forest you could see colobus monkeys and many bird species in the tree tops above you.

  • Elevation: 7,742 ft to 9,498 ft
  • Distance: 6 km/4 miles
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest
Hiking Londorosi

We continue on the trail making your way past volcanic rock draped with lichen beards and emerge onto the savanna grasslands. As we ascend through the lush rolling hills, crossing several streams, you will reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 Camp. Here we catch our first glimpse of Kibo across the plateau.

  • Elevation: 9,498 ft to 11,500 ft
  • Distance: 8 km/5 miles
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Heath

We explore the Shira Plateau for a full day. It is a gentle walk east on moorland meadows towards Shira 2 Camp. Then we divert from the main trail to Moir Hut, a little site on the base of Lent Hills. A variety of walks are available on Lent Hills making this an excellent opportunity to acclimatize. Shira Plateau is one of the highest plateaus on earth.

  • Elevation: 11,500 ft to 13,800 ft
  • Distance: 11 km/7 miles
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
  • Habitat: Heath

We begin the day climbing up a ridge and then head southeast towards the Lava Tower, a 300ft tall volcanic rock formation. We descend down to Barranco Camp through the strange but beautiful Senecio Forest to an altitude of 13,000 ft. Throughout the climb, you may see various lizards along the trail or see herds of game in the distance on the plains below the mountain. Although you begin and end the day at the same elevation, the time spent at higher altitude is very beneficial for acclimatization.

  • Elevation: 13,800 ft to 15,190 ft
  • Distance: 7 km/4 miles
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

We begin the day by descending into a ravine to the base of the Great Barranco Wall. Then we climb the non-technical but steep, nearly 900ft cliff. From the top of the Barranco Wall we cross a series of hills and valleys until we descend into Karanga Valley. One more steep climb leads us to Karanga Camp. This is a shorter day meant for further acclimatization.

  • Elevation: 13,044 ft to 13,106 ft
  • Distance: 5 km/3 miles
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
Kilimanjaro Lemosho Climb

We leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the rocky section to Barafu Hut. At this point, you will have completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, where you can rest and enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are viewable from this position.

  • Elevation: 13,106 ft to 15,331 ft
  • Distance: 4 km/2 miles
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of the day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short breaks. Near Stella Point (18,900 ft), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are likely to ever see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. From the summit, we now descend down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. The trail is very rocky and can be quite hard on the knees (trekking poles are helpful). Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

  • Elevation: 15,331 ft to 19,341 ft
  • Distance: 5 km/3 miles
  • Hiking Time: 7-8 hours
  • Habitat: Arctic

Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp

  • Elevation: 19,341 ft to 10,065 ft
  • Distance: 12 km/7 miles
  • Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest
Sirikwa Hiking Kilimanjaro
Kilimanjaro Trekking Excitements

On our last day, we continue downwards to Mweka Gate to collect your summit certificates. From the gate, we continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet us at Mweka Village to drive us back to the hotel in Moshi. On the journey towards the village and then on to Moshi, you may see some more wildlife to top off your trip in Africa.

  • Elevation: 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft
  • Distance: 10 km/6 miles
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest
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