14 Days / 13 Nights Ultimate Zimbabwe Safari ItineraryJanuary 7, 2022
The Lemosho Route is a non-technical 8-day / 7-night group trek or private trek which is arguably the best option on the mountain, having excellent altitude acclimatisation, an extraordinary summit success rate of 95% and excellent traffic avoidance
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- All internal road transfers
- Accommodation 1 night either side of the climb
- All tent accommodation on the mountain
- The very best professional mountain guides on Kili
- Kilimanjaro National Park Fee
- Camping Fees
- Forest Fees
- Mountain Rescue fees
- Toilet Tent
- International Flights
Day 1: Moivaro Lodge & Estate | Arusha
On arrival into Kilimanjaro airport you will be met by a representative from the African Walking company who will then transfer you to Moivaro lodge. A full pre-trek briefing will take place either on the evening before or on the morning of departure.
Day 2: L8 Lemosho Forest Camp | Mount KIlimanjaro
After completing the paperwork at Londorossi gate you will have lunch here before starting the walk. The forest has open glades and clearings which are very beautiful and make a good spot for a picnic. After that it is an easy two or three hour walk on a small path through the lush forest. This can be a beautiful walk in good weather, with plenty of interesting flora and fauna.
Day 3: L8 Shira Camp 1 | Mount KIlimanjaro
This is the first day of serious walking and a really good workout to kick start your altitude acclimatisation. Early morning is normally clear at camp and you should get a good view of Mount Meru. Quickly leaving the forest behind, the trail leads up to the moorland zone of giant heather. Climbing steadily, the views really start to open out as you approach the rim of the Shira Plateau. There is a tangible sense of wilderness out here, especially if afternoon mists come rolling in to reduce visibility.
Day 4: L8 Shira Camp 2 | Mount KIlimanjaro
Another big day today that includes an acclimatisation hike during which you can explore the grassy moorland and the volcanic rock formations of the plateau. There are few paths and the exact route will depend on the weather and the climb-leader's assessment of the group.
Day 5: L8 Barranco Camp | Mount KIlimanjaro
The route continues east towards the main Kibo massif and leaves the moorland plateau behind. The passage over lava ridges and rocky semi-desert beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach is starting to get pretty dramatic, as are the views of Lava Tower and the Breach Wall above. It is a full 600m descent on the trail down into the Great Barranco Valley and the campsite at 3900m.
Day 6: L8 Karanga Camp | Mount KIlimanjaro
The path heads out across the valley, over several streams and up to the foot of the imposing Barranco Wall. This is a steep and exposed climb of around 300m. The wall is near vertical, but the path cuts across it on a diagonal. Technically it is no more than a scramble, but it is very exposed and many people will find it quite a struggle. There is a real sense of achievement as you get to the top and the summit comes back into view.
Day 7: L8 Barafu Camp | Mount KIlimanjaro
A short but steep climb out of Karanga Valley, leads to a relatively easy path on compacted scree with wide views, gaining altitude unrelentingly to reach the Barafu Hut (4600m) in time for lunch. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night.
Day 8: L8 Millenium Camp | Mount Kilimanjaro
The ascent is by torchlight and the plan is to get to Stella Point (5735m) on the crater rim in time to watch the sun rise over the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. This normally takes five to six hours of trudging up generally well-graded zigzag switchbacks. And then finally on to Uhuru Peak at 5896m.
At this point it is still only about 07h00 and now you are faced with the descent. The descent between Stella Point and Barafu is the steepest and most challenging. The descent from Barafu Camp to Millennium Camp is a long and generally gradual descent that is generally undertaken in a kind of post-summit daze.
Day 9: Moivaro Lodge & Estate | Arusha
The day starts off with a ritual ceremony where the support team thanks the climbers for coming to see their mountain. The climbers then respond with thanks and tips are allocated to the staff via the head guide. The descent returns back through the forest to the park gate where a driver from The African Walking Company will be waiting for you to take you back to Moivaro Lodge.