The Africa Guide - AfricaGuide.com
The Africa Guide - AfricaGuide.com
HOME | CONTACT US | LINK TO US | NEWS LETTER | AFFILIATES
TOURS & SAFARIS | GUIDE TO AFRICA | FORUMS | SHOP | ACCOMMODATION | PHOTO LIBRARY | CLASSIFIEDS
 
Tours and Safaris Home (709)

New search
Login
design my own africa trip safari
share this trip:
Kilimanjaro Climb - Lemosho Route

Kilimanjaro Climb - Lemosho Route

Experience a Kilimanjaro climb along this unspoiled, remote, little-used, and beautiful way up to the Shira Plateau
Operator rating 9.6/10 from 27 trip reviews
  View Itinerary | Reviews (27) | Enquire About This Trip  make an enquiry
Price: USD $2,118 per person
Currency Price: EUR €1,548 /person estimated
Type: Adventure Holiday
Duration: 8 days
Customise: This Adventure Holiday can be customised
Country: Tanzania
Persons: minimum (2)  
Accommodation: Camping
Game Parks:
Kilimanjaro (Tanzania)
Activities: Mountain Climbing
  view all trips by this operator
  enquire about this trip

Itinerary

Kilimanjaro Climb - Lemosho Route

Duration: 8 days trekking; 6 and a half days ascending, 1 and a half days descending

Length: 98 km/61 mi total; 60 km/37 mi ascent; 38 km/24 mi descent

Elevation(m): 4,065 m to 3,915 m descent Londorossi Gate 2,250 m to Uhuru Peak 5,895 m and descent to Mweka Gate 1,980m

Elevation(ft): 13,340 ft /12,840 ft descent Londorossi Gate 7,380 ft to Uhuru Peak 19,340 ft and descent to Mweka Gate 6,500ft

Description
The Lemosho Route is an unspoiled, remote, little-used, and beautiful way up to the Shira Plateau. Above the plateau, you approach Kilimanjaro’s great western Breach, then follow the south circuit to reach the easier Barafu Route. This is one of the few routes where an armed ranger accompanies our groups, since there are still animals in the forest around the Lemosho Glades.

Note:
We do not place groups together. This way you are ensured the full attention of our guide, but with the added knowledge of our guides’ experiences. It also means that we can start the climb on the day you prefer.

Arrival Day:
Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport. You will be met at the Airport and transferred to the hotel in Arusha/Moshi for your overnight and briefing by our mountain guide

Day 1: Moshi/Arusha to Londorossi Gate to Lemosho Glades to Mkubwa Camp
Elevation(m):915 m/1387 to 2,250 m to 2,000 m to 2,750 m
Elevation(ft): 3,000 ft/4921ft to 7,380 ft to 6,560 ft to 9,020 ft
Distance: 18 km,
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Montane Forest

Drive from Moshi or Arusha to the Londorossi Park Gate. From here follow a forest track in a 4WD vehicle for about 11 km/7 mi (45 minutes) to Lemosho Glades and a possible campsite. From the
Glades, walk for 3 hours along beautiful forest trails to the Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite.

Day 2: Mkubwa Camp to Shira Camp 1
Elevatoin(m): 2,750 m to 3,500 m
Elevation(ft): 9,020 ft to 11,485 ft
Distance: 12 km
Hiking Time: 5 hours
Habitat: Semi-Desert

The trail gradually steepens, enters the giant heather moorland zone, then crosses the Shira Ridge at 3,600 m/11,810 ft and drops gently to Shira Camp 1 located by a stream on the Shira
Plateau.

Day 3: Shira Camp 1 to Shira Camp 2
Elevation(m): 3,500 m to 3,840 m
Elevation(ft): 11,485 ft to 12,600 ft
Distance: 6 km,
Hiking Time: 2 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

A gentle walk across the plateau leads to shira camp 2 on moorland meadows by a stream. A variety of walks are available on the plateau making this an excellent acclimatization day.

Day 4: Shira Camp 2 to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
Elevation(m): 3,840 m to 4,630 m to 3,950 m
Elevation(ft): 12,600 ft to 15,190 ft to 12,960 ft
Distance: 15 km
Hiking Time: 7 hours
Habitat: Semi-Desert

After breakfast, you will hike east up a steepening path above the highest vegetation toward Kilimanjaro’s looming mass. After several hours, you walk through a rocky landscape to reach the prominent landmark called Lava Tower at 4,630 m/15,190 ft. This chunky remnant of Kilimanjaro’s earlier volcanic activity is several hundred feet high, and the trail passes right below it. For extra credit, the sure-footed can scramble to the top of the tower. After a lunch stop near Lava Tower, descend for 2 hours below the lower cliffs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall to Barranco Camp at 3,950 m/12,960 ft. There are numerous photo opportunities on this hike, especially if the walls are festooned with ice. Barranco Camp is in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Walls, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while you wait for your dinner. On this day, be careful to notice any signs of altitude sickness.

Day 5: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
Elevation(m): 3,900 m to 4,200 m
Elevation(ft) : 12,800 ft to 13,780 ft
Distance: 7 km
Hiking Time: 4 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

After breakfast, we continue up a steep ridge to the great Barranco Wall, then you climb this imposing obstacle, which turns out to be easier than it looks. Topping out just below the Heim Glacier, you can now appreciate just how beautiful Kilimanjaro really is. With Kibo’s glaciers soaring overhead, you descend into the lush Karanga Valley to the Karanga Valley campsite. From the camp, you can look east and see the jagged peaks of Mawenzi jutting into the African sky. After a hot lunch in camp, your afternoon is at leisure for resting or exploring. After two long days, this short day is very important for your acclimatization, since your summit push is about to start.

Day 6: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
Elevation(m): 4,200 m to 4,550 m
Elevation(ft) : 13,780 ft to 14,930 ft
Distance : 13 km
Hiking Time : 8 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

In the morning, you hike east over intervening ridges and valleys to join the Mweka Route, which will be your descent route. Turn left toward the mountain and hike up the ridge through asparse landscape for another hour to the Barafu Hut where you will receive a hot lunch. The last water on the route is in the Karanga Valley; there is no water at Barafu Camp, even though Barafu is the Swahili word for “ice.” The famous snows of Kilimanjaro are far above Barafu Camp near the summit of the mountain. Your tent will be pitched on a narrow, stony, wind-swept ridge, so make sure that you familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents. Prepare your equipment and warm clothing for your summit climb, and drink a lot of fluids. After an early dinner, go to bed for a few hours of precious sleep.

Day 7 – Summit Day! Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp
Elevation(m): 4, 550m to 5,895 m to 3,100 m
Elevation(ft) : 14,930 ft to 19,340 ft to 19,340 ft
Distance: 7 km up, 23 km down
Hiking Time : 8 hours up, 7-8 hours down
Habitat: Scree and seasonal snow

You will rise around 11:30 PM, and after some steaming tea and biscuits, you shuffle off into the night. Your 6-hour climb northwest up through heavy scree between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers to Stella Point on the crater rim is the most challenging part of the route for most climbers. At Stella Point (5,685 m/18,650 ft) you stop for a short rest and a chance to see a supremely sanguine sunrise. At Stella Point you join the top part of the Marangu Route, but do not stop here too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue. Depending on the season and recent storms, you may encounter snow on your remaining hike along the rim to Uhuru Peak. On the summit, you can enjoy your accomplishment and know that you are creating a day that you will remember for the rest of your life. After your 3-hour descent from the summit back to Barafu Camp, you will have a well-earned but short rest, collect your gear, and hike down a rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest to Mweka Camp (3,100 m/10,170 ft). This camp is in the upper forest, so you can expect mist or rain in the late afternoon. Dinner, and washing water will be prepared, and the camp office sells drinking water, soft drinks, chocolates, and beer!

Day 8: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate to Moshi/Arusha
Elevation(m): 3,100 m to 1,980 m to 890 m/ 1387 m
Elevation(ft): 10,170 ft to 6,500 ft to 2,920 ft/ 4921ft
Distance: 15 km
Hiking Time: 3 hours
Habitat: Forest

After a well-deserved breakfast, it is a short, scenic, 3-hour hike back to the park gate. Don’t give your porters any tips until you and all your gear have reached the gate safely, but do remember to tip your staff at the gate. At Mweka Gate, you can sign your name and add details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Climbers who reached Stella Point are issued green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak receive gold certificates. From the Mweka Gate, you will continue down to the Mweka Village, possibly a muddy, 3 km, 1 hour hike if the road is too muddy for vehicles. In the Mweka Village you will be served a delicious hot lunch after which you are driven back to Moshi/Arusha for an overdue hot shower and comfortable night in a nice hotel.

Arusha/Moshi:
Depart for the airport or other destinations in Tanzania or Kenya. A trip to the beaches at Zanzibar is a good way to recuperate. We can arrange many reasonably priced trips and safaris to the Tanzania Nothern Parks such as trips to Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire National Park and to Arusha National Park. Also we can arrange trips to Southern Circuit such as trips to Selous game reserve, Mikumi National Park and Ruaha National Park.

Extra Day for Acclimatization
You can spend an extra day at Shira Camp 2, Barranco Camp, or Karanga Camp for acclimatization purposes. If you want to add this day, and maintain an 8-day itinerary, you can omit day 3 and walk from Shira Camp 1 to Barranco Camp.

Note if you skip the rest day, you can visit Mawenzi Tarn on a 6-day itinerary.

Price:
US $2,118 per person sharing (minimum 2pax) - 8 days climb

Extra days on the Mountain: US $235 per person per day

* Discounts available for groups of 4 persons and above

Please note:
The prices above are valid to June 2013, for the rest of the Years the prices are subject to change due to increased park/mountain climbing fees

Price Above Includes:
- Transport to and from mountain gates.
- All parks entry fees.
- All camping fees.
- Rescue fees.
- Guide and porters fees.
- Guide and porters salaries.
- All accommodations on the mountain based on three meals a day.
- Cook and all kitchen utensils.

Price Above Excludes:
- International and domestic flights (we can arrange on request)
- Accommodation on the first night upon your arrival before climb and on the last day after climb (book with us)
- Airport transfers (book with us)
- Tips, drinks and all items of personal nature
- Hard and soft drinks and tips
- Sleeping bags but we can provide for hire on request.
- All Mountain Gears (we can arrange hire of this)

========================

All our tours are tailor made to suit our client’s needs, so should you require any changes or inclusions please complete the enquiry form below for more information. We also specialise in safaris throughout Tanzania and beach holidays in Zanzibar

Tour Operator Reviews (27) about reviews
1 
Client: KitMan Chui - from Hong Kong
Trip: Big Five Safari in Tanzania - 7 days
Rating:
rating 8/10
Comment: The trip was very good and our guide was very good as well. The safari operator gave us confidence while we were planning our trip and they responded quickly with our enquiry.

We are so great to see many wild animals especially big five in the national parks. We had the chance to see the lions hunting but they failed. The African Tulip is very good and we can order food from their dinner manual while other hotels were providing dinner buffet with similar dishes.

The trip could score 8. It was really a very remarkable trip for our couple.
 
2 
Client: Ken Sullivan - from United Kingdom
Trip: Northern Circuit Safari in Tanzania
Rating:
rating 9/10
Comment: I am very happy to provide feedback on our recently completed trip to Tanzania.

We had a thoroughly enjoyable time on all our days in Tanzania and couldn't have asked for a better guide than Apollo.

Despite the odd puncture, which seems to be an occupational hazard for any vehicle which drives on unmade-up roads, the entire trip went off without a hitch.

We were happy with the hotels that we stayed in and all the other parts of the trip that could be controlled by the tour operator, although to the surprise of our guide we preferred the Sopa hotels we stayed in to the Serena hotels.

The only downside was that the animals at times didn't co-operate by coming into close range for taking photos, but that's not something the tour operator can control and we don't consider that we can blame them for that (just our bad luck in some respects)

We would have no hesitation in recommending this safari operator to anyone, especially if they are lucky enough to get Apollo as their guide, and would rate the entire experience as a 9 out of 10 holiday. (we have been to quite a few places in the world including the Galapagos Islands, Borneo, China, India, Hong Kong and Japan and have yet to rate anything a 10. But this last trip has probably come the closest)
 
3 
Client: Eileen Haggerty - from United States
Trip: East Africa Safari – Tanzania and Kenya
Rating:
rating 10/10
Comment: I just returned from a 13 day safari to Kenya and Tanzani. It a was fantastic trip and the price was great too !! It was my second trip to Africa and my first with this tour operator.

We were 4 women (aged 25-69) and we had our own private safari vehicle in both Kenya and Tanzania. This is very important, especially for first time safari travelers, to have your own window even with the pop-up top. The vehicle we had seated 9, but it was our private vehicle as promised by the safari operator. We saw countless safari vehicles so packed with people that it was obvious that not everyone would have a great view.

We first went to Kenya, then Tanzania, then back to Kenya to spend our final night at Giraffe Manor in Nairobi.The guide for Kenya was Jonathon. He was wonderful, the best! Reliable, knowledgeable about the parks, the animals and so accommodating that when we returned to Nairobi after Tanzania we asked for him again. I just can't say enough good things about Jonathon. He was there upon our arrival in Nairobi and for the next 8 days in Kenya. When I lost my battery charger he found a place for me to replace it and drove me into the town. (warning...the lodges we stayed at did not carry camera equipment). Saw the Big 5, saw the aftermath of a kill, saw lions, giraffe, leopard, cheetah...you name it, we saw it - every day!

Our guide for Tanzania was Apollo and again we had the best guide in Tanzania. Apollo clearly loves his job and is so enthusiastic its infectious. He is very knowledgeable and fun to be with...great sense of humor as he loved to tease us. Apollo also was very accommodating (stopping when we screamed "simama" because we saw a shop we wanted to spend some time in or we wanted to back up for a certain picture. When we were in the Serengeti he pulled over to the side of the road because he spotted a male lion. (both of our guides had vision that's hard to believe) Right after we pulled up the lion came out of the high grass, walked across the road in back of our truck, then came around to the front and sat down in the road in front of us. Amazing! This is how we saw many animals, up close and personal.

We also got to meet Chislon, our agent, in Arusha. I can't tell you how many emails we sent back and forth to get the final itinerary. He worked very hard for us to get exactly what we wanted.

The food and accommodations were great, especially the SOPA Lodges. You will never go hungry. Too much food...we all gained weight! The one place I wasn't comfortable in was the Katikati Tented Camp in Serengenti. I think this would be wonderful for families but it was a little too rough-hewn for us older women. The 25 year old didn't mind it at all...she said that's what camping is about.

Our final night was spent at Giraffe Manor. This is very pricey but well worth it. You get to feed the giraffes up close and they even come to your bedroom window for food. You can also have breakfast with them as they stick their heads in the dining room. The really cater to you at Giraffe Manor and if you can afford to splurge this is the place to do it, even if only for one night.

Our itinerary was Samburu Reserve, Mount Kenya, Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara in Kenya, then Serengeti, Ngorongoro and the Crater, Tarangire National Park, Arusha in Tanzania and then Giraffe Manor in Nairobi.

It was a very busy itinerary and my only regret was not scheduling time in Zanzibar between Kenya and Tanzania.
 
4 
Client: Pedro Neves - from Portugal
Trip: Mikumi National Park Tanzania – 2 Day Safari
Rating:
rating 9/10
Comment: it was a wonderful nature experience, very well conducted for our driver/guide - a special thanks to him (that one you must keep!)
 
5 
Client: Chelsey Young - from Tanzania
Trip: Reality Cycle trip round Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Rating:
rating 10/10
Comment: I really enjoyed this tour. Of all the things I had planned for my dad's visit, he enjoyed this the most, and said it's what he would remember the most.

The tour guides were very friendly, professional, and knowledgeable on what the tour covered. All the people in the duration of the tour knew them and that gave the tour a more authentic and welcoming vibe. Very good tour, very good guides, and a very good experience.

If anyone else comes to town, this is a tour I will always set up for them. To show them the real Tanzania.
 
6 
Client: Valerie Denney - from United States
Trip: Reality Cycle trip round Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Rating:
rating 10/10
Comment: This is a fantastic tour and a "must do" for any first time visitor to Dar, as I was.

It helps you understand more about the people who live in Dar and makes what can seem like a complex and intimidating place, accessible, friendly and understandable.
 
7 
Client: Elizabeth Baker - from United States
Trip: customised itinerary
Rating:
rating 9/10
Comment: We wanted to see more of Tanzania than just flying in and out of the Southern Game Parks.

The operator suggested various options and we were very happy with the one we chose which balanced our time and budget effectively.

We also stayed in some Lodges which we might not otherwise have found which were excellent".
 
8 
Client: Amy Viltrakis - from United States
Trip: Kilimanjaro Climb, Wildlife Safari and Beach Holiday
Rating:
rating 10/10
Comment: My daughter and I just returned from our trip to Tanzania. Our trip was excellent.

We had wonderful service before our trip, helping to create our itinerary and making changes as needed.

I appreciate the Africa Guide ability to connect our interests with local operators and I would also rate this site a 10.
 
9 
Client: Akiko Goldberg - from United States
Trip: customised itinerary
Rating:
rating 10/10
Comment: My customized 13-day trip in Tanzania was absolutely amazing!

From breathtaking Ngorongoro hiking to a taste of Kilimanjaro and local village visits, it was truly a life-changing experience.

My driver and tour manager went out of their way to accommodate my whims and made sure that my stay in Tanzania was a pleasant one. Unfortunately I fractured my ankle during one of the hikes I took, but I was taken to the hospital immediately, and taken a great care of.

I would definitely recommend this operator to anyone who's looking for a tour that's much more than just game drives.'
 
10 
Client: Jill Pawson - from United States
Trip: Walking and canoeing Safari - Arusha National Park
Rating:
rating 10/10
Comment: We went on a two day walking – canoeing trip in Arusha National Park. The tour operator also made hotel arrangements for the first three days we were in Arusha.

They stayed in contact for 11 months via email. The person I was in contact with Elifasi and our guide, Apolo Kihwil, meet us at the airport took us to our hotel. On our rest day we visited a school at our request and not part of the paid itinerary this was on their time.

Our guide Apolo was the best we had on our entire trip. He was informative, friendly and had a great sense of humor, we were rewarded with a dream trip my favorite giraffe and several at a time the last bunch we counted eleven, baboons, wart hogs, black and white monkeys, hundreds of thousand of lesser and greater flamingos on big Momella Lake he provide delicious lunches and was infinitely patient while we took photographs.

I would not hesitate to use them on my next trip to Tanzania and would request Apolo as our guide.
 
1 2 3 Next next

 
 
TOURS & SAFARIS | AFRICA MAP | GUIDE TO AFRICA | FORUMS | SHOP | ACCOMMODATION | PHOTO LIBRARY | CLASSIFIEDS
Safaris in Africa |  Tours in Africa |  Overlanding in Africa |  Adventure Holidays in Africa |  Volunteer in Africa |  Beach Holidays in Africa

copyright © 2014 africaguide.com All rights reserved