Days7 Days: Lemoshos
Like the Shira route, the Lemosho route approaches Kilimanjaro from the west and then joins the Machame route. In the first two days, this route takes you through remote wilderness with chances of seeing wildlife.
DAY 1; Londorossi Gate [7800ft ] – Forest Camp [9500ft ]
Depart from Moshi for the Londorossi gate taking 4 hrs. Then continue driving to Lemosho trailhead in another one hour.
Have lunch, then commence through the forest winding up to the first camp.
Hiking Distance; 6km in 3-4 hrs.
DAY 2; Forest Camp – Shira Camp 1 [11500ft ]
After having breakfast, start trekking into a savanna of tall grass and rocky volcanic rocks draped with lichen beards reaching Shira Camp 1. The view of Kibo across the plateu is amazing.
Hiking Distance; 8km in 5-6 hrs
DAY 3; Shira Camp 1 – Shira 2 to Moir Hut [13800 ft]
In this whole day, we’ll be exploring the Shira plateau walking east towards Kibo glaciated peak. Shira plateau is one of the highest plateaus on earth.
Hiking Distance ; 14 km in 5-7 hrs
DAY 4; Moir hut – Lava tower –Barranco Camp [ 13000 ft]
Leave the camp continuing with the trekking to the east up ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. We continue our direction changing to South East towards Lava tower. Then continue down to the Barranco Camp for overnight and dinner. This day is very important for acclimatization ahead of the Summit.
Hiking Distance ; 7km in 4-6 hrs.
DAY 5; Barranco Camp – Karanga Camp – Barafu Camp [ 15000ft]
After breakfast, we leave Barranco camp tackling the great Barranco wall. Continue with the trekking crossing some hills reaching Karanga camp for lunch. Then afterwards commence with the hiking reaching Barafu Camp for dinner and overnight. Mawenzi and Kibo peaks are visible from here.
Hiking Distance ; 9 km in 8-10hrs
DAY 6 ; Barafu Camp – Summit [ Uhuru peak 19345 ft] – Mwaka Camp
Wake up at around midnight, have a simple breakfast and start the most challenging part of the climb. Before you get to Stella point [ 18600ft] you’ll be amazed by the spectacular sun rise. From point Stella, it’s only anhour left to Uhuru peak.
At Uhuru peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Take some photos and descend down to Mweka Hut , stopping at Barafu Camp for lunch. At Mweka camp we have our last dinner on the mountain and a well earned sleep.
Hiking Distance ; 5km ascent\ 12 km decent.
Hiking time; 7-8 hrs ascent\ 4-6 hrs descent.
DAY 7; Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate – Moshi town
Leave the camp descending down to Mweka gate, Check out of the park gate and be given certificates of achievement. Then board your vehicle taking you through the Mweka village reaching Moshi town in your hotel.
Hiking Distance; 10 km in 3-4 hrs