Kilimanjaro - Lemosho Route

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Best time to go: January to March, June to December

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HIGHLIGHTS

 

  • Great route for younger climbers as longer to acclimatise to the altitude with a higher success rate
  • First three days are with less people before it joins up with the other routes
  • Quieter first few days make it easier for A&K to personalise the experience
  • Why book Kilimanjaro with Abercrombie & Kent

DAY 1
Mountain Village Lodge/Mount Kilimanjaro/Forest Camp
Latitude 3°4'33"S | Longitude 37°21'12"E
After breakfast, drive approximately three hours from your hotel to the Lemosho Glades at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro. Here your team registers for your climb at the Londorossi Gate. After registering, drive for another hour to reach the trailhead. Here you see the Shira zone of parasitic lava cones extending along to the north of the road.

Taking a pre-packed lunch with you, hike for about four hours through thick afromontane forest and glades with Hygeia, podocarpus, fig and juniper trees, St. Johns Wort to the camp. As you make your way up through the forested terrain, you may see colobus and blue monkeys, as well as abundant birdlife.
Hiking time: 3 - 5 hours (Trailhead to Forest Camp)
Forest Camp (elevation 9,000 feet) B L D

DAY 2
Forest Camp / Shira 1 Camp
Awaken at 6.30am for a hot breakfast and then, with abundant bird life all around you, trek out of the forest and up into the Hygeia zone and then dramatic juniper forest. As altitude is gained you pass through a savannah of tall grasses and bearded heather. Stop for lunch at the halfway point between the forest camp and Shira Camp, at a secluded spot with beautiful views of the Shira Ridge. The highlight of today's hike is the ghostly landscape of volcanic lava, caves and foamy streams framed by giant groundsels. Your destination is the Shira Plateau, from which the summit of Kibo is visible on clear days.
Hiking Time: 7 hours (Forest Camp to Mt. Ngare, 4 hours; Mt. Ngare to Shira 1 Camp, 3 hours)
Shira 1 Camp (elevation 12,000 feet) B L D

DAY 3
Shira 1 Camp / Shira 2 Camp
Wake this morning with a breathtaking view. Keep an eye out for signs of wildlife, including eland, buffalo, duiker and jackal. After breaking camp, hike for approximately four hours through the immense alpine heather zone, approaching Kibo massif from the west and moving steadily upward to Shira 2 Camp, where you have lunch and spend the night. Here you may ask your guide to show you the new Shira 2 weather station, donated by Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy to help monitor climate change on Kilimanjaro. Your afternoon is otherwise at leisure to rest and adjust to the increasing altitude.
Hiking Time: 4 hours (Shira 1 Camp to weather station near Shira 2)
Shira 2 Camp (elevation 12,535 feet) B L D

DAY 4
Shira 2 Camp / Barranco Camp
Leave camp this morning and hike up to the Lava Tower, a three-hour trek. Of the many deep gorges (barrancos) carved into the soft rocks and ashes of Kilimanjaro, the most impressive is the Great Barranco below the Western Breach (15,100 feet above sea level).

Here you are dwarfed by the immense size of Lava Tower, a freestanding weathered rock measuring 325 feet in height. You may attempt to climb the tower, or simply relax and take photos of the Western Breach while you stop for lunch. Descend the valley to Barranco Camp, situated below the Great Barranco Wall.
Hiking Time: 5.5 to 7 hours (Shira 2 to Lava Tower, 3 - 4 hours; Lava Tower to Barranco Camp, 2 - 3 hours hours)
Barranco Camp (elevation 12,959 feet) B L D

DAY 5
Barranco Camp / Karanga Camp
This morning finds you growing ever closer to your goal. The wind is stronger in Barranco Camp and the temperature colder. With good weather, the whole Western Breach is visible below you on the western side. After breakfast, acclimatize with a 2 hour hike up to the Great Barranco Wall and with good weather Mt Meru may even be seen. Continue to Karanga Camp for lunch. With a short acclimatization walk in the afternoon, Karanga Camp will be camp for the night.
Hiking Time: 4.5 hours
Karanga Camp (elevation 13,530 feet) B L D

DAY 6
Karanga Camp / Barafu Camp
Start after breakfast from Karanga Camp. This morning a three-hour hike brings you to Barafu Camp, otherwise known as Base Camp. A relatively early dinner is taken before heading to rest for the evening. Most groups depart just before midnight for the final summit bid. Patience and persistence is the name of game to reach the summit.
Hiking Time: 3 hours (Karanga to Barafu Camp, 3 hours)
Overnight: Barafu Camp (elevation 15,091 feet) B L D

DAY 7
Barafu Camp/ Summit / Mweka Camp
Today marks the final stage of your assault on the mountain - the day you summit. This last, arduous phase of the climb takes through an environment that confronts you with frigid temperatures. Your guide shows you the proper way to time your steps and your breathing, and watches the team closely for signs of exposure or altitude sickness. The steep winding path leads you to the bottom of the scree slope; after a brief rest you will continue to the summit - Uhuru Peak, 19,325 feet above sea level.

At the summit, pause for photographs and to savor this unique achievement: you are standing at Africa's highest point, and the highest freestanding point in the world.

Leave the summit and begin your descent, passing the Southern ice fields on your right, and as you round Stella Point the Rebmann glacier is apparent to the right. This vast mass of ice is disappearing rapidly. From Stella loose scree is encountered marking the beginning of the familiar ghostlike alpine desert landscape. Once back at Barafu camp there is time to 'refuel' and rehydrate before continuing your descent to Mweka Camp, where you spend the night.
Hiking Time: 12 hours (Barafu to Summit, 6 hours; Summit to Barafu Camp, 3 hours; Barafu to Millennium Camp, 1.5 Hours; Millennium Camp to Mweka Camp, 1.5 Hours)
Overnight: Mweka Camp (elevation 10,170 feet) B L D

 

 

DAY 8
Barafu Camp/ Summit / Mweka Camp 
Today marks the final stage of your assault on the mountain - the day you summit. This last, arduous phase of the climb takes through an environment that confronts you with frigid temperatures. Your guide shows you the proper way to time your steps and your breathing, and watches the team closely for signs of exposure or altitude sickness. The steep winding path leads you to the bottom of the scree slope; after a brief rest you will continue to the summit - Uhuru Peak, 19,325 feet above sea level. 

At the summit, pause for photographs and to savor this unique achievement: you are standing at Africa's highest point, and the highest freestanding point in the world.

Leave the summit and begin your descent, passing the Southern ice fields on your right, and as you round Stella Point the Rebmann glacier is apparent to the right. This vast mass of ice is disappearing rapidly. From Stella loose scree is encountered marking the beginning of the familiar ghostlike alpine desert landscape. Once back at Barafu camp there is time to 'refuel' and rehydrate before continuing your descent to Mweka Camp, where you spend the night. 
Hiking Time: 12 hours (Barafu to Summit, 6 hours; Summit to Barafu Camp, 3 hours; Barafu to Millennium Camp, 1.5 Hours; Millennium Camp to Mweka Camp, 1.5 Hours)
Overnight: Mweka Camp (elevation 10,170 feet) | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 9 
Serena Mountain Village / Mweka Camp / Arusha 
In the morning you wake to warmer temperatures in Mweka Camp, along with the chatter of colobus and blue-faced monkey. Continue your descent towards Mweka Gate through the Montane Forest filled with age-old trees, flowers, birds and butterflies. Sign out at the main gate and collect your climbing certificate. Beyond the gate, you are welcomed by a driver guide and transferred to Mountain Village Lodge, where you have a hot lunch on the shore of Lake Duluti, a beautiful green crater lake.
Lake Duluti Serena | Breakfast

 

 

Day 10
Relax for few hours and use the hotel facilities before being driven to the airport for your flight via Amsterdam back to the UK.

Day 11 UK
Arrive back in the UK in the early morning.

 

Pricing 2015
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. However, as a guide, this itinerary will cost from £5,895 per person based on two adults sharing excluding international flights.
 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fly to

Kilimanjaro (for Northern Tanzania), Dar es Salaam via Nairobi (for Selous, Ruaha, Zanzibar)

Flying time

11 hours 30 minutes including transit stop

Time difference

GMT +3 hours

Visas

Required for UK passport holders

Health requirements

Yellow fever certificate required

Best time to travel

December - March, July - October

Weather

Due to Tanzania's proximity to the equator the climate is generally warm year round ranging between 25°C to 32°C, there are however regional variations. With two rain seasons, the long rains fall in April and May (into early June) and the short rains falls in October and November. The best times to travel are December, January, February or late June to early October.

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