Discover Kilimanjaro

Code: TBS/KIL/BUD/06
7 Days Tour
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Product Description

The Lemosho route is considered the most scenic trail on Kilimanjaro, granting panoramic vistas on various sides of the mountain. As one of the newer routes, Lemosho is a superb choice for your climb. It is our preferred route due to its ideal balance of low crowds, beautiful scenery and a high summit success rate.

Climb and Safari Tours® specializes in guiding on the Lemosho route. Most of our clients climb Kilimanjaro using this route and they consistently report that they loved it.

Thus, Lemosho is highly recommended. The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the west, beginning with a long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate.

From there, the first two days are spent trekking through the rain forest to Shira Ridge.

The Lemosho route crosses the entire Shira Plateau from west to east in a pleasant, relatively flat hike. Crowds are low until the route joins the Machame route near Lava Tower.

Then the route traverse’s underneath Kilimanjaro's Southern Ice Field on a path known as the Southern Circuit before summiting from Barafu. Descent is made via the Mweka route.

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ARRIVAL AT KILIMANJARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Our friendly transfer driver will meet you at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). After loading the luggage into the vehicle, you will make your way to the hotel in Moshi. You can relax the rest of the day or go and explore the small town of Moshi. Our team will meet you later the day to have a preliminary talk in preparation for the days to follow.

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DAY 1: MOSHI- LONDOROSSI GATE- BIG TREE CAMP

Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa Elevation: 7,742 ft to 9,498 ft Distance: 6 km/4 miles Hiking Time: 3-4 hours Habitat: Rain Forest. We depart Moshi for Londorossi Gate, which takes about 4 hours, where you will complete entry formalities. Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead. Upon arrival at trailhead, we begin hiking through undisturbed forest which winds to the first camp site.

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DAY 2: BIG TREE CAMP- SHIRA CAMP 2

Mti Mkubwa to Shira 1 Camp Elevation: 9,498 ft to 11,500 ft Distance: 8 km/ 5miles Hiking Time: 5-6 hours Habitat: Health. We continue on the trail leading out of the rain forest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As we ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, we reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 Camp. Here we catch our first glimpse of Kibo across the plateau.

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DAY 3: SHIRA CAMP 2- LAVA TOWER- BARRANCO CAMP

Start; Shira Camp 2 (3900 m) Finish: Barranco Camp (3960 m) Altitude: ↑740m ↓ 680 m Walking Time: 6-7h you will gain 700m in altitude but descend to sleep at Barranco, 60 m higher than last night’s camp. This will help with acclimatization as you will go up to 4600 m before descending again. Today begins with a long uphill in the direction of the Lava Tower Hut (4640m) and you will notice how the landscape changes to a rocky alpine desert. Later, the path descends again to the Barranco Valley with its giant Senecias and Lobelias. After six to seven hours you will arrive at the most beautiful camp on the mountain, the Barranco.

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DAY 4: BARRANCO CAMP- KARANGA CAMP

Start; Barranco Camp (3960 m) Finish: Karanga Camp (4035 m) Altitude: ↑ 100 m ↓ 25 m Walking Time: 3-4hours. Today will start with the daunting Barranco Wall. Soon you will realize it looks worse than it actually is, but there are tricky sections where you will need to hold on tight. Admire the views from the top. The rest of the route follows along the mountain ridge into the Karanga valley and out. You reach Karanga Camp after lunch and you will have fantastic views of the southern glacier of Kibo as well as of the Kibo summit.

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DAY 5: KARANGA CAMP- BARAFU CAMP

Start; Karanga Camp (4035 m) Finish: Barafu Camp (4640 m) Altitude: ↑ 605 m Walking Time: 3-4hours. A few hours hiking through desolate and rocky moon-like landscape lies ahead. It will be a relatively easy day leading steadily uphill. The goal for today is the Barafu campsite on a narrow ridge in full view of Mawenzi peak. You will walk along a trail that passes through the afro-alpine dessert until you reach your destination for today –Barafu Camp at 4640 m. Use the rest of the day to relax and pack your daypack for tonight’s summit attempt. Supper will be served early; drink and eat enough if you can and try to sleep. You will be woken up around midnight to start your walk to the summit.

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DAY 6: BARAFU CAMP- UHURU PEAK- MWEKA CAMP

Start; Barafu Camp (4640 m) Finish: Uhuru Peak (5895 m) – Mweka Camp (3080 m) Altitude: ↑ 1255 m ↓ 2815 m Walking Time: 10-14 hours. It is dark and cold as you set off just after midnight. You will climb the frozen volcanic dust by headlamp going towards Stella Point on the crater rim – about six hours. The sun should be rising when you arrive here. Just an hour or two more and you will be standing on the highest point of the crater: Uhuru peak. On top of the world! Take a short break for pictures and celebratory hugs before you tackle the steep and dusty descent. By now the volcanic ash will have thawed… You will stop for a short tea break at Barafu and then continue downhill for about three hours to Mweka camp (3080 m). This is your overnight stop. Refuel by drinking lots of fluids and have a good helping at supper time.

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DAY 7: MWEKA CAMP (3080 M)- MWEKA GATE (1630 M)- MOSHI

Start; Mweka Camp (3080 m) Finish; Mweka Gate (1630 m) Altitude; ↓ 1450 m Walking Time; 2-3hours. A traditional farewell ceremony from the porters begins the day. After about three hours of comfortably descending through the greenness of the forest, you should reach Mweka gate where the driver will be waiting. Back at the lodge, a hot shower, cold drinks, a debrief and your certificate of achievement are waiting. Well done!

The accommodation of this package is Kilimanjaro White House Hotel in Kilimanjaro.

INCLUDED
PARK FEES, CAMPING FEES & RESCUE FEES 18% VAT ON TOUR FEE AND SERVICES
MOUNTAIN TENTS SLEEPING MATS
TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM MOUNTAIN GATE PROFESSIONAL MOUNTAIN GUIDES, COOKS AND PORTERS
3 MEALS DAILY WHILE ON THE MOUNTAIN FAIR WAGES FOR THE MOUNTAIN CREW AS APPROVED BY THE KILIMANJARO NATIONAL PARK AUTHORITY (KINAPA), KILIMANJARO ASSOCIATION OF TOUR OPERATORS (KIATO)
SUPPLEMENTAL OXYGEN AND PULSE OXIMETER PRE AND POST SAFARI ACCOMMODATION (2 NIGHTS) AT MOSHI
FREE PHOTOSHOOT AND VIDEO DOCUMENTARY THROUGHOUT THE SAFARI
NOT INCLUDED
INTERNATIONAL AND LOCAL FLIGHTS
TIPS TO MOUNTAIN CREW AND DRIVER GUIDE
ITEMS OF PERSONAL NATURE
LAUNDRY SERVICES
HEALTH INSURANCE
PORTABLE FLUSH TOILET WITH A TOILET TENT IS EXTRA (US$100 PER TOILET + TOILET TENT)
VISA
TRAVEL INSURANCE

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