Discover Kilimanjaro

Code: TBS/KIL/BUD/10
8 Days Tour
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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 traverses 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 trail head. Upon arrival at trail head, we begin hiking through undisturbed forest which winds to the first camp site.

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DAY 2: BIG TREE CAMP- SHIRA CAMP 1

Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree) 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 rainforest 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 1- SHIRA CAMP 2

Shira 1 Camp to Shira Camp 2 Elevation: 11,500 ft to 13,800 ft Distance: 11 km/ 7 miles Hiking Time: 5-7 hours Habitat: Heath. We explore the Shira Plateau for a full day. It is a gentle walk east on moorland meadow towards Shira 2 Camp. Then we divert from the main trail to Moir Hut, a little used site on the base of Lent Hills. A variety of walks are available on Lent Hills making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity. Shira Plateau is one of the highest plateaus on earth.

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DAY 4: SHIRA CAMP 2- LAVA TOWER- BARRANCO CAMP

Shira Camp 2 to Lava Tower Elevation: 13,800 ft to 15,190 ft Distance: 7 km/4 miles Hiking Time: 4-5 hours Habitat: Alpine. Desert Lava Tower to Barranco Camp Elevation: 15,190 ft to 13,044 ft Distance: 3 km/2 miles Hiking Time: 2-3 hours Habitat: Alpine Desert. We begin the day climbing up a ridge and then head southeast towards the Lava Tower – a 300 ft tall volcanic rock formation. We descend down to Barranco Camp through the strange but beautiful Senecio Forest to an altitude of 13,000 ft. Although you begin and end the day at the same elevation, the time spent at higher altitude is very beneficial for acclimatization.

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DAY 5: BARRANCO CAMP- KARANGA CAMP

Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp Elevation: 13,044 ft to 13,106 ft Distance: 5 km/3 miles Hiking Time: 4-5 hours Habitat: Alpine Desert. We begin the day by descending into a ravine to the base of the Great Barranco Wall. Then we climb the non-technical but steep, nearly 900 ft cliff. From the top of the Barranco Wall we cross a series of hills and valleys until we descend sharply into Karanga Valley. One steeper climb up leads us to Karanga Camp. This is a shorter day meant for acclimatization.

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DAY 6: KARANGA CAMP- BARAFU CAMP

Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp Elevation: 13,106 ft to 15,331 ft Distance: 4 km/2 miles Hiking Time: 4-5 hours Habitat: Alpine Desert. We leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We will continue up the rocky section to Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest and enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are viewable from this position.

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DAY 7: BARAFU CAMP- UHURU PEAK- MWEKA CAMP

Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak Elevation: 15,331 ft to 19,341 ft Distance: 5 km/3 miles Hiking Time: 7-8 hours Habitat: Arctic. Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp Elevation: 19,341 ft to 10,065 ft Distance: 12 km/7 miles Hiking Time: 4-6 hours Habitat: Rain Forest. Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. Near Stella Point (18,900 ft), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. The trail is very rocky and can be quite hard on the knees; trekking poles are helpful. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

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DAY 8: MWEKA CAMP- MWEKA GATE- MOSHI

Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate Elevation: 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft Distance: 10 km/6 miles Hiking Time: 3-4 hours Habitat: Rain Forest on our last day, we continue the descent to Mweka Gate and collect the summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. From the gate, we continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet us at Mweka Village to drive us back to the hotel in Moshi.

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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