Discover Kilimanjaro

Code: TBS/KIL/BUD/01
9 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- 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 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

Our trek will start with an Ascent with far reaching panoramic views, walking in to the climatic zone of the upland dessert and on the Lava Ridges beneath the Glacier of the western breach. We will reach the distinct pinnacle of the Lava Tower (4640 M). In the afternoon we make a steep descent to camp for the night at the base of the Great Barranco Valley (3960M) sheltered by towering cliffs but with extensive view of the plains below.

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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 hike 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 continue up to 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- CRATER CAMP

Start: Barafu Camp (4640 m) Finish: Crater Camp (5730 m) Altitude: ↑ 1090 M Walking Time: 6-7hours. The day starts particularly early today. You will wake up with the sunrise in order to begin the most challenging day of any you will spend on the mountain. After 5-7 hours of climbing the scree and ash paths of the Kibo, you will arrive at Stella Point, the crater rim of Kilimanjaro. From here you will then hike down to the Crater Camp which lies at an altitude of 5730 m, making it the highest camp on the mountain. If the weather conditions are good, Crater Camp offers you staggering views of the surrounding glaciers.

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DAY 8: CRATER CAMP- UHURU PEAK- MWEKA CAMP

Start; Crater Camp (5730 m) Finish: Uhuru Peak (5895 m) – Mweka Camp (3080 m) Altitude: ↑ 165 m ↓ 2815 m Walking Time: 7-9hours. The final ascent begins in the early morning hours with the first signs of the sunrise. Though this leg is just two hours long, the high altitude ensures that it is particularly slow and arduous. After ascending 170 meters or so you will reach the summit of Uhuru Peak (5895 m). Now standing on the “Roof of Africa” you will be able to see the surrounding summits and landscapes in all their glory – a truly special experience. After a short break and a few celebratory images, you will return to Barafu Camp just before midday where the rest of the climbing crew is waiting for you with a warm and well-earned meal. After an hour or so you will continue to descend to Mweka Camp (3080 m) which is approx. 3 hours away. Here you will have an evening meal followed by a relaxing evening and a good night’s sleep.

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DAY 9: 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.

Budget Price

Number of Pax Price in USD
1 Pax $ 1,950
2 Pax $1,900
3 Pax $ 1,850
4 Pax $ 1,800
5 Pax $1,750
6 Pax $ 1,700
7 Pax $ 1,650
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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