6 Days Lemosho Route Kilimanjaro Climbing

6 days / 5 Nights

6 Days Lemosho Route Kilimanjaro Climbing

ROUTE OVERVIEW

The 6 Days Lemosho Route Kilimanjaro Climbing commences from Londorossi Gate, Forest Camp to Shira II then proceeding to the next camps. It would not be unusual for climbers to have symptoms of altitude sickness while only on the second day of the climb due to the quick pace. Secondly, day four and day five makes for a very tough schedule. Day four is a full day of trekking from Barranco to Barafu. Then after dinner and a partial night's sleep, the very long and strenuous summit day begins around midnight. The 6-day Lemosho route requires 19-24 hours of demanding walking, at extremely high elevation, with only 4-6 hours of sleep.

trip overview
trip overview
trip overview

ROUTE ITINERARY

Day

1

Londorossi Gate to Forest Camp

Elevation (ft): 7,800ft to 9,500ft,
Distance: 6 km,
Hiking Time: 4 hours,
Habitat: Rain Forest

It takes about 4 hours to depart Moshi for Londorossi Gate, where you will be required to complete entry formalities. Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead (another hour to reach the trailhead). Upon arrival at trailhead, we take lunch, and then commence through undisturbed forest which winds to the first camp site.

Day

2

Forest Camp to Shira Camp I to Shira Camp II

Elevation (ft): 9,500ft to 12,500ft,
Distance: 18 km,
Hiking Time: 10 hours,
Habitat: Moorland

We continue on the trail heading out of the 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 I camp. The view of Kibo Peak from across the Shira plateau is amazing. From here, it is a gentle walk east toward Kibo’s glaciered peak, across the Shira plateau to Shira II camp on moorland meadows by a stream.

Day

3

Shira Camp II to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

Elevation (ft): 12,500ft to 13,000ft,
Distance: 10 km,
Hiking Time: 8 hours,
Habitat: Semi Desert

From the Shira Plateau, we proceed to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we keep moving, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the "Shark's Tooth." Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day at Uhuru Peak.

Day

4

Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

Elevation (ft): 13,000ft to 15,000ft,
Distance: 11km,
Hiking Time: 9 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

We leave Barranco early in the morning, after breakfast and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. Then, we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.

Day

5

Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut

Elevation (ft): 15,300ft to 19,345ft (and down to 10,000ft),
Distance: 6 km ascent / 13 km descent,
Hiking Time: 8 hours ascent / 7 hours descent,
Habitat: Arctic

Very early in the morning (midnight), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the hike. At Stella Point you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see. At Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the Uhuru summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa (The roof of Africa). If all things go well, you will be able to see the sunrise from the summit. From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu Camp for lunch. You will want gaiters and hiking poles for the loose gravel going down. 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.

Day

6

Mweka Camp to Mweka gate to Arusha/Moshi.

Elevation (ft): 10,000ft to 5,400ft,
Distance: 10 km,
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours,
Habitat: Rain Forest

After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate. Here you will be rewarded with Mount Kilimanjaro summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. From the Mweka gate, a vehicle will be there to drive you back to your respective beautiful hotel in Moshi/Arusha.

Addons

Hotels

We offer the following hotel options

  • Lindrin Lodge (Single Room) - USD 55 per night

  • Lindrin Lodge (Double Room) - USD 70 per night

  • Lindrin Lodge (Triple Room) - USD 105 per night

  • Keys Hotel (Single Room) - USD 69 per night

  • Keys Hotel (Double Room) - USD 94 per night

  • Keys Hotel (Triple Room) - USD 122 per night

  • Parkview Inn (Single Room) - USD 81 per night

  • Parkview Inn (Double Room) - USD 91 per night

  • Parkview Inn (Triple Room) - USD 170 per night

  • Kilimanjaro Wonders (Single Room) - USD 140 per night

  • Kilimanjaro Wonders (Double Room) - USD 160 per night

Note: if any hotel is booked out or is otherwise unavailable, we will book you in an alternate equivalent hotel.
If you are booking a hotel directly, please do check with us before booking, to make sure we can meet you and pick you up from the hotel.

Gear

We offer the following addons to your gear

  • Private Toilet - USD 150

  • Private Tent - USD 5 per day

  • Thicker sleeping mattress - USD 10 per mattress

  • Thermarest - USD 15 per thermarest

Note: Our packages by default include a foam sleeping mattress of 2 inch thickness, if you want a thicker alternative you can opt a 4 inch foam mattress with above mentioned extra cost.

Transfers

We offer the following transfer optionsr

  • Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) to Moshi (one way) - USD 50 per vehicle

  • Moshi to Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) (one way) - USD 50 per vehicle

  • Arusha to Moshi (one way) - USD 100 per vehicle

  • Moshi to Arusha (one way) - USD 100 per vehicle

Inclusions

  • All transfers to the mountain and back to your Moshi hotel

  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides

  • Guides, Porters, Cook salaries and park fees

  • Quality, waterproof, four-season mountain sleeping tents (on twin sharing basis)

  • Sleeping Mattress

  • Emergency Oxygen Cylinder

  • All meals while on the Mountain

  • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs

  • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food

  • Clean, purified drinking water

  • Conservation fees (part of park fees)

  • Camping or Hut fees (part of park fees)

  • Rescue fees (part of park fees)

  • VAT (18% charged by the Government)

  • Kilimanjaro summit certificate

Exclusions

  • Tanzania Visa

  • International and domestic flights

  • Transfers (available as an optional addon)

  • Personal trekking equipment such as sleepings bags, hiking boots, clothes, etc (available for renting)

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Travel insurance

  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)

  • Meals not listed in the itinerary

  • Liquors, beers and bottled beverages

  • Surcharge for online payment of advance and balance (5% on each payment)

Payment Terms

Deposit Payment

  • Deposit is 20% of the total booking amount.

  • Deposit can be paid either via a bank transfer or an online card payment.t

  • A 5% fee is applicable on all card payments (payment gateway charges), this is non-refundable.

  • We offer bank accounts in 10 different currencies for bank transfer.

  • Once you make the advance payment you will receive a booking confirmation.

Balance Payment

  • Balance can be paid via bank transfer, online card payment, or with cash.

  • Bank payment can be done 15 days prior to the tour date (recommended 30 days prior).

  • Card Payment can be done 1 day prior to the tour date (recommended 7 days prior).

  • A 5% fee is applicable on all card payments (payment gateway charge), this is non-refundable.

  • Cash can be paid on arrival (USD printed in or after the year 2009).

Cancellation Policy

8 days and above departure

  • No cancellation fees.

0 to 7 days before departure

  • 50% of the total tour price will be charged as cancellation fees.

  • Trek can be postponed to any new date without any extra cost at any point in time.

  • The 5% surcharge paid for either or both advance and balance payments is non-refundable in case of cancellation of the trek.

Supplements

  • Off-season supplement = USD 90


Note : Charged for solo trekkers to start a new departure in the month of March, April, May and November. Does not apply if you join an existing group. Does not apply if others trekkers also join your new group

Discounts

Available discounts for Lemosho - 6 days

  • Children between 5 years and 15 years old

  • Code: 5TO15 - USD 590 per person

  • Expatriates/Residents living in Tanzania

  • Code: RESTAN - USD 210 per person

  • East African Citizens

  • Code: EAC - USD 750 per person

Private Trek

Please find below the prices for organizing a private trek. The prices are based on your group size.

  • Solo Trekker - USD 1811 per person

  • Group of 2 - USD 1767 per person

  • Group of 3 - USD 1704 per person

  • Group of 4 - USD 1628 per person

  • Group of 5 - USD 1616 per person

  • Group of 6 - USD 1598 per person

  • Group of 7 - USD 1594 per person

  • Group of 8 - USD 1590 per person

  • Group of 9 - USD 1585 per person

  • Group of 10 and above - USD 1582 per person

Tour Location

Tour Booking

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