Mt Kilimanjaro Lemosho

 

This complete mount Kilimanjaro climbing itinerary is the most successful climb on the mountain with 95 % of the climbers reaching the Uhuru peak. One of the best features of the route is the longer and slower ascent which gives the body time to acclimatize to the altitude gradually – this greatly increases the success rate.

 

 

Day 1:  Nairobi – Moshi
Pick up in Nairobi and transfer by shuttle bus to Moshi for overnight.

Day 2:  Drive to Kilimanjaro Londorossi Gate.
After breakfast and briefing, drive to Londorossi Park Gate (2-3 hour  dirve). From here a forest track requiring a 4WD vehicle leads to Lemosho Glades. Walk along forest trails to Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite.
-Elevation: 1830m to 2650m
-Distance: 6km
-Hiking Time: 2-3 hours
-Habitat: Montane Forest

Day 3: Hike Mti Mkubwa Camp to Shira 1 Camp.
After breakfast, we continue as the trail gradually steepens and enters the giant heather moorland zone. After several streams are crossed we continue over the Shira Ridge then gently downwards to Shira 1 Camp located by a stream on the Shira Plateau.
-Elevation: 2650m to 3500m
-Distance: 8km
-Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
-Habitat: Moorland

Day 4: Hike Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp.
After breakfast, a gentle hike across the plateau leads to Shira 2 Camp on moorland meadows by a stream. A variety of hikes are available on the Plateau, making this an excellent acclimatization day.
-Elevation: 3500m to 3850m
-Distance: 8km
-Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
-Habitat: Moorland

Day 5: Hike Shira 2 Camp to Barranco Camp.
From the Shira Plateau we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth” (elev 4650m). Shortly after the tower we come to the second junction which goes to the Arrow Glacier. We now continue down to the Barranco Camp.
Although you end the day around the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.
-Elevation: 3850m to 4000m
-Distance: 8km
-Walking Time: 5-6 hours
-Habitat: Semi-desert

Day 6: Hike Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp.
After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail.
-Elevation: 4000m to 4050m
-Distance: 5km
-Hiking Time: 34 hours
-Habitat: Alpine Desert

Day 7: Hike Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp.
We continue up to the Barafu Camp. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day.
-Elevation: 4050m to 4700m
-Distance: 4km
-Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
-Habitat: Alpine Desert

Day 8: Hike Barafu Camp to Summit, down to Mweka Camp.
Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), 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 trek. 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. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit.

From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. Once at Uhuru Peak you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa!

From the summit we begin our descent by continuing straight down to the Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You may want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. We arrive at Mweka Camp and enjoy our last evening on the mountain.
-Elevation: 4700m to 5895m
-Down to 3090m
-Distance: 5km up / 13km down
-Hiking Time: 5-7 hours up / 5-6 hours down
-Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

Day 9: Hike Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate, drive to Moshi.
After breakfast we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).
From the gate, continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi for overnight.
-Elevation: 3090m to 1680m
-Distance: 10km
-Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
-Habitat: Forest

Day 10: Transfer by shuttle bus back to Nairobi.


2016 – 2017 Prices:

All Prices are per person.


1 passenger (Pax)…………US$ 2,620

2 Pax………………………….US$ 2,450

3 or more Pax………………US$ 2,390

 

The following items are included in the above prices:

 

  • Guarantee Departure.
  • Transfer from the airport and back.
  • 2 nights accommodations in a mid-class hotel (Bed and Breakfast), before and after the climb.
  • Accommodation in mountaineering tents.
  • Meals (3 meals a day) while on the mountain,
  • All park fees, including mountain rescue fees, and government taxes.
  • Services of our trained English-speaking mountain guide, and a skilled cook, and enough numbers of porters for your luggage,
  • Transport from your hotel to the mountain, and back to your hotel.

 

The price does not include:

  • Item of personal nature.
  • Tips to guide and porters