9 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Climbing – Lemosho Route

Day 1: Departure

Pick up from Arusha hotel/ Arusha Airport/Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to Moshi town which is known as the gateway to Kilimanjaro. Here at Moshi, you will meet your guide for early preparation and get some rest before tomorrow. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 2

Time: 3-4hours

(2900 m/9,500 feet), 6 km/4 miles (3 to 4 hours)
Pick up from Moshi hotel and arrive at Lendorosi gate in time to start climb. It’s an interesting drive through some remote country so keep your eye out for wildlife. Another few hours of formalities with the park rangers at the gate and you will be on the trail. The trail goes through the lowland forests where you’re likely to spot the large Colobus monkeys which are fairly common. Arrive at Mti Mkubwa Camp for Overnight.

Day 3

Time: 7-8 hours

After breakfast, start your trek through the jungle and into the moorland ecosystem dominated by Giant Heathers and a variety of grasses and wildflowers. You will first reach Shira Ridge before the trail continues slightly downhill across the broad expanse of the Shira Plateau to Shira 1 Camp for rest and lunch. We then continue on to Shira 2 camp across the Shira Plateau, and are able to admire the Western Breach if the skies are clear. Today’s long day allows us more time to acclimatize at the higher camps with shorter days before our big summit day. Overnight at Shira 2 Camp.

Day 4:

Time: 5-8 hours

After breakfast, you climb towards the main peak Kibo, with the western glaciers clearly visible across the rugged high-altitude desert of volcanic rocks and boulders. The trail ascends to the Lava Tower site (15000 feet / 4600m) before descending back down into Barranco Valley. The area before the campsite is known as the “Garden of the Senecios”, which features many huge senecio plants as well as the shorter lobelia plants. Its 7 to 8 hours walking and the total ascent is only 110m total but having climbed much higher and dropped back down assists acclimatization. Overnight at Barranco Camp.

Day 5:

Time: 4 – 5 hours
After breakfast, leave Barranco camp and climb up the steep Barranco wall (some scrambling but not technically difficult), easily one of the highlights of the trek. You’ll be able to admire the majestic views at the top before dropping into the Karanga Valley where we will break for lunch and spend the second half of the day resting and acclimatizing. Overnight at Karanga Camp.

Day 6:

Time: 4-5 hours
Today we make our final push to Base Camp, and we see our longer early days paying off on this day. Arriving to Barafu at lunch time allows us to spend the day resting our legs and preparing for the big push to the roof of Africa. After a hearty dinner you will retire to your tents for a little shut eye before we begin our climb at midnight.

Day 7:

Time: 10-16 hours

The day starts at midnight with the final push to the summit. It’s a cold and grueling six-hour hike to summit rim up a steep slope. The trail is doable but steep with many switchbacks. The summit rim is reached just about sunrise and it’s a fairly level hike around the rim to Uhuru Peak the ultimate summit and highest point in Africa. Going down you will head back to Barafu Hut for a short nap and snacks before continuing down to Mweka camp (3068m / 10,065feet). One of the reasons for such a long day of trekking is to avoid problems with acclimatization and get you back down to a lower elevation quickly.

Day 8:

Time: 3-4hours
From Mweka campsite it is a 4 to 5 hours’ descent through the forest to Mweka gate to collect certificates and meet the vehicle. Return to Moshi for the night and to have a final farewell dinner with your guides.

Day 9:

After breakfast, according to your flight time we will drop you at the airport. End of 9 days Climb

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9 DAYS MOUNT KILIMANJARO CLIMBING – LEMOSHO ROUTE Includes:

I. Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary
II. Proper Ration of Mountain crew (Cook & Porters)
III. Meals according to the itinerary
IV. All National Park & Camping Fees, Crew Permits and VAT
V. Gate Transfers
VI. Professional, English-speaking Wilderness First Responder & CPR certified Guide
VII. Airport Transfers
VIII. Drinking water and Full Board Meals
IX. Fair and Sustainable Salary Crew Wages
X. Complimentary Oxygen Cylinder

9 DAYS MOUNT KILIMANJARO CLIMBING – LEMOSHO ROUTE Excludes:

I. Flights
II. Travel or Medical Insurance is required and you should ask for Recommendation
III. Medication
IV. Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
V. Visa fees
VI. Gamow Bag
VII. Tips for porters and mountain crew (20% Industry Standard Recommended)
VIII. Energy food & beverages, alcoholic and soft drinks

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