Lemosho route 7 days
Day 00: Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, Tanzania
Arrival to Kilimanjaro International Airport, meet and greet by Tanzania Travel Company officials. Transfer to Arusha then briefing and the kit check to all climbers just to ensure that they have all the required climbing gears.
Dinner and Overnight at Arusha – (Dinner and Breakfast only)
DAY 1: Londorosi gate to Mti Mkubwa (Big tree camp)
Elevation (m): 2360m to 2895m, Distance: 6 km, Time: 3-4 hours, Habitat: Montane forest.
Drive from the Hotel to Londorosi Park Gate for registration. Our porters prepare and pack the supplies and luggage before we start our ascent along the forest trail to Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite at 2895m. We will stay here overnight.
DAY 2: Mti mkubwa to shira one camp
Elevation (m): 2895m to 3500m, Distance: 8 km, Time: 5-6 hours, Habitat: Moorland.
after breakfast the camp journey continues eastwards across Shira Plateau and Shira Cathedral. We will cross moorland meadow to reach Shira 1 camp for dinner and overnight camping at 3810m. By now we will be able to see, in an easterly direction, the Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. The night here is colder than the previous night & the temperature could possibly go below freezing.
DAY 3: Shira one to moir hut
Elevation (m): 3500m to 4200m, Distance: 14 km, Time: 5-7 hours, Habitat: Moorland.
We leave the forest behind now, the trail gets steeper as it enters the moorland zone. A gentle grade walk takes you across the high altitude Shira Caldera to Shira Cave with fabulous views of Arrow glacier. We will camp here for the night at 4200m.
DAY 4: Moir hut via Lava tower to Barranco camp
Elevation (m): 4200m to 4600m to 3952m, Distance: 12 km, Time: 6-7 hours, Habitat: Semi desert.
Our route continues on a rocky and rugged eastward path as we ascend to the base of the Lava Tower at 4600m for lunch and acclimatization. This will be our toughest day so far and you may, for the first time, feel the altitude. After lunch we will descend again by almost 650m to the Baranco camp. The high altitude of 4600m at Lava Tower and then descending to sleep will aid acclimatisation. Our descent to Baranco camp takes about 2 hours and offers great opportunities to take some beautiful photographs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. The camp is situated in a valley below the Breach and Great Baranco Wall, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while you wait for your dinner.
DAY 5: Barranco camp to Barafu camp
Elevation (m): 3950m to 4600m, Distance: 9 km, Hiking Time: 6-7 hours, Habitat: Alpine Desert.
After breakfast, a short and fun scramble to the top of the Great Barranco Wall ! We then traverse over screed ridges to the Karanga Valley (3930m) beneath the icefalls of the Heim, Kersten and Decken Glaciers. After climbing out of the Karanga Valley our trail ascends to Barafu Camp (4600m) where you will spend the night.
DAY 6: Barafu camp to Summit – Meka hut
Elevation (m): 4600m to 5895m (and down to 3100m) , Distance: 7km ascent / 23km descent , Time:6- 8 hours ascent / 7-8 hours descent, Habitat: Stone screed and ice-capped summit.
Wake you up at 23:30 with some quick tea and biscuits. We start our trek to the summit between the Rebman and Ratzel glaciers. We will head in a north-westerly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging part of the trek. At Stella Point (5732m), we will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). At Uhuru Peak (5895m), we will have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. It can be very cold at night at these elevations, but it will be quite warm by the end of the hiking day. From the summit, we descend down to the Mweka Hut camp site, via Barafu for lunch. Trekking poles will be needed for the loose gravel going down to Mweka Camp (3100m). Later in the evening, we will enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.
DAY 7: Mweka camp to Mweka gate – Moshi
Elevation (m): 3100m to 1800m, Distance: 10 km, trekking Time: 3-4 hours, Habitat: Forest.
After breakfast, leave the camp descending down to the Mweka 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 be suitable (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). Again the views will be fantastic remember to save your camera battery and film or a space in memory card for this day. After gate sign out formalities hot or picnic lunch will be saved thereafter drive to your hotel/Lodge for a well deserved celebration dinner.
NB: This morning safari extenders will start their programs
“End of Tanzania Travel Company Kilimanjaro climb services”