LEMOSHO ROUTE

All TAPAC safaris Kilimanjaro climbs include a large staff including the chief guide (s), an assistant guide (s), cook (s), and porters.

Camp is superbly outfitted, including thick foam mattresses for all the igloo tents, toilet tents, mess tent complete with tables and chairs, and high frequency two-way radios for communication with base. 

Our guides will also do a medical check on you both morning and afternoon, where they check your blood pressure, your pulse, your oxygen levels as well as they check for any symptoms of altitude sickness.

This climb is ideal for those wanting more privacy, a slower climb, or a more scenic route. It is also the far safer route as you acclimatize much better due to the different camps locations.  The traversing of the Shira plateau can be especially spectacular, and this route also ensures you get to see the best of the both the Lemosho as well as the Machame route.

 

Day 1 - Arrival Kilimanjaro International Airport - Arusha

 

As you arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport, a representative from TAPAC Safaris will be there to meet you, holding a sign with your name on it.

From here, you will transfer to Ilboru Safari Lodge, which is located on a beautiful coffee plantation on the outskirts of Arusha town.

As you arrive at the lodge, Fredrik, owner and manager of TAPAC Safaris will have a pre-safari brief with you, going through the safari with you. Here he will cover general information for the safari, safety on safari, general rules and what you might get to experience.

 

Accommodation:     Ilboru Safari Lodge

Meal Plan:               Breakfast, lunch & dinner

 

  

 

Day 2 – Arusha – Mount Kilimanjaro, Lemosho route, day 1/8
Arusha – Londorossi gate – Mti Mkubwa Camp

Beginning Elevation: 2100 meters/6890 feet
Ending Elevation: 2750 meters/9023 feet
Elevation Gain: 650 meters/2133 feet 

 

After breakfast at the lodge you will transfer to Londorossi gate where your guides will check you in. This might take a while depending on how many other climbers are registering that day. Once you have registered the trip continues to the Lemosho Glades where the trek starts.

Today’s hike is through the dense forests on the foothill of Kilimanjaro. Lunch will either be as a hot lunch at the starting point or as a picnic lunch on the way. Once you reach camp spend the rest of the day relaxing.

Today’s hiking is about 3 – 4 hours.

 

Accommodation:    Camping

Meal Plan:              Breakfast, lunch & dinner

 

 

 

Day 3 – Mount Kilimanjaro, Lemosho route, day 2/8
Mti Mkubwa Camp – Shira Camp 1

Beginning Elevation: 2750 meters/9023 feet
Ending Elevation: 3720 meters/12 200 feet
Elevation Gain: 970 meters/3177 feet 

Just as a reminder, drink water constantly.

After breakfast todays hike starts away from the forests and in to the swamp areas. The trail flattens during the day, and you will for the first time be able to spot Kibo Peak. After lunch you will walk up the Shira Plateau, which was formed when lava from Kibo flowed down and covered the Shira Crater. You will stop at Shira Camp 1 for dinner and overnight.

 

Accommodation:    Camping

Meal Plan:              Breakfast, lunch & dinner

 


 

 

 

Day 4– Mount Kilimanjaro, Lemosho route, day 4/8
Shira Camp 1 – Shira Camp 2

Beginning Elevation: 3720 meters/12 200 feet
Ending Elevation: 3840 meters/12 532 feet
Elevation Gain: 120 meters/332 feet 

 

Trek to Shira Camp 2 across the Shira Plateau, the flat caldera of a volcano that was actually bigger and is much older than Kilimanjaro. Views can be very weather specific but on good days are breathtaking. Bilious clouds are often observed melting down from its rim onto the heath covered plateau. Kibo also shines with a silvery luminance as the glaciers reflect the strong sunlight. At times mist covers the plateau - views come and go quickly. You arrive in time for lunch and then have plenty time to relax and even go for a short acclimatization walk in the afternoon.

 

Accommodation:    Camping

Meal Plan:              Breakfast, lunch & dinner

 

 

 

 

Day 5 – Mount Kilimanjaro, Lemosho route, day 4/8

Shira Camp 2 – Barranco Camp

Beginning Elevation: 3840 meters/12 532 feet
Ending Elevation: 3950 meters/12 960 feet
Elevation Gain: 110 meters/428 feet 

 

Today you walk for 5-6 hours enjoying sightings of the typical Kilimanjaro mountain vegetation (Senecios, Lobelia, Helichrysum) and reaching a high point of around 4600m before descending for the rest of the day. On clear days the Lava Tower can be seen as well as some distinct glaciers.

These glaciers are shrinking as world temperatures increase. It is speculated that in a mere 15 years many of these glaciers will disappear, forever.

The path down to the Barranco Valley can be particularly rewarding and the view of Kibo peak is truly spectacular. In the evening the blanket of cloud often hangs just below the valley, pulsating in the dying light.

Camp is pitched in the Barranco Valley at around 3950m. Though at the end of the day you have only gained 110 meters from camp to camp, you have actually climbed 690 meters today.

 

Accommodation:    Camping

Meal Plan:              Breakfast, lunch & dinner

 

 

 

 

 

Day 6 – Mount Kilimanjaro, Lemosho route, day 5/8

Barranco Camp – Karanga Valley

 

Beginning Elevation: 3950 meters/12 960 feet
Ending Elevation: 4200 meters/13 780 feet
Elevation Gain: 250 meters/820 feet 

Today you ascend the Barranco wall, then walk across scree and ridges into the Karanga valley (4100m) with breathtaking views of the Western Breach and the southern glacier. You arrive in time for lunch in camp and then have plenty of time to relax and even go for a short acclimatization walk.

 

Accommodation:    Camping

Meal Plan:              Breakfast, lunch & dinner

 

 

 

 

Day 7 – Mount Kilimanjaro, Lemosho route, day 6/8

Karanga Valley – Barafu Camp

Beginning Elevation: 4200 meters/13 780 feet
Ending Elevation: 4600 meters/15 100 feet
Elevation Gain: 400 meters/1320 feet 

 

From Karanga we head up a morraine ridge taking our time and going slowly. The views here can be spectacular on the southern glaciers and that of the glacial valleys that snake their way down the mountain.

The final stage to Barafu is quite steep, and as always we take it very slowly. As with the day before you reach camp by around lunch time leaving lots of time to prepare and relax. In the evening your guide briefs you for the final ascent which starts around midnight.

 

Accommodation:    Camping

Meal Plan:              Breakfast, lunch & dinner

 

 

 


Day 8 – Mount Kilimanjaro, Lemosho route, day 7/8 – SUMMIT DAY!

Barafu Camp – Uhuru Peak (the roof of Africa) – Mweka Camp

Beginning Elevation: 4600 meters / 15 100 feet
Top Elevation: 5895 meters / 19 340 feet
Ending Elevation Camp: 3100 meters / 10 170 feet
Elevation Gain: 1295 meters / 4240 feet 
Elevation Loss: 2795 meters / 9170 feet

 

The attempt on the summit occurs at night in the very early morning (normally around midnight).

Each climber is assigned a summit guide to ensure that everyone makes it to the top, or returns as required in complete safety. The going is slow, and often quite frustrating on the scree, but persistence and patience ensure steady progress. Make sure you all help motivate eachother!!

Near the summit you pass through the gap between the Ratzel and Rebmann glaciers. At Stella point you can then choose to return - you are after all already higher than any point in Africa! Otherwise, continue to Uhuru peak (5896m). Despite the distance being relatively short, progress is slow - there is less than half the oxygen than at sea level! Uhuru Peak provides a unique satisfaction and usually releases a plethora of emotions. If progress is good you can watch the sunrise from the rooftop of Africa.

You will only spend a couple of minutes on the summit, as its really cold and hard to breathe because of the high elevation. You will descend to Mweka camp where you will have a well-earned rest after just being on top of Africas Highest mountain!

 

Accommodation:    Camping

Meal Plan:              Breakfast, lunch & dinner

 

 

 

 

Day 9 – Mount Kilimanjaro, Lemosho route, day 8/8 – Arusha

Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate – Arusha

Beginning Elevation: 3100 meters/10 170 feet
Ending Elevation: 1500 meters/4920 feet
Elevation Loss: 1600 meters/5250 feet 

After breakfast descend down to Mweka gate. Here you will receive you diploma for reaching Uhuru Peak, before you will transfer back to Arusha and Ilboru Safari Lodge for a well deserved hot shower and some rest.

Later in the evening you can enjoy a nice dinner at the lodge, or Fredrik wiill take you out for a celebratory dinner at a nice restaurant in Arusha town.

 

Accommodation:    Ilboru Safari Lodge

Meal Plan:              Breakfast & lunch

 

Day 10 – Arusha - Home

After breakfast at the lodge you can either go for a walk in Arusha, or maybe you are interested in buying some gifts for family and friends back home? Or maybe you would like to visit a museum, or Lake Duluti which in just on the outskirts of Arusha.

Later in the afternoon you will transfer to Kilimanjaro Int. Airport for your flight back home.

 

Accommodation:     none

Meal Plan:               Breakfast

 

 

 

 

 


End of expedition

 

 

 

 

 

What’s included
-    All airport transfers
-    All park fees
-    All camping fees
-    All meals (as stated on the itinerary)
-    English speaking guide
-    AMREF’s flying doctors temporary insurance
-    All government taxes
-    All accommodation (as specified on the itinerary)
-    All crew for mountain (guide, assistant guide, cook, camp crew, porters)
-    All game drives (as specified on the itinerary)

 


What’s NOT included
-    International flights
-    Personal travel insurance
-    Visa
-    Tips/gratuity to your mountain crew (obligatory, please ask if unsure what is normal tipping)
-    Drinks, and private bills at the hotel
-    Activities on the last day

 

 

 

 


Additional
-    Please note that in case of none availability at the above mentioned accommodation; we reserve the right to change to other accommodation of the same/similar standard.