LEMOSHO ROUTE WITH CRATER CAMP

Mount Kilimanjaro trekking package
Lemosho route with crater camp
11 days


Lemosho is ideal for climbers seeking a more private hiking experience. Although the trail joins with the more popular Machame route on the third evening, the first three days on the mountain are relatively quiet with very few other trekking groups on the trail. This adventure starts off with a few long days as you gain altitude, and has several days built in to help you acclimatize, improving your chances of reaching the summit!

Day 1 – Kilimanjaro International Airport – Arusha
As you arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be met with a representative from TAPAC Safaris, holding a sign with your name on it. From here you will transfer to Arusha and Mount Meru Hotel.

If time allows it (depending on your flight time) you will meet your head guide today, where he will have a short pre – brief regarding the climb, as well as do and equipment check. If time doesn’t allow it this will be done the following morning.

Accommodation:    Mount Meru Hotel
Meal Plan:        B&B




MOUNT KILIMANJARO; Lemosho Route and crater camp 9 days


The Lemosho Route offers a more private Kilimanjaro experience than the other routes of Marangu and Machame. Although the trail joins with the more popular Machame route on day three, the first two days on the mountain are relatively private, with few other trekking groups around.


Day 2 – Londorossi Gate – Mti Mkubwa Camp
Beginning Elevation: 2100 meters/6890 feet
Ending Elevation: 2750 meters/9023 feet
Elevation Gain: 650 meters/2133 feet

On the first day, arrive at Londorossi Gate at about 11am. Once you arrive, you'll spend about an hour waiting at the gate while TAPAC safaris registers and the porters and guides make final preparations.

At around 12pm, you will begin hiking with your guides to Mti Mkubwa Camp. Hike through the rain forests of Kilimanjaro viewing trees and birds along the way. You will eat a packed lunch on the trail while enjoying the sounds of the forest. Arrive at the campsite at about 4pm to rest for the next day.


Day 3 – Mti Mkubwa camp – Shira 1 Camp
Beginning Elevation: 2750 meters/9023 feet
Ending Elevation: 3720 meters/12 200 feet
Elevation Gain: 970 meters/3177 feet

Leave the forest on day two for Kilimanjaro's moorland. When the trail flattens out, you will have your first views of Kibo peak. After lunch, you will climb the Shira Plateau, created when Kibo's lava flows filled up the Shira crater. Stop at Shira 1 Camp, where you will relax for the rest of the day.

Faster hikers may continue to Shira 2 Camp (3,830m/12,560ft).





Day 4 – Shira I Camp – Shira II Camp
Beginning Elevation: 3720 meters/12 200 feet
Ending Elevation: 3840 meters/12 532 feet
Elevation Gain: 120 meters/332 feet

This is an acclimatization day that allows you to take day hikes that explore the Shira Plateau. You will hike only a short while and gain just over 1000 feet in elevation.

Day 5 – Shira II Camp – Barranco Camp
Beginning Elevation: 3840 meters/12 532 feet
Ending Elevation: 3950 meters/12 960 feet
Elevation Gain: 110 meters/428 feet

Although this up-and-down day ends with an elevation gain of only 110 meters, by early afternoon you will have climbed 690 meters to a height of 4,530 meters before beginning your descent to Barranco Camp.
Although the route is somewhat frustrating, this day is crucial for acclimatization.

After breakfast, continue east on the Shira Plateau for two hours before reaching the junction for Shira and Lemosho Routes. Continue on through the barren landscape for another half an hour before stopping for lunch. Shortly after lunch you will reach the highest point of the day before descending quickly to Barranco Camp. From the high point, you can see Lava Tower, a 300-foot lava formation jutting out of the mountainside. Faster hikers can take a detour via Lava Tower.

Barranco Camp is considered to be the most scenic campsite on the Machame Route. It is set in a valley among forests of Senecio Kilimanjaro. From the campsite you will see magnificent views of Mount Meru, Heim Glacier and Kibo's southern face.




Day 6 – Barranco Camp – Karanga Valley
Beginning Elevation: 3950 meters/12 960 feet
Ending Elevation: 4200 meters/13 780 feet
Elevation Gain: 250 meters/820 feet

Leave Barranco Camp after breakfast for Karanga Valley. The day begins with an hour and a half scramble up the Barranco Wall. This is the hardest part of the day and in some places you may have to use your hands to pull your body up. After reaching the top, make a short descent into the greener Karanga Valley. We generally camp on the ridge above the valley to allow for greater acclimatization.




Day 7 – Karanga Valley – Barafu Camp
Beginning Elevation: 4200 meters/13 780 feet
Ending Elevation: 4600 meters/15 100 feet
Elevation Gain: 400 meters/1320 feet

After breakfast, begin the hike to Barafu Camp. On the way to Barafu, view several of Kibo's glaciers as well as the junction that connects the descent route, Mweka, with the Machame trail. During day four, hike by the Heim, Kersten and Decken Glaciers. Although the trail to

Barafu passes through alpine desert with little vegetation, there are stunning views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks along the way. Try to sleep as soon as you finish dinner as you will awake before midnight for your summit hike.


Day 8 – Barafu Camp – Crater Camp
Beginning Elevation: 4600 meters/15 100 feet
Ending Elevation: 5715 meters/18 750 feet
Elevation Gain: 1115 meters/3650 feet

Due to the steep ascent at high altitude, this is the most challenging day of the ascent. Leave Barafu Camp early in the morning to begin your hike to the top of Kibo Crater. It is important to remember to snack during the ascent to keep your energy up. You will likely lose your appetite during this day and begin to feel new effects of altitude sickness.

After ascending Kibo's wall, hike to Crater Camp, the highest camp on Kilimanjaro. The camp is located inside Kilimanjaro's Kibo crater, and offers stunning views of the surrounding glaciers.


Day 9 – Crater Camp – Summit! – Mweka Camp
Beginning Elevation: 5715 meters/18 750 feet
Top Elevation: 5895 meters/19 340 feet
Ending Elevation Camp: 3100 meters/10 170 feet
Elevation Gain: 180 meters/590 feet
Elevation Loss: 2795 meters/9170 feet

At dawn, begin the final ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. The hike to the summit is slow, taking up to two hours to gain 180 meters. Reach Uhuru around 8am and take photos at the roof of Africa. Descend to Barafu Camp where you'll eat brunch. At 1pm, continue to Mweka Camp your final camp on Kilimanjaro.




Day 10 – Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate
Beginning Elevation: 3100 meters/10 170 feet
Ending Elevation: 1500 meters/4920 feet
Elevation Loss: 1600 meters/5250 feet

After breakfast, finish the trek with a descent to Mweka Gate. Your last hike on Kilimanjaro is a beautiful one, passing through Kilimanjaro's cloud forest. Watch your step during the descent, as the trail can be slippery.


Our car will be waiting at Marangu gate to transfer you back to Arusha and Mount Meru Hotel for a well deserved hot shower and a good night’s sleep.

Accommodation:    Mount Meru Hotel
Meal Plan:        Breakfast, lunch & dinner




Day 11 – Arusha National Park – Kilimanjaro International Airport
After a good night’s sleep you will enjoy your breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast you will be met by your guide at the hotel, where he will go through today’s short program. From here you will transfer to Arusha National Park for a half day game drive, with an optional canoe ride (extra cost).

Arusha National Park is a small and lush National Park situated on the outside of Arusha town. The park holds many mammals such as Giraffes, Zebra’s, Impala, Kudu, the rare Black and White Colobus Monkey in addition to many more.

In the afternoon return to Mount Meru Hotel for and early dinner before transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight back home.


End of tour


What’s included
-    All airport transfers
-    All park fees
-    All camping fees
-    All meals, as stated on itinerary
-    English, French, German, Norwegian, Swedish or Spanish talking 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 (highly recommended)
-    Drinks, and private bills at the hotel
-    Canoe ride in Arusha National Park

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.



Foto: Thomas Holden