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9 Days Lemosho Crater Route

from $2,500.00
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Camping, Trekking
  • Group Size Small Group
    10
All about the 9 Days Lemosho Crater Route.
About Lemosho Route
The Lemosho route is one of the newer routes on Mount Kilimanjaro. The route begins in the west and rather than simply intersecting Shira Plateau (like Machame), Lemosho crosses it from Shira Ridge to Shira Camp. Climbers encounter low traffic until the route joins the Machame route. Afterwards, Lemosho follows the same route through Lava Tower, Barranco and Barafu, known as the southern circuit.The minimum number of days required for this route is six days, although eight days is ideal.Lemosho is considered the most beautiful route on Kilimanjaro and grants panoramic vistas on various sides of the mountain. It is our favorite route because it offers a great balance of low traffic, scenic views and a high summit success rate. Thus, Lemosho comes highly recommended. Most of our clients use Lemosho.
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 2 Airport Transfers, from JRO Kilimanjaro Airport to Moshi when you arrive, then transfer back to the Airport for your flight home.
  • 2 nights Hotel Lodging on Bed and Breakfast basis, Double or Triple Occupancy (3 star hotel you will need to pay extra if you want to have a 4 or 5 star hotel)
  • 3 Delicious meals a days plud snacks if applicable, boiled and filtered drinking water while on the mountain.
  • Warm water for washing to be provided every morning and evening.
  • Oxygen Cylinder – only for emergency
  • English Speaking Guides (Wilderness First Responder certified), cook and porters
  • Staff salaries and fees.
  • All huts and camping fee
  • Transport to/from national park gates.
  • Emergency telephone between the guides and our office in Moshi town.
  • 3 litres of bottled drinking water to be provided on the first day your hike, on the mountain porters will fetch water from the streams to be boiled and filtered for you
  • Camping equipment on Machame/ Shira/ Lemosho/ Rongai & Umbwe routes (tents)
  • Portable oxygen for emergencies (returnable on completion of climb)
  • Certificate of successful completion
  • Tanzania government taxes.
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Prices do not include sleeping bags
  • Gratuities (tips for guides and porters)
  • Soda/alcohol unless otherwise noted (plenty of water will be provided for hydration)
  • Health insurance
  • International airfare
  • Laundry
  • All Meals and drinks in Moshi town
  • Round-trip airfare to and from Kilimanjaro (JRO airport)
  • Travel and visa documents
  • Optional travel insurance
  • Additional equipment rental (walking sticks, sleeping pads, etc.)
  • Personal items
  1. Day 1 Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa
    • Elevation: 7,742 ft to 9,498 ft
    • Distance: 6 km/4 miles
    • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
    • Habitat: Rain Forest

    We’ll leave Moshi and head out to Londorossi Gate; scenic drive that is about four hours long. On arrival, and the completion of park entry formalities at the gate there will be short drive to reach Lemosho trailhead. Here, you’ll hike through the rainforest as you head to Mti Mkubwa campsite.

  2. Day 2 Mti Mkubwa to Shira 1 Camp
    • Elevation: 9,498 ft to 11,500 ft
    • Distance: 8 km/5 miles
    • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
    • Habitat: Health

    Your hiking experience will continue along the trail that leads out of the forest and into the savannah of tall grass and volcanic rocks concealed under lichen beards. We will make your way across the rolling hills, and jump over couple of streams before we reach Shira Ridge, from where we’ll start gentle descent to Shira 1 camp. This camp gives you  opportunity to enjoy the first view of Kibo, a breathtaking scenery by looking across the plateau.

  3. Dy 3 Shira 1 Camp to Moir Hut
    • Elevation: 11,500 ft to 13,800 ft
    • Distance: 11 km/7 miles
    • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
    • Habitat: Heath

    You should use this day for exploring the Shira Plateau ( One of the highest plateaus on Earth ), by taking a nice stroll on the East side of the moorland toward  Shira 2 Camp. We will divert from the trail and branch out towards Moir Hut, a barely used camp that lies at the base of Lent Hills. Various hikes are available on Lent Hills, which will make the walk perfect acclimatization opportunity.

  4. Day 4 Moir Hut to Lava Tower / Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
    • Elevation: 13,800 ft to 15,190 ft
    • Distance: 7 km/4 miles
    • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
    • Habitat: Alpine Desert

    • Elevation: 15,190 ft to 13,044 ft
    • Distance: 3 km/2 miles
    • Hiking Time: 2-3 hours
    • Habitat: Alpine Desert

    This day will begin with a hike up a ridge, followint the path southeast to Lava Tower, a 300ft tall volcanic rock formation. From here, we have gentle descent to Barranco camp, a walk through the spectacular Seneca Forest to an altitude of 13,000ft. Although the day begins and ends at the same elevation, this day is perfect for your acclimatization.

  5. Day 5 Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
    • Elevation: 13,044 ft to 13,106 ft
    • Distance: 5 km/3 miles
    • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
    • Habitat: Alpine Desert

    The day begins with descending into a pass leading to the base of the Great Barranco Wall. Next to follow is the non-technical but very steep climb on a almost 900ft tall cliff. Once at the top of the Barranco Wall, our path leads over range of hills and valleys until final and pretty sharp descend to Karanga Valley. Here we have one final steep climb taking us to Karanga Camp. This day does not include much hiking, but it is precious for your acclimatization.

  6. Day 6 Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
    • Elevation: 13,106 ft to 15,331 ft
    • Distance: 4 km/2 miles
    • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
    • Habitat: Alpine Desert

    We’ll leave Karanga valley and merge with the Mweka trail that leads to the rockier section toward Barafu Hut. Barafu is a point where you will complete the Southern circuit, but also location from where you will have spectacular views of the summit from various angles. Our crew will set up camp, and you should rest while enjoying the magnificent views, in preparation for summit day. The magnificent Mawenzi and Kibo peaks are also visible from this point.

  7. Day 7 Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak / Uhuru Peak to Crater Camp
    • Elevation: 15,331 ft to 19,341 ft
    • Distance: 5 km/3 miles
    • Hiking Time: 7-8 hours
    • Habitat: Arctic

    • Elevation: 19,341 ft to 18,865 ft
    • Distance: 1 km/.6 miles
    • Hiking Time: 0.5-1 hours
    • Habitat: Arctic

    We’ll begin attempt for the summit during normal morning hours. This portion of the hike is the most mentally and physically challenging, and we will continue at slow and steady pace for several hours, but you will be taking short and frequent breaks. The trail will twist through heavy scree as you do a steep climb to the crater rim. At Stella Point, (18,900ft), signs of the summit from a distance are visible. The hike continues around the crater rim, until finally you get to Uhuru Peak – the Roof of Africa and the highest point on Kilimanjaro and all of Africa.

    We’ll descend short to Crater Camp, where we’ll be joined by the rest of the crew. Here you will have the option to hike to Reutsch Crater and the Ash Pit, or just to explore the areas around Furtwangler Glacier. It can be dangerous to sleep at this high altitude because serious AMS can happen as a result of inadequate altitude acclimatization. For this reason, the guides will monitor you very closely.

  8. Day 8 Crater Camp to Mweka Camp
    • Elevation: 18,865 ft to 10,065 ft
    • Distance: 12 km/7 miles
    • Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
    • Habitat: Arctic

    From Crater Camp, the descent towards Mweka Hut campsite will continue, with a stopover at Barafu Hut for lunch. The rocky trail can be hard on the knees, so the trekking poles are helpful. Mweka Camp is located at the upper forest, so the mist or rain are pretty common in the late afternoon. The last dinner on the mountain will be served here, with opportunity for well-deserved sleep.

  9. Day 9 Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate
    • Elevation: 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft
    • Distance: 10 km/6 miles
    • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
    • Habitat: Rain Forest

    Today we’ll continue with descent to Mweka Gate, where the summit certificates will be issued. It can be muddy and wet at lower elevations, as we resume for another hour toward Mweka Village, where a vehicle will be waiting to take you back to your hotel in Moshi.