1: The arriving day meet our tour guide at the arriving
point and been transferred to hotel in Moshi town for overnight
2: Londorossi Gate (2100m) - Mti Mkubwa camp (2750m)
Your day starts early with a briefing, followed by breakfast and
a 2-hour drive from Moshi (910m) to Londorossi Park Gate (2100m).
The guides and porters prepare and pack the supplies and your equipment
in the village. You will receive a lunch pack and you can also buy
mineral water in the village. From here a forest track requiring
a 4WD vehicle leads to Lemosho Glades (2100m, 11km, 45 minutes).
You will have a lunch stop about half way and will reach the Machame
camping area in the late afternoon. Walk along forest trails to
Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite, (2750m, 3 hours). Your porters (arriving
at the camp site long before you) will have your tent set up on
your arrival. In the evening the porters will boil drinking and
washing water and the cook will prepare dinner, before you retire
to your tent for the night. Night temperatures can already drop
to freezing point at this campsite.
3: Mti Mkubwa camp (2750m) - Shira 2 camp (3840m)
You rise early at Mti Mkubwa camp and, after breakfast, you climb
an hour or so to the top of the forest and then the trail gradually
steepens and enters the giant heather moorland zone. Several streams
are crossed. A gentle walk across the plateau leads to Shira 2-camp
on moorland meadows next to a stream (3840m). By now you will be
able to see, in an easterly direction, the Western Breach with its
stunning glaciers. The porters will boil drinking and washing water,
before serving dinner. The night at this exposed camp will even
be colder than the previous night, with temperatures dropping to
well below freezing. Enjoy dinner and overnight.
4: Shira (3840m) - Lava Tower (4630m) - Barranco camp (3950m)
The route now turns east into a semi desert and rocky landscape
surrounding Lava Tower, where you reach an altitude of 4630m after
about a 5 hours walk. Lunch is served in a designated area before
ascending the rocky scree path to Lava Tower (4630m). Definitely
the toughest day so far. It is normally around this point, where
for the first time, some climbers will start to feel symptoms of
breathlessness, irritability and headaches. After lunch you descent
again by almost 680m to the Barranco camping area and after reaching
the high altitude of 4600m at Lava Tower, the true acclimatisation
benefit of this day becomes clear. This descent to Barranco 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 Barranco
Wall, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while you
wait for your dinner.
5: Barranco camp (3950m) - Barafu camp (4550m)
After spending a night at the Great Barranco Wall (a very imposing
sight at first), you make your way up this awesome looking obstacle,
which in the end normally turns out to be easier than anticipated.
Topping out just below the Heim Glacier, you now appreciate just
how beautiful Kilimanjaro really is. The route then heads down through
the Karanga Valley over intervening ridges and valleys, and then
joins up with the Mweka route. This is the preferred route down
from the summit, so remember it. Turn left up the ridge and after
another hour or so, you reach Barafu Hut. The last water stop on
the route is the Karranga Valley, as there is no water at Barafu
camp. Barafu is the Swahili word for "ice" and it is a
bleak and inhospitable camping area to spend the night. Totally
exposed to the ever-present gales the tents are pitched on a narrow,
stony, and dangerous ridge. Make sure that you familiarise yourself
with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents. The summit
is now a further 1345m up and you will make the final ascent the
same night. Prepare your equipment, ski stick and thermal clothing
for your summit attempt. This should include the replacement of
your headlamp and camera batteries and make sure you have a spare
set available as well. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry
your water in a thermal flask. Go to bed at round about 19h00 and
try to get some precious rest and sleep.
6: SUMMIT ATTEMPT Barafu camp (4550m)--Uhuru Peak (5895m)-Mweka
You will rise around 23h30, and after some tea you shuffle off into
the night. You will head in a northwesterly direction and ascend
through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This
6-hour walk to Stella point is for many climbers, mentally and physically
the most challenging on the route. At Stella Point (5685m) you will
stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent
sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella
Point you will normally encounter snow all the way on your 2-hour
ascent to Uhuru Peak. The time you will spend on the summit will
depend on the weather conditions. Do not stop here for too long,
as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and
fatigue. Enjoy your accomplishment and a day to remember for the
rest of your live. The walk back to Barafu from the summit, takes
about 3 hours. Here you will have a well earned but short rest and
collect the rest of your gear, before heading down to Mweka hut
(3100m). The route is not difficult and will take you down the rock
and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest.
The camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be
expected in the late afternoon. Dinner, and washing water will be
prepared as well as drinking water.
7: Mweka camp (3100m) - Mweka Gate (1980m)
After an early breakfast, it is a short 3-hour and scenic hike back
to the Park gate. It is strongly recommended not to pay your porters
any tips until you and all your gear have reached the gate safely.From
the Mweka Gate you will continue down into the Mweka village, normally
a muddy 3 km (1 hour) hike. In the Mweka village you will and drive
back to Moshi for a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations!!
Overnight in Moshi hotel
8: Depart for Nairobi by shuttle bus for Moshi -Nairobi
at 11am arriving at 6.30 pm .or flight to KIA or continue with a
Safari With Us.
US$ 1280 per person:
Any additional day is US$ 200
- 2 Transfers from Moshi to Lemosho
- All meals for vegetarian/non-vegetarian.
- Accommodation in tents while on a trek.
- 6 days Kilimanjaro trek – Lemosho route.
- 5 nights accommodation in tents while trekking Lemosho Route.
- 2 Nights in hotel before and after climb.
- Park fees and government levies.
- English speaking mountains Guide and assistant guides.
- Porters - a minimum of 3 per client.
- First Aid Kit including Oxygen Kit.
- Camping Equipments including sleeping tents, sleeping mats, dining
tent, chairs and table.
Summit Gear List
Leather or thermal boots
Gore-Tex, Microtex or K-Tech Trilaminate jacket
Gore-Tex, Microtex or K-Tech pants
Gore-Tex mittens or gloves
Fleece gloves (use as inner for Gore-Tex mittens)
Thermal glove liners (use as inner for Gore-Tex gloves)
Thermal long johns
Sunglasses with UV protection
Trekking gear: (Wear between camps)
Rain suit or poncho (mainly used in the rain forest)
Hiking boots or cross trainers
. Day pack
. Short pants
. Sun hat
(peak caps do not offer enough protection)
. Woolen socks
. Fleece beanie
. Water bottle
General gear & equipment
bag (-10 rating)
Drink at least three to four litres of water a day.
. Use water filters and purifying pills to minimize
. Take enough snacks like energy bars, drink mixes,
. Do not move too fast, walk at a slow steady pace.
. Move as lightly as possible, do not carry unnecessary
. All clothing in Duffel bags or backpacks must
be protected with sack-liners to avoid getting wet, especially through
. High factor lip balm and sun block is essential.
. Nausea and headache pills should be kept handy
on summit night.
. Symptoms of altitude sickness can be reduced
by using medication (consult your doctor).
. New boots should be walked-in; this avoids blisters.
. Use a sleeping mat when camping.
. Use a thermal flask on summit night; other water
bottles will freeze.
. Allow camera or video camera to acclimatize;
do not wrap or place them in plastic bags.
. Thermal glove liners allow easier camera handling
on the summit.
. Use only new camera and headlamp batteries on
. Guides and porters will expect tips; confirm
amounts with your tour operator. ;