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Climb Kilimanjaro - Lemosho Route (Private Group)

Climb Kilimanjaro - Lemosho Route (Private Group)

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 10 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 10 people
Destination(s): Tanzania  
Specialty Categories: Mountain/Rock Climbing   National Parks  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1549 Pound Sterling (GBP)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1549 Pound Sterling (GBP)

Standing high above Africa’s game-filled plains Kilimanjaro is one of the planets most impressive natural wonders. For any serious walker, reaching the summit of this extinct volcano will be one of life’s most memorable achievements. The Lemosho Route approachs from the west joining with the highly scenic Machame Route. Lemosho is a little-used and more adventurous route for those who can afford a slower ascent and a couple of extra days on the mountain. With a longer duration, Lemosho is generally regarded as a more physically challenging climbing route than others.

We prefer to offer this route as an eight-day trek including an extra acclimatisation day (with optional walk) on the Shira Plateau, although this can be omitted to reduce the trek to seven days. You will be accompanied by your own private local mountain guide, porters and a cook. Nights are spent under canvas, camping on the mountain in dramatic wilderness locations. Your porters will pitch your tent and carry your luggage/equipment. Meals are served in either a dinner tent or outside if the weather is fine.

Day 1 – Your Specialist Tanzania Kilimanjaro climb holiday starts at check-in to your hotel. Nestled at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro in northern Tanzania, Moshi is the coffee producing centre of the country and gateway to one of the most iconic mountains on our planet. Tonight you will receive a pre-trek briefing and can make any final preparations for your climb.

Accommodation: Bristol Cottages (or similar)

Day 2 - Your Kilimanjaro adventure begins with a transfer by 4WD vehicle to the Londorossi Park Gate on the western edge of Kilimanjaro National Park. Today’s walk along a small path offers a gentle introduction to the mountain, covering 7 km in about 3 hours. As you walk through the lush forest which encloses your trail keep your eyes open for monkeys and birdlife. Buffalo and a variety of other game also live in this part of the park and can be seen from time to time. Tonight you’ll camp at Mti Mkubwa at an altitude of 2,750m.

Accommodation: Camping at Mti Mkubwa
Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 - On this and subsequent mornings, you’ll be woken around 6 am with a steaming cup of tea or coffee. Today’s trail gradually steepens as you head up from lush rich montane forest and through the Giant Heather Moorland Zone, a savannah of tall grasses, volcanic rock and bearded heather. Crossing the Shira Ridge (3,600m) you will enjoy wonderful views of the extinct volcano of Mount Meru and surrounding plains, to arrive on the Shira Plateau itself where you will be able to see Kilimanjaro’s great Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. Sometimes, the walls of the Western Breach are draped with extensive ice curtains. A final short walk drops gently to Shira Camp One (3,500m) set in a scenic location by a stream on the Shira Plateau. About 12 km are covered today taking around 5 hours.

Accommodation: Camping at Shira Camp One
Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 – Today is an easy day allowing you more time to acclimatise and offering an opportunity to explore the moorland meadows and volcanic rock formations of the Shira Plateau. Although just 6 km are covered today, taking between 2 to 3 hours, you can extend this to include an optional walk, perhaps to the summit of Shira Cathedral, a prominent buttress of rock which is enclosed by pinnacles and steep spires. After a short hike west, you’ll reach Shira Camp Two located close to Shira Hut (3,840m).

Accommodation: Camping at Shira Camp Two
Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 – A steady walk takes you up to the pass at Lava Tower (4,630m), several hundred feet high the Lava Tower is a prominent landmark and a remnant of the earlier volcanic activity of Kilimanjaro. Crossing the Bastains stream, you will begin to descend towards Barranco Camp (3,950m). This 2 hour descent takes you along an immense canyon called Grand Barranco below the lower cliffs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. Today's walk covers 15 km.

Accommodation: Camping at Barranco
Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 – After spending a night under the imposing Great Barranco Wall, you’ll climb this awesome obstacle, which turns out to be easier than it looks. Topping out just below the Heim Glacier, you can now appreciate just how beautiful Kilimanjaro really is. After lunch your route heads down into the lush Karanga Valley, where giant senecios and lobelia grow, to join the Mweka Route, which will be your descent route.

The last water on the route is in the Karanga Valley (3,940m). From your camp you should be able to see the jagged peaks of Mawenzi jutting out in the east. This afternoon is at leisure to either rest or explore the Karanga Valley. Today's walk covers 7 km.

Accommodation: Camping in Karanga Valley
Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7 – Today your route continues with a scenic climb up a ridge to Barafu (4,550m). The alpine desert terrain encountered at this point is mostly a mineral environment with lichens and mosses.

Tonight your tent will be pitched on a narrow, stony, wind-swept ridge, so make sure that you familiarise yourself with the terrain. You’ll take a light dinner and turn in early to try and get as much sleep as you can. Your guide should give you a short pre-climb talk after dinner. Make sure you purify plenty of drinking water for the coming night’s walk and keep your fluid levels up as much as possible at altitude. Distance covered today is around 6 km, taking 4-5 hours.

Accommodation: Camping at Barafu
Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8 - You will be woken around 11.30 pm to walk through the night. This is primarily because you need the time to reach the summit and still be able to descend in daylight. Also, walking at night is easier with cold or frozen ground underfoot. With an altitude gain of 1,195 metres of vertical height and a loss of 2,795 metres, this is a challenging day for everyone. After eating and drinking whatever is on offer you should be leaving between 12.30 am and 1.00 am.

Your big day begins with a 6-hour climb northwest up through heavy scree between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers to Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most challenging part of the route for most climbers. At Stella Point (5,685m) you’ll stop for a short rest and a chance to see sunrise - generally considered to be the finest sunrise on earth with amazing views looking down on the plains below. If you feel up to it, the true summit is Uhuru Peak (5,895 m), a further 1 hour away with gentler gradients and easier terrain. On the summit, you can enjoy your achievement - a day that you will remember for the rest of your life.

After a 3-hour descent from the summit back to Barafu Camp, you will have a well-earned but short rest, collect your gear, and hike down a rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest to Mweka Camp (3,100m). This camp is in the upper forest, so you can expect mist or rain in the late afternoon. Dinner, and washing water will be prepared, and the camp office sells drinking water, soft drinks, chocolates, and beer!

Accommodation: Camping at Mweka
Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9 - An easy 15 km hike (3 hours) down the Mweka Route takes you to Mweka Gate (1,980m). After saying farewell to your guide and porters at the gate, you will continue down to Mweka village, possibly a muddy, 3 km, 1 hour hike if the road is too muddy for vehicles. Finally you will be transferred to your Moshi hotel for your last night.

Accommodation: Bristol Cottages (or similar)
Included Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 10 – Your Specialist Tanzania trip ends upon check out from the hotel. Depending on your onward travel arrangements there may be time to take an optional safari game drive in Arusha National Park. One of Tanzania’s smallest wildlife reserves, Arusha National Park is well worth a visit. Despite its lack of big cats, it does offer first sightings of elephant, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, warthog, waterbuck, baboons, monkeys, flamingos and numerous other bird species.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Airport transfer from Kilimanjaro Airport to Moshi and back to airport.
- Transfers between pre and post-climb hotel and trek start and end points.
- Services of experienced private mountain guide, assistant guide, cook and porters.
- 7 nights camping in mountain tents with camp equipment and all camp meals.
- 2 nights accommodation in Moshi hotel, on BB basis, as specified in the itinerary.
- Local back-up and support from Specialist Tanzania's long-established Kilimanjaro trek partner.
- Kilimanjaro National Park entrance and camp fees, plus fees for local crew.
- Accommodation and meals for your trek crew.

Price Excludes:
- Any meals and drinks not specified in the itinerary.
- Laundry, souvenirs and items of a personal nature.
- Optional activities and excursions.
- Gratuities to guide and porters.
- Personal travel insurance.
- Tanzania visa.

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