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The Lemosho Route...

  .. Full Itinerary

11 day trip

7 days Kilimanjaro trekking

72 km Kilimanjaro trek...

Lemosho Map

DAY 1 - Departure Day

Your flight departure will be from London.

DAY 2 - Moshi / Arusha

On arrival we transfer approximately one hour to our comfortable hotel. After freshening up we have a welcome lunch and meet our team of local guides who will be leading the Kilimanjaro climb. In the afternoon there is the chance to relax before the welcome briefing, and kit check. This evening we enjoy an evening meal together before an early night.

Meals: L, D

DAY 3 - Big Tree Camp 2,650m - 4 hours / 7km

After a good breakfast we transfer by road to the West of the Kilimanjaro National Park and the Londorossi Gate. On arrival we meet the rest of our Kilimanjaro team, including our guides, cooks and porters. We register for the trek and our bags are weighed to ensure each is within the 15 kg limit. Finally it is here – the moment we have all been waiting for! We carry out some last minute checks before we are driven to the Kilimanjaro trail head, to begin trekking along a pristine route through the Lemosho Glades. We begin our Kilimanjaro trek through lush vegetation of the humid rainforest, the ascent is steady along a path which can get somewhat overgrown in places and it is often wet and muddy underfoot. We have some short breaks en route, allowing plenty of time to snack and keep hydrated. Eventually we reach our camp at Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree Camp) 2780m positioned in the higher reaches of the rainforest. There is a high chance of spotting Colobus monkeys on today's trek, and a certainty of hearing them while we rest in camp.

Meals: B, L, D

DAY 4 - Shira Camp 3,850m -10-11 hours / 17km 

This morning we begin our first full day trekking, where we will gain over 1200m in height. It’s a long and tough day, but it’s a great way to kick start the process of acclimatisation. We first ascend out of the rainforest zone. Within 1-2 hours we will notice a big change in our surroundings as we enter the Moorland zone, characterised with shrub like trees and unique flora. After a number of breaks we start the moderate but sustained ascent up onto the Shira Plateau, ascending along what the locals refer to as ‘the Elephants Spine’, a broad ridge that offers incredible views to the plains below Kilimanjaro. Upon reaching the Shira Plateau we stop for a full cooked lunch before continuing onwards towards our camp for the night. A slow and steady ascent allows for our bodies to acclimatise to the higher altitude as we cross Kilimanjaro's Shira plateau. The terrain and views on the Shira Plateau are again markedly different as we have now ascended into the High Alpine Desert zone. Today is a tough day, but our local crew will have camp ready, and great food cooked for us, shortly after we arrive. Tonight we will sleep at Shira Camp, with great views of the imposing southern face of Kilimanjaro above and the Shira Plateau below.

Meals: B, L, D

DAY 5 - Barranco Camp 3,972m - 7-8 hours / 9km

Today is one of the most scenic days, and also prepares our bodies well for the Kilimanjaro summit push in 3 days time. We trek east across beautiful barren moon like landscape and around craters that scar the earth. We trek in the shadow of mighty Kibo, with it’s southern ice field visible above us, until reaching the Lava Tower where we stop for some lunch, the highest point of the day at 4630m. This afternoon we descend through the surrounding ravines and into a scenic valley with a wonderful micro climate and flora unique to Kilimanjaro. We reach our camp late in the afternoon. This ascent, up to Lava Tower, and descent aids the acclimatisation process and allows our bodies to adjust to the ever changing altitude. Baranco Camp is perhaps the most scenic on Kilimanjaro. Cliffs and glaciers tower above us, while views down into the forested Umbwe Valleys lie below. 

Meals: B, L, D

DAY 6 - Karanga Camp 3,995m - 6 hours / 6km

Our first challenge today is a climb and scramble over the volcanic rock of the Barranco Wall. This is a real highlight of the challenge, breathtaking views and a real sense of achievement! On reaching the top, we have a well-earned snack break and enjoy fantastic views over to Barafu and Mount Meru, this is a brilliant spot for a Kilimanjaro group photo. We then head onwards to Karanga Camp, first through undulating terrain and then across the steep-sided Karanga Valley, a challenging end to a short but hugely varied and interesting day! We’ll be arriving at Karanga camp in time for a large cooked lunch, and spend the afternoon resting and building our energy for the Kilimanjaro summit push in the days to come. 

Meals: B, L, D

DAY 7 - Kosovo Camp 4,800m - 6-7 hours / 5km

Today is all about arriving at our high camp feeling as ready as possible for our Kilimanjaro summit push. We must put into practice all of the good trekking habits we’ve been using all week - eating well, staying hydrated and looking after ourselves. Your leadership team are of course on hand with top tips and advice. We make the steady climb upwards, first to Barafu Camp at 4600m and then onwards to our camp, Kosovo Camp, positioned on a ridge overlooking the south east valley. We reach camp in the afternoon and after a good meal, we put on some extra layers to keep warm and try to relax and get some sleep in preparation for our early morning Kilimanjaro summit bid. Our camp, at a higher altitude and quieter location, gives us a real advantage for our summit push, allowing us more rest and a shorter route to the summit tomorrow. 

Meals: B, L, D

DAY 8 - Summit Day 5,895m - 12-15 hours / 14km

And so to the Kilimanjaro summit day and our toughest challenge yet! We awake just before midnight and after a hot drink and snack we begin our climb. For the next 6 hours we trek the steepest and most demanding part of the route by torch light. This is a long and gruelling trek through scree to reach Stella point (5730m) at Kilimanjaro's crater rim. After a short rest we make our final traverse to Uhuru Peak, the highest point on the African continent at 5895m. The rising morning sunlight gives us spectacular views across the plains below and of Mount Meru in the distance and we feel on top of the world! After some photos we have a tough decent back to Kosovo camp where we stop for a rest and brunch before continuing on to Millennium camp at 3950M. After a long but exhilarating day we can finally rest our tired legs and get a good night’s sleep, perhaps one of the heaviest night's sleep you’ll ever have!

Meals: B, L, D

DAY 9 - Moshi 5-6 hours / 14km

After an early breakfast we continue our descent of Kilimanjaro back through the rainforest to Mweka Gate. The warm and oxygen rich air is most welcome! The descent is long, but trekkers develop a spring in their step as they know the finish line is finally within reach. Reaching the gate marks the end of our challenge time on Mount Kilimanjaro. A final farewell to our local support team includes singing and dancing, and an emotional goodbye. A short transfer by bus takes us to our hotel. Here we can finally take off our walking boots and enjoy our first hot shower in almost a week! We have the afternoon to relax by the pool with a drink and this evening we enjoy a fantastic dinner to celebrate our remarkable achievements - and for those who have the energy we can party into the night!.

Meals: B, L, D

DAY 10 - Departure Day

We can enjoy a free morning either by the pool or exploring the local area before transferring to Kilimanjaron airport for our overnight flight back to the UK.

Meals: B

DAY 11 - Arrive Home in the UK

Please note: this Kilimanjaro itinerary is complex and may be subject to change.

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