Viewed as the most grand of all the Kilimanjaro courses, Lemosho is a more up to date and more unfamiliar course. It’s ideally suited for someone hoping to get off the beaten track! The seven-day Lemosho Route is ideally suited for the people who need to take as much time as necessary with Kilimanjaro and absorb its dazzling excellence.
Day 1: Londorossi Gate – Forest Camp
We depart for Londonorossi Gate from Moshi, which takes about 4 hours to complete the formalities for entry. Then drive to the trailhead of Lemosho (another hour to get to the trailhead). On arrival at the trailhead, we eat lunch and then proceed through the untouched woods that winds to the first camp site.
Day 2: Forest Camp – Shira Camp 1
We start on the trail that leads out of the woods into a savannah of tall grasses, heather, and lichen bearded volcanic rock. When we climb through the green rolling hills and cross many rivers, we hit the Shira Ridge before gently dropping down to Shira 1 base. Kibo’s view across the plateau is breathtaking.
Day3: Shira Camp 1 – Shira 2 – Moir Hut
For a whole day, we are visiting the Shira plateau. It is a gentle walk east to the glaciered summit of Kibo, across the plateau that leads through a river to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows. Then we go on to Moir Hut, a little-used Lent Hills base spot. There are a number of walks on Lent Hills which make this an excellent opportunity for acclimatization. Shira is one of Earth’s largest plateaus.
Day 4: Moir Hut – Lava Tower – Barranco Camp
We proceed eastward up a ridge from the Shira Plateau, passing the junction towards the Kibo peak. When we start, our course shifts towards the Lava Tower to the South East, nicknamed the “Shark’s Tooth.” Soon after the tower, we arrive at the second intersection which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000 ft. We are now going down to the Barranco Hut at 13,000 ft altitude. We’re relaxing here, having dinner, and overnight. Even though you start the day at the same altitude as you began, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for the day of the summit.
Day 5: Barranco Camp – Karanga Camp – Barafu Camp
We leave Barranco after breakfast and proceed on a steep ridge across the Barranco Wall to the campsite of the Karanga Valley. We then leave Karanga and reach the junction that leads to the Mweka Trail. We’re moving on to the Barafu Shelter. You completed the South Circuit at this stage, which offers summit views from many different angles. We’re camping here, resting, enjoying dinner and planning for the day of the summit. From this spot, the two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen.
Day 6: Barafu Camp – Summit – Mweka Hut
We start our journey to the summit between the glaciers of Rebmann and Ratzel very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am). You head northwesterly and climb to Stella Point on the crater rim over thick scree. This is the most challenging part of the walk mentally and physically. You’ll pause for a short break at Stella Point (18,600 ft) and be greeted with the most beautiful sunrise you’ll ever see (weather permitting). You will find snow all the way from Stella Point on your 1-hour climb to the summit. You reached the highest point at Uhuru Peak on Mount Kilimanjaro and Africa’s continent. Faster hikers from the top will see the sunrise.
Day 7: Mweka Camp – Moshi
We continue down to the Mweka Park Gate after breakfast to collect your summit certificates. It may be wet and muddy at lower elevations. Gaiters can help with trekking poles. Perhaps there will be plenty to wear shorts and t-shirts (keep rain gear and cooler clothes handy).
From the door, you proceed to Mweka Village for another hour. In Mweka village, a vehicle will meet you to take you back to Moshi hotel.
END OF TREKKING