Lemosho Route is a very beautiful and unspoilt route and sightings of wild game in the forest section is possible. Lemosho route even 2 years ago was known as as a lesser used route, but the number of climbers on this route has increased rapidly. We now consider this a busy route. This is compounded when the route combines with the Machame route on the 3rd day of the hike.
For those seeking a longer and scenic route, Lemosho is a good choice. Typically this route is done as a 7 or 8 day trek. Lemosho route has the same excellent pro-acclimatization features of the Machame route, which it joins just before reaching Lava Tower.
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Depart from Moshi or Arusha to Londorossi gate, which takes about 2-3 hours’ drive, to reach the gate where you will Sign in at the entrance gate thereafter drive to Lemosho starting point trailhead -Upon arrival starting point your lunch will be save before commencing your day hiking, through undisturbed forest which leads to Big Tree campsite dinner overnight.
Distance: 6 km, •Hiking Time: 3-4 hours,
Habitat: Rain Forest
After your first breakfast on the mountain your day hike will begin again as the trail leading out of the forest into savannah of tall grasses, heather, and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards.
As you ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams you will reach Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 camp at 3,555Mt.
The view of Kibo from across the plateau is real amazing from this point in a clear day, it is a gentle walk east toward Kibo’s glaciered peak, across the plateau to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream dinner overnight.
Distance: 18 km, Hiking Time 6-8 hours.
: From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the "Shark's Tooth. " Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.
After breakfast, depart from Barranco camp continue on a steep ridge passing via barranco wall, to Karanga valley campsite for lunch. After lunch depart from Karanga camp to the junction which is connecting with Mweka trail. Continue further ascend to Barafu campsite. At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offer view of the summit from many different angles. Late noon at the base camp, leisure rest, dinner overnight while preparing for the summit day commencing at mid night. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this direction easily in clear day. Distance: 9km, •Hiking Time: 8-10 hours. Habitat: Alpine Desert
Summit session (midnight at 12:00am) depart from base camp to Stella point along Rebmann Ratzel glaciers.
Direction lead northwesterly ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point 5747Mt, short rest rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way 1-hour ascent to the summit (Uhuru peak. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit (UHURU PEAK).
From summit descent continuing straight down Mweka campsite including short break at Barafu Base camp for lunch you may need a trekking poles for the loose gravel going down Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Late in the evening leisure dinner overnight at Mweka Camp with well-earned sleep after a long day.
Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent, Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent
Your last breakfast will be save at 7:30Am Mweka campsite before descent downhill to Mweka gate at lower elevations 1,650Mt, it can be wet and muddy during rainy season.
Keep your trekking poles with you it may be usefully on your descent part. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).
Once you reach Mweka gate and sign out our driver will meet you at Mweka gate drive to a hotel in Moshi or Arusha.
•Distance: 10 km, •Hiking Time: 3-4 hours,
•Habitat: Rain Forest.
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