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 right after breakfast Moshi to Londorossi Gate, which takes about 2 hours, where you will complete entry formalities registration in the entrance gate.
Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead. Upon arrival at trailhead, your lunch will be save at the starting point before commence your hiking through rain forest to the first camp site Big tree campsite dinner overnight.
Time: 3-4 Hrs.
Habitat: Rain Forest.
After breakfast proceed continue with the trail leading out of the rain forest and into a 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 to reach the Shira ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 camp. The view of Kibo from across the plateau is amazing.
You will explore the Shira plateau for a full day. It is a gentle walk east toward Kibo’s glaciered peak, across the plateau which approaches Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream. Then continue to Moir Hut, a little used site on the base of lent hills. Variety of walks are available on lent making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity. Shira is one of the highest plateaus on Earth.
Distance Habitat: Moorland
Time for this acclimatization 6Hrs in both ways.
From the Shira Plateau, depart after breakfast continue east up a ridge, passing the junction towards Baranco and Lava Tower. As you continue hiking the direction changes to the southeast towards Lava Tower, called the "Shark's Tooth." Shortly after, where you will reach the second junction leading to Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 4600Mt.
Proceed Downhill to Barranco Campsite at an altitude of 3950Mt although you end your day at the same elevation you started the day in the morning this day is very important for acclimatization and will help prepare for summit day.
Time: 5-6 Hrs
Habitat: Semi Desert
Right after breakfast hit Barranco wall known as breakfast for warm up scramble over the volcanic rock of the 4200Mt to of the Barranco wall.
Reaching the top of Barranco wall it offer you a fantastic views of the country side far in the horizon this is going to take you about 15-20 minutes short break before continue across the ridges valleys to Karanga Valley campsite where you will be save a hot lunch on the arrival time after lunch afternoon leisure dinner overnight.
Time: 2-3 Hrs
Habitat: Alpine Desert.
After breakfast depart from Karanga campsite to Barafu Campsite where these two route reach it junction which connects with Mweka Trail.
Continue few minutes further up to Base campsite where you will be save your lunch on the arrival you will have completed Southern Circuit of Mount Kilimanjaro which offer views of the summit from many different angles.
The rest of afternoon leisure while you are waiting for early dinner don’t forget to keep drink for your preparation of the summit day to begin at mid night.
The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are visible in the blue sky or clear day.
Time: 2-3 Hrs
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Right mid night with it is enough layers of clothing begin your summit session to Uhuru Peak
From base camp head in northwesterly direction ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim at (5745Mt).
This is the most mentally and physically challenging part of the trek. At Stella Point you will have a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see out of Africa.
Thereafter from Stella Point, proceed for one hour to complete your dream trip at Uhuru Peak where you will arrive between 45Miuntes -1hrs once you have reached the highest point of Africa Continent capture picture before descend.
After Summit session descent back to base camp where you will have a short rest your branch (Lunch) will be save in order to allow you continuing descent downhill to Mweka camp site dinner overnight. 3100Mt
Time: 6-7 Hrs.
Habitat: Arctic after summit From Base camp it will take you back to Moorland begin of the rain forest.
Distance: 17 km; Hiking Time: 11-13 hours; Habitat: Arctic –Moorland and forest.
You last breakfast on the mountain will be served at 7:30am or a bit earlier. After breakfast, we descent downhill to the Mweka Gate, at lower elevations, it can be wet so it is best to have your rain gear close by.
At the exit gate you will sign out and drive to a hotel in Moshi or Arusha for overnight.
Habitat: Rain Forest.
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