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9 days Lemosho Route Trek

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9 Days, 8 Nights

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Lemosho Route is the most affluent and beautiful trail for trekking on Kilimanjaro, and also one of the best route for acclimatization and is very successful. Compared to other trails like Machame, Marangu and Rongai, it begins higher up the mountain at 2250 meters above sea level and climbs slowly over 70 kilometers. It is actually an improvement on the original Shira Route which gains altitude faster and a shorter route but offers very low and poor acclimatization advantage. The primary disadvantage of Lemosho is that it has very high trekker traffic starting on the fifth day when three other trails (Machame, Shira and Umbwe) congregate at the junction towards Barranco Camp making it a less discerning route onwards in comparison to Rongai which has the least ascend traffic till you get to Kibo where it converges with Marangu.

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Day One
After you’re transported from the Kilimanjaro International Airport to your hotel, we’ll gather in the evening for a quick equipment check and briefing before your adventure begins! Relax and prepare for your unforgettable adventure in the comfort of your hotel lodge.
Day Two: Londorossi National Park to Lemosho Big Tree Camp
After completing the required registration procedures at the gate of the Londorossi National Park, we drive through open countryside terrain to reach the Lemosho road head, where we stop for lunch before beginning our trek. After an easy walk through the scenic rainforest, we will camp for the night at the Lemosho Big Tree Camp at 8,700 ft. altitude.
Day Three: Lemosho Big Tree Camp to Shira Plateau
After a delicious breakfast, we’ll pack up and head up a steady wilderness trail to the moorland zone of giant heather to reach the rim of the Shira Plateau. We’ll camp for the night in the center of the plateau Shira One at 11,000 ft. altitude.
Day Four: Shira Plateau to Great Barranco Valley
While hiking at a steady pace to ensure proper adjustment to the high altitudes, we’ll trek through the Western Breach’s varied terrains of lava ridges and glacier areas. After enjoying lunch we’ll hike to the Great Barranco Valley where we’ll camp for the night at 12,790 ft. altitude.
Day Five: Great Barranco Valley to Karanga
We’ll make the steep climb up the Barranco Wall which leads to a scenic trail showcasing views of the Southern Ice field on the south east side of Mount Kibo. The trail then becomes gravel just before we arrive at our camp – Karanga at 13,100 ft. altitude.
A gradual ascent on a gravel trail that continues scaling in elevation will lead us to the Barafu campsite where we’ll enjoy lunch at 14,800 ft. altitude, followed by a short walk in the valley to ensure continued adaption to the high altitude.
Day Seven: Barafu
Our ascent to the peak will begin at 1 am in order to reach the Crater rim by sunrise. Using torches to light our way, we’ll begin the steep, steady hike across loose volcanic gravel up to Stella Point – located at 18,800 ft. altitude. After enjoying the spectacular panoramic sunrise views for a short rest interval, we’ll continue along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak – located at 19,345 ft. altitude. We will be standing on the peak of the highest freestanding mountain in the world!
The ensuing descent is a welcomed reprieve, and after we enjoy lunch at camp Barafu we’ll continue descending to arrive at the Millennium camp where we’ll rest for the night at 12,500 ft. altitude.
Day Eight: Uhuru Peak & Mweka [Summit Day]
This easy downhill trek will take us through lush rainforest terrain inhabited with beautiful vegetation and botanical growth. The trail leads us down to Mweka’s National Park’s gate at 5,400 ft. altitude where we will continue through banana trees and coffee bean farms to the Mweka village where we will board a vehicle that will take us to the lodge to relax and unwind!
Day Nine
After a good night’s sleep and breakfast, you’ll be transported to the Kilimanjaro International Airport (or your next Safari and/or Zanzibar adventure!).

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What is the weather like on Kilimanjaro?
The average temperature at the foot of the mountain is 25° to 30° C. On the summit, it can range from -12° to 10° C but is usually below freezing. At 3000m (above the tree line), the day temperatures range from 5° to 15° C and then cool off significantly at night. As you work your way up the mountain, you will traverse through many different climates that vary in temperature and precipitation. Light rain is fairly consistent in the lower rainforest section while the upper parts of the mountain often experience passing snowstorms.
Are there any age limitations?
If you’re looking to break the record, the smallest age to reach the summit of mountain Kilimanjaro was 9 years old, and the oldest person who reached the summit of Kilimanjaro was 87 years old!
What language is spoken there?
Swahili is widely spoken in Tanzania as well in Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda. Your guide will speak excellent English as well Swahili and usually also a native language.
How many miles do we hike per day?
The number of hours you hike each day varies from 3 hours (minimum) to 7 hours (maximum), depending on the intensity of the slope and difficulty of the climb.
What is the best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?
Kilimanjaro may be climbed at any time throughout a year, in the bimodal regime the March-May rains are referred to as the long rains, whereas the October-December rains are generally known as short rains. January to May is very good with mild temperature.
How fit do I have to be?
Kilimanjaro is easily accessible. However, you should not underestimate this mountain. There are no technical mountaineering skills required, but only general fitness.
What if I am slower than other trekkers?
This is a common concern; there is no need to worry about. By walking slowly, your body will acclimatize itself to the high altitude. The guide will permanently remind you about this (“pole pole’-which means “slowly slowly’).
Which equipments will I carry?
You will carry your own daypack, you do not need to carry your personal backpack/duffel pack” It will be carried by a porter. During a day you need to carry some water, snacks, camera, waterproof layers, hat and basic First Aid Kit. These will depend on your priorities.
How Should I Train for the Climb?
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a physical undertaking, so you should prepare yourself accordingly with a Kilimanjaro training program. Being in good shape is important in many respects. Obviously, strong, conditioned legs make it easier to walk uphill and downhill for sustained periods of time. General aerobic fitness allows the body to function efficiently with less oxygen. And a fit body is more likely to withstand the stress of consecutive days of hiking and camping. Finally, a positive mental attitude can work wonders for you when fatigue and doubts arise.
Should I Get a Medical Check Up?
All climbers should have a medical check prior to attempting the mountain. Ask your doctor if high altitude trekking is permissible for your age, fitness level and health condition. Ask if you have any preexisting medical conditions that can cause problems on the climb. Ask if any of your medications can affect altitude acclimatization. Ask whether Diamox can be taken with your existing prescription medicines.


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