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Mt Kilimanjaro Climb - Lemosho

Mt Kilimanjaro Climb - Lemosho

Climb Mt Kilimanjaro - Africa's highest peak

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  • Climb to the top of Africa! The Lemosho route is a relatively new route and, with two extra acclimatisation days built in, gives you an improved chance of reaching the summit!The trek up Kili isn't a technical climb so it's well within reach of the novice trekker.

    Why we love it

    • The chance to tick an item off your bucket list and trek 5895 metres to the summit of Africa’s highest peak, Mt Kilimanjaro
    • Celebrating your achievement with a swim, a cold beer and the best hot shower of your life at Aishi Lodge
    • Pass through a variety of different climactic and vegetation zones on the mountain, including lush farmland, delightful rainforest, alpine moorland, volcanic desert, glaciers, ice and snow!


    Day 1 - Machame Village - Moshi

    • On arrival in Kilimanjaro Airport, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel.
    • The rest of the day will be spent at your leisure. Please note, this is an arrival day - you can arrive at any time.
    • The Aishi lodge is beautifully located in the village of Machame, at the foot of Mt Kilimanjaro. The lodge features large gardens, comfortable rooms and a peaceful setting amidst local banana plantations, and is a perfect place from which to start and end your Kilimanjaro climb!
    • In the evening there’ll be a briefing on the trek when you’ll receive your own personal trek pack containing a kit bag that your porter will carry, sleep sheet, down jacket and sleeping mat. You’ll need to transfer your other personal possessions into your trek pack.
    • You’ll be able to leave your travel bag and any excess luggage at our Machame hotel to be collected upon your return.
    Aishi Hotel or similar

    Day 2 - Lemosho Big Tree Camp

    • Today you’ll meet up with your porters and guides after breakfast, and transfer the short distance to the Londorossi Park Gate. After completing registration procedures, you should be on your way by late morning. Continue to drive along the rainforest track for approximately 45 minutes, until you reach the Lemosho Glades and your trekking begins. The trek to Big Tree Camp should take you around two to three hours, reaching a height of 2650m.
    • The night will be spent camping, at much the same altitude. The porters will carry your trek bag with all of your kit, while you’ll carry a day bag with your wet weather gear, camera, lunch and water. Generally speaking, the porters will walk ahead so they can reach camp first and put up your tents prior to your arrival.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 3 - Shira Camp 1

    • After breakfast, you will set off around 8.00am to head up to the Shira Plateau. From your overnight campsite you will cross a small valley and continue up along a steep ridge, through open moorland, to about 3600 metres. The peak of Kilamanjaro lays straight ahead, an inspiring site on what can be a challenging day’s walk!
    • After around three to four hours the route veers left before flattening out into a gorge, and from here you’ll gradually ascend towards the Shira Plateau, and your overnight camp, Shira Hut, at 3850 metres, to the west of Kibo.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 4 - Shira Camp 2

    • Today will be a gentle walk east toward Kibo's glaciered peak, and across the Shira plateau which leads you to Shira Camp 2. The camp is located on moorland meadows by a stream. You will use today as an acclimatisation day.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 5 - Barranco Hut

    • Today will be another important acclimatisation day as you will travel up to 4250 metres before spending the night at Barranco (3950m). The path continues directly up the ridge towards Kibo. This is a high altitude desert, offering glorious views of the Western Breach of Kibo.
    • After about four hours the path forks to the right and descends into a gorge (‘barranco’ in Swahili).
    • There’s a fair amount of ‘up and down’ walking today. Turning south-east towards the lava tower known as Shark’s Tooth, you will reach Barranco Hut and your overnight campsite at 3950 metres. With any luck you’ll be treated to a great sunset tonight!
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 6 - Karanga Valley

    • This morning you’ll climb the Barranco Wall (not a technical climb) and then follow the Kibo South Circuit. Expect brilliant views of Kibo's southern glaciers if the weather is clear. There's a pleasant lunch stop by the river in the Karanga Valley.
    • This is a relatively short day, and you should arrive at your camp around lunchtime, located just after the Karanga Valley set atop a ridge. Today will be a valuable acclimatisation day as you’ll be walking for the morning only, ascending and descending various ridges and valleys during your walk.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 7 - Barafu Hut

    • From Karanga you will head up to the intersection of the South Circuit and the Mweka route where you’ll start climbing up a ridge for a further two hours to Barrafu Hut, at 4600 metres.
    • You should arrive at Barrafu around late lunchtime, allowing plenty of time to rest before the final summit attempt.
    • Barrafu is Swahili for ‘ice’ – it can be very cold here at night.
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 8 - Summit day

    • Today will be the longest and most challenging climbing day. Leaving your campsite between midnight and 2am, the climb from Barafu to Stella Point will be fairly steep.
    • At Rebmann Glacier (4870m) you will head north between Rebmann and Ratzel Glacier, which will bring you up to the crater rim just west of Stella Point (about six to seven hours), where you’ll join the main trail for the last leg (about an hour) to the summit at Uhuru (5895m).
    • You’ll then head back down, via the Mweka route, where your tents will be pitched for the last time. The section from Uhuru down to Barafu (four hours) is scree (as on the way up), then you’ll head down through the various vegetation zones, on a continual downhill, into Mweka which is located on the edge of the rainforest area (three to four hours).
    • At an altitude of approx 3100 metres, it will be nice to have some 'air' to breathe!
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 9 - Machame Village - Moshi

    • From Mweka down to the park gate, is a three to four hour walk, through the rainforest, which may be slippery in patches. At the gate you can often buy beers (or from the villages on the way back). There’s then just a very short hike to the road head where you’ll be met by the vehicle and transferred back to the hotel for a swim, a beer, and a VERY welcome hot shower!
    • Celebrations at the Aishi lodge will, no doubt, continue into the evening!
    Aishi Hotel or similar

    Day 10 - Kilimanjaro Airport

    • The tour will end after breakfast. A private transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport can be arranged at an extra cost. Please contact your travel agent. Any flights out of Kilimanjaro Airport should not be booked prior to 11:30am.
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • Peregrine’s specialist English-speaking local mountain guide.
    • The services of porters and a cook on the trek. We work with the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project to ensure our porters are treated and paid well.
    • Equipment: a sturdy canvas bag for your main luggage which will be carried by the porters; down jacket; sleeping bag; cotton inner sleep sheet; and foam sleeping mat.
    • Two extra acclimatisation days to maximise your chances of summiting.
    • Entrance and park/mountain fees.
    • 7 nights camping in spacious dome tents set up for you by the porters.
    • 2 nights in comfortable Aishi lodge located at the foot of Mt Kilimanjaro.
    • Arrival transfer

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Airport taxes or any other departure taxes
    • Visas
    • Meals unless specified in the itinerary
    • Insurance
    • Laundry - there is no opportunity to do washing whilst on the trek
    • Tips - this is something to consider, and it might be worthwhile speaking to your group about making a group contribution at the end of the trip
    • Personal items
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Trip at a glance

Trip Code PFCL
Group size 1 - 13
Start City: Kilimanjaro Airport, Tanzania
End City: Kilimanjaro Airport, Tanzania
Style: Small Group

What to know

Physical preparation is essential to climb Mt Kilimanjaro. You will trek on terrain with plenty of ascents and descents, often on steep trails, and at altitude.

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