Days
10
Price from
$6,125AUD

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.


Start
Moshi, Tanzania
Finish
Machame, Tanzania
Country
Tanzania
Style
Peregrine
Code
PFCL
Physical rating
Traveller’s rating
2 reviews
Ages
Min 16
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • Conquering Africa's highest mountain rates among the world's finest achievements for the bold adventurer, and this is your chance to eliminate it from the list.

  • At 5,895 metres, the views from this magnificent peak, at many levels, must be seen to be believed.

  • 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.

  • Celebrating your achievement with a swim, a cold beer and the best hot shower of your life at Aishi Lodge might just be as glorious as the trek itself.

Is this trip right for you?

  • A good level of fitness is required to join this trip. While the distances covered are not far, the effects of the altitude will make it much harder than the usual uphill hike.

  • To allow your body to adjust to the altitude, the going will be slow. The speed of the hiking may be much slower than you are used to, in places. This slow approach allows your body’s reserve levels to remain high, and lets you adjust to the altitude as you walk.

  • Tried and tested all-purpose hiking equipment is required. Night time temperatures can get very cold above 3,500 metres, so warm clothing and a sleeping bag are essential. Hiring of equipment and/or a sleeping bag is possible.

  • Your safety comes first. Your experienced guides will monitor each passenger for any signs of acute mountain sickness. If any signs are shown, you will be instructed to descend immediately with assistance from one of the guides.

  • Be prepared for dusty and therefore dirty conditions. Hiking for continuous days can be tough without a shower. A dust mask, wet wipes and a face washer are recommended. It's all part of the adventure!

Itinerary

Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport where you’ll be met and transferred to your accommodation. Your lodge is set amid banana plantations and has large gardens and comfortable rooms, so relax and prepare for your adventure. There will be an important briefing meeting in the evening. You'll receive a sleep sheet, down jacket and sleeping mat to pack into your bag. You’ll be able to leave any excess luggage at the lodge to be collected upon your return.

Notes: This trip visits places that are at high altitude, and as a result some people can suffer from altitude sickness, regardless of age or physical health. Please see the ‘Health’ section of the trip notes for more important information on this.
Accommodation
  • Aishi Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Trek briefing
  • Kilimanjaro Complimentary Airport arrival transfer
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today you’ll meet up with your porters and guides after breakfast, then transfer to the Londorossi Park Gate. From there you will trek to Mt Mukubwa Camp (2,895 m; approximately 3–4 hours). After completing registration procedures, you should be on your way there by late morning. The porters will carry your trek bag with all of your kit, while you’ll carry a day bag with your wet weather equipment, camera, lunch and water. Generally, the porters will walk ahead so they can reach camp first and put up your tents prior to your arrival.
Accommodation
  • Camping (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Emergency oxygen and comprehensive first aid kits which our guides have been trained on by a UK world-renowned altitude specialist
  • Return transfers from hotel to park gate
  • Porterage of 1 bag (15kg max)
  • Services of experienced English speaking mountain guides ( first-aid qualified ), cooks and porters ( a minimum of 1 guide to every 2 )
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
2895
Approx 3-4 hours walking
Enjoy some breakfast and set off around 8 am and walk up to the Shira Plateau (approximately 7–8 hours). You journey begins by departing your overnight campsite and crossing a small valley. From there you continue along a steep ridge, through open moorland, to your overnight camp, Shira Camp 1 (3,505 m). The peak of Kilimanjaro lays straight ahead. It's an inspiring sight on what can be a challenging day’s walk!
Accommodation
  • Camping (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
3505m
Approx 7-8 hours walking
Today's walk will be a gentle one. Head east toward Kibo's glaciered peak, and across the Shira plateau, which leads you to Shira Camp 2 (3,847m; 4–5 hours). The camp is located on moorland meadows alongside a lovely stream. You will use today as an acclimatisation day.
Accommodation
  • Camping (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
3847
Approx 4-5 hours walking
Today is another important acclimatisation day. You will walk up to 4,250 metres before spending the night at Barranco (3,976 m; 6–8 hours). 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 (or ‘barranco’ in Swahili). There will be a significant amount of ‘up and down’ walking today. Turning southeast towards the lava tower known as Shark’s Tooth, you will reach Barranco Hut and your overnight campsite. With any luck you will be treated to a breathtaking sunset in the evening.
Accommodation
  • Camping (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
3976
Approx 6-8 hours walking
This morning you’ll climb the Barranco Wall. This is not a technical climb. After that, follow the Kibo South Circuit. You can expect brilliant views of Kibo's southern glaciers if the weather is clear. Rest your legs during the pleasant lunch stop by the river in the Karanga Valley. This is a relatively short day of walking (approximately 4 hours), so you should arrive at your camp at around lunchtime. The camp is located just after the Karanga Valley, set nicely on top of a ridge. This day is one of valuable acclimatisation, as you’ll be walking for the morning only, ascending and descending various ridges and valleys along the way.
Accommodation
  • Camping (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
4200
Approx 4 hours walking
From Karanga you will head up to the intersection of the South Circuit and the Mweka route. Here you will start climbing up a ridge for a further two hours to Barrafu Hut (4,673 m; 4 hours of walking in total). You should arrive at Barrafu around late lunchtime, allowing plenty of time to rest before the final summit attempt. It can be very cold here at night (Barrafu is Swahili for ‘ice’), so you will find your extra layers coming in handy.
Accommodation
  • Camping (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
4673
Approx 4 hours walking
Today will be the longest and most challenging climbing day (approximately 13–15 hours in total). Depart your campsite between midnight and 2 am. Brace yourself, as the climb from Barafu to Stella Point will be quite steep. At Rebmann Glacier (4,870m) you will head north between Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers, which will bring you up to the crater rim just west of Stella Point (approximately 6–7 hours). From there, join the main trail for the last leg (approximately 1 hour) to the summit at Uhuru (5,895 m). You’ll then head back down, via the Mweka route, and your tents will be pitched for the last time. The terrain on the section from Uhuru down to Barafu (approximately 4 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 (approximately 3–4 hours). At an altitude of 3,068 metres, it will be nice to have some 'air' to breathe!
Accommodation
  • Camping (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
3068
Approx 13 - 15 hours walking
From Mweka down to the park gate (approximately 3–4 hours), it's an occasionally slippery adventure through the rainforest, so be sure to watch your step. At the gate you can often buy some refreshments (also available from the villages on the way back). Then it's 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 well-earned beer and a most welcome hot shower. Celebrations at the Aishi lodge will, no doubt, continue well into the evening.
Accommodation
  • Aishi Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
1830
Approx 3 to 4 hours walking
Your journey draws to a close after breakfast. A private transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport can be arranged at an extra cost; simply contact your travel agent. Any flights out of Kilimanjaro Airport should not be booked prior to 11:30 am.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, Trek

Accommodation

Comfortable hotel, Camping

Included Activities

  • Trek briefing
  • Kilimanjaro Complimentary Airport arrival transfer
  • Emergency oxygen and comprehensive first aid kits which our guides have been trained on by a UK world-renowned altitude specialist
  • Return transfers from hotel to park gate
  • Porterage of 1 bag (15kg max)
  • Services of experienced English speaking mountain guides ( first-aid qualified ), cooks and porters ( a minimum of 1 guide to every 2 )

Reviews

Our Mt Kilimanjaro Climb - Lemosho trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews in the last year.

Mt Kilimanjaro Climb - Lemosho Route , September 2015

Louise Sawtell

Mt Kilimanjaro Climb - Lemosho Route , March 2015

David Nicholls

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Important notes

PHYSICAL PREPARATION:
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. Although no mountaineering experience is required a good level of physical fitness is necessary. You must be comfortable walking 6-8 hours uphill a day.

ALTITUDE SICKNESS:
Parts of your trip go above 2800 metres / 9200 feet where it is common for travellers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude - regardless of your age, gender and fitness. It even happened to Sir Edmund Hillary!

Before your trip: Some pre-existing medical conditions are known to severely worsen at high altitude and be difficult to adequately treat on the ground, leading to more serious consequences. It is imperative that you discuss your pre-existing medical condition/s with your doctor. We understand certain medications are reported to aid acclimatising to high altitude. Please discuss these options with your doctor.

During your trip: While our leaders have basic first aid training and are aware of the closest medical facilities, it is very important that you are aware of the cause and effects of travelling at altitude, monitor your health and seek assistance accordingly. Please read the following document carefully and, during your trip, utilise the table on the back daily to record your own perspective of your general health and any symptoms you may experience:

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KILIMANJARO CLIMB:
This trip is led by experienced guides, with a minimum of 1 guide to every 2 climbers. Sufficient porters are employed to carry the group’s equipment.

PASSENGER SELF ASSESSMENT FORM
As a result of the physical activity involved in this trip, such as strenuous trekking, the location or terrain through which the trip goes and other local factors including altitude, remoteness and temperature, a Passenger Self Assessment Form must be completed, signed and returned to our office prior to your trip.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:
An optional single supplement is available on this trip. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
Please note, the single supplement includes single room at Aishi Hotel for first and last night, as well as single tent when trekking.

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