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7 Days Lemosho Route

Zuriafrica Safaris specializes in guiding treks up the Lemosho Route, a scenic and less-traveled path that runs parallel to the lower section of the Shira Route. The Lemosho Route is known for its untouched beauty, remote atmosphere, and limited foot traffic. It offers a captivating ascent to the Shira Plateau, followed by a route that leads you towards Kilimanjaro's magnificent western Breach. From there, you will continue along the south circuit until you reach the more accessible Barafu Route. It's worth noting that for safety and preservation purposes, an armed ranger accompanies our groups on this route due to the presence of wildlife in the forests surrounding the Lemosho Glades.

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Day 0: Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport and Orientation in Arusha

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, our designated driver will warmly welcome you and transfer you to your hotel in Arusha. During this day, you'll have some time to rest, adjust to the local time, and get prepared for the upcoming trek. In the afternoon or evening, there will be an orientation session where your experienced guides will provide you with essential information about the trek. They will also check your trekking gear to ensure everything is in order before you begin.


Day 1: Starting Point (2,300m) to Mti Mkubwa (2,750m)

Trekking Time: 3 hours | Distance: 7 km


After enjoying a delicious meal at the hotel, we'll set off on a journey from Arusha to the Londorossi Gate. This route takes you through the captivating Sanya Juu, the homeland of the local Sanya Juu people. After registering at the gate, we'll drive to the starting point of your trek at 2,350m. Throughout the day, the trail winds its way through the lush, untouched rainforest. Keep an eye out for adorable Bush Babies and inquisitive Black and White Colobus Monkeys peering down from the lofty trees. Our destination for the day is Mti Mkubwa Camp, and the hiking distance is relatively short.


Day 2: Mti Mkubwa (2,750m) to Shira Camp 1 (3,550m)

Trekking Time: 6-7 hours | Distance: 10 km


The trail leads us towards Shira Camp 1, transitioning into the heather and moorland zone. This arid landscape is adorned with contrasting silver flora and the towering lobelias. As the sun sets, you'll be treated to captivating views of Mount Meru to the west and the imposing Kibo Peak. Crossing tranquil streams, you'll ascend to the Shira Ridge (3,600m), eventually reaching Shira Camp 1, where a delicious meal awaits.


Day 3: Shira Camp 1 (3,550m) to Shira Camp 2 (3,840m)

Trekking Time: 3-4 hours | Distance: 8 km


The moorland landscape persists, featuring dusty, rocky terrain and low grasses and shrubs. Celestial lobelias sport concentric rings of leaves, and bright everlastings punctuate the ground. The area offers optimal vantage points for observing the majestic mountain. After a hot lunch at Shira Camp, take part in short acclimatization excursions before resting for the remainder of the day. As the sun sets, the night sky comes alive with twinkling stars, some appearing as sapphire orbs.

Day 4: Shira Camp 2 (3,840m) to Barranco Camp (3,950m) via Lava Tower

Trekking Time: 6-7 hours | Distance: 11 km


Today, the Lemosho route merges with the Machame route en route to Lava Tower. The landscapes are stunning, and the trail offers glimpses of Kibo Peak as you ascend a gentle slope. Notable landmarks include the Shark's Tooth ridge (4,400m) and the protruding Lava Tower (4,600m). Descending gradually to Barranco Camp, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of the Western Breach and the imposing Barranco Wall, often referred to as the 'Breakfast' Wall. This day adheres to mountaineering principles, optimizing acclimatization by ascending high and resting low.

Day 5: Barranco Camp (3,950m) to Barafu Camp (4,700m)

Trekking Time: 6 – 7 hours | Distance: 9 km


Commence the day with a moderate climb up the Barranco Wall, a steep section that requires some hands-and-feet climbing (200m). The reward is a breathtaking panorama, including Kibo Peak's smoothed edges and panoramic views. Crossing streams and the Karanga River, you'll pause for lunch at Karanga Camp (3,930m). A one-hour ascent up a granite lava ridge brings you to Barafu Camp, signifying your conquering of the South Circuit. As temperatures drop, enjoy a warm, nourishing meal and rest early, preparing for the midnight climb to the summit.


Day 6: Barafu Camp (4,700m) to Summit (5895m), Descent to Mweka Camp (3100m)

Trekking Time: 6 – 7 hours | Distance: 5 km


Awakened at 11:00pm, you'll partake in a light snack and hot beverage before embarking on the 5km journey to the summit. This challenging day spans approximately sixteen hours, characterized by frigid temperatures that can dip to -10°C. Trekking along the valley's edge and passing remarkable landmarks, including Stella’s Point (5,672m) and the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers, you'll witness the enchanting sunrise as you approach Kibo's southern rim. Arriving at Uhuru Peak (5,895m), you'll be rewarded with an indescribable vista and panoramic views of glaciers and peaks. Descending to Barafu Camp and subsequently Mweka Camp (3,100m), you'll traverse varied terrain and enter lush forests.


Day 7: Mweka Camp (3,100m) to Mweka Gate (1,800m)

Trekking Time: 4 – 5 hours | Distance: 10 km


After a satisfying breakfast, commence your descent to Mweka Gate (1,300m). The leisurely journey provides ample time to enjoy the scenic surroundings. Upon arrival, you'll be awarded a Gold Summit Certificate, commemorating your successful completion of the 9-day Lemosho Route. From tranquil Mweka Village, a drive will take you back to your hotel.


Departure

Our driver will facilitate your transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport, where you'll catch your flight back home. If you've chosen to extend your adventure with a safari or further exploration, rest assured that we're here to assist in making those arrangements for you!

Please let me know if there's anything else you'd like to add or modify in the itinerary.


Day 0: Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport and Orientation in Arusha

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, our designated driver will warmly welcome you and transfer you to your hotel in Arusha. During this day, you'll have some time to rest, adjust to the local time, and get prepared for the upcoming trek. In the afternoon or evening, there will be an orientation session where your experienced guides will provide you with essential information about the trek. They will also check your trekking gear to ensure everything is in order before you begin.


Day 1: Starting Point (2,300m) to Mti Mkubwa (2,750m)

Trekking Time: 3 hours | Distance: 7 km


After enjoying a delicious meal at the hotel, we'll set off on a journey from Arusha to the Londorossi Gate. This route takes you through the captivating Sanya Juu, the homeland of the local Sanya Juu people. After registering at the gate, we'll drive to the starting point of your trek at 2,350m. Throughout the day, the trail winds its way through the lush, untouched rainforest. Keep an eye out for adorable Bush Babies and inquisitive Black and White Colobus Monkeys peering down from the lofty trees. Our destination for the day is Mti Mkubwa Camp, and the hiking distance is relatively short.


Day 2: Mti Mkubwa (2,750m) to Shira Camp 1 (3,550m)

Trekking Time: 6-7 hours | Distance: 10 km


The trail leads us towards Shira Camp 1, transitioning into the heather and moorland zone. This arid landscape is adorned with contrasting silver flora and the towering lobelias. As the sun sets, you'll be treated to captivating views of Mount Meru to the west and the imposing Kibo Peak. Crossing tranquil streams, you'll ascend to the Shira Ridge (3,600m), eventually reaching Shira Camp 1, where a delicious meal awaits.


Day 3: Shira Camp 1 (3,550m) to Shira Camp 2 (3,840m)

Trekking Time: 3-4 hours | Distance: 8 km


The moorland landscape persists, featuring dusty, rocky terrain and low grasses and shrubs. Celestial lobelias sport concentric rings of leaves, and bright everlastings punctuate the ground. The area offers optimal vantage points for observing the majestic mountain. After a hot lunch at Shira Camp, take part in short acclimatization excursions before resting for the remainder of the day. As the sun sets, the night sky comes alive with twinkling stars, some appearing as sapphire orbs.

Day 4: Shira Camp 2 (3,840m) to Barranco Camp (3,950m) via Lava Tower

Trekking Time: 6-7 hours | Distance: 11 km


Today, the Lemosho route merges with the Machame route en route to Lava Tower. The landscapes are stunning, and the trail offers glimpses of Kibo Peak as you ascend a gentle slope. Notable landmarks include the Shark's Tooth ridge (4,400m) and the protruding Lava Tower (4,600m). Descending gradually to Barranco Camp, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of the Western Breach and the imposing Barranco Wall, often referred to as the 'Breakfast' Wall. This day adheres to mountaineering principles, optimizing acclimatization by ascending high and resting low.

Day 5: Barranco Camp (3,950m) to Barafu Camp (4,700m)

Trekking Time: 6 – 7 hours | Distance: 9 km


Commence the day with a moderate climb up the Barranco Wall, a steep section that requires some hands-and-feet climbing (200m). The reward is a breathtaking panorama, including Kibo Peak's smoothed edges and panoramic views. Crossing streams and the Karanga River, you'll pause for lunch at Karanga Camp (3,930m). A one-hour ascent up a granite lava ridge brings you to Barafu Camp, signifying your conquering of the South Circuit. As temperatures drop, enjoy a warm, nourishing meal and rest early, preparing for the midnight climb to the summit.


Day 6: Barafu Camp (4,700m) to Summit (5895m), Descent to Mweka Camp (3100m)

Trekking Time: 6 – 7 hours | Distance: 5 km


Awakened at 11:00pm, you'll partake in a light snack and hot beverage before embarking on the 5km journey to the summit. This challenging day spans approximately sixteen hours, characterized by frigid temperatures that can dip to -10°C. Trekking along the valley's edge and passing remarkable landmarks, including Stella’s Point (5,672m) and the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers, you'll witness the enchanting sunrise as you approach Kibo's southern rim. Arriving at Uhuru Peak (5,895m), you'll be rewarded with an indescribable vista and panoramic views of glaciers and peaks. Descending to Barafu Camp and subsequently Mweka Camp (3,100m), you'll traverse varied terrain and enter lush forests.


Day 7: Mweka Camp (3,100m) to Mweka Gate (1,800m)

Trekking Time: 4 – 5 hours | Distance: 10 km


After a satisfying breakfast, commence your descent to Mweka Gate (1,300m). The leisurely journey provides ample time to enjoy the scenic surroundings. Upon arrival, you'll be awarded a Gold Summit Certificate, commemorating your successful completion of the 9-day Lemosho Route. From tranquil Mweka Village, a drive will take you back to your hotel.


Departure

Our driver will facilitate your transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport, where you'll catch your flight back home. If you've chosen to extend your adventure with a safari or further exploration, rest assured that we're here to assist in making those arrangements for you!

Please let me know if there's anything else you'd like to add or modify in the itinerary.

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