Kilimanjaro – The Lemosho Route

Climbing Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, must be near the top of any adventurist’s bucket list. The Lemosho Route is not for the faint hearted and is one of the more challenging climbs, and for this reason sees little human traffic which is why it is one of our favourites. Those who choose this route are rewarded with an untouched wilderness that few get to see.

Lightfoot Travel has built up an excellent network of contacts on the ground, ensuring that guests have the best possible experience when attempting the climb. The guides and porters know the routes like the back of their hands, and we use the best quality tents and equipment available.

Day 1: Arrival into Moshi

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro, you will be met by local guides and transferred to your hotel in the village of Marangu or Moshi town. The remainder of the day will be free for rest and relaxation. After dinner, there will be a comprehensive trek briefing from your leader, in preparation for the adventure ahead.

Day 2: Trek to Big Tree Camp (2,780m)

Today you start your climb. The initial climb takes you through unspoilt rainforest, where he trails are natural and as there are so few people who attempt this route, the chances of seeing wildlife such as the agile Colobus monkey are relatively high.

Elephants and Buffalo are also known to roam the area. The walk through the rainforest takes you to your first night’s camp at Big Tree Camp (2,780m).

Day 3: Shira Two (3,990m)

Today’s trek sees you leaving the rainforest and entering the moorland and heath zone. As you leave the rainforest the mountain opens up before you and you will see the vastness of Kilimanjaro. On a clear day you can see right down onto the plains below and get a sense of perspective on just how high you are climbing. Continue a gradual climb onto the Shira plateau, which used to be an active volcano, until the crater collapsed inwards to form the caldera you are walking on. Tonight’s camp is on the plateau at 3,900m.

Day 4: Barranco (3,960m)

Today you will enter yet another climatic zone as you break the 4,000m barrier. You will come into an area of low alpine desert which is often described as a lunar landscape.

Camp today will vary depending on the strength of the group and weather conditions. You may camp by the Lava Tower, a rock tower formed thousands of years ago by molten lava (which we can scramble up, weather permitting), or you can camp lower down the valley at the foot of the Great Barranco Wall (3,960m).

Day 5: Karanga Camp (4,035m)

Today you will trek to the ridge above the Karanga valley. To get here you have to tackle what people describe as one of the best and most exciting parts of the trip, the Great Barranco Wall. This impressive wall of rock was formed from a huge landslide which occurred 100,000 of years ago, and to continue you will need to climb over it.

Reaching the top of the Barranco Wall provides an amazing sense of achievement together with great views over the plains. Once over the wall, the terrain changes once again as you trek through a series of valleys to reach your final destination for the day, Karanga Camp (4,035m)

Day 6: Barafu Camp (4,640m)

A gradual ascent today will take you to the high camp. The day is focused on a relaxed pace to save your energy for when you go to the summit early the next day. This is a shorter day and you should get to the Barafu ridge and the high camp around lunch time or early afternoon. The rest of the day will see you resting and hydrating for the forthcoming summit attempt.

Day 7: Summit Attempt: Uhuru Peak (5,895m) - Millenium Hut (3,720m)

Today you go for it! You will be woken in the early hours of the morning. If there is a clear sky you can sometimes navigate by star and moonlight without the need for head torches. Absorb what is around you and soak in the atmosphere as you head for the summit. Shooting stars will be flying past you as you make your way up Kibo which is one of the three volcanoes making up Mount Kilimanjaro.

This volcano is not yet extinct, but lies dormant and acts as the final summit climb to reach the highest point on Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak. Although challenging, this summit is also achievable. For some this will be the hardest physical and mental challenge you have undertaken in your life, but once you have done this the achievement and rewards are immense.

We aim to reach the mountain around sunrise. After taking in the glorious spectacle of the sun rising over Mawenzi, you will continue for the final push onto the summit and the highest point in the whole of Africa! The descent will be much quicker as you make our way to Millennium Camp (3,790m).

Day 8: Mewka Gate (1,630m)

Enjoy the last day on the mountain as you say goodbye to the local porters and guides and show your great appreciation for all their hard work. There is a gradual trail downwards as you will once again pass through the lush rainforest before arriving at the gate. You will then be transferred back to your hotel where you can celebrate in the evening.

Day 9: Mewka Gate (1,630m)

Enjoy the last day on the mountain as you say goodbye to the local porters and guides and show your great appreciation for all their hard work. There is a gradual trail downwards as you will once again pass through the lush rainforest before arriving at the gate. You will then be transferred back to your hotel where you can celebrate in the evening.

Day 10: Day in Moshi and evening flight home

Recover from the climb and spend some time visiting Moshi for a chance to buy souvenirs before your transfer to the airport for your evening flight back. Flight time depending, there are various options for this day such as visiting Mama Lynn’s Orphanage or a one-day safari.

Itinerary

Duration Description Overnight
Day 1: Arrival into Moshi
Day 2: Trek to Big Tree Camp (2,780m)
Day 3: Shira Two (3,990m)
Day 4: Barranco (3,960m)
Day 5: Karanga Camp (4,035m)
Day 6: Barafu Camp (4,640m)
Day 7: Summit Attempt: Uhuru Peak (5,895m) - Millenium Hut (3,720m)
Day 8: Mewka Gate (1,630m)
Day 9: Mewka Gate (1,630m)
Day 10: Day in Moshi and evening flight home

Inclusions

Included

  • International airfares
  • Local guides
  • Scheduled hotel nights
  • Park Fees
  • Group climbing and cooking gear
  • Scheduled restaurant meals
  • Porters
  • Ground transportation in country
  • All accommodation based on two people sharing
  • All food whilst on trek and breakfast when city based
  • Professionally edited highlights video of your trip!
  • 24-hour emergency contact

Not Included

  • Personal equipment
  • Staff/guide gratuities
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Trip Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature: phone calls, laundry, room service etc.
  • Unscheduled hotels and restaurant meals
  • Visas where applicable
  • Lunch and dinner when city based

Map

USD 6,000 per person, based on two people sharing

Notes on our prices

**depending on routing, number of days on the mountain and additional trip arrangements pre & post expedition,