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Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route Guided Walking Holiday
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Tour Summary


Maximise your chance of success on Kilimanjaro

· Kilimanjaro`s best traverse trek
· A vital extra day of acclimatisation enhancing summit success
· Kilimanjaro`s Shira Plateau and the Karanga Valley
· Great Value – Kilimanjaro park fees and all meals included

1 night hotel, 7 nights camping, 8 days trekking, Max altitude – 5894 metres, All meals included, Join in Arusha.

Tour Introduction


Starting out in the west and with a first day of trekking through dense stands of forest, rich in wildlife, the peaceful and relatively little-trekked Lemosho Route climbs to cross the scenic moorland of the Shira Plateau and offers great views of Kibo’s southern glaciers.

It is one of the quietest and most varied routes on the mountain and also the longest of the regular routes, with 8 days of trekking in all meaning you will be as well acclimatised as
possible before trekking to Kilimanjaro`s summit.

Our version of this great trek has 2 vital acclimatisation nights at the camp in the Karanga Valley, where the last reliable water on the mountain is found. From here, it is just a short hike to the highest camp at the Barafu Hut (4600m), which should put
everyone in good shape for the challenging summit day.

Adequate acclimatisation is key to making a successful ascent of this giant peak and the classic Lemosho Route is a logical choice for anyone who is happy to take the extra day’s holiday.

Success on the ascent


Success on Kilimanjaro is all about acclimatisation. At 5894 metres, this is a mountain of Himalayan proportions, but without the opportunity to gradually acclimatise on a walk-in through a region of foothills.

A poorly acclimatised person will not cope well with the Kilimanjaro climb and may even become quite ill during the ascent. We know that some companies offer an ascent of Kilimanjaro with just 6 days on the mountain. In our opinion, this at best risks your chance of reaching the highest point in Africa and, at worst, can threaten your health.

The Lemosho Route itinerary spends several nights at close to or at 4000 metres before moving on to complete the final 2 stages to the summit of Kilimanjaro. The extra time that we allow within this itinerary will make all the difference to your chance of success and also to your enjoyment of the trip.

On a 6-day ascent 5 or 6 people out of 10 will reach the summit, most of them having really struggled to get there. On an 8-day ascent with 2 nights at the Karanga Valley camp, 9 out of 10 on average will make the summit.

Day-by-Day Walking Holiday Itinerary


Day 1: Arusha

Rendezvous at Kilimanjaro Airport. Package services begin with a group transfer to the hotel in Arusha. Overnight at the group hotel.

Day 2: Londorossi Gate

Drive to the Londorossi Gate on Kilimanjaro. We start walking lthrough plantation pine forest and heather moorland. Arrive at our camp at Miti Kubwa (Big Tree) late afternoon.

Day 3: Shira Hut

Today, we trek across the attractive moorland of the Shira plateau, passing the Shira Hut and setting up camp about an hour beyond the hut. Camp (3800m).

Day 4: Shira Plateau

Continuing our ascent, we hike onwards across the spectacular Shira Plateau as our we acclimatise and enjoy our time on the glorious slopes of Kilimanjaro. Setting up camp early afternoon (3900m) we have time to adjust to the demands of altitude. Approx 3 to 4 hours walking.

Day 5: Shira Needle

Breaking camp early, we cross the plateau with the option to hike up the Shira Needle. As the landscape gives way from moorland to rocky alpine desert, we near the Baranco Hut and arrive at our campsite close by (3950m). Approx 5-6 hours walking

Day 6: Uhuru Peak

A short day today, as we take the steep trail that crosses the Baranco Wall, then follow an undulating path on the south side of Uhuru Peak to our camp in the Karanga Valley (4000m). Time to rest and expore, with views of the Southern Icefield.

Day 7: Barafu Hut

Another short day, but involving a steady climb across a rugged volcanic wilderness, with patches of vegetation, including giant lobelias. We overnight at a camp near the Barafu Hut (4600m), with Kibo rising above us to the north

Day 8: Uhuru Peak

An early start to climb to the crater rim at Stella Point. Following the crater rim we ascend to Uhuru Peak (5894m) to the highest point of all Africa. We descend to Mweka Camp (2950m).

Day 9: Rainforest to the roadhead.

Descend through rainforest to the roadhead. Drive to the group hotel (day room) where there will be time to wash.

Complimentary transfer to the airport, where Package services end.

Is this holiday for you?

Kilimanjaro is a big mountain and each of the trekking routes to its summit involves around 4000 metres of ascent.

Meandering its way across the Shira Plateau, the Lemosho Route is potentially the longest route on the mountain and this makes it arguably the easiest, since it provides more time for ascentionists to gain a reasonable level of acclimatisation ahead of the always difficult summit day. To improve our chances further still, we have included an extra rest and acclimatisation day in the Karanga Valley at around 4000 metres.

Generally, the trek is on good trails and is never very steep. With the exception of the summit day (which is very long) each of the trekking days is short, usually just 4 to 5 hours of walking, which gives us the afternoons to take it easy.

The summit day will present a considerable challenge to everyone, as much for the 3000 metres of descent as for the ascent.

Map & Route Information

Is this holiday for you?

Starting out in the west and with a first day of trekking through dense stands of forest, rich in wildlife, the peaceful and relatively little-trekked Lemosho Route climbs to trek across the scenic moorland of the Shira Plateau and offers great views of Kibo’s southern glaciers.

It is one of the quietest and most varied routes on the mountain and also the longest of the regular routes, with 8 days of trekking in all meaning you will be as well acclimatised as possible before trekking to Kilimanjaro`s summit.

Our version of this great trek spends 2 nights at the camp in the Karanga Valley, followed by a relatively short day to the highest camp at Barafu (4600m), which should put everyone in good shape for the challenging summit day.

Adequate acclimatisation is key to making a successful ascent of this giant peak and the classic Lemosho Route is a logical choice for anyone who is happy to take the extra day’s holiday.

The Secret of our Success on Kilimanjaro

Success on Kilimanjaro is all about acclimatisation. At 5894 metres, this is a mountain of Himalayan proportions, but without the opportunity to gradually acclimatise on a walk-in through a region of foothills. A poorly acclimatised person will not cope well with the Kilimanjaro climb and may even become quite ill during the ascent.

We know that some companies offer an ascent of Kilimanjaro with just 6 days on the mountain.

In our opinion, this at best risks your chance of reaching the highest point in Africa and, at worst, can threaten your health.

Lemosho Route itinerary several nights at close to 4000 metes before moving on to complete the final 2 stages to the summit of Kilimanjaro.

The extra time that we allow within this itinerary will make all the difference to your chance of success and also to your enjoyment of the trip.

On a 6-day ascent 5 or 6 people out of 10 will reach the summit, most of them having really struggled to get there.

On an 8-day ascent with 2 nights at the Karanga Valley camp, 9 out of 10 on average will make the summit.

Kilimanjaro Porter Assistance Project

We also make every effort to look after our local crews, who are, of course, fundamental to the success of our Kilimanjaro holidays.

works with the Kilimanjaro Porter Assistance Project and, in recognition of the quality of care we provide for our local staff, we are listed as a partner on the International Mountain Explorers Connection website.

Where is the starting point of the holiday?


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Tour Information

Holiday Information


What’s Included?

• A professional English speaking leader
• National Park Fees (worth $850)
• Kilimanjaro Airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 9
• All land transport involved in the itinerary
• All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
• All meals
• A full service on trek including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)

What’s Not Included

• Travel Insurance
• Tanzanian visa
• Tips for porters and other trek staff
• Miscellaneous expenses – drinks and souvenirs etc.

Meal Plan

All meals are included in the trip price from dinner on Day 1 until lunch on Day 9.

Accommodation

During this trip the group will spend one night at the Mount Meru Hotel, Arusha and will have use of a day room at the end of the trip.

Whilst on trek there will be a total of 7 nights camping.

All accommodation is allocated on a twin sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex.

It is possible to hire a single tent while on trek for an additional cost.

Please note: single tent hire does not include single rooms in hotels.

A single supplement for the group night can be arranged, as can additional hotel nights for clients arriving earlier or departing later than the trip dates.

For single tent hire costs, single supplement costs and additional hotel night costs, please refer to our website.

Is this holiday for you?

Kilimanjaro is a big mountain and each of the trekking routes to its summit involves around 4000 metres of ascent. Meandering its way across the Shira Plateau, the Lemosho Route is potentially the longest route on the mountain and this makes it arguably the easiest, since it provides more time for ascentionists to gain a reasonable level of acclimatisation ahead of the always difficult summit day.

To improve our chances further still, we have included an extra rest and acclimatisation day in the Karanga Valley at around 4000 metres. Generally, the trek is on good trails and is never very steep.

With the exception of the summit day (which is very long) each of the trekking days is short, usually just 4 to 5 hours of walking, which gives us the afternoons to take it easy. The summit day will present a considerable challenge to everyone, as much for the 3000 metres of descent as for the ascent.

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Your Prices

Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route, 9 days, 8 nights,
One night at the Mount Meru Hotel, Arusha and will have use of a day room at the end of the trip. Whilst on trek there will be a total of 7 nights camping.

Please call us on 0161 703 5819 for latest prices and availability.

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