The Lemosho Route, starting on the western side of Mount Kilimanjaro, offers a breathtaking and less traveled path to the summit. It is a longer route that allows for better acclimatization and higher success rates.

The Lemosho Route, starting on the western side of Mount Kilimanjaro, offers a breathtaking and less traveled path to the summit. It is a longer route that allows for better acclimatization and higher success rates.

The Lemosho Route is a scenic and less crowded option for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

>>Arrive in Arusha

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport where you are met after passing through customs. Transfer to African Tulip and have a comprehensive briefing and equipment check with your climbing manager and your guide. Overnight at African Tulip. (Bed and Breakfast)

>>TREK DAY 1: Arusha to Forest Camp

7,742 ft to 9,498 ft, 4 miles, approx. 3-4 hours

From Arusha, set out in vehicles for the long drive to the starting point of the Lemosho Trail, the Londorossi Gate. Approaching the mountain from the west, the Lemosho Route starts in the Afromontane Rainforest, which is the first of four ecological zones you encounter on Kilimanjaro. Here you meet the rest of your crew and set off at a leisurely pace while keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife. Lunch is taken on the trail and camp is reached mid-afternoon. Overnight at Forest Camp. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

>> TREK DAY 2: Forest Camp to Moir Hut Camp

9,498 ft to 11,500 ft, 5 miles, approx. 5-6 hours

From the forested slopes of Lemosho you ascend through a podocarpus and juniper forest and then break out on to a zone of heather and lichen-draped volcanic rock and the Shira Plateau, which used to be Kilimanjaro’s third peak before it collapsed. Lunch is taken on the trail and you arrive in camp mid-afternoon. The view of Kibo (the peak of Kilimanjaro) is breathtaking from this vantage point. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

>>TREK DAY 3: Moir Hut Camp to Barranco Camp

13,800 ft to 15,223 ft (Lava Tower), down to 13,044 ft, 7km, 4-6 hours
From Moir you traverse the slopes of Kibo. Here relatively little flora or fauna can survive the
extreme temperature ranges and conditions that typify this zone. Lunch is normally taken close to a volcanic rock formation known as the Lava Tower. If you feel very strong there is an optional ascent of the 300-foot-tall Lava Tower before descending down to Barranco camp in the afternoon, passing through the strange yet beautiful ‘Garden of the Senecios’ (giant groundsel) which also features many giant lobelias. The Barranco Valley is one of the prettiest areas of the entire trail. Overnight at Barranco Camp. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

>>TREK DAY 4: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
13,044 ft to 13,123 ft, 3 miles, 4-5 hours
You now have a relatively short day to reach Karanga Camp, after conquering the intimidating Barranco Wall. Be prepared to use all four limbs as you traverse the wall to the top of the Karanga Valley. From here, follow a path that sojourns through many inclines and declines to Karanga Camp, arriving in the late afternoon. Our selection of Karanga Camp is strategic – significant time at altitude is essential for safe acclimatization. Sunsets here are particularly spectacular with views of the southern glacial valleys and ice fields towering over 3000 feet above you. Overnight at Karanga Camp. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

>> TREK DAY 5: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
15,288 ft to 19,341 ft to 12,467 ft, 3 miles ascent, 7 miles descent, 7-8 hours ascent, 4-6 hours descent
Today is another half day ascending to Barafu Camp. Once again lunch is taken in this high
camp, allowing plenty of time to relax before the summit bid. Desolate alpine desert and, at times, strong winds rip over this camp, yet in the evenings splendid views of Mawenzi peak are the norm. A relatively early dinner is taken before resting for the evening. Overnight at Barafu Camp. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

>> TREK DAY 6: Barafu to the Summit to Mweka Camp
12,467 ft to 5,380 ft, 6 miles, 3-4 hours
Depart just before midnight for the final summit bid. Patience and persistence is the name of game to reach the summit, and this is the coldest, windiest section of your adventure. Most likely by dawn, as the first rays of light start to appear across the Tanzanian landscape, you
arrive near the rim at Stella Point, at an altitude of 18,652ft. Here, you are rewarded with the most glorious sunrise you are ever likely to see, appearing over Mawenzi Peak. Ascending via Stella Point affords a relatively short final section to Uhuru Peak, the Roof of Africa! Take as many pictures as you can! After a short celebration at the summit, begin the ebullient trek down. Go slowly and enjoy the wonderful rainforest scenery as you head towards Mweka Camp, arriving before dusk. With every step the air has more and more oxygen so although your legs will be jelly your heart will be light. Overnight Mweka Camp. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

>>TREK DAY 7: Mweka Camp to Arusha
After breakfast you descend once again through montane forest and at around midday, after saying farewell to your crew, you are picked up and transferred back to your hotel for a well- deserved shower and a celebratory dinner!
Hours trekking: 4-7

>> TREK DAY 8: Departure
Today you have a dayroom to pack, freshen up, and get ready for your flight home or your onward adventures in East Africa.

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