Walk this less-trekked and scenic route
The world’s second highest free standing mountain is calling to you. Travel to Tanzania for 12 days of trekking up the western Lemosho route of Mount Kilimanjaro. You and your group will cross the caldera of Shira Volcano, the southern ice fields of Kibo, and the long flat Shira plateau. This is one of the moderate routes to the top, which gives you the best chance of summiting.
● Reach the top of the second highest mountain in the world
● Eight days of climbing designed to maximize your time in the beautiful natural
● Climb up Barranco Wall
● See the sunrise over Stella Point on summit day
The trip begins in Arusha where you will meet your guides and the rest of the group. The trek itself starts in Lemosho Forest at 2650 metres. Each day, there are five to ten hours of hiking with a combination of ascents and descents to help you acclimatise.
Porters will assist with carrying camping gear and luggage. This frees you up to focus on your climb and the incredible scenery around you. It’s fascinating to watch the landscape change as you climb up to almost 6000 metres. Don’t miss this grand adventure.
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Why We Love This Adventure
- A fantastic eight-day route, carefully designed to maximise time in remote wilderness
- Extra day to aid acclimatisation
- To stand on top of the largest freestanding mountain in the world - Kilimanjaro
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There will be a trip briefing this afternoon/evening. Please bring with you your passport and insurance details, and your air ticket details. The briefing will cover all aspects of your trip and will include the distribution of any hired equipment you have booked. *Comfortable Hotel*.
In the morning we transfer to Londorossi (2250 m), passing between the slopes of Kilimanjaro and the horseshoe-shaped volcanic crater of Mt. Meru (a distance of about 120 km). After completing the necessary registration formalities, we drive on for a short distance through farmland and plantations to reach the Lemosho roadhead. The last 5 km of the road to the park gate is of poor quality, particularly after rain, and the drive there should be considered part of the adventure. We often have our lunch in the glades before starting to walk. It is an easy day of walking up a small path through beautiful and lush forest, this area has a variety of game including buffalo. We camp at Lemosho Forest camp (2650 m). Approx 3-4 hours walking. *Full-service Camping*.
The trail starts out in the lush rich montane forest before ascending into the moorland zone of giant heather. The trail climbs steadily with views across the plains opening out as we reach the rim of the Shira Plateau. There is a tangible sense of wilderness especially if the afternoon mists come in. We camp in the centre of the plateau at Shira One (3550 m). Approx 6-7 hours walking. *Full-service Camping*.
A day to help acclimatisation and to explore the grassy moorland and the volcanic rock formations of the plateau. We walk to the summit of Shira Cathedral, a huge buttress of rock surrounded by steep spires and pinnacles. The views from our camp near Shira Hut (3840m) of Mt. Meru floating on the clouds are simply unforgettable. The afternoon is free to relax. Approx 4-5 hours walking. *Full-service Camping*.
A morning of gentle ascent and panoramic views, walking on lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. After lunch near the Lava Tower junction (4550m), we descend to the bottom of the Great Barranco valley (3900m), sheltered by towering cliffs and with extensive views of the plains far below. Approx 5-7 hours walking. *Full-service Camping*.
A short steep climb up the famed Barranco Wall leads us to an undulating trail on the south-eastern flank of Kibo, with superb vistas of the southern icefields. The terrain changes to volcanic scree, with pockets of lush vegetation in sheltered hollows, and a powerful sense of mountain wilderness. Our next camp is at Karanga (4000m) a short distance away. The valley floor has the last water point on the approach to Barafu and we camp on the higher sides of the valley with views towards the glaciers of the southern icefields. Approx 4-5 hours walking. *Full-service Camping*.
The trail follows a path on compacted scree with wide views ahead including the Barafu Ridge where our camp lies. The trail climbs unrelentingly to reach the Barafu campsite (4600m) for lunch, after which there is a short acclimatisation walk to the plateau at the bottom of the southeast valley (4800m). The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent and includes a very early night. Approx 3-5 hours walking. *Full-service Camping*.
We will start our ascent by torchlight around midnight so that we can be up on the crater rim by sunrise. The steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zigzags and a slow but steady pace will take us to Stella Point (5735m), in about five or six hours. We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the two hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,895m), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Barafu is surprisingly fast, and after some refreshments we continue to descend to reach our final campsite (3800m) at Millenium camp. Most of us will be too tired to notice the beauty of the forest surrounding the crowded campsite. This is an extremely long and hard day with between 11 and 15 hours of walking at high altitude. *Full-service Camping*.
This day is a sustained descent on a well-constructed path through lovely tropical forest alive with birdsong and boasting lush undergrowth with considerable botanical interest. Our route winds down to the national park gate at Mweka (1650m); and on through coffee and banana farms to Mweka village. The shower, the beer, and the swimming pool are tantalisingly close! We return by bus to Arusha (a distance of about 100 km). Approx 4-6 hours walking. *Comfortable Hotel*.
The morning can be spent resting in the hotel garden by the pool or exploring Arusha for souvenirs for those on group flights. Those not flying back to UK with the group will leave us in Arusha.
- All breakfasts, 8 lunches and 9 dinners
- All accommodation (see below)
- All transport and listed activities
- Tour leader throughout
- Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
- Kilimanjaro Park Fee
Trip Duration10 days
Average Group Sizemin 4, max 16
In the itinerary we state which meals are included on which day. On trek the emphasis is on a varied and well balanced diet with a greater amount of fresh fruit and soup to maximise the daily intake of fluids.Vegetarians are well catered for but please inform us before departure of any special dietary requests. Please note that in Tanzania the availability of certain specialised products for restricted diets, e.g. gluten-free or dairy-free, is minimal or non-existent and we strongly recommend you bring these specialised dietary items from home.
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Dates & Availability
- 14 Mar 2019 – 23 Mar 2019
- 09 Jun 2019 – 18 Jun 2019
- 09 Jul 2019 – 18 Jul 2019
- 19 Jul 2019 – 28 Jul 2019
- 29 Aug 2019 – 07 Sep 2019
- 07 Sep 2019 – 16 Sep 2019
- 19 Sep 2019 – 28 Sep 2019
- 26 Sep 2019 – 05 Oct 2019
- 06 Oct 2019 – 15 Oct 2019
- 17 Oct 2019 – 26 Oct 2019
- 05 Nov 2019 – 14 Nov 2019
- 19 Dec 2019 – 28 Dec 2019
- 03 Jan 2020 – 12 Jan 2020
- 16 Jan 2020 – 25 Jan 2020
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