Lemosho Route

6 Days Lemosho Route Itinerary

  • Drive from Moshi or Arusha to Londorossi Park Gate (2250 m, 2 hours). From here a forest track requiring a 4WD vehicle leads to Lemosho Glades (2100 m, 11 km, 45 minutes) and a possible campsite (park fees are not paid to camp here). Walk along forest trails to Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite, (2750 m, 3 hours).

  • The trail gradually steepens and enters the giant heather moorland zone. Several streams are crossed then it gains the Shira Ridge at about 3600 m and drops gently down to Shira 1 camp located by a stream on the Shira Plateau (3500 m, 5 hours). This campsite could be omitted.

  • A gentle walk across the plateau leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream (3850 m, 1.5 hours). A variety of walks are available on the Plateau making this an excellent acclimatization day.

  • Continue east towards Kibo passing the junction, then east towards the Lava Tower. Shortly after this, you descend to Barranco hut (3940 m, 4 hours).

  • A short scramble to the top of the Great Barranco and then a traverse over scree and ridges to the Karanga Valley (4000 m, 3 hours), beneath the icefalls of the Heim, Kersten and Decken Glaciers. After climbing out of the Karanga Valley the trail ascends a ridge to the Barafu Hut, a bleak location with little vegetation at 4600 m, (3 hours walking).

  • n early start for the ascent to the rim of the Kibo Crater between the Rebmann and Ratzel Glaciers, (4 hours); the last section before the rim can sometimes be snow-covered and an ice-axe or ski stick is useful for balance. From here a further hour leads to Uhuru Peak, from where there are often fine views of Meru to the west and the jagged peak of Mawenzi to the east. Descend to the Barafu Hut for a rest and lunch before continuing on down to camp at Mweka Hut in the giant heather zone on the forest edge. Those with energy on the summit may wish to descend to the Reutsh Crater and visit the dramatic ice pinnacles of the Eastern Icefields.

    The standard Lemosho route takes 7 days on the mountain, and is sometimes extended to 8 days with a stay at Karanga Valley.

8 Days Lemosho Route Itinerary

  • Pick from the Airport (KIA), Drive to the preferred Hotel in Moshi for Briefing, Orientation, Equipment Check, Dinner and Overnight.

  • Drive from Moshi or Arusha to Londorossi Park Gate (2250 m, 2 hours). From here a forest track requiring a 4WD vehicle leads to Lemosho Glades (2100 m, 11 km, 45 minutes) and a possible campsite (park fees are not paid to camp here). Walk along forest trails to Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite, (2750 m, 3 hours).

  • The trail gradually steepens and enters the giant heather moorland zone. Several streams are crossed then it gains the Shira Ridge at about 3600 m and drops gently down to Shira 1 camp located by a stream on the Shira Plateau (3500 m, 5 hours). This campsite could be omitted.

  • A gentle walk across the plateau leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream (3850 m, 1.5 hours). A variety of walks are available on the Plateau making this an excellent acclimatization day.

  • Continue east towards Kibo passing the junction, then east towards the Lava Tower. Shortly after this, you descend to Barranco hut (3940 m, 4 hours).

  • A short scramble to the top of the Great Barranco and then a traverse over scree and ridges to the Karanga Valley (4000 m, 3 hours), beneath the icefalls of the Heim, Kersten and Decken Glaciers. After climbing out of the Karanga Valley the trail ascends a ridge to the Barafu Hut, a bleak location with little vegetation at 4600 m, (3 hours walking).

  • An early start for the ascent to the rim of the Kibo Crater between the Rebmann and Ratzel Glaciers, (4 hours); the last section before the rim can sometimes be snow-covered and an ice-axe or ski stick is useful for balance. From here a further hour leads to Uhuru Peak, from where there are often fine views of Meru to the west and the jagged peak of Mawenzi to the east. Descend to the Barafu Hut for a rest and lunch before continuing on down to camp at Mweka Hut in the giant heather zone on the forest edge. Those with energy on the summit may wish to descend to the Reutsh Crater and visit the dramatic ice pinnacles of the Eastern Icefields.

  • Transfer from the hotel to the Airport.

    END OF TOUR

    The standard Lemosho route takes 8 days on the mountain, and is sometimes extended to 9 days with a stay at Karanga Valley.

    • Two nights accommodation at the Keys Hotel in Moshi  (before and after the climb)
      • First night includes breakfast
      • Last night includes dinner & breakfast
    • Return transportation from Moshi to/from the starting/finishing point on the mountain
    • Qualified guides with mountain crew
    • National park fees
    • Hut accommodation
    • Cutlery / Crockery / Eating utensils
    • Rescue Fees
    • Pulse oximeters
    • First aid kit
    • Guides, porters, cook, waiter salaries
    • Boiled water on the mountain
    • All meals on the mountain (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
    • Guides, porters, waiter, cook accommodation and entry fees on the mountain
    • Single rooms supplement at Keys Hotel (except on the 1 person rate)
    • Airport transfers
    • Guides, Porters, Cook & Waiters tips
    • Meals and drinks not specified
    • Gear for your climb
    • Items of personal nature
    • Additional nights beyond the two standard hotel nights included
    • Visas
    • Emergency oxygen
6 Days Trekking (Per Person) $1700
7 Days Trekking  (Per Person) $1850
8 Days Trekking  (Per Person) $2000
9 Days Trekking  (Per Person) $2200

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