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Climb the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro via the scenic lemosho route. The lesser-known route begins on the western side of Kilimanjaro. It seems to be an ideal pick due to ideal balance of low crowds, beautiful scenery and a high summit success rate. The trip will begin in Arusha, a long drive from Moshi to londorossi gate will take you to the starting point of the trek. You will spend your first two days crossing a thick rainforest which with then give way to moorland. There will be several steep passages taking you through dramatic landscape.

This tour is offered by Simba Paka Safaris.

Departure Kilimanjaro International Airport
Includes
  • Accommodation
  • Transport
  • Permit and entrance fee
  • Guiding fee
  • Meals
  • Bottled mineral water
  • Camping equipment tents

Itinerary

Day 1 : Kilimanjaro airport – Arusha

You will be transferred from Kilimanjaro airport to your hotel in Arusha and spend the rest of your day relaxing and exploring Arusha town.

Day 2 : Arusha – big tree camp ( 2780m )

Pick up in the morning to londorossi gate ( 2250m). you will do your registration and proceed to the starting point of your trek. The trail leads through an unspoilt natural forest to get to the big tree camp. As this region is also a home of wild animals, you will be accompanied by a game ranger during the first two days of your trek.

Day 3 : big tree camp ( 2780m) – shira camp 2 ( 3900m)

After your overnight and breakfast, continue with your trek to shira camp 1 and stop for your lunch. You will enjoy fantastic views of mt meru and the rift valley. After lunch proceed to shira camp 2 and enjoy the wonderful view of the kibo summit at sunset. Dinner and overnight at shira camp 2.

Day 4 : shira camp 2 ( 3900m ) – barranco camp ( 3960m )

On this day you will climb approximately 700m which will help in acclimatization. The trek begins with a long ascent above the shira plateau in the direction of lava tower.
Passing through the barranco valley with its lobelia and giant senecio plants, you will arrive at the barranco camp after 6-7 hrs

Day 5 : barranco camp ( 3960m ) – karanga camp ( 4035m )

Today you will tackle the steepest part of the entire route- the barranco wall. After reaching the top, you will walk along the mountain ridge from where you will see fantastic views of the southern glacier of kibo as well of that of kibo summit. You will arrive at karanga camp.

Day 6 : karanga camp ( 4035m ) – barafu camp ( 4640m )

The trail passes through an alpine desert until you reach barafu camp. Spend the rest of the day relaxing preparing fpr the summit attempt which will take place the following day .

Day 7 : summit attempt – barafu camp ( 4640m) – mweka camp ( 3080m )

The climb begins at around midnight. You will start walking on frozen lava ash by your torchlight. After 6-7 hrs you will arrive at stella point ( 5730m ) the crater rim of mt kilimanjaro . climb foagain for about 2 hours along the crater ridge to the summit of uhuru peak. After spending your time here, you will get back to barafu camp, have your lunch and rest inorder to make a way down to mweka camp.

Day 8 : mweka camp ( 3080m ) – mweka gate ( 1630 m ) – Arusha

The final leg of your adventure will begin after your breakfast with atraditional farewell ceremony from the mountain crew. There after you will descend through the rainforest and continue to mweka gate where you will be transferred to your hotel.

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