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Lemosho Route 8 Days:
8 days trekking from moshi;6 and half days ascending,1 and half day descending.

Length:
98 km./61 mi total:60km/37mi ascent:38km/24mi descent.

Elevation:
40,065m/13,340ft gain;3,915m/12,840ft descent londorossi gate(2,250m/7,380ft to uhuru peak (5,895m19,340ft)and descent to Mweka gate (61,980m/6,500ft).

Description:
Lemosho route is an unspoiled,remote,little-used, and beautiful way to the Shira plateau.Above the plateau,you approach kilimanjaro’s great western breach,then follow the circuit to reach the easier Barafu Route.

 

   
     
     
     

Lemosho Itinerary:
Day 1: Moshi (915m/3,000ft) to Londorossi Gate (2,250m/7,380ft)to the Lemosho Glades (2,000m/6,560ft) to Mti mkubwa camp(2,750m/9,020ft)8km 3-4hours mountane forest.

Drive from Moshi or Arusha to the londorossi park Gate,from here follow a forest track in a 4x4 vihecle sharing for 11km(45 minutes to Lemosho Glades and possible campsite from the Glades,walk for 3 hours along beautiful forest trails to the Mti mkubwa (Big tree) campsite.

Day 2: Mti mkubwa Camp(2,750m/9,020) to Shira 1 Camp (3,500m/11,485ft)16km, 9-10hrs semi desert.

The trail gradually steepens enters the giant heather Moorland zone,then crosses the Shira Ridge at 3,600m/11,810ft and drops gently to Shira 1 Camp located by a stream on the Shira Plateau.

Day 3: Shira 1 Camp (3,500m/11,485ft) to Shira 2 Camp (3,840m/12,600ft)13km 7-9hrs.

A gentle walk across the plateau leads to Shira 2 Camp on moorland meadows by stream.A variety of walks are available on the plateau marking this an excellent acclimatization day.

Day 4: Shira 2 Camp(3,840m/12,600ft) to Lava Tower (4,630m/15,190ft) to Barranco Camp (3,950m/12,960ft)7km 4-6hrs Semi-desert.

After breakfast, you will hike east up steepening parth above the highst vegetation kilimanjaro’s looming mass.After several hours you walk through a rocky landscape to reach the prominent landmark called Lava Tower at 4,630 m/15,190ft.This chunky reminant of kilimanjaro’s earlier volcanic activity is several hundred feet high, and the trail passes right bellow it,for extra credit the sure-footed can scramble to the tower.After a lunch stop near Lava Tower descend for 2hrs.
Below the lower cliffs of the western breach and breach wall to Barranco Camp at 3,950m/12960ft there are numerous photo opportunities on this hike.

   
   
   
   
   
   
   

Day 5: Barranco camp to Karanga Camp elevation (13,000ft to 13,100ft)5km hiking time 4-5 hrs,Habitat Alpine desert.

After breakfast we leave Barranco Camp and continue on steep ridge passing the Barranco wall to the Karanga valley camp site.This is a short day meant for acclimatization.

Day 6 Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp,Elevation(13,100ft to 15,300ft) 4km hiking time 4-5hrs Habitat Alpine desert.

After breakfast,we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka trail.We continue up to the Barafu Hut,at this point you have completed the south circuit,which offers the views of summit from many different angles,here we make Camp, rest, enjoy dinner and prepare for the summit day.The two peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi are to be seen from this position.

Day 7 Barafu Hut to Summit to Mweka Hut,elevation (15,300ft to19,345ft)and down to 10,000ft,5km ascent/12km descent,Hiking time 7-8 hrs ascent/4-6 hrs descent,Habitat Artic.

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2am),we continue our way to the summit between the rebmann and Ratzel glaciers.You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella point on the crater rim.This is the most mentally an physically challenging portion of the trek.
At Stella point (18,600ft) you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see weather permitting).From Stella point you may encounter snow all the way on your 1hour ascent to the Summit. At Uhuru peak,you have reached the highest point of mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit.
From the Summit, we now make our descent straight to the Mweka hut Camp site,stoping at Barafu for lunch.Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest an mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

Day 8 Mweka Camp to Moshi,elevation (10,000ft to 5,400ft) 10km,Hiking time 3-4 hrs,Habitat Rain Forest.

After breakfast,we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevation, it can be wet and muddy, Gaiters and trekking poles will help,Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

 

     
 

 

   
 
     
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