7 – 8 days Lemosho Route
Day 1: Londorosi Gate (2100masl) – Mti Mkubwa Camp (2821masl)
Habitat: Motane forest
Distance: Approximately 5.4kms
Hiking time: 3hrs
You will leave from your hotel towards Londorosi Gate, at which point you will sign onto the mountain and drive another 12kms to the starting point at 1244masl. A hike through this wonderful home of a thousand species of wildlife should welcome you to Kilimanjaro. The short distance from the gate to the camp should warm you up and get you prepared for the next day.
Day 2: Mti Mkubwa Camp (2821masl) – Shira Two Camp (3875masl)
Distance: Approximately 15.6kms
Hiking time: 8hrs
Your journey today is interesting, long and rises beautifully, exposing the landscape along the way. Now you can clearly see the ice cones and domes of the heather plants. Shira Two Camp is in the semi-desert zone and wonderfully located in an area where the scene is breathtaking. You will have dinner and stay overnight at Shira Two Camp.
Day 3: Shira Two Camp (3875masl) – Lava Tower (4642masl) – Barranco Camp (3984masl)
Distance: Approximately 10.3kms
Hiking time: 8hrs
You will start from Shira Two Camp after breakfast and follow the path that cuts through the arid zone. A hike to the Lava Tower at (4642masl) makes your journey to Barranco at 3984masl a downhill trek. It is good acclimatisation to climb higher and camp a little lower. You will have dinner and overnight at Barranco.
Day 4: Barranco camp (3984masl) – Karanga camp ();
Habitat: Alpine desert
The path is short but adventurous. It ensures that you hike through a very steep gorge and ridges. The wonderful land consists of rivers, huge rocks and stone scree, senacio species and heather among other beautiful species. You will have lunch, dinner and overnight at Karanga camp.
Day 5: Karanga camp () – Barafu camp (4681masl);
Habitat: Alpine desert
Distance: Hiking time:
A walk through this desert lands can give someone an impression of being in another world. The lava cones you were seeing from a distance are now very close and they suddenly look alive. The snow-capped Kibo on your left looks attractively dressed in white. You should be at Barafu by at least afternoon where you will have a lunch and spend the rest of the day resting and getting prepared for the summit. Your evening meal will be served early at 5:30pm or 6:00pm to give you more time to rest and prepare for the long night ahead. At 11:30pm you shall be woken for a cup of tea and some biscuits and have a little time to do your final preparations.
Day 6: Barafu camp (4681masl) – Uhuru peak (5895masl) – Mweka camp (3090masl)
Habitat: Rocks, stone scree and snow lands
Distance: Approximately 4.5kms ascent and 10.8kms descent
Hiking time: Approximately 8hrs to Uhuru and 6 – 8hrs to Mweka.
The journey to Uhuru should begin at midnight. The zigzag path cuts through a steep land of rocks and stone scree. Now we are in the land of the cold and wind and the ice lands above Stella Point has given a path to Uhuru which you will trek through. At Uhuru Peak, you will have a little time for photos, to admire the scenery and think about your achievement before starting the journey back to Barafu Camp. It should not take too long to arrive at Barafu where you will rest for a while before starting the trek to Mweka Camp a little lower. Mweka camp is at the edge of the forest zone and the climate here is almost that of the lower lands. Once at Mweka Camp, you will be offered a washing bowl with water to refresh yourself before having dinner and retiring to sleep.
Day 7: Mweka camp (3090masl) – Mweka gate (1641masl);
Distance: Approximately 8.5kms
Hiking time: At least 6hrs
The path passes through the forest on a gentle slope land. For plant lovers this zone creates the impression of being a little hidden paradise. If you are lucky enough you may spot an antelope picking leaves or berries, or a Black and White Colobus monkey in the trees. You will be given your certificate at the gate before shaking hands with the rest of the crew for your final farewell. Your incredible journey will end at the hotel.