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The Lemosho Route

The Lemosho route is as beautiful as it is remote, and gives a great chance of summit success.

Lemosho is a breath taking 42 mile round trip which begins at the fertile lush rainforest of the Londorossi Gate, located in the western base of mountain. Then heads across the Shira Plateau, before taking a southern circuit half way around the mountain. The result is that the climber is exposed to stunning views from all angles.

The summit approach will be from the east with the rising sun at your back.

Your climb will begin with a rest & acclimatisation Day at Ndoro Waterfalls, Marangu.

At the base of Mt Kilimanjaro, surrounded by lush landscapes, lie hidden waterfalls. You will have chance to experience this wonder of nature whilst acclimatising.

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After visiting the day care centre in western Kenya and seeing the amazing work that is being done by the charity I would do it all again in an instant.


James Wilson

Lemosho Factfile

95%
Summit Success Rate
70 km
Round
Trip
8 days
Trek
Duration

Options & Costs

Fundraising Option

(Includes Flights) Raise £3,670
How It Works?

Includes

  • Full ground price for the chosen route
  • Flights from Heathrow
  • Accommodation in Moshi for 3 nights in the Keys Annexe Hotel (twin, B&B)
  • Jeep or coach transport to the mountain gate from and to Moshi
  • Park fees, camping fees and park rescue fees
  • Park certified guides (ratio of 1:2 or 1:3 depending on number of climbers)
  • Porters and cooks, plus equipment and tents for them
  • All camping equipment including sleeping tents with mattresses (except sleeping bag)
  • Nasio Expedition Manager
  • Meals on the mountain - fresh food, 3 meals per day

Climb Only Option

(No Flights) Pay £2,070
How It Works?

Includes

  • Full ground price for the chosen route
  • Accommodation in Moshi for 3 nights in the Keys Annexe Hotel (twin, B&B)
  • Jeep or coach transport to the mountain gate from and to Moshi
  • Park fees, camping fees and park rescue fees
  • Park certified guides (ratio of 1:2 or 1:3 depending on number of climbers)
  • Porters and cooks, plus equipment and tents for them
  • All camping equipment including sleeping tents with mattresses (except sleeping bag)
  • Nasio Expedition Manager
  • Meals on the mountain - fresh food, 3 meals per day
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Only £250

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To secure your place we ask for a deposit of £250 on booking (which is included in the advertised trip fee). The balance is then due 4 weeks prior to your trip start date.

Example Lemosho Itinerary

Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkumbwa (2,650m)

  • Hike time: 3 hrs
  • Elevation Change: 650 m
  • Estimation distance: 10 km
  • Final Elevation: 2,650 m

After the morning 4×4 experience we gain access to the trailhead you may spend the first day with an armed ranger due to the animal population in this forest area, stopping at the Mti Mkumbwa Camp after only about 3 hours of climbing.

Day 1

Mti Mkubwa (2,650m) to Shira One Camp (3,609m)

  • Hike time: 5 to 6 hrs
  • Elevation change: 950 m
  • Estimation distance: 12 km
  • Final Elevation: 3609 m

This day starts in the forest and gets considerably steeper as you go through the heather and moorland areas before camping at the Shira Plateau in a large, open, and scenic area at the Shira One Camp.

Day 2

Shira One Camp (3,609m) to Shira Two Camp (3,849m)

  • Hike time: 5 to 6 hrs
  • Elevation change: 240 m
  • Elevation distance: 5 km
  • Final elevation: 3849 m

This day takes you on a gentle walk across the plateau for some excellent scenery while your body continues to acclimatize. An acclimatization excursion up to ‘The Cathedral’ and a lesson on ancient history completes the day nicely.

Day 3

Shira Two Camp (3,849m) to Barranco Camp (3,948m)

  • Hike time: 5 hrs
  • Elevation change: 100 m
  • Estimated distance: 6 km
  • Final elevation: 3948 m

The morning climb is somewhat steep on this day as you ascend to Lava Tower at 4,600 meters at midday before descending again on the scenic route to Barranco Camp. This is a great example of the climb high/sleep low rule that helps people acclimatize safely.

Day 4

Barranco Hut (3,900m) to Karanga Valley (3,963m)

  • Hike time: 3 to 4 hrs
  • Elevation change: 100 m
  • Estimated distance: 4 km
  • Final elevation: 3,963 m

You climb the Great Barranco Wall, which looks more intimidating than it really is, and down into the Karanga Valley. This day has many ups and downs and crosses many small streams before crossing the Karanga River just before camp.

Day 5

Karanga Valley (3,963m) to Barafu Hut (4,600m)

  • Hike time: 3 to 4 hrs
  • Elevation change: 600 m
  • Estimated distance: 4 km
  • Final elevation: 4,600 m

You climb through rocky and otherwise barren terrain on your way to Barafu Camp. The camp is in another cold and windy area, but you’ll only be sleeping from around 7 p.m. until 11: 30 p.m. or so because you’ll be starting the summit climb at midnight.

Day 6

Barafu Camp (4,600m) to The Summit (5,896m) and to Mweka Camp

  • Summit time: 7 hrs
  • Elevation change: 1,300 m
  • Estimated distance: 5 km
  • Final elevation: 5,896 m
  • Descent time: 5 hrs
  • Elevation drop: 2,800 m
  • Estimated distance: 12km
  • Final elevation: 3,100 m

You’ll start at midnight with by far the most challenging 6-hour section of entire climb as you reach Stella Point around sunrise.

After a short rest you’ll probably be walking in snow for the next two hours until you reach Uhuru Peak, AKA the summit!

After enjoying the moment you’ll begin your descent to the Mweka Camp back in the rain forest, which takes about 8 hours including a quick rest in the middle.

Day 7

Mweka Hut (3,100m) to Mweka Gate (1,828m)

  • Descent time: 4 hrs
  • Elevation drop: 1,250 m
  • Estimated distance: 10 km
  • Final elevation: 1,828 m

After the previous day you’ll deserve this short and very scenic descent of about 4 hours down to the Mweka Gate, where you’ll sign the register to make your climb official.

Enjoy the bottle of Kilimanjaro Beer waiting for you at the bottom. The day is finished off by the porters singing their famous Kilimanjaro song.

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Lemosho Climb Dates

October 2017

13th Oct 2017
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July 2018

29th Jul 2018
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August 2018

5th Aug 2018
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September 2018

2nd Sep 2018
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23rd Sep 2018
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October 2018

7th Oct 2018
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December 2018

23rd Dec 2018
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Extend Your Trip

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3 Day Masai Mara Safari

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