The Lemosho route is considered the most scenic trail on Kilimanjaro, granting panoramic vistas on various sides of the mountain. This route is ideal for beginners due to its low crowds and comes highly recommended for its beautiful scenery and stunning views.
Day 1: Arrive in Tanzania
After going through visa process, we meet our driver and vehicle and Transfer to Hotel. This is about a Forty minute drive and if there is little or no cloud you will get your first sighting of the Majestic Kilimanjaro.
On Arrival to the Hotel, which is set on the outskirts of Moshi Town in a beautiful quiet location, you will be allocated your rooms and the chance to freshen up.
If it is Lunchtime, we will have a leisurely lunch, paid for by Venture 2 Adventures. Later we will have dinner also hosted by Venture 2 Adventures.
After Dinner, we will have a Trek/Climb briefing and an equipment check. After this we will retire to our respective rooms for a good night’s sleep
Day 2: Day 1 on Kilimanjaro
Early Rise, Breakfast and vacate rooms.
After breakfast, we will travel by road to Londorossi Gate. This takes about 2 ½ hours. We go off the beaten track and you will see part of Rural Tanzania that most tourists miss.
At Londorossi we will sign in to the Mountain. We have to Register as the Parks Commission need to know how many people are on the Mountain. After registering, we drive for about 30 to 40 minutes to Lemosho, the start of our climb.
We start our trek and climb through the rain forest, this usually takes 2 to 3 hours depending on the fitness and speed of the group. The Africans say ‘POLE POLE’ which in English means slowly slowly – we have all the time in the world to get to our destination each day so there is no hurry.
When we reach our destination on our first day, Mti Mkubwa camp or more commonly known as the Forest Camp, we will be at a height of 2650m.
We will be given Tea and a snack, and later we will have dinner and then retire to our tents for the night after our daily briefing.
Day 3: Day 2 on Kilimanjaro
Early rise with a cup of tea or coffee and water for washing. We pack our kit in time for breakfast and start our hike to Shira 1, the next camp.
The distance we travel today is approximately 7km. We will emerge from the rain forest onto the Shira Plateau, the time to trek this distance is approx 4 to 5 hours. On arrival to Shira 1 Camp, we will have lunch and then rest up for a few hours. Later we have dinner and a briefing on the next day’s trek, our height will be 3610m.
Day 4: Day 3 on Kilimanjaro
Wake up call with Tea etc., pack kit and have breakfast. After breakfast we trek across the Shira Plateau to Shira 2 Camp, this will take approximately 4 to 4 ½ hours and the route is fairly easy going. We will walk about 10 km today and the altitude at Shira 2 is approx 3850m. We will have lunch when we arrive and then rest. After dinner we will have our daily trek brief and then off to bed.
Day 5: Day 4 on Kilimanjaro
Wake up call with tea etc., breakfast and start our trek to Baranco Hut. Today we will trek about 10 km. The terrain will get a bit rougher with the inclines being steeper etc. The climb today will take a bit longer today due to the terrain. We will have lunch en route at the Lava Tower camp, we will take about 5 to 6 hours to complete today’s trek.
When we arrive into Baranco Hut/Camp, elevation of 3900m, we will have Tea/Coffee and a snack. This place can be cold as it is situated on an outcrop and is in the shadow of the Kibo Summit and the Baranco wall, a rock formation. After dinner we have our daily brief before bed.
Point to note, most Phone Networks can be picked up so you can text or make a call home from here while standing on a particular rock!
Day 6: Day 5 on Kilimanjaro
Wake up call as usual with breakfast then we start our trek to Karanga camp. This is about 6km and will take approximately 4 hours. The first obstacle today is to climb the Baranco Wall. This is about a 1 hour scramble to the top. It is on a well marked path but still challenging, and a great sense of achievement is felt by everyone when we summit the ‘wall’. We carry on with our trek to Karanga camp which has an elevation of 3900m.
On arrival, we have Tea/coffee and a snack and later that evening we will have dinner, Trek brief then bed.
Day 7: Day 6 on Kilimanjaro
Wake up call as usual with breakfast and then Trek to Barafu Camp.
Today the trek is quite hilly, it is approx 4km in distance and will take about 4 hours. You will still be in the Alpine desert zone till you get to the Rocky outcrop known as Barafu Camp 4673m.
We have lunch on arrival and rest up for the day. Barafu can be cold so wrapping up is essential. After dinner we will have our briefing of details and timings for the night ahead for tonight we strike out for the summit Uhuru Peak.
Sleep and rest is essential. We rest up until our wake up call at 11pm. We will have tea and biscuits then get ready in line to begin our night Hike.
Day 8: Day 7 on Kilimanjaro
Midnight at Barafu Camp we start our hike to the summit via Stella’s Point. It will be cold and dark so you will need head torches and be well wrapped up. The first part of the climb is through a boulder field, then we zig zag up loose shale till we reach Stella’s Point 5685 m. This will take approximately 6 hours.
We take a small break here and then begin our ascent up to Uhuru Peak, this will take approx another 45 mins to an hour. We don’t spend too long here. We take the usual photographs and after about 30 mins we start to make our way back to Barafu Camp via Stella’s Point.
When we reach Barafu Camp (approx 10 am) we will have a short rest then lunch. After lunch we then trek back down to Mweka Camp, 3100m, this should take about 3 to 3 ½ hours and its downhill all the way. We spend our last night on Kilimanjaro here on the edge of the forest. We have dinner before our last trek brief and then bed. Mozzie/Bug Spray is recommended here, especially if there has been any rain.
Day 9: Day 8 on Kilimanjaro
Wake up call, Tea etc. then Breakfast. After breakfast we break camp and have our handing over of tips ceremony. This is a great experience to be part of and have your video cameras/phones etc. on record. You may even be asked to take part in the singing and dancing!
We start our Trek down to Mweka Gate where we end our Kilimanjaro Climb. We sign out of the Mountain and have lunch and hopefully a well earned beer at the base of Kilimanjaro.
We then Transfer by Road to our Moshi Hotel, get our rooms and have a refreshing shower. We relax for the afternoon/early evening and present the Certs for a successful climb. At approximately 7.30pm we will go into Moshi Town for a well deserved Celebration Dinner and to sample some of the Tanzanian Night life.
Day 10: Free Day
Breakfast and a free day until it’s time to depart for home or maybe a safari or even a trip to Zanzibar. If you wish to organise a second trip then please let us know at the time of booking your climb with us and we can arrange it for you.