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The Lemosho 8 day trek is a popular route for those looking to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. The route begins in the west and approaches the mountain from the south. It is known for its scenic beauty and high success rate, making it a great choice for those looking for a challenging yet rewarding trek.
The Lemosho 8 day trek starts with a drive to the Londorossi Gate, where climbers will register and meet their guides and porters. From there, they will continue to the Lemosho trailhead and begin their ascent through the lush rainforest. The first day of the trek is a relatively easy one, with a gradual incline and a chance to acclimatize to the altitude.
Over the course of the next few days, climbers will pass through a variety of landscapes, including heath, moorland, and alpine desert. They will also have the opportunity to see a wide range of wildlife, including monkeys, antelopes, and birds. The trek culminates with a final push to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak, which stands at an elevation of 5,895 meters (19,341 feet).
Lemosho 8 days route summary
Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
2 Hours Before Flight Time
Sote Tours staff will be waiting at arrival will meet you and will escort you to the waiting vehicle for loading your luggage then drive you to the Hotel in Moshi town. After checking in the hotel you will get briefing about your next day’s trek then your mountain guide will check your gears. The rest of the day can be spent relaxing at the pool or exploring the town of Moshi.
Accommodation at Panama Garden Resort
After an early breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up from Moshi and driven to the Londorossi gate. At the gate, the porters will organize and pack the belongings for the hike while you and your waiting lounge registering with the Tanzania National Park (TANAPA). You will then begin your ascent into the rainforest. During this section of the hike, you should expect rain, mud, and fog. Also, be on the lookout for wildlife, including Colobus monkeys! About halfway up the trail, you will have a lunch break and you will reach the Forest Camp in the late afternoon or early evening. The porters and chef who move very fast up the mountain will reach camp before you and set up your tents, boil drinking water, and prepare snacks for your arrival. After washing up, a hot dinner will be served followed by overnight.
Begin Lemosho Route 8 Days, 7 nights Lemosho starts today.
Elevation: 2,100m to 2,750 m
Distance: 9 km
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Montane Forest
This is an acclimatization trek because you will gain over 650m by starting walking across a beautiful valley outside the Shira caldera rim (3600m). After few hours you will reach Shira caldera. A high-altitude desert, Shira is one among the three peaks which erupted in the Kilimanjaro ecosystem. The peak later collapsed and formed a crater which eventually became filled with the lava flow from Kibo Peak. Its rim is eroded and blasted away by weather and volcanic action. Camp and overnight at 3500m elevation at the Shira one campsite.
Elevation: 2,750m to 3,540m
Hiking time: 8 hours
Habitat: Moorland and heather land
This spectacular camp we will be going to today is located beneath the Northern Ice Fields of Kilimanjaro. It is a gentle walk east toward Kibo’s glaciered peak, across the plateau which leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream. Then we continue trekking to Shira two camp where we will stay for dinner and overnight place, Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth.
Keep on Lemosho Route 8 Days, 7 nights Lemosho
Elevation: 3,540m to 3,800m
Hiking time: 5-6 hours
Habitat: Moorland and rocky.
This is a long acclimatization day. You will have an early breakfast then trek East to a junction leading to Lava tower rock 4,600m for acclimatization. Afterward, you will descend down to Barranco campsite for dinner and overnight.
Elevation: 3,800m to 3,950m
Hiking time: 7-8 hours
Today is a short day of trekking. In the morning you will start climbing the Barranco wall and reach 4235m for acclimatization and continue crossing ridges and valleys to Karanga campsite for hot lunch. After lunch, you will have a bit of rest and get another acclimatization of trekking up the scree slopes towards the Southern ice field. You will then return to the camp for dinner and overnight.
Keep on Lemosho Route 8 Days, 7 nights Lemosho.
Elevation: 3,950m to 4,235m
Distance: 6 km
Hiking time: 4-5 hours
Today the trek up to the Barafu ridge campsite is difficult because of altitude. The walk takes few hours because of the short distance but is steep which required a slow pace to avoid fatigue. You will walk across an alpine desert with strong, cold winds blowing down from Kibo peak and its glaciers. You will have an early dinner at 1700hrs then rest until midnight when you commence your push for the summit.
Elevation: 4,235m to 4,600m
Distance: 8 km
Hiking time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Wake at midnight to a light breakfast and then prepare for your summit ascent. The goal is to climb before dawn so that you can reach Uhuru Peak shortly before or after sunrise. Departure for the summit is at 12:00AM. Switchback up steep scree or possibly snow, and reach Stella Point on the crater rim (5,861 m/18,640 ft) between 4 and 5 AM. At this point, you will be having views of the fabled crater and its icecaps facing you.
Then after 1 hour of hiking along the Kibo crater rim near the celebrated snows takes you to Kilimanjaro true summit, Uhuru Peak here you will spend time taking photos. After your summit activities, you will descend back to the Barafu campsite, for lunch, rest, collect your gear, and continue down through the moorland and heath zone to Mweka campsite. Dinner and overnight at Mweka campsite.
Summit attempt of Lemosho Route 8 Days, 7 nights Lemosho.
Elevation: 4,600m to 5,895m to 3,100m
Hiking time: 10 – 12 hours
Habitat: Desert and ice
Following a well-deserved breakfast, your staff will have a big celebration full of dancing and singing. It is here on the mountain that you will present your tips to the guide, assistant guides, chef(s), and porters. After celebrating, you will descend for three hours back to Mweka Gate. The National Park requires all hikers to sign their names to receive certificates of completion. Hikers who reached Stella Point (5685m) receive green certificates and hikers who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. After receiving certificates, hikers will descend into the Mweka village for 1 hour (3 kilometers). You will be served a hot lunch then you will drive back to Moshi for long overdue showers and more celebrations.
Elevation: 3,100m to 1,640m
Descending time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Montane forest
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