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Lemosho is a beautiful route with gentle ascents approaching the mountain from
the west. We check-in at the Londorossi Gate and ascend for the first two days
from the Lemosho Glades through a gorgeous rain forest. We come out onto the
Shira Plateau, providing stunning views of Kibo, Kilimanjaro’s main peak.
Crossing the plateau and proceeding in a counter-clockwise direction below the
southern face of the mountain, the route takes you to Lava Tower for magnificent
360 degree vistas; the Great Barranco Wall, a challenging and exhilarating rock
scramble; and approaches Uhuru Peak from Barafu and the ridge that abuts the
Southeast Valley. The climb from Barafu offers incredible views of Mawenzi Peak,
Kilimanjaro’s remnant volcanic cone.
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Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa
DAY 1 – Hotel to Mti Mkubwa
Note: You should at least arrive a night (better 2 nights) before in Arusha or Moshi to have time to recover from the long flight, meet with your guide to go through your equipment and mentally arrive and get ready for Mount Kilimanjaro.
After a healthy breakfast at the hotel, we will pick you up and drive to the Londorossi Gate to complete the necessary paperwork at the national park office. It's an hours drive on a worn track to reach the starting point at Lemosho where the porters have been since the night before organizing our stuff. This is where you meet the entire crew and enjoy your first lunch on the mountain before hitting the trail.
Today we hike about 6km / 4hrs through lush rain forest. We take it easy to assist with acclimatization. The guides will point out interesting plants and flowers. Keep ckecking the trees for the Colobus Monkeys that are frequntly seen in this area.
The track through the rain forest can be slippery. The use of hiking sticks are advised as they prevent you from slipping and sliding especially on the steeper uphill and downhill sections of the hike. The camp for the night will be set up for you at Mti Mkubwa also known as Big Tree Camp or Forest Camp. The time up to dinner is for you to relax.
Mti Mkubwa to Shira 1
Hiking from Mti Mkubwa to Shira 1 is 7km/5-6hrs on a narrow path through heath / moorland, crossing several valleys before going uphill onto the Shira Plateau ridge. This area is covered with small shrubs and savanna grass land. Arrive at Shira 1 Camp, for dinner and overnight, if the sky is clearl you can see Kibo. Elevation 3509m/11690ft. (BLD)
There 2 options, after heavy breakfast 4/5hrs/6km, upper route to Shira Cathedral 3920m/13060ft for acclimatization, afterward, climbing to shira 2 camp 3840m/12800ft, and overnight here. Or take lower route crossing rescue road, directly to Moe hut campus 4200m/14000ft. overnight here, have your dinner.
After breakfast 5/6hrs/9.5km, climbing through Rock desert zone, via Lava Tower for more acclimatization, at 4605m/15350ft,have lunch here, then descend down to Great Barranco camp 3940m/13130ft. The landscape is awesome, amazing views. Dinner and sleep.
After breakfast 3/4hrs/5.5km, Rock climbing, Barranco wall elevation 4200m/14000ft, keep going to Karanga camp 4000m/13330ft. You will have hot lunch, after gate rest at the Karanga camp and overnight.
In morning ascent from Karanga camp 3/4hrs/5km to Barafu Hut 4620m/15400ft,gradually Walking at Alpine desert, this had day to conquering 6hrs/5.5km climb the top of Kilimanjaro, Stella point 5756m/19180ft Uhuru Peak(Freedom peak) 5896m/19650ft. Few minute taking photos, 3hrs descending down to Barafu Hut,
Branch (food) rest 1hr, after going all the way down to Mweka Hut 3100m/10330ft,last night, and dinner.
After early morning breakfast, 4hrs/8km, descending down throughout rain Forest to Mweka gate 1760m/5860ft. Sign out, and have certificate of hard work you did.
Drive back to hotel having another time tables.
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