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ID: 1394
LEMOSHO ROUTE 7 DAYS
Offered by Company : ID 2144
Country : Tanzania
Destinations : arusha (Arusha)
Duration : 8 – 9 day(s)
Minimum Price : $1720 USD ( Per Person)
Maximum Price : $1840 USD ( Per Person)
Type : Private,Customized
Season : All Year Round
Trip Categories : Adventure Tour, Hiking Tour
 
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The Lemosho route approaches kilimanjaro through forest and moorland from the west, crossing the caldera of Shira volcano and exploring the rock formations of the plateau, before traversing beneath the southern icefields of Kibo. We make our final ascent by the Barafu route. There are often stunning views of Kibo in the sharp light of morning and early evening. The eight day itinerary gives the maximum possible acclimatisation and also gives us an unusual view of the montane forest on Kilimanjaro. Lemosho is a little used approach route and this itinerary combines the unspoilt wilderness of Shira Plateau with a carefully staged approach to the summit on the busier sections of the trail in the later stages of the trip.
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Day 1

Arrive at the East African hotel, upon our arrival in Arusha we will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the East African hotel, for an introductory briefing. Dinner and overnight in the East African hotel

Day 2

Drive from Moshi or Arusha to Londorossi Park Gate (2250m, 2 hours). From here a forest track requiring a 4WD vehicle leads to Lemosho Glades (2100m, 11km, 45 minutes) and a possible campsite (park fees are not paid to camp here). Walk along forest trails to Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite, (2750m, 3 hours).

Day 3

The trail gradually steepens and enters the giant heather moorland zone. Several streams are crossed then it gains the Shira Ridge at about 3600m and drops gently down to Shira 1 camp located by a stream on the Shira Plateau (3500m, 5 hours). This campsite could be omitted.

Day 4

A gentle walk across the plateau leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream (3850m, 1.5 hours). A variety of walks are available on the Plateau making this an excellent acclimatisation day.

Day 5

Continue east towards Kibo passing the junction, then east towards the Lava Tower. Shortly after this, you descend to Barranco hut (3940m, 4 hours).

Day 6

A short scramble to the top of the Great Barranco and then a traverse over scree and ridges to the Karanga Valley (4000m, 3 hours), beneath the icefalls of the Heim, Kersten and Decken Glaciers. After climbing out of the Karanga Valley the trail ascends a ridge to the Barafu Hut, a bleak location with little vegetation at 4600m, (3 hours walking).

Day 7

An early start for the ascent to the rim of the Kibo Crater between the Rebmann and Ratzel Glaciers, (4 hours); the last section before the rim can sometimes be snow-covered and an ice-axe or ski stick is useful for balance. From here a further hour leads to Uhuru Peak, from where there are often fine views of Meru to the west and the jagged peak of Mawenzi to the east. Descend to the Barafu Hut for a rest and lunch before continuing on down to camp at Mweka Hut in the giant heather zone on the forest edge. Those with energy on the summit may wish to descend to the Reutsh Crater and visit the dramatic ice pinnacles of the Eastern Icefields.

DAY 8

A sustained descent on a well constructed path takes us through a lovely tropical forest alive with birdsong and boasting lush undergrowth with considerable botanical interest. Our route winds down to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate at Mweka (3100m.); and on through coffee and banana farms to Mweka village, where we are transferred to East African Hotel in Arusha.
(4-5 hours walking)

DAY 9

After breakfast, we can arrange for a private transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).
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