Trekking Mt Kilimanjaro 8 days Lemosho route
We will drive you to Londorosi gate in the early morning and introduce you to your guides, the cook and the porters. The rain forest makes a beautiful start to our trek towards Kibo. We’ll walk with the sounds of birds and Colobus monkeys thronging the canopies above the trail. We might spot some wild buffalo and elephant further down as we climb up to Mti Mkumbwa Camp. We will have walked for about 4 hours and up to 2.810m by then.
As it will be a long day of trekking we make an early start ascending through the rain forest towards the moorland zone. We take lunch in a beautiful valley just outside of Shira Crater before crossing into the Shira Caldera, a rarely visited high altitude desert plateau. The afternoon is dominated by the first views of Kibo, the lesser summit of Kilimanjaro. We stay overnight at Shira 1 campsite. We will have walked for 6-7 hours and up to 3504m by then.
A gentle day to assist with your acclimatization, our trek continues east, crossing the Shira Plateau to take in the geological features of Shira cathedral and Shira needle before slowly ascending to Shira 2 Camp. The Western Breach – your route to the summit – with its stunning glaciers looms into view as we approach the camp. It’s nestled on a ridge and offers beautiful views: we have Kibo, Shira ridge and Shira plateau in front of us. We will have walked for 4-5 hours and up to 3873m by then.
A tough acclimatization day, after breakfast we leave the moorlands behind us and enter the alpine zone – a barren moonscape of semi desert where only some grasses and a few lichens survive. Trekking on rocky trails, the way ahead looks daunting as we draw closer to the Western Breach. We are on our way to a molten rock formation known as Lava Tower. As the first effects of high altitude start to materialize, we descend. Walking through Giant Lobelia and Senecia plants we reach Baranco valley. It’s a beautiful place, Baranco Camp is nestled dramatically beneath the Great Baranco wall with Kibo rearing up above us. We will have trekked for 7-8 hours and up to 3985m by then.
The cliff that we got to climb this morning looks imposing – the porters use to call it ‘breakfast’ when they’re joking. But the route doesn’t present any difficulty. It’s a 6 to 7 hour walk through valleys from Barranco to Karanga camp for hot lunch, dinner and overnight.
After breakfast in the morning we start moving to the base camp Barafu for lunch dinner and overnight.
Day 7 Summit
We get up at midnight and after a light breakfast we are ready for the way to the summit. We take on the steep slope leading to the summit through Ratzel and Rebmann glaciers. At dawn we arrive on the rim of the crater between Stella point and Hans Meyer point. Just one more hour to the summit we will reach it along a path that’s often snowy. Congratulations! You made it to Uhuru Peak up to 5895m. Let’s enjoy the moment and the view at sunrise before we start to descend. Our place for overnight is Mweka Camp.
We descend from Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate where you will be rewarded with a certificate attesting your success at climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. It’s time to say good bye and go back to Arusha.