Trekking

Trekking

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Mt Kilimanjaro, the famed ice capped mountain, lies just 3° south of the equator. Tanzania's landmark, Kilimanjaro towers over the surrounding African plains. In fact, it is the highest freestanding mountain in the world (5,895 meters/ 19,341 ft). This climb is unique in that within the span of a few days, you pass through a wide variety of climates and vegetation zones; from tropical rain forest to near arctic conditions.  It is also the highest mountain that can be climbed without technical equipment and climbing skills. For the most part, all it takes is just putting one foot in front of the other. Though it might sound simple, it is most likely the toughest challenge you will ever face. The biggest obstacle is lack of oxygen at such a high altitude. Because of altitude acclimatization being a big challenge, adding an extra day to the climbing itinerary can improve the chance of success substantially.  Our guides are trained to monitor your physical condition and know how to pace the group accordingly; offering you the greatest chance of a successful summit. 

The Lemosho route is one of our preferred routes due to its low traffic, beautiful scenery and a high summit success rate. The Lemosho route starts off from the west, beginning with a long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate. From there, the first two days are spent trekking through the lush rainforest to Shira Plateau. The Lemosho route joins the Machame route at Shira 2 Camp and then follows the same route through the southern circuit and descending at Mweka Gate.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Tanzania

You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your hotel in Moshi town, you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Necessary gear can be rented on this day.

Day 2: Lemosho Glades (2385m) to Big Tree Camp (2780m)

You will be picked up at your hotel at around 08:00am and transferred to the Lemosho gate located on the western side of Kilimanjaro. After the registration process you will still start our climb steadily through the forests of the Lemosho glades to reach Big Tree camp where you will be spending the night. Distance: 7km / 4.3mi Approx. time: 4 hours Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3: Big Tree Camp (2780m) to Shira 1 Camp (3500m)

Today you will trek across a plateau of grassy moorland and heather scattered with volcanic rock formations. Our destination for today is the Shira 1 Camp from where there are often views of Kibo Peak floating on the clouds. We gain a reasonable amount of altitude today and parts of the route are fairly steep. Distance: 8.5km / 5.3mi Approx. time:: 7 hrs Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4: Shira 1 Camp (3500m) to Shira 2 Camp (3900m)

Today you will get the chance to view the Northern Ice fields from the western side of the mountain with some unusual views of Kibo. Our steady climb across the moorland of the Shira Plateau will help with acclimatization and we enjoy great panoramic views. Our destination today is the Shira 2 Camp. In the afternoon you will take an acclimatization walk then head back to camp for dinner and overnight. Distance: 8km / 5mi Approx. time: 5 hours Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5: Shira 2 Camp (3900m) to Barranco Camp (3960m)

Your trek starts with an ascent with far-reaching panoramic views, walking in to the climatic zone of the upland desert and on the lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. You will reach the distinct pinnacle of the Lava Tower (4640 m), our high point for the day and a great place to enjoy your lunch. In the afternoon we make a steep descent to our camp for the night, located in the base of the Great Barranco Valley (3960 m), sheltered by towering cliffs but with extensive views of the plains below. Distance: 10km / 6.2mi Approx. time: 7 hrs Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6: Barranco Camp (3960m) to Karanga Camp (3963m)

Our day starts by descending into the start of the Great Barranco, a huge ravine. We then exit steeply, up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. It’s a climb over rock, not technical but long and tiring. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, we head towards the Karanga valley. From here we have a steep climb up from Karanga valley to our night’s camp at Karanga camp, set at 3963m. For those feeling strong we will go for a mid-afternoon acclimatization trek up to around 4200m before descending back to camp for the night. Distance: 5.5km / 3.4mi Approx. time: 5 hours Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7: Karanga Camp (3963) to Barafu Camp (4640m)

After a good night’s rest and breakfast, we set off on our walk to Barafu camp at 4640m. The climb will take us across desolate scree slopes with no vegetation around us at all. It’s a tough steep walk made more difficult by the altitude. On arriving at camp we eat and spend the afternoon resting as we prepare for a long night and day ahead. It is important to keep hydrated and warm. We have an early dinner and then try to get some sleep as we will be getting up at between 11pm and 12pm to start the climb to the summit. Distance: 3km / 1.9mi Approx. time: 3 hours Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8: Barafu Camp (4640m) to UHURU PEAK (5895m) & down to Millennium Camp (3790m)

We start off at around midnight, and walk steeply upwards to the summit glaciers. We will be climbing scree for 4 to 5 hours but gain incredible height over a short distance. The views are spectacular. We should be on the crater rim at Stella Point (5739m) as the first rays of the sun hit us. Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater surround us and the views to jagged Mawenzi peak and beyond are breathtaking. Another hour’s walking takes us to the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m). We begin our descent by returning to Stella Point and then descending on scree slope and track back to Barafu Camp for breakfast, before finally heading down to Millennium Camp for a long well-earned rest. Distance: 13.4km / 8.3mi Approx. time: 12 – 15 hours Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9: Trek Millennium Camp (3790m) to Mweka Gate (1630m)

A gentle trek takes us down through the rainforest to Mweka Gate, where we complete park formalities and receive certificates, which you can hang up with pride! We are then met by our vehicles and return to the hotel in Moshi, where you can treat yourself to a welcome shower (and a cold beer or two!) before our big celebration. Overnight at the Weru Weru River Lodge (or alternative) Distance: 12.1km / 7.5mi Approx. time: 6 hours Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 10: Departure

The day is left free to wind down after the trek before your flight home. Depending on flight times you could go and explore Moshi town and grab some souvenirs before heading to the airport. We also welcome you spare an hour of your day to plant a tree, as part of our environmental conservation efforts in the Kilimanjaro region. Meals: Breakfast Included

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Adventure includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • 3 Season mountain tents
  • -29C Extreme limit sleeping bags
  • Double layered sleeping mats
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Filtered water throughout the trek
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • 10% discount on meals at selected restaurants in Moshi Town
  • Tree donation in support of our environmental conservation projects
  • Supplemental Oxygen & Pulse Oximeter

Doesn't include

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Tips for mountain crew
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal equipment

Bookings

Making a booking

The deposit for this trip is £198

Your full balance is due 3 months before your trip starts. If you book within 3 months of departure then the full balance is due at the time of booking. If you have any questions please contact our team at info@inspiredescapes.com or call +44 (0) 203 394 0050.

Dates

Price

Sunday 16th Sep 2018 - Tuesday 25th Sep 2018 £1,594
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Dates

Price

Sunday 16th Sep 2018 - Tuesday 25th Sep 2018 £1,594
Travellers: Book/Reserve

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