Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

9 Days Lemosho North & South Circuit

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro by 9 Days Lemosho Crater Lemosho Route takes to Camp is a unique place. At 18,865 fee above sea level, it is the highest campsite on Mount Kilimanjaro. It is located just 475 feet below the summit. We offer the opportunity to stay at Crater Camp on the Lemosho and Northern Circuit routes. This option will add one day to the standard itineraries making them the 9 Lemosho Crater Route and 10 day Northern Crater Route. We leave for the summit during daylight hours and stay at Crater Camp after the summit for better acclimatization. On all other Kilimanjaro routes, only the guides and clients summit while the rest of the mountain crew remains at high camp (i.e. Barafu). Using Crater Camp requires significantly more effort on our part as the entire mountain crew, along with all of the expedition equipment, has to ascend 4,000 feet higher than they normally would. Therefore, there is considerable added cost to do a Crater Camp route.From Crater Camp, one can take an optional one hour hike to Reusch Crater, or simply explore the areas around Furtwangler Glacier. Reusch Crater is a magnificent sight. It is almost perfectly circular and the ash pit measures 400 feet (120 m) deep and 1,300 feet (400 m) wide. This is rarely seen by tourists. The video below puts the size of the ash pit and crater into perspective.We understand the attraction of staying at Crater Camp. However, the drawback of sleeping at this high altitude is that it is pretty dangerous. Serious AMS can develop if adequate altitude acclimatization has not been achieved that why you sleep down to crater.Due to safety concerns for clients and staff, the 9 Lemosho Crater Route and 10 day Northern Crater Route are done only by special request and are subject to approval by signature safari.

Tour Summary

Day 1: Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa.
Day 2: Mti Mkubwa to Shira 1 Camp.
Day 3: Shira 1 Camp to Moir Hut.
Day 4: Moir Hut to Lava Tower.
Day 5: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp.
Day 6: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp.
Day 7: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak.
Day 8: Crater Camp to Mweka CampFrom Crater Camp,
Day 9: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate On our last day

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Day 1: Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa.

We depart Moshi Arusha for Londorossi Gate, which takes about 4 hours, where you will complete entry formalities. Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead. Upon arrival at trailhead, we begin hiking through undisturbed forest which winds to the first camp site. Elevation: 7,742 ft to 9,498 ft Distance: 6 km/4 miles Hiking Time: 3-4 hours Habitat: Rain Forest

Day 2: Mti Mkubwa to Shira 1 Camp.

We continue on the trail leading out of the rain forest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As we ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, we reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 Camp. Here we catch our first glimpse of Kibo across the plateau. Elevation: 9,498 ft to 11,500 ft Distance: 8 km/5 miles Hiking Time 5-6 hours Habitat: Health

Day 3 : Shira 1 Camp to Moir Hut.

We explore the Shira Plateau for a full day. It is a gentle walk east on moorland meadows towards Shira 2 Camp. Then we divert from the main trail to Moir Hut, a little used site on the base of Lent Hills. A variety of walks are available on Lent Hills making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity. Shira Plateau is one of the highest plateaus on earth. Lunch on route either hot lunch or packed lunch. Elevation: 11,500 ft to 13,800 ft Distance: 11 km/ 7 miles Hiking Time: 5-7 hours Habitat: Heath

Day 4: Moir Hut to Lava Tower.

Elevation: 13,800 ft to 15,190 ft Distance: 7 km/4 miles Hiking Time: 4-5 hours Habitat: Alpine DesertLava Tower to Barranco Camp. Elevation: 15,190 ft to 13,044 ft Distance: 3 km/2 miles Hiking Time: 2-3 hours Habitat: Alpine DesertWe begin the day climbing up a ridge and then head southeast towards the Lava Tower – a 300 ft tall volcanic rock formation. We descend down to Barranco Camp through the strange but beautiful Senecio Forest to an altitude of 13,000 ft. Although you begin and end the day at the same elevation, the time spent at higher altitude is very beneficial for acclimatization. Lunch on route either hot lunch or packed lunch.

Day 5: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp.

We depart Moshi Arusha for Londorossi Gate, which takes about 4 hours, where you will complete entry formalities. Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead. Upon arrival at trailhead, we begin hiking through undisturbed forest which winds to the first camp site. Elevation: 7,742 ft to 9,498 ft Distance: 6 km/4 miles Hiking Time: 3-4 hours Habitat: Rain Forest

Day 6: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp.

We leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the rocky section to Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest and enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are viewable from this position. Lunch on route either hot lunch or packed lunch. Elevation: 13,106 ft to 15,331 ft Distance: 4 km/2 miles Hiking Time: 4-5 hours Habitat: Alpine Desert

Day 7: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak.

Elevation: 15,331 ft to 19,341 ft Distance: 5 km/3 miles Hiking Time: 7-8 hours Habitat: ArcticUhuru Peak to Mweka Camp. Elevation: 19,341 ft to 10,065 ft Distance: 12 km/7 miles Hiking Time: 4-6 hours Habitat: Rain ForestDuring normal morning hours, we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. We ascend for several hours at a slow but steady pace while taking frequent, but short, breaks. The trail turns into heavy scree as we make the steep climb to the crater rim. At Stella Point (18,900 ft), we see the summit sign in the distance. We continue the around the crater rim until finally we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.We then descend a short distance to Crater Camp, where the rest of the staff will join us to set up camp. There is an option to hike to Reutsch Crater and the ash pit, or simply explore the areas around Furtwangler Glacier. Sleeping at this high altitude can be dangerous. Serious AMS can develop if adequate altitude acclimatization has not been achieved so the guides will monitor you very closely.

Day 8: Crater Camp to Mweka CampFrom Crater Camp,

we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. The trail is very rocky and can be quite hard on the knees; trekking poles are helpful. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep. Elevation: 18,865 ft to 10,065 ft Distance: 12 km/7 miles Hiking Time: 4-6 hours Habitat: Artic

Day 9: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate On our last day

we continue the descent to Mweka Gate and collect the summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. From the gate, we continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet us at Mweka Village to drive us back to the hotel in Moshi or Arusha. Elevation: 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft Distance: 10 km/6 miles Hiking Time: 3-4 hours Habitat: Rain Forest

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

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Price for Lemosho Route

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2Pax

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Price in $$ Per person sharing

$2591

$2179

$2140

$2095

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$2007


Inclusive

All transfers

All meals during the trekking (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Other meals mentioned

Drinking water

Accommodations (Hotel & Tents)

Knowledgeable guide, assistance guide, cook, porters and rescue

Entrance fee to the national park

Hut fee

Rescue fees

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International flights

Visa for Tanzania

Travel insurance

Beverages

Personal things like sleeping bags, rucksack, footwear, other clothing etc

Tips to your guides/cook/porters and personal expenses such as laundry and     communication.

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