Kilimanjaro Trek, The Lemosho Route
Price GBP 2,200
Kilimanjaro is the great, iconic mountain of Africa, and we can confidently say that Fitways offers the finest Kilimanjaro trek, most unique and adventurous route to its summit. Our expedition begins in arguably the finest wildlife hotspot on earth, experiencing colourful Tanzanian culture, and bizarre and unique high-altitude environments, before arriving on the roof of the Continent.
While the most popular routes up Kili are over-crowded, with climbers sleeping (or not sleeping) in grim 16 person huts, Fitways takes the quieter, little-known, yet arguably most spectacular Lemosho route. We camp in two person tents, and have the most achievable and safest ascent profile, giving you the best chance of succeeding. This has resulted in a 100% success rate so far on our trips.
That said, Kili is tough. Summit day can be a gruelling 16 hour slog, so climbers will need to have a good level of entry fitness, and ideally have completed one of our training weekends prior to Kili.
“What an amazing week! The scenery, the atmosphere and the sense of achievement is something I will never forget. Summit day was tough but with such an amazing leader and support crew I was determined to reach the top – I honestly don’t think I would have made it with any other leader! Nick was born for the mountains and it was an absolute pleasure to spend a week climbing this awesome mountain with him! If you are looking for an adventure and challenge then this is the climb to do!”
“My Kilimanjaro trip with Fitways was, without a doubt, the best thing I have ever done. The difference between a Fitways trip vs others out there is the attention given to every tiny detail to ensure that you get the most from your adventure and gives memories that will be cherished for a lifetime. Starting with the route itself, the Lemosho trail allows you to see the mountain in all its glory, plus has the added benefit of currently being very underused meaning you pretty much have it to yourself giving you an experience that many others will miss out on. The 7 day Fitways schedule gives you adequate acclimatisation so we all reached the top in best possible shape which made reaching the summit all the more breathtaking as you could truly take in the surroundings and what you’ve just achieved! What’s more, you have the benefit of a Western guide plus the handpicked Kili guides, the combination of which gives you absolutely everything you could need in terms of mountain experience and local knowledge (I came back with the ability to converse in Swahili!). Despite some initial reservations about the size of the task ahead, Nick and our guides made every single element of the climb achievable and more importantly an absolute pleasure at all times – there was not one moment of on the entire trip that I could have asked for more.
Keep it up Fitways, can’t wait for the next adventure!”
Days: 9 days in Tanzania, 7 days on the mountain
Daily walking time: 4 to 9 hours (up to 16 on summit day)
Max team size: 8
Experience required: To approach this trek, you need a good level of base fitness, a positive mental attitude and ideally some experience of trekking at altitude
Itinerary See Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive at JRO (Kilimanjaro Airport)
You will be greeted by a Fitways representative and driven to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2 LONDOROSSI GATE to SHIRA ONE CAMP (2,795 Metres)
A three-hour drive from Moshi brings you to the Londorossi Park Gate located on the western side of Kilimanjaro. Here we will complete the necessary registration before driving to the trailhead at Lemosho Glades where you will start trekking through the rain forest. In places the vegetation is so untouched that it grows right across the narrow track. The flora and fauna are magnificent and add another dimension to your experience. Your trek will be along a little used track known as Chamber’s Route. You will camp in the rain forest at Shira One Camp.
Day 3 MTI MKUBWA to SHIRA TWO CAMP (3,718 metres)
After breakfast, we will start the climb cross the remaining rain forest towards the giant moorland zone. Today is a very long day trek with an altitude gain of 1,100m. A great lunch stop is at the beautiful valley just outside the Shira Crater at around 3,048m. After which you cross into the Shira Caldera, a high altitude desert plateau which is rarely visited. Shira is the third of Kilimanjaro’s volcanic cones, and is filled with lava flow from Kibo Peak. The crater rim has been decimated by weather and volcanic action. Today you’ll get your first close views of Kibo – the dramatic summit of Kilimanjaro. We hike eastwards across the Shira Plateau past the Shira Cathedral towards Shira Two camp. The views of the plateau are nothing less than spectacular.
Day 4 SHIRA TWO CAMP to BARANCO HUT (3863 metres)
Today’s the last of the “easy days”. It’s about a 7 hour superb hike. You pass the Lava Tower, around the southern flank of Kibo, and slowly descend to Baranco, your most spectacular campsite, at the foot of Kibo Peak, which looms high above. Your camp is only 141 feet higher than where you were last night, but our walk will have taken you just over 4,267m today. This is an extremely valuable acclimatization day.
Day 5 BARANCO HUT to KARANGA CAMP (4,033 metres)
After breakfast, your first obstacle is to breach the Baranco Wall, a 600-foot rock. Once over wall, the climb becomes easier and extremely beautiful with fantastic views of the crags and crevasses of the jagged peaks on your left. Then you descend to the Karanga Valley – Another amazing overnight location.
Day 6 KARANGA CAMP to BARAFU (4,673 metres)
The air is starting to get quite thin, and you will be running short of breath as you climb out of the Karanga Valley. It is a slow tough hike/scramble up to Barafu hut. Barafu means “ice” in Swahili, and it is extremely cold at this altitude. Go to bed early as you’ll be up at midnight for the final ascent to Uhuru Peak – the summit.
Day 7 BARAFU HUT to UHURU PEAK (5895 metres) to MWEKA HUT
Dress warmly, because we start climbing around midnight, on the steepest and most demanding part of the mountain. The moon will provide enough light, and we’ll reach Stella Point by sunrise. (About 6 hours) At dawn, from the Crater rim, rugged Mawenzi is a thrilling sight, with the Kibo saddle still in darkness beneath you, and the crater’s ice-walls looming ahead. If you feel strong enough, you should continue to Uhuru Peak (1-2 hours) This is the highest point in Africa, and the world’s highest solitary peak (5,895 metres). This is the toughest day that most trekkers have ever experienced. You will have ascended 1,097 metres and descended 2,194 metres in a period of 13-16 hours. Although the descent is far less tiring, it’s a good idea to have a little rest once in a while as you continue down to Mweka Hut (3-4 hours from the top).
Day 8 MWEKA HUT to MWEKA GATE to MOSHI
In the morning we walk out of the park through the to Mweka Gate. After a welcome lunch it’s time to say “kwaheri” to the porters. We then get a lift back to the hotel and a well-deserved beer. This all takes 6 to 7 hours. (The walk and the ride — not the beer). Drinks, dinner and a comfortable bed.
Day 9 Transfer to the airport.
The Fitways Adventures goal is to provide you with a stress & hassle free trip a cut above the rest. We go the extra mile to organize everything using quality sources so you can sit back and enjoy the trip. We don’t want to be one of the companies guiding trains of people up the mountain, so we limit our group size to 8, giving you a more personal service
Customer feedback from clients going on other trips is that they were surprised at the extra costs they incurred and were frustrated by having to continually pay out additional money. Because of this, we want to give you a single price to ensure that there are no nasty surprises once you’ve arrived in Tanzania. Therefore, the only items you’ll need to pay for are the guide/porter tip (Customary on Kilimanjaro), any additional food and drink and any gifts you want to buy. The only additional costs to you are your international flights, travel insurance and the visa required for entering Tanzania ($50 for a 30 day visa – processed on entry).
While this trek may appear more expensive than those offered by competitors – look closely at what is included.
- 7 days, 6 nights on the mountain. Many trips take only 5 days, 4 nights meaning you spend much of you time suffering with altitude sickness. Worse still, in our view, to attempt to climb to an altitude of nearly 6,000m in little over 3 days is extremely dangerous and likely to encourage the onset of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness)
- Local guides with good English and a sound knowledge of local flora & fauna.
- Fully first-aid qualified Western guide with extensive experience of operating at high altitudes.
- Accommodation. We stay in a pleasant hotel on the outskirts of Moshi. It includes a restaurant, bar and outside pool. You will usually be sharing a twin room.
- Porters to carry equipment – each person will have a 10kg weight allowance – please note that our porters are professionally kitted out and fully insured.
- Oxygen – we take safety extremely seriously on these trips and as a precaution, we carry a spare oxygen tank and mask for use in emergencies.
- Hyperbaric chamber (Gamow bag) – again, this is for use in emergencies and gives you peace of mind. These are proven to be extremely effective for dealing with cases of altitude-induced mountain sickness.
- Pick-up from Kilimanjaro airport
- 2 nights’ accommodation in a hotel in Moshi, including Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
- All Permits on the mountain (National Park Fees – over $100/day)
- 6 nights’ accommodation on the mountain (2 person tents with plenty of room), including breakfast, packed lunch & 3 course dinner
- Water (due to environmental considerations, we do not buy bottled water on the hill, we purify our own)
What’s Not Included:
- International flights
- Lunch on the day of arrival or departure
- Drinks in the Hotel (Water is included)
- Arrival Visa in Tanzania ($50 as of Oct 2013)
- Tip for the guides & porters – This is a customary part of any Kilimanjaro Trip (Budget £150/person)
- Any additional meals and drinks you may decide to purchase
Dates & Prices
Dates & Prices
|22 September, 2018 - 30 September, 2018||8|
|9 days in Tanzania||£2,175|
Note – There needs to be a minimum of 6 people booked for this trip to run
Want to do it your way?
If you have a group size of 4 or more people, and have ideas for a different itinerary just get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to discuss possibilities.
Don’t want to leave?
You book your flights so you can set the dates, if you want to extend your trip feel free.
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