The Lemosho route which is longer than others allowing climbers to acclimatize properly to the altitude is the most preferred one among Tusker climbers. This extra time will aid in summiting and let you marvel the surrounding a little longer. It is also among the most scenic routes which do not call for midnight summits. Daytime summits are preferred by most climbers who avoid the crowd at the summit.
Day 1: Drive To Kilimanjaro National Park Londorossi Gate, Hike To Mti Mkubwa Camp
The northern circuit route commences at Londorosi Gate at 2,100 meters. It is at the same starting point as the Lemosho Route which is in the western part. It’ll require almost two hours of game dive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate which is considerably longer from Arusha. Registration will be done at the gate with the authorities of the Kilimanjaro National Park, after which you’ll be driven up to the trailhead starting point. Lunch is usually served by most tour companies before beginning the first trek of the tour to Mti Mkubwa Camp which is at 2820 meters. You might get lucky to spot wildlife species like elephants, buffalos who intermittently emerge out from the forests into the trailing path. Once arriving at the Mti Mkubwa Camp, you’ll be served with hot dinner.
Day 2: Hike Mti Mkubwa Camp to Shira 2 Camp
On second day of the trekking tour, you’ll spend the first few hours on the last section of the rainforest before entering the moorland zone in the lower alpine ranges. Some of these zones follow up to the Shira Plateau. The trek is going to be short and gradual and will end at the Shira Camp at 3,610 meters.
- Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,820 meters) to Shira Camp 1 (3,610 meters)
- Distance: ~8km / 5 miles
- Trekking time: 5-6 hours
- Zone: Rainforest / Low Alpine Zone
Day 3: Shira Camp – Moir Camp
- Shira Camp 1 (3,610 meters) to Moir Camp (4,200 meters)
- Distance: ~~14km / 8 miles
- Trekking time: 6-8 hours
- Zone: Rainforest / Low Alpine Zone/ High alpine zone
On the third day of the tour, you’ll cross the Shira Plateau from Shira Camp 1 to Shira Camp 2 with lunch en route. Trekkers on a nine-day journey normally will spend the night at Camp 2 where trekkers coming I from Machame Route will join them. But for eight-day trekkers, they’ll be continuing on with the journey and make it to the alpine desert zone passing through the “Garden of the Senecios.” On the same day, they’ll join the northern circuit as they head to the Moir Camp at 4,200 meters.
Day 4: Moir Camp – Buffalo Camp
- Moir Camp (4,200 meters) to Buffalo Camp (4,020 meters)
- Distance: ~12km / 7 miles
- Trekking time: 5-7 hours
- Zone: High alpine zone
Day four involves a moderately steep climb out of Moir Valley. Trekkers can take a small detour here to climb the summit of Little Lent Hill at 4,375 meters before returning to the Northern Circuit trail. From here the route follows a series of inclines and declines, skirting around the northern slopes of Kibo to Buffalo Camp (4,020 meters).The trek gives great vistas out across the plains that lie north of Kilimanjaro and stretch out to the Kenyan / Tanzanian border. You will arrive at Buffalo Camp just after midday, where you will have lunch and have time to rest after a long day hiking.
Day 5: Buffalo Camp – Rongai Third Cave
- Buffalo Camp (4,020 meters) to Rongai Third Cave (3,800 meters)
- Distance: ~8km / 5 miles
- Trekking time: 5-7 hours
- Zone: High alpine zone and low alpine zone
Day four will follow a moderately steeper climb out of the Moir Valley. Trekkers have the option of taking a small detourto the summit of the Little Lent Hill at 4,375 meters. Then returning back to the northern trail, the route is a series of inclines and declines which skirts along the northern slopes of Kibo to the Buffalo Camp at 4,020 meters. Throughout the trek, you’ll witness magnificent vistas of the plains lying north of Kilimanjaro and stretching out to the Kenyan-Tanzanian border. Normally, you’ll make it to the Buffalo Camp at midday and you’ll have lunch. After that you can rest for the day or explore the surrounding area.
Day 6: Third Cave to School Cave
- 3rd Cave (3,800 meters) to School Hut (4,800 meters)
- Distance: ~15km / 8 miles
- Trekking time: 4-5 hours
- Zone: High alpine zone and glacial zone
Day six involves a steady incline up and over the Saddle which sits between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi Peak. Trekkers then continue walking south-west up to School Hut (4,800 meters). After arriving at School Hut you will be served an early dinner and then you should get some shut-eye as you will be awoken before midnight to start your summit attempt. Remember to prepare all your gear, including warm clothes, insulated water bottles, snacks, headlamp and camera before going to bed.
Day 7: School Hut – Uhuru Peak – Millennium Camp
- School Hut (4,800 meters) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters) and then onto Millennium Camp (3,950 meters)
- Distance: ~6km / 3.5 miles ascent and 10.5km / 6 mile descent
- Trekking time: 6-8 hours ascent and then 4-6 hour descent
- Zone: Glacial zone and all preceding zones
Waking up at 11:30 am, you’ll be served with refreshing hot team and biscuits following which you’ll begin ascending up the slopes of Kibo in the darkness. Hans Meyer Cave will be your first checkpoint where you’ll take a short break. Ascending further to Gilman’s Point at 5,681 meters, the climb becomes steeper and steeper. The journey from School Hut to Gilman’s Point will take about 5 to 6 hours. As you climb further, you’ll get to enjoy magnificent sceneries across the Mawenzi Peak. You can dig deep for the energy as you’ll have 2 hours left at your disposal to trek to Uhuru Peak. The slope flattens further as you move around the crater rim which will take you to the peak at or after sunrise. You’ll stay here for a brief period of time, so take as many pictures as you want of the surrounding. After spending time at the top, you’ll descend down to the Stella Point (5,739 meters) retracing around the crater rim. From Stella’s Point, you’ll turn south and descend the heavily screed slopes of Kibo down to the Barafu Camp at 4,680 meters. Most trekkers prefer to take a short break here and then continue on to the Millennium Camp at 3,950 meters which will also be your last night on the mountains. Bear in mind that you’ll be trekking for 14 to 16 hours in an eight-day trip, so it’s crucial to pace yourself right. You should always be hydrated and your blood sugar levels should be up.
Note: Some tour operators return via Gilman’s Point to Horombo Hut using the Marangu Route.).
Day 8: Millennium Camp – Mweka Gate
- Millennium Camp (3,950 meters) to Mweka Gate (1,640 meters)
- Distance: ~10km / 6.5 miles
- Trekking time: 3-4 hours
- Zone: Rainforest zone
The final day comprises of a short hike of 2,300 meters from Millennium Camp (3,950 meters) to Mweka Camp (1,640 meters). You’ll be passing through a dense rainforest along a lush trail. At the gate, you’ll be provided with an official certificate — a green certificate that certifies your completion to Gilman’s Point, and a gold one certifying the ones who made it to the Uhuru Peak successfully. It is customary to give your guide and porter tips before being driven back to your hotel in Moshi.
Overview Of The Lemosho Route
The Lemosho route which is longer than others allowing climbers to acclimatize properly to the altitude is the most preferred one among Tusker climbers. This extra time will aid in summiting and let you marvel the surrounding a little longer. It is also among the most scenic routes which does not call for midnight summits. Day time summits are preferred by most climbers who avoid the crowd at the summit.
- Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees
- 18% VAT on tour fees & services
- 3 Season mountain tents
- Double layered Sleeping Mats
- Transportation to & from the mountain gate
- Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
- 3 meals daily while on the mountain
- Filtered water throughout the trek
- Pre & Post Trek accommodation at the hotel in moshi
- 2- way private airport transfers
- Tips to mountain crew
- Items of a personal nature
- Laundry Services
- Any service not mentioned above
- Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra (US$65 per toilet + toilet tent)
|Lemosho route Eight day’s trekking + 2 night in the hotel|
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For Climbing Mountain Kilimanjaro the recommended Group Tip as follows;
- Guide : $US 15-20 per day
- Cook. : $US 10-15 per day
- Porters : $US 8-10 per day per porter
Departure & Return Location: Kilimanjaro International Airport (Google Map)
Departure Time: 2 Hours Before Flight Time