Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route Trek
Tanzania, Trek & Walk, 9 days - from £1,795 (land only) - from €2,515 (land only) - from $2,900 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at Kilimanjaro Airport. KE Land Only package services begin with a group transfer to the hotel in Arusha. Overnight at the group hotel.
Day 2: Drive to the Londorossi Gate on Kilimanjaro. We start walking lthrough plantation pine forest and heather moorland. Arrive at our camp at Miti Kubwa (Big Tree) late afternoon. The walking on this first day is fairly easy, not too steep. Approx 3 to 4 hours walking.
Day 3: Today, we trek across the attractive moorland of the Shira plateau, passing the Shira Hut and setting up camp about an hour beyond the hut camp (3800m). Approx 4 to 5 hours walking.
Day 4: Continuing our ascent, we hike onwards across the spectacular Shira Plateau as our we acclimatise and enjoy our time on the glorious slopes of Kilimanjaro. Setting up camp early afternoon (3900m) we have time to adjust to the demands of altitude. Approx 3 to 4 hours walking.
Day 5: Breaking camp early, we cross the plateau with the option to hike up the Shira Needle. As the landscape gives way from moorland to rocky alpine desert, we near the Baranco Hut and arrive at our campsite close by (3950m). Approx 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 6: A short day today, as we take the steep trail that crosses the Baranco Wall, then follow an undulating path on the south side of Uhuru Peak to our camp in the Karanga Valley (4000m). Time to rest and expore, with views of the Southern Icefield. Approx 4 hours walking.
Day 7: Another short day, but involving a steady climb across a rugged volcanic wilderness, with patches of vegetation, including giant lobelias. We overnight at a camp near the Barafu Hut (4600m), with Kibo rising above us to the north. Approx 4 hours walking.
Day 8: An early start to climb to the crater rim at Stella Point. Following the crater rim we ascend to Uhuru Peak (5894m) to the highest point of all Africa. We descend to Mweka Camp (2950m). Approx 12 hours of walking.
Day 9: Descend through rainforest to the roadhead. Drive to the group hotel (day room) where there will be time to wash. KE complimentary transfer to the airport, where KE Land Only package services end. Approx 5 hours walking.
This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and/or trekking to 5000 metres or above. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude.