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CEO Ceba Company
4. LEMOSHO ROUTE
♣ Northern circuit
• Nearest Airport
♣ Kilimanjaro international airport
• Comfort Level
Sal Salinero Hotel
♣ 2 stars
♣ Best value, clean and comfortable
• Trip Description
Lemosho route Kili trek safari package is a ten day trekking safari. The Lemosho Route is a very beautiful and unspoiled route that still enjoys sighting of wild game along the forest section.
This safari package gives you the adventure and opportunity of conquering the highest mountain in Africa. From the first day you land in Tanzania or if you are already in Tanzania then it will be just hiking the highest mountain in Africa
♣ Trekking Mt. Kilimanjaro
Sal Salinero Hotel
♣ 1 ½ hr drive from Arusha
♣ 40 minutes drive from Kilimanjaro international airport
♣ 10 minutes drive from Moshi town
∗ Facilities at
Sal Salinero Hotel
♣ Swimming pool
Sal Salinero Hotel
♣ Kilimanjaro trekking
• Day to day itinerary
The Lemosho Route is a very beautiful and unspoiled route that still enjoys sighting of wild game along the forest section.
Arrive at our based hotel (We recommend San Salinero Hotel in Moshi, our professional guide will meet you this evening for climbing briefing, overnight is on Bed and breakfast here.
After breakfast. Speak to the reception staff at the lodge to store your excess luggage. At 07h30am your driver will be ready at the lounge ready for transfer to the starting gate Lemosho Gate. Please note that you will need to know your passport numbers in order to complete your registry. You are advised however to leave your valuables including your passport, in the hotel safe, except for the amount in US Dollars that you will be budgeting to tip your support Crew.
The start point of the Lemosho Route is particularly inaccessible during the wet season and climbers should be prepared to walk the final 2-5 kilometres of the road following heavy rains. The journey time to reach the start point is quite long and joined to the possibility of not reaching the end of the road by vehicle, head torches may well be needed to reach Forest Camp on day 1 of Kili trekking.
Trek from Lemosho start point (2424m) to forest camp (2821m) – 5.4km here you spend your first night in the mountain.
Trek from forest camp (2821m) to Shira 1 Camp (3 504m) on the western edge of Shira Plateau. It is normal to experience mild headaches on this day which should be alleviated with paracetamol. Distance hiked today is 8.1km.
This morning the trek continues directly across the gentle slope of the Shira Plateau towards Shira Cave camp. After hiking for 2.5km, can you request your guide to turn towards the south and enjoy an excursion via the dramatic Shira Cathedral – only if you feel strong enough to add the additional 3km to your day’s walk.
The Shira Cathedral is an impressive volcanic outcrop that marks the southern tip of the Shira Plateau. It is possible to obtain excellent views towards Kibo, to the south and to the west, from this point. We continue to Shira Cave camp (3 875m). If use normal trek without Shira Cathedral, is the total distance hiked on this day 7.3km. If include the Shira Cathedral, is the total distance hiked on this day 10.3km.
Trek from Shira Cave Camp to Lava Tower (4642m). Lunch is normally taken at the foot of the tower. Descend from Lava to Barranco Camp (3984m). Distance from Shira to Lava Tower is 7.0km. Distance from Lava Tower to Barranco is 3.7km.
Arrive at camp for dinner and overnight.
Trek from Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp (4681m) via the 257m high Breach Wall across the valley from Barranco. You should be aware that there are three rises and falls before reaching Karanga Camp where we have lunch at 4040m.
Depart from Karanga the route ascends 640m to Barafu Camp for overnight. Distance from Barranco to Barafu is 9.4km. It is advantageous to have a mental image of today’s profile so you don’t get psyched-out by all the rise and fall:
After breakfast, acclimatization excursion at 09:00 with assistant guide on assault route up Barafu Rib. Ascent limited to 3 hours 45 minutes only, aim to reach 5 288m (halfway point to the summit) on the ridge. 15 Minute pause and descend to camp.
Return distance: 2.8 miles – 5 hour hike late lunch at 15h00. Aim to sleep as soon as possible after lunch as you will be woken at around 2300-0000 to begin your assault. You are advised to get all your gear ready for the summit bid before you go to sleep, as you may feel disoriented when awoken for the assault.
Day 8 and 9
Around midnight (your guide will judge the time that is optimal for you based on your pace thus far) quit camp for the assault via Stella Point (5752m) to the summit. Tonight is very difficult - particularly the final 500m - and you’ll need to commit to fight for the summit. You will inevitably feel like giving up and going to sleep. This is normal and can be overcome with perseverance. When resting please ensure you only stand or sit and do not lie down or close your eyes, Nausea and headaches are normal and around a quarter of climbers will vomit at or near Stella Point.
When you reach Stella Point you will sit and rest. At this point the body often thinks you have finished your uphill fight and will be trying to coerce you into giving up and turning around. While you may genuinely believe that you have already exhausted your reserves in reaching this point, this is actually very unlikely to be so. Remember that you are only 143 vertical meters short of the summit, the journey from here is much less steep, and you have plenty of time for further pauses. If you do feel the need to give up at Stella Point please proceed towards the summit for just two minutes before making your final decision. In most cases this act of re-establishing momentum is enough to persuade the mind and body to co-operate with your intentions and you will ordinarily find hidden reserves for a final push. Almost there!
On the summit your guide will advise how much time you can spend there in consideration of your condition, your timings, and the weather. The brain does not function very intelligently at this altitude so please remember to take many photographs in all directions or you will probably regret not having done so at a later stage.
From the summit you will descend to Stella Point and from here your guide may opt to switch left onto the loose scree, a departure from the ridge up which you ascended. On arrival at Barafu your tents will ready for you to rest an hour or so before continuing the descent after some refreshments.
From Barafu you will usually descend to Mweka Camp (3090m) for overnight. If your guide judges that a shorter day will benefit you and preserve sore knees and ankles, he may decide to stop short at Millennium Camp (3820m) instead.
Your last night in the mountain is spent at Mweka Camp.
Distances on summit day
Barafu to Stella Point: 3.3km
Stella Point to Summit: 1.2km
Summit to Barafu: 4.5km
Barafu to Mweka Camp: 6.3km
Total = 15.3k
Descend from Mweka Camp (or Millennium) to Mweka Gate (1641m). Transfer from the gate back to your base hotel in Moshi or Arusha. Distance from Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate is 8.5km. Dinner is included in your package for this night in the Sal Salinero hotel you recommended.