The 8 days Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route is one of mostscenic trails on the west of Kilimanjaro and it is a virtual climateexpedition. The shallow mountain stream wanders peacefully through the BarrancoValley’s bottom amid the clouds. Frosting shields the valleys whilst the azureglaciers extravagantly scatter across the landscape of the ice fields. Immaturetrees flourish amongst the towering emerald canopies and the lush vegetationconceals the moist floors. Thick shadows cast down from the bright sun. Faintbuffalo trails are carved into the smooth grounds of the Shira Plateau andmilky white mist, clings to and enrobes everything it can. You will encounterthe stunning sights of the Lava Tower and scramble up the impressive Barrancowall. There is a slight chance of spotting some magnificent wildlife along theleisurely trail. The 8 days Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route provides optimalconditions for acclimatisation which increases your chance of reaching theglorious summit.
You will enjoy an enticing breakfast at the hotel before proceeding from Moshi to Londorossi Gate (1,800m). The three-hour drive travels on an unpaved stretch of bumpy road through the town of Boma N’gombeand the Sanya Juu village offers motorists an intimate encounter with the natives. After completing the necessary park registration, you will be transported to the initial point of your trek at 2,350m. The glory of the forest is revealed in the illuminating radiance from the sun. Almond-brown trees stand serenely, brimming with a tender glow. Gems of amber encrust the back exterior. Green canopies deliver shelter for the exotic blue monkeys. The short trek through the rainforest leads to the Mti Mkubwa Camp (2750m).
As the trail begins to move towards Shira Camp 1, the scenery transforms dramatically from the lush rainforest to the barren heather moorland zone. The parched landscape is speckled with enormous lobelias, contrasting white fauna and flora, and dusty sand dunes. We will journey up the steep ridges leading to the Shira Plateau, featuring the glorious views of the looming Kilimanjaro and the raging bloodshot orb of light slowly sinking beneath the horizon of Mount Meru in the west. We will cross several tranquil streams as we continue over the Shira Ridge (3,600m) and on a declining slope to ShiraCamp 1.
You will begin the day with a delicious breakfast and trek on an exposed moorland zone. This route is less frequented making it tranquil and untouched. Reaching Shira Plateau will reveal a stunning view of the peak of Kilimanjaro. The exhilarating sensation of witnessing the summits is magical. A hot lunch will be served at Shira Camp 2 (3,810m). Your guide will lead brief excursions for acclimatization, afterwards, you are free to relax.
The Lemosho Route connects with the Machame Route before approaching the molten Lava Tower. The gentle incline leading to the Barranco Camp is encompassed in beautiful sceneries and encrusted in vivid desert shrubberies (a 6-7-hour hike). Shark’s Tooth is an enormous, serrated rock that a volcano discharged thousands of years ago, it is also an indication that we must travel south and cross the light valleys to the immense Lava Tower(4,600m). Specks of snow will gradually scatter themselves on the scenery and as we descend to Barranco Camp the frosted landscapes of the Western Breach will begin to sprout. The ashen Barranco Wall is engraved with extraordinaryindents and olive foliage is strewn across the ‘Breakfast Wall’.
The day commences with a simple trek up the astonishing Barranco (200m high). For a short period, you will need to use your hands and feet to scramble up the wall and upon reaching the surface you will have an opportunity to marvel at the scenic splendor of the vistas of Kibo. The trail traverses up and down with various shallow streams leading to the flickering, glittery streams of the Karanga River. An appetizing lunch will be served at the Karanga campsite (3,930m). The short trekking will assist your acclimatisation.
The rocky zone provides an uphill path that features landscapes battered in the crystal glow of the Southern Glaciers. Intersecting with the Mweka route allows us to witness the splendid vistas. A sixty-minute climb up a steep, rock-strewn Lava Ridge is your ticket to the Barafu Camp(4681m). Reaching the camp signifies that you have dominated the SouthernCircuit of the mountain and the enchanting, sky-piercing view of the summit is submerged in an ocean of clouds. The terrain at the campsite resembles an unfinished painting. The landscape is blanketed in a thin layer of snow with sparse vegetation. A substantial, warm meal will be served and we suggest that you jump into your sleeping bag as soon as possible. We will embark on our journey to the summit at midnight.
You will be awoken at 11:00 pm and we will provide you with a light snack and a steaming cup of tea before you begin your 5km trek to the summit. This is an extended hike that lasts approximately 16 hours making this the most challenging day on the 8 days Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route. Temperatures typically range between -5°C and -10°C. The gradually increasing incline of the valley located near the eerily tranquil scree fields traverses amongst the Rebmann and Ratzel Glaciers – the view is so astounding that the freezing temperatures will be forgotten. At Stella’s Point (5,672m) brilliant gold and orange hues bleed like fire over the rocks. The first slither of the sun peeks over the skyline in a radiant, white form and the snow turns liquid gold and silver. After sixty minutes you will reach the highest point in Africa, Uhuru Peak (5,89m). You will have an opportunity to take some photos and marvel at the surrounding scenery, glinting ice cliffs, and the jaggedMawenzi Peak. Our descent requires us to turn around and embark on the trail toBarafu Camp where we will have a brief resting period. The spectacular, vast plains of the Kilimanjaro are so enchanting that the 9km route to Mweka Camp(3,100m) feels rapid. The route is moderate and lasts four to five hours. As you venture on the declining rocky spree trail, the scenery will start to sprout and the ice will melt away. The barren landscapes of the moorland will be the first milestone, dense vegetation, and exotic wildlife will begin to radiate as we approach the forest habitat. We will proceed to the campsite where you can scoff down a scrumptious, piping hot dinner whilst seizing the last opportunity to observe the Milky Way.
The melodies of your porters celebrating will fill them whilst you enjoy an appetizing breakfast. The 1,300m descent to the Mwekagate is classified as an easy trek and will only last a few hours. Gold SummitCertificates will be awarded to every member in your group as a small souvenir. Our drivers are one relaxed stroll to the Mweka village away and they will transport you to the hotel where an invigorating hot shower, plush mattress, and clean clothes await you. Our driver will bring you to the airport from where you will take your flight back home. If you’ve decided to go on a safari – well, that's a different adventure and we’ll take care of that for you!
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