Lemosho 8 Days Kilimanjaro Climb
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Itinerary Description by Day
Get picked up from the hotel in Moshi and drive to Londorossi gate for registration formalities. Transfer furthermore by vehicle to a climbing’s starting point located 12 km away. Climb steadily through the rainforest spotting animals like buffalos and elephants along the way. The path leads to Mti Mkubwa camp for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2. Mti Mkubwa Camp (2650 m) To Shira Camp 1 (3610 m) .
Trek out of the rainforest into the low alpine zone to reach Shira ridge. Have lunch enroute and proceed with climbing to arrive at Shira Camp in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.
Day 3. Shira Camp 1(3610 m) To Shira Camp 2 (3850 m) .
Climb through the Shira plateau for a full day providing a chance for acclimatization. The trail leads to Shira 2 camp to take the rest of the day off resting and gaining energy. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.
Day 4. Shira 2 (3850 m) To Lava Tower (4600 m) To Barranco Camp (3900 m).
Start by ascending up a ridge towards Lava tower which provides an extra day for acclimatization. Have rest and time for lunch while at the tower. Descend down and proceed with the trail to reach at Barranco Camp for an evening arrival. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.
Day 5. Barranco Camp (3900 m) To Karanga Camp (4000 m) .
Climb on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall leading to the Karanga Valley. The short trail is meant for acclimatization which will finally lead to Karanga camp. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.
Day 6. Karanga Camp (4000 m) To Barafu Camp (4673 m).
Leave out of Karanga and join the junction connecting with the Mweka trail. Continue with the climb to finally arrive at Barafu camp. Have rest and take much water as possible in preparing for the final summit. Retire to bed early by 19:00.
Day 7. Ascend To Uhuru Peak (5895 m).
Wake up around 11:30 pm for a hot cup of tea and putting on trekking gears. By midnight, leave the camp and start climbing into the glacial zone. Climb steeply to reach Stella point (5735 m) by sunrise after 6 walking hours. Get time to rest awhile being amazed by the stunning view of sunrise. Take another round trip to reach the summit at Uhuru peak. Take photographs while feeling accomplished standing at the roof of Africa. Start descending which is quite fast to reach Mweka hut. Dinner and sleep at the hut.
Day 8. Mweka Gate (3100) To Mweka Gate (1640 m).
After a hot breakfast, descend through the rainforest to reach Mweka gate. Get awarded upon arrival where hikers who reached Stella point receive green certificates while those who reached Uhuru peak receive golden certificates. Show gratitude to the team by tipping cookers and porters according to personal satisfaction. Drive back to Moshi/ Arusha for much celebration or a flight back home.