KILIMANJARO LEMOSHO ROUTE

Trek through winding coffee fields, small villages, forests, moorland meadows, savannah grasses dotted with volcanic rock, and desert plateaus with our Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route. This route boasts panoramic vistas for spectacular viewing opportunities all over the mountain. The Lemosho route is a very scenic way to climb the mountain and offers an escape from the crowds on the more popular Machame Route. This trek spends one additional day on the mountain, more than the Machame Route.

Let us help you achieve your dream of conquering one of the Seven Summits today with the Lemosho route.

SUMMARY

TRIP TYPE: Climb

ACTIVITY LEVEL: Strenuous

TRIP LENGTH: 11 days/10 nights

SPACES AVAILABLE: 10 – 24

TRIP COST: From $6,000/person/double occupancy

single supplement: from $525/person

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Conquer the world’s tallest free-standing mountain and one of the Seven Summits – Mt. Kilimanjaro
  • Experience 5 different ecozones on a mystical journey to the “Roof of Africa”
  • Extend your adventure with one of our fascinating safari add-ons

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ITINERARY

Day 1: Welcome to Tanzania (4,551′)

  • Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) Tanzania Africa
  • A World Wide Trekking representative will meet you and transfer to the lodge in Arusha, Tanzania
  • Overnight: Rivertrees Country Inn or comparable
  • Meals included: D

Day 2: Arusha Cultural Walking Tour

  • After breakfast we will depart for a walking tour from our hotel.
  • We will visit a coffee plantation where you can see how coffee progresses from tree to cup.
  • In the afternoon we conduct a mountain briefing.
  • You will pack one duffel for your porter to carry on the mountain, and pack another to leave at the hotel with your travel and safari gear
  • Your guide will personally check each guest’s gear to make sure everyone is prepared for our adventure
  • Overnight: Rivertrees Country Inn or comparable
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 3: Begin Climb at Lemosho Glades (7,742′) to Big Tree Camp (9,498′)

  • We travel to the Lemosho trailhead, winding through coffee fields, small villages, and forests of ferns and flowers
  • After registering with the park service at the Londorossi Rangers Office, we will continue our drive through the forest, past the villages of Gezaulale and Chaulale
  • We begin our climb at the Lemosho Glades and trek through a beautiful old growth heath forest to Mti Mkubwa, also known as the Big Tree Camp.
  • Overnight: Big Tree Camp (9,498′)
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 4: Trek from Big Tree Camp (9,498′) to Shira I Camp (11,500′)

  • We leave the Mkubwa Camp and exit the forest continuing our ascent
  • The environment changes from heath forest to moorland
  • We will cross the spectacular and remote Shira Ridge, getting our first glimpse at the Shira Plateau
  • Overnight: Shira I Camp (11,500′)
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 5: Trek from Shira I Camp (11,500′) to Shira II Camp (12,500′)

  • Our 3 hour climb will take us south-east across moorland meadows of savannah grasses dotted with volcanic rock
  • Our camp will be flanked by meadows and a gentle stream
  • An excellent acclimatization day
  • Overnight: Shira II Camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 6: Trek from Shira II Camp (12,500′) to Lava Tower Camp (15,180′)

  • From the Shira camp on the Shira Plateau, we will continue to the east, passing the junction towards the peak of KIbo. We will begin to encounter more trekking groups as we merge with the Machame Route.
  • We will arrive at Lava Tower Camp, also referred to as the Shark’s Tooth, in time to relax and enjoy a beautiful evening, acclimatizing high on the mountain.
  • Overnight: Camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 7: Trek from Lava Tower Camp (15,180′) to Karanga Valley Camp (13,235′)

  • We will descend 1,945’ (our only descent prior to our summit) down into the Barranco Valley. We will make our way along the Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley Camp (13,235′), taking a short rest along the way to allow our bodies to acclimatize for the summit.
  • As we trek, the terrain will change from moorland to semi-desert.
  • This camp offers excellent views down to Moshi. The word Karanga means “peanut” in Swahili, and is named as such because of the peanut fields in the valley below.
  • Overnight: Karanga Valley Camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 8: Trek from Karanga Valley Camp (13,235′) to Kosovo Camp (15,995′)

  • As we wind through these rarely traveled regions, we enter a high, alpine-desert plateau filled with volcanic boulders.
  • After 5-6 hours of trekking we will reach Barafu (15,295’), which is the high camp for most groups. Here we will enjoy lunch and rest.
  • After lunch, we will continue to climb for about 1.5 hours until we reach our camp, above the next rocky bench, Kosovo Camp (15,995′).
  • This quiet camp puts us closer to the summit for our climb and closer to our camp on our descent.
  • While our cook staff prepares our dinner, we will spend our time packing and preparing for our 1:00 am departure, the final push for a sunrise summit of Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Overnight: Kosovo Camp (15,995′)
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 9: Summit Day! Trek to Uhuru Peak (19,341′) then return to Kosovo Camp (15,750′) and on to Millennium Camp (12,566′)

  • We climb wearing headlamps until the predawn light is reflected off the mountain glaciers.
  • Following a distinct ridge we approach the crater’s rim, then traverse northwest along the rim to the main summit.
  • We are now on the highest free-standing mountain in the world, and the highest point on the African Continent!
  • After enjoying the view from the roof of Africa, we descend to Barafu, rest, eat, pack camp, and begin our traverse down the Mweka route on the southern side of the mountain.
  • We descend down into the jungle and spend our final night on the mountain at Millennium Camp (12,556′).
  • Overnight: Millennium Camp
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 10: Trek from Millenium Camp (12,566′) to Mweka Gate (5,413′)

  • We will descend through the lush green landscape of the Mweka route into the thickest jungle we have encountered yet, with 20 foot-tall fern trees creating a prehistoric atmosphere.
  • After reaching the Mweka gate we will say our farewells to the mountain staff and drive to back to our lodge to enjoy a celebration dinner.
  • Overnight: Rivertrees Country Inn or comparable
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 11: International Departures

  • Head toward the Cultural Heritage Center, the largest market in East Africa. This is your best opportunity to get any last-minute items to remember your experience in Africa.
  • On our way back to the day room at the airport, we will pay a visit to the Human Outreach Project: Kilimanjaro Kids Community. We will have time for a site tour. Afterwards, we will continue on to the day rooms, where you can relax prior to your departure. Say your goodbyes and catch your evening flight home or set off on your next adventure. Thank you for joining us!
  • Visit the Cultural Heritage Center in Arusha
  • Kilimanjaro Kids Community site tour
  • Time to refresh in a day room
  • International departures
  • Meals Included: B

Add-On Adventures

4-Day Classic Tanzanian Safari | From $2,800/person
Lake Manyara National Park | African tribes | Ngorongoro Crater National Conservation Area

4-Day Serengeti Luxury Safari | From $3,500/person
Serengeti National Park | Ngorongoro Crater National Conservation Area

6-Day Epic Tanzanian Safari | From $5,000
Serengeti National Park | Ngorongoro Crater | Tarangire National Park

10-Day Ultimate Tanzanian Safari | From $4,900
Serengeti National Park | Ngorongoro Crater | Tarangire National Park | African Tribes and more

Rwanda Gorilla Tracking | From $4,995
Silverback Gorillas | Volcanoes National Park

Zanzibar Island | From $1,800
Stone Town, a World Heritage Site | white sand beaches | turquoise waters

TRAVEL NOTES

Best Time of Year to Visit:

Our personal favorite time to travel is from mid-May through early August. The rainy season has just ended providing plentiful vegetation and biodiversity with less dust in the air. Additionally, late June through early August offers cooler temperatures. January, February, and September are the driest and warmest months in Tanzania, and therefore the busiest months. March through early June is a rainy season, and visibility is low, though the crowds are gone.

Arrivals and Departures:

This trip begins and ends in the Siha District of Tanzania, in East Africa. You will fly into and out of Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).

*Many guests prefer to arrive before, or leave after, the scheduled itinerary. We can help you make arrangements. Additional charges for early arrival, transportation, lodging, meals, and activities will apply.

Recommended Flights:

International airfares are not included in program pricing. Although there are many flight options to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), flying through Amsterdam offers the best route. Our travel expert, Danny Genung at Harr Travel is more than happy to review the many flight options from the U.S. to Kilimanjaro. You can reach him at danny@harrtravel.com or 909.266.0117.

The benefit of using a travel agent is that in the event of itinerary changes, the travel agent will find the best flight connections, and land arrangements, for you. Though third-party travel websites are convenient, we do not recommend using them due to instability in the itineraries. We also recommend that you protect your flight with travel insurance and a refundable ticket.

Customs, Visa, and Immigration:

Upon clearing customs in Tanzania, you will be required to purchase a 12-month multiple-entry tourist visa for $100. Please bring cash, as exact change is required. In addition, you will need a one-hundred dollar bill that is less than ten years old. Please keep your landing card (received in flight) and a pen handy for customs. You can complete a visa application (contact your country’s embassy for requirements) prior to your arrival, or fill one out at the airport. After you purchase your visa and clear customs, a World Wide Trekking representative will meet and transfer you to the lodge in Arusha.

*Please Note: Your passport must be valid for at least six months after your trip. Make two copies of your passport, leave one at home and bring the other with you to Tanzania along with two extra passport photos in case of an emergency. Ensure you provide a color copy of your passport to WWTrek 90-days prior to your departure date.

Accommodations:

Enjoy camping-style accommodations when climbing Kilimanjaro while we make every effort to impress. For us, it’s all about the details because the fine points make the difference. Sleep soundly in brand-new expedition tents from The North Face. Eat delicious, fresh food in our huge, luxurious dining tent complete with solar lighting. Experience peace of mind in our private toilet tents.

Transportation:

A World Wide Trekking representative will privately transport you from the airport to your lodge. During the trek, travel light while carrying just your daypack. Porters carry all other bags and equipment up and down the mountain.

Meals:

Proper nutrition plays a vital role in the success of all our adventures. Rest assured that our full kitchen staff including chefs, dishwashers, and servers prepare hearty, western-style meals every day. Typical meals include breakfast complete with coffee and tea, lunch, and dinner. Enjoy all of your meals in our luxurious dining tents complete with tables, chairs, dinnerware, and solar lighting.

Health & Safety:

Our stringent commitment to safety means you have access to our medically certified Professional Western Guide(s) before and throughout your trip. Our staff also carries emergency medical equipment such as satellite phones and medical kits.

Prior to the trip, you will need to get two prescriptions from your physician: Diamox for altitude sickness and Malarone for malaria. In addition, we recommend visiting your local travel vaccination clinic one month before your trip. Needed vaccinations include a current tetanus shot, annual influenza shot, Varicella, Typhoid, Hep A, and MMR.

For more information, feel free to contact Dr. Levy, our medical advisor, at 801.943.0264 or visit our trek tips series on YouTube.

Our Team:

Once you sign on with WWTrekking, we are here for you every step of the way! You will be assigned an adventure specialist who will help you prepare for your trip. Whether your questions or needs are regarding flights, packing, early arrivals, departures, accommodations or anything else, your adventure specialist is only a phone call away!

Once your trip begins, World Wide Trekking boasts an extensive support crew on all trips of 8 people or more. We provide medically certified, Professional Western guide(s) for all adventures of 8+ passengers as well as a plethora of local professionals to aid the group on the mountain including porters, a tent crew, chefs, servers, dishwashers, and toilet attendants. Additionally, you have access to a Local Operations Manager throughout your adventure.

Add-on Adventures:

Many guests prefer to arrive early or leave late so they can add another adventure into their vacation. We can help you make arrangements. Additional charges for early arrival, transportation, lodging, meals, and activities will apply. Below are some of our favorite and most popular add-on adventures.

Gratuities:

In many parts of the world, gratuities are given in appreciation for a job well done. Our guides will take care of tipping service personnel along the way so that you don’t have to think about it.

For any additional services outside of our itinerary, plan to tip 10% (transport, restaurants, baggage, lodges, etc). We will provide you a tipping guide once you sign up for a trip.

At the trails end you will have the opportunity to contribute to a group tipping pool that will be presented to your WWTrekking guides and trekking staff as we say our goodbyes.

Currency Exchange:

We recommend exchanging money at the airport as soon as you clear customs. We will offer additional exchange opportunities, but typically you will receive the best rates at the airport. Exchanging $100 should suit your needs for the trek and safari. We always recommend bringing $500 cash with you on your trip for incidentals.

Fitness & Nutrition Training:

We provide a complimentary 6-week extensive fitness and nutrition program to help our guests prepare for their journey ahead. The program is tailored specifically for our trips and includes virtual 1 on 1 coaching sessions with our Fitness and Nutrition Specialist.

Learn more here!

GENERAL INFORMATION

Country:

Tanzania is one of the world’s oldest inhabited regions. For three million years, man has roamed its regions, savanna to mountains, carving out an existence from the African countryside. Drawn to exotic Africa, explorers have tried to tame her wildness to no avail. The story of Tanganyika, Tanzania, is one of unaltered wilds and progressive politics. “Kilimanjaro,” according to the President of Mozambique, Chissano, “carried the torch that liberated Africa.”

Population:

49.25 million

Time Zone:

East Africa Time Zone – UTC+03:00

Capital City:

Dodoma, Tanzania

People:

Tribes of Tanzania

Sukuma comprise the largest tribe with three million Tanzanians. Living in the northwestern area of Tanzania, they speak Bantu and are traditionally cattle herders and farmers of subsistence crops such as cassava.

Nywamwezi, also known as  the “people of the moon,” are the second largest tribe in Tanzania. Similar to the Sukuma, they are also historically cattle herders, farmers, and Bantu speakers. Living in the northwest of Tanzania, near Lake Victoria, the tribe has about 1.5 million members.

Members of the third largest tribe of Tanzania reside on the south and eastern slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Meru and Mosh. The Chaga speak Kichagga, a Niger-Congo language. They were one of the first tribes to convert to Christianity. Among the richest and most powerful people in Tanzania, they hold a strong sense of identity. Known for their advanced farming techniques, trade, and politics, they thrive as a successful tribe.

Descended from Persia, the Shirazi encompass the majority of the people of Zanzibar island. They speak Swahili and practice Sunni and Shia Islam.

Culture & Religion:

Tanzanians bear a surprisingly strong national association, or ujamaa (family-hood). They rarely identify themselves by tribe upon an initial meeting. This collective attitude comes from the Julius Nyerere days and his push to unify over 120 tribes in a socialistic type society. This national mindset allows Tanzania a relatively peaceful existence with tribes coexisting. Christians and Muslims live side by side with minimal friction.

Money:

The official currency in Tanzania is the Tanzanian shilling abbreviated TZS. TZS replaced the East Africa shilling in 1966. Currency exchangers subdivide the shilling into 100 senti and it is written as x/y where x is the amount over one shilling and y is the senti. Due to the fluctuating exchange rates, we recommend searching online to find out the current rate.

HUMAN OUTREACH PROJECT IN TANZANIA

One of World Wide Trekking’s founding principles is giving back to the places we travel. Through our sister non-profit, Human Outreach Project, we are making a difference in lives around the globe, and connecting trekkers with voluntourism opportunities in local communities. We have a number of diverse projects in Tanzania that WWTrek guests can get involved with.

The Kilimanjaro Kids Community is HOP’s proudest achievement. This 4-acre orphanage sits in the shadow of Kilimanjaro and currently houses 12 Tanzanian children and 4 full-time staff. HOP has also been working at the Makuyuni Primary School to provide daily school lunches for the school’s 850 children, supporting the Mama Na M’toto women’s empowerment group in the village of Mto wa Mbu, as well as providing start-up funding to one of our long-time porters for his business, Bima’s Rice and Beans.