9 Days Kilimanjaro
Climbing Lemosho Special
Day 1. Arusha
Pickup airport and on Shuttle and drop at Arusha Hotel.
Day 2 To Mti Mkubwa Camp
2100m to 2750m
6900ft to 9000ft
About 3 hours hiking After breakfast and briefing, drive to
Londorossi Park Gate (2250m / 7382 ft, 2.5 hours). From here
a forest track requiring a 4WD vehicle leads to Lemosho
Glades (2100m / 6890 ft, 11km, 45 minutes) and a possible
campsite (park fees are not paid to camp here). Walk along
forest trails to Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite.
Day 3 To Shira 1 Camp
2750m to 3500m
9000ft to 11,500ft
About 5 hours After breakfast, we continue as the trail
gradually steepens and enters the giant heather moorland
zone. Several streams are crossed then it gains the Shira
Ridge at about 3600m / 11,811 ft and drops gently down to
Shira 1 camp located by a stream on the Shira Plateau.
Day 4 To Shira 2 Camp
3500m to 3850m
11,500ft to 12,600ft
About 2 hours After breakfast, a gentle walk across the
plateau leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a
stream. A variety of walks are available on the Plateau
making this an excellent acclimatization day.
Day 5 To Barranco Hut
3840m to 3860m
12,600ft to 12,700ft
About 6 hours From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the
east, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we
continue, our direction changes to the South East towards
the Lava Tower, called the "Shark's Tooth." Shortly after
the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up
to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 4876 meters / 15,997
ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude
of 3860 meters / 12,664 ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and
overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation as
when you started, this day is very important for
acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit
Day 6 To Karanga Hut
3860m to 4200m
12,700ft to 13,800ft
About 4 hours After breakfast, we leave Barranco and
continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the
Karanga Valley (4200m / 13,780 ft) campsite.
Day 7 To Barafu Hut
4200m to 4600m
13,800ft to 15,100ft
About 4 hours After breakfast, we leave the Karanga Valley
and pass the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail.
We continue to the Barafu Hut, which is located ant an
altitude of 4600 meters (15,092 ft). You have completed the
South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many
different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and
prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and
Kibo are to be seen from this position.
Day 8 To Summit and Mweka Hut
4600m to 5895m
(and down to 3100m)
15,100ft to 19,300ft
(and down to 10,200ft)
About 11 hours Early morning, we continue our way to the
summit of Uhuru Peak at 5985 meters (19,636 ft). This part
of the climb takes about 6 hours. It can be very cold at
night at these elevations, but it will be quite warm by the
end of the hiking day. You will want clothing for both
extremes with you. At Uhuru Peak, we have reached the
highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of
Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit.
From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight
down to the Mweka Hut camp site at 3100 meters (10,171 ft).
This part of the descent takes about 5 hours. You will want
gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down.
Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the
mountain and a well-earned sleep. Beer and soda may be
available for purchase at the Mweka Hut -- the only place on
Day 9 To Moshi/Arusha
3100m to 1830m
10,200ft to 6000ft
About 4 hours After breakfast, we continue the descent down
to the Mweka Park Gate. At lower elevations, it can be wet
and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and
t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and
warmer clothing handy). A vehicle will meet you at Mweka
village to drive you back to hotel in Moshi/Arusha.
9 Days Kilimanjaro Climbing Lemosho Special