Lemosho Route Itinerary

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Note: altitudes and distances are approximations. Different sources will give you different numbers.

Itinerary
Highlights:
Londorossi Gate to Forest Camp
Elevation: 2,377 m (7,800 ft) to 2,895 m (9,500 ft)
Distance: 6 km/4 miles
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

We depart Moshi for Londorossi Gate, taking about 4 hours, where you will complete entry formalities. Next we drive another hour to the Lemosho trailhead where we will eat lunch before commencing through undisturbed forest which winds to the first camp site.

Highlights:
Forest Camp to Shira Camp 1
Elevation: 2,895 m (9,500 ft) to 3,505 m (11,500 ft)
Distance: 8 km/5 miles
Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
Habitat: Moorland
We continue on the trail leading out of the forest into a savannah of tall grasses, heather, and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As we ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, we reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 camp. The view of Kibo from across the plateau is amazing.
Highlights:
Shira Camp 1 to Shira 2 to Moir Hut
Elevation: 3,505 m (11,500 ft) to 2,406 m (13,800 ft)
Distance: 14 km/9 miles
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Moorland
We explore the Shira plateau for a full day. It is a gentle walk east toward Kibo’s glaciered peak across the plateau which leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows via stream. We then continue to Moir Hut, a little used site on the base of Lent Hills. A variety of walks are available on Lent Hills making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity. Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth.
Highlights:
Moir Hut to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
Elevation: 2,406 m (13,800 ft) to 3,962 m (13,000 ft)
Distance: 7 km/4.3 miles
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Semi Desert
From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the Southeast towards the Lava Tower, called “Shark’s Tooth.” Shortly after we reach the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000 ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000 ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and spend the night. Although you end the day at the same elevation as you started the day, it is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.
Highlights:
Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
Elevation: 3,962 m (13,000 ft) to 4,572 m (15,000 ft)
Distance: 9 km/5.5 miles
Hiking Time: 8-10 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley campsite. Then we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, 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 summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo can be seen from this position.
Highlights:
Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut
Elevation: 4,663 m (15,300 ft) to 5,896 m (19,345 ft) and down again to 3,048 m (10,000 ft)
Distance: 5 km ascent/12 km descent
Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent/4-6 hours descent
Habitat: Arctic
Very early in the morning, sometime between midnight and 2 a.m., we will continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. We will head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree toward Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point, 18,600 ft., you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). Beginning from Stella Point, you may encounter snow for the remainder of your one-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you 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 begin our descent.  We will continue straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site and stop at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest, and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we will enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.
Highlights:
Mweka Camp to Moshi
Elevation: 3,048 m (10,000 ft) to 1646 m (5,400 ft)
Distance: 10 km/6 miles
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest
After breakfast we will continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be enough to wear to be comfortable, but keep rain gear and warmer clothing accessible.  From the gate, you continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you there and drive you back to your hotel in Moshi.
+ Day 1
Highlights:
Londorossi Gate to Forest Camp
Elevation: 2,377 m (7,800 ft) to 2,895 m (9,500 ft)
Distance: 6 km/4 miles
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

We depart Moshi for Londorossi Gate, taking about 4 hours, where you will complete entry formalities. Next we drive another hour to the Lemosho trailhead where we will eat lunch before commencing through undisturbed forest which winds to the first camp site.

+ Day 2
Highlights:
Forest Camp to Shira Camp 1
Elevation: 2,895 m (9,500 ft) to 3,505 m (11,500 ft)
Distance: 8 km/5 miles
Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
Habitat: Moorland
We continue on the trail leading out of the forest into a savannah of tall grasses, heather, and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As we ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, we reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 camp. The view of Kibo from across the plateau is amazing.
+ Day 3
Highlights:
Shira Camp 1 to Shira 2 to Moir Hut
Elevation: 3,505 m (11,500 ft) to 2,406 m (13,800 ft)
Distance: 14 km/9 miles
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Moorland
We explore the Shira plateau for a full day. It is a gentle walk east toward Kibo’s glaciered peak across the plateau which leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows via stream. We then continue to Moir Hut, a little used site on the base of Lent Hills. A variety of walks are available on Lent Hills making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity. Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth.
+ Day 4
Highlights:
Moir Hut to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
Elevation: 2,406 m (13,800 ft) to 3,962 m (13,000 ft)
Distance: 7 km/4.3 miles
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Semi Desert
From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the Southeast towards the Lava Tower, called “Shark’s Tooth.” Shortly after we reach the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000 ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000 ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and spend the night. Although you end the day at the same elevation as you started the day, it is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.
+ Day 5
Highlights:
Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
Elevation: 3,962 m (13,000 ft) to 4,572 m (15,000 ft)
Distance: 9 km/5.5 miles
Hiking Time: 8-10 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley campsite. Then we leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, 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 summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo can be seen from this position.
+ Day 6
Highlights:
Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut
Elevation: 4,663 m (15,300 ft) to 5,896 m (19,345 ft) and down again to 3,048 m (10,000 ft)
Distance: 5 km ascent/12 km descent
Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent/4-6 hours descent
Habitat: Arctic
Very early in the morning, sometime between midnight and 2 a.m., we will continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. We will head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree toward Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point, 18,600 ft., you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). Beginning from Stella Point, you may encounter snow for the remainder of your one-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you 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 begin our descent.  We will continue straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site and stop at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest, and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we will enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.
+ Day 7
Highlights:
Mweka Camp to Moshi
Elevation: 3,048 m (10,000 ft) to 1646 m (5,400 ft)
Distance: 10 km/6 miles
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest
After breakfast we will continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be enough to wear to be comfortable, but keep rain gear and warmer clothing accessible.  From the gate, you continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you there and drive you back to your hotel in Moshi.