Compare 7-day Lemosho tours & realize an 85% Kilimanjaro summit guarantee when you hike this Lemosho route itinerary for 7 days. This especially applies if you’re under 30 years of age and have no experience hiking at high altitudes.
The Lemosho route is one of Mount Kilimanjaro’s newest trails, and it avoids crowds on the first ascent. This provides visitors a few days of peaceful trekking to take in the stunning scenery before the track joins the Machame route.
If this is your first-time hiking at high elevations (above 3,000m/9,900ft), you should know that the most effective way to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro is to properly acclimatize during your hike. Long and gradual routes like the 7-day Lemosho route are perfect for acclimatization systems to be utilized. See, on Kilimanjaro, there are 2 systems that prevent altitude sickness:
- The first method, Pole Pole (Slow-Slow in English), requires you to be on the mountain long enough for your body to acclimate to various altitudes.
- The second method, Trek-High & Sleep-Low, calls for trails to have gradual inclines in order for you to trek to high elevations and sleep at lower altitudes. This method conditions your body to anticipate elevation changes while helping you adjust during your sleep.
Unless you find yourself between the ages of 12 and 29, you should seriously consider trekking the route’s 8-day variation. This will give you ample time to adjust to elevation changes and will make for a much better hiking experience. The 8-day variation, unlike the 7-day hike, performs extremely well with hikers that are under 40 years of age.
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Lemosho Route’s Park Fees
|Kilimanjaro National Park fees|
|Conservation Fees||$70/Per Day|
|Camping Fees||$50/Per Night|
|Rescue Fees||$20/Per Hiker|
|Guide and Porter Entrance Fees||$2/Per Supporting Crew|
|Forest Entry Fees||$10/Per Hiker|
|Forest Vehicle Entry Fees||$20/Per Vehicle|
|Forest Support Crew Entry Fees||$1/Per Supporting Crew|
|Tourism Value Added Tax (VAT)||18%|
|Retail Value Added Tax (VAT)||18%|
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Lemosho Route 7 Day Itinerary
DAY 1 — ARRIVAL
All trekkers will have to arrange their own flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and apply for their own visas through the online immigration portal. Visa guidelines are also available on the official immigration website.
Note, if you’re arriving from a country subject to yellow fever, you will be required to show proof of vaccination. A 72-hour PCR test is required for entry.
A transfer will be arranged to drop off you and your luggage at the hotel to unwind from your travels. Briefing will take place in the evening or early morning.
DAY 2 — LONDOROSSI GATE TO FOREST CAMP
After breakfast, a car will transfer you to the Londorossi Park Gate for registration while the porters pack supplies and luggages before ascent. Please pack trekking belongings not exceeding 15-18kg as porters are only allowed to carry weight no more than 20kg.
DAY 3 — FOREST CAMP TO SHIRA CAMP
From camp, the trek will resume east; across the Shira Plateau with a breath taking view of the Shira Cathedral. The trail crosses moorland meadow and leads to Shira 1 Camp for an overnight stay at 3,500m. Glaciers of the western breach can be spotted from this point. Expect a temperature to drop compared to the previous night.
DAY 4 — SHIRA CAMP TO MOIR HUT
As we move from camp and leave the forest behind, the trails will become steeper entering moorland zone. Then a gentle walk through the high altitudes of Shira Caldera to Moir Hut will spark remarkable views of Arrow Glacier. Camp will be set at 4,200m.
DAY 5 — MOIR HUT TO LAVA TOWER
On this day, we will hike up 4,600m to the base of Lava tower for lunch and acclimatization. As this will be the toughest day of the trek, you may start sensing the change in altitude.
LAVA TOWER TO BARRANCO CAMP
After lunch, well descend 650m to Barranco camp. The “trek high & sleep low” technique is commonly used to help trekkers cope with the changes in altitude.
The descent to Barranco Camp will take approximately 2 hours where the camp is situated in a valley just below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall. This grants an enormous vantage point to take photographs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall.
DAY 6 — BARRANCO CAMP TO KARANGA CAMP
A trek to Karranga from Barranco will be short but fun as you cross the Great Barranco Wall to reach the Karanga Valley at 3,930m beneath Heim, Kersten and Decken Glaciers.
KARANGA CAMP TO BARAFU CAMP
A departure from Karanga to Barafu camp will be met with a junction leading towards the Mweka gate. Crossing this junction and arriving at Barafu camp signifies the completion of the Southern Circuit. Here, you’ll be able to spot the summit from an array of angles.
DAY 7 — BARAFU CAMP TO UHURU PEAK
This is summit day and may also be the most physically and mentally challenging phase of your trek. The hike will resume between the Redman and Ratzel Glacier heading towards the crater rim at Stella Point (5,732m). Uhuru (5,895m) Peak, the highest point of the mountain, is only an hour away from Stella Point.
UHURU PEAK TO MWEKA CAMP
From the summit, you will descend down 3,100m to Mweka Camp for lunch. This point will also be the last point for dinner and an overnight stay.
DAY 8 — MWEKA CAMP TO MWEKA GATE
After breakfast, we will further descend 1,300m to Mweka Gate where you’ll collect your Kilimanjaro certificates by the park headquarters. A transfer from the gate to the hotel will be arranged after receiving your certificates.
DAY 9 — DEPARTURE/TRANSITION
If you have booked a Wildlife Safari or Zanzibar Beach Holiday package with us, you’ll be transferred to the next chapter of your journey. If you have not booked an additional trip with XPATS International, you’ll be transferred to the airport.
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