7 – 8 days Lemosho route
Day 1: Londorosi gate (2100masl) – Mti mkubwa camp (2821masl);
Habitat: Motane forest,
Distance: Approximately 5.4km,
Hiking time: 3hrs
From hotel to Londorosi gate where you sign in and drive another 12km to the starting point at 1244masl. A hike through this wonderful home of a thousand species of wildlife should welcome you to Kilimanjaro on a different perspective. The short distance from the gate to the camp should warm you up and get you prepared for the next day.
Day 2: Mti mkubwa camp (2821masl) – Shira two Camp (3875masl);
Distance: Approximately 15.6km,
Hiking time: 8hrs
The journey today is interestingly long and beautifully rising as exposing the landscape. Now you can see clearly the ice cones and domes as the heather plants a getting shorter. Shira two camp is at the semi-desert zone and wonderfully located in an area where then scene is breathtaking. Dinner and overnight at Shira two camp.
Day 3: Shira two Camp (3875masl) – Lava-tower (4642masl) – Barranco camp (3984masl)
Distance: Approximately 10.3km,
Hiking time: 8hrs
You will commence from Shira two camp after breakfast and follow the path that cuts through the arid zone. When the day is perfect, the landscape can be so exposed with those hills and rocks reflecting rays and giving fantastic images. A hike to the lava tower at (4642masl) makes your journey to Barranco at (3984masl) a descending process. It is a good hiking practise where you climb higher and get to camp a little lower. Dinner and overnight at Barranco.
Day 4: Barranco camp (3984masl) – Karanga camp ();
Habitat: Alpine desert,
The path is short but adventurous. It ensures that you hike through a very steep gorge and ridges. The wonderful land consist of rivers, huge rocks and stone scree, senacio species and heather among other beauties. Lunch, dinner and overnight at Karanga camp.
Day 5: Karanga camp () – Barafu camp (4681masl);
Habitat: Alpine desert,
A walk through this desert lands can give someone an impression of walking to some kind of other planets. Those lava cones you were seeing from a distance are now very close and they look alive. The snow capped Kibo on your left looks attractively dressed in white. You should be at Barafu at least afternoon where you will have a lunch and spend the rest of the day resting and getting prepared for the summit. Evening meal is also going to be served early at 5:30 or 6:00pm to give you more hours to rest and prepare. At 11:30pm you shall be waked up for a cup of tea and some biscuits and have some time to do the final preparation.
Day 6: Barafu camp (4681masl) – Uhuru peak (5895masl) – Mweka camp (3090masl);
Habitat: Rocks, stone scree and snow lands
Distance: Approximately 4.5km ascent and 10.8km descent
Hiking time: Approximately 8hrs to Uhuru and 6 – 8hrs to Mweka.
The journey to Uhuru should begin at midnight. The zigzag path cuts through a steep land of rocks and stone scree. Now we are in the land of the cold and wind to a limit where everything is covered in snow. The ice lands above Stella point has given a path to Uhuru and you will make it through here on your way. At Uhuru peak, you will have some time taking pictures and feeling glad about yourself and your spirit. “I have finally made it and I’am here.”That is what everyone will say and the journey back to Barafu camp begins soon. It should take a short time to be at Barafu where you will rest for a while then start to Mweka camp a little lower. Mweka camp is at the edge of the forest zone and the climate here is almost that of the lower lands especially for someone from Barafu and Uhuru. Once at Mweka Camp, you will be offered a washing bowl with water to clean yourself a little bit and dinner then retire to sleep.
Day 7: Mweka camp (3090masl) – Mweka gate (1641masl);
Distance: Approximately 8.5km,
Hiking time: At-least 6hrs.
The path pass through the forest on a gentle slope land. For plant lovers this zone should give you an impression of a little paradise. Mammals here prefer a secret life without noise from intruders. If you are lucky enough you may spot an antelope picking leaves or berries. Anyone from the desert should like it here with those cheerful noise of birds welcoming you whether you made it or not. “Cheer up, it is good to be back home”. You shall be given your certificate at the gate then shake hands with the rest of the crew for goodbye. The journey ends at the hotel.
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