7-day Mount Kilimanjaro trek in Tanzania via the Lemosho Route in Tanzania

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The Machame route, also referred to as the Whiskey route, was one of the most popular routes and was crowded on Kilimanjaro. But now many people have been choosing Lemosho as an alternative to avoid crowds, which makes the route less populated compared to Lemosho. This is one of our favorite routes due to its scenery and success rates! My name is Aloyce, I am 29 years old and from Tanzania. I warmly welcome you to my home country and will provide everything for you, during your visit to Tanzania. Machame route is one of the highest summit success rates given the topography and nature of the route which allows climbers to "trek high & sleep low" hence making it a more favorable route for acclimatization. This route offers some of the most spectacular scenery while on the mountain. The Machame route starts on the southwest side of the mountain and proceeds steeply north, traversing the Shira plateau and eventually joining the Shira and Lemosho routes just after the Shira cave camp. The Machame route can be done in a minimum of 6 days, but a 7-day trek is recommended to allow climbers to be well-rested and acclimatized before making the final ascent to the summit. What's Included in the price? - Pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro International Airport. - Pre & Post Trek accommodation at Hotel at Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel (Private room) - Park fees, camping fees, rescue fees, and 18% VAT on tour fees & services which cost nearly 55% of the total cost charged. - 4Season mountain tents - Sleeping Mats - Transportation to & from the mountain gate - Professional mountain guides, cooks, and porters - 3 meals daily while on the mountain - Filtered water throughout the trek - Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO) Not Included: - Flights - Items of a personal nature - Laundry Services - Tips to mountain crew Do you have a question? Ask in the Q&A below! Happy to have a call with you to arrange the last details before your arrival! Can’t wait to hear from you! 🙌🏻
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Trip Itinerary

Kilimanjaro International Airport - KIA (JRO)

Day 1-2
On your arrival to Tanzania, You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to a hotel in Moshi town (Kilimanjaro wonder Hotel), you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day. Overnight at your arranged hotel.

Mti Mkubwa Camp

Day 2-3
After breakfast, you will be picked up at your hotel at around 08:00 am and transferred to the Lemosho route at Londorosi gate which is located on the western side of Kilimanjaro. After the registration process, you will still start our climb steadily through the forests of the Lemosho glades to reach Big Tree camp (Mti mkubwa camp) where you will be spending the night. Distance covered: 7km / 4.3mi Approx. time took: 4 hours Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included


Day 3-4
Today you will cover a lot of ground as you trek across a plateau of grassy moorland and heather scattered with volcanic rock formations. We will trek through Shira 1 Camp from where there are often views of Kibo Peak floating on the clouds as we head toward our destination which is Shira 2. We gain a reasonable amount of altitude as we head towards Shira 1 and parts of the route are fairly steep. As you proceed towards Shira 2 you will get the chance to view the Northern Ice fields from the western side of the mountain with some unusual views of Kibo. Our steady climb across the moorland of the Shira Plateau will help with acclimatization and we enjoy great panoramic views. Distance covered: 16.5km / 10.3mi Approx. time took: 9 - 11 hours Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Barranco Camp

Day 4-5
Your trek starts with an ascent with far-reaching panoramic views, walking into the climatic zone of the upland desert and on the lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. You will reach the distinct pinnacle of the Lava Tower (4640 m), our high point for the day and a great place to enjoy your lunch. In the afternoon we make a steep descent to our camp for the night, located at the base of the Great Barranco Valley (3960 m), sheltered by towering cliffs but with extensive views of the plains below. Distance covered: 10km / 6.2mi Approx. time took: 7 hours Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Karanga Camp

Day 5-6
Our day starts by descending into the start of the Great Barranco, a huge ravine. We then exit steeply, up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. It’s a climb over rock, not technical but long and tiring. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, we head toward the Karanga valley. From here we have a steep climb up from Karanga valley to our night’s camp at Karanga camp, set at 3963m. For those feeling strong, we will go for a mid-afternoon acclimatization trek up to around 4200m before descending back to camp for the night. Distance covered: 5.5km / 3.4mi Approx. time took: 5 hours Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Barafu Camp

Day 6-7
After a good night’s rest and breakfast, we set off on our walk to Barafu camp at 4640m. The climb will take us across desolate scree slopes with no vegetation around us at all. It’s a tough steep walk made more difficult by the altitude. On arriving at camp we eat and spend the afternoon resting as we prepare for a long night and day ahead. It is important to keep hydrated and warm. We have an early dinner and then try to get some sleep as we will be getting up between 11 pm and 12 pm to start the climb to the summit. Distance covered: 3km / 1.9mi Approx. time took: 3 hours Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Uhuru Peak

Day 7-8
We start off at around midnight and walk steeply upwards to the summit glaciers. We will be climbing scree for 4 to 5 hours but gain incredible height over a short distance. The views are spectacular. We should be on the crater rim at Stella Point (5739m) as the first rays of the sun hit us. Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater surround us and the views to the jagged Mawenzi peak and beyond are breathtaking. Another hour’s walking takes us to the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m). We begin our descent by returning to Stella Point and then descending on scree slope and track back to Barafu Camp for breakfast, before finally heading down to Mweka Camp for a long well-earned rest. Distance covered: 16.4km / 9.6mi Approx. time took: 13hours – 15 hours Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel

Day 8
A gentle trek takes us down through the rainforest to Mweka Gate, where we complete park formalities and receive certificates, which you can hang up with pride! We are then met by our vehicles and return to the hotel in Moshi, where you can treat yourself to a welcome shower and then celebrate with cold drinks. Overnight at your arranged Hotel. Distance covered: 9.1km / 7.5miles Approx. time took: 3 hours Hotel: Bed &Breakfast
Trip Summary
Hotel & Camping & Bed & Breakfast
8 days trip
Kilimanjaro International Airport - KIA (JRO), Mti Mkubwa Camp & 6 more
Car, Trekking
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