In the Shades of Kilimanjaro
This Kilimanjaro trekking expedition is specifically designed for those wanting a slower climb and a more scenic route.Lemosho route is also known as the Shira Route but is distinguished by taking in the Lemosho Glades and starting at a lower altitude.Traversing across the Shira plateau can be especially spectacular, and this route also ensures the best of the Machame route is also seen. An extra day is spent at Karanga valley to give you the best chance of acclimatising and therefore maximizing your chances of climbing mount Kilimanjaro successfully.Trekking Kilimanjaro using this Lemosho route presents you a great chance to see more wildlife than any other Kilimanjaro route.If you are lucky you can see eland and buffaloes,there is also evidence of leopard and other animals.Lemosho is the longest Kilimanjaro route on the mountain and that means you have the greatest chance of success.
What you can expect from this 9 days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking:
This incredible adventure takes you through the mists of equatorial jungle to reach the snows and breath-taking views from the summit. Gaze over Tanzania and Kenya from Africa’s highest point. Mount Kilimanjaro is a giant stratovolcano reaching an elevation of 19 335.6 ft. (5 895 metre).
All our Kilimanjaro Treks include a large staff including the chief guide, an assistant guide, cook, and porters. The camp is superbly outfitted, including sleeping mats for all the igloo tents, a toilet tent, tables and chairs, and high frequency two-way radios for communication with our base in Arusha.Your profession Kilimanjaro treks guide will provide oxygen and a portable altitude chamber for safety purposes.
Day 01: Arriving Arusha,Tanzania
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International airport, you will be met by your Smart African Travel & Safaris representative and assisted through customs and immigration formalities. Thereafter, drive to Arusha the nerve center of East Africa, and getaway to several national parks in the north of the country.Overnight at African Tulip hotel
Day 02: Forest, Kilimanjaro
After breakfast you will be transferred to the trail head where you will pick up the requisite documentation at the park gate,then continues to the Lemosho Glades to start your Lemosho Route Kilimanjaro climb.Less steep than the Machame route and less used, today’s trek is through the forest that laces the foot of mount Kilimanjaro. This evening’s camp is pitched in the forest at around 2750 metres.
Day 3: Shira, Kilimanjaro
Your Kilimanjaro trek today takes you slowly up the edge of the Shira volcano. As you gain more altitude the vegetation thins and exotic species of high altitude plants appear. Your camp for today is located near the rim of the ancient volcano and provides a good opportunity to get the first direct views of Kilimanjaro’s peak. Your Camp is outfitted at about 3500 metres.
Day 4: Shira, Kilimanjaro
Today’s trek takes you to Shira Camp across the Shira Plateau, the flat caldera of a volcano that was actually bigger and is much older than mt.Kilimanjaro. Weather permitting, you can have breathtaking views. Sometimes bilious clouds are observed melting down from its rim onto the heath covered plateau. Kibo also shines with a silvery luminance as the glaciers reflect the strong sunlight. At times mist covers the plateau – views come and go quickly.If everything goes as planned,you arrive in time for lunch and then have plenty time to relax and even go for a short acclimatisation walk in the afternoon.
Day 5: Lava Tower,Kilimanjaro
Depending on your fitness, today’s trek will take you approximately 3 to 5 hours,enjoying sightings of the typical mount Kilimanjaro vegetation and reaching a high point of around 4600 meters at the Lava Tower camp. The trek takes you out of the heath zone into alpine desert where only the very toughest tussock grasses can survive. Freezing at night and blazing conditions in the day make this a hard place to exist. If you are up to it,you have the opportunity to ascend the Lava Tower in the afternoon. Overnight at Lava Tower.
Day 6: Karanga, Kilimanjaro
Your hike today will take you from Lava Tower to Karanga valley. The trail initially sets of down hill into the Barranco valley before ascending the Barranco wall. In this region there are significant numbers of very mature Senecios (giant groundsels). You will take your lunch on trail before heading onto Karanga valley and up to camp. In the afternoon you have time to relax and for the very active there is a chance to head over to the Karanga valley to look at some spectacular glacial scenery.Overnight Karanga Camp
Day 7: Barafu, Kilimanjaro
About 2 hours from Karanga you will come out on the Barafu path (part of the Mweka Trail). It is a further 1-2 hours to Barafu Hut. The last stage to Barafu hut is quite steep, and as always we advise you taking it as easy as possible.Once in camp you will have lunch and then in the afternoon head out on an afternoon acclimatization hike to around 4700 – 4800 meters.Views of Mawenzi peak are amazing here. Overnight Barafu camp
Day 8: Crater, Kilimanjaro
Today,after an early start you ascend up to the rim of the Kibo crater. It’s slow going as there is so little oxygen here. However, with patience and determination you arrive at the rim and descend into the crater for lunch in camp.Spend the afternoon relaxing and acclimatizing. It is a short walk over to the Furtwangler glacier for those that are feeling active! Dinner is taken in the mess tent and then off to bed. Overnight Crater Camp.
Day 9: Summit / Millenium
Today is the highlight of your Kilimanjaro tour as you rise early to try to your ascent with the rising sun. It takes around 45 minutes to an hour to reach Uhuru peak,the highest point on mount Kilimanjaro and definitely your ultimate goal. After sunrise you then head down the mountain down scree slopes and the biggest glacial valley on Kilimanjaro. The trail passes back through Barafu camp where you sometime to rest before continuing down to Millenium camp where you will have lunch. In the afternoon you take an easy pace down to Mweka camp, your last camp on mt.Kilimanjaro. Dinner and overnight Mweka camp
Day 10: Arusha
The final descent takes you through the lower heath section that eventually turns into rainforest. Your time on climbing mountKilimanjaro ends at Mweka Gate where your private Smart African Travel & Safaris vehicle will be waiting to transfer you back Arusha where a day room to freshen-up and relax will be provided till evening, when you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to Kilimanjaro International airport where you will board your home bound flight.
All Kilimanjaro park, camp and rescue fees, services of trained guides, porters, a cook and his assistant, portage of 2 bags (maximum 33 lbs) per person. Three meals a day,camping gear, accommodation in tents,Flying doctor emergency evacuation service,accommodation in Arusha on arrival,a day room to freshen-up on the last day,all transfers including arrival and departure transfers,orientation by Smart African Travel & Safaris professional Kilimanjaro treks mountain guide.
Does not include, International air fare , travelers, communication charges or other personal items, meals or transfers other than those included on the cost of the climb, optional activities, beverages, laundry, personal gear,evacuation transport for non emergency reasons and accommodation in Arusha.( if a client returns before the completion of the climb)
This Kilimanjaro trekking is rated Strenuous.You should be strong and in excellent physical condition. Previous experience hiking at high altitude will be an asset to your chances of summiting on Kilimanjaro.Your physical fitness is important to your success on the climb. Several months before attempting your Kilimanjaro climb,you should consider undertaking a serious physical conditioning program to get into shape.
Smart African Travel Recommends The following Physical Conditioning Program
Hiking hills for the legs, swimming to increase lung capacity and circulation, jogging and bicycling for overall fitness, these are excellent for building the strength necessary for the trek. The best training is extensive hiking up and down hills, putting in 10 mile hikes on weekends prior to the trip. It is highly recommended that you consult with your doctor before consider a climb of mount Kilimanjaro.
At 19,340, the summit of Kilimanjaro even with a rest day, the climb has rapid rate of ascent. At Smart African Travel we attempt to minimize the effects of altitude through our unique program of acclimatization. You might experience some symptoms of altitude illness during the climb. These symptoms may include headache, nausea, loss of appetite, difficulty breathing and general weakness. More severe reactions can include both cerebral and pulmonary edema, which can result in permanent injury or death. The only cure is to descend.Our mount Kilimanjaro guides are highly trained and they are quick to notice in your health and the necessary steps to take.
Best Time to Climb Kilimanjaro:
The weather on Kilimanjaro is quite diverse and unpredictable.The trek starts through a wide belt of wet tropical forest then goes through zones with generally decreasing temperatures and rainfall to the summit where there is permanent ice and sub-freezing temperatures.Our Kilimanjaro treks avoid the long rainy season which runs from mid – March to May .