The Lemosho Route is one of our favorite routes. The scenery is amazing and the crowds are small until you merge with Machame. It begins in the rainforest where you ascend towards the shira plateau. You cross the entire shira plateau with amazing views before merging with Machame Route at Shira 2 camp. From here the route follows the Southern Circuit to Lava Tower, Barranco, Karanga and Barafu. Descent by Mweka route. 6, 7, 8 or 9 days. We recommend 8 days for this route. accommodations in tents.
Register at Londorossi Gate (7,740ft/2,360m), the climb then starts out in the rain forest of the lower slopes where we may encounter animals, such as black & white colobus monkeys and several varieties of birds. Hike to edge of forest at Mti Mkubwa (9,500ft/2,895m) . Duration 4hrs.
After breakfast leave Mti Mkubwa for a climb up onto Shira plateau and Shira 1 Camp (11,500ft/3,505m). We will come out of the rain forest and enter the heather climate zone. Enjoy the wonderful sunset from the mess tent with Mt. Meru in the distance. Duration 5-6hrs.
After breakfast, continue across Shira plateau toward Shira 2 camp(12,500ft/3,810m) where we will have lunch before continuing upwards to Moir Hut (13,800ft/4,200m)for camp. Duration 6-7 hrs.
After breakfast, leave Shira behind and head up towards Lava Tower(15,190ft/4,630m) where we will have lunch before descending into the Barranco Valley(13,045ft/3,976m) for camp. Enjoy the amazing sunset on Kibo and the Great Barranco Wall. Duration 5-6 hrs.
After breakfast, leave Barranco camp and scramble up the spectacular Barranco Wall. Once over the wall, it is an undulating walk to Karanga Camp(13,100ft/3,995m) Enjoy the views of Kibo above and the plains below, can see Moshi Town far below. Duration 4-5 hrs.
After breakfast head upwards towards the final camp at Barafu(15,330ft/4,673m). This day is steep but short and you will have a hot lunch. Enjoy the short day, as you will wake around 11 pm to leave for the summit. Mawenzi dominates the view from Barafu. Duration 4hrs.
Wake at 11pm to get ready for summit attempt. Hike upwards on very steep trail in the dark, reaching Stella point(18,958ft/5,745m) after ~6hrs at dawn. Continue on the more gradual incline to Uhuru Peak (19,341ft/5,895m), 1hr from Stella point. After pictures and congratulations, head back down to Barafu for 2-3 hrs rest and lunch before continuing down to Mweka camp (10,065ft/3,068m). Duration 13-14hrs.
Final day on the mountain, head from Mweka Camp down through the forest to Mweka gate(5,380ft/1,640m) for certificates. Congratulations, you made it! Duration 2-3hrs.
INCLUDED: All park entry fees, rescue fees, transport to/from the gate, food, drinking water, tents, guide,cook and porters.
NOT INCLUDED: Sleeping bag and personal gear, tips for your guide,cook and porters and other personal things of nature.