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Lemosho 9 days with Crater Camp Route is a better altitude acclimatization program. Lemosho 9 days with crater camp is perfect for climbers seeking a more private hiking experience. Although the route joins with the more popular Machame route on the third evening, the first three days on the mountain are relatively quiet with very few other trekking groups on the trail.
Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
2 Hours Before Flight Time
Sote Tours staff will be waiting at arrival will meet you and escort you to the waiting vehicle for loading your luggage then drive you to the Hotel in Moshi town. After checking in the hotel you will get a briefing about your next day’s trek then your mountain guide will check your gears. The rest of the day can be spent relaxing at the pool or exploring the town of Moshi.
Accommodation at Park View Inn
We will pick you up from your hotel your hotel and transport you to Londorosi gate for registration. After this formality, you board the vehicle and drive again to Lemosho glade. From this point you will start the trek across undisturbed Montane forest decorated with Black and White Colobus Monkey to the camp where dinner and overnight will take place.
Elevation:2,100 m to 2,850 m
Distance: 9 km
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Montane Forest
This is an acclimatization trek because you will gain over 650m by starting walking across a beautiful valley outside the Shira caldera rim (3600m). After few hours you will reach Shira caldera. A high-altitude desert, Shira is one among the three peaks which erupted in the Kilimanjaro ecosystem. The peak later collapsed and formed a crater which eventually became filled with the lava flow from Kibo Peak. Its rim is eroded and blasted away by weather and volcanic action. Camp and overnight at 3500m elevation at the Shira one campsite.
Elevation(m): 2,750m to 3,540m
Hiking time: 8 hours
Habitat: Moorland and heather land
This spectacular camp we will be going to today is located beneath the Northern Ice Fields of Kilimanjaro. It is a gentle walk east toward Kibo’s glaciered peak, across the plateau which leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream. Then we continue trekking to Shira two camp where we will stay for dinner and overnight place, Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth.
Keep on Lemosho Route 9 Days, 8 nights Lemosho
Elevation: 3,540m to 3,800m
Distance: 7 km
Hiking time: 5-6 hours
Habitat: Moorland and rocky.
This is a long acclimatization day. You will have an early breakfast then trek East to a junction leading to Lava tower rock 4600m for acclimatization. Afterward, you will descend down to Barranco campsite for dinner and overnight.
Elevation: 3,800m to 3,950m
Distance: 13 km
Hiking time: 7-8 hours
Today is a short day of trekking. In the morning you will start climbing the Barranco wall and reach 4,235 Meter for acclimatization and continue crossing ridges and valleys to Karanga campsite for hot lunch. After lunch, you will have a bit of rest and get another acclimatization of trekking up the scree slopes towards the Southern ice field. You will then return to the camp for dinner and overnight.
Elevation: 3,950m to 4,235m
Distance: 6 km
Hiking time: 4-5 hours
Today the trek up to the Barafu ridge campsite is difficult because of altitude. The walk takes few hours because of the short distance but is steep which required a slow pace to avoid fatigue. You will walk across an alpine desert with strong, cold winds blowing down from Kibo peak and its glaciers. You will have an early dinner at 1700hrs then rest until midnight when you commence your push for the summit.
Elevation: 4,235m to 4,600m
Distance: 8 km
Hiking time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
We will attempt the ascent to the summit in the morning. This is the most challenging part of the whole trek, both physically and mentally. We will climb for several hours at a slow and steady pace while taking frequent but short breaks. The trail winds into heavy scree as we make the steep climb to the crater rim. At Stella Point (18,900ft), you will be able to see signs of the summit from far. Our hike continues around the crater rim until we reach Uhuru Peak – the highest point on Mt. Kilimanjaro and Africa.
Our descend begins with a short distance walk to Crater camp, so that rest of the crew can join us to set up the camp. Here you will have the option to hike Reutsch Crater and the Ash Pit, or just explore the area surrounding the Furtwangler Glacier. It is not recommended to sleep at a high altitude, because the danger of developing serious AMS is high if adequate altitude acclimatization has not been reached, which is why the guides will keep an eye on you.
Elevation 4,640 meters to 5,895 meters to 5,790 meters
Distance: 6 km
Hiking Time: 8 – 9 hours
From crater camp, our descend leads towards Mweka Hut Campsite, with the break at Barafu camp for lunch. This path is very rocky and can be hard on your rather knees, so the trekking poles could be very handy. Mweka Camp is nestled in the upper forest, so the mist or rain is quite common in the late afternoon. During the evening, you will be served your last dinner on the mountain, and you should get some well-deserved rest.
Elevation 5,790 meters to 3,100 meters
Distance: 12 km
Hiking Time: 4 – 6 hours
Following a well-deserved breakfast, your staff will have a big celebration full of dancing and singing. It is here on the mountain that you will present your tips to the guide, assistant guides, chef(s), and porters. After celebrating, you will descend for three hours back to Mweka Gate. The National Park requires all hikers to sign their names to receive certificates of completion. Hikers who reached Stella Point (5685m) receive green certificates and hikers who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. After receiving certificates, hikers will descend into the Mweka village for 1 hour (3 kilometers). You will be served a hot lunch then you will drive back to Moshi for long overdue showers and more celebrations.
Elevation: 3100m to 1,640m
Distance: 9 km
Descending time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Montane forest
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