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Climb Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route - 6 Days / 5 Nights

Day 1 – Lemosho Glades (2100 m) to Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree) (2750 m)
The drive from Moshi to Lemosho Glades (2100 m) via Londorossi Park's gate (2250 m) takes about three hours with a 4by4 vehicle. At the Londorossi gate (2250 m) you will acquire your climbing permit and to fill in your particulars in the park's register. To reach Lemosho Glades the vehicle follows a narrow trail leading through corn and potato plantations. On arrival at this departure point, your assigned guide will sort out all baggage and food that needs to be carried up the mountain. You will receive a lunch pack and head into the forest towards the first camp, Mti Mkubwa (2750 m).This is only route on Kilimanjaro where you walk through a series of valleys, resulting in the frequent gain and loss of altitude. The route is the one of a few where on the first day on armed ranger may accompany you because the Lemosho Glades has buffalo, elephants and other big game. Colobus and blue monkeys are often seen skimming the tree tops on the first two days. Tents are pitched at the camp while water is collected and meals prepared for supper. Overnight temperatures can reach freezing levels, so frost can be expected in the morning.

Day 2 – Mti Mkubwa (2750 m) to Shira 1 (3500 m)
After breakfast you'll receive a lunch pack and follow the trail heading into the Giant Heather Moorland Zone. The path crosses through valleys and a few streams before ascending the Shira ridge, gaining altitude to about 3600 m. From this point you will see the Londorossi Camp and road that ends on the Shira plateau. After reaching the top of Shira ridge, the trail gradually descends to camp 2, Shira 1 (3500 m). Stronger hikers pass this camp and head straight for Shira 2 (3850 m). Cathedral and Shira needle are now full view from camp. Expect frost in the morning, with temperature dropping below freezing overnight.

Day 3 – Shira 1 (3500 m) to Shira 2 (3850 m)
This day starts with a gentle walk across the Shira plateau into the Moorland. The trail crosses the Londorossi road and passes through samba camp towards a small ridge. Here you can have lunch and make use of the numerous photo opportunities presented on a clear day. This is generally a short day and Shira 2 (3850 m) is reached without much effort. Porters will pitch tents while drinking water and meals are prepared. If you don't decide to wander around the area, rest is the order of the day. Expect frost in the morning, with temperatures dropping below freezing overnight.

Day 4 – Shira 2 (3850 m) to Arrow camp (4800 m)
On this day you will gain almost 1000 m in altitude and you should move at a much slower, steady pace. The trail exits the moorland and enters the Alpine Desert joining at a junction with the Machame Route. You will reach Lava Tower (4600 m) where there are good campsites; stronger hikers will stop for lunch and continue to Arrow Camp (4800 m). If you are feeling strong at this point enjoy lunch, take pictures and continues down the valley across a stream before ascending a ridge that finally leads to Arrow Camp (4800 m). Porters will pitch your tent, collect water and prepare supper. Use this opportunity to rest as ascending the Western Breach can be physically and mentally taxing.
Expect temperatures to drop considerably during this gain in altitude. There are spectacular views of Meru Peak, Lava Tower, the Shira Plateau and numerous glaciers. The camp is littered with boulders and rocks from previous rock falls. Care should be taken when ascending the Western Breach as there are frequent rock falls triggered by the Freeze-Thaw process.
This form of weathering occurs in areas where temperatures on the ground surface frequently fluctuate above and below freezing. Diurnal freeze-thaw cycles only penetrate a few centimeters into the rock or soil, producing thermal contraction and expansion. Thermal contraction of soils leads to frost cracks or fissures that usually become ice-filled and from ice wedges but can also be filled by wind-blown sand.
After crossing a particular point on the ascent, turning back is not an option because of dangerous conditions on the Western Breach. If for physical or health reasons you are unable to summit, you must continue to the crater rim and immediately head for Stella Point to start your descent to Barafu Hut (4600 m).
Some of your stronger Kilimanjaro hikers choose to camp in the crater next to Furtwangler Glacier; this option presents an opportunity to view the ash pit. Sleeping in the crater can be cold, uncomfortable and dangerous. Careful consideration should be given before making this choice as on could be exposed to serious Altitude Sickness that could prove fatal.

Day 5 – Arrow Camp (4800 m) to Uhuru Peak (5895 m) to Mweka Camp (3100 m)
You will be woken around midnight to commence your summit. The first section is on scree that then changes to patches of ice and snow. Foot holes are generally available, and depending on conditions, you will be required to ‘short rope' for safety reasons. You will later follow a path between and over rocks up to the crater edge. Scrambling is required on some sections before you arrive on the crater ‘lip' alongside Furtwangler Glacier. From hear you walk around the glacier within the crater, and then ascend the final section of scree up to Uhuru Peak (5895 m). This short section takes about 45 minutes at altitude. The descent takes you along the crater rim to Stella Point, before descending via Barafu Hut (4600 m) to High or Mweka camp (3100 m) on the edge of the rainforest. Should weather conditions deteriorate during the first few days of your climb, the route via Barafu Hut would be a safer option as the rocks along Arrow Glacier can become iced-up and very slippery.

Day 6 – Mweka Hut (3100 m) to Mweka Village (1450 m) to Hotel
A hearty breakfast is served before you descend through the rainforest to the park's gate. On reaching the gate you must enter your particulars in the park's register. The guides are issued with gold certificates as well as climbers who reached Uhuru Peak. You can buy drinks, beer, maps, books and shirts fro the ranger. After all formalities are over, continue your descent to the Mweka Village (1450 m) where transport awaits to transfer you to the hotel for a bath or shower. Certificates are presented during supper by either your guide or team leader.

Price US$ 1450 per person:
Any additional day is US$ 210

The price is inclusive of:-
2 transfers from Moshi to Lemosho park gate -return
3 meals per day while trekking - Vegetarian/Non-Vegetarian
6 days Kilimanjaro trek- Lemosho
5 nights accomodation in camps while trekking Lemosho
First and Last night accommodation at standard accomodation hotel in Moshi -Bed and Breakfast.
All park entrance fees and government levies
English speaking mountain Guide and assistant guides
Minimum of 3 Porters per client

The Price does not include:
Gloves, Sun glasses, Sleeping bag, Hats , Rain suits, Warm Jacket,
Heavy boots, Scarf's, Rain Trousers

Note: All the above items can be hired at a reasonable price

Kilimanjaro Summit Gear List
. Leather or thermal boots
. Gore-Tex, Microtex or K-Tech Trilaminate jacket
. Gore-Tex, Microtex or K-Tech pants
. Fleece jacket
. Fleece pants
. Gore-Tex mittens or gloves
. Fleece gloves (use as inner for Gore-Tex mittens)
. Thermal glove liners (use as inner for Gore-Tex gloves)
. Gaiters
. Fleece balaclava
. Thermal balaclava
. Thermal top
. Thermal long johns
. Thermal socks
. Sunglasses with UV protection
. Day pack
. Head torch
. Thermal flask

Kilimanjaro Trekking gear: (Wear between camps)
. Rain suit or poncho (mainly used in the rain forest)
. Hiking boots or cross trainers
. Day pack
. Short pants
. Tracksuit pants
. T-shirts
. Sun hat (peak caps do not offer enough protection)
. Woolen socks
. Fleece beanie
. Water bottle

Kilimanjaro General gear & equipment
. Duffel bag
. Walking stick (adjustable)
. Sleeping bag (-10 rating)
. Sleeping mat

Kilimanjaro Helpful hints
Drink at least three to four litres of water a day.
. Use water filters and purifying pills to minimize stomach bugs.
. Take enough snacks like energy bars, drink mixes, etc.
. Do not move too fast, walk at a slow steady pace.
. Move as lightly as possible, do not carry unnecessary weight.
. All clothing in Duffel bags or backpacks must be protected with sack-liners to avoid getting wet, especially through the rainforest.
. High factor lip balm and sun block is essential.
. Nausea and headache pills should be kept handy on summit night.
. Symptoms of altitude sickness can be reduced by using medication (consult your doctor).
. New boots should be walked-in; this avoids blisters.
. Use a sleeping mat when camping.
. Use a thermal flask on summit night; other water bottles will freeze.
. Allow camera or video camera to acclimatize; do not wrap or place them in plastic bags.
. Thermal glove liners allow easier camera handling on the summit.
. Use only new camera and headlamp batteries on summit night.
. Guides and porters will expect tips; confirm amounts with your tour operator.

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