Climbing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Shira
The many changes of scenery and spectacular hike across Shira Plateau make this trek truly special when climbing Kilimanjaro. Lemosho Glades route is perhaps the least used and we start slow and easy. The trail later merges with the Shira and Machame Routes, eventually joining the Umbwe route. Overall, the distance covered and the intensity of the final few days make this trek a good choice only for the experienced hiker.
- Tour name: Climbing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Shira
- Price Range $2475 US
- Duration: 9 days (7 climbing)
- Country(s): Tanzania
- Tour Type: Private
- Start & Finish: Arusha
- Tour Code: TKLEM
- Activities: Mountain Climbing
Pricing per person. Note that pricing includes new tariffs imposed by Tanzanian Government as of July 1, 2017. Subject to change.
- 2 people climbing – $ 2475 US
- 1 person climbing – $ 3165 US
- 2 nights hotel, 7 nights tents
- 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners
- Ground transfers to and from Arusha or Kilimanjaro airport
- Climbing permit
- Mountain guide
- Park Entrance fees
- Safety equipment
- Visas, medical insurance, climbing equipment, sleeping bags, hyperbaric chamber, oxygen tanks, toilet tent, tips, beverages, and items of a personal nature.
- Extra day on the mountain $295 US
- Hyperbaric Pressure Bag $35 US per day
- Chemical toilets $30 US per day
- Oxygen Cylinder $25 US per day
- Pulse oxymeter $35 US per trip
- Other trekking gear can be rented
- Add on Safari in Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda or Uganda
Day 1 Moshi
Pick up in Arusha or Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to Moshi town, at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro so you can begin preparations for climbing. Dinner and overnight is at a base hotel in Moshi.
Day 2 Lemosho Trailhead (2375m) – Forest Camp (2895m)
Complete entry formalities, then drive to the Lemosho trailhead. Commence climbing Kilimanjaro through undisturbed forest, about 3-4 hours. Buffalo and elephant sightings are possible on the overgrown trail.
Day 3 Shira Camp (3720m)
Take a steep track into a savannah of tall grasses, ascend through the lush rolling hills below the Shira plateau, finally reaching camp after 5-6 hours of trekking. Relish the view of Kibo across the amazing plateau.
Day 4 Shira 2 Camp (3950m)
Full day exploration of the Shira plateau; trek east toward Kibo’s glaciered peak, with the option to visit the ancient collapsed Shira cone, the oldest of Kilimanjaro’s three volcanoes.
Day 5 Barranco Camp (3950 m)
Proceed steadily upward over expansive ridgelines of high desert to Lava Tower. Then, descend the steep track into the Great Barranco Valley. Barranco Camp is set in a valley enclosed on three sides with the massive valley walls and the Kibo massif itself. Trekking time today is 6-7 hours.
Day 6 Barafu Camp (4630m)
Scramble up the steep ‘Barranco Wall’, then traverse up and down the slopes of valleys. Kibo’s glaciers loom above. We reach the Karanga Valley after 3-4 hours of trekking where the trail turns steadily uphill. The temperature will grow colder and the landscape more sparse.
Day 7 Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka Camp (3110m)
A midnight wake-up call is the start of an epic day, 12-17 hours of trekking. The winding path of switchbacks will take you to the edge of the crater after about 6 hrs. Stella Point, at 5790m on the crater rim, is the end of the steep track. From here, there is a gentle slope, about 1 hour to Uhuru Peak. After reaching the summit, the trail descends steeply back to Mweka Camp for the night.
Day 8 Mweka Gate (1830m) and Moshi
Descend straight to the gate for 2 – 3 hours, where you’ll have lunch and be awarded climbing certificates. Transfer to base hotel to rest, enjoy dinner and overnight stay.
Day 9 Moshi – Airport or Arusha
After breakfast, you will be transferred back to Arusha or Kilimanjaro International Airport with lifelong memories of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
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