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Tusker - Kilimanjaro Lemosho

LEMOSHO ROUTE

LEMOSHO

As you climb through the Lemosho rainforest, you understand why the Lemosho route is becoming more popular. It is spectacular. The longer climb prepares your body for the higher altitude, enabling your body to adjust more easily and successfully.

You approach from the west, then trek around Uhuru peak on the southern circuit. You’ll also start your climb to the summit just before sunrise. This allows you to enjoy warmer temperatures and fantastic views in full daylight. As a rule, most companies climb at midnight. However, over the years we have found our climbers prefer to climb in daylight, avoiding the cold and dark, which makes climbing much more difficult.

ROUTE STATS

        • Distance: 42.2 miles or 67.8 km gate to gate
        • Itinerary: 12 Days total, 9 days climbing gate to gate
  • Daily trekking time: 4 to 7 hours (plus 5 on summit day)
  • Tusker's Lemosho route success rate: 98%

CRATER CAMP – You experience the enchantment of Kilimanjaro while camping in the crater just beneath Uhuru Peak, with no one else around. You can also hike to the seldom visited Ashpit, and summit twice (if you like) – once on the ascent and a second time before descending the next day. And if you prefer not to camp in the crater, you can descend to Barafu Camp for the night and join up with the group the next day.

"Lemosho Route with Tusker Trail"  --  "When I started researching the best tour companies, my friend who is an experienced mountaineer (first women to hike Mt Everest from both sides), suggested Tusker Trail, I knew they were a top notch organization. I also loved the fact that Eddie (Tusker's owner) is credited with helping map this route."  --  "Kristin Y"

DAILY ITINERARY

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DAY 1 ~ MOSHI

3,000-ft/914-m

Machame Climbing Route Day 1 After arriving at Kilimanjaro Airport, you meet your driver after clearing immigration, and then take a drive to our hotel, the Bristol Cottages hotel in Moshi.

You stay two nights here to get fully relaxed and focused before your ultimate challenge on Kilimanjaro. A delicious meal, a hot shower and a warm bed are all you need at this moment.

Lodging:  Bristol Lodges Hotel

DAY 2 ~ MOSHI

3,000-ft/914-m

Machame Climbing Route Day 2 After breakfast, you meet your Tusker mountain guides for your climb orientation and a final equipment check. This is a great opportunity to get to know your team leaders, pick their brains for advice, and to gather any extra gear or supplies you might need.

After gear check one the guides takes the group for lunch in Moshi. This is a nice chance to wander around town getting a taste of Moshi, the bustling Tanzanian town of the north. He will also show you around the colorful Moshi market at the foot of Kilimanjaro.

Meals Included:  Breakfast

Lodging:  Bristol Cottages Hotel

DAY 3 ~ MTI MKUBWA (BIG TREE)

10,600-ft/2,972-m • 7.2 miles/11 km • 6-7 hours

Machame Climbing Route Day 3 At the Londerossi Gate on the western slope, we sign into the national park, then begin our hike at the Lemosho Glades in the montane forest.

In places the vegetation is so untouched that it grows right across the trail. In the tree canopy look for the purple flash of the Hartlaub's Turaco, as well as black and white colobus monkeys barking at you from the upper branches. Your guides are experts on the local flora and fauna. You'll also be able to use Eddie and Amy Frank's Field Guide to the Flora of Kilimanjaro. to help identify many of the species of plants. After 4 hours, you arrive at Tusker camp in the rainforest at Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree).

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lodging: Camping

DAY 4 ~ SHIRA PLATEAU

12,480-ft/3,804-m • 3.1 miles/5 km • 7-8 hours

Machame Climbing Route Day 4 We start out after breakfast and after an hour leave the last glades of the rainforest behind. You climb toward the Shira Plateau, a caldera, which is a collapsed volcano, one of Kilimanjaro’s original three – Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira peaks. After lunch we start climbing up the ridge to the edge of the caldera at 11,560-ft/3,534-m.

As you pass through fields of heath and moorland, you notice the mountainside gradually opening up, with stunning views of the caldera. You now start to feel the effects of the altitude, and slowly hike to camp.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Lodging: Camping

DAY 5 ~ MOIR CAMP

12,950-ft/3,950-m • 6.2 miles/10 km • 7-8 hours

Machame Climbing Route Day 5 It’s a gradual hike up the western slopes through the upper heath and moorland zone, as we cross the Shira Plateau. Kibo's snowy peak glows in the distance luring us closer to our camp, which is tucked away at the foot of a giant lava flow.

Once we enter the glacially carved valley, you notice the alternate layers of lava and sediment looming over your right shoulder. Evenings are spectacular with heat lightning flaring up in dusk sky over the plateau.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lodging: Camping

DAY 6 ~ BARRANCO


12,950-ft/3,950-m • 6.2 miles/9.9 km • 6-7 hours

Lemosho Climbing Route Day 6 We start the uphill trek first thing into the Alpine zone toward Lava Tower at 15,200-ft/4,633-m. At the foot of the 320-ft/98-m tower we stop for lunch, giving our bodies a short time to acclimatize.

Making the steep descent, we hike by the uniquely beautiful plant life in this unusual habitat, such as the giant lobelia and senecios. Camp is situated at the foot of the Barranco Wall. There’s a buzz of excitement as climbers from around the world anticipate the next morning’s climb up this giant, imposing structure.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lodging: Camping

DAY 7 ~ KARANGA


13,200-ft/4,033-m • 3.6 miles/5.8 km • 4-5 hours

Lemosho Climbing Route Day 7 Emerging from your tent you can’t help focusing on the wall, contemplating its fortress-like structure. The Barranco Wall stands like a sentinel, blocking your highest goal, the final ascent to Uhuru Peak. Right after breakfast, we start our scramble up the wall. It takes about two hours, as we ascend about 500-ft/152-m out of the valley, surrounded by dazzling views of ancient lava flows and towering peaks.

Then we take a steep, meandering hike with Kibo Peak over your left shoulder, down into Karanga Valley, and up the other side to camp.

Meals Included:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lodging: Camping

DAY 8 ~ BARAFU HIGH CAMP


15,790-ft/4,813-m • 2.6 miles/4.18 km • 5 hours

Lemosho Climbing Route Day 8 It's a tough, but a rewarding climb up the rocky, craggy slopes to Barafu High Camp, sometimes called Kosovo. Tusker has special permission to camp here. Because the camp is at a high elevation it is quite cold and windy at night. The air starts getting quite thin, and you find yourself breathing hard.

There is a buzz of excitement in the air, as your climbing team anticipates the toughest day just ahead. The clouds move quickly in and out, revealing the eroded Mawenzi Peak, rising from the plains below. In the afternoon, you gather around your guides for a detailed briefing of the climbing strategy for the next day to the summit.

Meals Included:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lodging:  Camping

DAY 9 ~ UHURU PEAK - CRATER CAMP


Summit: 19,341-ft/5,895-m • 2.55 miles/4.1 km • 6-7 hours
Crater Camp: 18,810-ft/5,733-m • 1.5 miles/2.4 km • 1 hour

Lemosho Climbing Route Day 9 Our summit climb starts a couple hours before sunrise. Most of our climb is in daylight, as we have found that on the steepest and most demanding part of the climb, our climbers prefer the warmer temperatures and spectacular views all around. At mid-day we reach the rim of the crater. Behind you is the thrilling site of Mawenzi Peak, while the crater's ice-walls loom ahead above you.

We now continue to Uhuru Peak (1-2 hours) – the highest point in Africa (19,341-ft/5,895-m). Your feeling of euphoria is intense, as the culmination of your challenge approaches. Reaching the summit, you celebrate with your fellow climbers and take lots of photos. We trek down into our camp in the awe-inspiring crater, beneath the summit. After settling in, we hike up to the seldom visited Ashpit, where fumaroles and the smell of sulfur are signs that Kilimanjaro is still a dormant volcano.

Meals Included:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lodging:  Camping

DAY 10 ~ MILLENNIUM CAMP


Millennium: 12,590-ft/3,837-m • 6.3 miles/10.1 km • 5-6 hours

Lemosho Climbing Route Day 10 Still high from the summit, the crater dawn light tops off your magical experience. Before the invigorating descent, you can take another hike to Uhuru Peak. We then start a slow 3-hour descent through the scree to Barafu Camp for a short break and a snack. Then a further two hours brings us down to the edge of the rainforest at Millennium Camp.

Once at camp, it's time to relax and enjoy our last dinner, followed by a deep and restful sleep on Mount Kilimanjaro, before the final descent to the national park gate tomorrow.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lodging: Camping

DAY 11 ~ MOSHI


Mweka Gate: 5,500-ft/1,676-m • 7.5 miles/12 km • 6 hours ~ Drive Moshi • 30 mins

Lemosho Climbing Route Day 11It's a 6-hour hike from Millennium Camp to Mweka Gate where we sign the book, enjoy a final lunch and say goodbye to our porters. Your guides accompany you on a short drive back to the hotel in Moshi, where a hot shower and a cold drink await your arrival. We all enjoy a celebratory meal in the evening.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lodging: Bristol Cottages Hotel

DAY 12 ~ WILDLIFE SAFARI, ZANZIBAR or FLY HOME


WILDLIFE SAFARI

Tusker-African-SafariContinue on an incredible Wildlife Safari through some of the most spectacular animal reserves on the planet, such as Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks.










ZANZIBAR

Zanzibar - Tanzania After your climb immerse yourself in a fascinating journey back in time to the magical island of Zanzibar in the Indian ocean.

Get lost in the historical maze of ancient alleyways, and enjoy the most beautiful beaches on earth

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AFTER-CLIMB ADVENTURES

Once you have summitted Kilimanjaro go on a mind blowing Wildlife Safari and explore the epic wildlife parks of East Africa. And travel back in time to the mystical island of Zanzibar for incredible beaches, coral reef snorkeling, exotic foods, and a total cultural immersion.

For more information about our Wildlife Safaris and Zanzibar journeys read about our Trips After-Your-Climb.

WILDLIFE SAFARI & ZANZIBAR

On our 5-day safari you discover an incredible array of wildlife. And if you time it right, you might even find yourself surrounded by millions of animals during the great migration which occurs twice a year. You marvel at the incredible feeling as you immerse yourself in the spectacle of the African savannah.

For more details read about your Wildlife Safaris here.

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DAY 1 ~ LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK


African Safari Trip Day 1Rise early to connect with your safari flight from the Moshi Airport to the Manyara Airstrip, where you meet your safari guide. Lake Manyara National Park is very different from the other parks with a huge diversity of habitats. It is home to the unusual tree-bound lions and the elusive forest primate, the blue monkey, along with many other species of animals.

The Lake supports a large array of bird life, such as yellow-billed storks, white-necked cormorants, pelicans, and Egyptian geese. We overnight at Kirurumu Manyara Tented Camp.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lodging: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

DAY 2 ~ NGORONGORO CRATER


African Safari Trip Day 2The awe-inspiring Ngorongoro Crater is a 110 square-mile volcanic caldera, which collapsed two million years ago. It is encircled by 2000-ft. sheer walls. We drive down the narrow track to the crater floor, for a full day exploring this lush animal paradise.

The crater swarms with 30,000 head of wild game, stalked by great prides of lion, jackal, hyena and leopard. Ngorongoro is one of the few places left on earth where you can see the almost extinct black rhinos in their natural habitat.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lodging: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

DAY 3 ~ SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK


African Safari Serengeti Adventure The Serengeti National Park is the world’s oldest ecosystem, It is a sanctuary with the highest concentration of large mammals, containing over 1.5 million wildebeest, 200,000 zebras, 300,000 Thomson’s gazelles, and over 2,500 lions.

Every year, the Serengeti hosts one of the most dramatic spectacles on earth:  The Great Migration. During this time, millions of wildebeests, zebra, and Thomson’s gazelle migrate non-stop through the Grumeti and Mara Rivers in search of fresh grazing, following an ancient pattern of survival.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lodging varies depending on the migratory season.

DAY 4 ~ SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK


African Safari Trip Day 4In the morning, wake to the call of amazing birdlife, or the first sunrays splaying across the endless plains. These timeless sights and sounds signal the dawn of a new exciting day on safari.

The Serengeti is famous for its predators. On our daily game-runs with expert safari guides, you can expect excellent lion and cheetah sightings, and exciting lion hunts.  You can also spot leopards regularly. Other predators include serval cats, golden and black-backed jackal, African wild dog and spotted hyena.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lodging varies depending on the migratory season.

DAY 5 ~ SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK / DEPART


African Safari Trip Day 5After breakfast, we head out for our final game-run in the park. Afterwards, you drive to the the airstrip to connect with your flight to Kilimanjaro airport.

At Kilimanjaro International a Tusker Trail representative will meet you with your climbing gear that you stored in Moshi. Depart Kilimanjaro Airport.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Fly home

On our 3-day safari you discover an incredible array of wildlife. And if you time it right, you might even find yourself surrounded by millions of animals during the great migration which occurs twice a year. You marvel at the incredible feeling as you immerse yourself in the spectacle of the African savannah.

For more details read about your Wildlife Safaris here.

Open All Days Close All Days
DAY 1 ~ LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK


African Safari Trip Day 1 Rise early to connect with your safari flight from the Moshi Airport to the Manyara Airstrip, where you meet your safari guide. Lake Manyara National Park is very different from the other parks with a huge diversity of habitats.

It is home to the unusual tree-bound lions and the elusive forest primate, the blue monkey, along with many other species of animals. The Lake supports a large array of bird life, such as yellow-billed storks, white-necked cormorants, pelicans, and Egyptian geese. We overnight at Kirurumu Manyara Tented Camp.

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Lodging: Kirirumu Manyara Tented Lodge

DAY 2 ~ NGORONGORO CRATER


African Safari Trip Day 2 The awe-inspiring Ngorongoro Crater is a 110 square-mile volcanic caldera, which collapsed two million years ago. It is encircled by 2000-ft. sheer walls. We drive down the narrow track to the crater floor, now a lush animal paradise.

The crater swarms with 30,000 head of wild game, stalked by great prides of lion, jackal, hyena and leopard. Ngorongoro is one of the few places left on earth where you can see the almost extinct black rhinos in their natural habitat.

Meals Included:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lodging: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

DAY 3 ~ NGORONGORO CRATER • DEPART TANZANIA


African Safari Trip Day 3 After breakfast we head out for our last game drive down in the crater. In the afternoon ascend to the crater rim and drive to Manyara Airstrip in time to connect with your flight to Kilimanjaro Airport. At Kilimanjaro International a Tusker Trail representative will meet you with your climbing gear that you stored in Moshi. Depart Kilimanjaro Airport.

Meals Included:  Breakfast, Lunch

Fly Home!