12 Day Itinerary - 9 Days Climbing: $6,190
(Overnight in the Crater)
Lemosho is a slightly longer route, which allows you to acclimatize to the altitude, and enjoy the spectacular environment. Lemosho is one of the more scenic routes up Kilimanjaro and does not require a midnight summit climb.
On the 12-day climb you sleep in the crater below the summit and make your summit climb during daylight hours. This is best for views, warmer weather and no crowds at the peak.
After arriving at Kilimanjaro airport, you check into our hotel. You spend two nights in Moshi allowing you time taking it easy and getting to know your guides as they give you a detailed climb orientation and gear check.
9,170-ft/2,795-m • 2.5 miles/4 km • 3 hours
At the Londerossi gate in the west you check into the national park, then hike along a little used track through the montane forest.
In places the vegetation is so untouched that it grows right across the trail. The flora and fauna are richer here than on the other more popular routes through the rain forest. In the tree canopy look for the purple flash of the Hartlaub's Turaco, as well as the black and white Colobus monkeys.
11,500-ft/3,505-m • 5.2 miles/8.4 km • 7-8 hours
After breakfast you leave the glades behind, and start climbing towards the heath and moorland zone. Traversing the ridge, you descend into the Shira Caldera, a high altitude desert plateau.
Shira is the third of Kilimanjaro's volcanic cones - now eroded - and is filled with lava flow and centuries of silt from Kibo Peak. Weather and volcanic action have decimated the crater rim. Today you get your first views of Kibo peak.
13,650-ft/4,160-m • 6.3 miles/10 km • 7-8 hours
After breakfast you hike east across the Shira Plateau past the Shira Cathedral towards Moir camp, tucked away at the end of a massive gorge, at the foot of a giant lava flow.
On the way to camp you enjoy a hot lunch at Fisher Camp, only a couple hours from our destination.
12,950-ft/3,950-m • 6.2 miles/9.9 km • 6-7 hours
After breakfast, you start climbing toward Lava Tower, at 15,200-ft/4,633-m, where the group stops for lunch, allowing your bodies to acclimatize. Descending through the giant Senecio habitat, you arrive at camp beautifully located at the foot of the Barranco Wall.
This is where the Machame and Lemosho routes converge, so you'll meet other climbers from around the world, ascending the Machame Route.
13,200-ft/4,023-m • 3.6 miles/5.8 km • 4-5 hours
Today's big challenge is to hike up the Barranco Wall, a 500-ft lava flow. It's not technical, but still a challenge. Once on top of the wall, the climb becomes easier and extremely beautiful with fantastic views of the crags and crevasses of the jagged peaks of Kibo on your left.
Lastly you descend into the Karanga Valley and up the other side, toward Karanga camp.
14,950-ft/4,556-m • 2.1 miles/3.4 km • 3-4 hours
It's all uphill to the rocky, craggy slopes at Barafu camp. Barafu means "ice" in Swahili, and it is extremely windy and cold at this altitude.
You start to feel the effects of altitude, breathing hard as you climb higher. There is a buzz of excitement in the air, as climbers anticipate the toughest day - and the summit - just ahead. The clouds move in an out, revealing the eroded peak of Mawenzi, painted with beautiful colors of the African sun.
Summit: 19,340-ft/5,895-m • 2.75 miles/4.5 km • 7-9 hours
Crater Camp: 18,700-ft/5,700-m • 1.5 miles/2.4 km • 1.5 hours
You start your climb to the summit at sunrise, and climb throughout the day. Today's the toughest day, with the most stunning views of Mawenzi, the Kibo Saddle and the plains below. You slowly wind your way through the scree to the crater rim and make your summit push. The view is dramatic. After celebrating your achievement, you slowly trek down to camp on the crater floor.
10,400-ft/3,170-m • 8.3 miles/12 km • 8-9 hours
After a hot breakfast you hike up to the Ash pit for spectacular views, where fumaroles are evidence of Kilimanjaro's dormant volcanic state.
You then start your descent to Mweka Camp, where you enjoy your last night on Mount Kilimanjaro.
Mweka Gate: 5,500-ft/1,676-m • 5.3 miles/8.5 km • 4-5 hours
Moshi: 3,000-ft/914-m • 30 minute drive
In the morning you have a 4-5 hour walk through the rainforest down to the gate and sign out of the national park.
The Tusker vehicles take you back to our hotel for a well-earned shower and celebration.
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