Tanzania: Mt. Kilimanjaro – Lemosho Route
For people like us, to gaze at a mountain is to wish to climb it. And Mt. Kilimanjaro is among the great views — and opportunities — in the world of mountaineering. Although it is very high, a great challenge and capped with glaciers, it is also approachable to the novice. And in the hands of Embark and our experienced guides, you will have the ultimate Kilimanjaro experience: safe, thrilling, and once in a lifetime.
Embark has more than 20 years of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro on all routes, with most guides having 300+ summits and 20+ years of experience.
- Hike the less traveled, remote Lemosho route up Africa's highest mountain
- Experience a remarkable crew of guides and porters, rated as some of the best on Kilimanjaro; most have more than 300 summits
- Climb with a company that specializes in Lemosho Route, Western Breach and Crater Camp
- Climb with Embark; which actively supports the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project, paying fair wages!
- Get access to our exclusive resources, curated over years of experience trekking Kilimanjaro. Includes a custom 4 month training plan
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Welcome to Moshi- the more quaint, laid-back of the small towns sitting at the base of the famed Mount Kilimanjaro! Upon arrival in Kilimanjaro International airport you will be met by our Embark representatives, who will provide transportation to your hotel. No activities are planned for the day. You are free to explore picturesque downtown Moshi.
Morning pre-trip discussion, introduction with trekking guide and gear/bag check. In the afternoon you are free to explore some more or do last-minute shopping for the trek.
Depart Moshi for Londorossi Gate, which takes about 4 hours, where you will complete entry formalities. With flora and fauna heavier and richer here than on any other route through the thick rainforest, the Lemosho Route cuts through underbrush that is so untouched it at times grows right across the narrow trail. After three to four hours, we'll reach our camp, Mti Mkubwa, which means "Big Tree" in Kiswahili.
We continue on the trail leading out of the forest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather, and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As we ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, we reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 camp. The view of Kibo from across the plateau is amazing.
After breakfast we head east across the Shira Plateau and past the Shira Cathedral to Shira Camp. Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth. It is about a four-hour hike to camp. On the way we pass the first of many Giant Senecios, some of Kilimanjaro’s otherworldly massive plants.
From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the "Shark's Tooth." Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction, which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft.
After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall, to the Karanga Valley campsite. This is a short day meant for Acclimatization.
After breakfast, we leave Karanga and hit the junction, which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.
Very early in the morning, we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is he most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.
At Stella Point (18,600 ft), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit.
After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).
Leave for the United States this evening or embark on one of Embark's custom wildlife safaris set in the Serengeti or the Ngorongoro Crater
Dates & Pricing
Jun 24Jul 4$3595 (5 spaces) USD
Jul 2Jul 12$3595 (2 spaces) USD
Jul 11Jul 21$3595 (4 spaces) USD
Jul 15Jul 25$3595 (7 spaces) USD
Aug 19Aug 29$3595 USD
Sep 2Sep 12$3595 (Full) USD
Sep 9Sep 19$3595 USD
Sep 21Oct 1$3595 (3 spaces) USD
Sep 23Oct 3$3595 (5 spaces) USD
Oct 7Oct 17$3595 USD
Oct 14Oct 24$3595 USD
Dec 16Dec 26$3595 USD
Jan 1Jan 11$3595 USD
Jan 20Jan 30$3595 USD
Feb 3Feb 13$3595 USD
Feb 17Feb 27$3595 USD
Mar 1Mar 11$3595 USD
Mar 16Mar 26$3595 USD
Jun 1Jun 11$3595 USD
Jun 15Jun 25$3595 USD
Jul 1Jul 11$3595 USD
Jul 13Jul 23$3595 USD
Aug 3Aug 13$3595 USD
Aug 10Aug 20$3595 USD
Aug 31Sep 10$3595 USD
Sep 7Sep 17$3595 USD
Sep 14Sep 24$3595 USD
Sep 21Oct 1$3595 USD
Oct 5Oct 15$3595 USD
Oct 12Oct 22$3595 USD
Dec 14Dec 24$3595 USD
Above Costs Include:
- All international and domestic airport transfers
- Moshi to Lemosho gate drive by private vehicle
- Accommodation for 3 nights in Moshi and breakfasts while at the hotel
- Park fees
- All meals and accommodations while on climb
- Accommodation, meals, insurance, equipment, transportation and allowances of guide and porter
- Fairs wages for the porters!
Cost Does Not Include:
- Lunch and dinner in Moshi prior and post-climb
- Any sightseeing tours in Moshi
- International and domestic airfare
- Bottled drinks (mineral water, any cold drinks, and alcoholic drinks)
- Your travel insurance and overseas medical insurance coverage
- Liability for expenses against sickness, flight cancellation, road blockage, accidents and other occurrence beyond our control
- Tanzania visa
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