7 Lemosho Route
Climb Kilimanjaro for 7 days Lemosho Route – This is a silent and unspoilt route, located at the remote part of the snow caped majestic Kilimanjaro. It is a less frequent route up Kilimanjaro, coloured by beautiful flowers on the way to the Shira Plateau and thick mountain forest forming the home for forest dwellers. Climbers sometimes use it to ascend the Western Breach Route, or follow it with the Kibo South Circuit to ascend by the easier Barafu Route. The first day of the route is rich in game animals.
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7 Lemosho Route
Hiking time: 6-7 hours
Altitude: 3504 m
Depart Mti Mkubwa Camp after breakfastand walk through the remaining part of the forest witnessing the changing of climatic zone and gradually find yourself in the giant heather moorland zone. Have your lunch at valley door of the Shira crater before continue heading to the Shira Cathedral to arrive at the Shira 1 campsite.
Hiking time: ~ 4 hours Altitude: 3873 m
A gentle walk through the Shira Plateau on the moorland vegetation with magnificent view of the Western-breach from the eastern with all its stunning glaciers. A good day for acclimatizing, arriving at the Shira campsite for Hot lunch.
Hiking time: ~7 hours
Altitude: 3985 m
As you depart from Shira campsite you will enter the alpine zone – a barren moonscape of semi desert where only some grasses and a few lichens survive. Eat a hot lunch at the half way point before your start conquering the rocky landscape struggling to reach the Lava Tower for the highest acclimatization 4630mtrs. The first effects of high altitude will start to materialize before descending down through Giant Lobelia and Senecia plants to Barranko camp for dinner and overnight at altitude of 3985mtrs. The camp is nestled dramatically beneath the Great Baranco wall below the Western-breach which should provides you with a great sunset.
Hiking time: ~11 hours
Altitude: 3100 m
You will rise around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night. You will head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This 6-hour walk to Stella point is for many climbers, mentally and physically the most challenging on the route. At Stella Point (5685m) 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 will normally encounter snow all the way on your 2-hour ascent to Uhuru Peak. The time you will spend on the summit will depend on the weather conditions. Do not stop here for too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue. Enjoy your accomplishment and a day to remember for the rest of your live. The walk back to Barafu from the summit, takes about 3 hours. Here you will have a well earned but short rest and collect the rest of your gear, before heading down to Mweka hut (3100m). The route is not difficult and will take you down the rock and scree path into the moorland and eventually into the forest. The camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Dinner, and washing water will be prepared and drinking water, soft drinks, chocolates and beer is available from the camp office.
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