Lemosho 9 Day Trek with stay in Crater (L9SC)

WHY THIS ITINERARY?

For those that want to spend some time on the summit and in the crater on top of the mountain. This is the complete Kilimanjaro experience - more acclimatisation time, more culture, more spectacular scenery and a less arduous summit bid.

DESCRIPTION

A 9 day ascent to the roof of Africa. Starting at Lemosho on the western side and traversing across the most spectacular parts of the mountain, this is the ultimate Kilimanjaro trip. It follow the same route as the 8 day Lemosho Route but summits the mountain during the day with more time spent in the crater.

HIGHLIGHTS

West Kilimanjaro! afromontane forest, Shira plateau, glacial valleys and alpine desert, views of Mawenzi. An ascent of Kibo with options to explore the summit caldera and ash pit, glaciers and the roof of Africa! 

 

ITINERARY

In Brief

Hike Distance - 37miles / 64 km
Vertical Gain - 15,441ft / 4706m
Drop - 16,070ft / 4898m
Trekking Time - 52 hours

 

In Detail

DAY 1 - KILIMANJARO FOREST

START - 7,380FT / 2250M
END - 9,385FT / 2860M
DISTANCE - 3 MILES / 5KM
TIME - 7 HRS

From Arusha we set out in vehicles to the starting point of the Lemosho Trail. Here you meet the rest of your crew and set of at a leisurely pace into Afromontane forest. Lunch is taken on trail and camp is reached mid afternoon. Overnight at Forest Camp.


DAY 2 - SHIRA 1

START - 9,385FT / 2860M
END - 11,680FT / 3560M
DISTANCE - 4 MILES / 7KM
TIME - 7 HRS

From the forested slopes of Lemosho you ascend through Podocarpus and Juniper forest and break out of the forest on to the heath zone and the Shira Plateau. Lunch is taken on trail and you arrive in camp mid afternoon. Overnight at Shira 1 Camp.


DAY 3 - MOIR CAMP

START - 11,680FT / 3560M
END - 13,451FT / 4099M
DISTANCE - 5.5 MILES / 9KM
TIME - 5.5 HRS

Crossing the Shira plateau can be one of the most scenic parts of the trip and this morning we hike for around 3-4 hours to the lunch point. After lunch we ascend to Moir camp, arriving in the mid afternoon. For those with the energy a hike in the late afternoon up to a viewpoint is highly recommended to keep the blood flowing. Overnight at Moir Camp.


DAY 4 - BARRANCO CAMP

START - 13,451FT / 4099M
END - 12,800FT / 3900M
DISTANCE - 6 MILES / 10KM
TIME - 8 HRS

From Moir we traverse across the slopes of Kibo. Here relatively little flora or fauna can survive the extreme temperature ranges and conditions that typify this zone. Lunch is normally taken close to Lava Tower (Alt 15,092ft, 4600m) and for those that feel very strong there is an optional ascent of Lava Tower before descending down to Barranco Camp in the afternoon. Overnight at Barranco Camp.


DAY 5 - KARANGA CAMP

START - 12,800FT / 3900M
END - 13,450FT / 4099M
DISTANCE - 3 MILES / 5KM
TIME - 4 HRS

An early start is recommended to hike the Barranco wall. After about 2 hours you reach the top and then hike over glacial valleys to Karanga camp. Sunsets here are particularly spectacular with views of the southern glacial valleys and ice fields towering 1000 meters (over 3,000ft) above you. Overnight Karanga Camp.


DAY 6 - BARAFU

START - 13,450FT / 4099M
END - 15,100FT / 4602M
DISTANCE - 2.2 MILES / 4KM
TIME - 3 HRS

Today is another half day ascending to Barafu camp. Once again lunch is taken in camp allowing plenty of time to relax before the summit bid. Desolate alpine desert and at times strong winds rip over this camp and yet in the evening slendid views of Mawenzi Volcano are the norm. Overnight Barafu Camp.


DAY 7 - KIBO CRATER CAMP

START - 15,100FT / 4602M
END – 18,865FT / 5750M
DISTANCE – 3 MILES / 5KM
TIME – 7 HRS

Unlike other routes with a night time ascent, your hike selection affords you a day time ascent to Kibo Crater. The going is slow but with constant encouragement from your climb team the rim of Kibo is reached before descending a little way into the caldera to Crater Camp. The afternoon is spent relaxing and short walks can be taken with one of your guides. Overnight Kibo Crater Camp.


DAY 8 – MWEKA CAMP

START - 18,865FT / 5750M
END - 10,171FT / 3100M
DISTANCE – 8 MILES / 13KM
TIME – 8HRS

After a night in the crater you now have the shortest final summit bid of any route. With such a short distance to the summit from the crater (around 1 hour) means that timing arrival with the sunrise is much easier and quite spectacular. The summit of Kilimanjaro is the top of the highest freestanding mountain in the world. After your summit bid you then descend for a final night on the mountain at Mweka Camp passing back through the heath zone. Endemic proteas, pollinated by Malachite Sunbirds are plentiful. Overnight Mweka Camp.


DAY 8 - ARUSHA

START - 10,171FT / 3100M
END - 5,900FT / 1798M
DISTANCE - 6 MILES / 10KM
TIME - 3 HRS

After breakfast you descend once again through montane forest and around mid day after saying farewell to your crew, you are picked up and transfer back to your lodge for a well deserved shower!


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