Lemosho 7 Day via Stella Point
(L7S)

 

When it comes to walking the Lemosho Trail in 7 days, guests are provided 2 options, which are detailed below.
It is the exact same route as the Lemosho 8 Day but completed in a day less.

 

Guests can choose to either miss out Shira 1 Camp or Karranga Camp.

 

Shira 1 - Missing this camp means an aggressive altitude gain and long 2nd day but 2 half days before the summit bid.
Karanga Camp - Missing this camp means a more relaxed 1st few days on trail but a reasonable hike from Barranco to Barafu (Base Camp) on the day before the summit bid.
This option is for the fit/pre acclimatised guests need to shave off a day from the trip.

 

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Lemosho 7 day

no shira 1

Why this itinerary

The complete Kilimanjaro experience in 7 days. A shorter version of the Lemosho 8 Day Trip (recommended). This variation MISSES OUT Shira 1 and ascends from Forest Camp (2860m) to Shira 2 (3850m) in one day – an aggressive altitude gain on day 2. That said it makes for 2 short half days before the summit attempt.

Description

An 8 day ascent to the roof of Africa. Starting at Lemosho on the Western side and traversing across the most spectacular parts of the mountain. It joins the Machame route above Shira Camp on Day 4. Then from Barafu Camp, ascends to the summit via Stella Point. Descent is via the Mweka route.

Highlights

Kilimanjaro! Afromontane forest, Shira plateau, glacial valleys and alpine desert, views of Mawenzi, ascent of Kibo and possible views of Kibo caldera and ash pit. Glaciers and the roof of Africa!


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 2

START –9,385FT / 2860M
END – 12,631FT / 3850M
DISTANCE - 10 MILES / 17KM
TIME - 11 HRS

From the forested slopes of Lemosho you ascend through Podocarpus and Juniper Forest and break out on to the heath zone and the extensive Shira Plateau. Lunch is taken on trail at Shira 1 Camp before trekking across the plateau to Shira 2 Camp. Overnight at Shira 2 Camp.


DAY 3 – BARRANCO CAMP

START – 12,631FT / 3850M
END – 12,828FT / 3910M
DISTANCE - 6 MILES / 10KM
TIME - 6 HRS

Today is a walk high sleep low day. You ascend into alpine desert and for those that are feeling strong you can even head up to Lava Tower before descending to Barranco Camp. Lunch is taken as a picnic lunch on route. This is long day but pays dividends later on – a great acclimatisation day! Overnight Barranco Camp.


DAY 4 - 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 5 - 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 6 - SUMMIT BID / MWEKA CAMP

START - 15,100FT / 4602M
END - 10,171FT / 3100M
DISTANCE - 10 MILES / 16KM
TIME - 14 HRS

Most people depart just before midnight for the final summit bid. Patience and persistence is the name of game to reach the summit and by dawn as the first rays of light start to appear, most arrive near the rim. Ascending via Stella Point (Alt 18,865ft, 5750m) affords a relatively short final section to Uhuru peak (Alt 19,341ft, 5895m) the Roof of Africa! What goes up must come down and your goal today is to reach Mweka Camp in time for dinner.


DAY 7 - ARUSHA

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

After breakfast you decend 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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lemosho 7 day

no karanga

Why this Itinerary

The complete Kilimanjaro experience over 7 days. This trip is a shorter version of the Lemosho 8 day Trip and skips out Karanga Camp, rather going direct from Barranco to Barafu in one day. For those that are very fit or pre-acclimatised (for instance on Mt Meru or the Ngorongoro Highlands) this could be a good choice to reduce a day.

Description

A 7 day ascent to the roof of Africa. Starting at Lemosho on the Western side and traversing across the most spectacular parts of the mountain. It joins the Machame Route above Shira Camp on Day 4. Then from Barafu Camp it ascends to the summit via Stella Point. Descent is via the Mweka Route.

Highlights

Kilimanjaro! afromontane forest, Shira plateau, glacial valleys and alpine desert, views of Mawenzi, ascent of Kibo and possible views of Kibo caldera and ash pit. Glaciers and the roof of Africa!


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 in time for a snack in the mess tent. Overnight at Shira 1 Camp.


DAY 3 – SHIRA 2

START – 11,680FT / 3560M
END – 12,631FT / 3850M
DISTANCE - 6 MILES / 10KM
TIME - 4 HRS

After a relatively long hike and significant altitude gain on day 2, today is a short day and you arrive at Shira 2 Camp in time for lunch. A good day for acclimatisation with the option of an afternoon walk with your guides to increase your acclimatisation - highly recommended! Overnight Shira 2 Camp.


DAY 4 – BARRANCO CAMP

START – 12,631FT / 3850M
END – 12,828FT / 3910M
DISTANCE - 6 MILES / 10KM
TIME - 6 HRS

Today is a walk high sleep low day. You ascend into alpine desert and for those that are feeling strong you can even head up to Lava Tower before descending to Barranco Camp. Lunch is taken as a picnic lunch on route. This is long day but pays dividends later on – a great acclimatisation day! Overnight at Barranco Camp.


DAY 5 – BARAFU CAMP

START – 12,828FT / 3910M
END – 15,092FT / 4600M
DISTANCE - 6 MILES / 10KM
TIME - 8 HRS

From Barranco Camp, famous for its giant groundsels (Senecio species), you ascend the Barranco Wall and hike glacial valleys to Karanga Camp. Lunch is taken in the Karanga Valley before heading to Barafu in the afternoon. A relatively early dinner is taken before heading to rest for the evening before the summit bid. Overnight at Barafu Camp.


DAY 6 - SUMMIT BID / MWEKA CAMP

START - 15,100FT / 4602M
END - 10,171FT / 3100M
DISTANCE - 10 MILES / 16KM
TIME - 14 HRS

Most people depart just before midnight for the final summit bid. Patience and persistence is the name of game to reach the summit and by dawn as the first rays of light start to appear, most arrive near the rim. Ascending via Stella Point (Alt 18,865ft, 5750m) affords a relatively short final section to Uhuru peak (Alt 19,341ft, 5895m) the Roof of Africa! What goes up must come down and your goal today is to reach Mweka Camp in time for dinner.


DAY 7 - ARUSHA

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

After breakfast you decend 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!


END OF SERVICES

 
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