Lemosho 8 Day Northen Circuit via Gilmans Point (L8GNC)

WHY THIS ITINERARY?

A different take on Kilimanjaro. While this route misses some of the dramatic geological features of the standard routes, such as Machame and Lemosho, it does head way off the beaten track and has a charm all of its own. For those that want the most remote trip, this is it.

DESCRIPTION

Starting on the Western side of Kilimanjaro at the Lemosho Trail Head, this route is one of the least used and heads up around the Kibo Massif in an clockwise direction, skirting around to School Hut for a summit attempt from the eastern side via Gilmans Point.

HIGHLIGHTS

Kilimanjaro! afromontane forest, Shira plateau, glacial valleys and alpine desert, rarely visited northern region of Kilimanjaro, Kibo and hopefully the summit! Easy descent.

 

Itinerary

In Brief

Hike Distance -
Vertical Gain - 11,959ft / 3645m
Drop - 12,877ft / 3925m
Trekking Time -

 

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 Kilimanjaro National Park and 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

After a relatively long hike and significant altitude gain, today is a short day and you arrive in Moir camp in time for lunch. A good day for acclimatisation with the option of an afternoon walk with your guides. Overnight at Moir Camp.


DAY 4 – POFU CAMP

START – 13,451FT / 4100M
END – 13,205FT / 4025M
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The route today diverges from the traditional western routes and heads north, curving clockwise around the Kibo Massif. Here, for the time being at least, there are relatively few other groups. You hike through the alpine desert skirting the edge of the heath zone to Pofu camp. Most groups arrive for lunch and then take an afternoon acclimatisation hike. Overnight at Pofu Camp.


DAY 5 – CAVE 3 CAMP

START – 13,205FT / 4025M
END – 12,884FT / 3915M
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From Pofu you hike a ridge and continue around the northern side of the Kibo Massif to Cave 3, skirting the edge of the heath zone. Once at Cave 3 there is time to rest and a short acclimatisation walk in the late afternoon. Overnight at Cave 3.


DAY 6 - SCHOOL HUT

START – 12,884FT / 3915M
END – 15,584FT / 4750M
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From Cave 3 you continue around the north eastern flanks of Kibo until you arrive at School Hut in time to check through your gear for the summit bid. After an early dinner you retire for some sleep before setting off for the summit bid. Dinner and overnight at School Hut.


DAY 7 – SUMMIT BID / HOROMBO HUT

START – 15,584FT / 4750M
END – 12,159FT / 3706M
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Rising early, normally before midnight, you start out from School hut towards the peak. At night time the scree sections are normally much firmer and the night time start enables the best chance of a clear summit attempt. It takes around 6 hours to reach Gilman’s point and then a further 1.5 – 2 hours to reach Uhuru Peak (Alt: 19,341ft, 5895m) the highest free standing point in the world and the highest point in Africa. You then descend the same route before a short stop at Kibo Hut for a refuel and short rest. By the evening you descend back down to Horombo Hut for dinner and overnight.


DAY 8 - ARUSHA

START – 12,159FT / 3706M
END – 6,463FT / 1970M
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The final descent takes you back through the heath zone and forest to the Marangu Gate. Here you are met by drivers and transferred back to your hotel for a well deserved shower and celebratory dinner.


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