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Kilimanjaro - Lemosho Route Overview
- 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31
Trek up to the summit of Africa's highest peak, Tanzania's Mt Kilimanjaro, via the Lemosho route
Views of Mawenzi, vast, ice-filled valleys, rolling deserts - it's no wonder Lemosho is considered the most scenic route to Mount Kilimanjaro. Another bonus is lower volumes of foot traffic and higher rates of summit success, making it the preferred route for climbers with varying degrees of expertise.
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Situated on the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro, Moshi is a small but vibrant Tanzanian town.
Take a scenic drive from Marangu to Lemosho Glades. From the trailhead, stroll through beautiful forests uphill towards the camp, situated at 2,800 m.
Embark on a short hike through the forest before emerging into the moorlands. Beautiful and rugged, this rolling path will lead to a camp by the stream. This is the Shira One campsite, situated at 3,500 m.
Journey uphill to reach the Shira Two hut at 3,800 m. If you’re up for a little more hiking in the afternoon, climb to Shira Cathedral or Shira Needle, otherwise rest your legs and enjoy a cup of tea with a scenic view. If venturing to the centre of an extinct volcano sounds alluring, there are options to hike to Cope Place too.
Tackle the steep ascent directly towards Mount Kibo, where the highest point of the day will be around the 4,600 m mark. Despite the challenging uphill terrain, the beautiful surrounding forests and spectacular scenic ridge along the way are awe-inspiring. After an exhausting walking day, spend the night at a Barranco camp on the valley floor.
Make the short yet sharp climb up the famed Barranco Wall, which leads to an undulating trail on the south-eastern flank of Kibo. This area provides superb vistas of the southern ice fields, so have a camera handy. Spend the night in a campsite directly overlooking the glaciers and take in the spectacular views.
Climb out of the Varranco Valley on your way past the Barranco wall. Another day of legging it uphill will be richly rewarded with more glacial views and scenic mountain vistas.
Wake early and enjoy a warm cup of tea before embarking on the most challenging and, in turn, rewarding portion of the trek. Hike to Stella Point, 5,750 m, then continue on to Uhuru Peak. This is the highest summit on Kibo’s crater rim and offers incredible views as the sun breaks over the morning sky. With hearts racing from the climb, the impossibly beautiful scenery and the sheer sense of achievement, descend back down to camp. After a leisurely breakfast, undertake a little trek to the next camping spot, Millennium Camp.
Complete this incredible journey with a stroll to the Mweka Gate before indulging in a hot shower and a soft bed at the hotel in Moshi.
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