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With seven days of trip-time, our Kilimanjaro trek on the Lemosho Route takes longer than some of the alternatives, but is a bit quieter and gives acclimatization opportunity to trekkers... The landscape is varied, with possible animal sightings on the first day’s hike, when you start out from Londorosi Gate. You will have a private vehicle to take you to and from the mountain. Accommodation on the mountain on this trip will be in tented camps – a great experience, a true mountain adventure.
A member of Jerry Tanzania Tours hospitality team greets you upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). He will drive you to your hotel, which will provide all the essentials for a comfortable stay after a long flight, such as: pleasant rooms with hot showers, a restaurant with delicious choices, genial service team and access to the Internet.Your briefing, in the course of which your guides will provide all the details of the forthcoming trek, takes place in the evening. They will answer your questions and make sure you are properly equipped for the trek, providing rental gear when necessary.
Accommodation: Panama Garden Resort
Journey time and Distance: 1 hour, 40 km from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Moshi
After an early breakfast (07.00), you leave the hotel one hour later to arrive at the Londorosi Gate for registration around 11.00, and in time to have your picnic lunch. After Londorosi, you have a short drive to the start-point of today’s walk. Today your walk is a distance of 7 km, with an expected 3.5 to 4 hours of walking time.
Your starting altitude is some 2,100 metres and you finish at 2,650 metres. Your approach to the mountain is from the west and some people say this provides the best views of Kilimanjaro. At the start of your walk, you may be lucky enough to spy some colobus or blue monkeys, though an encounter with buffalo, elephant or leopard would be rare nowadays. Your walk, steadily upwards, is a wonderful experience, with fantastic forest and some colourful flowers. Mti Mkubwa Camp (‘Big Tree Camp’) is normally reached by 18.00 and dinner is served at 19.30.
Accommodation: Mti Mkubwa Camp
Hiking time and Elevation: 4 hours, from Starting Point (2,100 m) to Mti Mkubwa (2,650 m)
You will soon become used to the early, 07.00 breakfast and your departure time is at 08.00. Your walking distance is longer than yesterday, today you will be ascending from 2,650 metres to 3,850 metres and you expect a walking time of between 7.5 and 8 hours. Starting off through the forest, you will notice how the vegetation gradually changes; the trees are thinning out and more shrubs appear as you ascend. You will see lobelias and Erica’s and cross Shira Ridge. After about five hours of hiking, you will stop for a hot lunch at Shira 1 Camp. This spot has great views of the sister mountain Mt Meru and the Rift Valley below. The afternoon stretch will take about three hours and you will gain 240 metres in altitude. Still the landscape changes as you cross an area that was molten lava many years ago. Strange plants dot the landscape – giant senecios – you should be close to Shira 2 Camp. This is your camping spot for the night. If the weather is good, you should see the summit – an awesome view at sunset.
Accommodation: Shira 2 Camp
Hiking time and Elevation: 8 hours, from Mti Mkubwa (2,650 m) to Shira 2 Camp (3,850 m)
Your 07.00 breakfast is followed by today’s 08.00 departure. You have around 10 km to cover, but although you will finish your day only 50 metres higher than you started it, in between you have to climb to the foot of the Lava Tower (4,600 metres) before you then descend once more, down to Baranco for your overnight stop.
You can expect around 6.5 to 7 hours of walking, during which time you leave the Shira Ridge and the Lemosho Route joins up with the more popular Machame trail. The scenery today changes to predominantly Alpine desert. Your picnic lunch will be at 13.00, arrival at Baranco around 16.00 and dinner at about 19.00.
Accommodation: Baranco Camp
Hiking time and Elevation: 7 hours, Shira 2 Camp (3,850 m) – Lava Tower – (4,600) – Baranco Camp (3,900 m)
Today you breakfast slightly later (07.30) and your walk is short, being only 4 km but still taking between 3.5 and 4 hours of walking time. Your departure time today will be 08.30 and you will enjoy a hot lunch at 13.00 at Karanga and have the afternoon to enjoy the views before dinner at 18.00. Your altitude gain today is only 95 metres.
At the beginning, you encounter the hardest part of today’s stage as you have to scramble up the near-vertical face of the Baranco Wall (also commonly referred to as the ‘Breakfast Wall’ as you tackle it right after your breakfast!). At the top of this climb, you will be rewarded with views of the Heim Glacier. After this, the rest of today’s walk becomes a bit easier as you first descend to the gully below, and into the cold but beautiful Karanga Valley. You then continue and finally climb up a steep series of zig-zags until reaching the Karanga Camp.
Accommodation: Karanga Camp
Hiking time and Elevation: 4 hours, from Baranco Camp (3,900 m) to Karanga Camp (3,995 m)
Another short day -in terms of distance – begins with your breakfast at the camp at 07.30 and another 08.30 departure. Today you will ascend about 670 metres in a distance of around 5 km and walking time once again is between 3.5 and 4 hours.
You will be aiming to arrive the Barafu Camp by 13.00, when you will be rewarded with a hot lunch. (With tomorrow being the summit day, it will be important to relax and prepare for the hard work ahead.) Dinner tonight is served at 17.30, giving you time to get to bed early. After leaving Karanga, today’s stage climbs steadily, passing through barren, rocky landscape, with the Decken and Kersten glaciers visible away to your left. At the top of the climb, the landscape remains bleak as you descend into a valley and you get your first sight of another glacier, Rebmann. At the end of this valley is today’s goal, the Barafu Camp, at which you arrive after a short, steep scramble and a walk.
Accommodation: Barafu Camp
Hiking time and Elevation: 4 hours, from Karanga Camp (3,995 m) to Barafu Camp (4,673 m)
Today is the most challenging day, but hopefully with the great sense of achievement of reaching your goal – the summit of Kilimanjaro! Your schedule for your ‘Summit Day’ is of course very different. Rising at 23.00, you take your tea and biscuits (23.30) before a midnight departure.
The day starts with the long, tough climb from Barafu at 4,673 metres to Stella Point at 5,756 metres; for some of this you will be walking on scree, making your trek more difficult. From there it is another 139 metres of ascent and 45 minutes’ walk to the summit. Your goal is to reach the summit by around 07.00 then celebrate reaching the top, take your precious photos and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience. After the summit, you return to Barafu, where you rest for a couple of hours, take a hot lunch and then leave again at 13.30 to continue to descend to Mweka Camp (3,100 metres) where you spend the night. You would expect to arrive at 17.00 and take your dinner at 19.00. (In total, you cover around 17 km today with about 13 hours of walking.)
Accommodation: Mweka Camp
Hiking time and Elevation: 13 hours, Barafu Camp (4,673 m) – Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) to Mweka Camp (3,100 m)
Still thrilled by your achievement, breakfast is taken at 07.00 and at 08.00 you can take the chance to reward your trekking team at the ‘Tipping Celebration.’
Departure is at 09.00 and you descend down to Mweka Gate at an altitude of 1,640 metres, where you will be served a hot lunch at midday and be presented with your hard-earned certificate. Your transport will be waiting to bring you back to your hotel in Moshi, where you can choose to relax – or celebrate!
Accommodation: Panama Garden Resort
Hiking time and Elevation: 3 hours, from Mweka Camp (3,100 m) to Mweka Gate (1,640 m)
After a good night’s rest at your hotel, you will take breakfast ready for the scheduled check-out by 11.00.(In case you need a late check-out because of an evening flight, please advise us of this when you book your trip and we will inform you of the cost for day room use which ends at 18:00hrs, and then make the booking on your behalf.)
As a transfer service to the airport is included in this package, you will be collected from your hotel and dropped off at the airport. For those travellers who have booked to go on safari, our Jerry Tanzania Tours guide will be meeting you in the evening to provide you with a briefing.
* All payments in Tanzania are in USD only. The prices in other currencies are given for comparison only.
Pick-up and drop-off at Kilimanjaro International Airport.
Transfer to the trailhead - entry gate to Kilimanjaro National Park.
Pick-up at the exit from Kilimanjaro National Park and transfer to the hotel.
A Helicopter Rescue Service will be provided to Air transfer you before dark from the Mountain to hospital in Moshi during Emergency (This Service will only be applicable if you have Travel Insurance which covers up to 6,000 meters above sea level and also includes helicopter evacuation, weather permitting Helicopter Rescue will be organized.
Professional guides, licensed by Kilimanjaro National Park. All our guides are well-equipped to handle medical emergencies as they have undergone various High-Altitude Medical Emergency Training to save the lives of climbers who fall sick on the mountain.
Dedicated support crew (assistant guides, camp master, porters, cooks, etc.).
One night at the hotel (Panama Garden Resort or Altezza Lodge) before the expedition and one night after; The hotels have everything for your comfortable stay - caring staff, nice rooms, reliable Wi-Fi, restaurant and swimming pool).
Tented accommodation on Mount Kilimanjaro (modern, comfortable 4-Season tents North Face VE-25 or Jerry Kilimanjaro Tents).
All hotel accommodation is based on a sharing basis (i.e. you will be sharing with your travel companion a twin/double room. If you travel alone, we will match you with a same-sex adventurer. Single occupancy in a hotel is available upon request and extra chargers apply.
Breakfast in the hotel before and after the trek.
All meals on the trek. Our Kilimanjaro diet includes energy-rich and highly nutritious meals prepared by our professional high-altitude cooks. In our menu you will find different soups, garnishes, several types of fish and meat, fresh fruit and vegetables; vegetarian/gluten-free/halal options are available at no extra cost.
All drinks on the trek (juices, coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water).
For all treks of over 6 days in length, we have an extra porter who bring fresh food to camp (Karanga Camp) for our use.
All park fees collected by the Kilimanjaro National Park (conservation fees, camping fees, crew fees, rescue fees and all other fees collected by the Tanzania National Parks Authority).
2-inches thick and comfortable foam mattresses..
Modern, comfortable 4-Season tents North Face VE-25 or Walk-in Jerry Kilimanjaro Tents.
All group equipment (spacious and comfortable dining tent, camping table and chairs, crockery and cutlery)
Dry bag (to protect your duffel bag).
Portable toilet and toilet tent.
Oxygen cylinders and oximeters.
Complete medical kits.
Certificate of Achievement if you reach Stella Point (5,756 metres) or Uhuru Peak (5,895 metres).
We advise you to purchase Travel insurance for your Kilimanjaro trek as it protects you from accidents and unforeseen circumstances, you’d never dream of happening on your once-in-a-lifetime trek.
Make sure your travel insurance covers you for:
Overseas Medical expenses
Delays in flights and other delays, etc.
$100 per person for USA Citizens and $50 per person for All Other Nationalities (read climbing Mount Kilimanjaro guide for more details).
Here’s an average of tipping scales on Kilimanjaro:
$20 – $25 for a chief guide per day.
$15 – $20 for an assistant guide per day.
$12 – $15 for a cook per day.
$6 – $10 per porter per day.
These figures are per party, not per climber. It is perfectly acceptable to give less or more than these figures.
Normally, the porters do not summit. Yet, there is a special breed of them - the so-called “summit porters” - who reinforce the climbing crew for the very final leg of the trip. These people help the guides to make sure that every climber is safe and comfortable. Together with your guides, the summit porters will be carrying hot tea, biscuits and oxygen to make sure that you are warmed and energized to keep trekking to the summit. Please show your appreciation for any help you receive by tipping these porters directly. We would suggest an extra tip of $20.
Though all group camping equipment is included in our Kilimanjaro packages, your personal outfit (mostly clothes for climbing) is not. Thus, you should bring all personal gear for your Kilimanjaro adventure. Our consultants will let you know what you will need for the expedition.
If you do not have certain gear, you may hire everything necessary from us. All equipment is new (we renew our stock every six months). However, remember that personal gear hire is not included in your tour price and extra fees apply.
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