KILIMANJARO -8 Days Lemosho Route + 2 N in Hotel

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Travel overview:

Tanzania is one of the most attractive countries in Africa due to it´s diversity of facets. From Kili-manjaro, the breathtaking National Parks, to huge lakes, to the beautiful coast at the Indian Ocean with the offshore islands Zanzibar, Pemba and Mafia, the country invites you to stay. Tan-zania is also a true mosaic of ethnic diversity.

Look forward to extraordinary encounters with fascinating people and foreign cultures.

Itinerary:

  • Day 1: Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport
  • Day 2: Londorossi Gate – Mti Mkubwa Camp
  • Day 3: Mti Mkubwa Camp – Shira Camp 1
  • Day 4: Shira Camp 1 – Moir Hut
  • Day 5: Moir Hut – Lava Tower – Barranco Camp
  • Day 6: Barranco Camp – Karanga Camp
  • Day 7: Karanga Camp – Barafu Camp
  • Day 8: Barafu Camp – Summit (Uhuru Peak) – Mweka Camp
  • Day 9: Mweka Camp – Arusha
  • Day 10: Arusha – Departure – Transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport

LEMOSHO ROUTE

The Lemosho Route is one of the most beautiful and youngest routes to Kilimanjaro, and at the same time it is the longest. Starting point is Londorossi Gate, the western entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park. The route leads first through forests and dense rainforest and at the Lemosho Glades you can observe animals with a little luck. Then the forest thins out, a heath landscape begins and you cross the Shira Plateau. With every meter of altitude difference the landscape becomes more barren and stony. You will pass the famous Lava Tower and climb the Great Barranco Wall before walking south to the Karanga Valley. The as-cent to the summit on the last stage is in the east and the descent is via the Mweka route in the south. The Lemosho Route is one of the most popular routes due to its beauty, remote location and the chance to meet native animals.

Day 1: Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport

Welcome to Tanzania! We will pick you up from Kilimanjaro Airport and take you to your hotel in Arusha. There you will receive a briefing from us.

Accommodation & Catering: Tulia Boutique Hotel & Spa or Similar (B & B) http://www.tuliahotelandspa.com/

Day 2: Londorosi Gate – Mti Mkubwa Camp

Altitude: 2.250m – 2.650m

Distance: 7km

Hiking Time: 3 – 4 hours

Habitat: Rain Forest

After eating breakfast at your hotel, your guide will brief you on the day. You will drive 3 hours from Arusha to Londorosi Park Gate (2100m). In the village near Londorosi where you will complete entry formalities. Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead (another hour to reach the trailhead). Upon arrival at trailhead, we eat lunch, then commence through undisturbed forest which winds to the first camp site.

Overnight stay: Tent

Catering: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Mti Mkubwa Camp – Shira Camp 1

Altitude: 2.650m – 3.600m

Hiking time: 4 to 5 hours

Habitat: Moorland

Distance: 7 km

We continue on the trail leading out of the forest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather, and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As we ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, we reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 camp. The view of Kibo from across the plateau is amazing.

Overnight stay: Tent

Catering: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Shira Camp 1 (3.600m) – Shira Camp 2 (3.850m) – Moir Hut (4.200m)

Distance: approximately 15 km

Hiking time: 5 -7 hours

Habitat: Moorland

This spectacular camp we will be going to today is located beneath the Northern Ice Fields of Kilimanjaro. It is a gentle walk east toward Kibo’s glaciered peak, across the plateau which leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream. Then we continue to Moir Hut, a little used site on the base of Lent Hills. A variety of walks are available on Lent Hills making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity. Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth.

Overnight stay: Tent

Catering: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Moir Hut ( 4.200m) – Lava Tower ( 4.600m) – Barranco Camp (3.900m)

Distance: approximately 10 kilometers

Hiking time: 7 hours

Habitat: Semi desert

From Moir hut, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth.” Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which brings us up to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000ft. We now continue down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft. Here we rest, enjoy dinner, and overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

Overnight stay: Tent

Catering: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Barranco Camp (3900m) – Karanga Camp (3995m)

Distance: Approximately 6 Km

Hiking time: 4-5 hours

Habitat: Alpine desert

This is a short hiking day meant for acclimatization. After an early morning breakfast, it is now time to conquer the Great Barranco Wall! Although it may look intimating at first glance, hikers state that this Class 2 hike is usually much easier than they anticipated. At the top of the Wall, you will have a view of Heim Glacier and will be above the clouds. The trail then winds up and down in the Karanga Valley. You will spend the night at Karanga Camp (3950m) and enjoy dinner and washing at the site.

Overnight stay: Tent

Catering: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Karanga Camp (3995m) – Barafu Hut (4675)

Distance: Approximately 4 Km

Hiking time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: Alpine desert

After breakfast, you will begin your ascent. The trail intersects with the Mweka Route, which is the trail used to descend on the final two days. As you continue hiking for an hour, you will reach Barafu Hut. This is the last water stop for the porters because there is no accessible water at Barafu Camp (4675m). The word “barafu” in Swahili means “ice” and this camp is located on a rocky, exposed ridge. Tents will be exposed to wind and rocks so it is important for hikers to familiarize themselves with the campsite before dark. An early dinner will be served so hikers can rest before attempting the summit the same night. Your guide will brief you in detail on how to prepare for summit night. Get to sleep by 19:00!

Overnight stay: Tent

Catering: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Summit Attempt Barafu Camp (4675m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka (3100m)

Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent

Hiking time: 5-7 hours ascent / 5-6 hours descent

Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

Your guide will wake you around 23:30 for tea and biscuits. You will then begin your summit attempt. The route heads northwest and you will ascend over stone scree. During the ascent, many hikers feel that this is the most mentally and physically challenging part of the climb. In about 6 hours, you will reach Stella Point (5756m), located on the crater rim. After enjoying the magnificent sunrise, you will continue ascending for about 2 hours on a snow-covered trail to Uhuru Peak (5895m). Reaching the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro is a lifetime accomplishment! You will be able to spend a short time on the summit taking photographs and drinking tea before the descent to Barafu begins. The hike down to Barafu Camp takes about 3 hours.

At camp, you will rest and enjoy a hot lunch in the sun. After eating, you will continue descending down to Mweka Hut (3100m). The Mweka Trail will lead you through the scree and rocks to the moorland and eventually into the rain forest. Mweka Camp (3100m) is located in the upper rain forest, so fog and rain

should be expected. You will have a dinner, wash, and rest soundly at camp.

8Overnight stay: Tent

Catering: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Mweka Camp (3.100m) – Mweka Gate (1.646m) – Arusha

Distance: 10 km

Hiking time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: Rainforest

Today is your last day on the mountain. After breakfast you will descend down to Mweka park gate walking across Montana forest. This descent will take 3 -4 hours. At Mweka gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certif-icates. Those climbers who reached Stella Point (5756m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates.

From the Mweka Gate you will continue down into the Mweka village where you will be served a deli-cious hot lunch!! After lunch you drive back to Arusha for a long overdue hot shower, dinner and cele-brations!!(2 to 3 hours)

Accommodation & Catering: Tulia Boutique Hotel & Spa or Similar (B & B) http://www.tuliahotelandspa.com/

Day 9: Departure – Kilimanjaro Airport

Today we will take you to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), where you will depart. (Flight time details must be provided)

END OF SERVICE

Total cost if 2 PAX: USD 2.300,– per Person

included in price:

2 nights in Hotel (double room)

Transfer from Kilimanjaro Airport to Hotel

Transfer from hotel to Kilimanjaro Airport

All park entry, camping and rescue fees

All meals, cooked and filtered drinking water on the mountain

Warm water for washing every morning and evening

Oxygen cylinder – for emergencies only

English speaking guides (Wilderness First Responder – certified), cook and carrier

Staff salaries and fees

Transport to / from National Park Gates

First aid kit and pulse oximeter

3 delicious meals daily

On the first day of your hike 3 litres of bottled drinking water will be provided, on the mountain the porters will fetch water from the streams, which will be cooked and filtered for you.

not included in the price:

Tips for your guide and porters

Prices do not include sleeping bags

Tips for hotel employees etc.

Soda / alcohol, unless otherwise stated

health insurance

Visa fees

International airfare

Laundry Service

Meals not specified in the itinerary

our recommendation for tips:

USD 250 to USD 300 tip per participant for the entire team. Please hand over the total amount to the Chef Guide. The Chief Guide then distributes the tip fairly to the team members.

The tip is an expression of your satisfaction and it is up to you how much you tip.

Persons with reduced mobility:

Our trips are not suitable for persons with reduced mobility.

If capacity is available, we will endeavour to offer the requested travel services to guests with reduced mobility. We request that you provide details of the number of people and the type and extent of mobil-ity restrictions for each participant at the time of booking so that we can check whether the booking can be confirmed.

Booking confirmation:

Your booking will be confirmed by e-mail as soon as we have received the deposit of 20% of the cost of your booking and a signed booking confirmation form. The balance is due at least 30 days prior to de-parture. If you book a tour less than 30 days before the departure date, you must make full payment within 7 days of confirmation by us. The deposit is a non-refundable payment and will only be refunded under the circumstances set out in point 5b general terms and conditions

Cancellation conditions:

Cancellation with cancellation fee. The cancellation fee is a percentage of the tour price and depends on the amount at the time of the cancellation.

up to 30 days before the start of the trip 20%.

from 29th day until 20th day before departure 25%.

from the 19th day until the 10th day before departure 50%.

from 9th day until 4th day before departure 65%.

from the 3rd day before departure 85%.

from the 2nd day before departure 100%.

in case of non-appearance 100% of the tour price

Important information about your trip:

In future, travellers to Tanzania and Zanzibar can also apply for an electronic visa (https://eservices.im-migration.go.tz/visa/). You can apply for both tourist and business visas as well as multiple-entry visas. Fees range from 50 to 250 US dollars and can be paid by credit card or bank transfer. The existing appli-cation options are to remain in place for a transitional period. According to the Federal Foreign Office, there is no information available as to whether it will still be possible to apply for a visa upon arrival at the airport (as of 30 November 18).

Environmental protection:

When entering Tanzania and Kilimanjaro, plastic bags and plastic bottles are prohibited (solid plastic drinking bottles may be used).

INFORMATION KILIMANJARO – MOUNT KILIMANJARO NATIONALPARK

The majestic Kilimanjaro, the name comes from the natives of the Chagga people “Kilemakyaro”, which means an impossible journey, as it was very difficult for them to climb the summit with bad clothes and bad equipment.

Germans were the first explorers to visit the mountain in the middle of the 19th century. They mispronounced “Kilemakyaro” as Kilimanjaro.

The Kilimanjaro National Park covers an area of 756 square kilometers above the 2700 meter high contour. It includes the high mountain and high mountain zones, Shira Plateau, Kibo and the Mawenzi peak. The park preserves the scenic and geological features of Kilimanjaro. The Kilimanjaro lies 330 km 3° south of the equator, at the northern border of Tanzania. The impressive and magnificent Kilimanjaro is the highest freestanding mountain in the world.

It consists of three resting volcanoes: Kibo 5895(19340ft), Mawenzi 5149m(16896ft) and Shira 3962m(13000).

Temperatures vary from 30°C at lower altitudes to 0°C at higher altitudes with permanent ice and glaciers. However, no technical skills are required as you can walk all the way to the top!

TREKKING & CLIMBING – TRAINING PROGRAMM

Climbing tours are physically demanding and we cannot stress the importance of physical conditioning enough. We recommend that you start your training program at least two months before your departure. While strength is important, endurance training should be your main focus. Climbing hills and climbing stairs are both excellent ways to condition your lower body. Start slowly, without the weight of a rucksack, and possibly add more weight as you increase your training pace. Take a long hike (4-5) hours several times with a weight pack (40-60lbs) on and off hills or small mountains. Weigh your backpack with water containers and pour the water out before descending to minimize knee stress. Add running, cycling, swimming, racket sports, basketball, etc. to this activity for additional aerobic conditioning. If possible, try at least two longer hikes of 6-10 hours with at least 3000 feet difference in altitude. A few days before your departure you should rest and drink plenty of water.

 


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