Let your journey to the roof top of Africa begin here! 5895 metres (19,341 feet) tall, stands the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Mount Kilimanjaro! The two main peaks include Kibo, which is the higher one out of the two and set as the main goal for most trekkers from around the world; and secondly, Mawenzi with its jagged points and pinnacles, a peak that is no longer attempted.
The adventure up Mount Kilimanjaro is an exploration, not merely a climb, one that allows you to live a lot closer to nature. It is the highest mountain on earth whose summit is accessible to any committed walker without requiring technical skills, experience or mountaineering equipment.
Although this mountain lies only three degrees south of the equator, one can encounter varieties of vegetation within a short period of time; ranging from the forest, heather and moorland, alpine desert to the snow.
The Lemosho route is one of the longer and quieter routes on Kilimanjaro, allowing more time for acclimatisation and a higher chance of success.
- 2n in hotels, 7n fully-serviced camping
- Mountain Inn in Moshi
- 8 days trekking (Challenging). Fully supported trekking – carry only day packs
- 9 Breakfasts, 8 lunches and 9 evening meals (all meals included)
Lemosho route identified as one of the variations of Londrossi routes crosses over the collapsed volcanic crater known as the Shira Plateau. It is an isolated route on the initial days providing trekkers with a solitary experience, with limited individuals to be seen around. This is a huge advantage for those who want to avoid the distraction of other people. However its appeal is growing to a larger number of individuals, and it is a fairly recent version of the traditional Shira route. Registration for both Lemosho and Shira takes place at Londrossi Gate (2250m), however both trails divide thereafter. Similarly to the Machame route, Lemosho provides the trekker with great altitude acclimatisation, and the fact that the starting point is at a lower elevation adds to this.
- Journey to the roof of Africa and climb one of the world’s Seven Summits!
- Ascent & descent: different, ascent via Lemosho route, and descent via Mweka route.
- Success rate: high due to length of trek and acclimatisation.
- Acclimatisation: very good – an extra day to most itineraries
- People traffic: very low
- Possible extensions to Zanaibar beaches, Safari or an overnight Massai Village experience
- Summit Africa’s highest point!
- Take our time on the mountain to experience the area’s unique biodiversity and geology.
|TRIP START POINT||Kilimanjaro International Airport, Moshi|
|DURATION||10 Days, 8 days trekking|
|TRIP TYPE||Camping trek, Mountain Summit|
|SEASON||June to October and December to March|
|CHALLENGE LEVEL||5/5 – Strenuous multi-day, high-altitude camping trek with plenty of climbing and long days. Fully supported, carry only day packs|
Arrive to Tanzania
Accommodation: Hotel in Moshi
Activities: Arrival & briefing
Fly to Tanzania! On arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to your first night accommodation, staying in the impressive Mountain Inn in Moshi.
You will receive a pre-climb briefing, detailing all of the information you will need over the next day’s climbing.
Start trekking through the Lemosho Glades
Accommodation: Fully serviced camping at Mti Mkubwa Camp (2780m)
Activities: Short Trekking day & acclimatisation
Trekking time: 3-4 hours, approx. 7km distance
Start climb at Lemosho Glades (2100m) through the forest zone.
Trek: Mti Mkubwa Camp to Shira Camp One
Accommodation: Fully serviced camping at Shira One Camp (3500m)
Activities: Trekking day
Trekking time: 4-5 hours, approx. 7-8km distance
Continue through the forest, steeply climbing into the heather and moorland zone, crossing the Shira Ridge, and descending into the Shira Plateau.
Trek: Shira Camp One to Shira Camp Two
Accommodation: Fully serviced camping at Shira Two Camp (3900m)
Activities: Trekking day
Trekking time: 3-5 hours, approx. 6km distance
A slow-paced hike across the Shira Plateau through the heather and moorland.
Trek: Shira Camp Two to Barranco Camp
Activities: Trekking day
Trekking time: 7-8 hours, approx. 10km distance
Continue through the heather and moorland, crossing scree slopes and a river valley.
Trek: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
Accommodation: Fully serviced camping at Karanga Camp (4035m)
Activities: Short trekking day – Acclimatisation
Trekking time: 3-5 hours, approx. 6km distance
This is an additional day for acclimatisation where you will enter the alpine desert zone and climb up the steep Barranco Wall.
Trek: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
Accommodation: Fully serviced camping at Barafu Camp (4650m)
Activities: Trekking day
Trekking time: 3-4 hours, approx. 4km distance
A short trek on compacted scree and steep areas over rocky slabs through the alpine desert.
Trek: Summit day
Accommodation: Fully services camping at Mweka Camp (3080m)
Activities: Trekking day – Summit Day
Difficulty: Very Challenging – long day
Trekking time: 13-15 hours, approx. 19km distance.
Around midnight, start for the summit to Stella Point (5740m) and then continue to Uhuru Peak (5895m). Descend via Barafu Campsite and then into the heather and moorland.
Finish Trek and Transfer to Moshi
Accommodation: Mountain Inn
Activities: Trekking day and transfer to Moshi
Trekking time: 3-4 hours, approx. 10km distance
Continue your descent through the forest zone of the mountain to Mweka Gate (1680m). Transfer to Moshi.
Today is the last day of your Tanzanian adventure. After checking out of the hotel you will be transferred back to Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight home.
Not ready to leave just yet? Why not join us for an optional safari excursion or a few days on the beach on the island of Zanzibar!
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Want to join one of our open-group adventures, but don’t see any suitable dates that work for you? For most of our trips, you can request new dates and we will set up a new open adventure.
Before and after the trek we stay at the comfortable Mountain Inn, boutique lodge, in Moshi. Rated as one of Moshi’s best hotels for people climbing Kilimanjaro and an excellent place to relax after a long trek.
Among other facilities the hotel has a pool and sauna.
We use high quality, 4 season, 2 man mountain tents. (Hilleberg or Vaude brand).
If you have booked as a couple you will be sharing the same tent. If you have booked as a solo traveller we will pair you with someone of the same gender for you to share with. If you would like your own tent please select the ‘single room/tent supplement’ when booking (at additional cost).
All groups travel with a local cook team, it is amazing the quality and variety of food they are able to produce in the mountains! They ensure all food on the trek is freshly prepared using local ingredients and that there is plenty for everyone. Groups will have a mess tent to eat in and be provided with all cutlery and warm water for washing. Please see below for sample menus as a general idea of what to expect. The chefs will ensure there are 4-5 on the below for each meal, depending on the items available in the market at the time of purchasing.
Non-Vegetarian Kilimanjaro Menu Items:
Porridge | pieces of vegetables and fruit | toast | French toast | sausages | eggs | bread | jam | honey | butter | tea | coffee | hot chocolate
Sandwich | hardboiled egg | pan cake | pasty | portion of chicken | fruit | juice packet
Popcorn | biscuits | peanuts | tea | coffee | hot chocolate
Soup of the day with bread | chips | spaghetti | rice | macaroni | stew | meat | vegetables | salads | fruit | tea | coffee | hot chocolate
Vegetarian Kilimanjaro Menu Items:
Porridge | pieces of vegetables and fruit | French toast | eggs | bread | jam | honey | butter | tea | coffee | hot chocolate
Sandwich | hardboiled egg | pasty | fruit | juice packet
Popcorn | biscuits | peanuts | tea | coffee | hot chocolate
Soup of the day with bread | chips | spaghetti | rice | macaroni | stew | vegetables | salads | fruit | tea | coffee | hot chocolate
We will do our best to cater for special dietary requirements which should be brought to our attention during the booking process.
GROUP & LEADER
A qualified, English-speaking, Tanzanian leader will accompany your group. He / she will ensure your safety and provide an insight into the culture of the area. On this trip you will be joined by walkers who have booked with other agencies.
Due to its proximity to the equator, Mount Kilimanjaro does not experience wide temperature changes from season to season. However there are two wet seasons (April / May and November / December) during which we do not trek. If you travel soon after the end of a wet season you can expect snow on the summit and wet conditions underfoot on the lower slopes.
The temperatures on Mount Kilimanjaro are determined more so by the altitude and time of day. At the beginning of the climb, at the base of the mountain, the average temperature is around 21 to 27 degrees Celsius. From there, the temperatures will decrease as you move through Mount Kilimanjaro’s ecological zones. At the summit the night time temperatures can range between -7 to -29 degrees Celsius. Due to Mount Kilimanjaro’s freestanding height, the mountain creates its own weather. It is extremely variable and impossible to predict. Therefore, regardless of when you climb, you should always be prepared for wet days and cold nights.
WHAT YOU'LL CARRY
This trek is fully supported by a team of porters who will transport your main baggage. You will only need to carry a light daypack at the very most. A 35l rucksack is a useful size to comfortably fit in essential items such as water bottle, camera, wet-weather gear and extra layers etc.
Luggage allowance: each climber will receive a 15kg luggage allowance, that will be weighed ahead of the trek. This is a requirement of both the Kilimanjaro National Park and our commitment to the porter welfare and the IPPG guidelines.
Although tipping was not historically a custom on Kilimanjaro it has become the norm to tip your guide and mountain support team. Nevertheless, tipping is not mandatory and should only be given if the customer has received an exceptional service.
We generally tip our local trek staff as a group, with the local leader organising the split between cooks, porters and other support staff. Detailed tipping guidelines will be sent to you before departure, but we would recommend allowing for around £100 per person. Tipping at meals and in hotels is also normal practice.
LANGUAGE & TIMEZONE
Language: Swahili and English
Although most get by with English you could impress the locals by learning a few basic Swahili phrases, why not try the free duolingo app at: https://www.duolingo.com/course/sw/en/Learn-Swahili-Online
Time: GMT+3 (CET)
ALTITUDE & FITNESS
Altitude: Very High Altitude – 5895m.
Kilimanjaro is the highest non-technical trekking peak in the world.
It should be noted that everyone reacts differently to the affects of altitude and it is impossible to predict this based on fitness, age, gender or even previous experience at altitude. What we can do though is follow known methods for best acclimatising and reducing the risk of hazards associated with travelling to altitude. Following these precautions and monitoring your symptoms allows most people to enjoy safe experiences to altitude. It is important you understand the risks of travelling to altitude and the simple controls you can take to reduce the risks before joining such a trip.
The altitude will add to the physical demands of the trek and therefore being in good shape will be extremely beneficial to your enjoyment and chances of success. You will have had several days to acclimatise to the altitude before attempting the summit and your tour leader will ensure a slow ascent, both of which will reduce the likelihood of developing AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), so although most trekkers may find this physically challenging and some may develop mild AMS symptoms most well-prepared participants are able to complete the route.
Fitness Requirement: Slow but Challenging trekking.
This is a long and hard trek. Even if you consider yourself fit, you might still find the climb very hard, depending on how well your body acclimatises to high altitude. Most of the trails on the Kilimanjaro trek are well defined and of good quality but some forest sections are often slippery and can be very wet in poor weather conditions. The final ascent to Uhuru peak is mostly on scree and loose rock without permanent footpaths but no technical skills/scrambling is required.
The summit day is very strenuous due to the high altitude and long day of physical exertion.
If you are used to regular multi day hill walking you will have the right level of fitness to fully enjoy your time on this trek. Previous walking experience is not essential but will help you get the most out of this trip.
While no-one would ever describe an ascent of Kilimanjaro as ‘easy’, climbing Kilimanjaro is something that is attainable by all able-
Country specific information and advice is published by Fit For Travel, and useful information about healthcare abroad, including a country-by-country guide of reciprocal health care agreements with the UK, is available from NHS Choices.
The risks to health whilst travelling will vary between individuals and many issues need to be taken into account, e.g. activities abroad, length of stay and general health of the traveller. It is recommended that you consult with your General Practitioner or Practice Nurse 6-8 weeks in advance of travel. They will assess your particular health risks before recommending vaccines and /or antimalarial tablets. This is also a good opportunity to discuss important travel health issues including safe food and water, accidents, sun exposure and insect bites. Many of the problems experienced by travellers cannot be prevented by vaccinations and other preventive measures need to be taken.
We recommend taking your trip itinerary with you to this appointment and highlighting remoteness of trek and level and type of activity, as this may affect the recommendations. e.g. Rabies risk is higher in remote areas where access to appropriate treatment may be delayed, so it is strongly recommended to discuss rabies vaccination with your medical practitioner for all of our trips.
Malaria – Malaria risk is high throughout the year in Tanzania in all areas below 1800m, although much of the trekking on Kilimanjaro is above this the entry town of Moshi is below this, as are the optional excursions to safari and costal areas.
Anti-malarials are usually advised for ‘high risk’ areas. It is important to always consult a medical practitioner for recommendations on anti-malarial precautions.
Yellow fever certificate – Please note that although Tanzania does not officially require proof of Yellow Fever vaccination, at most airports and other points of entry you may be required to show a certificate of vaccination or an exemption certificate. This includes coming from Europe via, or transiting through an endemic country including the airports of Nairobi (Kenya) and Addis Ababa (Ethiopia). If visiting Zanzibar from mainland Tanzania border officials have been known to demand proof of Yellow Fever vaccination or an exemption certificate.
All British passport holders need a tourist or business visa to enter Tanzania. You should get one from the Tanzanian High Commission before you travel
Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of your visa application.
The current cost for a standard tourist visa is £40.
For more information please see https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/tanzania/entry-requirements.
Customers of different nationalities need to check with their own embassy.
The currency in Tanzania is the Tanzania Shilling (TZS) but you cannot obtain these outside of Tanzania. Therefore take UK sterling, Euro or US$ and exchange on arrival. Don’t try and change money in the street in Tanzania as it is illegal. ATMs and change bureaux are available in the arrivals hall at the airport. The US$ is widely accepted and we suggest you bring some in cash with you, ensuring you have some small denomination notes.
FLIGHTS & ARRIVAL
The starting point of this itinerary is Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). International flights will usually connect via an airport in Europe or the Middle East.
If you book a LAND ONLY package you will need to get to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
If you book a FLIGHT INCLUSIVE package we will book your flights for you. We will contact you to confirm the best departure airport, timings and final price of your flight. Please note flight prices are dependent on availability and any price listed on our website is an estimate of the flight cost from London. You will be advised of the final flight cost before committing to pay for it. Most flights are non-refundable and need to be paid for upfront before they can be booked (due to the flight terms of the airlines).
Please do not make any non-refundable travel arrangements or flight bookings until your booking has been confirmed (by email from us) and your trip is guaranteed to run. Note: the automated booking response does not constitute these confirmations.
IT FOR ME?
Climbing Kilimanjaro is a challenge not to be underestimated. However, with the right attitude it is certainly achievable for most people.
Previous trekking experience although not required is advantageous, due to the number of consecutive days spent camping and trekking.
This itinerary is designed to take things a little more slowly to allow more time to acclimatise to the altitude and increase your chance of success, whether a beginner or experienced trekker this itinerary is a great way of summiting Africa’s highest point.