Mount Kilimanjaro Lemosho RouteEight-Day Kilimanjaro Summit

Tanzania
Tanzania
10 Days
10 Days
Intensity
9/10
41.1 miles
11,540 feet
elevation gain
18+
$3,395
$3,495 non-peak member
About the trip

Climb Africa's Highest Peak

Experience Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's tallest mountain and one of the seven summits of the world. Its snow-capped summit looms majestically at 19,341 feet and, on clear days, can be seen from great distances. Kilimanjaro contains an example of virtually every ecosystem on earth -- glacier, snowfields, deserts, alpine moorland, savannah, and tropical jungle -- all of which are found on the mountain.

The Lemosho Route is one of the longer routes up the mountain, requiring eight days on the trail. The longer climb allows you an extra day to acclimatize to the higher altitudes, ensuring a higher success of reaching the summit.

After your time on the mountain, reward yourself with an optional four-day wildlife safari.

Our local partner is a proud member of the Kilimanjaro Associaion of Tour Operators and the Kilimanjaro Porter's Assistance Project.

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Lauren Skonieczny
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Level 9/10
11,540 feet elevation gain
41.1 miles
Tanzania
10 Days

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Itinerary

Welcome to Tanzania

Arrive today at Kilimanjaro International where you will be greeted and transported to your hotel in Machame. Upon arrival, your guide will make sure you feel at home. Depending on your arrival time, you may wish to visit the city of Moshi, a bustling city overflowing with culture and sites, to explore and buy a few souvenirs. This evening you will rejoin with your team for dinner and prepare for the exciting trek that begins the following morning. (Meals: D)

Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa

Starting the day with a breakfast at the hotel, you and the team will be transported to the Londorossi Gate, located on the western side of Mount Kilimanjaro. After checking in, you will experience the montane forest, a rich environment thick with vegetation and wildlife. You will soon appreciate the lesser-used Lemosho trail as you experience Klimanjaro's natural state. Today's trek concludes at Mti Mkubwa, Swahili for "Big Tree". (Meals: B, L, D)

Starting Elevation 7,800 feet

Camp Elevation 9,170 feet

Elevation Gain: 1,370 feet

Hiking Time: 3 hours

Distance: 2.9 miles

Mti Mkubwa to Shira Plateau

Today's trek leaves the rain forest and climbs through the heath and moorland zones. You will notice how the vegetation becomes shorter and less thick while the signs of Kilimajaro the volcano emerge.

Shira was once a volcanic cone where lava erupted from the side of the mountain. It is now eroded and filled with lava from the summit of Kilimajaro, also known as Kibo Peak. If the clouds part, today you will get your first view of Kibo. (Meals: B, L, D)

Starting Elevation 9,170 feet

Camp Elevation 11,500 feet

Elevation Gain: 2,330 feet

Hiking Time: 5 - 6 hours

Distance: 4.8 miles

Shira Plateau to Shira II Camp

Today you will explore the Shira plateau, one of the highest plateaus on earth. The trail is moderate, guiding you east toward Shira II Camp. Shira II provides beautiful views in all directions including a stunning sunrise over Mount Meru in the distance. (Meals: B, L, D)

Starting Elevation 11,500 feet

Camp Elevation 12,631 feet

Elevation Gain: 1,131 feet

Hiking Time: 4 - 5 hours

Distance: 4.7 miles

Shira II to Barranco

The trail today begins with a climb toward the Lava Tower, an elevation of 15,200 feet. This will be the highest point of the day and where you will stop for lunch, giving your body time to acclimatize. The afternoon will be a descent through the Senecio habitat before we reach camp at the base of the Barranco Wall. (Meals: B, L, D)

Starting Elevation 13,650 feet

Lava Tower Elevation 15,200 feet

Camp Elevation 12,950 feet

Elevation Gain: 1,550 feet

Elevation Loss: 2,250 feet

Hiking Time: 7 - 8 hours

Distance: 6.2 miles

Barranco to Karanga

The day starts with a challenging hike up the barranco Wall, a steep flow of lava 500 feet long. The trail is not technical but requires great caution. After you've reached the top of the wall, the trail levels and stunning views of Kilimanjaro's crevasses emerge. The hike concludes with a descent to Karanga Valley where you will camp for the night. (Meals: B, L, D)

Starting Elevation 12,950 feet

Camp Elevation 13,200 feet

Elevation Gain: 250 feet

Hiking Time: 4 - 5 hours

Distance: 2.5 miles

Karangu to Barafu

Your hike today is shorter, but the effects of altitude require our pace to slow. The trail is a challenging ascent, accumulating 1,750 of elevation gain. Your camp tonight is Barafu, base camp, an appropriately descriptive term meaning "ice" in Swahili. (Meals: B, L, D)

Starting Elevation 13,200 feet

Camp Elevation 14,950 feet

Elevation Gain: 1,750 feet

Hiking Time: 4 - 5 hours

Distance: 1.7 miles

Summit Attempt

The day you have been dreaming about, summit day, is finally here. Your most challenging ascent of the trip, you will slowly yet deliberately make your way through the scree and to the crater's rim. Just beyond the rim is Kibo, the peak of Kilimajaro, the top of Africa. You will have time to celebrate with your team and take pictures before descending to Mweke Camp for the night. (Meals: B, L, D)

Starting Elevation 14,950 feet

Summit Elevation 19,340 feet

Camp Elevation 10,400 feet

Elevation Gain: 4,390 feet

Elevation Loss: 8,940 feet

Hiking Time: 14 - 18 hours

Distance to summit: 2.5 miles

Distance to Mweke: 10 miles

Mweke Camp to Mweke Gate

Every step down is a gain in strength as you descend to the park gate. The trails dips again into the rainforest where the oxygen is rich and the air, warm. The half-day hike concludes with a lunch at the base of the mountain or in town, depending on timing. You'll have some time to stop through Moshi for last minute souvenirs before returning to the hotel in Machame for a well-earned shower and celebratory dinner. (Meals: B, L)

Starting Elevation 10,400 feet

Gate Elevation 5,500 feet

Elevation Loss: 4,900 feet

Hiking Time: 4 - 5 hours

Distance: 5.8 miles

Transport to Airport or Safari

After a hearty breakfast, some of us will set our sites on the airport to return home, while the rest of us set our compass dials toward the Serengeti. Those returning home will have an early morning shuttle to the airport. Those staying in Tanzania for the next part of our adventure will depart for the safari at 8:00 AM. This is Day 2 of the safari itinerary. (Meals: B)

Planning

Here’s what you need

Bring

Essential Gear
  • Soft duffel bag for all gear and clothing being brought on trail (No hard frame or wheeled suitcases or bags can be brought on the mountain, as these will be carried by the porters. A hard suitcase can be brought and stored with additional clothing at the hotel during the climb).
  • 25-45L daypack which you will use daily
  • Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees or lower
  • Trekking poles
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and extra light bulb
  • Three one liter water bottles or hydration bladder. (If you opt for a bladder, please also bring at least 2 one liter bottles as bladders may freeze on summit day).
  • Sunscreen. Highest possible SPF rating.
  • Blister bandages or moleskin
  • Small band aids
  • Wet wipes and small camp towel
  • Toiletries and personal medication
  • External batteries for phone / camera
Recommended Gear
  • Camera, journal, cards, etc for entertainment at camp
  • Sleeping bag liner
Medications

Please consult your trusted health and/or medical professional regarding treatments or medications that treat muscle soreness, headache, vomiting, altitude sickness, dizziness, allergies and/or sleeplessness

Weight Restriction

Your duffel bag on Kilimanjaro (including sleeping bag and pad) cannot exceed 20 kilograms or 44 pounds in weight.

Wear

Essential Clothing
  • Hiking boots, waterproof with sturdy soles
  • Wool hiking socks, mid weight
  • Wool hiking socks, heavy expedition weight
  • Long sleeve base layers (synthetic and moisture wicking)
  • Long pant base layer (long underwear, running tights, etc)
  • Light synthetic shirts or tank tops for warmer days
  • Hiking pants
  • Hiking shorts (optional, one pair recommended)
  • Insulating mid layers, mid weight (fleece or down jacket or vest)
  • Insulating mid layers, heavy weight (heavy down jacket)
  • Mountaineering or ski pants (insulating and weatherproof)
  • Waterproof, windproof shell
  • Light gloves
  • Heavy weight gloves or mittens (mountaineering grade)
  • Warm hat
  • Sun hat or baseball cap
  • Balaclava or buff
  • Casual clothes for camp
  • Sunglasses with UV protection

Trip Package

Included
  • Hotels before and after summit climb
  • Transport between airport and hotel
  • All park, camp and rescue fees
  • Tents and sleeping mattresses
  • Private toilet tent on the mountain
  • Transport between Moshi and gates at start and finish of climb
  • Licensed, experienced, English-speaking mountain guides
  • Licensed assistant guides, porters, and cooks
  • Three quality meals a day during trek
Not Included:
  • International airfare
  • Comprehensive travel insurance and any incidental rescue fees
  • Personal gear or clothing for the climb is not provided
  • Tips for your guides and porters

Flights

All flights should arrive at and depart from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Transfer is included in the trip price for anyone arriving between 9AM and 4PM on day one of the itinerary. Transfers outside of that window will be arranged for a small extra fee.

If you can take an extra day off, we recommend building a day into your travel plans and arriving a day prior to day one on the itinerary. This will give you a cushion should there be flight delays. Discover Outdoors will make arrangements for the extra hotel night. There is a fee for the hotel and special transfer.

If you are only hiking Mount Kilimanjaro and not participating in the safari, then you should book a return flight on the final day of the itinerary. For the safari goers, please reference the Safari trip page for details.

Adventure travel trips are confirmed by DO three months in advance. If you prefer to book your flight before that time, we recommend purchasing flight insurance. DO is not responsible for any change fees or additional costs associated should a trip be cancelled prior to three months.

Once booked, please forward your flight itinerary to [email protected].

Destination

Traveling to Tanzania

Health Precautions

For more specific information on health precautions for travel in Tanzania, consult your doctor and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, www.cdc.gov.  

It is best to check with your doctor regarding vaccinations for Typhoid, Hepatitis A and B and treatments for malaria.  Also be sure that your diphtheria-tetanus vaccination is up to date.  

One of the most common health risks for visitors to Tanzania is “traveler’s diarrhea,” which can be caused by bacteria, parasites or viruses transmitted through food or water.  Despite precautions taken at our hotels and in all the food preparation, you can expect to experience one or more days of “discomfort” while in Tanzania due to your body’s unfamiliarity with local bacteria.  There are many over-the-counter remedies and antibiotics available in Moshi to relieve upset stomachs, but it’s also a good idea to bring some with you.

It is risky to purchase food from street vendors unless the food has been cooked and is still hot.  However, if you purchase fruit or vegetables from street vendors, we recommend buying products that you can peel or wash in purified water, and always wash your hands before eating.

Safety

Tanzania is generally a safe and pleasant place but as with any destination, it’s important to be aware of possible hazards.  Violent crime is almost unheard of in the regions we visit.  In the rare instances crime does occur, it’s usually petty theft.  To limit your susceptibility, we suggest you always travel with at least one other person when going out, and that you avoid flaunting jewelry, cameras, expensive watches and other items that may be tempting to a thief.

Money

The standard unit of currency in Tanzania is the shilling. As of October, 2017, 1 US Dollar is the equivalent to 2,245 shillings.  The shilling can fluctuate, however, so we suggest you check the online Universal Currency Converter at www.xe.com or with your bank for the most up-to-date information close to the time of your departure.

Credit cards are accepted in Moshi and ATMs are available though can have limits on cash you can withdraw. Please consult your bank for their policies regarding international travel, credit card and ATM use.

Time Zone

Tanzania is seven hours ahead of New York.

Electricity

Electricity in Tanzania is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to Tanzania with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.

There are three main types of voltage converter. Resistor-network converters will usually be advertised as supporting something like 50-1600 Watts. They are light-weight and support high-wattage electrical appliances like hair dryers and irons. However, they can only be used for short periods of time and are not ideal for digital devices.

Transformers will have a much lower maximum Watt rating, usually 50 or 100. Transformers can often be used continuously and provide better electricity for low wattage appliances like battery chargers, radios, laptop computers, cameras, mp3 players and camcorders. However, they are heavy because they contain large iron rods and lots of copper wire.

Outlets in Tanzania generally accept 2 types of plug: Three round pins arranged in a triangle, and two parallel flat pins with ground pin

Travel Documents

A valid passport, along with evidence of return or onward flight, is required for U.S. citizens traveling to Tanzania.  A visa can be purchased at the airport for $100 US.

Weather

Moshi in February has an average high temperature of 88 degrees Fahrenheit and an average low of 63. With the many layers you will have for the rest of your journey, you will be well prepared for your time in Moshi.

The weather on Kilimanjaro is quite diverse. The climb starts through a wide belt of wet tropical forest then goes through zones with generally decreasing temperatures and rainfall to the summit where there is permanent ice and sub-freezing temperatures.

Most hiking days will range from 45-60 degrees during the daylight hours. Evenings at the start of the climb are typically between 35-50 degrees. As you ascend higher, temperatures will drop dramatically, especially when the sun is not out. Evenings at elevation can get as cold as 10-20 degrees. On summit day, you may encounter temperatures as cold as zero or below during the start of your ascent.

For that reason, it is essential to have appropriately rated gear and clothing that can adapt to a wide range of conditions.

Lodging

Your stay in Machame will be at the Aishi Machame, located about 15 minutes from Moshi. These accommodations were carefully selected and chosen based on its ideal location, cleanliness and excellent staff. You will be able to leave any belongings stored safely behind during your climb.

On the mountain, you'll be sleeping in large backpacking tents and will be assigned a roommate based on your gender preference. Tents and gear will be carried and set up by porters throughout the trek.

Training

Training Basics

Upon registration, a member of our team will be in touch to discuss training and preparation. Three months is the recommended amount of time to engage in a training plan. Your workouts should be a mix of cardio endurance (hiking, stair climbing, running, HIIT workouts) and weight training. When possible, back to back hiking days are highly recommended as a way to simulate your mountain experience.

Altitude

The thin air as you get into the higher elevation on Kilimanjaro may take some adjustment.  The lower supply of oxygen at high elevations makes exercising more difficult, and you may experience shortness of breath during hikes.  Keep in mind that predisposition to altitude sickness does not correlate to an individual’s level of fitness.  The altitude in this area can prove challenging no matter what shape you’re in.  If you’re not yet feeling acclimated when the trip begins, we suggest taking it easy, eating light meals, drinking lots of water and avoiding alcohol.  Usually, it takes no more than a day or two to feel comfortable at higher elevations.

The combination of high altitude and strenuous exercise greatly increases your body’s need for fluids.  It is extremely important to drink lots of liquids to prevent heatstroke and dehydration.  It’s a good idea to consume at least three liters of water per day and to drink as often as possible – don’t wait until you are thirsty.

Your guide will be constantly monitoring your status, asking questions and making sure you are consuming enough water and food.  Please communicate openly and honestly about your status. 

It is recommended that you consult with your physician before attempting this trek. 

Why this trip?

Recommended for...

This trip is recommended for anyone looking to take on a unique challenge and immerse themselves in a new culture. Kilimanjaro is a non-technical ascent, meaning that there are no additional skills needed other than basic comfort outdoors and a strong level of fitness. Upon registration, you'll be connected to your Discover Outdoors guide, who will make recommendations on preparation. Early sign up is encouraged to allow for maximum time to train.

Dates and Prices

The right trip,
at the right time.

Start
Finish
Availability
Price From
Saturday
Feb. 9, 2019
Monday
Feb 18, 2019
Available
$3,395
Wildlife Safari Add-On
+ $2,195
Wednesday
Aug. 28, 2019
Friday
Sep 6, 2019
Available
$3,395
Wildlife Safari Add-On
+ $2,195

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