Kilimanjaro Lemosho Trek

About the Experience

Trekking through the rainforest and alpine desert to arctic snowcap, you’ll draw closer to Uhuru Peak with every step.

19,340 feet to climb until you drink in the breathtaking 360-degree panorama and the strength that you gained on this journey.

Rising from the golden grasslands of Tanzania, Mount Kilimanjaro’s snow-covered crown has inspired generations to climb and stand atop her glaciers. Kilimanjaro endures as Africa’s highest peak and one of the world’s highest volcanoes. The mountain is an island, ecologically speaking. Every 1,000 meters in altitude you gain, you will pass through a different ecosystem: lush agricultural land, rainforest teeming with wildlife including leopards, monkeys, buffalo, alpine meadow, the barren lunar landscape of the alpine desert between Kibo and Mawenzi, and finally the ice-capped summit herself.

We are excited to announce that your Wild Women group will be led by a local female Tanzanian certified guide, a rare occurrence on the mountain. Of the six established routes up Kilimanjaro, you will approach the mountain on the Machame route.

While this ascent does not require any technical rock climbing, the trails are demanding and there is a Class 4 Scramble up the Barranco Wall. A sound level of fitness and an ability to acclimatize to altitude are essential prerequisites before attempting the summit.

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Kilimanjaro Lemosho Trek

About the Experience

Trekking through the rainforest and alpine desert to arctic snowcap, you’ll draw closer to Uhuru Peak with every step.

19,340 feet to climb until you drink in the breathtaking 360-degree panorama and the strength that you gained on this journey.

Rising from the golden grasslands of Tanzania, Mount Kilimanjaro’s snow-covered crown has inspired generations to climb and stand atop her glaciers. Kilimanjaro endures as Africa’s highest peak and one of the world’s highest volcanoes. The mountain is an island, ecologically speaking. Every 1,000 meters in altitude you gain, you will pass through a different ecosystem: lush agricultural land, rainforest teeming with wildlife including leopards, monkeys, buffalo, alpine meadow, the barren lunar landscape of the alpine desert between Kibo and Mawenzi, and finally the ice-capped summit herself.

We are excited to announce that your Wild Women group will be led by a local female Tanzanian certified guide, a rare occurrence on the mountain. Of the six established routes up Kilimanjaro, you will approach the mountain on the Machame route.

While this ascent does not require any technical rock climbing, the trails are demanding and there is a Class 4 Scramble up the Barranco Wall. A sound level of fitness and an ability to acclimatize to altitude are essential prerequisites before attempting the summit.

DAY ONE: RIVERTREES GREETING

Your driver guide will meet you at the front desk at around 9:30 am ready to visit the Mulala women’s cultural group (Mama Anna’s).

You will spend your morning at the village, hiking with a tribe-guide- liaison through a coffee farm. Women will share their dance and Meru traditional songs with our group and afterwards, we’ll sit for a traditional lunch before driving back to the lodge.

Late afternoon around 4:30, we will meet our mountain guide for a trip briefing and gear check to make sure that you have everything ready for the climb.

  • Overnight: RiverTree Country Inn

 

DAY TWO: FOREST CAMP

From the lodge, we’ll drive for about 2.5 hours to Londorosi Gate on the western side of Mt. Kilimanjaro for registration and entry permits. Depending on how many groups are entering the mountain from this route, registrations may take about an hour.

We’ll then drive for 45 minutes through a potato and carrot farming area to Lemosho. After a picnic lunch, we’ll hike for about 4 hours to the forest camp. In the forest, exotic moss and flowers delight the eye while bird calls entertain the ear. You may see black and white Colobus monkeys as well as signs of the elephants that travel in this area.

We will overnight at Forest Camp.

  • Hiking: 4-5 hours
  • Overnight Altitude: ~8,817’ (2687mt)

 

DAY THREE: SHIRA PLATEAU

As we leave the Montane Forest and enter the Hagenia zone, our views open and we will catch the first views of the Kibo peak. This is a good acclimatization hike, as we go up and down several ridges along the way to our highest point of the day at 11,500’ before descending to camp.

Overnight at Shira 1 Camp.

  • Hiking: 6-9 hours
  • Overnight Altitude: 11,300’ (3444mt)

 

DAY FOUR: MOIR CAMP

We will traverse the Heath zone of the Shira Plateau and begin climbing the western slope of the Kibo Massif. Along the way, we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch at Scott Fisher memorial camp (the well-known Mt. Everest guide). We will continue on to the upper heath zone and Moir camp. Depending on the weather, acclimatization hikes can be arranged in the late afternoon.

  • Hiking: 5-6 hours
  • Overnight Altitude: ~13,650′ (4161mt)

 

DAY FIVE: BARRANCO CAMP

We leave the heath zone and enter the alpine zone as we hike 4-6 hours past Lava Camp (up to about 14,300’) with its volcanic landscape, and then down a bit into the scenic Barranco Valley to camp.

  • Hiking: 4-6 hours
  • Overnight Altitude: ~13,500′ (4698mt)

 

DAY SIX: KARANGA VALLEY

Today we’ll ascend the Great Barranco Wall with views of Kilimanjaro’s ice fields, and then hike up and down and across some small valleys on your way to Karanga Camp.

  • Hiking: 3-5 hours
  • Overnight Altitude: ~13,500′ (4698Mt)

 

DAY SEVEN: BARAFU CAMP

Today we’ll hike about 3-5 hours to Barafu Camp, again with some ups and downs across small valleys. After settling into camp, we’ll have a demonstration on the use of safety equipment such as the Gamow (hyperbaric) bag and oxygen.

Early supper and rest in camp before your wake-up call to start your summit ascent around 11:00 PM or midnight.

  • Hiking: 3-5 hours
  • Overnight Altitude: ~15,100’(4602mt)

 

DAY EIGHT: SUMMIT DAY

Summit day! We will start our ascent to the summit (19,340ft – 5,896m) around 11:00 PM or midnight the night prior. The goal for you – and numerous other climbers – is to reach the peak right at sunrise. In reality, due to differences in hiking speed, energy, and altitude acclimatization, there is a several hour span where most climbers reach the summit. Using headlamps (bring extra lithium batteries, which last much better in cold dark conditions!) you will ascend 6-7 hours to Stella Point and then another 1-2 hours to Uhuru Peak, the summit.

After a summit celebration and photo, descend to Barafu camp for lunch and then to Mweka camp to sleep overnight.

  • Hiking: Very variable on both the up and the down; 12-17 hours typical
  • Summit: 19,341’
  • Overnight Altitude: 10,448’ (3184mts)

 

DAY NINE: MWEKA PARK GATE

After breakfast, our climbing crew will be outside ready to give you a last farewell. You will have a few minutes to share appreciation to the climbing team and hand over the tips to the lead guide. As an active member of the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP) we are very transparent when it comes to tipping. Once you hand over the tip to the lead guide, he will announce the amount in English and Kiswahili, for each porter.

Then our final descent will begin to the trailhead, which will take about 3-5 hours hiking. Here, we will have lunch and say goodbye to our mountain crew before leaving Mount Kilimanjaro and heading back to town.

Arrive at River Tree at around 3-5 PM for dinner (included)

  • Hiking: 3-5 hours

 

DAY TEN: DEPARTURE

For those who will be departing today, you will be picked up from the lodge at around 5.30 pm for your international flight home.

For those who will be going on safari, You driver guide will meet you at the front desk at 8.30 am, for a short safari briefing then proceed to safari with your packed lunch box.

 

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