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Lemosho Route Hiking Tour in Tanzania

Join this eight-day climb on the Lemosho Route for better acclimatization and safety. It’s official, Ian Taylor Trekking has Kilimanjaro’s Number One Guide leading the team. They also have a 95% success rate on their Kilimanjaro trips. The secret to this success on Kilimanjaro is covering eight days and using Kosovo Camp 4,900m / 16,076 feet as the high camp.

Meet the instructors

Athumani
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Highlights

  • 8 days of hiking for more acclimatization
  • Have the best guide on Kilimanjaro
  • Professional advice on training
  • Use Kosovo Camp as high camp
  • Ian Taylor Trekking pays above normal wages to their team
  • Support a local orphanage and five schools that they have helped build
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • 3 three-course meals per day

Skill level

  • Intermediate

8 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, German, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer included: Kilimanjaro International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:29
Check-out Time:
12:27

Ian Taylor Trekking only use four- and five-star hotels as start end points for their Kilimanjaro adventures. For this tour, you will spend two nights at Four Points Sheraton Hotel. They have a secure room for baggage that you need to leave at the hotel. They also have a laundry service. During the hike, you will sleep in double tents.

Where you'll stay

  • Day 1: Four Points Sheraton Hotel
  • Day 2: Big Tree Camp
  • Day 3: Shira Camp 1
  • Day 4: Shira Camp 2
  • Day 5: Barranco Camp
  • Day 6: Karanga Camp
  • Day 7: Kosovo Camp
  • Day 8: Mweka Camp
  • Day 9: Four Points Sheraton Hotel

Program

Success on Kilimanjaro comes down to three things. Firstly, picking the best route. Secondly, doing very specific training. Finally, having the best guides, equipment, food, tents, and service. Ian Taylor Trekking is available to help you prepare for your Kilimanjaro adventure. They guarantee a safe, high quality journey on Kilimanjaro.

With 20 years experience on Kilimanjaro, they have found that using Kosovo Camp at 4,900m / 16,076ft as the summit launch pad gives their teams greater success rates to the top. They have climbed Kilimanjaro almost 50 times and are happy to help you get the right information and preparation to make your Kilimanjaro trip a safe and life-changing experience.

From their experience, they are big believers in having more time on the mountain for a safe and successful journey. Acclimatization is one of the key factors to success and spending at least eight days is their highest recommendation.

There is a wide range of services on Kilimanjaro. Ian Taylor Trekking specializes in and prefers running high-end quality trips. They have also designed their own itinerary over eight days on the Lemosho Route, offering you the best experience climbing Kilimanjaro.

Day 1: Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport

You should aim to arrive as early as possible the day before the trek. Once you arrive, you will be picked up from the airport and taken on a 50-minute transfer to the hotel in Arusha, where you will be booked on a shared bed and breakfast basis.

You will then have a group briefing in the evening with the head guide to prepare you for the journey ahead. The head guide is Athumani, who was named Mountain Guide of the Year in 2019 on Kilimanjaro.

Day 2: Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa (9,186ft / 2,800m)

After breakfast at the hotel, Ian Taylor Trekking's local team will be there to pick the team up to start the journey. Normally, the meeting time will be 08:00, but this will be confirmed at the briefing the night prior.

A three-hour drive from Arusha will takes participants to the Londorossi Park Gate, located on the western side of Kilimanjaro, where they should arrive by midday, to register at the gate and enter the Kilimanjaro Park. This process can take up to a couple of hours.

While you wait, you will have your lunch at the gate and sign into the National Park. There, you will begin to realize that you are on one of the least trodden routes, compared to the "standard" lines of ascent such as Machame and Marangu. The flora and fauna are richer there and in places, the vegetation is so untouched that it grows right across the narrow track.

The trek on this day will be along a little used track known as Chamber's Route. In approximately three hours, the group will reach the camp in the forest at Mti Mkubwa, otherwise known as Big Tree Camp, at 2,800m / 9,186ft.

Day 3: Mti Mkubwa to Shira One Camp (11,480ft / 3,500m)

After breakfast, you will start the climb through the rainforest towards the giant moorland zone. This day is a full day's trek with a significant gain in height. So, it will be tough, even at a relatively low altitude. You will take a lunch stop at the crest of a ridge, just below the Shira Crater at approximately 3,000m / 9,850ft.

After lunch, you will follow the ridgeline steadily upwards towards the Shira Caldera, a high-altitude desert plateau, which is rarely visited. Shira is the third of Kilimanjaro's volcanic cones and is filled with lava flow from Kibo Peak.

The crater rim has been massively eroded over time by weather and volcanic action. Today, you'll get your first close views of Kibo, the central volcanic cone and literally, "the Roof of Africa." The second of the three volcanic spouts that make up Kilimanjaro is Mawenzi, but this lies hidden for the time being to the east of Kibo.

Today’s walk will be approximately six hours before reaching the camp at 3,500m / 11,480ft.

Day 4: Shira One Camp to Shira Two Camp (12,795ft / 3,900m)

After breakfast, you will continue to hike east across the Shira Plateau and past the Shira Cathedral (12,470ft / 3,880 m), towards Shira Two camp. The views of the plateau, across the mountain, and to the plains below, are nothing less than spectacular.

After lunch, you will hike up to 4,000m / 13,123 ft for some additional acclimatization.

Day 5: Shira Two Camp to Barranco Camp (12,795ft / 3,900m)

This day will be a tough seven-hour hike in superb country. You will start the day before lunch in a steady uphill ascent towards the Lava Tower. On this day, you will focus on a similar pattern / pace that will happen on the summit night.

Once you reach the Lava Tower at 4,640m / 15,223ft, you will stop for a hot lunch and rest before you slowly descend to Barranco, the most spectacular campsite, situated at the foot of the Kibo Peak.

As you travel, you will look up to the hanging cliff of the Breach Wall, which has given the likes of Messner some extremely hard climbing - when he took a new route up a hanging icicle draped from the top of the wall.

As you descend to Barranco, the southern icefields will go more clearly into view. Sleeping at a similar height as you did the night before will give excellent acclimatization after reaching a new height record for the trip at the Lava Tower.

On this day, you will be hiking for approximately seven hours and will be a challenging but rewarding day.

Day 6: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp (13,300ft / 4,050m)

After breakfast, the first challenge is to overcome the Barranco Wall, which is 300m / 984ft high and will take you to an altitude of 4,244m / 13,924ft.

The Barranco Wall will look daunting from the camp. However, it is less difficult than it looks. It looks as if it is a steep path, but the path which you will take winds its way up the wall and never feels exposed or dangerous.

There are short sections of easy scrambling, which will be fun and quickly overcome. From the top, the receding Heim Glacier on Kilimanjaro's south face is clearly visible. The route then continues eastwards underneath the Decken and Rebman Glaciers to the Karanga Camp (4050m / 13,287ft), which is situated above the Karanga Valley.

This day will be a fun four to five-hour trek to the Karanga Camp at (4,050m / 13,300ft).

Day 7: Karanga Camp to Kosovo Camp (16,010ft / 4,880m)

You'll see on this day another reason that this hike is different from other trips! From Karanga Camp, you will head steadily upward to the high camp of Kosovo, which will give the team a better chance of reaching the summit.

A four-hour steady walk will take you to Kosovo Camp (4,900m / 16,010ft), from where you will set up to make the summit attempt. It will be a short day, but included to give some essential pre-summit acclimatization, without being too physically exhausting. The air will be noticeably thin by this time, and you will be running short of breath as you climb out of the Karanga Valley.

It will be a slow, tough hike up to the Kosovo Camp and participants will be moving extremely slow as a group as they pass Barafu Camp, where most other teams will be stopping for the day.

On arrival, you will begin to get yourself ready for the summit attempt. This means preparing all the gear and water for the push up to the top, as well as getting as much to eat and drink as possible and going to bed very early. You will wake at 23:00 or 23:30 to prepare for the summit attempt.

If the weather is not in the group's favor, and it is too windy at the Kosovo Camp, participants may have to stay a bit lower at the Barafu Camp at (15,250ft / 4,650m), but the goal will always be to reach Kosovo Camp.

Day 8: Kosovo Camp to Uhuru Peak (19,340ft / 5,896m) to Mweka Camp

When you wake up at 23:00 or 23:30 in the Kosovo Camp, you will get yourself dressed in all of your warmest summit gear as you will begin walking well before dawn, and the coldest part of the day comes just before sunrise.

This summit day will prove to be the steepest and most demanding part of the mountain, and you will be taking it very slowly as you move up the trail. The moon may provide some light, but you'll be using head-torches for several hours until the sun rises. The aim is to reach Stella Point on the Crater Rim by sunrise after approximately five hours of constant uphill walking.

At dawn, from the Crater Rim, rugged Mawenzi is a thrilling sight, with the Kibo saddle still in darkness beneath you, and the crater's ice-walls looming ahead. From Stella Point, you will turn left, and continue along a good path for approximately one hour more, cresting the top of the crater, until you reach Uhuru Peak, the summit of Kilimanjaro!

The crater wall stands steeply over the crater floor about 200 feet below to the right. As the sun rises, light hits the crater floor, illuminating the Furtwangler Glacier, and the warmth of the sun will be a welcome feeling!

This will be by far the toughest day you will have on the trek and the views from the summit will make you realize why you decided to put yourself through the pain! After about thirty minutes or so on the summit, you will begin the long slog back down to the camp on the same trail you came in on.

It will take you approximately two to three hours walking before you arrive back at the camp, and you will be welcomed with tea and brunch as well as a quick rest before you continue your way down the mountain.

There will be another four hours of walking from Kosovo Camp to reach the destination for the night, Mweka Camp. Having started this extraordinary day out as early as midnight, and not finishing the day until the sun is setting, you can imagine how exhausted your body will be as you rest in celebration of your success on the highest point in Africa.

Day 9: Mweka Hut to Mweka Gate to Arusha

You will wake early in the morning on this day to begin the final walk off Kilimanjaro. The walk today will take you approximately three hours to get from the camp to the Mweka Gate.

When you arrive at the gate, you will say "kwaheri" or goodbye to the porters and take a short five-minute ride in the vehicle to the final lunch spot, where you will also have a chance to do a little souvenir shopping before getting back in the vehicle for the two-and-a-half-hour journey back to Arusha.

There, you will get to enjoy a well-deserved shower and bed to sleep in!

Day 10: Arusha

The last day will be spent at leisure in Arusha. You can decide to sit by the pool at the hotel or explore the town. Ian Taylor Trekking will transfer you back to the airport to catch your international flight home. There is also an option for you to stay on in Tanzania and do one of their safari options, sampling some of the world’s most unique wildlife.

Important note:

Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is an adventure travel in a remote mountain region, Ian Taylor Trekking cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns, and the health of participants can all contribute to changes. The trek leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy-going nature will be an asset.

Instructors

Athumani

Location

During the tour, you will stay in different campsites while climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. Ian Taylor Trekking is based right in the center of Arusha and they have full time staff on the ground on location.

Food

Not all trips on Kilimanjaro are created equally! Ian Taylor Trekking trips focus on serving high quality, nutritious, and delicious meals. They will have three chefs and four support staff working in their kitchen on Kilimanjaro. They have also been working with them for over 10 years.

Ian Taylor Trekking knows how important nutrition is on a trip. Therefore, they offer quality fresh food on all their Kilimanjaro trips. They also only serve hot meals each day with three three-course meals a day on Kilimanjaro.

The food on Kilimanjaro varies from company to company. Some groups offer boxed food or food in bags. Ian Taylor Trekking provides a premium service with Kilimanjaro’s Number 1 Guide leading the team on the ground, making their quality above all the rest.

They also pride themselves in providing quality food at each meal. Your body needs fuel for your Kilimanjaro climb, and like a car, you can either fuel with premium or regular. You will be provided a three-course meal three times a day, providing nothing but the best available.

They'll also have runners coming up the mountain with fresh food throughout the trip so you are provided with quality nutritious meals throughout the entire journey up and down the mountain.

They can cater to your dietary restrictions as well, so if you are gluten free, vegetarian, or have allergies, it will not be an issue. Their menu has been developed over the years to give you quality throughout.

Hiking days:

Day 1

You will wake up at the hotel in Arusha and have breakfast at there. The goal is to be on the road by 08:00 to take the scenic drive to the Londrossi Gate. With stops, this usually takes about three hours and 30 minutes. Once you reach the gate you will be served a hot lunch.

Lunch:

  • Vegetable soup, chicken, sandwiches, fruit, boiled eggs, and salad
  • Served at the Londrossi Gate after you sign into the National Park

Afternoon tea

  • Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, or Milo served with nuts or popcorn

Dinner

  • Carrot and coriander soup, fresh fish with tomato sauce, potatoes, sauteed green beans, avocado salad, fresh fruit
  • Tea and coffee

Day 2

Breakfast

  • Mango, porridge oats with raisins, scrambled or fried eggs, beef sausages and hash browns, brown or white toast served with a choice of honey, jam, marmalade, Nutella, or peanut butter
  • Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, or Milo

Lunch

  • Vegetable soup served with white or brown bread, tuna salad with boiled eggs, fresh fruit
  • Fruit juice, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, or Milo

Afternoon tea

  • Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, or Milo served with biscuits and popcorn

Dinner

  • Pumpkin soup served with white or brown bread, spicy fried chicken and chapatti served with steamed rice, zucchini and vegetable sauce, pancakes and honey
  • Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, or Milo

Day 3

Breakfast

  • Watermelon, porridge oats with raisins, scrambled or fried eggs, beef sausages and baked beans, brown or white toast served with a choice of honey, jam, marmalade, or peanut butter
  • Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, or Milo

Lunch

  • Mushroom soup served with white or brown bread, beef and vegetable pie with salad, fresh fruit
  • Fruit juice, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, or Milo

Afternoon tea

  • Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, or Milo served with biscuits and cake

Dinner

  • Sweet corn and sweet potato soup served with white or brown bread, beef goulash with vegetables, served with steamed rice, banana fritters, and honey
  • Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, or Milo

Day 4

Breakfast

  • Watermelon and oranges, porridge oats with raisins, scrambled or fried eggs, beef sausages and hash browns, brown or white toast served with a choice of honey, jam, marmalade, or peanut butter
  • Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, or Milo

Lunch

  • Chicken soup served with white or brown bread, beef pie and coleslaw salad, fresh fruit
  • Fruit juice, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, or Milo

Afternoon tea

  • Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, or Milo served with biscuits and popcorn

Dinner

  • Potato and leek soup served with white or brown bread, spicy fried chicken, zucchini and vegetable sauce, served with steamed Rice and chapattis cheese and crackers
  • Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, or Milo

Day 5

Breakfast

  • Pineapple, porridge oats with raisins, scrambled or fried eggs, beef sausages and hash browns, brown or white toast served with a choice of honey, jam, marmalade, or peanut butter
  • Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, or Milo

Lunch

  • Mushroom soup served with white or brown bread, beef pie and coleslaw salad, fresh fruit
  • Fruit juice, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, or Milo

Afternoon tea

  • Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, or Milo served with biscuits and popcorn

Dinner

  • Potato and leek soup served with white or brown bread, spicy fried chicken, zucchini and vegetable sauce, served with steamed rice and chapattis cheese and crackers
  • Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, or Milo

Day 6

Breakfast

  • Bananas and oranges, porridge oats with raisins, scrambled eggs or fried eggs, beef sausages and baked beans, brown or white toast, served with a choice of honey, jam, marmalade, or peanut butter
  • Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, or Milo

Lunch

  • Minestrone soup served with white or brown bread, ploughman’s lunch, cheddar cheese, bread, pickles and boiled eggs, served with carrot and orange salad, fresh fruit
  • Fruit juice, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, or Milo

Afternoon tea

  • Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, or Milo served with biscuits and cake.

Early dinner

  • Spaghetti bolognaise, potato and egg salad, cake, and fresh fruit
  • Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, or Milo

Midnight

  • Porridge oats, brown or white toast, served with a choice of honey, jam, marmalade, or peanut butter
  • Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, or Milo
  • Chocolate bars to eat enroute to the summit

Day 7

Lunch

  • Farmhouse vegetable soup served with white or brown bread, beef pie and coleslaw salad, fresh fruit
  • Fruit juice, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, or Milo

Afternoon tea

  • Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, or Milo served with biscuits and popcorn

Dinner

  • Carrot and ginger soup served with white or brown bread, meat balls in a Swahili sauce, mixed vegetables, served with fried rice and chapattis, fruit fritters, and honey
  • Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, or Milo

Day 8

Breakfast

  • Bananas and oranges, porridge oats with raisins, scrambled eggs or fried eggs, beef sausages and baked beans, brown or white toast, served with a choice of honey, jam, marmalade, or peanut butter
  • Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, or Milo

Lunch

  • Minestrone soup served with white or brown bread, ploughman’s lunch, cheddar cheese, bread, pickles and boiled eggs, served with potato salad, fresh fruit
  • Fruit juice, tea, coffee, hot chocolate or Milo

Arusha

Breakfast is included in your stay at the hotel in Arusha.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Ian Taylor Trekking safari
  • Coffee tour
  • Arusha City tour

Spa treatments

Spa treatments will be available at an extra charge at the hotel.

What's included

  • National park fees and peak permits
  • All porterage costs (15kg / 33lbs per person)
  • All costs for Tanzanian guides, cook staff, camp crew, and porters (not including tips)
  • 5 days a week professional office support before your trek
  • Flying doctor’s insurance cover
  • Airport transfers
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • 2 nights accommodation at a hotel bed and breakfast on a shared basis - The Four Points Arusha Hotel
  • 7 nights accommodation in toilet tents
  • 3 three-course meals per day
  • All camping facilities and meals during the trek (quality menu and tents)

What's not included

  • Visa fees (50 USD to 100 USD)
  • Bar bills and laundry
  • Lunch and dinner in Arusha
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Optional trips (e.g., a safari extension and sightseeing tours)
  • Tips (the recommendation is 250 USD to 300 USD per person)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Once you arrive there, Ian Taylor Trekking will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the hotel in Arusha.

Airport: Kilimanjaro International Airport Airport transfer included: Kilimanjaro International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
10 days / 9 nights
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Availability

Arrival: Thursday January 23, 2025
Departure: Saturday February 1, 2025

Special discount

If you have a group of 10 paying trekkers, Ian Taylor Trekking can offer you your space for free! Terms and conditions apply.

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