Mount Kilimanjaro
Lemosho Route

8 Days & 7 Nights

Bucket List Alert! Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain on the African continent and this is your chance to TREK IT!  This climb will challenge you to your core, both physically and mentally, but nothing will feel as good as gazing down from 19,341 feet to see the glaciers and clouds you just overcame. After 8 days of hiking, you can then settle in and enjoy a 3-day Safari where the “Big 5” will be all around you for prime photo opportunities. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you do not want to miss!

Who wants to join me???

What is involved in this trek?

The Lemosho route is considered the most scenic trail on Kilimanjaro, granting panoramic vistas on various sides of the mountain. As one of the newer routes, Lemosho is a superb choice for your climb. It is our preferred route due to its ideal balance of low crowds, beautiful scenery and a high summit success rate. The highest altitude on this route is 19,341 feet, making this challenging for some. At the height of your highest elevation everyday you will be served tea and snacks as you rest and allow your body to acclimate to the new elevation. Meals will be provided each day. We will be spending our nights in tents.

Itinerary

March 1

Day 01

Arrival

Fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport. You will be driven to your hotel where you will relax and recuperate after your long journey to Tanzania. You will meet for a Team Dinner and have a Trek briefing.

March 2

Day 02

Lemosho Gate (7,742 feet) to Mti Mkubwa Camp (9,498 feet)

There will be a 1-2 hour drive from the hotel to Lemosho Gate. After completing the registration at the Lemosho Gate, you will be given a boxed lunch and you will start your trek through the lush rainforest of the Londorossi Nature Reserve. The trail gradually ascends, providing opportunities to spot various wildlife and bird species. You will hike for about 3-4 hours before reaching the Mti Mkubwa Camp, situated in a clearing surrounded by tall trees.

March 3

Day 03

Mti Mkubwa Camp to Shira 1 Camp (11,499 feet)

We will have a morning beverage of tea or coffee with our breakfast. Water will be supplied for your personal use. The trail continues through the rainforest, gradually transitioning into moorland. You will have the chance to enjoy panoramic views of the Shira Plateau and Mount Meru in the distance. Lunch will be served in the valley just outside the Shira Crater. The hike takes approximately 5-6 hours, ending at the Shira 1 Camp located on a rocky ridge.

March 4

Day 04

Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp      (12,598 feet)

Today’s trek takes you across the Shira Plateau, a high-altitude desert with stunning landscapes. As you gain elevation, you will notice the vegetation becoming sparse. The hike lasts about 4-5 hours, and you will reach the Shira 2 Camp, located near a large volcanic cone

March 5

Day 05

Shira 2 Camp to Barranco Camp   (12,960 feet) via Lava Tower (15,190 feet)

This is an acclimatization day, designed to help your body adjust to the increasing altitude. You will hike to the Lava Tower, a prominent rock formation at 15,190 feet. After a short break at the Lava Tower, you will descend to the Barranco Camp, which offers stunning views of the Barranco Wall. The hike last approximately 5-7 hours.

March 6

Day 06

Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp (13,106 feet)

Today’s trek involves a challenging ascent of the Barranco Wall, a steep and rocky section of the trail. – You will scramble up the wall with the assistance of your guides, enjoying breathtaking views along the way. The hike lasts approximately 4-5 hours and ends at the Karanga Camp, situated in a valley beneath the southern glaciers of Kilimanjaro

March 7

Day 07

Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp     (15,331 feet)

The trail leads through alpine desert terrain, with a gradual ascent towards the Barafu Camp. – As you gain elevation, the landscape becomes more rugged and barren. The hike takes around 3-4 hours, and you will reach the Barafu Camp, the base camp for your summit attempt.

March 8

Day 08

Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak (19,341 feet) and descent to Mweka Camp (10,065 feet)

You will start your summit attempt in the early hours of the morning, usually around midnight. – The trail ascends steeply, passing through rocky and icy sections. After several hours of challenging climbing, you will reach Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. After celebrating your achievement, you will begin your descent to the Mweka Camp, where you will spend the night

March 9

Day 09

Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate (5,413 feet)

The final day of the trek involves a descent through the lush rainforest. You will pass through different vegetation zones, enjoying the sights and sounds of the tropical forest. The hike takes approximately 3-4 hours and concludes at the Mweka Gate, where you will receive your summit certificates. From there, you will be transferred back to your accommodation for a well-deserved rest.

March 10

Day 10

If not signed up for Safari – Departure: Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) 

March 10

Day 10

Your Safari Adventure Begins: Tarangire National Park

After having breakfast in your hotel, you will be picked up by your driver guide and depart for Tarangire National Park. Tarangire is one of the largest parks in Tanzania and is located in the Manyara region. It is characterized by the large herds of elephants and tree climbing lions that call it home, as well as the fascinating baobab trees that are renowned for their mythical powers by some of the local cultures. The Tarangire River flows through the park year round and is the only source of water for the animals. After your game drive you will make your way to Karatu where you will spend the night.

March 11

Day 11

Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast you will head towards the Ngorongoro Conservation Area for a short game drive. This is another UNESCO World Heritage Site located west of Arusha in the crater highlands of Tanzania. The area is named after the Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest caldera. The stunning landscape of Ngorongoro, with its vast expanses of highland plains and concentration of wildlife, animals makes this place one of the most exotic natural wonders on earth. You  will then make your way to your hotel in Karatu where you will spend the night. 

March 12

Day 12

Lake Manyara
After breakfast you will drive to Lake Manyara for a full day game drive. Lying at the foot of the Great Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara is a shallow alkaline lake, the north-west of which is protected by the Lake Manyara National Park. Much of the 330km² park is taken up by the lake but one of the many surprises in store for visitors is the remarkably wide diversity of terrestrial habitats – forest, wetland, floodplain, acacia woodland – which in turn supports an equally impressive variety of wildlife. After your game drive you will make your way back to Arusha where you will spend the night and get ready for your return flight home the following day.

March 13

Day 13

If signed up for Safari – Departure: Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA)

Activity Level

This trip is rated as very strenuous because of the endurance requirements of trekking for multiple days at high altitude and the severity of the final altitude achieved, 19,341 feet above sea level.

The good news is that we will have porters to help with carrying heavy baggage, nutrition needs, and sleeping accommodations.

If you have breathing issues, such as asthma, limited lung capacity, diabetes, or heart conditions among other things, this activity may be risky. We will ask for a physician’s release for your safety and the safety of the group.

Please consider your ability to meet the physical demands very seriously.

For your safety and the safety of the group, we will require you to sign an Acknowledgement of Physical Demands as part of the waiver before beginning our trek.

Train & Travel Adventure Training

As a part of this program, you will be offered training and preparation, beginning 90 days in advance of the trip. The training will include a physical training plan each week as well as nutrition, hydration and gear instruction.

The training is included in the trip fee and will be delivered via weekly zoom calls each Monday evening. The times of the calls are 5pm PST / 8pm EST. Please click here for additional information on training.

We strongly encourage you to join these calls, especially if this is your first trek of this kind. We will provide education and key information on what to expect and how to prepare.

PLUS it will give you a chance to meet others who will be traveling with us!

Logistics

Arrival March 1
Arrival: Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) Pick-up Location: Airport with transfer to Hotel. Please arrive before 3pm. Meeting time: 6pm for Welcome Dinner at Hotel

Departure March 10 or 13

Departure: Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) When: Fly out any time on Day 10 if not signed up for safari or fly out any time on Day 13. Transport to airport provided.

What Is Included

  • 12-Week Pre-trip Training Program Included: Weekly group calls and training plan to prepare for trip starting July 8.
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Moshi (before & after climb)
  • Pick up and drop off at the Kilimanjaro International Airport

  • Group transport to and from Moshi to the trail head

  • Kilimanjaro National Park permits, camping/hut fees, rescue fees and Value Added Tax (VAT)

  • Expert guide, assistant guides, cook and porters during 8 day trek

  • Bottled oxygen, for emergency rescue only

  • 7 Nights – 3 person waterproof Mountain Hardware all-season tents (double occupancy)

  • Sleeping pad, foam, 1.5 inches thick

  • Mess tents, tables, chairs, lanterns

  • Nutritious chef-prepared fresh meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) – 8 days of trekking

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Trek briefing with welcome dinner on arrival day.

  • Purified water treated with water guard for drinking and personal use.

What is NOT included?

  • Visa ($100 USD)
  • Airfare to/from Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • All meals on travel days
  • Hotel lunch and dinner
  • Hotel beverages
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Personal gear and equipment
  • Any tips, gratuities

Payment Policy

In order to secure your reservation a NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of $500 is due at time of booking.

All guests with unpaid balances will receive an email reminder with a payment link before the Total Balance Due Deadline.

The remaining balance of the trip is due as stated below:

Amount Due

Balance Due Deadline

50% of Trip Balance ($2999.50 USD Hike & Safari) or

50% of Trip Balance ($2000 USD Hike only)

120 days prior to arrival (November 1)

Total Remaining Trip Balance ($2999.50 Hike & Safari) or

Total Remaining Trip Balance ($2000 Hike Only)

90 days prior to arrival (December 1)

Unfortunately, for any balance not paid in full at deadline, trip will be forfeited with no refund.

Reservations made within the Total Balance Due Deadline below will need to be paid in full upon time of reservation.

Refund Policy

Deposits are NON-REFUNDABLE.
We strongly encourage you to secure travelers insurance.

Refunds will be given as noted below:

Refund Amount

Trip Length > 5 Days

Full Less Deposit

121+ Days Out

50% Trip Cost

61- 120 Days Out

No Refund

60 Days or Less

Cancellations by BU Adventures:
BU Adventures requires a minimum number of guests before confirming a departure. Every trip page states the minimum number of required guests. A trip is confirmed as soon as our minimum guest count is met.

We reserve the right to cancel trips with inadequate participant attendance, in which case all money paid to BU Adventures will be fully refunded.

Do not book any airfare or travel before your trip is confirmed.

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