Lemosho Route

Day 1: Londorossi Gate (2100m) to Mti Mkubwa camp (2750m
After breakfast and briefing, two hours drive from Marangu or Moshi town to Londorossi Park Gate (2100m). The Guides and porters prepare and pack the supplies and equipment at the village. From here a forest track requiring a 4WD vehicle leads to Lemosho Glades (2100m).Walk beside the forest trails to Mti mkubwa (big tree) camp site and hiking time is 3 hours. Your porters will arrive at the camp site long before you as they walk faster; will have your tents set up your arrival. In the evening the cooker will boil drinking and washing water and you will have a dinner and overnight at camp site.

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Day 2: Mti Mkubwa (Big tree) camp (2750m) to Shira 2 Camp (3840m)
Hiking time 7 hours
After full breakfast, you will start hiking about an hour to the top of the forest and the trail gradually steepens and enters the giant Moorland zonation. Several streams are closed, a gentle walk across the plateau lead to Shira 2 Camp on Moorland. By now you will be able to see, in an easterly direction, the Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. The night at this exposed camp will even be colder than the previous night, with temperatures drop to well below freezing. Dinner and overnight at the Camp site

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Day 3: Shira (3840m) to Lava Tower (4630m) to Baranco Camp (3950m)
Hiking time is 7 hours
The route now turns east into a semi desert and rocky landscape surrounding Lava Tower, where you reach an altitude of 4630m after about 5 hours walk. Lunch is served in a chosen area before ascending the rocky scree path to Lava Tower (4630m). Absolutely the toughest day so far, it is normally around this point, where for the first time, some hikers will start to feel symptoms of breathlessness, irritability and headaches. After lunch you descend again by almost 680m to the Baranco camping area and after reaching at the Lava Tower, the true acclimatization benefit of this day become clear. This descent to Barranco camp takes about 2 hours and offers great opportunity to take some gorgeous photographs of the western Breach wall. The camp is situated in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco wall, which should provide you an unforgettable sunset while you wait for your dinner and overnight.

 

 

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Day 4: Barranco Camp (3950m) to Barafu Camp (4550m)
Hiking time; 7 hours
After break fast, you make your way up this amazing looking obstacle, which in the end normally turns out to be easier than expected. The trail then heads down through the Karanga Valley over superseding ridges and valleys, and then joins up with Mweka Route. The last water point on the route is the Karanga Valley, as there is no water at Barafu Hut where you spend the night. Totally exposed to the ever-present gale the tents are pitched on a narrow. The summit is now a further 1345m up and you will make the final ascent the same night. Prepare your equipment i.e. summit gears for your summit attempt. Go to bed at around about 19hrs and try to get some precious rest and sleep.

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Day 5: Summit Attempt,
Barafu Camp (4550m) to Uhuru Peak (5895m).
Hiking time is 8 to 9 hours to reach Uhuru Peak
You will wake up around 23hrs and after some tea and biscuits you scuffle off into the night. You will head in a north westerly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. Through walk to Stella Point is for many hikers, mentally and physically the most difficult part along the entire route. At Stella Point (5685m) you will have a short rest and will be rewarded with magnificent sunrise you had never or hardly saw it are ever likely to see. From Stella Point you will normally come across snows all the way to Uhuru Peak. The time you will spend on the summit will depend on the weather conditions. Do not stop here for too long, as it will be extremely hard to start again due to cold and exhaustion. The walk back to Barafu from Uhuru Peak, takes 3 hours. At Barafu Camp you will have a well earned but short rest and gather the rest of your gears, before heading down to Mweka Hut (3100m). Dinner and washing water will be arranged as well as drinking water, and you will be having an overnight.

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Day 6: Mweka Camp (3100m) to Mweka Gate (1980m)
Hiking time is 3 hours
After well-earned breakfast, you will continue descend to the Park Gate. At Mweka gate you leave you details at the office. This is also where winning hikers will be awarded certificates. Those who reached Stella Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates while those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. From Mweka gate you will drive back to hotel for hot shower, dinner and celebration!!! And overnight. Accommodation on the mountain is tent.

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