Lemosho Route is an advanced route to Kilimanjaro, which approaches from the west. Due to a fewer crowd, scenic variety and high success rates, Lemosho is one of the most favoured routes in spite of it is a difficult and long route.
The trek starts from the rain forest, crossing the spectacular Shira Plateau and the path combines with the Machame Route. Lemosho route holds a longer distance to cover the whole ecosystem as compared to other routes. Although Lemosho is considered a difficult route, the extra days to trek the mountain make the acclimatization better. As the trail of this route begins from the rain forest, It is scenically considered the most varied and the most beautiful route.
Lemosho is a perfect route for those who are good with altitude acclimatization, and who are confident in their ability to walk over steeper paths for extended periods, and want a lesser used route. However, Lemosho is a little more expensive than the other routes as it offers more adventure.
The 8 day Lemosho variation is the ideal schedule for this route. On the 8 day Lemosho route, the trek from Barranco to Barafu is broken up into two days, allowing for a short day just prior to the summit attempt. This is important because summit day begins very early, around midnight, so climbers are sleep deprived going into the toughest day on the mountain. By having a short day beforehand, climbers can be better rested.
At Stella Point (18,600 ft), you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all they way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit.
From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.
From the gate, you continue another hour to Mweka Village. Foot Slopes Tours & Safaris Ltd vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to hotel in Arusha.
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