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Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route

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Africa’s highest mountain with its three volcanic cones (Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira), stands about 4,900 metres (16,100 ft) from its base, and 5,895 metres (19,341 ft) above sea level, is a dormant volcano, covering an area of 100 metres long and 65 metres wide and the tallest freestanding mountain in the world and has permanent snow above 5000 metres.  The highest volcanic cone is Kibo and Uhuru Peak at the summit of this crater rim. Situated just south of the equator in northwest Tanzania near the Kenyan border within Kilimanjaro National Park, this majestic mountain is a challenging maximum adventure.

Quick Facts

  • 9 nights accommodation – 2 nights in Moshi hotel, 7 nights camping
  • 10 days with 8 trekking days
  • We recommend you fly to and from Kilimanjaro Airport
  • We will pick you up and drop you off at the airport
  • Comfortable base hotel before and after your climb
  • Guided by professional guides
  • Porter assistance for the entire route
  • Available for individuals
  • You need to be pretty fit and prepared for a tough summit day!
  • The feeling of standing on Africa’s highest point is incredible

About & Details

The Lemosho route is one of the longest, newest and most scenic with panoramic views. This route ascends from the western side, the drive to the start of the trek takes over two hours, and descends on the Mweka route.

Please be advised that you are travelling to a completely different part of the world!  This may sound obvious but it is surprising how many people are taken aback by the differences in culture.  Local standards are a contrast to those in the Western World, you should be prepared for this and be happy to accept the differences. The standard of vehicles on the roads is lower, the standard of driving is lower, the hotels have different set-ups, etc.  These differences also extend to the mountain, local guides are trained to a different standard than Western leaders, food and water hygiene is different.  Our leaders will advise you of what to do and what not to do to help you adjust as easily and painlessly as possible.  You should, as much as possible, try and enjoy the differences in cultures that exist because this is one of the things that make travel so interesting!

Altitude and Climate

This trek visits high altitudes!  It is imperative you are properly acclimatised not only in order for you to have a safe trek but also an enjoyable one as altitude sickness has the capacity to make you feel very miserable!  All along the way you will find warnings about ascending too quickly, if you show signs of altitude sickness appropriate measures (i.e. descent) must be taken.  Inform yourself as much as possible about this issue before you travel in order to have an understanding of how you may be affected.  Keep your guide informed regarding how you are feeling during the trek.  The climate during your trip will vary between hot in Moshi (25-35°C), to relatively warm on the lower trekking trails (15-25°C daytime) to cold at the higher elevations (0-5°C daytime).  Temperatures at Meru and Kilimanjaro summit can be as low as -25°C with snow.  You must be prepared to encounter low temperatures.  This is particularly relevant when deciding upon which equipment to take.  This should be of good quality.

Visas and Vaccinations

You will need:

  • A Valid Passport: Your passport will need to be valid for at least 6 months after your return date.  Please bring a photocopy of your passport with you for Kilimanjaro Park Permits.
  • Relevant Vaccinations and where necessary Malaria tablets: For medical and inoculations advice, contact your local GP and visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website before you travel.  Do this in good time (at least 3 months) as many injections/treatments must be given a certain time apart.
  • Entry Visa: All British nationals require a visa for entry into Tanzania.  You need to arrange these prior to departure.  Visas are valid for 3 months from date of issue and can be purchased via the United Republic of Tanzania Immigration Department website and check out the Visa Application Guidelines website.  If you are not a British national then you will also need to contact the embassy to enquire about visa requirements.
  • Relevant travel Insurance: You will need to make sure your insurance includes an element of trekking up to 6000 metres.
Guides and Porters

Your guide will be certified, accredited and an English speaker.  You will have the backup of a great local team to help you along.  The support team includes local Tanzanian registered guides, porters and a cook.  The guides we use have many years’ experience guiding Mt Kilimanjaro with some having made over 100 ascents!

We adhere to the guidelines laid down by the International Porter Protection Group.  This organisation works to improve the working conditions of mountain porters in the tourism industry worldwide, consequently we do not ask our porters to carry more than 20kg per load (this is advised by the IPPG).  In view of these guidelines, we request that you limit the equipment you ask your porter to carry to a maximum of 15kg.  Many ‘Westerners’ feel uncomfortable seeing a local ‘carrying their bags’ but guiding and portering are recognised professions in Tanzania, so remember that for them this is a job and often forms a vital part of a family’s income.  We provide adequate clothing per porter for the intended trek and full insurance during the time of their employment.  It is the custom to tip porters so please bring with you an envelope in which to put your tips.  This envelope must be handed to the guide, sealed.  It is not to be handed to the porter.  The guide will then take all the tips in and distribute them accordingly.  More information as to why this happens and further information on tipping amount guidelines can be found via Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project

Why Book With Us

We know you have a choice of companies to climb Kilimanjaro with.  Here are some of the reasons you should choose to travel with Maximum Adventure:

  • We are an established adventure travel business
  • We have been trading since 2002
  • We are financially protected in accordance with the 1992 travel regulation
  • Knowledgeable and available office staff
  • Qualified leaders and guides with ascents ranging from Ben Nevis to Mount Everest
  • All activities are risk assessed
  • We try to give you the best service we can
  • We are aware this is your adventure/challenge and will do our best to facilitate it
  • We have many repeat clients stretching back many years

Inclusions

  • Professional event organisation
  • Qualified local mountain guides
  • Arrival and departure transport from Kilimanjaro Airport
  • All other in country ground transfers relevant to the course
  • Twin rooms in comfortable hotel accommodation with breakfast when not on the mountain.  Single rooms are available at a supplement
  • Fully catered camping trek
  • Cook
  • National park fees
  • Porter assistance for the duration of the trek
  • Group first aid kit with qualified first aiders
Exclusions
  • Travel to the start and finish points of the trip (flights to/from Tanzania)
  • Lunches and evening meals in the hotel
  • Personal Insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects)
  • Porters’ Tips – Africa has a strong tipping culture and your porters will expect a tip at the end of your trip

Optional Extras

  • Single Room Supplement (when in hotel) £95 per person per night (subject to availability)
  • Extra night in Moshi Prior to start (single room) £160 per person
  • Extra night in Moshi Prior to start (twin room, needs 2 people) £80 person
  • Extra night in Moshi at the end of the event (single room) £160 per person
  • Extra night in Moshi at the end of the event (twin room, needs 2 people) £80 per person

Departures

We run the Kilimanjaro Ascent – Lemosho route as an open or bespoke event over 10 days and 9 nights with 8 trekking days.

For example, if Friday is your arrival day, Saturday would be the first day of your trek, finishing the following Saturday and then the departure day would be the next day, on Sunday.  Extra night accommodation can be selected as an option extra at an extra supplement.

For best weather conditions we run this course anytime during July, August and September as well as mid December through until the end of February.  The listed dates are ‘in country’ service provision dates and do not include time required for travel to and from this event.  Please see our itinerary and factor in your travel time to/from Tanzania when planning your trip.

A Typical Day

A typical day on the trek starts with a wake-up call at about 6:30am depending upon what your activity will be for the day.  Breakfast at 7:30 – 8:00am followed by trekking start at 8:30am.  You can stop for tea during the morning and probably break for lunch at about midday.  If you need to walk in the afternoon then you will generally be at your day’s destination by about 3:00 – 4:00pm.  Evening meal will be served at approximately 6:00pm before an early bed time.  These times are flexible but the rhythm is dictated by daylight and you will need a lot of sleep.

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Itinerary

  • Arrival Day

    Our services start:  Arrive at Kilimanjaro International airport where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.  After some time to relax from your flight you will meet your guide who will provide a briefing.  During this briefing they will take you through the planned route and carry out an equipment check to ensure you have everything you need to enable you to enjoy your trip.

  • Trekking Day 1

    Drive to the Londorossi Gate to register with the Tanzania National Park Authority, you may see the black and white Colobus monkeys while you are waiting.  You will then head to Lemosho Glades where you will start your trek to Big Tree camp.    Approximately 3 hours walking.

  • Trekking Day 2

    Walking through moorlands, you will gain altitude to Shira camp reaching 3,500m.  Approximately 7 hours walking.

  • Trekking Day 3

    Continuing across the moorland plateau climbing steadily to help your body with acclimatisation.  Arriving at the campsite you will have excellent view of the Western Breach and its glaciers.  Approximately 4 hours walking.

  • Trekking Day 4

    Heading for the Lava Tower, the landscape changes to semi-desert.  The Lava Tower stands at 4,600m and is a testament to Kilmanjaro’s earlier volcanic activity.  Descending to the Barranco camp, sheltered by the Breach and great Barranco Wall, for tonight’s accommodation.  Approximately 7 hours walking.

  • Trekking Day 5

    Ascending the Great Barranco Wall, passing the Heim and Kersten Glaciers, the trail continues up and down along the Karanga Valley to Karanga Camp.  Today is a shorter day helping your body acclimatise.  Approximately 5 hours walking.

  • Trekking Day 6

    From the Karanga camp heading to Barafu Camp at 4,600m.  You might need your warmer clothing as the route ascends to the Barafu Camp.  On arrival at camp you will prepare your equipment for your summit walk in the morning.  Approximately 3 hours walking.

  • Trekking Day 7

    SUMMIT DAY!  Walking steeply upwards towards the summit glaciers for 4-5 hours gaining considerable height over a short distance. You should arrive at Stella Point on the crater rim to catch the first sun rays of the day (weather permitting) and see spectacular views of ice cliffs and the jagged Mawenzi peak, another 1-2 hours trekking and you will reach the summit, Uhuru Peak, at 5895 metres.  You will then hike back down to Barafu Camp for breakfast before heading to the Millennium Camp and your overnight accommodation.  Approximately 8 hours walking.

  • Trekking Day 8

    After a relaxed breakfast you will hike back down to the Mweka Gate where you will be met and driven back to your hotel.  Approximately 6 hours walking.

  • Departure Day

    Transfer to the airport and say goodbye to Africa!  Our services end.  Most flights to UK will arrive the next day.

Disclaimer

Please note: This itinerary is a guide only. It can be subject to change dependent upon viability, course members’ fitness, weather conditions or any other reason the guide may deem necessary. This trip involves travel to high altitudes and to areas where a short notice change of itinerary may be necessary.

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Charity Information

How to take part for Charity
To do this challenge for a charity there is a non-refundable registration fee, payable to Maximum Adventure at the time of booking.  You can then choose between the two different options below.

Self-Funding
Pay a registration fee at the time of booking then the balance due 10 weeks before departure.  With the self-funding option, you personally cover the full cost of the challenge.  This option means that there is no minimum sponsorship target due, but we encourage you to raise as much money as you can for the charity.

Minimum Sponsorship Pledge
Pay a registration fee at the time of booking and confirm with your charity their minimum fundraising requirements for the balance.  This will typically be double the cost of the adventure, less the registration fee.  With the minimum sponsorship pledge option, you must submit 80% of your fundraising target to the charity 10 weeks before the departure date.

For more details of how fundraising works please read our step by step guide here or contact us for help.

Maximum Adventure work with lots of charities to offer our events as fundraising opportunities.  You can find our Charity Events from the ‘Menu’ in the corner of your screen or from our homepage.  If your chosen charity is not listed, please contact us and we will be happy to approach them on your behalf.

Payment Terms

  • Deposit £499 - at point of booking

  • Balance due 10 weeks before departure

Why book with us

We know you have a choice of companies providing trips for your next adventures. Here are some of the reasons you should choose to travel with Maximum Adventure:

  • We are an established adventure travel business
  • We have been trading since 2002
  • We are financially protected in accordance with the 1992 travel regulation
  • Knowledgeable and available office staff
  • Qualified leaders and guides with ascents ranging from Ben Nevis to Mount Everest
  • All activities are risk assessed
  • We will provide you with the best service available
  • We are aware this is your holiday/your challenge and will do our best to make it an enjoyable and rewarding experience
  • We have many repeat clients stretching back over a number of years
20+ years adventure organisation experience
Full liability & financial protection
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