The Lemosho route is preferred by most Shrike trekkers. It is a longer route, allowing trekkers to acclimatize more readily to the altitude. This extra time increases enjoyment, and your chances of summiting. Lemosho is also one of the more scenic routes up Kilimanjaro and does NOT require a midnight summit ascent. A daytime summit is much preferred, as climbers avoid the crowds at the summit. The overnight in the crater more rewarding.
Day 1: Moshi
A Shrike Safaris representative will pick you up in Arusha city or perhaps Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and transfer to Moshi town, best-known as the gateway to the roof of Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro. Once in Moshi, your tour guide will meet, greet and brief you about your trek to Kilimanjaro. We spend one night in Moshi and meet with your guides as they give you a detailed climb orientation and gear check. He will also make sure that you have taken all the gear necessary for the trek. In case you are missing important equipment, it can easily be hired in Moshi.
Day 2: Mti Mkubwa
9,170-ft/ 2,795-m | 2.5 miles/ 4 km | 3-4 hours.
Leave the Hotel for Lemosho, after a formal registration at Londorosi and passing the trailhead then starts to ascend through a swathe of a thick cloud forest. The forest which is stunning and full of life, birds, and insects are particularly prevalent here. As the path enters a small clearing in the upper reaches of the forest zone there stand a camping ground normally known as Forest camp (Mti Mkubwa –big tree camp).
Day 3: Shira Plateau
11,500-ft/ 3,505-m | 5.2 miles/ 8.4 km | 7-8 hours
Breakfast then leave the forest camp and continues to ascend smoothly and gently as the forest becoming thin and vegetation surrounding the path alters, taller trees give way to Heath/Moorland zone and amidst giant to emerge.
The path crests the rim of the Shira plateau and sweeping views of the entire rolling, crumpled plateau will be viewed as the path stretches to the South-east. After gaining the Shira Ridge then the main path drops slightly as it negotiates heathers, everlasting and small builder outcrops on its way to Shira 1 camp.
Day 4: Shira 2 Camp
13,650-ft/ 4,160-m | 6.3 miles/10 km | 7-8 hours
After breakfast ascend to the edge of the Shira ridge, bends slightly to follow a south-east course across the plateau. Walking into the sun and directly towards the mass of Kibo before a mounding cloud rises to shrouds the summit.
The path undulates across the surface of the plateau hugging the lay of the land and follow its every detail as it drops into small gullies contain tributary streams and the path gaining height through an attractive high alpine meadow of heather and everlastings. Forge the path through a route south-east towards Shira 2 Camp
Day 5: Barranco
12,950-ft/ 3,950-m | 6.2 miles/ 9.9 km | 6-7 hours
The path will emerge the south circuit which will drop into a broad rock-strewn valley and then regain the lost height rising evenly and gently towards Kibo. Follows the leading path to the southern direction and passes through an area of interest rock formation with an alternative ascent to lava tower (4600m) before branch off to Barranco.
Day 6: Karanga
13,200-ft/ 4,023-m | 3.6 miles/ 5.8 km | 4-5 hours
After breakfast, our big challenge is to hike up the Barranco Wall, a 500 -ft lava flow. It's not a technical wall but challenging nonetheless. Once on top of the "wall", the climb becomes easier and extremely beautiful with fantastic views of the crags and crevasses of the jagged peaks of Kibo on your left. Lastly, we descend into the Karanga Valley and up the other side, for our overnight camp. The sunsets here are truly spectacular.
Day 7: Barafu
14,950-ft/ 4,556-m | 2.1 miles/ 3.4 km | 3-4 hours
It's all uphill to the rocky, craggy slopes at Barafu camp. Barafu means "ice" in Swahili, and it is extremely windy and cold at this altitude. There is a buzz of excitement in the air, as climbers anticipate our toughest day just ahead. The path contours around the mountain and through a patch moorland before cresting a ridge reaching a crossroad, the left-hand path lead to the scale broad ridge that climbs to the northeast towards Kibo. The virtue of it is elevated and exposed position the views from Barafu are spectacular when approached from the western side of Kilimanjaro, the jagged outline of Mawenzi will be visible across the broad expanse of the saddle.
Day 8: Summit - Uhuru Peak | Crater Camp
Summit: 19,340-ft/ 5,895-m | 3.75 miles/4.5 km | 7-9 hours.
Crater Camp: 18,700-ft/ 5,700-m | 1.5 miles/2.4 km | 1.5 hours.
We repack our gear, taking only what we'll need for the summit push. Today's the toughest day, with the most stunning views of Mawenzi, the Kibo Saddle and the plains below. We slowly wind our way up over the rocky outcrops and through the scree until we reach the rim of the crater. After lunch on the rim, we make our push to the summit. The view from the summit is dramatic. The weather and effects of altitude will determine how long we stay here. After our summit celebration, we descend to our crater camp for overnight facing the amazing Furtwangler Glacier. We spend the remainder of the day taking it easy and enjoying camp at the highest sleeping altitude.
Day 9: Mweka
10,400-ft/ 3,170-m | 8.3 miles/ 12 km | 8-9 hours
After enjoying your breakfast, you can take a short trek up to the Ashpit, where fumaroles are evidence of Kilimanjaro's dormant volcanic state. We then proceed downhill to Mweka Camp, where we will spend the rest of the day and enjoy the last night on Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Day 10: Mweka Gate | Moshi
Gate: 5,500-ft/ 1,676-m | 5.3 miles/ 8.5 km | 4-5 hours
Moshi: 3,000-ft/ 914-m | 30 minute drive
This is a short relatively swift and final day on the mountain, descending through the forest with lush and extremely picturesque to Mweka gate. The climb will be concluded by registering the succession at the gate before transfer to the hotel., this is the last time to see your porters, it is recommended to tip them at this point. The Shrike vehicle will meet you and drive back to your hotel for a hot shower and some. You will enjoy a farewell dinner with your guides.
Day 11: Moshi
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