Lemosho glades route: an unspoilt, remote little used and beautiful way up to the Shira Plateau. It can either be used to gain the western Breach route or followed by the Kibo south circuit to gain the easier Barafu route. The route is one of the few where groups are accompanied by an armed ranger as the forest around the Lemosho glades.
DAY 1: Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, pick up and transferred to the Springlands Hotel or similar for overnight bed and breakfast.
DAY 2: After breakfast, drive to the Londorosi Park Gate, elevation 7’300 ft. The drive is about 5 hours. Continue driving up towards to the Gate, starting point, then walk up to Mti Mkubwa campsite at approximately 11’000ft elevation, stopping for lunch. Arrive at the campsite, set up camp, and eat dinner during early evening. The drive through the Shira plateau is one of the best opportunities to see big game on Kilimanjaro.
DAY 3: Wake to breakfast, breaks the camp, and begins the short hike from Mti Mkubwa to Shira hut campsite, elevation 12’500ft. This is usually takes no more than 2 hours, but this rest is required for adequate acclimatization. The west face of Kibo volcano (usually referred as Kilimanjaro) looms above the campsite. Have lunch, set up camp, rest or take a day hike, and eat dinner during early evening. This hike traverses the lower moorland where large shrubs and wildflowers dominate 5 the landscape.
DAY 4: Wake to breakfast, break camp, and begin a short hike to Shira 2 Camps site. This makes it a perfect acclimatization day.
DAY 5: Wake to breakfast, break camp, and begin the hike during mid-morning. This 5 to 6 hours hike continues through the lower moorland sometimes climbing steeply and sometime descending just as steeply to reach Barranco Hut campsite directly below the south face of Kibo (stopping halfway for lunch as usual). Elevation is 12’800ft. The view of northern Tanzania and Mount Meru to the west are amazing, not to mention the view of Kibo itself. Set up camp, rest and eat dinner during early evening.
DAY6: Wake to breakfast, break camp, and begin the final day of hiking/climbing before the summit day. Climb to Barafu hut campsite on the southeast side of Kibo to meet the summit trail, again stopping for lunch. This 4 to 5 hours hike traverses the alpine desert where the sheer ruggedness of Kilimanjaro is breathtaking. Barafu hut campsite is situated at an elevation of 15’100ft. Set up camp, eat a very early dinner and get some rest. The summit day starts early.
DAY 7: Wake at about 12: 30am to alight snack and begin the summit climb. The winding switchbacks climb slowly toward the crater rim and Stella Point (approx. 18’500ft). From Stella Point, one can see the inner crater and the ash cone not to mention the amazing glaciers covering the South face of Kilimanjaro. Continue another half hour to the rooftop of Africa – Uhuru Peak at 19’340ft. Stop for a bit of rest and photo opportunity. Views of Mawenzi to the east and Mount Meru to the west as well as the rift valley, northern Tanzania, and southern Kenya are breathtaking. At this range, Kilimanjaro glaciers are as awe-inspiring as they are pristine. After a rest, descend back to Barafu hut campsite, break camp and descend to Mweka hut campsite at 9’850ft elevation. Set up camp, eat dinner and get some well-deserved rest. A long day of hiking totaling to approximately 12- 14 hours, depending on the fitness of the climber.
DAY 8: Wake to breakfast, break camp, and begin the short hike won to the park gate ate Mweka at approximately 5’500ft elevation. Drive from park gate back to Moshi – Springlands hotel/ alternative hotel.
DAY 9: After an early breakfast, Transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for your departure flight back home.