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Lemosho Trekking Tour & Safari

Tanzania Tanzania

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The Lemosho Route is considered the most scenic route on Kilimanjaro and offers panoramic views of different sides of the mountain.

With 8 days of trekking it is one of the longest of our tours to climb the Kibo summit (5,895 m). On this route you approach the summit from deep down in the pristine, dense rainforest on the west side and cross the world heritage site of the Shira Plateau. Due to the ideal balance between a smaller number of hikers, beautiful scenery and a high success rate on the summit, the Lemosho route is our preferred route to Kibo (5,895 m). With good acclimatization, you will climb to the summit on the sixth day of the hike and make your way back via the Mweka route.

At the end of your trip, another highlight of Tanzania awaits you. We take you on a one day safari to the enchanting Tarangire National Park. Let yourself be enchanted by the diversity of the animal world and the unique flora.

If desired, this trip can be extended by further safari days or beach holidays.

All of our Kilimanjaro routes have been carefully selected to allow adequate acclimatization and to ensure your safety. Experience in altitude, sure-footedness and fitness are prerequisites for this tour.

Day 1: Kilimanjaro Airport – Arusha – Briefing and welcome dinner
You will be met by our driver at Kilimanjaro Airport and then driven to your booked hotel in Arusha. The drive takes about an hour and with a little luck you will get a glimpse of Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru. After checking in, your guide will give you a short briefing about your booked trip and then check your equipment. You have the rest of the day at leisure. In the evening you will be invited by your guide to the welcome dinner. Overnight at Ilboru Safari Lodge or similar category (D).

Day 2: Drive Arusha to Londorossi Gate (2,250 m) and trek to Big Tree Camp (2,780 m) – 2 hours drive and approx. 3 hours hike
In the morning after breakfast we will be driven to the Londorossi Gate. After completing all formalities and a last 15 km drive on a bumpy road, we reach the starting point on the edge of the rainforest. We will enjoy lunch before making our way through the tropical mountain forest. Today’s hike is quite short compared to the days ahead and takes about 3 hours. This gives us time to enjoy the lush landscape, which will change dramatically in the course of our hike. Maybe we can even catch a glimpse of the thumbless Colobus monkeys perched in the branches of the trees. Our dinner and our overnight stay await us in the beautiful Big Tree Camp (2,780 m). Overnight in tent camp (B|L|D).

Day 3: Big Tree Camp (2,780 m) to Shira Camp 1 (3,500 m) – approx. 6 hours
As we walk along the narrow path through the rainforest, we will find that the vegetation becomes increasingly arid until we finally reach the moorland overgrown with lobelia and heather. We ascend through rolling hills and reach Shira Camp 1. If we look over the Shira plateau from our camp, we can see the inimitable snowcapped summit of Kibo. Kilimanjaro was formed as a result of the active continental fissures and consists of three volcanic cones, the Shira / Shira Ridge (3,962 m), the Mawenzi (5,148 m) and the Kibo (5,895 m). It is believed that the first volcanic activity began around 1 million years ago. A tasty dinner and a last look at the starry sky let the day come to an end. Overnight in tent camp (B|L|D).

Day 4: Shira Camp 1 (3,500 m) to Shira Camp 2 (3,900 m) – 6 hours hike
Today we cross the Shira Ridge with its rocky bottom, low grass and bushes. Since the terrain is much flatter than the day before, our hike seems more leisurely and we enjoy a fantastic view of the Great Rift Valley and Mount Meru (4,566 m). Beautiful and unique giant lobes still characterize the moor landscape. In the late afternoon we arrive at Shira Camp 2, where we will have dinner and spend the night. Overnight in tent camp (B|L|D).

Day 5: Shira Camp 2 (3,900 m) to the lava tower (4,640 m) – Barranco Camp (3,960 m) – approx. 7 hours
After breakfast we begin our ascent to the lava tower through a terrain littered with boulders. In the distance we see the Kibo, which encourages us to keep walking uphill. At an altitude of 4,640 m we reach the lava tower, take a longer break and let our body get used to the greater height. Then we hike further down to the Barranco Camp. This method of ascending and deep sleeping allows our bodies to get used to the different altitudes better and gives us a good idea of how our bodies will react to changes in altitude. On the way the landscape changes again and soon we are surrounded by huge Senecias (special plant on the mountain) and smaller lobelia plants. After 6 – 7 hours we reach the beautiful and green Barranco Camp, which offers a wonderful view of the valley and the snowcapped summit of Kibo (5,895 m). Overnight in tent camp (B|L|D).

Day 6: Barranco Camp (3,960m) to Karanga Camp (4,035m) – 6 to 7 hours
The famous Barranco Wall, which is probably the steepest part of the entire route, awaits us after breakfast. While no technical climbing is required, in some places we need to use our hands for a better grip and pull ourselves up. Our mountain guides are close by to help us if necessary. After passing Kissing Rock, we hike along the ridge through the Karanga Valley. We pass the last water point and after 3 – 4 hours we finally reach the Karanga Camp. After a well-deserved meal, we go to bed. Overnight in tent camp (B|L|D).

Day 7: Karanga Camp (4,035 m) to Barafu Camp (4,640 m) – approx. 4 hours
Today we are on our way to Barafu Camp at approx. 4,640 m, which we will reach in approx. 3 – 4 hours. The landscape is very dry and the ground breaks like glass under our boots. On the way through the Afro-Alpine desert to the rocky Barafu Camp, we feel a sense of anticipation, as our last stretch is only a few hours away. Barafu Camp with its rocky landscape offers a breathtaking view of Mawenzi Peak (5,148 m) and the summit path. Here we can relax and have dinner very early, at 5:00 p.m., and go to sleep around 7:00 p.m. The ascent to the summit starts at midnight, so it is important that we rest well beforehand. Overnight in tent camp (B|L|D).

Day 8: Barafu Camp (4,640 m) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) and descent to Millenium Camp (3,820 m) – approx. 12 to 14 hours
After a hot tea and a light snack, the ascent begins around midnight. Warmly dressed and with the light of our headlamps, we climb the scree slopes of the Kibo. It’s steep and uphill in serpentines. After a 5 to 7 hour ascent in the dark we reach Stella Point (5,756 m), the crater rim of Kilimanjaro. From here strong wind and cold can be expected. Another 1 to 2 hours ascent along the crater ridge leads us to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m). Here we see Kilimanjaro in all its glory and enjoy the 360 ° view over the landscape at sunrise. You are now on the “roof of Africa”. The comparatively easy but long descent is almost on the same route. The temperatures now change from minus degrees to high plus degrees. Shortly before noon we should arrive at the Barafu Camp, where the cook is waiting for us with tasty dishes. After a warm meal we can rest for 1 to 2 hours and then descend to Millenium Camp (3,820 m), where dinner and a well-deserved break await us. Overnight in tent camp (B|L|D).

Day 9: Millenium Camp (3,820m) to Mweka Gate (1,630m) and drive to Arusha – 5 hours hike and 2 hours drive
After a delicious breakfast and a traditional farewell ceremony by our mountain crew, we’ll begin our final descent to Mweka Gate. A leisurely 2 to 3 hour walk will take us again through the lush rainforest where the endemic Impatiens Kilimanjari flower grows. When we reach the Mweka Gate, we will be greeted by our transfer driver who will take us back to our hotel. The rest of the day is free – enjoy a long shower. Overnight at the Ilboru Safari Lodge (B).

Day 10: Departure Drive to Arusha-Kilimanjaro International Airport or connecting module Safari / Zanzibar
Free time until departure. Our driver will pick you up from the hotel according to your flight details and drive you to the airport (B).

We reserve the right to make changes to the program due to special events, force majeure or weather reasons.

Legends: B = breakfast | L = lunch | D = dinner

Our trips start every Saturday:

German guided tour
English guided tour

This trekking tour can also be booked for individual travelers at an additional cost or for your group at dates other than shown here.

Duration: 10 days
Costs: € 2.890 per person
Group size: min. 2 Persons (all the tour dates are guaranteed with a minimum group size of only two persons)
€ 110 for single room supplement (only for hotel accommodation, for hut and camping overnight stays during the trek single accommodation is not available).

What’s included:

  • Transfer from and to the airport
  • All transfers in Tanzania by private vehicle
  • Accommodation and breakfast in Arusha
  • Professional, English speaking local mountain guide
  • Camping team (cook & porter)
  • Camping equipment (tents, mattress , kitchen utensils)
  • Three meals and drinking water on the trekking tour
  • Professional, English-speaking safari guide
  • All national park fees
  • Welcome dinner

Not included

  • Sleeping bag
  • All flights
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks other than water
  • Visa fees (US $ 50)
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal travel insurance

Visa
To enter Tanzania, a passport that is valid for at least 6 months and a tourist visa are required. The visa for German citizens can be applied for three to four weeks before departure at the Tanzanian embassy (approx. 50 EUR plus postage). Alternatively, the visa is also available when entering Tanzania (50 USD, to be paid in cash on site). We recommend this option; it is less complicated and cheaper. An exit tax of USD 30 is required for international flights from Zanzibar (payable locally in cash).
These visa and passport regulations are valid for the EU countries and Switzerland. Other citizens would like to inquire at the respective country consulate.

Vaccinations
No compulsory vaccinations, in particular no yellow fever vaccination, are required for direct entry from Germany / Switzerland, Austria to the mainland of Tanzania and Zanzibar. This also applies when entering a yellow fever endemic area in transit; as long as the airport is not left during the stopover and the stay is less than 12 hours. However, you should be vaccinated against tetanus, hepatitis A, diphtheria and polio. Hepatitis B and typhoid vaccinations are recommended for long stays.
We recommend that you consult your doctor in good time. Further information can be found on the website of the Federal Foreign Office.

Insurance
A travel health insurance (with rescue costs) is essential for your own safety and a prerequisite for booking our trips. In the event of an accident in the mountains or on safari that requires a helicopter, the helicopter will not take off until full coverage of the costs has been clarified.
We strongly recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance. Flights at bargain prices in particular cannot usually be rebooked or cancelled free of charge. In Tanzania there could also be complications with the weather, your health, etc., which would force you to abandon your trip.
We asked ERGO Reiseversicherung to put together different service packages for you. You can book the right travel health insurance for you at https://www.reiseversicherung.de.

It should be noted that geoDiscovery Tours only recommends that its guests book travel insurance through ERGO and assumes no responsibility for the contractual content between the travel guest and the insurance provider. It is up to each guest to book their travel insurance through ERGO or another provider.

Standard of hotels and accommodations
In Tanzania, the hotels we have booked are good and correspond to mid-western standards. The sanitary facilities are clean and functional. The hotel kitchen is adapted to Western eating habits and the food is safe to enjoy. Sometimes there can be power cuts or sometimes no hot water is available. The hotel staff is generally very friendly and makes every effort to ensure the well-being of each guest. The hotels we have booked are as follows:

Arusha: Ilboru Safari Lodge, Mount Meru Game Lodge, Karama Lodge
Moshi / Kilimanjaro: Chanya Lodge, Weru Weru, Kaliwa Lodge, Salinero

Tour program
The travel program is optimally coordinated for all of the trips we recommend. However, it can happen that roads are closed or impassable without prior notice, that waiting times of several hours arise due to traffic jams or fuel shortages, that access to sites can be closed for various reasons, or other restrictions such as flight delays or even cancellations due to bad weather, strikes, Health of the participants, a pandemic or unfavourable conditions during trekking make the implementation of the travel program difficult or, in the worst case, impossible. However, our local guides are prepared for such situations and will endeavour to carry out all program points to your satisfaction. The inconvenience is usually limited. Nevertheless, it must be pointed out at this point that, for the reasons mentioned, program changes are possible at any time and are not the responsibility of the organizer. Any resulting costs are borne by the traveller. We ask for your understanding.

Flying in Tanzania
Domestic flights in Tanzania may be postponed for days due to limited airspace or weather conditions, or for technical or other reasons. Under these exceptional circumstances, our team will try – in cooperation with you – to relocate the tour to other regions or to organize road transport. The risk of delay and cancellation of these flights is borne by all participants.
In the event of a delay of several days, all participants are personally responsible for changing their flight home at least 48 hours in advance. We are of course happy to help you.

The domestic flights booked by us are:

  • Air Tanzania
  • Precision Air
  • Flightlink
  • Coastal Aviation
  • Auric air

Please note that our trips are not suitable for people with limited mobility.


Trip Details

  • Duration: 10 days
  • Holiday Type: Camping
  • Best trekking period: Jun/Jul/Aug/Sep/Dec/Jan/Feb
  • Difficulty: Demanding
  • Max Altitude: 5.895 m
  • Group size: Min. 2 persons (all the tour dates are guaranteed with a minimum group size of onl two persons)
  • Tour guide: English speaking, trained Tanzanian mountain guide
  • Difficulty:
  • Fitness:
  • Price: 2.890,00 
  • Single room supplement: 110,00 €
    (only for hotel accommodation, for lodge overnight stays during the trek single accommodation is not available)