Tanzania

Kilimanjaro Lemosho (7 Day Route)

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The Lemosho route is known locally as the scenic route up Kilimanjaro. Taking the path less travelled, you're away from the crowds and have more time to acclimatise with this 9-day itinerary - maximising your chances of summit success.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport and transfer to Moshi

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport where one of our local guides will meet you. We drive you 45km to your hotel in Moshi where you stay for the night. Our head guide will give you a brief over dinner.

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We pick you up from your hotel at around 8:00 AM and transfer you via vehicle to the Lemosho gate, located on the western side of Kilimanjaro.

After the registration process, you start the climb steadily through the forests of the Lemosho glades to reach Big Tree Camp. This is our spot for the night.

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Today we cover a lot of ground as we trek across a plateau of grassy moorland with volcanic rock formations.

As you get closer to Shira 2, you will get the chance to view some of the glaciers on the western side of the mountain.

On day four, we reach the pinnacle of the Lava Tower (4,640 m), the high point for the day and a great place to enjoy your lunch.

In the afternoon, we make a steep descent to our camp for the night. Camp is located at the base of the Great Barranco Valley, sheltered by towering cliffs but with extensive views of the plains below.

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We start the day by descending into the Great Barranco, a huge ravine. We then scramble up the Great Barranco Wall - don't worry, your guides will help you take the easiest way up, which avoids any rock climbing.

Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, we head towards the Karanga valley. From here, you have a steep hike up from the valley to our night’s camp at Karanga.

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After a good night’s rest and breakfast, we set off on our walk to Barafu camp. The climb will take us across desolate scree slopes. It’s a tough steep walk made more difficult by the altitude.

After arriving at camp, we eat and spend the afternoon resting to prepare for a long night and day ahead.

We have an early dinner and then try to get some sleep. We get up between 11:00 PM and midnight to start the climb to the summit.

Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater surround us, and the views to the jagged Mawenzi peak and beyond are breathtaking.

Another hour of walking takes us to the summit - Uhuru Peak at 5,895m.

After celebrating our success at the summit, we descend back to Stella Point. Then we descend on the scree slope and track back to Barafu Camp for breakfast.

Finally, we head down to Millennium Camp for a well-earned rest.

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A gentle trek takes you down through the rainforest to Mweka Gate, where you complete park formalities and receive certificates, which you can hang up with pride!

Our vehicles meet you and take you back to the hotel in Moshi. At the hotel, treat yourself to a warm shower and a drink before your big celebration dinner.

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The day is left free to rest and relax after a long, challenging week of trekking. We transfer you back to the airport to catch your flight back home.

What's Included

Included
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks, and porters.
  • Accommodation: You stay in a hotel before and after the trek. During the trek, you sleep in tents.
  • All tour permits and camp fees.
  • -29°C Extreme Limit sleeping bags and mats.
  • Airport transfers (three available pick-up times depending on your flight).
  • All food during the 7-day trek (breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
  • Dinner at the hotel on the first and last nights, as well as breakfast on departure day.
  • Filtered water throughout the trek.
  • Tree donation in support of local environmental conservation projects.
Not Included
  • International and local flights.
  • Lunch on the first and last day.
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Personal travel/rescue insurance.
  • Visa fees.
  • Single supplement: US$90 per person (optional).
  • Portable toilet: US$150 per group (optional).

Rated 5.0

6 verified reviews

Paul
Paul

(Sep 2023)

Trip of a lifetime! Made even more enjoyable by the professionalism shown by the Skyhook team! Everything from Been picked up at the airport, to the amazing guides and porters who made our summit possible, to the drop off at the airport again. Highly recommended and I as one will be certainly using this very professional collection of individuals again! Thanks for making my dreams come alive!! Asante sana!! Paul

Sam
Sam

(Feb 2023)

34M from USA. I have nothing but glowing reviews for the entire Ahsante team. Prior to arrival, Emma was very professional and responsive in coordinating my trip. Upon arrival, I met Bruno and we went through my gear list. They were able to rent a few miscellaneous items that I didn’t have, which ended up being greatly helpful for summit night (trekking polls and mountaineering gloves). Bruno is the ultimate mountain man and guide. With hundreds of summits under his belt, I felt at ease with him at the helm. His leadership and expertise enhanced the entire experience. I am forever indebted to Bruno, David (assistant guide) and the entire team of porters for helping us reach the summit. It wouldn’t have been possible without them, and for that I say Ahsante (thank you!)

Alistair S
Alistair S

(Jan 2023)

If you want to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro go with this company!! Head guide Musa and his expert team supported by Charles, Joe, Thomas, Tuesday and many others are always there to provide a thrilling and life-affirming experience throughout your 7 day trek to the summit of the highest peak in Africa - all 5895m! These guys are always attentive, always observant, always caring, always helpful, always supportive with your safety and well being paramount. And not forgetting always fun!! The food is excellent, nutritious and comforting - pizza at 4000m!! - just the job. If you want a professional team giving you the very best chance of a wonderful experience and summit success, then I don't think you could do better. I would definitely use them again if I were to climb Kili again - mmmm🤔 that's got me thinking 😉

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Matt
Matt

(Feb 2021)

Ahsante successfully guided us to summit on Uhuru Peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro, using the Lemosho route in 7 days. Ahsante's team was brilliant in every way. I'd highly recommend them. The guide was knowledgeable and delightful to spend time with. The food was excellent. Throughout the hike, we gathered the impression that the entire team was eager to see our success in summiting the mountain. This was shown in words of encouragement, and unexpected service–meeting us on the trail as we approached camp and accommodating small requests. We are also grateful for the office crew's effort to help us coordinate COVID testing after the climb and before the international flight out of Tanzania. From booking to departure, Ahsante served us well.

Aeolyn
Aeolyn

(Jul 2019)

I can not praise the team enough! We did the 7 day alternative Lemosho route when hiking Kilimanjaro as a private tour which was incredible! Not only was the scenery beautiful, but our guides and porters were truly wonderful. They went above and beyond what we ever expected in terms or service. They catered for all levels of fitness in our group, by letting us split up amongst the 3 guides each day, so that those who wanted to walk faster were not held back by those wanting to walk at a slower pace. The team were extremely high spirited and sang and danced with us almost every day of our hike. If you are considering climbing Kilimanjaro a highly recommend that you consider these guys. Their prices are very reasonable and the level of service is outstanding.

FAQs

Before you go

See above for inclusions and exclusions.

Kilimanjaro is a steep mountain with a long summit day. You need to be fit enough to hike for an eleven-hour day. To train, we recommend running or playing sport, two or three times a week. It's also great to do a few practice hikes with a 5kg rucksack before you head out.

Here is a typical packing list for a Kilimanjaro trek: Documents: • Passport • Travel insurance details • Boarding passes for flights • Two passport photos • Driver’s license (if needed) • Cash • Credit/Debit Card Sleeping: • Sleeping bag liner (optional) Footwear: • Trekking boots: 3 or 4 season lightweight • Shoes for the plane (optional) Clothing (please make sure that you have non-cotton clothing for trekking): • Two base-layer t-shirts (e.g. running t-shirts) • Fleece/soft-shell jacket • Waterproof jacket • Down jacket for warmth • Travel clothes and city wear • Underwear • Base-layer trousers (optional) • Waterproof trousers • Trekking trousers • Trekking shorts (optional) • Mulitple pairs of thick wool mountaineering socks • Lightweight and breathable trekking socks • Gloves and wool hat Other: • A daysack: 35 litres • A duffel or rucksack with straps to go over your back • Dry Liner or Dry Bag • Water bottle/thermos: At least 2L. Nalgene bottles best. • Sunglasses • Suncream • General toiletries, contact lenses, glasses (if needed) • Towel • Electronics - head torch, travel adaptor, phone & charger • Lipsil • Book • MP3/music and headphones • Travel wash • Hand sanitiser, wet wipes • Trekking poles (optional) Please note that all plastic bags, regardless of their thickness, are prohibited from being brought into Tanzania. This excludes packaging for medical supplies. If you don't want to purchase your own kit or need to travel light, you can hire most of the equipment from our guides in-country. Get in touch for the list and rental prices.

Most non-citizens need a Tanzanian tourist visa. This is easily obtained upon arrival. Tanzanian visas are also available online. Beware when purchasing your visa online, as there are many illegitimate companies. Below is a link to the official Tanzanian High Commission UK website. While applying for a visa, you will need the following host company details: Full Name: Ahsante Tours & Safaris Limited Mobile number: +255759690257 Email: info@ahsantetours.com Company name/Registration number: 100817209 Physical address: Plot 29-A, Karanga Drive, Moshi – Kilimanjaro Accommodation (where you will stay): Panama Garden Resort Address: P.O.Box 6907, Lema Road

The currency used in Tanzania is Tanzanian Shillings. Some places will accept USD ($), but you will get an unfavourable exchange rate with everything you purchase.

Yes, If you are travelling solo and would like your own room and tent for the duration of the trip, you can pay for a single supplement. The single supplement is an optional extra with a cost of $90 per traveller. This is payable in-country. Should you not wish to apply the single supplement, we will pair you with another group member to share accommodation during the trek (twin hotel room and shared tent).

On your trip

You stay in a hotel at the beginning and end of the trek. The lodges offer twin shared rooms and basic showering facilities. During the trek, you will be given a 3-man tent and use it as a twin share. Single supplements are available for the duration of the trip for $90. Please ensure you request this on your registration form before you depart. If you need to book any additional nights at the hotel, you can do so here: https://panamagardenresort.co.tz/

We pick you up from Kilimanjaro International Airport on day one and drop you back off at the end. We recommend checking comparison sites such as Skyscanner for the best flight deals.

You have chefs with you on the hike who can cater for all dietary requirements. You have three nutritious and filling meals each day, which help keep your energy levels high. Please make us aware of any requirements on your registration form before departure. Filtered water will be readily available free of charge.

When you go above altitudes of 2,500m (as is the case on Kilimanjaro), there is less oxygen which poses a risk of altitude sickness. High altitude sickness can happen to anybody, regardless of age or fitness. Symptoms vary between individuals but commonly include headaches, nausea, shortness of breath, and numbness in fingers and toes. These symptoms can come on unexpectedly and get severe quickly. To decrease the chances of experiencing altitude sickness, you need to allow your body time to acclimatise properly. Although impossible to completely prevent, we've designed our itineraries to give guests the best chance to adjust to the altitude changes. Ahsante guides have years of experience in recognizing and helping guests deal with altitude sickness. Note that oxygen is not used on Kilimanjaro to help guests reach the summit or to 'treat' altitude sickness. The only cure for altitude sickness is to immediately descend to lower ground. In severe cases, oxygen may be given to provide enough temporary relief to allow the affected guest to descend. In extreme cases, altitude sickness on Kilimanjaro can be fatal. We put your safety first. We trust our guide's expertise, their decision on whether or not to continue is final.

It is customary in Tanzania to tip guides and porters. The amount that you tip is completely up to you. As a good rule of thumb, generally participants will tip around US$200 per customer (not per guide). You can give this to the head guide, and they will distribute it amongst the team of guides, porters and cooks.

Start: There are three pick-up times (10:00 AM, 5:00 PM or 11:59 PM) from Kilimanjaro International Airport on the first date of your trip.  End: On the last date, you can fly at any time, and your guides will arrange transfers that work best for the group.

Portable toilets are an optional extra. The cost for this extra service is $150, payable at our offices, in-country. The group can decide whether they would like this extra service and split the cost between group members.

The water is filtered and boiled by a Katadyn filtration system. We recommend you also bring water purification tablets or a filter bottle.

Other FAQs

Most groups have 12 people, with a maximum of 14.

Yes of course! Safari in Tanzania is an amazing experince - simply reach out and we'll make some recommendations for local providers.

We can't advise you on this, but recommend you check at http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home.aspx.

Kilimanjaro is very close to the equator, so the temperatures are very similar year-round. They can range from around 20C (70F) at the base -10C (14F) on the summit. The dry season is June-September, and during these times there is typically just a dusting of snow on the summit. These are also the busiest months. The wet season is Nov-May, where snow depth on the summit can regularly be 20-30cm. 

The minimum age for this trek is 18 years.

Your head guide is Holyfield

All trips on Skyhook are run by small, hand-picked local guiding companies. For this trip your guides run Ahsante Tours, based in Moshi.

By booking through Skyhook you'll be joining a small-group trip. This can make it nice and sociable (you'll be added to a group chat after booking), and guarantees great value for money!

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