9D/8N LEMOSHO (SHIRA GLADES) ROUTE CLIMBING
From SGD 4051
Mount Kilimanjaro, with its three volcanic cones, “Kibo”, “Mawenzi”, and “Shira”, is a dormant volcano in Tanzania. It is the highest mountain in Africa, and rises approximately 4,900 metres from its base to 5,895 metres above sea level. The Marangu route is by far the most popular way to the summit. The accommodation on the way up and down is provided in mountain huts with all the basic necessities. It usually takes 5 days/4nights for the round trip. The trek can also be taken in 6days/5nights to add acclimatization with an extra day at Horombo Hut.
Day 01: Arrival and transfer to Moshi Town
Pick up from Arusha town or Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to Moshi town. Half Board accommodation at a Base Hotel in Moshi.
Day 02: Lemosho Trailhead (7,800ft)~ Forest Camp (9,500ft.)
Departure from the base hotel for Londorossi gate, where you will complete entry formalities. Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead (another hour to reach the trailhead). Upon arrival at trailhead, eat lunch, then commence through undisturbed forest which winds to the first camp, only about 3-4 hours of trekking. Overnight at Forest Camp (Mtee Mkubwa Camp)
Day 03: Forest Camp ~ Shira 1 Camp (12,200 ft.)
Once out of the forest, take a steep track into a Savannah of tall grasses, heather, and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. Ascend through the lush rolling hills below the Shira plateau, finally reaching camp at the edge of the plateau, a day of 5-6 hours trekking. The view of Kibo from across the plateau is amazing.
Day 04:Forest Camp ~ Shira 1 Camp (12,200 ft.)
Full day exploration of the Shira plateau; Trek east toward Kibo’s glaciered peak, with the option to visit the ancient collapsed Shira cone, the oldest of Kilimanjaro’s three volcanoes. Arrive at Shira 2 camp at 12,600 ft. Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth, averaging 12,500 feet. Trekking time without the optional excursions is about 3 hours.
Day 05: Shira 2 Camp ~ Barranco Camp (12,950 ft.)
Proceed steadily upward over expansive ridgelines of high desert to Lava Tower, for lunch. The trek is about 4 hours. Lava Tower, a 300 foot volcanic plug, marks an exposed pass at 15,000 feet. In the afternoon, descend the steep track into the Great Barranco Valley. Barranco Camp is set in a valley enclosed on three sides with the massive valley walls and the Kibo massif itself. Hanging glaciers glint in the sunshine above, amidst the eerie landscape of plants such as the giant groundsels (Senecio Kilimanjari), and the uniquely endemic Giant Lobelia. Trekking time is 6-7 hours.
Day 06: Barranco Camp ~ Barafu Camp (15,200 ft.)
The day begins with a scramble up the steep ‘Barranco Wall’, then traversing up and down the slopes of valleys which have carved their way into the mountain’s southern face. Kibo’s glaciers loom above to your left and the jagged peaks of Mawenzi jut into the African sky at just under 17,000 feet straight ahead. We reach the Karanga Valley after 3-4 hours of trekking to find a hot lunch served. In the afternoon the trail turns steadily uphill. The temperature will grow colder and the landscape more sparse as we near Barafu Camp. Barafu Camp is set on a small, exposed flat area on a ridge, acting a base camp from which you will make your summit attempt at midnight tonight. Eat and drink as much as possible before retiring to your tent for rest and sleep.
Day 07: Barafu Camp ~ Uhuru Peak (19,340 ft.)
The steaming hot drink will arrive very early on this momentous day. A midnight wake-up call is the start of a juggernaut (12-17 hours of trekking). You begin trekking at 1am. The temperatures range from just below freezing at midnight, to between 10 deg. F (-12 deg. C) to –10 F. (-23 deg. C) just before dawn at the summit. The winding path of endless switchbacks will take form and shape in the shadows of the Ratzel and Rebman glaciers at early dawn, and behind you the spires of Mawenzi will be silhouetted against the red glow of the sun from beneath the clouds. After about 6 hours of walking, you will come to the edge of the crater; Stella Point, at 19,000 feet (5,790 m) on the crater rim is the end of the steep track. From here, there is a gentle slope about 1 hour to Uhuru Peak. The strength it takes to ascend this final 340 feet is for many monumental. After a short time at the summit, descend the steep scree trail back to Barafu Camp for some rest, then summon your strength again for further descent to Mweka Camp for the night.
Day 08: Mweka Camp ~ Mweka Gate (6,000 ft.)
Descend straight to the gate (2-3 hours), where you’ll have lunch and will be awarded climbing certificates. Transfer to base hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 09: Departure
After breakfast, transfer back to Arusha town. End of our services
- Park fees.
- Food on the mountain (B/L/D).
- Experienced cooks, guides and porters.
- Transport from Moshi to the Mountain gate.
- Drinking water (Not Mineral water) & fruit juices
- Fees of national park approved guide and porters.
- Tents, dining or mess tents, camping table and chairs. (On camping routes only).
- Ground transfers with pick up and drop off from Arusha or JRO to/from base Hotel in Moshi
- 2 Nights hotel in Moshi HB (B/A the climb) in either Park View Inn or Sal Salinero Hotel depending on availability.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
- Prices are per person for a group size of 6 pax
- Package valid till Dec 2017
- Prices do not include climbing equipment
- Confirmation of package is subject to Availability
- All rates & tour itineraries are subject to change without notice
- All activities are subject to change relative to weather conditions
*Please get in touch for complete list of climbing equipment that will be provided