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10 DAYS – LEMOSHO ROUTE

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This is without a doubt, the longest and the little used route, its unspoiled and most beautiful way up to the Shira plateau. The  landscape is varied, with possible animal sightings on the first day hike. This is one of the few routes where an armed ranger will accompany our group, since there are animals in the forest around Lemosho Glades. Our private vehicle will take you TO and pick you FROM the starting point of the trek. Accommodation under this route is Basic, whereby guests will sleep in tented camps.

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  • Activity Level Challenging
All about the 10 DAYS – LEMOSHO ROUTE.

ROUTE WAY POINTS.

ROUTE STOP DURATION
Kilimanjaro Int. Airport – Arusha 1hr
Londorosi – Mti Mkubwa Campsite 3 – 4 hrs
Mti Mkubwa Campsite – Shira Camp I 6 – 7 hrs
Shira Camp I – Shira Camp II 4 – 6 hrs
Shira Camp II – Barranco Camp 6 – 7 hrs
Barranco Camp – Karanga Camp 6 – 7 hrs
Karanga Camp – Barafu Camp 3 – 4 hrs
Barafu Camp – Summit – Mweka Camp 13 hrs
Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate – Arusha 2 – 3 hrs
Arusha  – Kilimanjaro Int. Airport 2hrs
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

PRICE WILL INCLUDE:

-Transport FROM/ TO Kilimanjaro Int. Airport

-Transport from the Hotel to the Mountain Gate and back to the Hotel

-Accommodations and Meals as indicated  above

-All Park Fees and Government Taxes

-Service of English speaking Mountain Crew ( Guide, Ass. Guide, Chief and enough Porters)

-4 Days of Trekking

-2 Nights at the Hotel in Arusha with Bed & Breakfast.

What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

PRICE WILL EXCLUDE:

-Airfares

-Items of a personal nature such as Visa, Passport & Laundry

-Climbing Gear (can be rented on arrival)

-Tips for Mountain Crew.

-Emergency Oxygen

  1. Day1 KILIMANJARO INT. AIRPORT TO ARUSHA.

    On your arrival at Kilimanjaro Int. Airport, Our driver-guide will happily pick you from the airport to the hotels in Arusha. Drive will take 1hr.

  2. Day 2 LONDOROSI TO MTI MKUBWA CAMPSITE.

    After breakfast at 7:00am, We drive to Londorosi Gate for a few minutes of registrations and other formalities. At 12:00 We will take our picnic lunch then a short drive to our trekking starting point. The walk of 3.5 – 4 hrs to the distance of 7km is expected to take us to our first camp Mti mkubwa Campsite that stands 9200tf high, We will camp here for dinner and overnight.

    Accommodation – Mti Mkubwa Campsite

    Meals – Breakfast, Lunch Box and Dinner

    Distance – 4hrs from Londorosi Gate to Mti Mkubwa Campsite.

  3. Day 3 MTI MKUBWA CAMPSITE TO SHIRA I CAMP.

    After an early breakfast we leave for Shira plateau that stands 11,550ft high, with the same distance as the first day but today we will be ascending from 2600 to 3500 metres under the walking  time of 6-7hrs. We will eventually leave the forest environment behind as soon as we approach moorlands to put ourselves in a sight of Shiraa Plateau and Kibo.

    Accommodation – Shira I  Camp

    Meals – Breakfast, Lunch Box and Dinner

    Distance – 7hrs from Mti Mkubwa to Shira I Camp.

  4. Day 4 SHIRA I CAMP TO SHIRA II CAMP.

    Today we continue to hike across the high desert to Shira II Camp that stands 12,220 ft high. It’s a steady, uphill climb with a distance of 7km, an expectation of 3-4hrs walking time.

    We expect to be at Shira II Camp around 13.00  whereby we will be served lunch followed by well deserved rest before our last meal and overnight.

    Accommodation – Shira II Camp

    Meals – Breakfast, Lunch Box and Dinner

    Distance – 4hrs from Shira I to Shira II Camp.

  5. Day 5 SHIRA II TO BARRANCO CAMP.

    After breakfast we leave for Barranco Camp that stands 13,100 ft high. It’s located 10km ahead of us with an approximate 6-7hrs walk. On the way we will have to climb to the foot of  Lava Tower (4267 metres). Thereafter we will descend down to Barranco for dinner and overnight.

    Accommodation – Barranco Camp

    Meals – Breakfast, Lunch Box and Dinner

    Distance – 7hrs from Shira II Camp to Barranco Camp.

  6. Day 6 BARRANCO CAMP TO KARANGA CAMP.

    We have breakfast around 7.30am, a walking time of 3.5-4hrs is expected to cover the distance of 4km. We will depart from Barranco Camp at 08.30am and arrive at Karanga Camp around 13.00 where our delicious dinner will be served, then you will  have a  pleasant rest while examining your highlight of the day before dinner and a calm night of sleep.

    Accommodation – Karanga Camp

    Meals – Breakfast, Lunch Box and Dinner

    Distance – 4hrs from Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp.

  7. Day 7 KARANGA CAMP TO BARAFU CAMP.

    Today it’s also a  short day in distance wise. We will have our breakfast at 7.30am and start our hike around 8.30am. Ascending about 500 metres at a distance of 5km with the walking time between 3.5-4hrs. We expect to be at Barafu Camp at 13.00 where our hot lunch will be served.

    Today’s dinner will be served a bit earlier as it is a summit day ahead of us, So it’s important to relax enough and make ourselves ready for a challenging but promising next day.

    Accommodation – Barafu Camp

    Meals – Breakfast, Lunch Box and Dinner

    Distance – 4hrs from Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

  8. Day 8 BARAFU CAMP TO UHURU SUMMIT TO MWEKA CAMP.

    Today it’s a big day for all of us, the sense to achieve our goal is undeniable, to be at the roof of Africa is the real deal, it is also the most challenging day. We wake up at midnight around 23.00 and have a small snack to energize our body and ready to depart. Our first challenge will be to climb from 4600 metres to 5745 metres then another 150 metres of ascent and 45min of walk to the Summit.

    The goal is to reach the Summit point at 07.00am, then the endless joy with lots of celebrations while taking photos of the life-time-experience will be our main activity on the roof of Africa. After the Summit we take our way back to Barafu for a hot lunch before descending to Mweka Camp for dinner and overnight. In total we cover 17km with about 13hrs walking time.

    Accommodation – Mweka Camp

    Meals – Breakfast, Lunch Box and Dinner.

    Distance – 13hrs from Barafu to Mweka Camp.

  9. Day 9 MWEKA CAMP TO MWEKA GATE TO ARUSHA.

    It’s the first morning from accomplishing the real deal. The feeling is still fresh! Breakfast is served at 7.00am and read to depart at 9.00am, before that its a good time to give back to the fantastic climbing crew `Tipping ́then after descend to Mweka Gate stand 1640 metres high, here is where we will be served lunch while receiving your well deserved Certificate. Then followed by the ride back to Arusha for more relaxation activities and celebrations.

    Accommodation – Hotel in Arusha

    Meals – Breakfast, Lunch Box

    Distance – 3hrs from Mweka Gate to Arusha.

  10. Day 10 ARUSHA TO KILIMANJARO INT. AIRPORT.

    After a pleasant night rest in your hotel in Arusha, you will be served breakfast a little late within a checking-out time at 10.00am ( feel free to add more days in Arusha under your cost and please inform us in advance)

    If you have booked a transfer to the airport, you will be picked from the hotel by our drive and drop you at the Airport. For those travellers who booked to go to Safari our Guide will meet you in the hotel during the evening to provide you with a Safari briefing.

    Meals – Breakfast

    Distance – 2hrs from Arusha to Kilimanjaro Int. Airport

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ACCOMMODATION PLAN.

TENTED CAMPS.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
MEALS PLAN.

3 MEALS A DAY

MEALS PLAN.

ANYTHING NOT MENTIONED

Kilimanjaro Climber’s Packing List Notes

  • The pack that the porters carry is limited to 15 kg (35 pounds)
  • Overweight or extra luggage will require an extra porter at $5/day
  • Store electronics in sealed water-proof bags (double sealed if possible)
  • Wrap clothing in plastic bags
  • In the day pack, take along water, sunglasses, camera, binoculars, rain pants, and jacket at a minimum.
    Add any other items you might need during the day, since you may not see your porters until the end of the day.
  • Nortaz Safari is interested in purchasing second-hand gear for rentals.
  • You may want to bring some older items of warm clothing as gifts for your guides and porters or donations
  • You can leave extra luggage in a locked storage room at the Hotel in Arusha for no charge.

Baggage

  • Day pack, for you to carry
  • Large duffel bag or backpack, for porters to carry

Clothing You want your inner layer to be wicking – no cotton

Your next layer should be insulating and warm, and your top layer should be waterproof but breathable.

You will need clothes for hiking during the day, lounging in the evening, and for sleeping.

Layers are important as temperatures vary greatly.

Kilimanjaro may be near the equator, but it gets cold up there!

  • Shorts, for first and last day only
  • Pants, for hiking and for lounging in the evenings
  • Short-sleeved or t-shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirts, for hiking and for lounging in the evenings
  • Long underwear
  • Fleece jacket or wool sweater
  • Fleece pants
  • Down jacket or ski parka (for temperatures well below freezing plus wind)
  • Rain jacket, needed in hot rainforest and cold snow
  • Rain pants, needed in hot rainforest and cold snow
  • Underwear
  • Sports bras, for women

Cold Weather Accessories

  • Mittens and/or gloves (waterproof, one thin pair, one thick pair that can be layered)
  • Wool or pile hat
  • Balaclava or neck gaiter
  • Hand and foot warmers (chemical activated)

Footwear

  • Be sure to break in your shoes before the hike!
  • Trekking shoes for hiking during the day, preferably warm, waterproof, and with ankle-support – not too light and not too heavy
  • Tennis shoes or sandals for lounging in the evening
  • Gaiters
  • Hiking socks for warmer conditions
  • Wool socks for colder conditions
  • Sock liners to wick away moisture

Sleeping

  • Sleeping bag (Rated -25 degrees C/-10 degrees F or colder is recommended)
  • Sleeping pad and repair kit
  • Tents are supplied by Zara at no charge
  • Foam sleeping pads are provided by Zara at no charge (Thermarest is highly recommended, however)

Other

  • Water bottles and Camelback (2-3)
  • Get 3 liters of bottled water before the trip (available at the Springlands Hotel).
    Your guides will boil water for you.
  • To prevent water from freezing on summit day, keep your water source inside your jacket.
    For Camelbacks, blow air back into the bladder after each sip and drink often.
  • Gatorade or other drink mix helps with taste and minerals.
  • Water filter or iodine purification tablets
  • Sun hat with brim
  • Sunglasses
  • Bandana
  • Money ($400 or more in cash and/or travellers cheques, including some small U.S., Euro, or Tanzanian bills)
  • Ski or trekking poles
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Camera, film, tripod
  • Video camera, tapes
  • Batteries
  • Binoculars
  • Notebook, journal, pencil, and pen
  • Pocket knife
  • Energy bars, hard candy, snacks, and comfort foods
  • Playing cards, games, books, frisbee, football, kite
  • Chocolate or pens for village children, momentos for guides, porters, and other climbers
  • Umbrella, particularly useful in the rainy season, can be purchased in the market for around $2
  • Alarm clock
  • Calculator (for currency conversion)
  • Swim suit for hotel swimming pool

Toiletries

  • Toilet paper (and bag to carry used paper while on trail)
  • Small towel
  • Soap
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Hand-wipes (moist towelettes for cleaning)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Lotion
  • Glasses, contacts, solution (take contacts out each night to prevent blurred vision)
  • Comb, mirror

Documents

  • Passport
  • Yellow fever certificate
  • Tanzania Visa
  • Medical insurance
  • Address book
  • Vaccination records
  • Airline tickets
  • Cash, travellers cheques, credit cards
  • Maps, guidebooks
  • Make copies of passport, TZ visa, airline tickets/schedule, and travellers cheques numbers.
    Leave a copy with someone at home and put a copy in a separate place in your luggage.

First Aid

  • Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, or Aspirin
  • Throat lozenges
  • Bandaids
  • Moleskin
  • Sunscreen (SPF 15+)
  • Lip balm with sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Disinfectant, Antiseptic cream
  • Bandages and tape
  • Diarrhea medicine
  • Antihistamines
  • Ace bandage
  • Melatonin (1-3mg) or other sleep aid
  • Malaria pills (talk to your doctor)
  • Antibiotics (talk to your doctor)
  • Prescription drugs (talk to your doctor)
  • Diamox (talk to your doctor)

Gifts for Guides, Porters, Locals

  • Shoes
  • Any warm clothing
  • T-shirts
  • Hats
  • Football, frisbees
  • Candy
  • Pens

Packing for your flight to Africa

  • U-shaped neck pillow (blow-up)
  • Books/magazines
  • Toiletries
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Walkman and music
  • Eye shades, ear plugs
  • Melatonin or other sleep aid
  • Critical climbing gear (in case baggage is delayed)

Weather and temperature vary according to the season in which you decide to climb; and, whichever season you choose, both vary according to the altitude. While it might be 20 C down in the rainforest section of the climb, up in the crater the temperature could be as low as -20 C. Climbers must be prepared for these huge variations, choosing their clothing accordingly. A waterproof should be close to hand at all times and layers of clothing used to maximize flexibility.

A local guide is required to hike Kilimanjaro. We have guides that speak Multiple International Languages. Porters will also go on the trip to carry your luggage, food, and other equipment. You will only have to carry a day pack with your daily essentials.

Tips for guides and porters on Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru:

  • You will be given an envelope at the hotel in Arusha after your trek for your tip money. You can use U.S. dollars, Euros, TZ shillings, or a combination of these.  It helps if you have small bills to tip everyone individually. There is no need to take money on the mountain with you.
  • The typical tip is $20/day for guides, $18/day for assistant guides and cooks, $8/day for porters. This is from the whole group, not per hiker.
  • Expect 1 guide per 8 hikers, 1 assistant guide per 3 hikers, and 1 cook per 8 hikers:
  • Expect porters as follows:
    – 2 porters per hiker on the 5-day Marangu Route (minimum of 4 porters)
    – 3 porters per hiker on a 6 or 7-day trek (minimum of 5 porters)
    – 4 porters per hiker on the 8-day Lemosho Route (minimum of 8 porters)
    – Sometimes extra porters are required based on the weight of your luggage.
  • Gifts: Guides and porters also appreciate your warm clothing, shoes, and packs. You may want to bring some older clothing items for this purpose.
  • Celebration: You are also welcome to invite your guides back to the Hotel for drinks and/or dinner (on you) as a thank-you in addition to their tip.
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