Climbing Kilimanjaro (Lemosho Route)
Why take this trip?
- Stand on the roof of Africa above the clouds and watch the incredible sun rise from 5,895 meters!
- Best in class expedition equipment and safety devices including: pulse oximeters, first-aid kits, oxygen and AMS scorecards.
- Professional, full-time, highly-trained guides with over 250 successful summits and international fIrst-aid responders certification (WFR-USA). All porters are first-aid trained.
- Wild Guanabana summit success rate of 98% (industry average just 65%). A mentoring program that provides information on gear rentals, how to pack, and how to train for this incredible experience!
- A mentoring program that provides information on gear rentals, how to pack, and how to train for this incredible experience!
Pumpkin soup at camp, crossing the equator, sleeping lion & above all making my way to the summit at night are all memories that are hard to wipe out! My life has been forever changed by this magical travel experience!!
Hala Mohie Eldin
The trip was beyond awesome!!
This trip really exceeded my expectations! Wild Guanabana offered me a life altering experience that I'll never forget for as long as I live. They had us well prepared & everything was well organized upon our arrival :)
- Sightseeing and/or relaxation
- Light adventure, no previous experience or training required
- A challenge, no previous experience necessary. A moderate level of fitness and preparation are required
- Previous experience and intensive training is required
- Basic: lodging in guest houses, small hotels and/or camping. Mix of private and public transportation
- Standard: Clean and comfortable accommodation and/or well-maintained campsites. Mostly private transportation with occasional public transport when unavoidable.
- Luxury: Hand-picked luxury lodging or pampered campsites. Private and upgraded transportation facilities.
tCO2 = Tonnes of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent
How we do it
As an ethical and responsible travel company, we reduce our carbon footprint by designing trips that are low carbon impact and carefully calculating the impact with the help of an environmental consultancy. We then buy carbon credit equivalents to offset all emissions that cannot be reduced including those resulting from our day-to-day business operations. Our offsetting is done through an energy efficient stoves project in Kenya. On request, every traveller receives their own PDF offset certificate post-travel. Wild Guanabana is the first carbon-neutral travel company in the Middle East & North Africa. Note: We do not sell or issue flight tickets ourselves so consequently we don't offset those emissions.
What does offsetting mean anyway?
It's a way of reducing your ecological impact by 'neutralizing' the impact of your carbon footprint. Actions associated with travel amount to around a third of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Carbon offsetting offers a solution to reduce the impact of your travel by purchasing carbon credits that are invested in activities that reduce CO2. While this doesn't erase all of the environmental impact, it does serve to help reinvest into the planet and contribute to activities which help its conversation. For more information on Carbon offsetting read more from our partners ERCC Carbon and our Sustainable Travel International.
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Itinerary Details / Price Inclusions & Exclusions
Day 1: Arrival in Arusha (1,254m)
You are picked up from the airport and then by private transport to the Arusha Hotel (or similar). Make sure you arrive early on this day as there is lots to get done. Once you have had a chance to settle in, the guides will arrange a final briefing and gear check to make sure that you are perfectly ready before the start of the climb the next day. The rest of the day will be spent at leisure but make sure you get a good night's rest as the next day starts pretty early!
Day 2: Hike to Forest Camp 2,895m (B/LD)
From Arusha we set out in vehicles to the starting point of the Lemosho trail. Here you meet the rest of your crew and set off at a leisurely pace into afromontane forest. Lunch is taken on trail and camp is reached mid afternoon. Overnight Forest Camp.
Day 3: Hike to Shira 1 Camp (3,840m) - (B/L/D)
From the forested slopes of Lemosho you ascend through Podocarpus and Juniper forest and break out of the forest on to the heath zone and the Shira Plateau. Lunch is taken on trail and you arrive in camp mid afternoon. Overnight Shira 1 Camp.
Day 4: Hike to Shira 2 Camp (3,756m) - (B/L/D)
After a relatively long hike and significant altitude gain, today is a short day and you arrive in Shira 2 camp in time for lunch. A good day for acclimatization with the option of an afternoon walks with your guides. Overnight Shira 2 Camp.
Day 5: Hike to Lava Tower Camp (4,600m) - (B/L/D)
The route to Lava Tower takes you out of the heath zone in to the alpine desert zone. Here relatively little flora or fauna can survive the extreme temperature ranges and conditions that typify this zone. A half day where lunch is taken in camp. In the afternoon, dependant on weather conditions, there is an option to scramble to the top of the nearby Lava Tower. Overnight Lava Tower Camp. PLEASE NOTE: depending on group performance you may descend into Barranco valley camp instead of camping at Lava Tower.
Day 6: Hike to Karanga Valley (3,930m) - (B/L/D)
After 2 half days you now have a relatively long day to Karanga camp. The selection of Karanga camp is strategic - significant time at altitude is essential for safe acclimatization and in the late afternoon you arrive in camp. Sunsets here are particularly spectacular with views of the southern glacial valleys and ice fields towering 1000 meters (over 3000 feet) above you. Overnight Karanga Camp.
Day 7: Hike to Barafu Camp (4,550m) - (B/L/D)
Today is another half day ascending to Barafu camp. Once again lunch is taken in camp allowing plenty of time to relax before the summit bid. Desolate alpine desert and at times strong winds rip over this camp and yet in the evening splendid views of Mawenzi volcano are the norm. Overnight Barafu Camp.
Day 8: Hike to Mweka Camp (3,100m) - (B/L/D)
Most people depart just before midnight for the final summit bid. Patience and persistence is the name of game to reach the summit and by dawn as the first rays of light start to appear, most arrive near the rim. Ascending via Stella Point affords a relatively short final section to Uhuru peak, the Roof of Africa! What goes up must come down and your goal today is to reach Mweka camp. Overnight Mweka Camp.
Day 9: Departure back to Arusha (B)
After breakfast you descend once again through montane forest and around mid day after saying farewell to your crew, you are picked up and transfer back to your hotel for a well deserved shower! Most people choose to catch their flight this evening. You will most likely stay at KIA Lodge as its close to the airport.
- This price is based on a minimum of 4 participants
- Consultation on every aspect of preparation inc. physical and mental
- Hotel accommodation first night and day-use on the last day
- Highly experienced guides with over 100 summits of Kilimanjaro and Wilderness First Responder Qualification
- Top and highly qualified assistant guides
- Top and well trained expedition cooks
- Camp crew to set up tents
- An average of 3:1 Porters to every client to carry personal gear, food and equipment. Every one of our porters is first-aid trained and have a route within the organization to becoming a guide with sufficient training
- Operation team on the ground checking in with guides twice daily
- Customized food menus that meet all dietary requirements
- Bottled water at the trailhead on day 1. After that all water from the streams are filtered, boiled and passed through a ceramic filter
- Thick foam pad for sleeping
- Top of the line expedition tents and group equipment
- Pulse oximeter, altitude sickness checklist, stocked first aid kit, custom evacuation stretcher, supplementary oxygen
- All car transfers in Tanzania (to/from airport and to/from mountain)
- Offsetting all carbon emissions of the journey in an energy efficient stoves project in Kenya (Wild Guanabana is the Middle East and North Africa’s first carbon neutral travel company)
- International Flights to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport, Tanzania
- Kilimanjaro portion single supplement fee of US$111
- Travel and medical insurance
- Vaccinations and Malaria medicine (we send a detailed list)
- Excess baggage charges and airport taxes
- Bottled beverages (we’ll boil and filter plenty of water on the climb)
- Tips and Gratuity (average of $150-250 per person for Kilimanjaro)
- Gear rentals available at a separate price (please let us know if you would like to rent gear)
- International Flights to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport, Tanzania