Kilimanjaro via the Lemosho route
Location: Tanzania, Africa
2021 Price: £2745 per person excluding international flights
Length: 10 days (8 days on the mountain)
Previous experience required: Hill walking in the UK or elsewhere
Let’s be honest here, 2020 did not work out the way anyone planned! I am thankful for those of you who were able to summit early in the year and those who booked and are happy to wait until 2021. Until Coronavirus is under control and more definite plans can be made, why not have a browse below, please let me know if you are interested in joining us as and when it’s safe to do so.
Please note that if you are a group of 4 or more we can organise this expedition for you at any date you wish during the year. However, we usually have expeditions in January, February, August and September each year.
Kilimanjaro the “White mountain”. At 5895m (19,341 ft) high, this dormant volcano is the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Let your journey to the roof top of Africa begin here! The adventure up Kilimanjaro is an exploration- not merely a climb but one that allows you to live a lot closer to nature. It is the highest mountain on earth whose summit is accessible to any committed walker without requiring technical skills, experience or mountaineering equipment.
Although this mountain lies only three degrees south of the equator, you can encounter varieties of vegetation ranging from forest, heather, moorland and alpine desert to snow and ice.
Many people consider this route to be the most scenic route up the mountain. It also gives you the best opportunity to get to the summit, because it offers a longer acclimatisation process than other routes.
The route starts to the west of Kilimanjaro at the Londorossi Gate, about a two hour drive from Arusha. From the gate, the first two days are spent trekking up through the rain forest where you may well see Colobus and Blue monkeys to the Shira Ridge.
The route then crosses the entire Shira Plateau from west to east. This relatively flat section, at just below 4000m, offers an excellent opportunity to acclimatise and affords fabulous views of the mountain from different perspectives.
The Lemosho route is relatively quiet until it joins the Machame route close to Lava Tower, where it then traverses underneath Kilimanjaro’s Southern Ice Field on the Southern Circuit before summiting from Barafu High Camp. We then use the Mweka route for a fast descent before returning to Arusha .
In Arusha you have the option of staying for the last night in Tanzania at our hotel base (the cost of this is included in your trip price) or returning on the overnight flight back to the UK. We can also sort out a safari for you which could be one or more days depending on when you need to return to the UK.
What’s included in the price of this trip:
Please note that Kilimanjaro is not a cheap mountain to climb, with over 50% of the cost of the expedition made up of park and peak fees. However, your money does see its way back into the local economy and so is actually benefiting the locals.
The following are included in your expedition:
- Arrival and departure from Kilimanjaro International Airport- we will meet you at the airport and take you to our hotel base in Arusha
- Pre & post climb accommodation in Arusha on a bed and breakfast basis based on 2 people sharing
- All accommodation on the mountain (tents)
- Transport to the trail head and back to Arusha after the climb
- A fully supported camping trek which includes your personal tent, a group toilet tent, kitchen tent, dining tent with table and chairs
- Emergency equipment such as medical oxygen and emergency evacuation services
- 3 meals per day on the mountain
- Professional guiding and support team including porters, chef and kitchen staff
- All fees (park entrance, camping and rescue)
The cost excludes
- International Flights (approx £700 in 2020)
- Visa fees to get into the country
- Evening Meals at either end of the trek
- Any expenses of personal nature such as bar bills, laundry or telephone
- Travel and medical insurance: you need to make sure you have sufficient medical insurance to cover you for trekking up to 6000m
- Rescue costs incurred if you need to be evacuated and transferred to a different location (this is usually included in your travel/ medical insurance)
- Tips for your mountain crew https://kiliporters.org/get-involved/tipping-recommendations/
- Single person supplement £150
- Optional trips and tours whilst you are in Tanzania