KILIMANJARO LEMOSHO ROUTE WITH CRATER CAMP
9-Day Private Trek with Western Breach Summit & Crater Camp
The Lemosho Glades route via the Western Breach is among the least used routes on Mt. Kilimanjaro. The hike up to the western edge of the Shira Plateau and across it is one of the most stunningly beautiful trails in Africa. With 8 nights on the mountain for acclimation, your chances of reaching the “Roof of Africa” are good.

DAY 1 – LEMOSHO TRAILHEAD TO FOREST CAMP (9,500 ft): Have a pre-climb briefing and equipment check before departing Arusha at 7:30am for Londorossi gate, about 4 hours, where you will complete entry formalities, then drive to the Lemosho trailhead. At the trailhead, eat lunch, then commence through undisturbed forest which winds to the first camp--about 3-4 hours of trekking. Overnight at Forest Camp (Mtee Mkubwa Camp) (L, D)
 
DAY 2 – FOREST CAMP/SHIRA 1 CAMP (12,200 ft.):
Once out of the forest, you 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. (B, L, D)

DAY 3 – SHIRA 1 CAMP/SHIRA 2 CAMP (12,600 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. 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. (B, L, D)

DAY 4 – SHIRA 2 CAMP/MOIR CAMP (13,800 ft.): Proceed steadily up and down the expansive ridgelines of high desert to Lava Tower. The trek will take you about 4 hours.  Lava Tower, a 300-foot volcanic plug, marks an exposed pass at 15,000 feet, where the campsite is set. Scramble to the top of Lava Tower for fabulous panoramic views and a different perspective of your campsite. (B, L, D)

DAY 5 – MOIR CAMP/LAVA TOWER CAMP (15,000 ft.):
You will proceed steadily up and down the expansive ridgelines of high desert to Lava Tower. The trek is about 4 hours.  Lava Tower, a 300 foot volcanic plug, marks an exposed pass at 15,000 feet, where the campsite is set. Scramble to the top of Lava Tower for fabulous panoramic views, and a different perspective of your campsite. A resupply of fresh food and supplies will reach camp this evening. (B, L, D)

DAY 6 – LAVA TOWER CAMP/ARROW GLACIER CAMP (16,100 ft):
A 1.5 - 2 hour-trek up a steep, boulder-strewn path brings you to Arrow Glacier camp, at the foot of the great Western Breach. From this campsite rises the steep path up to the crater. The massive headwall of the breach glows a warm red in the afternoon sun, while you rest in camp in preparation for the most challenging day ahead. (B, L, D)

DAY 7 – ARROW GLACIER CAMP/CRATER CAMP (18,750 ft):  A 2am wake-up call begins your day, and after a hot breakfast, you begin to ascend the Western Breach at 3am, which will take approximately 5-7 hours. Upon reaching the crater rim, you will be treated to a stunning view of the Northern Icefields, the Furtwangler Glacier, and Uhuru Peak itself. Another 30 minutes will take you to your camp, set in soft sands near the retreating vertical ice walls of the Furtwangler glacier. Rest and enjoy snacks and hot drinks in the mess tent, then opt to explore the strange lunar landscape of the inner crater, to include a visit to Reusch Crater, the ash pit, and the glaciers. You will be one of the few that trek Kilimanjaro toexperience the summit zone in this way.  (B, L, D)

DAY 8 – CRATER CAMP/UHURU PEAK (19,340 ft)/MWEKA CAMP (10,200 ft.): Rise early to watch the sunrise from the summit, which will take about 1.5 hours from Crater Camp. After a short time at the summit, you  will descend along the gently sloping crater rim to Stella Point (on the crater rim, at 19,000 ft.) then descend the Mweka Route down a steep scree slope to Barafu Camp (15,100 ft.) for lunch. In the afternoon, you will continue the descent into the Heather Zone to Mweka Camp for the night. The trekking time from Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp will be from 6-8 hours. Total trekking time is from 8-10 hours. (B, L, D)

DAY 9 – MWEKA GATE (5,370 ft):  Descend straight to the gate (2-3 hours), where you’ll have lunch and will be awarded climbing certificates. Drive back to Arusha and be dropped at the hotel of your choice (hotel priced separately), or at JRO airport. (B, L)  

9 Days

2013 & 2014 Departures
Anytime

Accommodations
Mountain camping

Fitness Rating
Difficult

Activities
Mountain trekking

2013 Land-only price*
Save $400 when you travel from Aug 24 - Sep 10, 2013.

Low Season: 

Jan 1 - May 31
# climbers   Price pp

             1    $10,212
             2    $6,936
             3    $5,805
            
             4    $5,083
             5    $4,863
             6    $4,368


High Season: 
Jun 1 - Dec 15**
# climbers   Price pp
             1    $11,097
             2    $7,598
             3    $6,333
            
             4    $5,544
             5    $5,321
             6    $5,063
**Save $265 for travel in June and Nov 1 - Dec 15

Extras all seasons
Single tent: $213 pp
Personal porter: $360 pp
Luxury tent: $1,598 per tent
 
Bottled water: $270 pp



2014 Land-only price*


Low Season: Jan 1 - May 31
# climbers   Price pp
            
1    $11,233
             2    $7,630
             3    $6,386

             4    $5,591          
                5    $5,853
             6    $6,569

            
High Season**: Jun 1 - Dec 31
# climbers   Price pp
            
1    $12,207
             2    $8,359
             3    $6,966

             4    $6,098
         
             5    $5,853
             6    $
5,569

**Save $265 for travel in June and Nov 1 - Dec 15

Extras all seasons
Single tent: $235 pp
Personal porter: $396 pp
Luxury tent: $1,758 per tent 
Bottled water: $297 pp

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All pricing per person based on double occupancy. Price includes all accommodations, meals, some non-alcoholic drinks, transfers, guides, porters, vehicles, park fees, emergency oxygen, defibrillator, pulse oximeter, hyperbaric chamber, AED, radio contact on mountain, and a $25 donation to a worthy African charity. Prices per person based on group size. Prices valid for pre-booked trips only. Rental equipment available. Price excludes international flights, insurance, visas, tips, inoculations, emergency evacuation, and anything not specified above.  We accept Visa, Master Card, Discover and AMEX. No refunds-see our terms & conditions.  

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