What better way to ring in the New Year than catch the first morning light of 2014 from the roof of Africa! Kilimanjaro offers an opportunity to challenge one of the world’s principal peaks with a surprising level of comfort and without too many technical challenges. Eco Travel Africa works with established local operators to establish a compatible route structure and a time frame suitable for a gradual altitude adjustment. We also emphasize maximum level of individual support to assist you in preparation and planning of your trip. Our route of choice is Lemosho Route (Route Map). Entering the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park from the east, the ascent is gradual, moving first through the cloud forest belt before reaching the high plains. From there were follow a slow ambulation along the Southern Circuit, approaching the Summit via Barafu Camp.
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This trip will be personally guided by Peter Baxter. Assisting Pete will be Bob Holdsworth who will manage all logistics. Pete has a long experience of guiding in East Africa, with a particular emphasis on mountaineering and Mount Kilimanjaro. Pete is a premier guide, naturalist, and historian. Born in Kenya and raised in Rhodesia, his knowledge of African history, wildlife, ecology, culture, folk lore, and mountaineering is wide and deep. Having published 6 books, Pete weaves the history of colonization and conflict to give you a better understanding of the rich history of the region along with the unique challenges still facing these emerging nations. As you walk with Pete, his enthusiasm and love of the land is engaging and infectious. This trip is for the travel enthusiast who wants an African experience and not for someone who just wants to “bag” a peak.
As with every company who hikes Kilimanjaro, we work with a specific local tour operator who we know has outstanding service and equipment. There certainly are good guides available locally, but as a rule their focus is managing the porters and ensuring the safety of each hiker. The high staff to climber ratio is maintained to provide employment and to encourage local communities to preserve and protect the mountain as a revenue generating resource. This is something that we and every other responsible travel organization in the region encourage. However, their knowledge is relatively confined to the basics. Pete will coordinate details with them on the mountain and be with you on every part of the hike and all meals. As an accomplished mountaineer, he will not only be checking in to make sure everyone is doing well but also talking about the unique history, wildlife, and plant life on the mountain.
What’s included in my trip?
2 nights lodging in Moshi (1 before and 1 night after trek) – includes breakfast
Airport pickup and departure from Kilimanjaro International Airport
All park fees
Fully equipped team – Head Guide, Assistant Guide(s), Cooks, & Porters
Tent and sleeping pad
Dining Tent with chairs and a table
Chemical Toilets on the mountain
All food on the mountain
Drinking water on the mountain (boiled and filtered)
Other meals in Moshi
Airfare (ask about recommendations on airports and travel)
Tips for the porters
Sleeping bags (although they can be rented)
Visa’s to enter Tanzania
Shots and vaccinations (see list in equipment list)
Additional information on gear, assistance in training, and travel arrangements will be sent. We, of course always available to talk on Skype and email.
Lemosho is the longest of the outfield routes and is best for anyone with an appetite for a quieter trail and a more remote atmosphere. The rolling Shira Plateau is one of the principal features of the trail as it allows for a more moderate process of acclimatization.
This route is a good one to consider because the longer climbing time makes for a greater chance of reaching the summit with fewer problems. The Lemosho trailhead is situated west of the other routes. At day 4, it merges with Machame and follows the same course to the summit and descent on the Mweka Route. It takes about 3 hours to drive from Moshi to the official trailhead.
December 26 – Day 1:
Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkumbwa (Big Tree) (2,650 m/8,692 ft)
Hike time: 3hrs
Elevation Change: + 650 M/+2,132
Estimation distance: 10 km
Final Elevation: 2,650 m/8,694 ft
• After the morning drive to the trailhead, it’s an easy hike thru the forest stopping at the Mti Mkumbwa Camp after only about 3 hours of climbing.
December 27 – Day 2:
Mti Mkumbwa (2,650 m/8,692 ft) to Shira One Camp (3,609 m/11,841 ft.)
Hike time: 5 – 6 hrs
Elevation change: + 950 M/+3116
Estimation distance: 12 km
Final Elevation: 3609 m/11,841 ft
• This day starts in the forest and gets considerably steeper as you go through the heather and moorland areas before camping at the Shira Plateau in a large, open, and scenic area at the Shira One Camp.
December 28 – Day 3:
Shira One Camp (3,609 m/11,841 ft.) to Shira Two Camp (3,849 m/12,628 ft.)
Hike time: 5 – 6 hrs
Elevation change: + 240 M/+787 ft
Elevation distance: 5 km
Final elevation: 3849 m/12,628 ft.
• This day takes you on a gentle walk across the plateau for some excellent scenery while your body continues to acclimatize.
December 29 – Day 4:
Shira Two Camp (3,849 m/12,628 ft.) to Barranco Hut (3,948 m/12,956 ft.)
Hike time: 5 hrs
Elevation change: +100 M/+328 ft
Estimated distance: 6 km
Final elevation: 3948 m/12,956 ft.
The morning climb is somewhat steep on this day as you ascend to Lava Tower at 4,600 meters at midday before descending again on the scenic route to Barranco Camp. This is a great example of the climb high/sleep low rule that helps people acclimatize safely.
December 30 – Day 5:
Barranco Hut (3,900 m/12,800 ft) to Karanga Valley (3,963 m/13,000 ft)
Hike time: 3.5 hrs
Elevation change: +100 m/+328 ft
Estimated distance: 4km/2.5 miles
Final elevation: 3,963 m/13,000 ft
You climb the Great Barranco Wall, which looks more intimidating than it really is, and down into the Karanga Valley. This day has many ups and downs and crosses many small streams before crossing the Karanga River.
December 31 – Day 6:
Karanga Valley (3,963 m/13,000 ft) to Barafu Hut (4,600 m/15,091 ft)
Hike time: 3.5 hrs
Elevation change: +600 m/+1,968 ft
Estimated distance: 4km/2.5 miles
Final elevation: 4,600 m/15,091 ft
• You climb through rocky and otherwise barren terrain on your way to Barafu Camp. The camp is in another cold and windy area, but you’ll only be sleeping from around 7 p.m. until 11: 30 p.m. or so because you’ll be starting the summit climb at midnight.
January 1 – Day 7:
Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,091 ft) to The Summit (5,896 m/19,343 ft) and then to Mweka Camp (3,100 m/10,170 ft)
Summit time: 7 hrs
Elevation change: +1,300 m/+4,265 ft
Estimated distance: 5km/3.2 miles
Final elevation: 5,896 m/19,343 ft
Descent time: 5 hrs
Elevation change: -2,800 m/-9,186 ft
Estimated distance: 12km/7.5 miles
Final elevation: 3,100 m, 10,170 ft
• As the echo’s of Happy New Year ring across the camp site in 5 different languages, we start at midnight with the most challenging 6-hour section of the entire climb. We will reach Stella Point around sunrise. Another 60 minutes up a gentle slope and the first day of 2014 is brought in at Uhuru Peak! After enjoying the moment for pictures and high fives, you’ll begin your descent to the Mweka Camp. We will stop at Barufu for a short rest. At Mweka, it’s a celebration with a cold Kilimanjaro or two known to be served
January 2 – Day 8:
Mweka Hut (3,100 m/10,170 ft) to Mweka Gate (1,828 m/6,000 ft)
Descent time: 4 hrs
Elevation change: -1,250 m/-4,101 ft
Estimated distance: 10km/6.21
Final elevation: 1,828 m/6,000 ft
• After the previous day you’ll deserve this short and very scenic descent of about 4 hours down to the Mweka Gate, where you’ll sign the register to make your climb official