Mount Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route

Kilimanjaro’s Lemosho Route is truly an adventure of a lifetime! Wander through rainforests, moorlands, and breathtaking alpine deserts on your way to the top of Africa’s roof! Watch the sun rise from beneath you, which is an experience itself, and sleep under fairytale like night skies – sprinkled with a million stars like splashes of white paint on a black canvas. You are offered plenty of opportunity for acclimatization, views of dreamy landscapes and life-lasting memories on this personal challenge!

This is also the perfect “excuse” to reward yourself with an additional trip to the incredible Zanzibar or a brief Safari adventure as the perfect ending to your bucket-list experience!

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HIGHLIGHTS

Varied summit options, including the Western Breach

Shira Cathedral provides a unique geological landmark

Lower foot traffic ensures a serene, intimate journey

Amazing panoramic views and gradual acclimatization

Gear and equipment rentals are available through our service

The Adventure of Reaching Africas Pride

Your journey begins with a warm welcome and a transfer to the comfortable Springlands Hotel, allowing you to get a peaceful night’s rest before your expedition begins. The very next day, the journey takes off onto Londorosi Park Gate – the official start of your adventure on the Lemosho Route. You’ll wander from Moshi through the lush landscapes to Mti Mkubwa Camp, and the unique beauty of the Shira Plateau will unfold before you. Thrilling days awaits with graduals climbs through diverse terrains, from moorlands and to the iconic Shira Camps.

 

 

The Summit Ascent and Climax of Your Climb

The climb intensifies as you approach the Lava Tower, while experiencing the beauty of Kilimanjaro’s semi-desert terrain. The descent to Barranco Camp offers scenic surroundings and stunning landscapes, preparing you for the next phase of your journey – the Barranco Wall. Continue to Barafu Camp, and eventually you’ll reach the culmination of your trek – ascending under the stars towards Uhuru Peak. The breathtaking sunrise at the summit will be a reward itself, and a moment of triumph that will be imprinted in your memory forever. The descent to Mweka Camp will eventually lead you back to the comforts of Springlands Hotel, and as the journey ends you will carry home not just a certificate, but stories of an unforgettable journey.

Climbing Lemosho Route solo? Don’t worry, all travelers have the option to choose between a private climb or to be placed in a group with other climbers. Solo adventurers looking to join a group will be well taken care of, ensuring they can share the experience with other trekkers.

 

 

Celebrate with a Grand Finale at Zanzibar or a Safari

The climb to the summit of Kilimanjaro doesn’t necessarily have to be the end of your journey – you’re more than welcome to extend your African experience with us by exploring the wonders of Tanzania on a brief Safari adventure of choice, or a relaxing self-care stay by the crystal-clear waters and white beaches of the incredible Zanzibar. Why not reward yourself after your efforts, making your memories even richer of unforgettable events? Anything is possible with World Adventure Tours!

To climb Kilimanjaro via the Lemosho Route is an unforgettable experience, and each route has something special to offer. If you want to explore other unique perspective of the majestic Kilimanjaro, check out the Coca-Cola and Machame routes.

Download Travel Plan as pdf

Day 1

KILIMANJARO AIRPORT – MOSHI | SPRINGLANDS HOTEL   

Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport where you will be picked up and transferred to Springlands Hotel or similar for an overnight bed and breakfast.

Overnight at Springlands Hotel (bed and breakfast) or Similar.

Day 2

MOSHI  |  LONDOROSI PARK GATE  |  MTI MKUBWA CAMP 

Altitude: 2,200 m –  2,600 m

Hiking distance: 5 km
Hiking time: 3 hours

After breakfast, drive to the Londorosi Park Gate. The drive is about 5 hours. The drive through the Shira plateau is one of the best opportunities to see big game on Kilimanjaro. Walk up to Mti Mkubwa camp. Arrive at the campsite, set up camp, and enjoy dinner.

Day 3

MTI MKUBWA CAMP  |  SHIRA CAMP 1 

Altitude: 2,600 m –  3,600 m

Hiking distance: 10 km
Hiking time: 4–5 hours

Wake to breakfast and begin the short hike from Mti Mkubwa to Shira camp. This usually takes no more than 5 hours, but a calm pace is required for adequate acclimatization. The west face of the Kibo volcano looms above the campsite. Have lunch, set up camp, rest, or take a day hike. This hike traverses the lower moorland where large shrubs and wildflowers dominate the landscape.

Day 4

SHIRA CAMP 1  |  SHIRA CAMP 2 

Altitude: 3,600m –  3,840 m

Hiking distance: 10 km
Hiking time: 5–6 hours

Wake to breakfast, break camp, and begin a short hike to Shira Camp 2. This makes it a perfect acclimatization day.

Day 5

SHIRA CAMP 2  |  LAVA TOWER  |  BARRANCO CAMP 

Altitude: 3,840 m –  3,940 m

Hiking distance: 11 km
Hiking time: 7–8 hours

The route now turns east into a semi-desert and rocky landscape surrounding Lava Tower, where you reach an altitude of 4600m after about 5 hours walk. Lunch is served in a designated area before ascending the rocky scree path to Lava Tower. Definitely the toughest day so far. It is normally around this point, where for the first time, some climbers will start to feel symptoms of breathlessness, irritability, and headaches. After lunch, you descend again almost 680m to the Barranco camping area and after reaching the high altitude of Lava Tower, the true acclimatization benefit of this day becomes clear. This descent to Barranco camp takes about 2 hours and offers great opportunities to take some beautiful photographs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. The camp is situated in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while you wait for the preparation of your dinner and overnight at Barranco Camp.

Day 6

BARRANCO CAMP  |  KARANGA CAMP 

Altitude: 3,940 m –  4,035 m

Hiking distance: 6 km
Hiking time: 4 
– 5 hours

After breakfast we leave Barranco camp, hiking up Barranco Wall which takes about an hour. Continue to  Karanga Camp with numerous ascents and descents. Enjoy an afternoon acclimatization hike.

Day 7

KARANGA CAMP (Acclimatization Day)

After breakfast enjoy an acclimatization hike toward Barafu Camp. Later return to Karanga Camp for dinner & overnight. This offers you excellent acclimatization increasing your chances of reaching the summit.

Day 8

KARANGA CAMP  |  BARAFU CAMP 

Altitude: 4,035 m –  4,670 m

Hiking distance: 4 km
Hiking time: 3 
– 4 hours

Totally exposed to the ever-present gales, the tents are pitched on a narrow, stony, and dangerous ridge. Make sure that you familiarise yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents. The summit is now a further 1345m up and you will make the final ascent the same night. Prepare your equipment, ski stick, and thermal clothing for your summit attempt. This should include the replacement of your headlamp and camera batteries and make sure you have a spare set available as well. To prevent freezing, it will be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask. Go to bed at around 19:00 and try to get some precious rest for no more than 5 hours.

Day 9

BARAFU CAMP  |  SUMMIT  | MWEKA CAMP 

Altitude: 4,670 m –  5, 895 m – 3,100 m

Hiking distance: 17 km
Hiking time: 15+ hours

Rise around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits, you shuffle off into the night. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This 6-hour walk to Stella point is for many climbers the most challenging on the route. At Stella Point (5685m) you stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you normally encounter snow all the way on your 2-hour ascent to Uhuru Peak. The time you spend on the summit will depend on the weather conditions. Do not stop here for too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue. Enjoy your accomplishment, and a day to remember for the rest of your life. The walk back to Barafu from the summit takes about 3 hours. Here you will have a short rest and collect the rest of your gear, before heading down to Mweka Camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 10

MWEKA CAMP  |  MWEKA PARK GATE  |  MOSHI  | SPRINGLANDS HOTEL 

After Breakfast, from the Mweka Gate, you will continue down into the Mweka village, normally a muddy and long hour walk. From the Mweka village drive to Springlands Hotel and you will be served a hot lunch and a long overdue shower. Overnight in Springlands Hotel.  Tips can be given to the guide at Springlands Hotel. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Stella Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates.

Overnight at Springlands Hotel (bed and breakfast) or Similar.

Day 11

MOSHI  |  KILIMANJARO AIRPORT

After an early breakfast, transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for your departure flight back home.

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Download Travel Plan as pdf

Day 1

KILIMANJARO AIRPORT – MOSHI | SPRINGLANDS HOTEL   

Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport where you will be picked up and transferred to Springlands Hotel or similar for overnight.

Overnight at Springlands Hotel (bed and breakfast) or Similar.

Day 2

MOSHI  |  LONDOROSI PARK GATE  |  MTI MKUBWA CAMP 

Altitude: 2,200 m –  2,600 m

Hiking distance: 4 km
Hiking time: 3 hours

After breakfast, drive to the Londorosi Park Gate. The drive is about 5 hours. The drive through the Shira plateau is one of the best opportunities to see big game on Kilimanjaro. Walk up to Mti Mkubwa camp. Arrive at the campsite, set up camp, and enjoy dinner.

Day 3

MTI MKUBWA CAMP  |  SHIRA CAMP 1 

Altitude: 2,600 m –  3,600 m

Hiking distance: 10 km
Hiking time: 4–5 hours

Wake to breakfast and begin the short hike from Mti Mkubwa to Shira camp. This usually takes no more than 5 hours, but a calm pace is required for adequate acclimatization. The west face of Kibo volcano looms above the campsite. Have lunch, set up camp, rest, or take a day hike. This hike traverses the lower moorland where large shrubs and wildflowers dominate the landscape.

Day 4

SHIRA CAMP 1  |  SHIRA CAMP 2 

Altitude: 3,600m –  3,840 m

Hiking distance: 10 km
Hiking time: 5–6 hours

Wake to breakfast, break camp, and begin a short hike to Shira Camp 2. This makes it a perfect acclimatization day.

Day 5

SHIRA CAMP 2  |  LAVA TOWER  |  BARRANCO CAMP 

Altitude: 3,840 m –  3,940 m

Hiking distance: 11 km
Hiking time: 7–8 hours

The route now turns east into a semi-desert and rocky landscape surrounding Lava Tower, where you reach an altitude of 4600m after about 5 hours walk. Lunch is served in a designated area before ascending the rocky scree path to Lava Tower. Definitely the toughest day so far. It is normally around this point, where for the first time, some climbers will start to feel symptoms of breathlessness, irritability, and headaches. After lunch, you descend again almost 680m to the Barranco camping area and after reaching the high altitude of Lava Tower, the true acclimatization benefit of this day becomes clear. This descent to Barranco camp takes about 2 hours and offers great opportunities to take some beautiful photographs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. The camp is situated in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while you wait for the preparation of your dinner and overnight at Barranco Camp.

Day 6

BARRANCO CAMP  |  KARANGA CAMP 

Altitude: 3,940 m –  4,035 m

Hiking distance: 6 km
Hiking time: 4 
– 5 hours

After breakfast, we leave Barranco ridge and walk up the Barranco wall that ends up at the foot of the Heim glacier. Passing the Barranco wall Walk along to Karanga valley to Karanga Camp.

Day 7

KARANGA CAMP  |  BARAFU CAMP 

Altitude: 4,035 m –  4,670 m

Hiking distance: 4 km
Hiking time: 3
 – 4 hours

Continue to the Barafu hut which is located at an altitude of (4 670 m) here we make camp, rest enjoy dinner, and overnight. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are. To be seen from this position.

Day 8

BARAFU CAMP  |  SUMMIT  | MWEKA CAMP 

Altitude: 4,670 m –  5, 895 m – 3,100 m

Hiking distance: 17 km
Hiking time: 15+ hours

Rise around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits, you shuffle off into the night. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This 6-hour walk to Stella point is for many climbers the most challenging on the route. At Stella Point (5685m) you stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you normally encounter snow all the way on your 2-hour ascent to Uhuru Peak. The time you spend on the summit will depend on the weather conditions. Do not stop here for too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue. Enjoy your accomplishment, and a day to remember for the rest of your life. The walk back to Barafu from the summit takes about 3 hours. Here you will have a short rest and collect the rest of your gear, before heading down to Mweka Camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 9

MWEKA CAMP  |  MWEKA PARK GATE  |  MOSHI  | SPRINGLANDS HOTEL 

After Breakfast, from the Mweka Gate, you will continue down into the Mweka village, normally a muddy and long hour walk. From the Mweka village drive to Springlands Hotel and you will be served a hot lunch and a long overdue shower. Overnight in Springlands Hotel.  Tips can be given to the guide at Springlands Hotel. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Stella Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates.

Overnight at Springlands Hotel (bed and breakfast) or Similar.

Day 10

MOSHI  |  KILIMANJARO AIRPORT

After an early breakfast, transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for your departure flight back home.

Download Travel Plan as pdf

Day 1

KILIMANJARO AIRPORT – MOSHI | SPRINGLANDS HOTEL   

Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport where you will be picked up and transferred to Springlands Hotel or similar for overnight.

Overnight at Springlands Hotel (bed and breakfast) or Similar.

Day 2

MOSHI  |  LONDOROSI PARK GATE  |  MTI MKUBWA CAMP 

Altitude: 2,200 m –  2,600 m

Hiking distance: 4 km
Hiking time: 3 hours

After breakfast, drive to the Londorosi Park Gate. The drive is about 5 hours. The drive through the Shira plateau is one of the best opportunities to see a big game on Kilimanjaro. Walk up to Mti Mkubwa camp. Arrive at the campsite, set up camp, and enjoy dinner.

Day 3

MTI MKUBWA CAMP  |  SHIRA CAMP 1 

Altitude: 2,600 m –  3,600 m

Hiking distance: 10 km
Hiking time: 4–5 hours

Wake to breakfast and begin the short hike from Mti Mkubwa to Shira camp. This usually takes no more than 5 hours, but a calm pace is required for adequate acclimatization. The west face of Kibo volcano looms above the campsite. Have lunch, set up camp, rest, or take a day hike. This hike traverses the lower moorland where large shrubs and wildflowers dominate the landscape.

Day 4

SHIRA CAMP 1  |  SHIRA CAMP 2 

Altitude: 3,600m –  3,840 m

Hiking distance: 10 km
Hiking time: 5–6 hours

Wake to breakfast, break camp, and begin a short hike to Shira Camp 2. This makes it a perfect acclimatization day.

Day 5

SHIRA CAMP 2  |  LAVA TOWER  |  BARRANCO CAMP 

Altitude: 3,840 m –  3,940 m

Hiking distance: 11 km
Hiking time: 7–8 hours

The route now turns east into a semi-desert and rocky landscape surrounding Lava Tower, where you reach an altitude of 4600m after about 5 hours walk. Lunch is served in a designated area before ascending the rocky scree path to Lava Tower. Definitely the toughest day so far. It is normally around this point, where for the first time, some climbers will start to feel symptoms of breathlessness, irritability, and headaches. After lunch, you descend again almost 680m to the Barranco camping area and after reaching the high altitude of Lava Tower, the true acclimatization benefit of this day becomes clear. This descent to Barranco camp takes about 2 hours and offers great opportunities to take some beautiful photographs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. The camp is situated in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while you wait for the preparation of your dinner and overnight at Barranco Camp.

Day 6

BARRANCO CAMP  |  BARAFU CAMP 

Altitude: 3,960 m –  4,640 m

Hiking distance: 11 km
Hiking time: 7
– 8 hours

Exposed to the ever-present gales, the tents are pitched on a narrow, stony, and dangerous ridge. Make sure that you familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents. The summit is now a further 1345m up, and you will make the final ascent the same night. Prepare your equipment, ski sticks, and thermal clothing for your summit attempt. This should include the replacement of your headlamp and camera batteries and make sure you have a spare set available as well. It will be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask to prevent freezing. Go to bed at around 19:00 and try to get some precious rest for no more than 5 hours.

Day 7

BARAFU CAMP  |  SUMMIT  |  MWEKA

Altitude: 4,670 m –  5,895 m – 3,100 m

Hiking distance: 17 km
Hiking time:
15+ hours

Rise around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits, you shuffle off into the night. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This 6-hour walk to Stella point is for many climbers the most challenging on the route. At Stella Point (5685m) you stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you normally encounter snow all the way on your 2-hour ascent to Uhuru Peak. The time you spend on the summit will depend on the weather conditions. Please do not stop here for too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue. Enjoy your accomplishment, and a day to remember for the rest of your life. The walk back to Barafu from the summit takes about 3 hours. Here you will have a short rest and collect the rest of your gear, before heading down to Mweka Camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 8

MWEKA CAMP  |  MWEKA PARK GATE  | MOSHI  SPRINGLANDS HOTEL 

After Breakfast, from the Mweka Gate, you will continue down into the Mweka village, normally a muddy and long hour walk. From the Mweka village drive to Springlands Hotel, and you will be served a hot lunch and a long overdue shower. Overnight in Springlands Hotel. Tips can be given to the guide at Springlands Hotel. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reach Stella Point (5685m) are issued green certificates and those who reach Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates.

Overnight at Springlands Hotel (bed and breakfast) or Similar.

Day 9

MOSHI  |  KILIMANJARO AIRPORT

After an early breakfast, transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for your departure flight back home.

A Superior Kilimanjaro Experience

There are many reasons why you should climb Kilimanjaro via the Lemosho route. Here are a few reasons why this travel plan is a great choice:

  • Qualified Mountain guides who know everything there is to know about the mountain. They adjust the trek according to you, and they have your safety as a priority.
  • We are members of the MKPS (Mount Kilimanjaro Porters Society), supporting porters’ safety and education, so your climb contributes to local sustainability.
  • The Hotel before and after your climb is the perfect base for climbers, a home away from home with a well-equipped rental store for you to get any bits you may have forgotten or need.

 

Kilimanjaro’s Less Traveled Path

The Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route is a popular climbing route, known for its high success rates and stunning views of diverse landscapes including rainforest, heath, moorland, and alpine desert. It is considered one of the most beautiful routes on Mount Kilimanjaro, and it provides a varied climbing experience. It also includes the option to take a detour to climb the nearby peak of Shira, adding an additional challenge and scenic reward to the climb. This is generally less crowded than some of the other popular routes on the mountain, such as the Marangu and Machame Route., which gives a more isolated and peaceful climbing experience with fewer people on the trail. The Lemosho Route travel plan is typically climbed in seven to nine days, making it one of the longer routes on the mountain. This longer duration allows for a more gradual ascent, which can help climbers acclimatize better and reduce the risk of altitude sickness. Climbers on this route have a good chance of reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and completing the climb successfully.

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How are the sleeping tents and the standard when I climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

On the Machame route and Lemosho route, you will be sleeping in tents. We use strong, waterproof, and durable tents on Mt Kili climb. The tents are capable of housing 2 to 3 people and are made to withstand tough mountain conditions. They are spacious and create even more room to store luggage. Meals are served in large, warm, and extremely strong tents with good head height and comfy camp chairs.

Do I need specialist equipment to trek Mt Kilimanjaro?

You don’t need to own your own specialist mountain climbing gear. You can rent most of the clothing and equipment that you may need in Tanzania. But bringing your own clothes, well-worn-in boots, and a good sleeping bag is best. You will need a small day pack with enough space for wind and rain clothes, some first aid supplies, 3 liters of water, and snacks. Your packing list should include warm clothes (fleece, wind, and waterproof layers), good polarised sunglasses, sunscreen, and a headlamp. You might prefer to use walking sticks and gaiters, but these can be rented. Even thermal underwear and down jackets can be rented from us. If you think you do not have the correct clothing and gear, please get in touch with us at sales@worldadventuretours.com

Are washrooms available along the climbing routes?

You can rent a portable toilet from the rental store at an extra cost.

Do I get provided drinking water during the trek?

Yes, Porters collect water from the streams, which is boiled before use. This water will be used to fill your water canisters. You can use purification tablets if you have them with you. If you want bottled water up the mountain, you will have to pay extra.

Should I train before to prepare for my Mount Kilimanjaro climb? 

You do not need to train before your Kili climb. But, any previous experience or practice will help you increase your chance of making the top. You need to be fit and healthy and have a good pair of worn-in hiking boots. The fitter you are, the more you are likely to enjoy it. It’s best to start your training at least three to six months before your planned climb. You can begin by incorporating regular exercise into your daily routine, such as jogging, hiking, or cycling, to improve your cardiovascular fitness and build endurance. You should also focus on strength training exercises that target your core, legs, and upper body, such as squats, lunges, push-ups, and planks. Strengthening these muscle groups will help you cope with the uphill climbs, rocky terrain, and long days of hiking.

What is the difference between the Lemosho route, the Marangu route, and the Machame route?

The Lemosho Route is considered one of the most scenic routes to climb Kilimanjaro, as it offers stunning views of the mountain from different angles. It is also one of the longer routes, typically taking 7-8 days to complete. The Lemosho route starts on the mountain’s western side and gradually ascends through various landscapes, from dense rainforests to alpine deserts. This route is known for its high success rate due to its gradual ascent profile, allowing climbers to acclimatize well.

The Marangu Route, also known as the “Coca-Cola Route,” is the oldest and most popular route to climb Kilimanjaro. It is the only route with sleeping huts instead of tents, which makes it a good option for those who prefer not to camp. The Marangu route is also the shortest route, typically taking 5-6 days to complete. However, due to the fast ascent profile, it has a lower success rate than other routes. The route starts on the southeastern side of the mountain and passes through forests, heathlands, and moorlands.

The Machame Route is considered one of the most challenging routes to climb Kilimanjaro due to its steep ascent profile and several high-altitude days. It is also one of the most scenic routes, offering panoramic views of the mountain and its surroundings. The Machame route typically takes 6-7 days to complete, starting on the southwestern side of the mountain and passing through rainforests, heathlands, and moorlands. This route is known for its high success rate due to its gradual ascent profile and good opportunities for acclimatization.

How many hours per day can I expect to walk on my Kili climb?

The number of hours per day you can expect to walk when climbing Mount Kilimanjaro depends on the route you choose and your individual pace. Generally, you can expect to walk between 4 to 10 hours per day, depending on the route and the itinerary. Here’s a rough breakdown of the average walking hours per day on the three most popular routes:

Lemosho Route: On the Lemosho route, the average walking hours per day are between 5 to 8 hours, with some long days of up to 10 hours. This route has a more gradual ascent profile, allowing for better acclimatization and longer hiking days.

Marangu Route: The Marangu route is the shortest route, with an average walking time of 4 to 6 hours per day. The walking hours are shorter due to the route’s faster ascent profile, which can increase the risk of altitude sickness.

Machame Route: The Machame route has an average walking time of 6 to 8 hours per day, with some long days of up to 10 hours. This route has a steeper ascent profile, which requires more effort and can lead to fatigue.

What is altitude sickness, and how can I avoid this?

Altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), is a condition caused by exposure to high altitudes with low oxygen levels. It can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, or fitness level, and can lead to serious health complications if not managed properly. The symptoms of altitude sickness can vary in severity but generally include headache, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, shortness of breath, and loss of appetite. In severe cases, altitude sickness can progress to more serious conditions, such as high-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) or high-altitude cerebral edema (HACE), which can be life-threatening. Suppose someone at some point is not able to continue the route. In that case, our mountain guides will accompany you down or off the mountain on a stretcher, by vehicle, or by air evacuation, depending on the urgency of the problem. Always inform the guides of your condition.

To avoid altitude sickness when climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, it’s essential to take the following precautions:

Gradual ascent: Choose a route with a gradual ascent profile, such as the Lemosho or Machame routes, which allows for proper acclimatization. Ascend slowly, taking enough time to allow your body to adjust to the altitude. Avoid climbing too quickly or spending too much time at high altitudes.

Hydration: Drink plenty of fluids, preferably water, to stay hydrated and help your body cope with the altitude. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and other diuretics, as they can dehydrate you and increase the risk of AMS.

Proper nutrition: Eat a balanced diet, including carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, to provide your body with the energy it needs to cope with the physical demands of the climb.

Medication: Consider taking medication, such as acetazolamide, under the guidance of a doctor to help prevent AMS.

Rest and recovery: Take breaks and rest when needed, especially if you experience any symptoms of altitude sickness. Descend to lower altitudes, if necessary, to allow your body to recover.

What type of food can I expect to be served on my Mount Kilimanjaro climb?

Our cooks prepare delicious meals with fresh local ingredients. If you have any special meal requirements, please inform us beforehand at sales@worldadventuretours.com

Do you provide oxygen tanks?

We provide oxygen tanks and complementary pulsometers.

When is the best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

The best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro is during the dry season, which runs from late June to October and from December to February. The weather is generally dry and sunny during these months, making for better climbing conditions and clearer views. The dry season is divided into two seasons: the short dry season from late December to early February and the long dry season from late June to October. Both of these periods offer good climbing conditions, with the long dry season being the most popular time to climb Kilimanjaro. During the dry season, the temperatures are milder and more predictable, with daytime temperatures ranging from 20 to 27°C (68 to 81°F) and nighttime temperatures ranging from 5 to 10°C (41 to 50°F). There is also less precipitation, making the trails less muddy and slippery. While it’s still possible to climb Kilimanjaro during the wet season, from March to May and from November to early December, the weather can be more challenging, with heavy rainfall and cloudy conditions. The trails can also be more slippery and difficult to navigate, and clouds can obscure the views.

What is the Maximum Number of people per group?

Maximum of 8 people per group. If you are a larger group, then we can arrange this accordingly. Just contact us at sales@worldadventuretours.com

Do you recommend travel insurance?

We highly recommend that you have travel insurance before your Mount Kilimanjaro trek. Also, check with your insurance beforehand that climbs over 5000m are included in the insurance.

What is the success rate of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro?

The success rate of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro varies depending on the route, the length of the climb, and other factors such as individual fitness levels and weather conditions. The success rates depend on the route chosen and the number of days. Shorter routes have a low success rate compared to longer routes, with a success rate of 85-90%. The longer the route, the higher the success rate, as you get ample time for acclimatization.

 

What is the tipping etiquette for safari guides and mountain crews on trips like this?

Tipping is highly appreciated at the end of safari/mountain climb. The size of tips will vary depending on the length and complexity of the trip, the number of staff on the trip and the number of clients on the trip. Generally, groups like to meet together before the end of the trek to discuss how much they would like to tip each staff member based on their individual trek experience. You should prepare an envelope after your trek for your tip money at the Hotel. You can use US dollars, Euros, TZ Shillings or a combination of these. Please ask the Safari/Climbing coordinator at the Hotel for advice.

RECOMMENDED TIP:

Mountain Climbs: $25-50 USD per Day per Climber to be shared between guides, chefs and porters.

Safaris: Driver/Guide: $35-50 USD per Day per Car. If it is a camping safari there will be a tip for the cook $10 USD per Day.

THESE ARE JUST GUIDELINES AND TIPS CAN BE GIVEN TO SAFARI STAFF/MOUNTAIN CREW ACCORDING TO SERVICES PROVIDED.

View of the African savanna with mount Kilimanjaro in the background
A view from mount Kilimanjaro over the clouds

Accommodation

Springlands Hotel

Springlands Hotel in Moshi, 29 km from Kilimanjaro, offers accommodation with amenities like an outdoor pool, complimentary parking, a bar, 24-hour reception, and free WiFi. Continental or à la carte breakfast is served at the hotel.

Rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a seating area, satellite TV, a kitchenette, dining area, and private bathroom with all essentials, including a kettle. Enjoy a hiking around Moshi, with a mini-supermarket just 3 km away.

Upgrade to Chanya Lodge or Gran Melia Hotel.

Upgrade available

Campsites

The campsites offer practical tents that is set up by the porters. You will need a sleeping bag, warm clothes to handle the cold nights and walking poles for the terrain.

The porters will boil drinking and washing water, and cook dinner.

Enjoy basic and functional amenities in unforgettable scenic locations.

All gear and equipment are available to rent through us!

Accommodation Upgrades

Chanya Lodge

Chanya Lodge is located at the foothills of the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, just outside Moshi in Tanzania. A convenient drive from the airport it’s perfect for trekkers, tourists, families and business visitors.

The residence offers 32 en-suite rooms, a large pool, a diverse cuisine restaurant and beautiful grassy gardens.

 

Gran Melia Hotel, Arusha

This magnificent hotel Is located between the majestic Serengeti and Kilimanjaro National Parks, unveiling the natural beauty of Tanzania’s wilderness.

Enjoy an oasis of five-star luxury and comfort with unbeatable facilities, exclusive suites, international cuisine, spa, an infinity pool and a gym – it’s the ideal retreat for an exciting safari adventure or a luxurious business meeting.

Included in the price:

  • Two nights accommodation in Moshi bed and breakfast
  • Airport transfers
  • Transportation from Moshi to the starting point on the mountain and return to Moshi
  • National Park gate fees, hut/camping fees
  • Rescue fees, tents, and sleeping mattresses
  • Guides’ salaries, porters’ salaries, and all meals on the mountain
  • Guides, porters, and cooks’ accommodation and entry fees on the mountain

Price does not cover:

  • Domestic or International flights
  • Entry visa to Tanzania
  • Travel and health insurance
  • Single room supplement at Springlands Hotel
  • Guides, porters, and cook tips – Find guidelines in the FAQ
  • Mountain gear e.g. sleeping bags, clothes, and shoes, but some climbing gear will be available for hire at Springlands Hotel

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