6 Days Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

6 days Lemosho Route: Climbing Mount kilinjaro via the Lemosho route in 6 day takes you to the top of  Uhuru  peak.  The route has spectacular scenery, less congested, and quick access to the peak-Uhuru Peak , where you will be able to capture great moments.

The 6 days Lemosho route is the best route For summiting Mount Kilimanjaro due to the low traffic, summit success in a short time duration, and the spectacular scenery. Besides, the route is not recommended for most climbers, because it is easy to conquer the distance & elevation in the given time frame(6 days),  especially on day 2, day 4 & Day 5:

Day 2, which is characterized by  long day trek at an elevation gain of 3000ft to Shira from forest camp, could cause symptoms of altitude sickness due to quick pace.

On the other hand, day 4 & 5, would also be stranous for hikers due to whole day trek from Baranco to Barafu, dinner & partial overnight sleep(sleep for less hours) and the very long challenging summit day respectively.

In a nutshell, The 6 days Lemosho route requires 19-24 hours of tough walking, at exceedingly high elevation, with a 4 to 6 hours sleep only.

Overview of the 6 days Lemosho Route to climb the Kilimanjaro Mountain.

The lemosho rote approaches the  Mountain from the West. Like other routes, registration of all trekkers is a must, followed by  a 2 days trekking through the green forest to Shira Plateau.  Afterwards the trail ,connects with the Machame route at Shira camp 2 to reach the peak, which offers breathtaking views  way up to the summit, providing a humble experience & exceptional views of the nearby peaks.

The incredible 6 days Lemosho route excursion finally come to an end at Mweka gate, following a descent through the Mweka route from the top.

We’ll descend via the Mweka route, ending the incredible trip at Mweka Gate.

However for better acclimatization, & summit success, we urge all climbers to extend their Kilimanjaro expedition through the lemosho route by 2 days, as well as enough physical strength & in good health.

Below is the day by day Itinerary for the 6 days Lemosho Route climb.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Moshi – Londorossi Gate (2100m) – Mti Mkubwa camp (2750m)

Following your breakfast on day 1 of the 6 days Kilimanjaro Lemosho route  trek, You will be met by an expert safari guide from Aloyo Safaris who will brief you. There after, along with an en-route lunch you will be  transferred  from Arusha (1400m) to Londorossi Park Gate (2100m) in 2 hours by road.  Upon reaching the gate, register, get briefed, and later on set  off  for your 1st day trek with your hiking crew, plus the guide. For 3 to 4 hours, you will walk through the rain forest, where you might encounter Colobus monkeys!

You will stop for a lunch break  along  your way, then proceed to your first camp arriving at Mti Mkubwa (“Big Tree”) Campsite (2750m) in the late afternoon or  evening. Dinner and overnight at the lodge,  though temperatures seem to drop to freezing during the night.

Hiking time: 3 hours

Habitat: Mountain forest

Day 2: Mti Mkubwa Camp (2750m) to Shira 2 Camp (3840m)- 6-7 hours

Have breakfast early in the morning, and begin climbing up into the heather moorland zone, crossing various streams as you ascend further towards a plateau that heads to Shira 2 Camp (3840m).  The campsite, is located adjacent to the stream and provide a magnificent views of the Western Breach and its glaciers in the East.

Dinner & Overnight at the camp

Habitat: Moorland

Day 3: Shira (3840m) – Lava Tower (4630m) – Barranco Camp (3950m) in 7 hours (approx. 15km)

Wake up early for breakfast, then start  trekking from moorland to semi-desert and rocky landscape. You will trek for 5 hours  on the east, there after you will come up close with the Lava Tower (4630m). Rest for lunch, and proceed to massive Lava Tower if weather permits. It is from this point of the hike, that hikers to start experiencing signs of altitude sickness such as headaches and shortness of breath.

Hikers then descend further for 2 hours to the Barranco Campsite (3950m), located in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall (“Breakfast Wall”). Dinner and overnight at the camp.

Habitat: Semi Desert

Day 4: Barranco Camp (3950m) – Barafu Camp (4550m) – 7 hours

Have breakfast, and set off to climb the Great Barranco Wall! You enjoy  the view of the Heim Glacier from the top of the wall. The trail then winds up and down in the Karanga Valley and connects with the Mweka Route, which is the trail used to descend on the last two days. As you continue hiking for an hour, you will arive at  Barafu Hut- the last water stop for the porters beyond which there is no accessible water source at the Camp (4550m). Tents will be exposed to wind and rocks so hikers are urged to familiarize themselves with the campsite before dark.

Enjoy an early dinner and overnight rest in preparation for the early wake up call to summit.

Distance: Approximately 13 kilometers

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Day 5: Summit Attempt Barafu camp (4550m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka (3100m)

Wake Up early for before midnight for a slight snacks & hot tea, after then start your summit attempt at 0000hrs. The route continues through the northwest ascending over the stone scree. This is the most mentally and physically difficult part of the climb. You will arrive at Stella Point (5685m) situated at the edge of the crater after 6 hours, located on the crater rim. At this point, you will enjoy the sun as it rises, as you further ascend for about 2 hours on a snow-covered trail to Uhuru Peak (5895m). Reaching the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro is a lifetime achievement, as you will spend a short time on the summit taking photographs and drinking tea before trekking down to Barafu for 3 hours.

You will stop for lunch at this point, after which you will proceed to Mweka Hut (3100m), located in the upper rain forest, where rains should be expected.

Dinner and overnight rest at this camp.

Hiking time: 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak, 7-8 hours to descend to Mweka

Distance: about 7 kilometers climbing and 23 kilometers sloping

Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

Day 6: Mweka camp (3100m) – Mweka Gate (1980m)

Following a nice and tasty breakfast, your will have a big celebration of dancing and singing alongside other staff. Afterwards, you will descend in 3 hours for 15km to Mweka Gate to receive the Kilimanjaro summit certificate.  Enjoy your lunch and transfer back to your hotel/booked accommodation

Habitat: Forest

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