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Kilimanjaro Climb - Lemosho Route - Exodus Travels
Kilimanjaro Climb - Lemosho Route - Exodus Travels
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Northern Circuit Tanzania
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Start and end in London! With the hiking & trekking tour Kilimanjaro Climb - Lemosho Route, you have a 10 day tour package taking you through London, England and 7 other destinations. Kilimanjaro Climb - Lemosho Route is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
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16 to 80 year olds
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Camping
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  • Kilimanjaro Climb - Lemosho Route reviewer 1
    Written on October 22, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    I was anxious before the start of a trip which I had challenged myself to do whilst my partner recuperated from a seriously life threatening health issue. Would I get on with others in the group? Was I physically fit enough? I soon realised that the others, who ranged in age from 22 up to myself at 61, all had the same fears and the disparate group of individuals soon became a mutually supporting team which encouraged each other every step of the way. It was a life affirming experience for which summiting was the emotional highlight but every moment was a privilege and joy which would have been worthwhile even if I had not got to the top. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Standing on the roof Africa, sobbing my socks off, because I had actually got to the top of the highest mountain in Africa was a much more emotional moment than I ever expected. Until the moment I got there I really was not sure I would be able to do it even though everything had gone well upto that point. The guide (Seraphin) spotted my struggle in the last few hundred yards - he took my bag and encouraged me supportively and unobtrusively to the top. I know I couldn't have made it without him. Four months of training and preparation, 8 days of climbing and high altitude camping, combined with the uncertainty of how I might react to altitude, meant the moment of reaching the summit was hugely emotional and amazing.What did you think of your group leader?Simon was very professional, quiet, unassuming and very observant. The whole trip ran like clockwork and one could observe his leadership skills at work bringing on and encouraging the assistant guides in doing briefings and leading some of the earlier treks. On the summit day itself it was clear Simon would take the responsibility for leading the group 'pole pole' to the top. He told us he would not be chatting whilst we walked because he would be too busy listening to us. ( to our breathing that is) to make sure we were safe. He gave very discrete and personal support to those members of the group who were unwell in the approach with the result that all but one made it to the summit and the one got to Stella point. This was only possible because of Simons clear support and guidance and management of the guides supporting the team.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?It is said that you cannot prepare your body for the effects of altitude and that fitness is no guarantee that you won't get altitude sickness. Whilst this is true , it is still really important to ensure you have the best possible fitness levels to cope with the demands of the trip-especially if you are an older team member like me. Diamox or no diamox for altitude sickness? I did manage without Diamox as my GP didn't know enough about it to prescribe it. However, most of the group either took it to start off with or started taking it as the symptoms of altitude sickness developed. I did not have problems as it happened but I would take some with me if on a similar trip in future so I would have some of my own to take if the need arose. It seemed to work quite quickly for those who waited until they felt I'll to take it.Is there anything else you would like to add?Don't be afraid to travel solo- you will make friends and there is nothing like the adversity of a challenging trip to bond, even very different individuals,together into a team. If you think you lack the confidence to do something like this. ... ' feel the fear and do it anyway' . 'Never let your fears stand in the way of your dreams' Also remember to live life as if today might be your last so don't put off that 'dream' trip until later - you ever know what might happen that might prevent you. Also some little observations-Take ear plugs-tents have thin walls. Jelly babies go down well- wish I'd taken some- thanks for sharing yours Paul. 'Washy washy' time tends to come after you've got dressed- wet wipes are a must!!

  • Kilimanjaro Climb - Lemosho Route reviewer 2
    Written on October 22, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A thouroughly enjoyable trek. My wife booked the trip and I was sceptical. I cant believe how much I enjoyed it. Even the camping !!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Sunrise on top of Mount Kilimanjaro was stunning. A memory that will stay with me forever.What did you think of your group leader?Wilfred, lead guide was excellent. I had altitude sickness for a couple of days and the care and attention to detail he showed was first class. I know I would not have reached the summit without his help.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?My advice would be listen to the guides. The pace is incredibly slow but it is like that for a reason. And it gets you there.Also, take Diamox. Better to have it. I was given it by the guide but probably easier to take it with you.And take a small nail brush. The dust gets everywhere and become engrained !!Is there anything else you would like to add?Go with an open mind and you cannot fail to enjoy it.

  • Kilimanjaro Climb - Lemosho Route reviewer 3
    Written on October 7, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    An amazing experience full of laughter and a great sense of achievement.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The Barranco Wall was fun - it looked really dauting from below but actually you had to take it slowly because there were lots of porters moving past us (they are truly incredible). Somehow the guides were always in exactly the right place to help each of us past tricky bits. Wonderful views at the top and a perfect spot for photos. Getting to Stella and then Uhuru was fantastic too of course. I think we were a really slow group - by the time we got to Uhuru it was lovely, sunny and uncrowded.What did you think of your group leader?He was very organised and efficient - it is a big operation to get us, food, water, tents etc up the mountain and it all ran very smoothly. He always sent someone on ahead to get a good spot at the next camp.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?My top tip is to do what your guides tell you to do - they are experts at getting people up to the top e.g. extra acclimatisation walks, drinking lots, eating well and communicating with them if you have a problem.  Other tips: an iPod on summit night really helped me - I wasn't tired of the of the walking but was a bit bored, it was a good motivator and the girl behind said she saw my bopping my way up the mountain.  Get a thermal tube for your camelbak (you can get a cheap generic one from Decathlon) and generally getting used to all your kit in advance. Mentally prepare yourself for the scree descent from the summit - personally I found this a lot harder that going up. Keep some snacks for the descent. Is there anything else you would like to add?Go for it and enjoy it. There might be cheaper ways to climb Kili but having good guides, excellent food and a private toilet tent (!) are definitely worth the extra cost.  It is a more comfortable experience and you must stand a better chance of getting to the top.  Even someone who hates camping and has never done stuff like this can make it with a bit a training and determination.

  • Kilimanjaro Climb - Lemosho Route reviewer 4
    Written on October 7, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    An amazing experience full of laughter and a great sense of achievement.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The Barranco Wall was fun - it looked really dauting from below but actually you had to take it slowly because there were lots of porters moving past us (they are truly incredible). Somehow the guides were always in exactly the right place to help each of us past tricky bits. Wonderful views at the top and a perfect spot for photos. Getting to Stella and then Uhuru was fantastic too of course. I think we were a really slow group - by the time we got to Uhuru it was lovely, sunny and uncrowded.What did you think of your group leader?He was very organised and efficient - it is a big operation to get us, food, water, tents etc up the mountain and it all ran very smoothly. He always sent someone on ahead to get a good spot at the next camp.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?My top tip is to do what your guides tell you to do - they are experts at getting people up to the top e.g. extra acclimatisation walks, drinking lots, eating well and communicating with them if you have a problem.  Other tips: an iPod on summit night really helped me - I wasn't tired of the of the walking but was a bit bored, it was a good motivator and the girl behind said she saw my bopping my way up the mountain.  Get a thermal tube for your camelbak (you can get a cheap generic one from Decathlon) and generally getting used to all your kit in advance. Mentally prepare yourself for the scree descent from the summit - personally I found this a lot harder that going up. Keep some snacks for the descent. Is there anything else you would like to add?Go for it and enjoy it. There might be cheaper ways to climb Kili but having good guides, excellent food and a private toilet tent (!) are definitely worth the extra cost.  It is a more comfortable experience and you must stand a better chance of getting to the top.  Even someone who hates camping and has never done stuff like this can make it with a bit a training and determination.

  • Kilimanjaro Climb - Lemosho Route reviewer 5
    Written on July 15, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    There are a number of options to complete the summit to Kilimanjaro, although I can not speak for them all the Lemosho route was amazing. It offered a fantastic balance between providing a stimulating ascension and varied environments to climb. Due to the additional duration it also enables suitable time to acclimatise to maximise the opportunity to summit. I was slightly sceptical of completing this activity with a group of strangers, however the diversity of the group was one of the most memorable things of the expedition. In short, climbing Kilimanjaro was excellent and I have already thoroughly recorded this to my friends. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Being able to complete the summit as an entire group.What did you think of your group leader?The group leader was a local guide from Tanzania. He was patient, knowledgable and exceptionally friendly.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Make sure you take a mixture of warm and cold weather clothing and book this trip.Is there anything else you would like to add?You do not have to be a fitness fanatic to complete this event. We had a mixture of fitness levels, all of which completed the summit day.

  • Kilimanjaro Climb - Lemosho Route reviewer 6
    Written on July 15, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    There are a number of options to complete the summit to Kilimanjaro, although I can not speak for them all the Lemosho route was amazing. It offered a fantastic balance between providing a stimulating ascension and varied environments to climb. Due to the additional duration it also enables suitable time to acclimatise to maximise the opportunity to summit. I was slightly sceptical of completing this activity with a group of strangers, however the diversity of the group was one of the most memorable things of the expedition. In short, climbing Kilimanjaro was excellent and I have already thoroughly recorded this to my friends. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Being able to complete the summit as an entire group.What did you think of your group leader?The group leader was a local guide from Tanzania. He was patient, knowledgable and exceptionally friendly.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Make sure you take a mixture of warm and cold weather clothing and book this trip.Is there anything else you would like to add?You do not have to be a fitness fanatic to complete this event. We had a mixture of fitness levels, all of which completed the summit day.

  • Kilimanjaro Climb - Lemosho Route reviewer 7
    Written on June 17, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    An amazing 8 nights. The lemosho route was a great route with wonderful acclimatisation with shortish but hard walks to prepare for the summit. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Walking from Stella point to Uluru peak at sunrise...and being reminded that this is the rooftop of Africa.What did you think of your group leader?Inspirational. He kept a smooth ship running of 35 porters and 8 clients. Rather amazing. There is nothing I would suggest he or the porters did differently - genuinely. It was that good.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Don't take 'summit'' snacks. Rather have snacks EVERY day in your bag for a treat. You won't be hungry but it's nice to chew on a jelly baby or fruit pastel every day rather than just summit night. Read the kit list as its quite good. Take a good sleeping mat (inflatable) or hire one. If you hire it, it doesn't need to fit Into your duffle bag so that's good as it gives you space in your duffle bag. The food is great - tasty and varied and lots of it. Don't forget wet wipes: take at least four packs of 12.Is there anything else you would like to add?Take less rather than more. Make sure you leave some clean clothes in the hotel. If you can afford it probably a nice idea to go to Zanzibar for a few days rest if you can. Or you could stay a night in nairbi if you wanted to perhaps. Take ear plugs. Diomox not necessary. If you need it the guides will have some. Overall it is so well organised and you will meet some wonderful people (fellow travellers and Tanzanians)

  • Kilimanjaro Climb - Lemosho Route reviewer 8
    Written on June 17, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    An amazing 8 nights. The lemosho route was a great route with wonderful acclimatisation with shortish but hard walks to prepare for the summit. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Walking from Stella point to Uluru peak at sunrise...and being reminded that this is the rooftop of Africa.What did you think of your group leader?Inspirational. He kept a smooth ship running of 35 porters and 8 clients. Rather amazing. There is nothing I would suggest he or the porters did differently - genuinely. It was that good.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Don't take 'summit'' snacks. Rather have snacks EVERY day in your bag for a treat. You won't be hungry but it's nice to chew on a jelly baby or fruit pastel every day rather than just summit night. Read the kit list as its quite good. Take a good sleeping mat (inflatable) or hire one. If you hire it, it doesn't need to fit Into your duffle bag so that's good as it gives you space in your duffle bag. The food is great - tasty and varied and lots of it. Don't forget wet wipes: take at least four packs of 12.Is there anything else you would like to add?Take less rather than more. Make sure you leave some clean clothes in the hotel. If you can afford it probably a nice idea to go to Zanzibar for a few days rest if you can. Or you could stay a night in nairbi if you wanted to perhaps. Take ear plugs. Diomox not necessary. If you need it the guides will have some. Overall it is so well organised and you will meet some wonderful people (fellow travellers and Tanzanians)

  • Kilimanjaro Climb - Lemosho Route reviewer 9
    Written on March 8, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    An incredible trip. Fantastic scenery and the crew, headed up by Charles, were truly inspirational. Everyone in the group made it to the summit thanks to them. They were knowledgable about the flora and fauna, incredibly experienced and terrific fun to be around. I learnt lots about the mountain and Tanzania, as well as picking up a few words of Swahili. Asante! What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?It has to be summit day. Although gruelling and operating on very little sleep in rather nippy conditions, we somehow climbed up to Stella Point in time for sunrise. The views were incredible, surrounded by glaciers and the new day dawning. I felt like I was on top of the world. It was pretty emotional but great to share it with everyone. What did you think of your group leader?Charles was very organised, serious (this Kili stuff is serious business) but gentle and considerate. We all trusted his judgement and listened to every bit of advice he had to offer. He took care of us and to his credit we all made it !!!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The pace is nice and slow to aid acclimatisation and it really does work.  The Lemosho route is ideal as it's  longer than many of the trails meaning your body has more time to grow accustomed to the altitude. Plus you pass through a variety of mountain scenery and climatic zones. Is there anything else you would like to add?I honestly underestimated the beauty and might of Kilimanjaro. It is a challenge even for the fittest but an opportunity not to be missed.  An experience I would recommend to the well seasoned trekker and/or anyone who has the grit and determination.

  • Kilimanjaro Climb - Lemosho Route reviewer 10
    Written on March 8, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    An incredible trip. Fantastic scenery and the crew, headed up by Charles, were truly inspirational. Everyone in the group made it to the summit thanks to them. They were knowledgable about the flora and fauna, incredibly experienced and terrific fun to be around. I learnt lots about the mountain and Tanzania, as well as picking up a few words of Swahili. Asante! What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?It has to be summit day. Although gruelling and operating on very little sleep in rather nippy conditions, we somehow climbed up to Stella Point in time for sunrise. The views were incredible, surrounded by glaciers and the new day dawning. I felt like I was on top of the world. It was pretty emotional but great to share it with everyone. What did you think of your group leader?Charles was very organised, serious (this Kili stuff is serious business) but gentle and considerate. We all trusted his judgement and listened to every bit of advice he had to offer. He took care of us and to his credit we all made it !!!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The pace is nice and slow to aid acclimatisation and it really does work.  The Lemosho route is ideal as it's  longer than many of the trails meaning your body has more time to grow accustomed to the altitude. Plus you pass through a variety of mountain scenery and climatic zones. Is there anything else you would like to add?I honestly underestimated the beauty and might of Kilimanjaro. It is a challenge even for the fittest but an opportunity not to be missed.  An experience I would recommend to the well seasoned trekker and/or anyone who has the grit and determination.

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  1. Day 1: Start Arusha.
  2. Day 2: To Londorossi; begin ascent to Lemosho Forest (2650m).
  3. Day 3: Explore Shira Plateau; camp at Shira One (3550m).
  4. Day 4: Walk to the summit of Shira Cathedral to camp at Shira Hut (3840m).
  5. Day 5: Descend to camp at Great Barranco Valley (3900m).
  6. Day 6: Over the Barranco Wall to Karanga (4000m).
  7. Day 7: Steep ascent to Barafu campsite (4600m), with optional afternoon ascent to bottom of S.E. Valley (4800m).
  8. Day 8: An early start to reach Stella Point in time for sunrise; on to Uhuru Peak (5895m), the highest point in Africa; descend to Millennium Camp (3800m).
  9. Day 9: To Mweka Gate; transfer to Arusha.
  10. Day 10: End Arusha.

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Covering a total distance of approx 14,333 km.
  • London (England)
  • 7,027 km
  • Arusha (Tanzania)
  • 69 km
  • Londorossi Gate (Tanzania)
  • 52 km
  • Mt Meru (Tanzania)
  • 65 km
  • Barranco Hut (Tanzania)
  • 3 km
  • Karanga (Tanzania)
  • 3 km
  • Barafu Hut (Tanzania)
  • 4 km
  • Uhuru Peak (Tanzania)
  • 83 km
  • Arusha (Tanzania)
  • 7,027 km
  • London (England)

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