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Start and end in Arusha! With the hiking & trekking tour Kilimanjaro Climb - Lemosho Route, you have a 10 day tour package taking you through Arusha, Tanzania and 6 other destinations in Tanzania. 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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- AnonymousWritten on October 22, 20135.0 - ExcellentI 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!!
- AnonymousWritten on October 22, 20135.0 - ExcellentA 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.
- AnonymousWritten on October 7, 20135.0 - ExcellentAn 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.Â 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.Â 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.Â 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.Â It is a more comfortable experience and you must stand a better chance of getting to the top.Â Even someone who hates camping and has never done stuff like this can make it with a bit a training and determination.
- AnonymousWritten on July 15, 20135.0 - ExcellentThere 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.
- AnonymousWritten on June 17, 20135.0 - ExcellentAn 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)
- AnonymousWritten on March 8, 20135.0 - ExcellentAn 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. AlthoughÂ gruelling and operating on very littleÂ sleepÂ in rather nippy conditions, we somehow climbed up toÂ Stella Point in time for sunrise.Â The views were incredible, surrounded by glaciers andÂ the new day dawning. I felt like I was on top of the world. It was pretty emotional butÂ great to share it with everyone.Â 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 usÂ 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.Â The Lemosho route is ideal as it's Â longer than many of the trails meaning your body has more time to grow accustomedÂ to the altitude. Plus you pass through aÂ variety of mountainÂ scenery and climatic zones.Â 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.Â An experience I would recommend to the well seasoned trekker and/or anyone who has the grit and determination.
- AnonymousWritten on March 6, 20134.0 - GoodThe whole trip was very well organised throughtout.The guides and porters were amazing- always friendly and helpful.The food was very good.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Reaching the summit has to be the highlight of the trip after some very tough trekking.I think everyone in our group was quite emotional because of the achievement.Â What did you think of your group leader?Makeke Sandy was great-always encouraging and cheerful.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?This is a tough eight days but anyone can do it.The sense of achievement makes it worth the effort.I was 70 years old when i did it.Is there anything else you would like to add?A great adventure
- AnonymousWritten on February 16, 20135.0 - ExcellentProbably the most incredible experience you'll ever have.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Sadly I didn't quite make the summit, but there were plenty of inspirational moments nevertheless. Stunning views every day, the first sighting of the summit on day 2, having a birthday cake (with candles) baked for me by the chef at 4000m, the dedication and friendship of the guides, beautiful sunrises and sunsets, and just getting to the top of some of the hills when suffering from altitude sickness.What did you think of your group leader?Abraham was the ultimate professional. Calm, efficient, organised, friendly, with a cheeky sense of humour, he had eyes in the back of his head and was always watching to make sure everyone was OK, and quietly sorting problems without fuss, though never interfering. I can't imagine anything would rattle him, and you really couldn't ask for more in a guide. Special mention also to all the assistant guides: Nicholas, Saidi, Joseph and George for their incredible dedication, friendliness, passion and expertise, in particular on summit night when many people were struggling and could not have made it to the top without them. Joseph quite possibly saved my life that night.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Don't worry too much beforehand - all your questions will be answered during the trip, and the guides have everything down to a T. However, do make sure you are prepared mentally and physically: do some fitness and practice walks first, make sure you're organised, practise with your walking poles, rucksack and so on so you're not constantly faffing with equipment and holding people up. While lack of fitness won't necessarily stop you getting to the top, the fitter you are the more you'll enjoy the trekking in general. The days are mostly quite short and the distances covered small, but the altitude does make it challenging and tiring for the unfit.Â Hire the sleeping mats (trust me on this). And do be prepared for some very cold evenings. A really warm down jacket and 4 season down sleeping bag are an absolute must - do spend the money (or hire them). Make sure you have both a hydration bladder (difficult to drink frequently enough otherwise), and also 1-2 litre water bottles. Some days you'll need at least 3 litres of water during the day, and on summit night the bladder will freeze unless you can put it in your jacket pocket (as I did) or have insulated tubing (even then it may still freeze). Don't stress too much about the Diamox issue. Whatever anyone tells you, the research about its use prophylactically is still unproven either way. Some of our group who successfully summited took it, some didn't, some took it halfway through. Do your research, make a decision, but either way, if the guides think you need to take it, they'll tell you (and if you don't have any, they'll provide it).You don't need a yellow fever vaccination or certificate if you're on the group flights. Despite many comments on here to the contrary, I never bothered with gaiters once - didn't have a need for them (the first 2 days were muddy, but I was wearing shorts). If you don't normally wear them, I wouldn't bother. You'll be dirty anyway after a week without washing.Is there anything else you would like to add?This trip will be life-changing, whether you make it to the summit or not. It has a very good summit success record due to the extra days, but don't be discouraged if you don't make it, as even the guides sometimes have to descend due to altitude sickness.Everything is organised exceptionally well, so book the trip, get fit if you're not already, and just go with the flow.
- AnonymousWritten on February 4, 20134.0 - GoodThe views from Stella and Uhuru Points are just sensational!!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Arriving at Stella Point after trekking for 5 1/4 hrs and ascending 1200m to welcome dawn breaking on one side and the moon disappearing on the other; all witnessed by the glaciers there from a long long time ago.What did you think of your group leader?Excellent...a natural-great interpersonal skills and a good leader of a very able and willing supprt team.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?DO IT!!! it is one of the most marvellous spots to visit... Do it before it gets too over crowded!!Is there anything else you would like to add?Ensure you opt for the Lemosho route inclusive of over night stays at the Arusha Safari Lodge. A little pampering before and after always welcome!!!
- AnonymousWritten on January 7, 20134.0 - GoodA very succesful and well organised trekWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Seeing the sun rise as we approached the crater rim and thinking we were close to the summit after nearly 8 days of hard treking.What did you think of your group leader?He inspired confidence, was well respected by everyone and kept a close eye on the group to ensure any problems were quickly dealt with.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Take plenty of long walks preferably over hilly terrain.Take damp wipes for personal hygiene.Is there anything else you would like to add?At the age of 69 I found the travel notes accurate regarding the difficulty due to the altitude. The ages of the group varied from 16 to 74 and we all found it difficult, obviously some more than others. Getting to the top was largely mind over matter. The porters and guides were very supportive especially on the most difficult final leg.
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- Day 1: Start Arusha.
- Day 2: To Londorossi; begin ascent to Lemosho Forest (2650m).
- Day 3: Explore Shira Plateau; camp at Shira One (3550m).
- Day 4: Walk to the summit of Shira Cathedral to camp at Shira Hut (3840m).
- Day 5: Descend to camp at Great Barranco Valley (3900m).
- Day 6: Over the Barranco Wall to Karanga (4000m).
- Day 7: Steep ascent to Barafu campsite (4600m), with optional afternoon ascent to bottom of S.E. Valley (4800m).
- 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).
- Day 9: To Mweka Gate; transfer to Arusha.
- Day 10: End Arusha.
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Covering a total distance of approx 279 km.
- Arusha (Tanzania)
- 69 km
- Londorossi Gate (Tanzania)
- 52 km
- Mt Meru (Tanzania)
- 65 km
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- Uhuru Peak (Tanzania)
- 83 km
- Arusha (Tanzania)
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