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LOCAL MOSHI

ADVENTURES

Selous St, across from Coffee Union Cafe, 1st Floor, Office #11, 

Moshi, Kilimanjaro

info@localmoshi.com

LEMOSHO ITINERARY

Enjoy fewer crowds and panoramic vistas!
DAY 1 - ARRIVAL TO MOSHI

Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport, where a Local Moshi representative will meet you and transfer you to your hotel in Moshi. Equipment check.

 

DAY 2 - LONDOROSSI GATE TO MTI MKUBWA CAMP

After breakfast, drive to Londorossi Gate, where you will meet your porters and complete registration formalities at the Ranger’s Office. The hike will start in the rainforest along a lovely trail until reaching Mti Mkubwa (which means big tree in Swahili) Camp (2895m), where we will spend the night.

  • Trekking distance: 6 kilometers

  • Trek time: 3 to 4 hours

  • Environment: Montane Forest

  • Elevation: From 2360 meters to 2895 meters

 

DAY 3 - MTI MKUBWA CAMP TO SHIRA ONE CAMP

We soon leave the forest behind and enter the moorland zone. The trail climbs steadily with wide views reaching the rim of the Shira Plateau. With ever decreasing vegetation along the way, Shira One Camp (3600m), your camp for the night is within sight. There is a tangible sense of wilderness, especially if afternoon mists move in.

  • Trekking distance: 9 kilometers

  • Trek time: 6 to 7 hours

  • Environment: Moorland

  • Elevation: From 2895 meters to 3600 meters

 
DAY 4 - SHIRA ONE CAMP TO SHIRA HUT

Day 4 is a fairly easy day to help acclimatize and explore the volcanic rock formations of the Shira Plateau. Shira was once Kilimanjaro's third and lowest volcanic peak, but has eroded to a high plateau since it last erupted eons ago. With the ever decreasing vegetation along the way, Shira Hut (3850m), with stunning views of Mt. Meru and the glaciers of Kibo comes into view.

  • Trekking distance: 8 kilometers

  • Trek time: Around 5 hours

  • Environment: Moorland

  • Elevation: From 3600 meters to 3850 meters

 
DAY 5 - SHIRA HUT TO BARRANCO VALLEY CAMP, VIA LAVA TOWER 

After waking up on the beautiful Shira Plateau, the hike starts east toward Kibo and gradually ascends to Lava Tower, the highest point of the day. After lunch at Lava Tower, we continue on the trail which slowly descents toward Barranco Valley Camp (3950m). “Climb high but sleep lower” is the best way to acclimatize to high altitude. 

  • Highest point: 4600 meters (at Lava Tower)

  • Trekking distance: 12 kilometers

  • Trek time: 6 to 7 hours

  • Environment: Semi-desert

  • Elevation: From 3850 meters to 3950 meters

 
DAY 6 - BARRANCO CAMP TO KARANGA VALLEY CAMP

Day five is a shorter day and starts with a steep climb, requiring an occasional hand scramble up the Barranco Wall. The ground changes into scree with only the hardiest of vegetation surviving at this altitude. Again, we will descend for the night and sleep lower in the Karanga Valley Camp (3930m).

  • Highest point: 4200 meters (top of the Barranco Wall)

  • Trekking distance: 7 kilometers

  • Trek time: About 4 hours

  • Environment: Alpine desert

  • Elevation: From 3950 meters to 3930 meters

 
DAY 7 - KARANGA VALLEY CAMP TO BARAFU HUT

This is another short day. Leaving Karanga Valley Camp the trail continues to gain altitude until reaching Barafu Hut, which marks the end of the Southern Circuit, and from where the final ascent will start in the early morning hours of Day 8. 

  • Trekking distance: 6 kilometers

  • Trek time: Around 3 hours

  • Environment: Alpine desert

  • Elevation: From 3930 meters to 4600 meters

 
DAY 8 - BARAFU HUT TO SUMMIT UHURU PEAK, DESCENT TO MWEKA CAMP

Day 8 will be the most difficult, both mentally and physically. The final ascent will start about 0100 in the morning. A slow and steady climb of 5-6 hours, the path zigzagging across the volcanic scree of the crater rim, leads to Stella Point (5752m) just in time for sunrise. From here a one hour climb, passing the stunning glaciers and ice cliffs alongside the crater rim, will lead to the summit, named Uhuru Peak (5895m). From Uhuru Peak, descending back to Barafu Camp is much shorter. After refreshing briefly at Barafu, the trail continues steadily downward, to Mweka Camp (3100m) the final campsite on the mountain before returning to Moshi the following day.

  • Highest point: 5895 meters (Uhuru Peak)

  • Trekking distance: 20 kilometers (7 kilometers ascent / 13 kilometers descent)

  • Trek time: 12 to 15 hours (6 to 8 hours ascent / 6 to 7 hours descent)

  • Environment: Alpine desert/Volcanic scree/Ice-capped summit

  • Elevation: From 4600 meters to 3100 meters

 

DAY 9 - DESCENT FROM MWEKA CAMP TO MWEKA GATE

After a good night’s rest, a continued descent will lead back into the lovely rain forest on the lower slopes of the Mountain, with the route winding down toward Mweka Gate (1800m). From there a short drive past coffee plantations and banana farms will take us back to Moshi..

  • Trekking distance: 8 kilometers

  • Trek time: 3 to 4 hours

  • Environment: Montane forest

  • Elevation: From 3100 meters to 1800 meters

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DAY 10 - DEPARTURE

After a well-deserved rest in a comfortable bed in your hotel, we will drive you to Kilimanjaro Airport for your return flight.