9-Day Lemosho Western-Breach Route (Favourite)

9-Day Lemosho Western-Breach Route (Favourite)2020-05-16T17:33:38+01:00

Route Itinerary

Please remember that both our Standard and All-Inclusive Packages include:
  • 2 Nights at a Premium Hotel prior to the climb
  • 1 Night at a Premium Hotel post climb.
In total, this trip with us takes you 12 days (not including flights).


DAY 1: RAINFOREST ZONE

Pick up and check out of hotel in the morning. Start driving to the Kilimanjaro National Park Lemosho Entrance Gate (3hrs).

We enter the western gate of the park (approximately 7,700ft or 2,100m) and climb to & overnight at Forest Camp (9,255ft or 2,821 m) in the Rainforest Zone.

This trek takes approximately 2-3 hrs. This part of the trip will consist of a trek through lush rainforest. You may see some black and white Colobus Monkeys as well as some Blue Monkeys.

DAY 2: HEATHER / MOORLAND ZONE

We climb from Forest Camp (9,255ft or 2,821 m) to Shira 1 Camp (11,300ft or 3,444 m) in the Heather Zone.

We will be having a lunch break half way throughout the day. We will be camping at Shira 1 Camp tonight. This trek takes approximately 5-7 hrs including lunch break.

Trekkers will be travelling through the Heather and Moorland Zones, consisting of more lush vegetation.

DAY 3: HEATHER / MOORLAND ZONE

We climb from Shira 1 Camp (11,300ft or 3,444 m) to Moir Camp (13,779ft or 4,200 m) through the Heather and Moorland Zone. We will be camping overnight at Moir Camp.

This trek takes approximately 5-7 hrs including lunch break. The landscape will begin to change to smaller plants and trekkers will start to travel through a more desert-like landscape.

DAY 4: LAVA TOWER

We climb from Moir Camp (13,779ft or 4,200 m) to Lava Tower Camp (15,091ft or 4,600 m) in the Alpine Desert Zone.

This trek takes approximately 3 hrs including lunch break. We eat lunch and relax for the rest of the day to properly acclimatize.

If you are feeling up to it and depending on the weather, you can go climb up Lava Tower with one of our guides for some spectacular views. Speak to our guides and they will be able to guide you and let you know if it is possible.

DAY 5: LAVA TOWER – ACCLIMATIZATION HIKE

Acclimatization Day: Today we have an acclimatization hike to our next camp – Arrow Glacier Camp (16,076ft or 4,900 m). This is an elevation gain of approximately 1,000ft or 300 m and this short hike takes about 2-3 hrs to complete (up and down).

We will remain at Lava Tower Camp (15,091ft or 4,600 m) for the night.

If you are feeling up to it and depending on the weather, you can go climb up Lava Tower with one of our guides for some spectacular views. Speak to our guides and they will be able to guide you and let you know if it is possible.

DAY 6: ARROW GLACIER CAMP

We climb from Lava Tower Camp (15,091ft or 4,600 m) to Arrow Glacier Camp (16,076ft or 4,900 m) through the Alpine Desert Zone. This takes approximately 1-1.5 hrs depending on your pace.

We only climb about 1,000ft or 300 m but the terrain is steep, with a few scramble sections to get over the Great Barranco Wall. We have the rest of the day to relax at camp and prepare for our biggest day – climbing the Western-Breach.

DAY 7: WESTERN BREACH

We climb from Arrow Glacier Camp (16,076ft or 4,900 m) to Crater Camp (18,800ft or 5,730 m). We wake up at approximately 3:00 – 4:00 AM just before sunrise, cross the Western-Breach, and head into the Crater Rim. We then walk past the Northern Ice Field and Furtwangler Glacier on our way to Crater Camp.

This portion of the trek takes approximately 5-7 hrs. We will have lunch at Crater Camp. From here onwards, the climbing group has 2 options which will be decided in cooperation by the head guides, and all the climbers on the trek.

Option #1: After we have relaxed a bit and have had lunch at Crater Camp, we continue our ascent to the summit. Reaching Uhuru Peak from Crater Camp takes approximately 1.5 hrs. Many climbers still feel great at this point and wish to continue making their ascent to Uhuru Peak (19,341ft or 5,895 m) the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro.

If your group decides to summit today, you will descend to Barafu Camp (15,239ft or 3,983m) and overnight there. This portion descending from the summit to Barafu Camp will take approximately 2-3 hrs.

The benefit of choosing Option #1 would be that you will be reaching the summit in the mid-afternoon around 2-3 PM. There will be very few climbers at the summit, giving you the freedom to take as many pictures as you wish. There is no rush to leave the summit (like a typical sunrise summit, which usually has many other companies and tourists waiting to take their photos).

Congratulations on reaching the Roof of Africa – Uhuru Peak (19,341ft or 5,895 m)!

Option #2: After having lunch, relax the rest of the day and spend the night at Crater Camp. You will then be making your ascent to the summit at sunrise the next day.

DAY 8: SUMMIT DAY

Option #1 Continued: Wake up at Barafu Camp (15,239ft or 3,983m) and continue making our descent to our next camp – Mweka Camp (10,204ft or 3,110 m). Overnight at Mweka Camp. This portion takes approximately 4-5 hrs.

Option 2 Continued: Wake up at Crater Camp (18,800ft or 5,730 m) and begin making your ascent to Uhuru Peak (19,341ft or 5,895 m). This takes approximately 1.5 hrs.

Congratulations on reaching Uhuru Peak (19,341ft or 5,895 m). Spend a few minutes taking pictures and savouring the accomplishment of climbing to the Roof of Africa.

After reaching the summit, you will begin to make your descent via the Eastern Side of Mt Kilimanjaro to Mweka Camp (10,204ft or 3,110 m). This descent portion takes approximately 6-8 hrs.

DAY 9: MWEKA GATE & OFFICIAL CERTIFICATE

After breakfast, we continue to climb down to Mweka Gate (5,423ft or 1,653m) where we sign the Official Kilimanjaro National Park Register, have a cold drink, and get presented our official Kilimanjaro Certificate by our Head Guide.

This last descent to the gate should take approximately 3-4 hrs.

We then head to our bus and head back to the Premium Hotel in Arusha. This drive takes approximately 3 hrs. You should be arriving back at the hotel in the mid-afternoon around 3 PM (depending what time you leave your camp in the morning).

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