Lemosho Western Breach Crater
The Lemosho Western Breach Crater Route is truly picturesque and unspoilt with the possibility of sighting wild game along the forest section. This route is a superior option for trekker’s seeking a quiet route away from the crowds for the first two days trekking. Thereafter, the route is precisely the same as the Machame Route.
The Lemosho Route is truly picturesque and unspoilt with the possibility of sighting wild game along the forest section. This route is a superior option for trekker’s seeking a quiet route away from the crowds for the first two days trekking. Thereafter, the route is precisely the same as the Machame Route.
This route takes us from the West across Shira Plateau to the rarely visited Moir Hut, onwards to our private camp at Sheffield supplemented by an ascent of Lava Tower which offers majestic 360 degree views across the valley and looking directly up to Arrow Glacier.
We ascend the Western Breach to the crater via the classic route from the southwest with a challenging rock scramble during daylight. The wide crater floor is a magnificent arctic moonscape and our camp is set in soft sand adjacent the indigo streaked Furtwangler Glacier.
Lemosho Western Breach Crater
Day 1: Arrive Tanzania
Trekkers arrive from their respective countries at Kilimanjaro International Airport or Arusha if transferring by bus from Nairobi.
Day 2: Arusha
At a mutually convenient time, your guide will provide a pre-trek briefing, carry out a gear check, review the route with you and answer any questions you may have.
Day 3: Arusha to Londrossi Gate to Big Tree Camp
After breakfast we travel by vehicle to Londrossi gate, where you will meet your guides and mountain crew as we take care of all National Park formalities, registering all climbers and weighing of all duffle bags to ensure the load carried by each porter does not exceed the mandatory 20kgs limit.
Day 4: Mt Mkubwa to Shira 1 Camp
Today is a long day over narrow tracks that weave in and out of the ridges as we ascend.
Day 5: Shira 1 Camp to Moir Hut Camp
Today we trek steadily northwards through the heather and into the barren high altitude desert towards the natural landmark called Shark’s Tooth.
We gain altitude slowly and continue to acclimatize.
Day 6: Moir Hut Camp to Sheffield Camp
Today’s hike is shorter than yesterday though it is steeper with two long uphill sections that test our legs and acclimatisation.
The first long uphill trek joins with the Machame trail where we are joined by other groups on their way to Lava Tower or Baranco Camp.
Day 7: Sheffield Camp
Today is an important day in the acclimatization process and allows our bodies to rest and further build red blood cells vital for the ascent to follow in the next few days.
It is a time to hydrate, build our appetite and rest our weary legs.
Day 8: Sheffield Camp to Arrow Glacier Camp
A short trek to Lava Tower where we stop briefly then cross a small frozen stream then its an hour trek up a long steep climb on loose scree up the ridgeline.
From here it is another steep climb up to the Arrow Glacier campsite where we are right under the Western Breach, and surrounded on three sides by steep rocky slopes and cliffs.
Day 9: Arrow Glacier Camp to Western Breach to Crater Camp
Around 5 am we rise to a light breakfast, tea or chocolate and begin our ascent of the Western Breach.
Day 10: Crater Camp to Uhuru Summit to Millennium Camp or Mweka Camp (option)
After breakfast at 6 am we leave the barren moonscape features of the crater floor and begin our zigzag pattern through shallow snow if we are lucky for the final 300m push up the crater’s southern rim.
Day 11: Millennium Camp to Mweka Gate
Today your legs will be further tested as the path descends steeply through the lush Mweka Rain Forest.
Day 12: Depart Tanzania or continue your dream with an amazing safari extension
Depart Tanzania or continue your dream with an amazing safari extension.
For trekkers not continuing with a safari we provide transfers to Kilimanjaro International Airport or bus station for your onward journey.
Included in tour
Transfers to/from Kilimanjaro International Airport, Arusha shuttle bus terminus and to/from park entrance/exit gates for your selected route
All accommodation in Tanzania (double occupancy 3* Hotel) including breakfast (1 night before and one night after your climb-two nights total)
Kilimanjaro National Park entrance, camping, and rescue fees
Services of trip leader, climbing guides, and mountain crew
All dining and camping equipment (excluding sleeping bag unless rented)
All meals on the mountain
Filtered water (we use the Katadyn KFT Expedition filtration system) during the climb; tea, coffee, cocoa, milk and juices as required.
Portable private toilet with biodegradable waste system at all camps . Clean Mountain Can used to remove all waste from high camps for correct disposal.
Pressure Altitude Chamber (portable hyperbaric chamber) and oxygen on all climbs (for use in the event of an emergency)
Petzl Elios helmets ‐ required on the Western Breach ascent
First aid kit
Medsled Rescue stretcher
Personal Summit Certificate signed by the National Park for successful trekkers
Excluded in tour
Costs of visas
International airfare, excess baggage charges, airport departure taxes
Travel insurance, medical insurance
Sightseeing, game drives or meals not listed in each itinerary
Personal expenses such as beverages (other than those included with meals, as listed in each itinerary), room service, souvenirs, laundry, communication charges, medical or extra evacuation fees, staff gratuities.
Additional transportation, accommodation, and meals incurred by a client unable to continue a planned itinerary due to illness, health, medical conditions or due to airline schedule changes.
Single supplement +US$450.00, Double occupancy (no additional charge)