Hiking Distances 97kms

DURATION: 8 DAYS 7 Nights

Londross – Shira Route, just like Lemosho Route is probably the most beautiful, unspoilt, little used, less crowded, route up Kilimanjaro and it approaches Kilimanjaro’s summit from the west and crosses the caldera of Shira Volcano before heading beneath the southern ice fields of Kibo. This route later on joins in with the routes from Lemosho and Machame. Your starting altitude is higher than your end point altitude. Accommodation on the Marangu route is in huts, the Londross Route offers strictly tents only, just like Machame and Lemosho Route. This makes Londross Route better suited to the slightly more adventurous hiker, however rewarding him/her a scenic splendor such as not seen on the Marangu Route, from late afternoon sunsets at Shira, to the misty revelations of Kibo at the great Barranco wall, The Londross route is normally completed in a minimum of 7 days. There is an added benefit to this, as you are afforded the most valuable commodity on the mountain – Acclimatization-.CLIMB HIGH AND SLEEP LOW The Londross Route takes you high to Lava Tower 4630m on the day 4 and brings you down by nearly 700m for an overnight at Barranco Camp 3950m. This is the secret to successful acclimatization recommended
Day 1

Londross Gate 2100m – Simba Camp 3000m

Haking Time: 4 hrs

Distance: 15km

Habitat: Montane Forest

The drive from your hotel at Moshi to the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park –Londross Gate which takes about 3 hours. The journey passes through the village of Sanya Juu, which is located on the lower slopes of the mountain. Once you reach the Park gate, climbers are requested to register for the climb. After that you drive for 2hrs,almost 11kms to the starting point at the Morum Barrier, porters will be seen arranging their packs containing the food water and other equipment. Make sure that you have all your day pack items with you as the porters travel very quickly. The guides will be pleased to assist with any additional information. You now trek for 4hours through the main forest on a winding trail to the first camp almost 4km, which is located at an altitude of 3000 meters.

Day 2

Simba Camp 3000m– Shira 1 Camp 3450m

Hiking Time: 1 hour

Distance: 3 km

Habitat: Heather

After Breakfast, you leave the forest to continue on an ascending crossing through the Heather and Moorland upto Shira 1 Camp at 3500meters, until the ridge ends. Time for rest, dinner and camp overnight at the Shira 1 Campsite.

Day 3

Shira 1 Camp 3500m – Shira 2 Camp 3840m

Hiking Time: 3 hours

Distance: 7km

Habitat: Moorland

After Breakfast, you leave the Heather to continue on an ascending path, through the Moorland and, to the east across the Shira Plateau past the Shira Cathedral towards Shira 2 camp. You only gain 340m in elevation – this allows you to acclimatize slowly to the altitude. The views of the plateau are nothing less than spectacular. Overnight at Shira 2 Camp 3840m

Day 4

Shira 2 Campsite 3840m – Lava Tower (4600m) Barranco Camp 3950m

Hiking Time: 7 hours

Distance: 11km

Habitat: Semi desert.

From the Shira Plateau, you continue to the east, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As you continue, the direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth”.

It is usually at these point where for the first time some climbers will start feeling symptoms of breathlessness and headache due to high altitude and one should walk slowly –POLE POLE as they say in Kiswahili. You now continue downwards to the Barranco Camp at an altitude of 3,950meters , situated in a valley below the breach and the great Barranco Wall. Here, you rest enjoy dinner and camp overnight. Although you end the day at the same elevation, as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization (climb high and sleep low) and will help your body prepare for the successful summit day.

Day 5 (ACCLIMATIZATION DAY)

Barranco Camp (3840m) – Karanga Campsite (4200m)

Hiking time: 4 hours

Distance: 7 km

Habitat: Alpine desert

After Breakfast, you will depart from Barranco Camp and continue on a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall through the Karanga Valley at 4200m and it is the LAST WATER STOP as you shall not find water at the Barafu Camp. Here, one gets a better chance to view the glaciers at a very near distance. You shall have hot lunch at Karanga Valley. After a short rest, you can view the Mawenzi Slopes as well as the Tanzania Sugar Plantation farms. (TPC) with a short walk to see the sedimentary rocks which sound like iron when stepped on and return to the Karanga Valley Campsite for dinner and overnight.

Day 6

Karanga valley Campsite (4200m) – Barafu Camp (4600m)

Hiking Time: 3hours

Distance: 8km

Habitat: Alpine Desert

After Breakfast, you will depart from Karanga Valley campsite at (4200m), for the junction that connects with the Mweka Trail. You continue to the Barafu Hut, which is located at an altitude of 4600 meters. You have completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views for the summit from many different angles. There is no water at Barafu Camp, even though Barafu is the Kiswahili word for “ice”. The famous snows of Kilimanjaro are far above Barafu Camp near the summit of the mountain. Your tent will be pitched on a narrow, stony, wind-swept ridge, so make sure that you familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents. Prepare your equipment and warm clothing for your summit climb, and drink a lot of fluids. Here you can, rest, enjoy dinner and go to bed for a few hours of precious sleep..

Day 7

Barafu Camp – (4600m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka Camp (3100m)

Hiking Time: – 8hrs to reach Uhuru Peak 7-8 hrs down to Mweka camp.

Distance:- 8km – 23km

Habitat: Stone scree and ice capped summit

Early morning, you continue towards the summit of Uhuru Peak at 5895meters. It can be bitterly cold at night at these elevations, but it will be quite warm by the end of the hiking day. You will want clothing for both extremes with you. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point of Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit. You now make your descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut Campsite, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp at 3100meters, is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected during the late afternoon . This part of the descent takes about 7 to8 hours. Later in the evening, you enjoy your last dinner on the mountain and a well earned sleep

Day 8

Barafu Camp – (4600m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Mweka Camp (3100m)

Hiking Time: – 8hrs to reach Uhuru Peak 7-8 hrs down to Mweka camp.

Distance:- 8km – 23km

Habitat: Stone scree and ice capped summit

Early morning, you continue towards the summit of Uhuru Peak at 5895meters. It can be bitterly cold at night at these elevations, but it will be quite warm by the end of the hiking day. You will want clothing for both extremes with you. At Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point of Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. Faster hikers will see the sunrise from the summit. You now make your descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut Campsite, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You will want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. Mweka Camp at 3100meters, is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected during the late afternoon . This part of the descent takes about 7 to8 hours. Later in the evening, you enjoy your last dinner on the mountain and a well earned sleep

Don’t forget to tip your guides,cooks and porters.

It is time for celebrations !!!!!