LEMOSHO ROUTE COST:
£1995 – 7 day climb itinerary, or £2245 – 8 day climb itinerary
Full breakdown of cost and all inclusions and exclusions can be found here under the ‘Costs’ tab.
The 7 day Machame route is £1895 and people often ask why is it £100 cheaper than the 7 day Lemosho – the reason is additional transport costs for the team, staff and kit to start point of the Lemosho route plus there’s additional fees per person for transiting the forest to reach the start point.
Some Handy blogs for climbing Kilimanjaro!
Not all about money
Our prices are competitive and good value, and we offer quality, an excellent service, security and a strong stance on tourism in a developing country. We don’t want to be so expensive to run fewer trips and have our staff idle, but on the other hand we believe that running cheap trips that promote the practise of skimming budgets would result in the porters getting next to nothing, which is something we cannot consider.
Additionally we will only run trips that are 7 days or longer, since any less is dangerous for a peak just short of 6000 metres (equivalent to Camp 1 on Mount Everest). Current National Park and camping fees are included in our trip fee, which are circa USD $1000 per person for a 7 day climb, which makes Kilimanjaro an expensive peak to visit. Reducing the number of days may make the price cheaper but the chances of summiting reduce to around 50% and it is potentially dangerous.
We include lots of support staff plus one guide for every two or three climbers (ratios change depending on the number of climbers but our guide to climber ratio is never greater than 1:3). We do not operate kitties and we use a very good hotel in town who we’ve built up a strong relationship with over many years.
We have our own license to operate tours on Mount Kilimanjaro and are a member of the local Tanzanian Association of Tour Operators.
We advise you to take out travel insurance as soon as you book to cover potential events that might cause you to cancel your trip.
You need to ensure that you have a policy which covers trekking to 5895m, helicopter rescue and cancellation, but it does not need to cover technical climbing. You should bring with you a copy of your policy and ensure your tent mate knows where you keep it. Insurance for Kilimanjaro details can be found by clicking here.
Our main office is on the north coast of N.Ireland but we also have a company, Adventure Alternative Tanzania, with an office, stores, campsite and a guesthouse in Moshi right next to Mount Kilimanjaro. We provide full employment for our subsidiary company alongside excellent rates of pay, equipment, training and career development.
“Just thought I would drop you a line to say how fantastic an experience the climb was, we loved every minute of it. As you will know we both achieved the summit with no real ill effects from the altitude and best of all no Diamox. Lipman, Godfrey, Kamanda, Simba and John were superb leaders all in their own styles they have my up most respect.”
MOUNT KILIMANJARO LEMOSHO ROUTE FITNESS AND TERRAIN
This is a trek to climb Kilimanjaro via the Lemosho route with no technical requirements, but it does offer a mountain experience which includes camping and being outdoors for the duration of the climb, and walking uphill every day for 7 or 8 days, depending on itinerary, for an average of 5 or 6 hours per day. Any regular hill walker will find climbing Kilimanjaro within his or her capabilities, but also remember that you will be sleeping and eating on the mountain too. The cumulative effect will be tiring and you should mentally prepare for a week of sleeping in a tent and living outdoors, especially if this is new to you.
Training to climb Kilimanjaro should include, if possible, regular hill walking with a small pack of around 10 kgs, and / or regular visits to the gym for the final two months before departure. You should work on strengthening calf and thigh muscles and exercise your cardio-vascular stamina on a step machine or cross trainer, but remember this is a holiday and not a forced march! Don’t approach it as if you are training for a marathon, and remember it must be fun!
The secret of climbing Mt Kilimanjaro is to go slowly and enjoy the scenery, drink well, eat well and sleep well. A lot of people fear that they won’t be able to keep up with the team, however a regular, consistent and slow pace will ensure you properly acclimatisation. Statistically the biggest proportion of failure occurs with young, fit males who go too fast and ignore the simple rules. It’s not a race or a competition and your guide will help you by setting an appropriate pace so that you acclimatise safely!
It’s best to operate on the principle that if you look after yourself well during the first five days, then the sixth ‘summit day’ will be a big challenge but not dangerous. We cannot condone the people who push themselves beyond the bounds of safety and wear the badge of hardship as a medal of honour, perpetuating the image that getting to the summit has an element of masochism to it! “This is just an example of bad mountaineering”, says Director Gavin Bate, “We want people to be clear-headed on the summit, with the strength to come all the way back down again! Drink lots of liquid, eat every meal and go slowly all the way – this is the mantra that my staff will say to you over and over again”.
Terrain on Mount Kilimanjaro
The terrain on Kilimanjaro varies throughout the ascent and descent, which makes for an interesting and ever changing environment! It’s definitely not a case of simply staring at the persons boots in front of you, instead you can enjoy the views as you pass initially through cultivated farmland, then equatorial forest before reaching the alpine heath land that leads up to a lunar-like volcanic desert which is just below the stunning glaciated summit. Climbing Kilimanjaro is not a technical climb and there are no precipitous drops along the way, no rock climbing ability or specialist equipment is needed.
The paths are in good condition and well trodden; some are steeper than others (in particular the Great Barranco Wall is an exciting scramble) and you will most likely meet other people at the camps and along the trails. On summit day the path is mostly scree, which can be loose and dusty, especially on the descent.
Mount Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route Kit List
If you spend much time in the outdoors then you’ll probably already own most of the gear that you need to climb Kilimanjaro. The is a full Kilimanjaro Packing List here and if there’s anything you don’t have we also hire most items such as sleeping bags, duffle / kit bags, poles etc.
- Waterproof day sack of about 30 -40 litres for carrying your daily needs
- Strong, waterproofduffle bag or rucksack for your main gear
- Sleeping bag rated down to -10° Celsius or more if you get cold easily
- Sturdy hiking boots with ankle support, and a sole that does not bend too easily. Gore-Tex lined fabric boots are fine but not quite as warm as leather. Gaiters are advised also.
- Waterproof windbreaker and trousers, preferably breathable, with a hood and big enough to accommodate several layers beneath
- Down jacket or a heavy duty fleece for warmth especially on summit night
- Thermal underwear or long johns for summit night
- Balaclava or insulated warm hat, insulated gloves or mittens and thermal inner gloves
- Sun hat, sun lotion, SPF lip screen and sunglasses
- Trekking clothes – trousers and shorts, shirts and T-shirts, jumper or midlayer fleece, underwear and several pairs of hiking socks, trainers or sandals
- Water bottle and/or camelback (take a protective cover for the mouthpiece) and water purification tablets (optional, iodine-based is fine)
- Head torch with spare batteries
- Trekking poles (especially useful for coming down from the summit)
- Personal wash kit – include a nail brush, moisturising cream, a small towel, tweezers, soap, nail clippers and wet wipes
- Variety of waterproof bags – for dirty clothes, sleeping bag and things to keep dry
- Personal first aid kit including aspirin, Nurofen, plasters, Germolene, Immodium, strepsils and prescription medicines for possible gastric problems
- Passport, insurance papers, spending money, air tickets, 2 pin (round) plug adaptor, spare batteries for digital cameras, reading books, diary, pen
If you’re keen to hire equipment you’ll find a list under the ‘Extras’ tab here. Rental items can be added when you book, or by logging into your account at a later date. It’s also possible to hire other equipment in Moshi directly from our staff in case there is anything that you may have forgotten.
We provide all kitchen equipment and plates, bowls, cutlery and comfortable foam mattresses, there is no need to bring a Therm-A-Rest or camp mat for the mountain.
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