Mount Kilimanjaro - The Lemosho Route

(19,340ft/5,895m) Tanzania

Overview
The Lemosho route is a superb option for those who would like to spend some extra days on the mountain. The first few days offer a lesser traveled route with quiet and pristine camps extending your wilderness experience while on Kilimanjaro.

Acclaimed by climbers and media alike Alpine Ascents provides a one-of-a-kind experience on Kilimanjaro as we employ professional mountain guide on each trip. (Most outfitters employ local African staff with relatively limited climbing and medical skills, many are simply safari or trekking companies as their name implies). Our approach of professional mountain guide staffing combined with our commitment to the highest quality, food, facilities, dining and toilet tents, truly sets us apart from other outfitters.

Crowned by eternal snows, the mighty Kilimanjaro (19,340ft) is the highest free-standing mountain in the world and dominates its landscape unlike any other mountain. Located in Tanzania, this extinct volcano looms over five eco-systems and large game reserves and is certainly one of the world's most impressive sights. The terrain is nothing short of dramatic. As a mountaineering company, we treat this adventure as a mountain climbing expedition.

Kilimanjaro is unique in many ways; but stands as the only one of the Seven Summits (the highest point on each continent) that is truly a non-technical climb. Using well-marked trails to the summit, along with our expert guide staff, a fit enthusiast has an excellent chance of reaching the summit. Our expert guides, choice of routes, success and safety have been Alpine Ascents forte on Kilimanjaro. While there are many good outfitters, few if any provide the breadth of services that Alpine Ascents does.

Why Climb Kilimanjaro with Alpine Ascents?

Alpine Ascents on Kilimanjaro
Ascending Kilimanjaro with a mountain climbing organization and a professional mountain guide will greatly improve your chances of success. In addition to the recent recognition in Outside Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, and Travel & Leisure, our Kilimanjaro expedition was selected by Men's Journal and has been highlighted in the New York Times, MSNBC.com and Businessweek.

Some of the keys to our continued success:
Lead Guide: We are one of the only outfitters to send an international mountain guide with medical training on each expedition. All of our guides are well versed in high-altitude medicine and are WFR (Wilderness First Responder) or EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) certified.
Knowledge: Alpine Ascents has been guiding on Kilimanjaro for more than 20 years.
Expertise: Alpine Ascents is continually a resource for media and the press on Kilimanjaro related articles.
Success: Alpine Ascents has likely the highest success rate of any guide service, with about 90% summit success over the past 20 years.
Safety: We carry oxygen, a med kit, a satellite phone and local communications equipment on each expedition. After 20-plus years, we have a superb safety record; you are traveling with medically trained mountain guides who have assisted climbers the world over (as opposed to the one-time training most African guides receive). Our guides are all WFR certified (rare for local guides).
Local staff: We offer separate handpicked African staff for the climb and safari. With a full team of climbers, we can have a staff of more than 50 guides, assistants, porters and cooks, as well as with five to six senior guides and our Alpine Ascents guide.
Climber to guide ratio: Along with our lead guide (an Alpine Ascents professional) we employ local guides and generally have a 3:1 climber-to-guide ratio and often add senior staff to summit day, bringing us to 2:1 (or near that).
Preparation: Alpine Ascents puts together a comprehensive gear list with our on-staff gear manager in our Seattle office.
Food: We offer carefully planned, highly nutritious meals, prepared by trained chefs on the mountain and in the safari lodges. We are happy to give you an outline of our menu plan.
Cybercasts: Regular updates are posted to our website so friends and families can follow the expeditions.
Camps: Outstanding tent locations on the mountain (it's one of the most frequent kudos we receive).
Dining and toilet tents: We use high-quality dining tents and provide toilet tents with a commode at each of our camps.
Recognized leadership: We are noted as the top trip among guide services in national magazines and climbing books.
Seven-day climb: We offer a full eight days on our Lemosho Route climb for acclimatization (and ultimately higher summit success).
Safari: Our safari includes three national parks: Tarangire, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. We also fly back (weather permitting) on the last day, greatly reducing the return trip.
Quality: We lodge in the finest hotels, and travel privately by Land Cruisers.
Experience: More than 2,000 people have climbed Kilimanjaro with Alpine Ascents.
Quality: Superlatives like "five-star," "luxurious," and "incredible" are often used to by our climbers to describe our Kilimanjaro climbing experience.

We are proud partners of the Kilimanjaro Porters Program  http://www.kiliporters.org/
As part of this project we can guarantee that our porters are paid among the highest wages. This fosters our relationship with the local Tanzanian community and assists local schools.

Lemosho Route Itinerary

Upon sign up, we will send you our richly detailed, pre-trip information package.

Itinerary Overview
Our climbs begin and end via flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania. Note: Most flights directly to Arusha are not available for purchase online. For Travel Arrangements call Charles Mulvehill at Scan East West Travel: 1-800-727-2157 or 206-623 2157. charles@scaneastwest.com

Day-to-day Itinerary - Lemosho Route
Day 1: Depart country of origin for Kilimanjaro International Airport, Tanzania. (JRO).
Day 2:Arrive in Tanzania. Airport pick up and transfer to New Arusha Hotel in Arusha, Tanzania.
Day 3:Orientation and Gear check. We meet over breakfast at the hotel and join a detailed group orientation covering all aspects of the climb. After Lunch we have a through equipment check and those interested can join a walking tour ( offsite) of Arusha before diner. O/N New Arusha a hotel
Altitude: 4500ft( 1371 M)
Day 4:Begin Kilimanjaro climb. Drive to Lemosho Glades – organize porter teams Climb to Big Tree camp 9200ft at old growth forest. The trail is through some spectacular rainforest and one can spot monkeys along the way.
• Altitude: 6,890ft (2100m)
• Distance: 3 miles (5 km)
• Trekking Time: 3-4 Hours
• Overnight at Big Tree Camp
Day 5:We cross the spectacular and remote Shira Ridge, then descend a short distance to Shira I Camp on the Shira Plateau 11,450ft (3500m). We can usually see the mountain top (Kibo) on this day as the trail steepens, eventually making our way to the Shira Plateau,
• Altitude: 9,200ft (2804m)
• Distance: 6 miles ( 10km)
• Trekking Time: 6-8 Hours
• Overnight at Shira I Camp
Day 6:Today we move even higher to the Moir Camp, 13,500 ft (4114 m). This spectacular camp is located beneath the Northern Ice fields of Kilimanjaro.
• Altitude: 11,450ft (3500m).
• Distance: 4 miles ( 6.5 km)
• Trekking Time: 3-4 Hours
• Overnight at Moir Camp
Day 7: We ascend through the moorland and alpine desert zones to the Lava Tower camp at 15,090ft (4600m). As noted this day takes us out of the heath zone and into alpine desert. Those interested can make a small rock scramble near the top of Lava tower.
• Altitude 13,500ft (4114 m)
• Distance: 3 miles (5 km)
• Trekking Time: 2-3 Hours
Day 8: Ascend to Karanga Valley Camp, 13,900ft (4235 m). This is one of our longer days but excellent for acclimatization. From camp we can see some wonderful sunsets and have views of the glacier valley and ice fields above.
• Altitude: 15,090ft (4600m)
• Distance: 7 miles (11 km)
• Trekking Time: 7-9 Hours
• Overnight at Karanga Valley Camp
Day 9: From Karanga Valley Camp we climb past the crowded Barafu Camp and make our way to the Upper Barafu (Kosovo camp. This is a shorter day but helpful in our acclimatization, as we enter deeper into the alpine desert.
• Altitude: 15,600ft (4754m)
• Distance: 2.2 miles (3.5km)
• Trekking Time: 3-4 Hours
• Overnight at Upper Barafu (Kosovo camp
Day 10: Up just before midnight, we set off for the starlit ascent to Stella Point on the Crater Rim (19,000 ft.) From Stella it is a magnificent one-mile walk (1.5 kilometers) along the edge of the volcanic rim to the very top of Africa, Uhuru Point (19,340 ft.). After celebrating our success on the summit, we will descend back to Kosovo for lunch, then hike down the Mweka Trail to Mweka Camp at the top of the forest (10,000 ft.) 10-14 hrs. Overnight Mweka Camp.
Day 11: The long descent continues as we travel through the forest to the park. After a festive and relaxing celebration with our mountain staff at the gate; our Land Cruisers will be waiting to take us to our hotel in Arusha for hot showers. Overnight Arusha.
Day 12:(Safari itinerary subject to change. Based on team size and availability, travel order of safari parks may be reversed). Begin the safari to Tarangire National Park. This beautiful valley overlooks African grassland, sprinkled with acacia and baobab trees and is known for its variety of large mammals. Here we overnight comfortably in a deluxe safari lodge.
Day 13: After lunch we may visit a Masai village where we observe the tribal dance and local life-styles of the nomadic herders of the region. We then travel to Ngorongoro Crater and overnight comfortably in a deluxe safari lodge perched on the rim of the crater.
Day 14: We spend the morning in Ngorongoro Crater, one of the world's most incredible natural wonders. Here we encounter herds of zebra, antelope, buffalo, elephant, rhino, cheetah and hippo. After lunch we proceed with a game drive through Serengeti National Park en route to a deluxe safari lodge and dinner.
Day 15: There is an option for a spectacular sunrise balloon ride. We fly back to Arusha (Weather Permitting) for a farewell lunch at the lodge and then prepare for late night international departures.
Day 16: Arrive country of origin.

Lemosho Route - Schedule & Prices

Climb & Safari (16 Days)

Land Costs
Climb & Safari: $6,800.00
Climb Only Option: $5,100.00
Prices subject to change.

2014 Summer Dates

Day 19 - August 3, 2014

Payments
$700.00 deposit, due with application
Balance due 90 days prior to departure.
For trips departing after October 2014, balance is due 120 days prior to departure.

Dates & Prices are subject to change. Recent price increases due to new Park entrance fees and related fees in Tanzania.

Note: Alpine Ascents offers a 10% discount for those partaking in back-to-back climbs of Mt. Elbrus, and Kilimanjaro two of the seven summits. This combination offers an excellent opportunity to save money and experience two extremely different climbs, while completing two of the seven summits.

Climb Only and Safari Only Options
For those climbers with limited time, we offer a Climb-Only option for this trip at a reduced price. Contact our office for details. For those climber that are interested in family members joining them on the safari after the climb, or for those individuals interested in experiencing the fantastic game parks of Africa without the challenge of climbing Kilimanjaro, we offer a Safari-Only option on each of our departures. Contact our office for details and pricing.

Private Group Programs
Each season Alpine Ascents operates private climbs to Kilimanjaro for organizations, families, fundraising teams and a variety of social groups. Please contact us to assist in arranging your climb and safari, for your team. In most cases we can accommodate your schedule and as always, we will have an Alpine Ascents professional mountain guide lead your climb. Read More

If you would like information on the above please contact Gordon Janow


Land Costs Include
All Tanzania transportation on scheduled dates.
All Hotel accommodations in Tanzania during listed itinerary. (double occupancy)
All group equipment, such as tents, stoves, etc.
All meals (B,L,D) during the climb and safari (Days 3 - 14)
Porters, drivers, guides, park fees and climbing permits

Land Costs Do Not Include
$25 Wire Transfer Fee (If Applicable)
International round-trip airfare Tanzania
Optional Serengeti Balloon Ride ($550.00)
Tanzanian and/or Kenyan visas
Meals, transport, and lodging outside the regular itinerary
Alcoholic beverages and bottled drinks
Excess baggage charges and airport taxes
All expenses incurred in the event of early departure (evac fees, transport, extra hotel nights, etc)
Personal gear (see gear list)
International vaccinations
Optional Single Room Supplement (hotels only)
Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of Alpine Ascents International
Tips and gratuities
All prices and dates subject to change.

Kilimanjaro Cancellation/Refund Policy
Note: Alpine Ascents International highly recommends trip cancellation insurance for all expeditions. Due to the nature and heavy costs of government and operator permits, Alpine Ascents International must adhere to a stringent refund policy. Each deposit, regardless of amount, includes a $200.00 non-refundable registration fee.

Full refunds, less registration fee, will be provided 90-days prior to course, trek and/or expedition date.
50% refunds will be provided 60-89 days prior to course, trek and/or expedition date.
No refunds will be provided 59-days prior to course, trek and/or expedition date.
All refund requests must be made in writing and be received in our office within the 90-day period, as stated above.
All balances are due 90 days prior to departure date unless otherwise specified.
Participants whose balances are not received by the 90-day deadline as stated above, risk forfeiture of their place on the expedition.

Note: Alpine Ascents reserves the right to waive any fees. As we offer personalized service, we will attempt to accommodate changes and cancellations when necessary, waiving certain fees when feasible.


For all programs beginning October 2014 and later, please note the following refund policy and balance due policy:

Note: Alpine Ascents International highly recommends trip cancellation insurance for all expeditions. Due to the nature and heavy costs of government and operator permits, Alpine Ascents International must adhere to a stringent refund policy.
Each deposit, regardless of amount, includes a $200.00 non-refundable registration fee.
Full refunds, less registration fee, will be provided 120-days prior to course, trek and/or expedition date.
50% refunds will be provided 90-120 days prior to course, trek and/or expedition date.
No refunds will be provided 89 days prior to course, trek and/or expedition date.
All refund requests must be made in writing and be received in our office within the 90-120 day period, as stated above.
All balances are due 120 days prior to departure date unless otherwise specified.
Participants whose balances are not received by the 120-day deadline as stated above, risk forfeiture of their place on the expedition.

Note: Alpine Ascents reserves the right to waive any fees. As we offer personalized service, we will attempt to accommodate changes and cancellations when necessary, waiving certain fees when feasible.


Trip Cancellation Insurance
As there are many unforeseen circumstances that may occur during or leading up to the trip, we highly recommend trip cancellation insurance. In many situations, this may be the only way to receive a refund for unused services. In brief, Trip Cancellation insurance may allow you to get reimbursement if you need to cancel your expedition when you are not entitled to a refund from Alpine Ascents.

Alpine Ascents International offers a plan in conjunction with Travelex.
• If you are signing up online or over the phone our location number is #47-0553.
• For non-technical trips choose the Travel Select plan.
• For technical climbs choose the Travel Select Plan and select the Adventurer Plus Pak during your check out.
• There is a requirement that you sign up for your policy within 21 days of registering for your trip if you have a pre-existing condition.
• The Adventurer Plus Pak must be purchased within 21 days of your trip registration.
• Detailed policy information will be sent upon receipt of your completed application.


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