Kilimanjaro’s Lemosho Route: Set to Become the Most Popular Route in 2016

It is estimated that between 35,000 and 50,000 people attempt to climb Mount Kilimanjaro each year , and of those, just 60% – 70% make it to Uhuru Peak.  The success rate may sound very low, but it is generally those on the shorter 5 Day Marangu and 6 Day Machame Routes that do not make it, which is why it is essential that you do your homework before booking your climb.

Kilimanjaro’s Lemosho Route: Set to Become the Most Popular Route in 2016

Of course, shorter climbs are cheaper, and that can be enough to draw many people in, but the fact is, if your body doesn’t have time to acclimatize to the altitude, your trip to the Roof of Africa will be over before you can say Hakuna Matata! So you have to ask yourself, is it really worth saving a few hundred bucks?!

Having climbed Kilimanjaro twice (successfully), we have seen the sheer disappointment felt by those who have to turn back, and experienced the pure elation felt by those who make it to Kili’s snow-capped peak, and if you want to fall in the latter category, we can highly recommend that you book the Lemosho Route for your Kilimanjaro Expedition.

Most Kilimanjaro climbing companies offer 8 Day and 9 Day Lemosho Route Climbs.  If time and budget allows, the 9 day option is a great choice, but the 8 day tour has an equally high success rate, which is estimated to be around 85% – 90%.

The Lemosho Route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the west, starting at the Londorossi Gate which is about a 2 hour drive from Arusha. The first two days are spent hiking through the rich green verdant rainforests of mount Kilimanjaro, as you ‘pole-pole’ make your way to the Shira Ridge, where you will cross the entire plateau on your way to Lava Tower.

From Lava Tower, the Lemosho Route joins up with the popular Machame Route, stopping at Barranco Camp, Karanga Camp, and if you book your climb with the right company, Kosovo Camp, a special use camp that is approximately 200m higher than the busy Barafu Camp.

From Kosovo Camp, you have just 5 hours to go to reach Stella Point, and from there it’s a long, slow, but flat hike to Uhuru Peak – Victory!

Book Your Lemosho Route Climb for 2016.


Stay Connected on Mount Kilimanjaro: Telephone and Internet Access

You may find it hard to believe, but telephone and internet access is very good on Mount Kilimanjaro, and with the right phone, the right SIM card, and a powerful power bank to keep you fully charged and ready to Facebook throughout your expedition, you can document your whole trip to the Roof of Africa, and take your FB friends with you every step of the way.

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While many people love the fact that they are unavailable during their holidays, others feel the need to share every moment on social media, and if you fall into the latter category, you are going to need to get your hands on a Smartphone that can accept any type of SIM card.

If your phone is on contract with a major telecommunications company, chances are, your phone will be locked and unable to accept other SIM cards, so you need to find out before you leave for Tanzania.  Many international providers are unable to provide coverage in Africa, and if they can, the roaming charges will probably cost more than your Kilimanjaro expedition, so it is a good idea to buy a local SIM in Arusha, and load it with as much data as you think you will need for your climb.

We always buy an Airtel SIM Card (there’s an Airtel Shop in Arusha), which costs just a few dollars.  You can then choose from a variety of different bundles ranging from 50MB to 20GB, and off you go!  You can accept international calls without paying a fortune, Tweet to your hearts content, and show your friends and family exactly what they are missing by keeping your Facebook page updated with selfies and little snippets that will have them turning green with envy.

While you are on the mountain, you are going to need at least one power bank to keep your phone charged.  Batteries last less than half the normal time at high altitude, and so take a backup if you can, and turn your phone off when you are not using it.

While some camps on Kilimanjaro are ‘off the radar’ the porters know exactly where to go to get a connection, so if in doubt, look for someone hanging on the edge of a cliff – you can be pretty sure that they are on the phone!




Kilimanjaro Full Moon Dates 2016: Book Your Trip to the Roof of Africa Now!

With just over 7 weeks to go until we step into a New Year (crazy – I know!), now is the perfect time to start planning your 2016 Kilimanjaro Climb, and if you want to make your trip to the Roof of Africa even more memorable and spectacular, we highly recommend that you coordinate your trip to coincide with the Full Moon.

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Having climbed Kilimanjaro twice, once under a full moon and once under the Total Lunar Eclipse, we can assure you that you will not be disappointed, and with the soft moonlight to guide your way to Uhuru Peak, you can remove those annoying headlamps and appreciate the true beauty of the midnight sky and its abundance of stars as you make your way up, up, up!

While many budget operators offer Kilimanjaro Group Climbs on full moon dates, they can be somewhat overcrowded and impersonal, so check out some of the great value Private Kilimanjaro Full Moon Tours on offer, you’ll be surprised to find just how competitively priced they are.

But before you start planning, check out the Kilimanjaro Full Moon Dates 2016 below:

January 24th 2016

February 22nd 2016

March 23rd 2016 (Lunar Eclipse)

April 22nd 2016

May 21st 2016

June 20th 2016

July 19th 2016

August 18th 2016

September 16th 2016

October 16th 2016

November 14th 2016

December 14th 2016



Friday’s Photoshoot: A Bird’s Eye View of Mount Kilimanjaro

We may have climbed Kilimanjaro twice, but we have never actually seen the mountain during our time in Tanzania due to the constant clouds that surround its magical peak.

However, on a recent early morning (very early morning!) flight from Zanzibar to Nairobi, we were treated to the most spectacular views of Africa’s highest mountain, and while the images from the plane window are not crystal clear, you can see just how beautiful Kilimanjaro really is…

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Kosovo Camp Kilimanjaro: A Special Use Camp that Takes You One Step Closer to Uhuru Peak

If you are climbing one of Kilimanjaro’s most popular routes such as the Lemosho or the Machame, your itinerary will most probably include Barafu Camp as your last camp before you push for the summit, but there is a new, special use camp available to Kilimanjaro operators called Kosovo Camp at 4,800m, which makes a HUGE difference on summit night.

Kosovo Camp is rarely mentioned in Kilimanjaro Guide Books, there is not much information surrounding the camp on the internet, and tour operators need a special permit to use it, so it is not used by the cheaper budget operators, but this is quite possibly the best camp on Africa’s highest mountain, and the views are simply breath-taking.

Approximately 1 hour from the busy and overcrowded Barafu Camp, Kosovo Camp is situated on the trail to Stella Point, so anyone staying there already has an hour advantage on summit night.  An hour may not seem like a lot when you have 6 or 7 hours to go, but when it’s freezing cold, the air is unbelievably thin, and you are exhausted, those 60 minutes can feel like 6 hours!

When we climbed Kilimanjaro back in 2012, it took us over 7 hours to reach Uhuru Peak from Barafu Camp, but on September 28th 2015, we summited under the total lunar eclipse in less than 6 hours, and arrived a Stella Point just in time to watch the sun rise over the horizon.

If you are thinking of climbing Kilimanjaro anytime soon, I can strongly recommend that you book an itinerary that includes Kosovo Camp.  It takes you one step closer to Uhuru Peak, and that step could be the difference between failure and success.  Here’s a peak at the camp, and the trail from Kosovo to Stella Point…

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Celebrate Your Birthday on Mount Kilimanjaro!

There are many reasons to climb Mount Kilimanjaro – you might want to test your personal limits, or you could do it to raise money for your favourite charity, but if you want to mark a milestone birthday in style, Africa’s highest mountain could be the perfect place to do it!

During our recent 7-Day Machame Route Total Lunar Eclipse Expedition, one of our group, Bianca from Germany, celebrated her 27th Birthday, and our mountain crew went above and beyond to ensure she had a memorable day.

Our delicious 3-course evening meal was followed by a freshly baked Birthday Cake (complete with icing!), a Bottle of Bubbly, which our over enthusiastic waiter decided to spray all over us, and lots of singing and dancing from our fantastic crew.

Christmas, New Year, Full Moon, Lunar Eclipse, Honeymoons, Anniversaries and Birthdays are so much better at 5,895m above sea-level, so why not do something special in 2016, and Climb Kilimanjaro with a friend, with a loved one, or with a group of international travellers from across the globe!

Here’s what our Shira Camp Birthday Party looked like…

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Kilimanjaro Total Lunar Eclipse Expedition: Let the Countdown Begin

In just 14 days, 9 hours, 48 minutes and 55 seconds, the next Total Lunar Eclipse will take place, and with ringside seats on top of Africa’s highest mountain, we cannot wait to witness this rare phenomenon from the top of Mount Kilimanjaro on 28th September 2015.

Our private Kilimanjaro expedition has been perfectly timed to ensure we summit on the night of the total lunar eclipse, and if everything goes to plan, we should see the full spectacle, which (according to is scheduled to start at 03:11 (Tanzanian time), reach full coverage at 05:47, and end at 08:22, by which time we should be making our way back down to Barafu Camp for a well-deserved brunch!

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The Total Lunar Eclipse, sometimes called the Red Moon or Blood Moon, happens when the Earth, the Sun and the Moon become perfectly aligned to form a straight line.  With the Sun lined up directly behind the Earth, the Moon cannot reflect the sun’s rays, and the Earth’s shadow is cast over the Moon causing it to have a reddish glow.

The 7 stages of the Total Lunar Eclipse include:

  • Penumbral Eclipse: The start of the process, this is when the penumbral part of Earth’s shadow starts moving over the Moon.
  • Partial Eclipse: By stage 2, the eclipse becomes more visible to the naked eye as the Earth’s umbra starts covering the Moon
  • Total Eclipse Begins: As the total eclipse begins, the Earth’s umbra completely covers the Moon to give it its reddish glow.
  • Maximum Eclipse: At this stage, the Moon is completely covered by the Earth’s shadow.
  • Total Eclipse Ends: Now, the Earth’s umbra starts to move away from the Moon.
  • Partial Eclipse Ends: In this penultimate stage, the Earth’s umbra leaves the Moon’s surface so that it is able to reflect some of the sun’s rays.
  • Penumbral Eclipse Ends: Finally, the Earth’s shadow moves away from the Moon completely, leaving the man in the moon smiling down on us!

Whether you are a fan of astronomy or not, this spectacular event is something everyone should witness in their lifetime, and as it only happens once every 2 or 3 years, it makes perfect sense to do it sooner rather than later!

We will be watching the seven stages of the Total Lunar Eclipse with a group of like-minded travellers on the top of Mount Kilimanjaro this September – where will you be watching it?