Lemosho Route Kilimanjaro Climb

“If making it to the ‘roof of Africa’ is your goal, this trip gives you an excellent chance of reaching it with the Lemosho route factoring in plenty of time for acclimatisation. ”

Highlights

Lemosho Forrest | Shira Plateau | Shira Cathedral | Great Barranco Valley | Karanga | Sunrise at Stella Point | Uhuru peak | Millennium camp | Option for ascent to bottom of S.E. Valley

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Our top tip:
Bring a reusable bottle with insulation cover for carrying water as it helps slow the freezing process.
Trip type:
Small Group 4 - 15 (min age 16)
Activity level:
Challenging
Accomm:
2 nights comfortable hotel, 7 nights full sevice camping
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome, supplements may apply
Included:
All accommodation, transport, listed activities, tour leader throughout, UK flights
Meals:
All breakfasts, 8 lunches and 7 dinners
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Accepted
Holiday type

Small group holiday

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Lemosho Route Kilimanjaro Climb

Environment

Accommodation and Meals:
For the most part of the trip we will be camping. By spending 7 nights in non-permanent accommodation, we create a minimal impact on the environment by saving energy. Our chefs are local people and enthusiastic about sourcing ingredients locally, which keeps money in the area. Whilst trekking, the emphasis is on a varied and well balanced diet with a greater amount of fresh fruit and soup to maximise the daily intake of fluids. For the remainder of the trip, we will be using small, unique hotels or lodges which otherwise may not benefit from the commerce of tourist groups due to their size.

Activity:
Few holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a trekking trip. It is a quiet, low impact activity requiring comparatively little resources to support. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem and our trip leaders encourage clients not to stray from paths to minimise this. We work with a strict ‘leave no trace’ policy, meaning we have respect for wildlife and the landscape, separate rubbish and take all burnable waste back to a proper disposal place. We also ask that clients consider using biodegradable toiletries and shower at lodges where electricity or solar power is used for hot water.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Community

A Fair Deal:
We are dedicated to providing fair treatment, wages and working conditions for our guides and porters. Despite wages being the biggest expenditure on ground, there is no temptation to pay less than what is deserved and as a result we pay one of the highest wages on Kilimanjaro. Alongside this, we always make sure there is suffiecient food, fuel, shelter and medical attention with sick pay if necessary. The care for our local staff is not restricted to the trekking season: In the rainy months when work is restricted, we fund a project to teach English to porters and other staff in order to improve their career prospects. So far, with the support of our clients, the project has reached over 800 people in Arusha, Magangu and Tarekea.

Campaigning for Change:
Our dedication to local community is not just for those working for us. In Tanzania, we have funded a project which has managed to install 180 smokeless stoves in 9 villages across Geita and to teach over 90 young people how to build and use them. The benefits of this project have been incredible as the new stoves eliminate the myriad of health issues caused by prolonged exposure to smoke and take far less cooking time. There are also environemntal benefits as much less firewood is required to run the new stoves.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

Reviews of Lemosho Route Kilimanjaro Climb

You can trust Responsible Travel reviews because, unlike many other schemes, reviews can ONLY be written by people who we have verified have been on the holidays.

I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 25 Feb 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Making new friends and climbing the Lava Tower.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Positive attitude is essential. Bring snacks, plenty of food but nice to have
home comforts and to share with guides and porters.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


No, not really.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent experience but very tough.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you for your comments and I'm pleased you had a great trip. The departure that you went on had 10 other clients and therefore a staff of over 30 people supported them from Porters to a senior guide. This provides a vital source of income to the local communities based around Marangu and further afield and we have been involved in a number of initiatives over the last 5 years. I can assure Ms mair that she directly contributed to the local economy both on the mountain and at her hotel beforehand.

We have recently teamed up with the Kilimanjaro Guide Scholarship Foundation (KGSF). By working with KGSF we hope to enable many of our guides to further their education on a three month scholarship during the long rains. KSGF (in conjunction with the Bridge Institute of Business Studies in Arusha, Tanzania) have created a special course that can run through the rainy season. This course is applicable to guides and porters and will enable them to improve their future career prospects. The scholarship allows the recipients to continue working during the remainder of the year and the course consists of four sections: tour operations and administration, social anthropology and history, tourism geography, and wildlife knowledge.

In 2010 three of our guides successfully undertook this course at the Inter-Continental Training College in Arusha. Our Base Manager in Arusha, Richard Marsden, gave his comments:

'I have just had a debrief with Makeke, Mussa and Matthew. The 3 courses: Tour Operations & Administration, Tourism Geography, and Wildlife Studies had a written exam of 2.5 hours, whereas the course Social Anthropology & History was a more informal oral exam.

The parts of the course that were relevant for Kilimanjaro guides were many, helping them understand more about tourists and how they book trips, and then how to describe in greater detail the geology, animals, culture and services of Kilimanjaro. In addition the courses widened their views outside of Kilimanjaro, to many other areas within East Africa. All 3 guides thought the course very useful and are happy to have participated in it. The one comment they made is that in the 3 months it was only possible to cover a small portion of Wildlife Studies both because this subject is very large, and they did not have a field course to assist them. In conclusion the 3 guides and myself thank you for the sponsorship and believe it would be a useful course to offer in the future.'

Reviewed on 21 Aug 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The most memorable and exciting part of the holiday was of course the ascent of Kilimanjaro on summit day. It was exhilarating arriving at the peak after all the lead up to it and the views were fantastic.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Listen and follow your guide’s advice and have a positive mental attitude. Also, be prepared to be grubby!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


I guess it did but it is a curious situation having so many people looking after so few. There were 4 of us and 21 porters/ helping porters/ guides/ cook.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent.

Reviewed on 21 Sep 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Getting to the summit of Kilimanjaro with all my friends - old and new.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Do it! And take the Lemosho route - it is the best one.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes. the operator coordinated locally with a walking operator who were brilliant.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


10/10.

Reviewed on 10 Sep 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Reaching the top of Kilimanjaro at last, as this was my second attempt. The Lemosoho route offers far more spectacular scenery than the other route I tried last year. The safari to Ngorongoro crater and the Serengeti was the perfect relaxation after the arduous climb.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


It may be Africa and it may be the tropics but the weather was much colder than I expected even at lower levels. I would recommend careful attention to clothing and sleeping equipment. There was a frost 7 nights out of 8.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Our group of 6 people employed 31 porters and guides and great care was taken to keep the mountain clean and to leave no trace behind.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Absolutely superb. The organisation was flawless and the local guides were very professional and the people were very friendly.

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