Feb
3

Climb Kilimanjaro via the Lemosho Glades (35678)

Event Overview

Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain on the African continent and one of the Seven Summits. The highest peaks on the seven continents of the World. It is situated in the Northern part of Tanzania on the border with Kenya. Moshi, our base for the trekking phase of the expedition is right at the base of the mountain and caters well to tourists with lively bars, comfortable hotels and good restaurants. 

Why the Lemosho Glades?

The Lemosho Glades is a beautiful route that departs from the quieter Western side of the mountain. Due to its ascent profile and eight-day duration it offers plenty of opportunity for acc...

Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain on the African continent and one of the Seven Summits. The highest peaks on the seven continents of the World. It is situated in the Northern part of Tanzania on the border with Kenya. Moshi, our base for the trekking phase of the expedition is right at the base of the mountain and caters well to tourists with lively bars, comfortable hotels and good restaurants. 

Why the Lemosho Glades?

The Lemosho Glades is a beautiful route that departs from the quieter Western side of the mountain. Due to its ascent profile and eight-day duration it offers plenty of opportunity for acclimatisation. It has the highest summit success rate of all the routes on Kilimanjaro and get’s you off the well-trodden routes on the Southern side of the mountain. Its remote start gives you the best opportunity of spotting large African wildlife like buffalo, antelope and sometimes elephant.

We will hike across the spectacular Shira Plateau and pass the dramatic gorges that characterize the Western side of the mountain. This route offers unparalleled views across the mountain and to the plains beyond. It’s versatility and gradual ascent gives teams the greatest chance of a comfortable and successful ascent of the greatest mountain on the African continent.

The Lomosho Glades route covers approximately 60km in distance and offers the most gradual ascent on the mountain although this is a route for experienced hikers who are used to camping. We will be fully catered in our camps by a team of chefs who will prepare all our food in a cook tent and serve us in a dining tent. We will be camping for seven nights and there will not be the opportunity for a shower during this time. You will be given two-person four season mountain tents for use on the mountain. All our equipment including your sleeping bag, mat and spare clothes is carried by a team of well-motivated porters.

Once you sign up for the trip and pay a deposit a comprehensive kit list will be sent out to you along with a medical form and more details of the trip.

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a World Heritage site in the crater highlands of Tanzania. At the centre of the park is a breathtaking natural wonder, the Ngorongoro crater the largest unbroken caldera in the World. This is home to the densest known population of lions, black rhinos, elephants and thousands of wildebeests, zebras, eland and Thompson’s gazelles. We will be taken through this conservation area by guides from the wildlife authority and given chances to spot the spectacular animals of the caldera.

During February the Serengeti wildebeest migration is in full swing. This is one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on Earth and where iconic African plains images are often taken. During a short window in February most wildebeest calves are born on the plains of the Southern Serengeti and it’s an abundant time for the large carnivores. We will spend two days in the Serengeti spotting the large carnivores and the thousands of grazing animals that move with the wildebeest herd.

Itinerary

Day One 3rd Feb Arrive at Julius Neyere International Airport. Transfer to hotel in Dar  es Salaam to recover from your flights. We will meet around 8pm for an evening meal. 

Day Two 4th Feb - Private coach transfer from Dar es Salam to Moshi, approximately 8hrs. Overnight in a hotel near the town centre.  

Day Three 5th Feb - Rest day in Moshi. Time to explore the town and prepare for our trek. Overnight in hotel.

Day Four 6th FebLemosho Gate to Mt Mkubwa Camp 
(Altitude 2,820m/Distance 5.5km)

Day Five 7th FebMt Mkubwa Camp to Shira Camp (Altitude 3,505m/ Distance 10km)

Day Six 8th Feb Shira Camp to Shira camp 2 (Altitude 4,200m/ Distance 4km)

Day Seven 9th Feb Shira Camp 2 to Barranco Camp (Altitude 3,976m/ Distance 5km)


Day Eight 10th FebBarranco Camp to Karanga Valley Camp
(Altitude 4,600m/ Distance 4km)

Day Nine 11th Feb – Karanga Valley Camp to Barafu Camp (Altitude 4,800m/5 km)


Day Ten 12th Feb Barafu Camp to UHURU PEAK to Mweka Camp (Altitude 5,895m at summit then 3505m to sleep/ Distance 6km)

Day Eleven 13th Feb Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate. (Altitude 2,895m/ Distance 8km) Overnight hotel.

Day Twelve 14th Feb Safari Ngorongoro crater. 

Day Thirteen 15th Feb Safari Tarangire/Lake Manyara.

Day Fourteen 16th Feb Tarangire/Lake Manyara.

Day Fifteen 17th Feb Early return to Dar es Salaam.

Day Sixteen 18th Feb - Fly home. 

 

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What to bring

A comprehensive kit list will be sent to you once the trip has been confirmed and you have received an Expedition Confirmation Notice. 

Your main bag will be carried by a porter while on the mountain. You will only need to carry a day bag including water, spare clothes etc.  

Food & Drink

You will be provided with three sumptuous meals a day throughout the expedition and safari. The food is prepared by a team of trekking chefs who produce the food in a cook tent at our campsites on Kilimanjaro and whilst on the safari. We will be eating our food in a dining tent. On summit day you will be given a packed lunch to eat whilst trekking. 

Whilst in Dar es Salaam and Moshi we will be eating our lunches and evening meals in restaurants. Five evening meals and four lunches will be eaten in local restaurants. You will need to pay for these meals. All breakfasts will be provided in the hotels and whilst trekking.  

Meeting & Times

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Price

Price £2950 including food, transfers and safari

You may notice cheaper treks to Kilimanjaro. When doing a price comparison please take into account the following.

  • The Lemosho Glades route spends longer on the mountain and is further from Moshi.
  • The itinerary includes a 3-day safari to two of the best National Parks in Africa.
  • We will be staying in the best hotels available when we have downtime.
  • The itinerary includes coach transfers from and returning to Dar es Salaam. 
  • We are using the most experienced guides on the mountain who specialise in providing bespoke trips with superior equipment and who have a good safety record.
  • Our porters are fairly paid and we follow guidelines from the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project 
  • We have carefully chosen the route and carefully selected the guide to make sure they understand our requirements. Gay rights in Tanzania are generally non-existent but porters and guides are respectful and tolerant people. Homosexuality is culturally a taboo subject but progress towards equality is slowly being made. The head guides are aware it is a gay group and have asked us to be discrete where possible. 

How to Book

Bookings and Deposits: To book your place on this trip please pay a £400 deposit direct to the Event Leader with your surname and initial in order to identify the payment:

  • PRIDE EXPEDITIONS
  • Sort Code: 090129
  • Account: 09543216

Please message the Event Leader with your full name and email address in order to receive further documents.

On receipt of your deposit a confirmation email will be sent. Attached will be a comprehensive medical form for you to fill in as well as booking terms and conditions.

Once twelve people have paid a deposit the trip will be guaranteed and further payments can be made in installments. The details of the installments will be detailed in the booking conditions. 

 If you cancel after the trip has been confirmed and bookings have been made in Tanzania you will lose your deposit. All monies must be paid by 12th December 2017. Deposits are fully refundable until the trip is guaranteed and Tanzanian bookings are made at which point the terms and conditions will come into force.

What's included

Experienced Leader and trusted local guides. 

Food whilst trekking and on safari – Three sumptuous meals a day. Cooked on kerosene camp stoves.

Quality hotel accommodation in Dar es Salaam and Moshi.

All transportation upon arrival at the Hotel in Dar es Salaam and until your return flight at the end of the trip

All park fees, camping fees and any rescue fees on Kilimanjaro. 

High quality two person mountain tents and base camp tent to eat meals in.

Fair wage to crew as recommended by Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilimanjaro Association of 
Tour Operators and Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project

All government taxes 

The price does not include..

Meals in Dar e Salaam and Moshi

International flights

Travel Insurance

Visa fee of $50USD

Drinks and snacks/Tips

LGBT travel in Tanzania

It is worth noting that despite thousands of travellers visiting Tanzania every year same-sex sexual acts are crimes punishable by state laws.  Tanzania relies heavily on tourism for income and, although local LGBT people sometimes face discrimination and harassment in their everyday lives, there have been no reported cases of police interference with gay tourists.

Whilst an act of same-sex intercourse is illegal under law, our Tanzanian guides will not discriminate based on sexuality but have asked you to be discreet and not request a shared double bed in hotels or to make public displays of affection. We take up to date advice from local operators, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and charities working within Tanzania. 

To look further into the issues we face in Africa it is worth looking at LGBT Voice Tanzania and the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association both of which are fighting for our rights in Tanzania and beyond. We have had assurances from our guides but please make an informed choice to come. 


Event Reference No:
35678