Let’s have a look at our Kilimanjaro day 2 Lemosho route up Kilimanjaro. I have climbed Kilimanjaro 18 times to date. I have climbed in 5, 6, 7 and 8 days. Ian Taylor Trekking recommend 8 day climbs. We really only run longer climbs with better acclimatization giving you the best chance at safely reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro. Check out our top 10 tips for Kilimanjaro.
Day 2 on the Lemosho route brings you on the less traveled route up Kilimanjaro moving from the west side of the mountain all the way across to the east side for the final ascent and descent down the mountain.
As you will see in the video the route takes your out of big tree camp at 2,900m/ 9,524ft. and moving slowly up a ridge line to the shira plateau. The dense forest gives way to more of a shrub land and you can see out to the route above. This route can be clear viewing in January, February, July, August and September. CLICK HERE for the best months to climb Kilimanjaro.
We will take plenty of breaks today as we move to a higher altitude and stop for lunch on the trail to enjoy the views off the western flank of Kilimanjaro. As we move higher we slow the pace and take small breaks. As we move up the trail, it becomes rocky and we move up slowly towards the crest on the ridge before dropping a little bit down into Shira camp 1 at 3,500m/ 11,483ft.
It can be misty, cloudy, rainy, hot on this day up the trail. This is why you need to have the RIGHT GEAR as the weather can change at any minute. You need to protect yourself from the sun, rain, cold and changing weather.
You also need to have drank 1 liter of water before you leave camp and have 3 liters of water with you on the trail. You can use a 2 liter camel bak and plastic nalgene bottle to carry in your day pack. Once you arrive in camp you can sit in the mess tent, relax and continue to re-hydrate from the day hike up to Shira camp 1.