Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro – Day Three Lemosho Route

Finally the Sun!

We woke today to an amazing blue sky and the soaring peak of Kilimanjaro so close we could touch it but still over 8000’ above our heads. We also woke to an amazing white ground! No, not snow yet at this elevation but a hard frost made for some beautiful crystals on the tent and good photo opportunities. We sprinted to the mess tent for a hot drink to start the day and marveled at the scene before our eyes. Were we really going to stand on top of this massive volcano in just a few days?

A chilly morning at Shira I getting ready to head to Shira II



Today we would hike across the plateau. It would be an easier day for the climbers and a good rest from our big gain yesterday. We would hike until lunch time and then have the rest of the day to continue to acclimate. We would not make more than about a 1000’ gain in elevation today with little up and down.





We walked out of camp at about 8:00am and stared at the top of Kili for the entire hike today. We had left the forest behind and now were in the heather bushes and moorland vegetation zone which allowed for 100 mile vistas. We kept stopping for photos and enjoyed a great morning of sun. However, once again as we arrived at our next camp site, Shira 2, the clouds rolled in again and blanketed us in fog and chilly wet weather. After signing in our arrival with the ranger station, we all retreated to our tents for an afternoon of rest.


Talk about Living Adventurously!

Finally get to check out my new shades!

Jerry and our lead guide, Honest Minja taking a break

Finally a full sunny day with gorgeous views of the mountain!

Mr. GQ looking good in his polo and Tilley hat

Piece of Cake, let's do this

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3 Responses to Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro – Day Three Lemosho Route

  1. admin December 9, 2011 at 9:18 am #

    Hi Elizabeth,

    I am putting together an all girl’s climb on Kili. If you are interested in joining us, let me know. It will be either in late 2012 or early 2013 so you can have plenty of time to both get in shape and save the money. Drop me an email at if you want to be added to my mailing list on this!

  2. Elizabeth Mc Carthy December 5, 2011 at 6:31 am #

    great views of the mountain and very interesing stories i would love to tackle that mountain i was going to do it last year but was not fit and cost of flights and money its difficult.i will do it next year when is the best time to go my husband love to to this but have a medical condishion epylispey seizure it could be dangerouse

  3. Qurtan October 17, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    Wow, Kilimanjaro seems to be something I have to test at some point.

    Good luck on the rest of the ascent.

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