9 days Northern circuit route

8 days Kilimanjaro Trekking Northern Circuit Route

Including 2 Night Before and After Climb

Trip Overview:

The Northern Circuit route is one of the best routes on Kilimanjaro, offering nearly 360 degrees of beautiful scenery including the quiet, rarely visited northern slopes. The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the west, beginning with a long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate. From there, the first two days are spent trekking through the rainforest to Shira Ridge, before crossing the Shira Plateau. The route then heads north and circles clockwise from Moir Hut to Buffalo Camp to School Hut, before summiting from the east. Descend is made via the Mweka route.


Trip Itinerary:

 Arrival Day:

Our driver will meet you at Kilimanjaro International Airport for pick up and transferred to your hotel in Arusha or Moshi town, you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented. Overnight at your arranged Hotel. Meal Plan: Bed & Breakfast.

Day 1: Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa:

  • Elevation: 7,742 ft to 9,498 ft
  • Distance: 6 km/4 miles
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest

We depart Arusha or Moshi for Londorossi Gate, which takes about 4 hours, where you will complete entry formalities. Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead. Upon arrival at trailhead, we begin hiking through undisturbed forest which winds to the first camp site.

Day 2: Mti Mkubwa to Shira 1 Camp:

  • Elevation: 9,498 ft to 11,500 ft.
  • Distance: 8 km/ 5miles.
  • Hiking Time:  5-6 hours.
  • Habitat: Health.

We continue on the trail leading out of the rain forest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As we ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, we reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 Camp. Here we catch our first glimpse of Kibo across the plateau.

Day 3: Shira 1 Camp to Moir Hut:

  • Elevation: 11,500 ft to 13,580 ft.
  • Distance: 7 km/4 miles.
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours.
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert..

We explore the Shira Plateau. It is a gentle walk east on moorland meadows towards Shira 2 Camp. The heath zone displays abundant wildflowers and unique Senecio trees.We continue to the east up a ridge and then head southeast towards the Lava Tower – a 300 ft tall volcanic rock formation. Then we divert from the main trail to Moir Hut, a little used site on the base of Lent Hills. A variety of walks are available on Lent Hills making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity. Shira Plateau is one of the highest plateaus on earth.

Day 4: Moir Hut to Buffalo Camp:

  • Elevation: 13,580 ft to 13,200 ft
    Distance: 12 km/7 miles
    Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
    Habitat: Desert

We We trek out of Moir Valley with a moderately steep climb, then hike to the summit of Lent Hills before returning to the main trail. The path crosses a rock field and gently undulates before reaching Buffalo Camp. This section of the trail offers great views across the plains that lie north of Kilimanjaro and stretch out to the Kenyan/Tanzanian border.

Day 5: Buffalo Camp to Third Cave:

  • Elevation: 13,200 ft to 12,700 ft
    Distance: 8 km/5 miles
    Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
    Habitat: Heath.

As we head up Buffalo Ridge, the terrain becomes increasingly sparse. This route is rarely travelled and we will enjoy its mountain wilderness feel. We trek through remote valleys on to the northern slopes of Kilimanjaro until we arrive at Third Cave..

Day 6: Third Cave to School Hut:

  • Elevation: 12,700 ft to 15,600 ft
    Distance: 5 km/3 miles
    Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
    Habitat: Alpine Desert

We climb steadily up and over the “Saddle,” which sits between Kibo and Mawenzi. We continue on to our camp, School Hut. Once here we rest, enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day.

Day 7: School Hut to Uhuru Peak:

  • Elevation: 15,600 ft to 19,341 ft
    Distance: 6 km/4 miles
    Hiking Time: 6-8 hours

Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. At Gilman’s point (18,600 ft), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.

  • Elevation: 19,341 ft to 10,065
    Distance: 112 km/7 miles
    Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
    Habitat: Arctic

From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. The trail is very rocky and can be quite hard on the knees; trekking poles are helpful. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

Day 8: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate:

  • Elevation: 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft
    Distance: 10 km/6 miles
    Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
    Habitat: Rain Forest

On our last day, we continue the descent to Mweka Gate and collect the summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. From the gate, we continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet us at Mweka Village to drive us back to the hotel in Moshi.

 Departure from Tanzania:

This day left for your next destination. If you have safari, then might be used to beginning your safari or fly to Zanzibar or fly back home. Our vehicle will be ready to take you to the airport at your time.

  • Meals: Breakfast Included

 

 Price per Person (USD):


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Solo climber:       $. 3,530    Book Now >

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What Includes on This Tour


1 Nights’ shared, budget accommodation at the Leopard Hotel in Moshi (B&B).

 Return transfers between the hotel to the start / finish point of a climb.

 All Kilimanjaro National Park gate fees, camping / hut fees and climbing permits.

 Kilimanjaro National Park rescue fees (Kilimanjaro Rescue Team).

 Chief guide carries a Pulse Oximeter, used to take blood-oxygen level readings of clients twice a day.

 Emergency oxygen (for use in emergencies only – not as summiting aid).

 Basic first aid kit (for use in emergencies only).

  All national park fees and Entry Fees.

  All mentioned activities unless labeled option.

  Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF) during the safari.

 Qualified mountain guide, assistant guides, porters and cook.

 Breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as hot drinks on the mountain.

Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mat, camp chairs (no back rest), camp tables, mess tent & cutlery for meals) .

Water for washing up daily.

√ Porter to carry your duffel bag, with maximum weight of 15kg / 32 lbs, from one camp to the next camp.

Our exclusive, printable Climbing Kilimanjaro 15 page altitude sickness survival guide.

Kilimanjaro National Park certificate for your successful summit attempt.

 Airport Transfers.

What Excludes on the tour


× International and airport taxes.

× Travel Insurance.

× Passport and travel visa requirements (Tanzania visa is required).

× Compulsory tips for crew/day (average tip is anything from USD $20/guide | USD $15/assistance guide | USD $10/Chef | USD $5/@porter.

× Single room surcharge.

× Holiday supplement: Applicable on 24, 25, 31 December on accommodations: $25/person.

× Alcoholic and soft drinks.

× Accommodation after Trekking (available on request).

× Visa fees.

× Optional but highly recommended travel and medical insurance.

× Personal hiking/trekking gear – you could rent some of the gear in Tanzania.

× Optional but highly recommended travel and medical insurance.

× Optional but highly recommended travel and medical insurance.

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