9Days Kilimanjaro Northern circuit route

The Northern Circuit is the newest route on the famous Mount Kilimanjaro and perfect for intrepid adventurers looking for a challenge.

This is the only route that visits the northern slopes while traversing around nearly the entire mountain. The Northern Circuit is also the longest route on the mountain, in distance and time, making it a difficult route. However, it has the best acclimatization profile which makes it the route with the highest success rate as well.

Challenge yourself and be one of the few to experience this unique mountain route. With a high success rate, incredible varied scenery and a very low number of visitors, the Northern Circuit route is certainly one of the best routes to Kilimanjaro.

 

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Arrival Day:

On your arrival at Kilimanjaro International airport, you will need to get to Immigration office and obtain your visa, then you get out and find our airport team member with signboard under your name, who will pick you to Arusha city approximately 45km, to your Accommodation. You will sit with our director and guide for briefing of your trekking.

 

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 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/5 miles
  • Hiking Time 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Heath

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 Shira 2 Camp

  • Elevation: 11,500 ft to 12,500 ft
  • Distance: 7 km/4 miles
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Heath

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.

DAY 4: Shira 2 Camp to Lava Tower

  • Elevation: 12,500 ft to 15,190 ft
  • Distance: 7 km/4 miles
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Lava Tower to Moir Hut

  • Elevation: 15,190 ft to 13,580 ft
  • Distance: 7 km/4 miles
  • Hiking Time: 2-3 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

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 5: Moir Hut to Buffalo Camp

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

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 6: Buffalo Camp to Third Cave

  • Elevation: 13,200 ft to 12,700 ft
  • Distance: 8 km/5 miles
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 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 7: 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 8: School Hut to Uhuru Peak

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

Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp

  • Elevation: 19,341 ft to 10,065
  • Distance: 12 km/7 miles
  • Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
  • Habitat: Artic

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.

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 9: 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 Day: Arusha - Airport:

After breakfast you will be driven to the Airport for your flight back home or travel to Zanzibar.

What Included In this Safari


♦Budget Camping Safari According to the Itinerary
♦Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle – 6/7-Seater Extended Luxury Vehicle.
♦Professional English, German, French or Spanish-speaking guide (Other Language on request and Availabilities).
♦Overnight accommodation in Public campsites
♦Meals according to the itinerary in Full Board Basis.
♦Mineral water
♦All national park fees and Entry Fees.
♦Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF) during the safari
♦Accommodation before Safari
♦Airport Transfers
♦Camping equipments (excluding Sleeping Bag)
♦Service of Professional english speaking chef

Important informations to know


♦Child rate applies only when sharing with paying adults
♦Children under 6years must be accompanied by an adult
♦Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
♦A small amount of walking May involved, carry with you hiking shoes
♦The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions.
♦A Yellow fever vaccination is mandatory when enters Tanzania.
♦Visa are available on arrival. All visa requirements are the sole responsibility of the traveler.
♦A deposit of atleast 30% is required to confirm the booking, as we will need it to confirm accommodation we reserve for you.

What Excluded In this Safari(Available on request)


♦International Flights
♦Serengeti Balloon safari ($600/person)
♦Optional activities
♦Alcoholic and soft drinks
♦Visa fees
♦Tips to Driver/Guide ($20/from group/Day)
♦Tips to Chef ($10/from group/Day)
♦Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
♦Travel insurance
♦Sleeping bag
♦Accommodation after Safari (available on request)
♦Children under 15years receive 75%-Discount

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