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.
HIGHLIGHTS: Climbing Kilimanjaro 9 days northern circuit route
✔Challenge yourself and be among the few to trek this new Kilimanjaro route.
✔Reach the summit at 5,895M and savor the unique feeling of standing on the roof of Africa.
✔Enjoy thrilling and safe scrambles on the very edge of Africa's highest mountain.
✔Explore the welcoming region of Moshi town and enjoy ¨Mbege¨ a local brew beer.
✔2 nights hotel accommodation(before and after climb)
✔Transport to and from Moshi to the trail head.
✔Professional mountain guides/porters
✔Accommodation in mountain tents
✔All Park fees.
✔All Government Taxes
✔All airport transfers.
✔Three meals a day while on the mountain
♦Alcohol Drinks ♦Laundry.
♦ Personal Items
♦Tips and gratuities
♦Safari after climbing
♦Olduvai Gorge Visit
♦Maasai Boma Visit
♦Chagga Culture Visit
♦Tree top walking
♦Bush Men Visit
♦Night Game Drive
Day 0: Arrive in Tanzania:
You’ll be met by our ground handling team at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to the delightful Ahadi Lodge. Relax in your thatched cottage, savor the enchanting views of Mount Meru, and unwind on the private verandah. Located just outside the vibrant town of Arusha, and set in its own tropical gardens, the lodge provides a gentle introduction to the natural beauty of Tanzania.
Meals Plan: Dinner and Break Fast
Day 1: Londorossi Gate (2100m) to Mti Mkubwa (2821m):
Distance: Approximately 5.4 km
Habitat: Montane forest
Your day starts early with a briefing, followed by breakfast and a 2-hour drive from Moshi (910m) to the Londorossi Park Gate (2100m). In the village, the guides and porters prepare and pack the supplies and your equipment. Following registration, we continue by vehicle, a further 12km on a forest track that leads to the Lemosho starting point (2244m). This can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 1 ½ hours, depending on road conditions. The road to the Lemosho starting point is particularly inaccessible during the wet season and climbers should be prepared to walk the final 2-5 kilometres of the road if necessary, following heavy rains.
Trek from the Lemosho start point (2424m) to the Forest camp (2821m) where you spend your first night in the mountain. You are advised to stop regularly today and to move quietly in the hope of sighting wildlife near the trail. Sightings of small antelope are virtually unique to the Lemosho and Rongai routes. The journey time to reach the start point is quite long and joined with the possibility of not reaching the end of the road by a vehicle, head torches may well be needed to reach Forest camp on day 1.
Your porters (arriving at the camp site long before you) will have your tent set up on your arrival. In the evening the porters will bring a small bowl of washing water to your tent and the cook will prepare dinner before you retire to your tent for the night. Night temperatures can already drop to freezing point at this campsite.
Day 2: Mti Mkubwa (2895m) to Shira 1 Camp (3505m):
Distance: 8 km/ 5miles
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 (3505m) to Shira 2 Camp (3875m):
Distance: 15.6 km
You rise early at Forest camp and, after breakfast, you trek an hour or so to the end of the forest before the trail gradually steepens and enters the giant heather moorland zone. Several streams are crossed. After 8.1 km, we reach Shira 1 camp (3504m) located on the Western edge of the Shira Plateau where we stop for lunch.
After lunch, we hike across the Shira plateau for another 7.5km to the Shira 2 Camp, situated on the moorland meadows (3875m). By now you will be able to see, in an easterly direction, the Western Breach with its stunning glaciers. The porters will provide a small bowl of washing water to each hiker before the cook serves dinner. The night at this exposed camp will even be colder than the previous night, with temperatures dropping to well below freezing.
Day 4: Shira 2 Camp (3875m) to Lava Tower (4642m):
In the morning, we follow the main trail up to Lava Tower (14,900 ft), and for those feeling strong, there is a possibility to climb up to the ruined hut at Arrow Glacier (15,700 ft). We then continue from Lava Tower to reach our campsite at Moir Hut (13,800 ft).
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:
We climb out of the Moir Valley and take a short detour to reach the summit of Lent Hills (15,400 ft). After admiring the views we return to the trail and head eastwards around the northern circuit trail. Here the trail passes through a field of rock slabs that clink as they are walked on.
The final section of today’s walk undulates until reaching the location of Buffalo Camp (13,600 ft). At the camp, there is a huge feeling of space as the Kenyan plains stretch out far below to the north.
Day 6: Buffalo Camp to Third Cave
From Buffalo Camp, we climb up to the top of ‘Buffalo Ridge’ and cross numerous ribs and gullies. The trail continues eastwards through a landscape that has increasingly sparse vegetation to eventually reach Third Cave Camp.
Day 7: Third Cave to School Hut:
There is a steady ascent to reach the saddle, a lunar landscape between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. From here we continue upwards and reach School Hut (15,500 ft) in the early afternoon. The remainder of the afternoon is spent resting and preparing for the summit day.
Day 8: School Hut to Uhuru Peak to Mwica Camp:
We start the final and most demanding part of the climb by torchlight around 1 a.m. We plod very slowly in the darkness on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gilman’s Point (18,600 ft). We rest here for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three-hour round trip to Uhuru Peak (19,345 ft), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. We retrace our steps along the crater rim to Stella Point and then descend down through Barafu Camp to reach Millennium Camp.
Day 9: Mweka camp (3090m) to Mweka Gate (1641m):
Distance: Approximately 8.5 km
After an early and well-deserved breakfast, it is a short 4 to 6-hour scenic hike back to the park gate. Some hikers do experience knee problems which could make the descend longer than planned.
At Mweka gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Stella Point (5739m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. It is strongly recommended not to pay your porters any tips until you and all your gear have reached the gate safely.
From the Mweka Gate you will continue down into the Mweka village, normally a muddy 3 km (1 hour) hike. In the Mweka village, you will be served a delicious hot lunch. After lunch, drive back to Moshi for a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations!!
Important Information’s To Know:
A deposit of 30% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.
♦Children must be accompanied by an adult.
♦We advise to take out Travel Insurance to cover for any unforeseen circumstances.
♦Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking.
♦Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required.
♦The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions.
♦A current valid passport is required at Tanzania airports on the day of travel.
♦You MUST confirm and obtain any visa requirements prior to border crossing. All visa requirements are the sole responsibility of the traveler.