9 Days Northern Circuit Route Kilimanjaro Trek for US$2099/Person, Based on 2 - 3 People

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June 17 – June 25, 2021
July 15 – July 23, 2021
August 17 – August 25, 2021
September 9 – September 17, 2021
October 7 – October 15, 2021
November 13 – November 21, 2021
December 17 – December 25, 2021
December 20 – December 28, 2021
January 6 – January 14, 2022
February 10 – February 18, 2022

 


ITINERARY
 

DAY 1: LONDOROSI GATE – MTI MKUBWA CAMP

The Northern Circuit Route begins at Londorossi Gate (2,100 meters) in the West, the same start points as the Lemosho Route. The drive to Londorossi Gate takes approximately two hours from Moshi and considerably longer from Arusha. Registration with the Kilimanjaro National Park authorities occurs at the gate and then you will be driven further up the mountain to the trailhead starting point. Most tour operators serve lunch here before the short first day trek to Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,820 meters) begins. You may get lucky and spot large wildlife like elephant and buffalo that sometimes emerge from the rainforest onto the path as you trek towards your first camp. Dinner will be served when you reach Mti Mkubwa Camp.

  • Distance: 8km/5miles,
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours,
  • Eleven: 7,742ft 9,498ft
  • Habitat: Rain Forest.



DAY 2: MTI MKUBWA – SHIRA ONE

Today you will spend the first hour trekking through the last section of rainforest path before entering the low alpine moorland zone which follows up onto the Shira Plateau. The trek is relatively short and gradual, ending at Shira Camp 1 (3,610 meters).

  • Distance: 5km/3miles,
  • Hiking Time: 5-6hours,
  • Eleven: 9,498ft to 11,500ft or,
  • Habitat: Heath.



DAY 3: SHIRA CAMP ONE – SHIRA CAMP TWO

On day three the trek crosses the Shira Plateau from Shira Camp 1 to Shira Camp 2 via Shira rock peak. Nine-day trekkers usually spend the night at Shira Camp 2 where they will join trekkers from the Machame Route. At Shira Camp 2 it is worth trekking a little higher up the plateau to enjoy the stunning view across the valley below and Western Breach of Kilimanjaro above. The plateau is exposed so be prepared for a cold night with temperatures getting below zero. Note: Trekkers on an eight-day hike will continue east up the Shira Plateau ridge and on to Lava Tower (4,600 meters) and then back down via the Northern Circuit to Moir Camp (4,200 meters).

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



DAY 4: SHIRA CAMP TWO – MOIR CAMP

The trek on this is long heading east which passes through the ‘Garden of the Senecios’ and then enters the high alpine desert zone. The morning is spent trekking up to Lava Tower and the iconic Shark’s Tooth rock formation at 4,600 meters, where you will have lunch. After lunch you will join the northern circuit heading down to Moir Camp at 4,200 meters (see map above). This is an important day in your trek as you will get to experience high altitude and then sleep low, which is good for the acclimatization process.

  • Distance: 7km/4miles and 7km/4miles
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours and 2-3 hours
  • Eleven: 12,500 ft to 15,190ft to 13,580 ft
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert



DAY 5: MOIR CAMP – BUFFALO CAMP

This day is moderately involving the steep climb out of Moir Valley. Trekkers can take a small detour here to climb the summit of Little Lent Hill at 4,375 meters before returning to the Northern Circuit trail. From here the route follows a series of inclines and declines, skirting around the northern slopes of Kibo to Buffalo Camp (4,020 meters).The trek gives great vistas out across the plains that lie north of Kilimanjaro and stretch out to the Kenyan / Tanzanian border. You will arrive at Buffalo Camp just after midday, where you will have lunch and have time to rest after a long day hiking.

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



DAY 6: BUFFALO CAMP – THIRD CAVE CAMP

This day begins with a climb up the Buffalo ridge and down into Pofu Camp where lunch is usually served. The route then continues east around the northern slopes to the Rongai Third Cave at 3,800 meters. The trek is shorter than the day before and by now you should be feeling well acclimatized to the altitude. You will arrive at the Third Cave just around mid-afternoon.

  • Distance: 8km/5miles,
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours,
  • Eleven: 13,200 ft to 12700 ft
  • Habitat: Heath



DAY 7: THIRD CAVE CAMP – SKULL HUT CAMP

This day involves a steady incline up and over the Saddle which sits between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi Peak. Trekkers then continue walking south-west up to School Hut (4,800 meters). After arriving at School Hut, you will be served an early dinner and then you should get some shut eye as you will be awoken before midnight to start your summit attempt. Remember to prepare all your gear, including warm clothes, insulated water bottles, snacks, headlamp and camera before going to bed.

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



DAY 8: THIRD CAVE CAMP – UHURU – MILLENNIUM CAMP

You will be awoken around 11:30 with hot tea and biscuits and will then begin the steep incline up the slopes of Kibo under the cover of darkness. Your first checkpoint is Hans Meyer Cave where you will take a short break. The climb steepens as you approach Gilman’s Point (5,681 meters), which will be around 5-6 hours after departing School Hut. Take a moment to enjoy the approaching dawn and incredible view out and across to Mawenzi Peak, but remember you still have 2 hours trekking to reach Uhuru Peak so dig deep for the energy. The slope flattens as you head west around the crater rim and you should arrive at the summit at or just after sunrise. Your stay here will be brief so get as many pictures as you can of the incredible views and surrounding glaciers. You will then retrace your steps back around the crater rim to Stella Point (5,739 meters) where you will turn south and head down the heavily screed slopes of Kibo to Barafu Camp (4,680 meters). Most trekkers take a short break here before continuing down to Millennium Camp (3,950 meters) for your final night on the mountain. In total you will be trekking for 14-16 hours on day eight, so it is important to pace yourself, remain hydrated and keep your blood sugar levels up.

Note: Some tour operators return via Gilman’s Point to Horombo Hut using the Marangu Route.

  • Distance: 6km/4miles and 12km/7miles
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours and 4-6 hours
  • Eleven: 15,600 ft to 19,341ft and 10,065
  • Habitat: Arctic zone



DAY 9: MILLENNIUM CAMP – MWEKA GATE

The final day is a short hike through the dense montane rainforest from Millennium Camp (3,950 meters) to Mweka Gate (1,640 meters). At the gate you will need to sign-out with the authorities, who will also provide you with your official certificate – a green certificate for those who made it to Gilman’s Point and a gold certificate for those who reached Uhuru Peak. It is customary to give your guide and porter tips before being driven back to your hotel in Moshi.

  • Distance: 12km/7miles,
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours,
  • Eleven:12,434 ft – 5,380 ft
  • Vegetation: Rain forest 



Included in the price:

  • -- 2 Airport Transfers, from/to JRO Kilimanjaro Airport
  • -- 2 nights Hotel Lodging at Keys Hotel in Moshi town on Bed and Breakfast basis, Double or Triple Occupancy
  • -- 3 Delicious meals a days, boiled and filtered drinking water while on the mountain.
  • -- All park entrance, camping and rescue fees
  • -- All camping equipment, including sleeping tents, mess tent, mattresses, kitchen tent, staff tents and all cooking utensils
  • -- Warm water for washing to be provided every morning and evening.
  • -- Oxygen Cylinder - only for emergency
  • -- English Speaking Guides (Wilderness First Responder certified), cook and porters
  • -- Staff salaries and fees.
  • -- Transport to/from national park gates.
  • -- First aid kit and pulse oximeter.
  • -- Emergency telephone between the guides and our office in Moshi town.
  • -- 3 litres of bottled drinking water to be provided on the first day your hike, on the mountain porters will fetch water from the streams to be boiled and filtered for you..



Not included in the price:

  • -- Prices do not include sleeping bags
  • -- Gratuities
  • -- Soda/alcohol unless otherwise noted
  • -- Health insurance
  • -- Visa fees
  • -- International airfare
  • -- Laundry
  • -- All Meals and drinks in Moshi town


 

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