9DAYS KILIMANJARO NORTHERN CIRCUIT

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Daily Tour 9 days Availability: 2021-07-04
Kilimanjaro, Tanzania KILIMANJARO NATIONAL PARK

The Northern Circuit is the newest route up Kilimanjaro and also the longest. Because of its length, the Northern Circuit has the highest summit success rate. The route follows the same as the Lemosho Route for the first two days and then veers off to circle around the quieter northern slopes to the east side of the mountain. Northern Circuit approaches the summit via Gilman’s Point before descending on the same route as the Machame and Lemosho.

 

ITINERARY

Day 1: Hotel to Mti Mkubwa Camp

 

After breakfast and briefing, drive to Londorossi Park Gate (about a 3-hour drive). From here a forest track requiring a 4WD vehicle leads to Lemosho Glades. Walk along forest trails to Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite.

 

Elevation: 1830m/6000ft to 2650m/8700ft

Distance: 6km/4mi

Hiking Time: 2-3 hours

Habitat: Montane Forest

Meals: Lunch and Dinner

 

Day 2: Mti Mkubwa Camp to Shira 1 Camp

 

After breakfast, we continue as the trail gradually steepens and enters the giant heather moorland zone. After several streams are crossed we continue over the Shira Ridge then gently downwards to Shira 1 camp located by a stream on the Shira Plateau.

 

Elevation: 2650m/8700ft to 3500m/11,500ft

Distance: 8km/5mi

Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Habitat: Moorland

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Day 3: Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp

 

After breakfast, a gentle hike across the plateau leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream. A variety of hikes are available on the Plateau, making this an excellent acclimatization day.

 

Elevation: 3500m/11,500ft to 3850m/12,600ft

Distance: 8km/5mi

Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Habitat: Moorland

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Day 4: Shira 2 Camp to Moir Camp

 

This day is a long trek 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. 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.

 

Elevation: 3850m/11,500ft to 4200m/13780ft

Distance: 14km/8mi

Hiking Time: 5-7 hours

Habitat: Moorland

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Day 5: Moir Camp to Buffalo Camp

 

Today, we encountered a moderately steep climb out of Moir Valley. We can do an optional hike to 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.

 

Elevation: 4200m/13,780ft to 4020m/13,188ft

Distance: 12km/7mi

Walking Time: 5-6 hours

Habitat: High Alpine

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Day 6: Buffalo Camp to Rongai Third Cave

 

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

 

Elevation: 4020m/13,188ft to 3800m/12,467ft

Distance: 8km/5mi

Climbing Time: 5-7 hours

Habitat: High Alpine

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Day 7: Third Cave to School Hut

 

Today 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. 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.

 

Elevation: 3800m/12,467ft to 4800m/15,748ft

Distance: 15km/8mi

Climbing Time: 4-5 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Day 8: School Hut to Uhuru Peak to 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 check-point 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.

 

Elevation: 4800m/15,748ft to 5895m/19,340ft

Down to 3950m/12,959ft

Distance: 6km/3.5mi up / 11km/6mi down

Hiking Time: 5-7 hours up / 5-6 hours down

Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 

Day 9: Millennium Camp to Mweka Gate to Hotel

 

After breakfast we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

 

Monkey Adventures vehicle will be waiting for you at Mweka gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (around 60 minutes).

 

Elevation: 3950m/12,959ft to 1680m/5500ft

Distance: 10km/6mi

Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

Habitat: Forest

Meals: Breakfast

 

Package Includes:

– Full board accommodation on the climbs and BB in Arusha

– All park entry fees, hut fees, rescue fees, Guide and porter’s fees.

– Knowledgeable Mountain Guide and porters on climbs for professional trekking.

– Transport to and from the mountain gates.

– Cook and all kitchen utensils on the climb

– Service of an English speaking mountain guide (Tanzanian)

– Crew allowances and park entry fees – Government taxes

Package Excludes:

-Flights

– Mountain Gears, (available for hire, $10@ item per trip)

– Visa, Travel Insurance and Intl. flights

– Extras i.e. drinks, laundry, telephone and internet

– Tips to the Crew (highly recommended)

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