8 Days Northern Circuit Route Kilimanjaro Climb

8 Days Northern Circuit Route Kilimanjaro Climb

The Northern Circuit is the newest and longest route on Mount Kilimanjaro. It begins in the West at the Londorossi Gate and follows the same path as the Lemosho route for the first two days. After crossing the Shira plateau the path veers north near Lava Tower, following the longer Northern Circuit instead of the more popular Southern Circuit via Barranco Valley The route circles around the quieter northern slopes to the east side of the mountain. The Northern Circuit is longer than the other trails on Kilimanjaro, taking a minimum of eight or nine days to complete. The eight-day trek skips the additional acclimatization day that is usually spent at Shira Camp 2 and continues straight on to Moir Camp.

Duration: 8 or 9 days
Difficulty: Medium
Scenery: Excellent
Traffic: Low

HIGHLIGHTS:

Trekking to the highest mountain in Africa
Two night hotel accommodation in Moshi

LOCATIONS: Tanzania/Kilimanjaro

ACTIVITIES: Mountain Trekking

Please confirm your trip in advance to propagate your special group joining offer!
Please note: we provide tents and Mattress free for our clients.
Climbing gears are available on hire.
The hiking boot is from $20 we also have -18 and -20degree/season sleeping bag and the price is only USD$20. The price for each equipment it will cover the trip!
Please be free to ask any question and we will be very happy to work with you in organizing your tour.

Upon Arrival, you will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your hotel in Moshi town; you will meet your guide from Ontime Safaris who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. The missing gear can be rented on this day.

DAY 1: LONDOROSSI GATE (2,100 METERS) – START POINT 2,360 METERS TO MTI MKUBWA CAMP (2,820 METERS)

The Northern Circuit Route begins at Londorossi Gate (2,100 meters) in the West, the same start point 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: ~5.5km / 3 miles
  • Trekking time: 3-4 hours
  • Zone: Rainforest
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

DAY 2: MTI MKUBWA CAMP (2,820 METERS) TO SHIRA CAMP 1 (3,610 METERS)

The Northern Circuit Route begins at Londorossi Gate (2,100 meters) in the West, the same start point 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: ~5.5km / 3 miles
  • Trekking time: 3-4 hours
  • Zone: Rainforest
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

DAY 3: SHIRA CAMP 1 (3,610 METERS) TO MOIR CAMP (4,200 METERS)

On day three the trek crosses the Shira Plateau from Shira Camp 1 to Shira Camp 2 for lunch. Here nine day trekkers usually spend the night at Shira Camp 2 where they will join trekkers from the Machame Route. But for 8days trekkers will continue with trek heading east which passes through the ‘Garden of the Senecios’ and then enters the high alpine desert zone, then you will join the northern circuit heading down to Moir Camp at 4,200.

  • Distance: ~~14km / 8 miles
  • Trekking time: 6-8 hours
  • Zone: Rainforest / Low Alpine Zone/ High alpine zone
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

DAY 4: MOIR CAMP (4,200 METERS) TO BUFFALO CAMP (4,020 METERS)

Day five involves a moderately 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 / 7 miles
  • Trekking time: 5-7 hours
  • Zone: High alpine zone
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

DAY 5: BUFFALO CAMP (4,020 METERS) TO RONGAI THIRD CAVE (3,800 METERS)

Day six starts 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 at 3,800 meters. The trek is shorter than the day before and by now you should be feeling well acclimatised to the altitude. You will arrive at the Third Cave just around mid-afternoon.

  • Distance: ~8km / 5 miles
  • Trekking time: 5-7 hours
  • Zone: High alpine zone and low alpine zone
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

DAY 6: 3RD CAVE (3,800 METERS) TO SCHOOL HUT (4,800 METERS)

Day seven 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: ~15km / 8 miles
  • Trekking time: 4-5 hours
  • Zone: High alpine zone and glacial zone
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

DAY 7: SCHOOL HUT (4,800 METERS) TO UHURU PEAK (5,895 METERS) AND THEN ONTO MILLENNIUM CAMP (3,950 METERS)

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

  • Distance: ~6km / 3.5 miles ascent and 10.5km / 6 mile descent
  • Trekking time: 6-8 hours ascent and then 4-6 hour descent
  • Zone: Glacial zone and all preceding zones
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

 DAY 8: MILLENNIUM CAMP (3,950 METERS) TO MWEKA GATE (1,640 METERS)

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: ~10km / 6.5 miles
  • Trekking time: 3-4 hours
  • Zone: Rainforest zone
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

 DAY 9: DEPART TANZANIA

The day is left free to wind down after the trek before your flight home. Depending on flight times you could go and explore Moshi town and grab some souvenirs before heading to the airport.

Meals: Breakfast Included

TOUR INCLUDES

  • 2 nights hotel stay before the start date and on last day of the trek including breakfast
  • Arrival and departure transfers from airport
  • Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents (or hut fees for Marangu route)
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
  • All Park fees
  • Oxygen tank
  • Rescue fees
  • All meals while on the Mountain (Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food)
  • Porters, cook salaries and their park fees(Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO))
  • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • Crisis management and safety procedures

Excludes

  • Your flights/visas
  • Tips to the mountain staff (Much appreciated)
  • Meals other than breakfast while in the hotel and Alcohol, beverages, cigarettes, snacks, etc
  • Personal gear like sleeping bag, hiking poles, etc. (Can be rented on arrival from us)
  • Portable toilets – can be provided for USD 80 per toilet

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