Climbing Mount Kilimajaro – Northern Circuit | 9 Days

9 Days Climbing Mount Kilimajaro - Northern Circuit

From $3,138
2pax: per person sharing

Duration: 9 Days climbing

Destinations: Kilimanjaro National Park, Mt Kilimanjaro.

What to Expect

  • Newest & Longest route to climb Mt.Kilimanjaro
  •  Crowd free with 360 degree views of mountain.
  •  Climb the world’s tallest free-standing mountain.
  • Once-in-life time experience.
  • Spectacular scenery, little traffic on route
  • High success rates as you trek to see snow on Mt. Kilimanjaro.
  • Trekking in wilderness at high elevation up-to 5895m/19341feet.

Route Map

Climbing Mount Kilimajaro – Northern Circuit | 9 Days

The newest addition and most exciting route to Kilimanjaro climbing. This is the longest route in terms of time and distance traveled while this route offers the highest level of successful summits and an amazingly beautiful journey.  Even though it is the most expensive climb option, with a very high success rate. 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.

NORTHERN CIRCUIT DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival in Tanzania – Drive to Moshi

The first day on your amazing Kilimanjaro Northern Circuit Route journey is filled with anticipation. After arriving at the airport, you’ll be greeted warmly by our driver who’ll transport you to the hotel in Moshi. You’ll then settle down then attend an orientation session. Our experienced team leaders will guide you through all the important details of your trip and offer advice for a successful journey. Your hiking gear will then be carefully inspected and adjusted if necessary. The rest of the day is spent getting ready for your life-changing adventure. Dinner and stay overnight on half board basis.

Day 2 – Londorossi Gate (2,100 meters) – start point 2,360 meters to MtiMkubwa Camp (2,820 meters)

Distance: ~5.5km / 3 miles
Trekking time: 3-4 hours
Zone: Rainforest

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 MtiMkubwa Camp (2,820 meters) begins. You may get lucky and spot large wildlife like elephants 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 MtiMkubwa Camp.

Day 3 – MtiMkubwa Camp (2,820 meters) to Shira Camp 1 (3,610 meters)

Distance: ~8km / 5 miles
Trekking time: 5-6 hours
Zone: Rainforest / Low Alpine Zone

On day two you will spend the first hour trekking through the last section of the 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).

Day 4 – Shira Camp 1 (3,610 meters) to Shira Camp 2 (3,850 meters)

Distance: ~7km / 4 miles
Trekking time: 3-4 hours
Zone: Rainforest / Low Alpine Zone

On day three the trek crosses the Shira Plateau from Shira Camp 1 to Shira Camp 2. Nine days 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 the 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).

Day 5 – Shira Camp 2 (3,850 meters) to Lava Tower (4,600 meters) and then north to Moir Camp (4,200 meters)

Distance: ~14km / 8 miles
Trekking time: 5-7 hours
Zone: Low alpine zone / High alpine zone

Day four 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 (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.

Day 6 – Moir Camp (4,200 meters) to Buffalo Camp (4,020 meters)

Distance: ~12km / 7 miles
Trekking time: 5-7 hours
Zone: High alpine zone

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.

Day 7 – Buffalo Camp (4,020 meters) to Rongai Third Cave (3,800 meters)

Distance: ~8km / 5 miles.
Trekking time: 5-7 hours

Zone: High alpine zone and low alpine zone day six starts 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.

Day 8 – 3rd Cave (3,800 meters) to School Hut (4,800 meters)

Distance: ~15km / 8 miles
Trekking time: 4-5 hours
Zone: High alpine zone and glacial zone

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 southwest 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, headlamps, and cameras before going to bed.

Day 9 – School Hut (4,800 meters) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters) and then onto Millennium Camp (3,950 meters)

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

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.

Day 10 – Millennium Camp (3,950 meters) to Mweka Gate (1,640 meters)

Distance: ~10km / 6.5 miles
Trekking time: 3-4 hours
Zone: Rainforest zone

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 guides and porters tips at this point before being driven back to your hotel in Arusha.

Day 11: Departure from Arusha to Kilimanjaro Airport

If you are flying back home we mostly recommend booking an evening flight so that you can spend the afternoon doing shopping in Arusha and of course, this is the reason why we booked your last night’s accommodation in Arusha. This is the beating heart of the wild and the last port of civilization. The markets of Arusha burst with color, and throng with locals picking up their weekly wares. The numerous cafes sell dark and deliciously good coffee from the plantations, and close by the infamous National Park lures visitors in to explore her evocative Maasai culture and exotic flora and fauna. In the late evening, depending on your flight time we will come to pick you up and drop you at Airport. End of Service.

Price Includes

  • Meeting at Kilimanjaro International Airport;
  • Transfer to the hotel — in Moshi;
  • Half Board accommodations prior to and after the climb (including dinner and breakfast);
  • Transfer to the trailhead at Londorossi gate;
  • Professional mountain crew. All guides have “Wilderness First Responder” and “Wilderness First Aid” certificates, along with over 7 years of experience in climbing. Each participant will be provided with a porter (who can carry up to 15 kg of personal baggage);
  • Kilimanjaro National Park permits;
  • Kilimanjaro National Park rescue fees;
  • Camping gears (mattress, guest tent, porter tent, kitchen tent, mess tent, table, and chairs);
  • 3 square meals daily. The menu includes different soups, garnishes, several types of fish and meat, fresh fruit, and vegetables; vegetarian options are available upon request;
  • Oxygen systems and pulse oximeters;
  • First aid kit;
  • Meeting at Mweka gate exit and transfer to the hotel in Arusha;
  • International certificates for a successful ascent;
  • Return transfer to Kilimanjaro airport.

** During the climb you will share a tent with other climbers, the capacity of each tent is 2 people.

Price Excludes

  • International and domestic flights;
  • Entry visa and Airport taxes;
  • Things of personal nature;
  • Mountain crew tips;
  • Medical evacuation in emergency;
  • Extra mountain gears (are available for hire);
  • Laundry services at the hotel (before and after the ascent);
  • Personal gear rentals;
  • Mountaineering insurance.

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