9 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Northern Circuit with Crater Overnight

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  • Trekking & Hiking
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Duration

9 Days

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Tour Departure

Daily

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Group Size

6+ people

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Languages

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • English
  • Chinese

Overview

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 Cir…
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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.

About Crater Camp on Kilimanjaro

Crater camp is not a route in its own right but a challenging extension that in principle can be added to any route. It involves sleeping overnight in the bowl of the crater. An amazing experience enjoyed by only a few of the most adventurous climbers. The time period depends on the route. Camping at the crater is a bit expensive since it’s charged extra by the park authority and also the crew wages are paid extra.

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Itinerary (Day by Day)

  • Day 1: Arrive in Tanzania
  • You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your hotel in Moshi town; you will meet your guide 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.

    Gran Melia Hotel

    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day 2: 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 starting 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 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 Mti Mkubwa Camp.

    Distance: ~5.5km / 3 miles

    Trekking time: 3-4 hours

    Zone: Rainforest

    Mti Mkubwa Camp

    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day 3: Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,820 meters) to Shira Camp Two (3,850 meters)
  • On day two 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,  passing at shira  camp one and ending at Shira Camp two.

    Distance:~14km / 9miles

    Trekking time: 6-7 hours

    Zone: Rainforest / Low Alpine Zone

    Shira Camp Two

    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day 4: Shira Camp 2 (3,850 meters) 7o Moir Camp (4,200 meters)
  • 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.

    Distance: ~14km / 8 miles

    Trekking time: 5-7 hours

    Zone: Low alpine zone / High alpine zone

    Moir Camp

    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day 5: 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

    Buffalo Camp

    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

  • Day 6: 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

    Rongai Third Cave

    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day 7: 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

    School Hut

    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day 8: School Hut (4,800 meters) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 Meters) To Crater Camp (5790 Meters)
  • You will awake before dawn to start your summit attempt, meandering up the switch backs to Gilman’s Point before hiking around the edge of the caldera to Uhuru Peak – The Roof of Africa! After pictures are taken and the views enjoyed, you will head to Crater Camp inside the volcano.

    Crater Camp

    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

  • Day 9: Crater Camp (5,790m) to Millennium Camp (3790m)
  • In the morning after early breakfast, we begin our descent by returning to Stella Point and then descending on scree slope passing Barafu camp for a short break before heading down to Millennium Camp for a long well-earned rest.

    Distance covered: 13.4km / 8.3mi

    Approx. time taken: 11 – 13 hours

    Millennium Camp

    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day 10: 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 Arusha.

    Distance: ~10km / 6.5 miles

    Trekking time: 3-4 hours

    Zone: Rainforest zone

    Gran Melia Hotel

    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day 11: 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 Arusha town and grab some souvenirs before heading to the airport.

    None / On Request

    Breakfast Included 

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Amenities
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Included

  • Park fees (for non residents)
  • All activities mentioned (unless clearly labeled as optional)
  • Meals (as specified in the day by day description)
  • All accommodation mentioned (unless clearly labeled as optional upgrade)
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation mentioned (unless clearly labeled as optional)
  • All taxes/vat
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Arusha in FULL BOARD (FB). (5star - Gran Melia Hotel)
  • Team Kilimanjaro Rescue fees
  • 4 Season mountain tents
  • Double layered Sleeping Mats 4 inches (10cm) thick
  • Friendly and professional mountain guides ,cook and porters,
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Enough treated & filtered drinking water throughout the trek
  • Hot water for washing
  • Portable oxygen tanks
  • Ox meter
  • Emergency first-aid kit

Excluded

  • International flights (from/to the client's home country)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Personal items (souvenirs travel insurance visa fees and other personal items)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Tips for guides ,porters and cook,

Tour Policy

CANCELLATION

·40% Deposit payable upfront. The remaining balance is payable 45 days prior to trip departure. Free cancellation up to 30 days prior to departure, but the 40% deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applicable within 20 days of departure.

PAYMENT

A deposit of 40% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior to departure. For any bookings within 30 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We advise you to take out Travel Insurance to cover for any unforeseen circumstances. Moonlight Tours Expedition recommends World Nomads' travel insurance.

CREW LIST IDEA FOR 2 CLIENTS IS PER BELOW:

1 Lead Guide

1 Assistance Guide

1 Cook

1 Waiter

1 Toilet porter magic word (Pilot)

10 Regular porters

CERTIFIED ETHICAL CLIMBING:

We believe the tourism industry has an obligation and a great opportunity to protect the world’s natural habitats, cultural heritage sites, and communities. We actively promote environmental sustainability and social responsibility. As a Partner for Responsible Travel, we are proud members and active supporters of the porters.

The Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project, (KPAP) is an initiative of the International Mountain Explorers Connection, (IMEC). KPAP raises public awareness regarding the proper treatment of porters on Kilimanjaro and assists climbing companies with implementing procedures that ensure fair and ethical treatment of their porters.

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Tour disclaimer

  • The exact order contents and rates of this tour is subject to availability.
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