Mount Kilimanjaro Northern Circuit 8 Days Climbing

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  • Trekking & Hiking
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Duration

8 Days

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Tour Departure

Daily

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Group Size

Unlimited

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Languages

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • 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.

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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 Arusha 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 1 (3,610 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

    Shira Camp

    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day 4: 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

    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 of hiking.

    Distance: ~12km / 7 miles

    Trekking time: 5-7 hours

    Zone: High alpine zone

    Buffalo Camp

    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • 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 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, 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 Included

  • Day 8: 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 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 of 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 their 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 hours descent

    Zone: Glacial zone and all preceding zones

    Millennium Camp

    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Day 9: 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 10: 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.

    None / On Request

    Breakfast Included 

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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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