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NORTHERN CIRCUIT ROUTE 9 DAYS CLIMB

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WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Transfers to/from Kilimanjaro route gate
  • Government taxes
  • Sleeping mountain tents
  • Double layered Sleeping Mats
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Filtered water throughout the trek
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • Hot Water For Wash

WHAT’S EXCLUDED

  • International flights
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips for the mountain crew
  • Laundry Services
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Personal expenses not included in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic beverages
  • Laundry Service
  • Trekking equipment not included in the itinerary (clothing, footwear, portable toilets and tents, accessories)
Itinerary

Day 1DAY 1: LONDOROSSI GATE TO MTI MKUBWA

Distance: 11 km
Hiking Time: 3 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest
Drive from Moshi or Arusha to Londorossi Gate, where we will complete entry formalities. From here a forest track requiring one hour drive to Lemosho Glades. After lunch, we will walk along forest trails to Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite,

Day 2DAY 2: MTI MKUBWA TO SHIRA CAMP 1

Distance: 8km
Hiking Time: 7 hours
Habitat: Moorland
We will follow a trail that leads out of the forest and into a savannah giant heather moorland zone. Our ascend through scenic rolling hills, we will cross several streams to reach the Shira Ridge before descending to Shira 1 camp. The view of Kibo from the plateau is spectacular.

Day 3DAY 3: SHIRA CAMP 1 TO SHIRA CAMP 2

Distance: 6km
Hiking Time: 2 hours
Habitat: Moorland
A gentle walk across the plateau leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream. A variety of walks are available on the plateau making this an excellent acclimatization day. Shira is one of the highest plateaus on Earth.

Day 4DAY 4: SHIRA CAMP 2 TO MOIR HUT

Distance: 5km
Hiking Time: 3-5 hours
Habitat: Moorland / Alpine Desert
Today we continue to Moir Hut, a little used site on the base of Lent Hills. A variety of walks are available on Lent Hills making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity. Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth.

Day 5DAY 5: MOIR HUT TO BUFFALO CAMP

Distance: 12km
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Today we take moderately steep climb out of Moir Valley. You will have opportunity for small detour to climb the summit of Little Lent Hill at 4375m before returning to the Northern Circuit path. 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 6: BUFFALO CAMP TO THIRD CAVE

Distance: 8km
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: High Alpine zone
As we head up Buffalo Ridge, and down to Porfu Camp where the lunch will be served. This route is rarely travelled and we will enjoy its mountain wilderness feel. We trek through remote valleys on to the northern slopes of Kilimanjaro until we arrive at Third Cave in the afternoon.

DAY 7: THIRD CAVE TO SCHOOL HUT

Distance: 15km
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: High Alpine zone
Today we take steady ascend over the Saddle, nested between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. The path leads further south-west toward School Hut, where you will be served with early dinner, after which you should get some sleep, because 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.

DAY 8: SCHOOL HUT TO UHURU PEAK TO MILLENNIUM CAMP

Distance: 6km (Descend distance 11km)
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours ascent and 4-6 hour descent
Habitat: Glacial zone and all preceding zones
You will be awoken around midnight and served with hot tea and biscuits, after the refreshment will begin the steep incline up the slopes of Kibo, under the cover of the night. The first check-point is Hans Meyer Cave where you will take a short break, and then climb steep to the Gilman’s Point (5681m. Take a moment to enjoy incredible view of Mawenzi Peak, before we start final 2 hours trekking to Uhuru Peak. The slope flattens as we head west around the crater rim and should arrive at the summit at dawn. We will stay briefly at the top for you to get as many photos as you can of the incredible views and surrounding glaciers. We will then retrace our steps back around the crater rim to Stella Point, where we turn south and head down the heavily screed slopes of Kibo to Barafu Camp. After a short break here we continue down to Millennium Camp 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.

DAY 9: MILLENNIUM CAMP TO MWEKA GATE

Distance: 6km (Descend distance 11km)
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours ascent and 4-6 hour descent
Habitat: Rainforest zone
Today the path descends steeply through the lush Mweka Rain Forest. The route follows the crest of a broad ridge separating two river valleys until it meets with a road that leads us for the last 40 mins to the Mweka Park gates where we stop for a well deserved picnic lunch where successful hikers will receive their summit certificates (gold for Uhuru Peak, green for Stella Point) from the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority. A vehicle will meet you at gate to drive you back to hotel in Moshi or Arusha.

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