The Northern Circuit route is the newest, most exciting route on Kilimanjaro. The trek follows the Lemosho trail in the beginning, approaching Kilimanjaro from the west. However, instead of following the southern traverse like all the other west approaching routes, the Northern Circuit traverses the mountain around the quiet, rarely visited northern slopes.
The Northern Circuit route is a nine day climb, which is the longest route in terms of time and distance travelled. The days spent at around 13,000 feet are great for acclimatizion, resulting in the highest success rates for all routes on Mount Kilimanjaro.
With a high success rate, incredible varied scenery and a very low number of visitors, the Northern Circuit route is certainly one of the best routes on Kilimanjaro.
You will be picked up by our drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to lodge/hotel in Moshi. After relaxing for a while in the evening we will have a short safari briefing in the lodge/hotel. Our expert team leaders will guide you through all the important details of your route and offer advice for a successful trek. Your hiking gear will then be thoroughly inspected and adjusted if necessary. The rest of the day is spent getting ready for your life-challenging journey. Dinner and overnight stay will be at the hotel/lodge.
Have breakfast early in the morning at the hotel and start a journey from Moshi to the Londorossi Park Gate in the west. This takes about 3 hour drive to the Londorosi Gate (2200m) then perform registration formalities at the gate. Start trekking through the beautiful lush forest spotting wild animals like elephants and colabus monkeys. Continue to Mti Mkubwa at 2750 m for rest and overnight stay.
Zone: Rainforest/Low Alphine Zone
Wake up on the lower slopes of the mountain and pass through the rainforest vegetation. This takes about 5-6 hour hiking through rainforest before entering the majestic barren landscape of the Low Alpine moorland zone. Reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 Camp for a glimpse of Kibo across the plateau. Have a warm cooked meal at the camp and allow your body to rest for the next day.
Zone: Rainforest/Low Alpine Zone
Start trekking after a warm breakfast across the exposed moorland zone. Enjoy the scenery view while ascending the heath zone displaying abundant wildflowers and unique Senecio trees. Arrive at Shira 2 camp around afternoon for lunch and resting. In the free time explore the spectacular surroundings of Shira.
Zone: Low Alpine/High Alpine
Climb through high Alpine desert zone toward the challenging Lava tower for much acclimatization. Spend 1-2 hour at the tower where you will have your lunch. After lunch and some quality rest, start descending down to Moir Camp situated behind the magnificent Lent Hills. Though the trek to Lava tower is good for acclimatization, no one is forced to do so since it’s optional. Those who are not up to it can trek to the camp directly. Recuperate at the camp for the next day.
Zone: High Alpine
Wake up early and have hot breakfast afterward trek out of Moir Valley with a moderately steep climb, then hike to the summit of Lent Hills before rejoining the Northern Circuit trail. Have a great view across the plains that lie north of Kilimanjaro and stretch out to the Kenyan/Tanzanian border. Continue with the trail which takes you around the northern slope of kibo before reaching Buffalo camp for dinner, rest and overnight stay.
Zone: High Alpine and low Alpine
Northern Circuit trekking continues by climbing to the top of ‘Buffalo Ridge’ across numerous ridges and gullies. Break for a while for lunch and then pass through remote valleys on to the northern slopes of Kilimanjaro to arrive at Third Cave for about 5-7 hours. Enjoy the rest of the day recuperating and feeling good due to your body adjusting to the altitude.
Zone: High Alpine and glacial
Ascend to reach the saddle, a lunar landscape between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Take slow paces so as not to exhaust your body since the walk is short. Reach School Hut around afternoon to have lunch and maximum rest. Take as much fluids and long sleep as you can in preparing for the summit on the next day.
Wake up at 23:30 for adding more warm clothes and a cup of tea with biscuits. Start ascending at 00:00 for 5-6 hours through loose volcanic scree to reach Kilimanjaro’s main crater rim at Gillman’s Point (5,685 m). Rest for a while enjoying the glaciers before the final attempt to the summit. Take a round trip to Uhuru peak(5,896m) arriving in time for sunrise enjoying the spectacular view. Take some pictures at the summit feeling accomplished and have a short rest. Start descending to reach Mweka Hut (3100m). Have dinner a good night sleep at the hut.
After breakfast and much celebrating, continue with the descend. The trail through forest takes 3 hours to arrive at the Mweka gate. It’s where climbers will be awarded with golden certificates for reaching the summit. Retreat back to Mweka village about an hour walk where you will transfer to Moshi for hot showers and resting.
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Transport from arrival point to Moshi
Transport from Moshi to Departure point
Accommodation before climb bed and breakfast basis
Accommodation after climb on bed and breakfast basis
2 person sharing tent/huts on the mountain
All Park fees on Kilimanjaro
Rescue fees on the mountain (by car)
3 meals daily on the mountain
Sleeping and dining tents (all camping gears)
Guide and porters
Cooks and waiters
First aid kit
Service of mountain guide
Transportation to the mountain
Transportation from the mountain
All government taxes
Oximeter on the mountain
Extras at the lodges i.e. telephone, laundry etc.
Drinks rather than water
Tips to mountain Crews
Dinner on the first and last days in Moshi hotel
Personal gears like sleeping bags, hiking poles etc.
French/Spanish/Italian/German speaking guides – they are available
Private portable toilet (available for $80) it will need toilet porter for $10 per day
And all not listed above
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