Kilimanjaro 9 Days Climbing Tours via Northern Circuit
The Northern Circuit route is one of the best routes on Kilimanjaro, offering nearly 360 degrees of beautiful scenery including the quiet, rarely visited northern slopes. As the longest route on Kilimanjaro, the Northern Circuit also has the most acclimatization time and the highest summit success rate. Thus, the Northern Circuit route is highly recommended. The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the west, beginning with a long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate. From there, the first two days are spent trekking through the rainforest to Shira Ridge, before crossing the Shira Plateau. The route then heads north and circles clockwise from Moir Hut to Buffalo Camp to School Hut, before summiting from the east. Descend is made via the Mweka route. Trust Tours And Safaris offers the Northern Circuit as a nine-day group climb or private climb. The 10-day variation that includes an overnight at Crater Camp is available as a private climb by special request with extra cost.
Price for 1+3 pax US$ 2,395 per single occupancy all-inclusive in groups
Price 4+8 Pax US$ 2,255 per single occupancy all-inclusive in groups
.Pick-up and drop-off at Kilimanjaro International Airport;
.Transfer to the trailhead -entry gate to Kilimanjaro National Park;
.Pick-up at the exit from Kilimanjaro National Park and transfer to the hotel;
.All park fees collected by the Kilimanjaro National Park (conservation fees, camping fees, crew fees, vehicle fees, rescue fees and all other fees collected by the Tanzania National Parks Authority).
.One night at 4* hotel ( SG Premier Resort or The Arusha Hotel) before the expedition and one night after; The hotels have everything for your comfortable stay – caring staff, nice rooms, reliable Wi-Fi, restaurant and swimming pool);
.Tented accommodation on Mount Kilimanjaro.
.Please note: All accommodation is on sharing basis (i.e. you will be sharing with your travel companion a twin/double room in the hotel and a tent during the hike. If you travel alone, we will match you with a same-sex adventurer).
.Breakfast in the hotel before and after the hike;
.All meals on the hike. Our Kilimanjaro diet includes energy-rich and highly nutritious meals prepared by our professional high-altitude cooks. A typical diet on Kilimanjaro includes different soups, garnishes, several types of fish and meat, fresh fruit and vegetables; vegetarian/gluten-free/halal options are available at no extra cost;
.All drinks on the hike (coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water).
Hiking and equipment, safety is our priority
.4-inch (10-cm) thick and comfortable sleeping mats;
.All group equipment (spacious and comfortable dining tent, camping table and chairs, crockery and cutlery);
.The Helicopter rescue is free ( book with us so we can give you the helicopter pick-up point).
.Oxygen cylinders and oximeters;
.Complete medical kits.
.Professional guides, licensed by Kilimanjaro National Park.
.All our guides are holders of Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness First Aid certifications.
.All our guides have 11years of successful mountaineering experience;
.Dedicated support crew (assistant guides, camp master, porters, cooks, etc.).
.Local airfares, International airfares and departure taxes.
.International Travel insurance
.Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival.
.Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
.Lunch and dinner at the hotel (before and after the ascent);
.Meals not listed above on those arrival and departures days
.Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc.)
.Tips for guides 100$ cooks 85$ and porters 50$ per entire trip and any items of personal nature.
Day 1 Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa
Elevation: 7,742 ft to 9,498 ft Distance: 6 km/4 miles Hiking Time: 3-4 hours Habitat: Rain Forest We depart Moshi for Londorossi Gate, which takes about 4 hours, where you will complete entry formalities. Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead. Upon arrival at trailhead, we begin hiking through an undisturbed forest which winds to the first campsite.
Day 2 Mti Mkubwa to Shira 1 Camp
Elevation: 9,498 ft to 11,500 ft Distance: 8 km/5 miles Hiking Time 5-6 hours Habitat: Heath We continue on the trail leading out of the rain forest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As we ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, we reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 Camp. Here we catch our first glimpse of Kibo across the plateau.
Day 3 Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp
Elevation: 11,500 ft to 12,500 ft Distance: 7 km/4 miles Hiking Time: 3-4 hours Habitat: Heath We explore the Shira Plateau. It is a gentle walk east on moorland meadows towards Shira 2 Camp. The heath zone displays abundant wildflowers and unique Senecio trees.
Day 4 Shira 2 Camp to Lava Tower
Elevation: 12,500 ft to 15,190 ft Distance: 7 km/4 miles Hiking Time: 3-4 hours Habitat: Alpine Desert
Lava Tower to Moir Hut Elevation: 15,190 ft to 13,580 ft Distance: 7 km/4 miles Hiking Time: 2-3 hours Habitat: Alpine Desert We continue to the east up a ridge and then head southeast towards the Lava Tower – a 300 ft tall volcanic rock formation. Then we divert from the main trail 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 Plateau is one of the highest plateaus on earth.
Day 5 Moir Hut to Buffalo Camp
Elevation: 13,580 ft to 13,200 ft Distance: 12 km/7 miles Hiking Time: 5-7 hours Habitat: Alpine Desert We trek out of Moir Valley with a moderately steep climb, then hike to the summit of Lent Hills before returning to the main trail. The path crosses a rock field and gently undulates before reaching Buffalo Camp. This section of the trail offers great views across the plains that lie north of Kilimanjaro and stretch out to the Kenyan/Tanzanian border.
Day 6 Buffalo Camp to Third Cave
Elevation: 13,200 ft to 12,700 ft Distance: 8 km/5 miles Hiking Time: 5-7 hours Habitat: Heath As we head up Buffalo Ridge, the terrain becomes increasingly sparse. This route is rarely traveled 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.
Day 7 Third Cave to School Hut
Elevation: 12,700 ft to 15,600 ft Distance: 5 km/3 miles Hiking Time: 4-5 hours Habitat: Alpine Desert We climb steadily up and over the “Saddle,” which sits between Kibo and Mawenzi. We continue on to our camp, School Hut. Once here we rest, enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day.
Day 8 School Hut to Uhuru Peak
Elevation: 15,600 ft to 19,341 ft Distance: 6 km/4 miles Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp Elevation: 19,341 ft to 10,065 Distance: 12 km/7 miles Hiking Time: 4-6 hours Habitat: Artic Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. At Gilman’s point (18,600 ft), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.
From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. The trail is very rocky and can be quite hard on the knees; trekking poles are helpful. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.
Day 9 Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate
Elevation: 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft Distance: 10 km/6 miles Hiking Time: 3-4 hours Habitat: Rain Forest
On our last day, we continue the descent to Mweka Gate and collect the summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. From the gate, we continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet us at Mweka Village to drive us back to the hotel in Arusha.