The Northern Circuit route is a relatively new route on Mount Kilimanjaro. This special 10 day climb offers excellent views from all sides of the mountain, including the quiet, rarely visited northern slopes. 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. Afterwards, the route heads north and circles clockwise from Moir Hut to Buffalo Camp to School Hut, before summiting from the east. One unique night is spend camping in the crater! Descent is made via the Mweka route.

The Northern Circuit route is certainly one of the best routes on Kilimanjaro. While you trek, you will see nearly 360 degrees of beautiful scenery as you traverse the mountain at 4000m. As the longest route on Kilimanjaro, the Northern Circuit also has the longest acclimatization time, giving you the highest chance of reaching the summit successfully. Thus, the Northern Circuit route is highly recommended.
24-02 Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport

25-02 – Lemosho Glades 2750m After breakfast we will drive to the Londorosi gate on the Western side of Mt. Kilimanjaro (a few hours drive from moshi ). We will begin our hike at the Lemosho trail head. Please note that in rainy/muddy conditions, sometimes the vehicles can’t make it to the true trailhead so there can be some extra hiking You may see Black and White Colobus monkeys as well as signs of the elephants that travel in this area. We will overnight at Forest Camp 2750m Hiking: 4-5 hours

26-02 – Shira Plateau 3500m As we leave the Montane Forest and enter the Hagenia zone, our views open and we will catch our first views of the Kibo peak. This is a good acclimatization hike, as we go up and down several ridges along the way to our highest point of the day at 11,500’ before descending to camp. Overnight at Shira 1 Camp. 3500m Hiking: 6-9 hours

27-02 – Moir Camp 4206m We will traverse the Heath zone of the Shira Plateau and begin climbing the western slope of the KIbo Massif. Along the way, we will enjoy a picnic lunch at Scott Fisher memorial camp . We will continue on to the upper heath zone and Moir camp 4206m. Depending on the weather, acclimatization hikes can be arranged in the late afternoon Hiking: 5-6 hours

28-02 – Pofu/Buffalo Camp 4023m Hike about 4-7 hours, depending on stops along the way. You have quite a ridge to climb up as you depart Moir camp right after breakfast, so it’s best to start out very slowly until you cross the ridge. This is a great acclimatization day. Hiking: 4-7 hours

01-03 – Third Cave Camp 3596m Continue your traverse around the northern side of Mount Kilimanjaro, with expansive views, as you find your way to Third Cave Camp. Hiking: 5-7 hours

02-03 – School Huts Camp 4750m While for many School Huts Camp is their final camp before a midnight summit ascent, you’ll have a full night here since you don’t need to depart for Crater Camp until normal hiking time. Hiking: 4-5 hours

03-03 – Crater Camp 5790M Ascend to Gillman’s Point 5715m, traverse the Crater Rim for a bit, then at Stella Point 5795m descend slightly into the Crater. Across the floor of the Crater, you’ll find Crater Camp, with its great views of glaciers. Hiking: 7-9 hours

04-03 - Summit 5895m and Mweka Camp 3108m Summit day. We will start our ascent to the summit (19,341ft - 5,896m) around 6:00 AM and reach the summit in . After taking in the view from Uhuru Peak we’ll begin the long descent down to Barafu Hut for lunch and then to our camp at Mweka Camp. Hiking poles will help protect your knees on this steep descent. A long day, around 8-11 hours usually. Hiking: 8-11 hours

05-03 – Mweka Park Gate 1828m We make the final descent to the trailhead today, about 3-5 hours hiking. Here we will have lunch and say goodbye to our mountain crew before leaving Mount Kilimanjaro and heading back to town for a shower and a beer. In the Evening or the next day departure home.
  • Arnold Coster as Expedition leader
  • Tanzania VAT on tourism activities and park fees 
  • Hotel Lodging the night before and the night after the climb.
  • Transfer from your hotel to starting point for your climb, and return to your hotel after your climb
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
  • All Kilimanjaro National Park gate fees, camping fees and climbing permits.
  • Kilimanjaro National Park rescue fees
  • Basic first aid kit (for use in emergencies only)
  • Qualified mountain guide, assistant guides, porters and cook
  • Salaries for mountain crew as per guidelines set by Kilimanjaro National Park
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as hot drinks on the mountain
  • Camping equipment (tents, camp chairs, tables & sleeping mattress
  • Water for washing up daily
  • Porter to carry your duffel bag (max weight 15kg / 32 lbs) from one camp to the next camp.
  • Kilimanjaro National Park certificate for your successful summit attempt
  • Flights and airport taxes
  • Meals while in Moshi
  • Soft drinks & Alcoholic beverages during the trek
  • Items of a personal nature and anything not mentioned in the trip intinerary
  • Tips for African guides & porters (ca 10% of the trip price)
Duration 10 days
Altitude 5895m
Group Size 5+
Season Feb.
Price 2950USD
24 Feb. 2017
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