9Days/8nights: Kilimanjaro Northern Circuit (The Newest and Longest Route).
The Northern Circuit is the newest and longest route on Kilimanjaro Mountain. Climbers are being picked from Arusha town hotels and drive for 2.30hrs to the Western part at Londorosi gate (2100m), where you will do registration and follows the path to Lemosho route gate (2360m), where you will start you’re trekking. After crossing Shira Plateau, the path pointing North near Lava Tower, following the longer Northern Circuit instead of the more famous Southern Circuit via Barranco hut. The route circles around the wonder Northern Slopes to the Eastern side of the mountain, Gilman’s Point, Uhuru peak, Millennium camp then descend through Mweka route. The longer route on the mountain means more acclimatization time and Success rates are accordingly becomes higher.
Day 1: Londorosi gate (2100m), starting at Lemosho route (2360m) to Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,820m).
Distance covered will be 5.5km/3miles and it takes 3-4hours through the Rainforest. With your packed lunch, the first day trekking will be crossing the rainforest and sometimes you can view some animals on the way to the first Camp for dinner and overnight – Mti Mkubwa Camp(2,820m) – (B,L,D).
Day 2: Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,820m) to Shira Plateau Camp 1(3,610m).
Distance covered on this day will be 8km/5miles and it takes 5-6hours through the Rainforest and Low Alpine zone. With your packed lunch, on the Second day, you will spend the first hour trekking through the last Rainforest section before entering the Low Alpine Moorland zone which follows up into the Shira Plateau. The trek is fundamentally short and gradual, ending at your second Camp Shira 1(3,610m) for dinner and overnight (B, L, D).
Day 3: Shira Camp 1(3610m) to Shira Camp 2 (3,850m).
Distance covered on the day is 7km/4miles and it takes 3-4hours through the Rainforest and Low Alpine zone. Usually on this day, the Trekkers going a bi t higher up to the Plateau ridge to experience the stunning view across the Valley below and above Kilimanjaro Western Breach. The Plateau is exposed, so be prepared for weather changes in the night with temperatures getting below zero. Dinner and overnight at Shira 2 Camp (3,850m) – (B, L, D).
Day 4: Shira Camp 2 (3,850m) to Lava Tower (4600m) to North at Moir Camp (4,200m).
On this day, the distance covered will be around 14km/8miles as it takes 5-7hours through the Low Alpine zone and High Alpine zone. Today, the trekking is long on the way to East which passes through the ‘Garden of the Senecios’ and enters high Alpine Desert belt. In the morning you will be trekking up to Lava Tower and the Wonderful Shark’s Tooth Rock formation at 4,600m, as many trekkers prefers to take lunch here. After lunch you will be connecting Northern Circuit on the way down to
Moir Camp (4,200m). In this important day, your trek will experience high Altitude and then Sleep Low which is most useful for acclimatization. Dinner and overnight at Moir Camp (4,200m) – (B, L, D).
Day 5: Moir Camp (4,200m) to Buffalo Camp (4,020m).
This is the day of really climbing; the distance to cover will be 12km/7miles and utilize around 5-7hours through the High Alpine zone. The day rolls moderately with steep climb out of Moir Valley. Climbers can take a small experience here to climb the Summit of Little Lent Hill at 4,375m before rejoining to the Northern Circuit root. As it takes pace, the route follows a series of inclines and declines, skirting around the Northern Slopes of Kibo summit to Buffalo Camp (4,020m). The momentum gives great Vistas out across the Plains that extend to North of Kilimanjaro and stretch out to the Amboseli Game Reserve ecosystem along the Kenya – Tanzania country border. Taking your way to Buffalo Camp in the Midday, for your delicious lunch and have a time to rest after a long day of climbing. Dinner and overnight at Buffalo Camp (4,020m) – (B, L, D).
Day 6: Buffalo Camp (4,020m) to Rongai Third Cave (3,800m).
Already with a climbing experience; this day you will cover 8km/5miles for around 5-7hours through the High Alpine zone and Low Alpine zone. This day starts with a climb up to the Buffalo Ridge and down into Pofu Camp where normally lunch is served. You will continue to East around the Northern Slopes to Rongai Third Cave at 3,800m. The climb is shorter and from here, you will be really feeling familiar with the Altitude and arriving at the Third Cave just around Noon.
Day 7: Third Cave (3,800m) to School Hut (4,800m).
This is the day to view all the 3 Summits of Kilimanjaro: You will be covering 15km and takes around
4-5hours ,through the High Alpine and Glacial zones. The 7TH day combines a steady incline up and over the Saddle which standing between the Peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Then a Walk will continue to South-West up the School Hut(4,800m).Once you arrive at the School Hut, you will be served your early dinner and experience a fiesta in a tent before being Awoken in the Mid-night to start your summiting. Here you will prepare all your Summit gears like head light, gloves, water bottles, warm clothes, camera, walking poles…before going to bed.
Day 8: School Hut (4,800m) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m) then to Millennium Camp (3,950m).
Summit day: In this day, you will be with full Success feelings just before a History to be written in your life. You will be Awoken around 23:00hrs ready to cover 6km/3.5miles ascent and 10.5km/6miles Descent. Time spending will be 6-8hours ascent and then 4-6hours Descent. The movement will cover the Glacial zone and all preceding zones.
With hot tea and snacks you will begin the steep incline up the Slopes of Kibo under the cover of darkness and first arriving at Hans Meyer Cave for a short break. The climb steepens up to Gilman’s Point (5,681m) for around 5-6 hours after School Hut. Here you will enjoy the dawn and incredible view out and across to Mawenzi Peak, and you still have 2 hours left to reach Uhuru Peak, so pull yourself for the Energy. You will be taking the Slopes to the West around Crater rim and you should arrive at the Summit just after sunrise. You will stay here briefly for beautifully Glacier photos then retrace your route back to Stella(5,739m) heading Southwards along Kibo slopes to Barafu Camp(4,680m) for a short break. Then you will take your way down to Millennium Camp (3,950m) for your final night on the mountain. In total a Summit trek takes of 14-16hours on a day 8th,so it’s important to pace yourself(Pole pole in Swahili), remain Hydrated and keep your Blood Sugar level up. Dinner and overnight at Millennium Camp (3,950m) – (B, L, D).
Day 9: Millennium Camp (3,950m) to Mweka Gate (1,640m).
A day to Cerebrate: In this Final day, you will have a Short hike through the Dense Montane rainforest that covers 10km/6.5miles for around 3-4hours down to Mweka gate(1,640m).Here at the gate, you will awarded a Golden Certificate if you have reached Uhuru Peak and Green Certificate if you have reached Gilman’s Point. After lunch at the gate you will be picked back to your hotel in Arusha town.
PRICES: YEAR 2017.
2pax = US$ 2600 per person sharing,
3-5pax = US$2410 per person sharing,
6-10pax = US$2150 per person sharing.
11-20pax = US$2005 per person sharing.
THE PRICE INCLUDES:
-Park entry fees.
-English Speaking Guides/cook & Porters during trekking,
-Accommodation in camps on the mountain (B, L, D-breakfast/lunch/dinner),
-Transfers to/from the mountain gates,
-Oxygen cylinders for emergence,
-Activities detailed into the itinerary.
-Camping equipments like tents, cooking utensils, tables, chairs…,
THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
-Personal climbing gears like boots, jackets, gloves..,
-Personal items like visa, laundry…,
-Tips for crews,