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Kilimanjaro Northern Circuit (360 Route)- 11 Days

Kilimanjaro
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Duration

11 Days 10 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

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Itinerary

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Day One: Arrival and transfer to Keys hotel for overnight
Day One: Arrival and transfer to Keys hotel for overnight

Pick up from Kilimanjaro International Airport after the arrival time of your flight and transfer to Keys hotel.
Dinner and overnight at Keys Hotel (BB).

Day Two: Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa
Day Two: 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 from Keys hotel Moshi to 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 undisturbed forest which winds to the first camp site.
Dinner and overnight at Mti Mkubwa (FB).

Day Three: Mti Mkubwa to Shira 1 Camp
Day Three: 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.
Dinner and overnight Shira one Camp (FB).

Day Four: Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp
Day Four: Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp

Day Four: 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 meadow towards Shira 2 Camp. The heath zone displays abundant wildflowers and unique Senecio trees.
Dinner and overnight Mti Mkubwa Shira two Camp (FB)

Day Five: Shira 2 Camp to Lava Tower
Day Five: 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.
Dinner and overnight Moir hurt Camp (FB)

Day Six: Moir Hut to Buffalo Camp
Day Six: 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.
Dinner and overnight Buffalo Camp (FB)

Day Seven: Buffalo Camp to Third Cave
Day Seven: 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 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.
Dinner and overnight Third cave Camp (FB)

Day Eight: Third Cave to School Hut
Day Eight: 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.
Dinner and overnight School Hut Camp (FB)

Day Nine: School Hut to Uhuru Peak
Day Nine: 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.
Dinner and overnight Millennium Camp (FB)

Day Ten: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate
Day Ten: 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 Key hotel in Moshi.
Dinner and overnight Keys Hotel (FB)

Day Eleven: Departure.

Included/Excluded

  • Transport from JRO airport
  • A night before and after the trek on bed and English breakfast.
  • All food on the climb.
  • Transfer to and from the gate.
  • Tents (Four season,3 person mountain tent – double occupancy),chairs and table
  • Mattress (Sleeping pad foam 1.5 inches thick)
  • First aid kit/Bottled of oxygen/pulse oximeter
  • Park fees, Camping fees and Rescue fees
  • Forest fees where applicable
  • Guides and porters fees as per government regulations, their food and public
  • Liability insurance for the porters/guides.
  • Value Added Tax (VAT) and other government taxes
  • Transport back to the airport.
  • 3 liters of water for the first day.
  • Drinks
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Food for the first and last night at the hotel
  • Personal equipment for mountain climbing

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Kilimanjaro
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