9 Days Kilimanjaro Climb Trekking Northern Circuit Route

Day 1: – Arrive in Tanzania and transfer to Arusha

Welcome to Tanzania – Today you will be meet at Kilimanjaro International Airport and then transferred to hotel in Arusha. The drive from Kilimanjaro Airport to Arusha is approx one hour. Meals – Dinner at Mvuli hotel in Arusha https://www.mvulihotels.co.tz/ half board included

Day 2: -MORUM BARRIER GATE 12,362 ft.3,768 mt. ~SHIRA 1 CAMP 12,200 ft. 3,720 mt.

Departure from Arusha will be at around 7:30am for Londorossi gate, about 4 hours, where you will complete entry formalities. Then continue up by car to Morum Barrier Gate another hour to reach the trailhead. Upon arrival at trail-head, eat lunch, then commence through heather and moorland which lead to the first camp, which is a descent only about 1-2 hours of trekking. The view of Kibo from across the plateau is stunning.

Day 3: -SHIRA 1 CAMP ~ MOIR CAMP 13,800 ft. 4,205 mt.

Trek across the Shira plateau, east toward Kibo’s glaciered peak. Kilimanjaro northern circuit route. Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth, averaging 12,500 feet. We immediately veer away from the tourist trails toward the northeast edge of the Plateau to reach Moir Camp. The trek is about 4-5 hours over easy terrain. Moir camp is an isolated and seldom used camp affording views over the Shira Plateau.

Day 4: -MOIR CAMP ~ BUFFALO CAMP 13,200 ft. 4,025 mt.

Begin the morning trek heading out of the moorland and into the stark alpine desert, on a steep ridge off the main trail, and begin our venture on the Kilimanjaro northern circuit route. The total trekking time is about 5 – 7 hours. From the Pofu Campsite you will enjoy a magnificent view into Kenya’s wild lands to the north.

Day 5: – BUFFALO CAMP ~ KIKELEWA CAVES CAMP 11,800 ft. 3600 m

Proceed onward through valleys and over ridges through the alpine desert and moorland, continuing our circuit to the east, enjoying a vast mountain wilderness to ourselves. Kilimanjaro northern circuit route.Trekking time today is 5 – 7 hours.

Day 6: -KIKELEWA CAVES CAMP ~ MAWENZI TARN CAMP 14,160 ft.4,315 m

Trek 3-5 hours steadily upward to reach a placid mountain tarn lake at the foot of the majestically rising steep ridges of Mawenzi, Kilimanjaro’s second highest volcano. Kilimanjaro northern circuit route. The camp here is nestled along the tarn in a protected alcove with magnificent views towards the steeply rising rocks of Mawenzi.

Day 7: -MAWENZI TARN CAMP ~ OUTWARD BOUND CAMP 15,585 ft. 4,750 m

The trekking time today is 5 – 7 hours, though a relatively easy hike across the wide saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. Kilimanjaro northern circuit route.Kilimanjaro northern circuit route.The trek takes you across the massive saddle- the crossing is impressive and the landscape spectacularly stark. The temperatures turn cold as you near the foot of Kibo, reaching Outward Bound Camp after 5-7 hours of trekking.Kilimanjaro northern circuit route. Prepare all your gear for the day ahead, and turn in early to rest. A resupply of fresh food and supplies will reach camp on this afternoon.

Day 8: OUTWARD BOUND CAMP ~ UHURU PEAK 19,340 ft.5,895 m Millennium CAMP 10,200 ft. 3,110 m

A midnight wake-up call is the start of a long trek. You begin trekking at 1am up the winding path of endless switchbacks. From your camp to the rim of the crater Gillman’s Point 18,750 ft. 5,712 m to Uhuru Peak, the trekking time is about 7 – 8 hours. The slope is steep, with switchbacks, over loose rock and scree with some boulders as you near Gilman’s Point. Kilimanjaro northern circuit route. You will stop at Hans Meyer cave on the way, the famous place where Kilimanjaro’s first western climber described in his journals. Once you arrive at Gilman’s Point at the edge of the crater, the trail to the summit is less demanding, and is reached after a further 1½-2 hours along the snowy crater rim depending on the season Kilimanjaro Northern Circuit Route. After a short time at the summit, re-trace your steps back to Gilman’s Point, then summon your strength again for further descent to Mweka Camp for the night.

Day 9: MWEKA CAMP ~ MWEKA GATE 6,000 ft. 1,830 m SAFETY

Success is what we want during our trip. We are prepared for any urgent situation and also have in place a complete evacuation procedure in case of altitude sickness. We carry first aid supplies, supplement summit oxygen and Pulse Oximeters).

Price Inclusions

  • All transfers to the mountain and back to your Arusha hotel
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
  • Guides, Porters, Cook salaries and park fees
  • Quality, waterproof, four-season mountain sleeping tents
  • Sleeping Mattress
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • Conservation fees (part of park fees)
  • Camping or Hut fees (part of park fees)
  • Rescue fees (part of park fees)
  • VAT (18% charged by the Government)
  • Surcharge for online payment of deposit (5%)
  • Transportation to and from your selected route
  • All land transports
  • Quality, Waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tent
  • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
  • Certified, experienced, English speaking mountain guides
  • Government Climbing Taxes
  • Climbing permits
  • All hot Meals prepared by our cook while on Mountain
  • Guides, Porters and Cook Salaries
  • Fair and ethical treatment of Porters
  • Enough porters to carry your luggage

Price Exclusions

  • Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Meals not listed above
  • Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)
  • Tips and any items of personal nature
  • Summit Oxygen
  • Walking Poles
  • Sleeping form mattress
  • Private portable chemical flush toilet
  • Tips recommended per client in a group – 280 USD
No. of Pax in one group 7 Pax 6 Pax 5 Pax 4 Pax 3 Pax 2 Pax 1 Pax
Price/Person $1,808 $1,810 $1,830 $1,878 $1,955 $2,010 $2,070
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