Kilimanjaro Climb through Northern Circuit Route

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  • Duration:8 Day(s)
  • Activities
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  • Guiding Type: Live Guide/Instructor
  • Guide Language
    • English
  • Tour Vibe Active
  • Recommended For
    • Couple
    • Family/Kids
    • For Art Lovers
    • LGBTQ
    • Senior
    • Solo
    • Women
    • Wheelchair Accessible
    • Youth
  • Destination Country: Africa, Tanzania,
    • Mti Mkubwa Camp
    • Moir Camp
    • School Hut
    • Uhuru Peak
    • Mweka gate
  • Pickup

    Kilimanjaro International Airport

    From: To:
    8:36 AM 8:40 AM
  • Drop-off

    Airport

    From: To:
    8:40 AM 9:40 AM
  • Age Range 10 - 100 (Years Old)
Tour Highlights

 Northern Circuit approaches the summit via Gilman's Point before descending on the same route as the Machame and Lemosho.

Tour Introduction

The Northern Circuit is the newest route up Kilimanjaro and also the longest. Because of its length, the Northern Circuit has the highest summit success rate. The route follows the same as the Lemosho Route for the first two days and then veers off to circle around the quieter northern slopes to the east side of the mountain.

ITINERARY

After breakfast and briefing, drive to Londorossi Park Gate (about a 3-hour drive). From here a forest track requiring a 4WD vehicle leads to Lemosho Glades. Walk along forest trails to Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite.

After breakfast, we continue as the trail gradually steepens and enters the giant heather moorland zone. After several streams are crossed we continue over the Shira Ridge then gently downwards to Shira 1 camp located by a stream on the Shira Plateau.

After breakfast, a gentle hike across the plateau leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream. We will continue with a trek heading east which passes through the ‘Garden of the Senecios’ and then enters the high alpine desert zone, then you will join the Northern Circuit heading down to Moir Camp.

Today, we encountered a moderately steep climb out of Moir Valley. We can do an optional hike to the summit of Little Lent Hill at 4,375 meters before returning to the Northern Circuit trail. From here the route follows a series of inclines and declines, skirting around the northern slopes of Kibo to Buffalo Camp.

We start the day with a climb up the Buffalo ridge and down into Porfu Camp where lunch is usually served. The route then continues east around the northern slopes to the Rongai Third Cave. The trek is shorter than the day before and by now you should be feeling well acclimated to the altitude. You will arrive at the Third Cave just around mid-afternoon.

Today involves a steady incline up and over the Saddle which sits between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi Peak. Trekkers then continue walking south-west up to School Hut. After arriving at School Hut you will be served an early dinner and then you should get some shut-eye as you will be awoken before midnight to start your summit attempt. Remember to prepare all your gear, including warm clothes, insulated water bottles, snacks, headlamp and camera before going to bed.

You will be awoken around 11:30 with hot tea and biscuits and will then begin the steep incline up the slopes of Kibo under the cover of darkness. Your first check-point is Hans Meyer Cave where you will take a short break. The climb steepens as you approach Gilman’s Point (5,681 meters), which will be around 5-6 hours after departing School Hut. Take a moment to enjoy the approaching dawn and incredible view out and across to Mawenzi Peak, but remember you still have 2 hours trekking to reach Uhuru Peak so dig deep for the energy. The slope flattens as you head west around the crater rim and you should arrive at the summit at or just after sunrise. Your stay here will be brief so get as many pictures as you can of the incredible views and surrounding glaciers. You will then retrace your steps back around the crater rim to Stella Point (5,739 meters) where you will turn south and head down the heavily screed slopes of Kibo to Barafu Camp (4,680 meters). Most trekkers take a short break here before continuing down to Millennium Camp (3,950 meters) for your final night on the mountain. In total you will be trekking for 14-16 hours on day eight so it is important to pace yourself, remain hydrated and keep your blood sugar levels up.

After breakfast we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). Our vehicle will be waiting for you at Mweka gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (around 60 minutes).

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Accommodation
Location Nights Type Property Name Rating Occupancy
Kilimanjaro 2 Hotel Kilimanjaro Crane Hotel 4 Star Private
2Nights: the night before the climb and the night after the climb accommodation  in Moshi Kilimanjaro Town Hotel  
Pickup & Drop-Off
  • Airport Transfer
Guide

Our Kilimanjaro Guides Are Very Experienced, With Most Having Climbed Well Over 150 Times. They Are Professionals Who Confidentially Know The Mountain.

Meals
  • Halal
  • Jain
  • Kosher
  • Meat
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
Transport
  • Jeep & 4WD
Extra Services
Other Included
  • All transfers to the mountain and back to your Moshi hotel
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
  • Guides, Porters, Cook salaries and park fees
  • Quality, waterproof, four-season mountain sleeping tents (on twin sharing basis)
  • Sleeping Mattress
  • Emergency Oxygen Cylinder
  • 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)

WHAT’S EXCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Insurance

Other Excluded:

  • Tanzania Visa
  • International and domestic flights
  • Hotel (available as an optional addon)
  • Transfers (available as an optional addon)
  • Personal trekking equipment such as sleepings bags, hiking boots, clothes, etc (available for renting)
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Liquors, beers and bottled beverages

Covid Safety

We do Follow all regulation and Precautions of COVID-19

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Tour Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 30 day(s) prior departure, Or traveler will pay 50 % of the tour amount

Tour Date Change Policy

Tour Date can be changed 31 day(s) prior departure

Reviews

Mount Kilimanjaro climb Machame Route 7 Day
Written on 12 Jun 2023

This was my first guided climb but I was very pleased withe the service and support that brayan and his team at spider tours and safaris provided. They graciously pick you up at the airport, transport

Mount Kilimanjaro climb Machame Route 7 Day
Written on 22 Mar 2023

Choose this company for your mount Kilimanjaro climbing and Safari for wildlife animals they will take care of you and organize the trip they greeted us at airport and drove us to the Hotel our guides

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