8 Days Northern Circuit Route

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Mt. Kilimanjaro climbing 8 days Lemosho via Northern Circuit
Itinerary Overview:
Day 1: Lemosho Glades 2385m – Big Tree Camp
  1. 7kms
  2. 3 hours walking
  3. Altitude gain 395m

You will be picked up at your hotel at around 08:00am and transferred to the Lemosho gate to kick off Day 1 of your 8 day adventure on Kilimanjaro. After a drive through farmland and plantations we reach the Londorossi National Park Gate on the western side of Kilimanjaro. We will climb steadily through the forests of the Lemosho glades to reach Big Tree camp (2780m). Porters will assist throughout the trek carrying your entire luggage.

Day 2: Big Tree Camp 2780m – Shira 1 Camp
  1. 10kms
  2. 6-7hrs walking
  3. Altitude gain 720m

Today we trek through the grassy moorland and heather with volcanic rock formations of the plateau. Our camp for today is at Shira One Camp (3500m), from where there are often views of Kibo Peak floating on the clouds. We gain a reasonable amount of altitude today and parts of the route are fairly steep.

Day 3: Shira Camp1 3500m – Moir Hut
  1. 10kms
  2. 5-6hrs walking
  3. Altitude gain 675m

Today we have the chance to view the Northern ice fields from the western side of the mountain with some unusual views of Kibo. The terrain during our steady climb will change from the moorland of the Shira Plateau to the broad upland desert beneath the Lent Hills with great panoramic views. Our camp is close to Moir Hut (4175m). In the afternoon we do an acclimatization walk to the lower part of the Lent Hills group, to an altitude of 4300m.

Day 4: Moir Hut 4175m – Pofu Camp 4,030m
  1. 12kms
  2. 4-5hrs walking
  3. Altitude down 140m = Acclimatization Day

We walk heading North to Moir Valley, we climb out of this to the summit of Little Lent Hill at 4,375m before striking eastwards around the Northern Circuit Trail and Finish our day at Buffalo/Pofu Camp

Day 5: Pofu Camp 4,030m – Third Cave 3900m
  1. 8kms
  2. 4-5hrs walking
  3. Altitude down 650m

The day starts with a climb up heading east around the northern slopes to the Rongai Third Cave at 3,800 meters. The trek is shorter than the day before and by now you should be feeling well acclimatized to the altitude. You will arrive at the Third Cave just around mid-afternoon.

Day 6: Third Cave 3900m – School Hut 4,750m
  1. 15kms
  2. 4-5hrs walking
  3. Altitude gain 850

We begin a day with a steady incline up and over the Saddle which sits between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi Peak. We then continue walking south-west up to School Hut (4,800 meters). 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 and headlamp before going to bed.

Day 7: School Hut 4750m – UHURU PEAK 5895m
  1. 6km + 9km
  2. 7hrs to UHURU PEAK + 6hrs to Millenium Camp

We start off at around midnight, and walk steeply upwards to the summit glaciers. We will be climbing scree for 4 to 5 hours but gain incredible height over a short distance. The views are spectacular. We should be on the crater rim at Stella Point (5739m) as the first rays of the sun hit us. Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater surround us and the views to jagged Mawenzi peak and beyond are breathtaking. Another hour’s walking takes us to the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m). We begin our descent by returning to Stella Point and then descending on scree slope and track back to Barafu Camp for breakfast, before finally heading down to Millennium Camp for a long well-earned rest.

Day 8: Trek Millennium Camp (3790m) to Mweka Gate (1630m)
  1. 12.1kms
  2. 6 hours

A gentle trek takes us down through the rainforest to Mweka Gate, where we complete park formalities and receive certificates, which you can hang up with pride! We are then met by our vehicles and return to your hotel in Arusha or Moshi, where you can treat yourself to a welcome shower and relaxation.

  • Park fees, camping & rescue fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • All the necessary camping facilities
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour
  • Flights
  • Tips to mountain crew
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry Services
  • Personal necessary climbing gears
  • Airport transfer service (can be arrange for extra $$)
  • Hotel accommodation before and after climb (can also be arranged)
  • Travel insurance

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