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9 Days Tanzania Mount Kilimanjaro Northern Circuit Route

9 Days Tanzania Mount Kilimanjaro Northern Circuit Route

9 Days Tanzania Mount Kilimanjaro Northern Circuit Route
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Embark on an unforgettable 9-day adventure with our Northern Circuit climb. Our comprehensive tour package includes shared twin room accommodation. If you require a single bed accommodation exclusively, please ensure to contact us at least 2 weeks before the tour commences.

During the climb, camaraderie is fostered as you share a tent with 1-2 other climbers, depending on the group size. However, if you prefer individual tent accommodations, kindly reach out to us for arrangements. We prioritize your comfort and strive to accommodate your preferences to ensure a memorable and enjoyable experience on the Northern Circuit.

Day 1: Arrival in Tanzania - Kilimanjaro Mountain Gear Check

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, our team will be ready to warmly welcome you to Tanzania. You'll be swiftly transferred to your hotel in the charming town of Moshi, where your adventure begins.

Once settled in, you'll have the opportunity to meet your experienced guide, who will provide a comprehensive briefing on the thrilling trek that lies ahead. During this briefing, your guide will conduct an equipment check to ensure that you have all the necessary gear for a safe and enjoyable journey. Any missing gear can be conveniently rented on this day, ensuring that you're fully prepared for the challenges and wonders of Kilimanjaro.

Highlights:

- Warm welcome and transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport to your hotel in Moshi.

- Detailed briefing by your knowledgeable guide on the upcoming trek.

- Equipment check to ensure you have all necessary mountain gear.

- Rental options available for any missing gear.

- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

As you settle in and prepare for the adventure ahead, let the excitement of the journey to come fill you with anticipation. Tomorrow, your ascent of Kilimanjaro begins, promising unforgettable experiences and breathtaking vistas that will stay with you for a lifetime.

Day 2: Londorossi Gate (2,100 meters) to Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,820 meters) - Beginning the Northern Circuit Route

Your journey on the Northern Circuit Route commences at Londorossi Gate (2,100 meters), the starting point shared with the renowned Lemosho Route. The drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate takes approximately two hours, with a longer journey from Arusha. Upon arrival, registration with the Kilimanjaro National Park authorities is conducted at the gate before proceeding further up the mountain to the trailhead starting point.

Before embarking on your trek, enjoy a delicious lunch served by most tour operators at the gate, providing nourishment for the adventure ahead. The first day's trek is a short but exhilarating one, leading you through the lush rainforest to Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,820 meters). Keep your eyes peeled, as you may be fortunate enough to spot majestic wildlife such as elephants and buffalo emerging from the dense foliage onto the path.

Upon reaching Mti Mkubwa Camp, dinner awaits, providing a satisfying conclusion to your first day on the mountain.

Highlights:

- Distance: Approximately 5.5km / 3 miles

- Trekking Time: 3-4 hours

- Ecological Zone: Rainforest

- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included

As you settle into camp and reflect on the day's adventures, let the tranquility of the rainforest surroundings envelop you. Tomorrow promises new challenges and discoveries as you continue your ascent along the Northern Circuit Route, drawing ever closer to the majestic summit of Kilimanjaro.

Day 3: Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,820 meters) to Shira Camp 1 (3,610 meters)

As the sun rises over the verdant rainforest canopy, your journey along the Northern Circuit Route continues. Departing from the tranquil embrace of Mti Mkubwa Camp, you'll ascend further towards the towering summit of Kilimanjaro, leaving the dense foliage behind as you enter the next phase of your adventure.

The Northern Circuit Route offers a unique perspective of Kilimanjaro's diverse landscapes, and today's trek is no exception. As you traverse the undulating terrain, keep your senses attuned to the sights and sounds of the mountain, for it is not uncommon to spot majestic wildlife such as elephants and buffalo along the path.

Lunch is served en route, providing a welcome break amidst the breathtaking scenery. Energized and invigorated, you'll continue your ascent towards Shira Camp 1 (3,610 meters), where dinner awaits. Nestled amidst the rugged beauty of the high alpine zone, Shira Camp 1 offers a serene retreat amidst the vast expanse of the mountain.

Highlights:

- Distance: Approximately 8km / 5 miles

- Trekking Time: 5-6 hours

- Ecological Zone: Rainforest transitioning to High Alpine Zone

- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included

As you settle into camp, take a moment to savor the tranquility of your surroundings and the camaraderie of your fellow trekkers. Tomorrow promises new challenges and discoveries as you continue your ascent towards the summit, but for now, let the beauty of Kilimanjaro's landscape soothe your soul and replenish your spirit.

Day 4: Shira Camp 1 (3,610 meters) to Shira Camp 2 (3,850 meters) - Embracing the Shira Plateau

Today marks your passage across the expansive Shira Plateau, a rugged expanse of high-altitude terrain that serves as a gateway to Kilimanjaro's alpine wonders. Departing from Shira Camp 1, your journey unfolds amidst breathtaking vistas and exhilarating challenges, as you ascend towards Shira Camp 2.

As you traverse the plateau, take a moment to immerse yourself in the raw beauty of your surroundings. Nine-day trekkers typically spend the night at Shira Camp 2, where the convergence of trekkers from the Machame Route adds to the sense of camaraderie and adventure

At Shira Camp 2, seize the opportunity to ascend a little higher up the plateau, where a stunning vista awaits. From this vantage point, you'll be treated to panoramic views of the valley below and the imposing Western Breach of Kilimanjaro above, a sight that inspires awe and wonder.

As night descends upon the plateau, be prepared for a chill in the air, with temperatures dipping below freezing. Despite the cold, the beauty of the landscape and the camaraderie of your fellow trekkers will keep your spirits warm.

*Note: Trekkers on an eight-day hike will continue eastward, ascending the Shira Plateau ridge to Lava Tower (4,600 meters) before descending via the Northern Circuit to Moir Camp (4,200 meters).*

Highlights:

- Distance: Approximately 7km / 4 miles

- Trekking Time: 3-4 hours

- Ecological Zone: Rainforest transitioning to Lowe Alpine Zone

- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included

As you settle in at Shira Camp 2, surrounded by the majesty of Kilimanjaro, let the sense of accomplishment and anticipation for the days ahead fill your heart. Tomorrow, your adventure continues, as you press ever closer to the summit, fueled by the spirit of exploration and the wonders of the mountain.

Day 5: Shira Camp 2 (3,850 meters) to Moir Camp (4,200 meters) 

Prepare for an exhilarating journey as you embark on a long trek to the picturesque Moir Camp, nestled amidst the rugged beauty of Kilimanjaro's high alpine desert zone. Today's adventure takes you eastward, traversing through the enchanting 'Garden of the Senecios' before ascending to the iconic Lava Tower and Shark’s Tooth rock formation at 4,600 meters.

The morning unfolds amidst breathtaking vistas and invigorating terrain as you ascend towards Lava Tower, where a well-deserved lunch awaits. Perched at high altitude, this iconic landmark offers panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, providing a moment of awe and reflection.

After lunch, you'll join the northern circuit, descending to Moir Camp at 4,200 meters. This transition from high altitude to lower elevation is a crucial aspect of the acclimatization process, allowing your body to adjust gradually to the changing conditions.

Highlights:

- Distance: Approximately 14km / 8 miles

- Trekking Time: 5-7 hours

- Ecological Zone: Transition from Lowe Alpine Zone to High Alpine Zone

- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included

As you settle into Moir Camp and gaze upon the majestic beauty of Kilimanjaro's towering peaks, take a moment to appreciate the significance of this day in your trekking journey. Tomorrow, as you continue your ascent, let the spirit of adventure and the camaraderie of your fellow trekkers propel you ever closer to the summit, where new heights and unforgettable experiences await.

Day 6: Moir Camp (4,200 meters) to Buffalo Camp (4,020 meters) 

As the sun casts its golden glow upon the rugged terrain of Kilimanjaro, you'll embark on a thrilling trek from Moir Camp to the enchanting Buffalo Camp. Today's journey begins with a moderately steep ascent out of the picturesque Moir Valley, offering glimpses of the majestic peaks that surround you.

En route, trekkers have the option to embark on a small detour to ascend the summit of Little Lent Hill at 4,375 meters. From this vantage point, the panoramic views of the surrounding landscape are nothing short of breathtaking, serving as a testament to the awe-inspiring beauty of Kilimanjaro.

Continuing along the Northern Circuit trail, you'll traverse a series of inclines and declines, skirting around the northern slopes of Kibo until you reach Buffalo Camp at 4,020 meters. Along the way, be captivated by the vast vistas stretching across the plains to the north, offering glimpses of the Kenyan and Tanzanian border.

Arriving at Buffalo Camp just after midday, you'll be greeted with a well-deserved lunch and ample time to rest and rejuvenate after a day of exhilarating hiking amidst the high alpine zone.

Highlights:

- Distance: Approximately 12km / 7 miles

- Trekking Time: 5-7 hours

- Ecological Zone: High Alpine Zone

- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included

As you settle into Buffalo Camp and reflect on the day's adventures, let the tranquility of your surroundings and the camaraderie of your fellow trekkers envelop you. Tomorrow, as you continue your ascent towards the summit, may the spirit of adventure and the beauty of Kilimanjaro inspire you to new heights of exploration and discovery.

Day 7: Buffalo Camp (4,020 meters) to Rongai Third Cave (3,800 meters)

As the crisp mountain air fills your lungs, you'll embark on the next leg of your adventure, leaving Buffalo Camp behind and setting your sights on Rongai Third Cave. The day begins with an invigorating climb up the Buffalo ridge, offering sweeping views of the surrounding landscape as you ascend.

After traversing the ridge, you'll descend into Porfu Camp, where a well-deserved lunch awaits. Replenished and revitalized, the journey continues eastward, winding around the northern slopes towards the tranquil sanctuary of Rongai Third Cave.

Despite being shorter than the previous day's trek, today's route still offers plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in the beauty of Kilimanjaro's high alpine and low alpine zones. By now, you'll likely be feeling well acclimated to the altitude, allowing you to fully appreciate the awe-inspiring scenery that surrounds you.

Arriving at Rongai Third Cave in the mid-afternoon, you'll have ample time to settle into camp and reflect on the day's adventures. As you bask in the tranquility of your surroundings, let the sense of accomplishment and anticipation for the days ahead fill you with renewed energy and excitement.

**Highlights:**

Distance: Approximately 8 km / 5 miles

Trekking Time: 5-7 hours

Ecological Zone: High Alpine Zone transitioning to Low Alpine Zone

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included

As the day draws to a close and the sun dips below the horizon, take a moment to savor the serenity of Rongai Third Cave and the camaraderie of your fellow trekkers. Tomorrow, as you continue your ascent towards the summit, may the spirit of adventure and the beauty of Kilimanjaro continue to inspire you every step of the way.

Day 8: School Hut (4,800 meters) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters) and then to Millennium Camp (3,950 meters) 

As the stars twinkle overhead, you'll awaken before midnight, your heart filled with determination and anticipation for the monumental journey ahead. With the summit of Kilimanjaro beckoning, you'll embark on the most challenging and rewarding part of your trek.

Day seven begins with a steady incline up and over the Saddle, the vast expanse nestled between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. As you ascend, the air grows thinner, and each step brings you closer to the roof of Africa.

Continuing to ascend southwestward, you'll reach School Hut (4,800 meters), where you'll enjoy an early dinner before resting briefly in preparation for the summit attempt. Remember to gather all your gear, including warm clothes, insulated water bottles, snacks, headlamp, and camera, to ensure you're fully equipped for the journey ahead.

Under the cloak of darkness, your ascent to Uhuru Peak begins. With the glow of your headlamp guiding the way, each step is a testament to your perseverance and strength. As the first light of dawn paints the sky in hues of pink and gold, you'll find yourself standing at the summit of Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters), the highest point on the continent.

With exhilaration coursing through your veins, you'll soak in the breathtaking views and revel in the sense of accomplishment that fills the air. But your journey is not yet complete. Descending from the summit, you'll make your way to Millennium Camp (3,950 meters), where a well-deserved rest and celebration await.

Highlights:

Distance: Approximately 15 km / 8 miles

Trekking Time: 4-5 hours to School Hut; additional 6–8 hours for summit ascent and descent

Ecological Zone: High Alpine Zone transitioning to Glacial Zone

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included

As you settle into Millennium Camp, surrounded by the echoes of your triumph and the camaraderie of your fellow trekkers, take a moment to reflect on the indomitable spirit that brought you to this moment. Tomorrow, as you descend from the roof of Africa, may the memories of your summit triumph forever inspire and uplift you.

**Day 9: School Hut (4,800 meters) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters) to Millennium Camp (3,950 meters) 

As the world slumbers beneath the blanket of night, you'll be roused from your rest around 11:30 PM, greeted by the comforting warmth of hot tea and biscuits. With resolve in your heart and determination in your step, you'll embark on the ultimate ascent towards the summit of Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak.

Under the shroud of darkness, you'll navigate the steep incline up the slopes of Kibo, each step propelling you closer to your goal. Your journey is punctuated by brief respites, including a stop at Hans Meyer Cave, where you'll catch your breath amidst the rugged terrain.

As the hours pass and the night gives way to dawn, you'll ascend further, reaching Gilman’s Point (5,681 meters) after 5–6 hours of relentless trekking from School Hut. Here, amidst the ethereal glow of sunrise, you'll be treated to a breathtaking panorama, with Mawenzi Peak standing sentinel in the distance.

But your journey is not yet complete. With renewed determination, you'll press onward, following the crater rim towards Uhuru Peak. As you reach the summit, the culmination of your efforts is met with a sense of awe and triumph. Take a moment to savor the unparalleled views and capture memories that will last a lifetime.

After a brief respite at the summit, you'll retrace your steps back along the crater rim to Stella Point (5,739 meters), where the path diverges southward. Descending the rugged slopes of Kibo, you'll make your way to Barafu Camp (4,680 meters), where a brief break provides a moment of respite before continuing to Millennium Camp (3,950 meters).

Highlights:

Distance: Approximately 6 km (3.5 miles) of ascent, 10.5 km (6 miles) of descent

Trekking Time: 6–8 hours ascent, 4-6 hours descent

Ecological Zone: Glacial Zone and all preceding zones

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included

As you settle into Millennium Camp for your final night on the mountain, surrounded by the echoes of your summit triumph, take a moment to reflect on the indomitable spirit that brought you to this moment. Tomorrow, as you descend from the heights of Kilimanjaro, may the memories of your summit success forever inspire and uplift you.

Day 10: Millennium Camp (3,950 meters) to Mweka Gate (1,640 meters) 

As the first rays of sunlight filter through the dense canopy of the montane rainforest, you'll awaken to the final day of your Kilimanjaro adventure. With a sense of accomplishment and anticipation, you'll embark on a leisurely hike from Millennium Camp to Mweka Gate, where the journey began.

The trail winds its way through the lush greenery of the rainforest, a stark contrast to the alpine terrain you've traversed in the days prior. As you descend, the air grows warmer, and the sounds of nature surround you, offering a tranquil backdrop to your journey.

Upon reaching Mweka Gate (1,640 meters), you'll sign out with the authorities, marking the official end of your trek. Here, amidst the vibrant foliage and bustling activity, you'll receive your well-earned certificate—a green certificate for those who reached Gilman’s Point and a prestigious gold certificate for those who stood atop Uhuru Peak.

Before bidding farewell to your guides and porters, it is customary to express your gratitude with a token of appreciation. With heartfelt thanks and fond memories, you'll board the awaiting transport, journeying back to your hotel in Moshi.

Highlights:

Distance: Approximately 10 km / 6.5 miles

Trekking Time: 3–4 hours

Ecological Zone: Rainforest Zone

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included

As you reflect on the incredible journey you've undertaken, may the memories of Kilimanjaro's majestic beauty and the camaraderie of your fellow trekkers remain etched in your heart forever. Though your adventure on the mountain may have ended, the spirit of exploration and discovery ignited within you will continue to inspire new horizons and adventures yet to come.

Day 11: Depart Tanzania 

As your Kilimanjaro adventure draws to a close, today offers a moment of relaxation and reflection before bidding farewell to the enchanting landscapes of Tanzania. With no scheduled activities, you have the freedom to wind down after the trek and prepare for your journey homeward.

Depending on your flight schedule, you may choose to explore the vibrant town of Moshi, immersing yourself in its bustling markets and charming streets. Take this opportunity to collect souvenirs, capturing memories of your Tanzanian odyssey to cherish for years to come.

For those with a spirit of exploration still burning bright, Tanzania offers an array of add-on adventures, from exhilarating safaris to idyllic escapes in Zanzibar. Whether you choose to extend your stay or bid dieu to this captivating land, the memories you've created will remain etched in your heart forever.

Highlights:

Meals: Breakfast Included

As you prepare to depart Tanzania, may the memories of your Kilimanjaro conquest and the warmth of Tanzanian hospitality linger long after you've journeyed homeward. Until we meet again beneath the African skies, may your adventures continue to inspire and ignite the spirit of wanderlust within you. Safe travels!

PRICE OVERVIEW

Group Size | Price per Person

 1 person | USD 2390/person

 2-3 people | USD 2320/person 

4-5 people | USD 2290/person

 6-7 people | USD 2250/person 

8–9 people | USD 2210/person 

10–12 people | USD 2195/person

Price includes 

• Private transport to & from Kilimanjaro International Airport to your accommodations in Moshi. 

• 2 nights of accommodation in Moshi. 

• Transportation to & from the Kilimanjaro gate

 • Park entry fees,

 • Camping fees 

• Team Kilimanjaro Rescue fees 

• 18% VAT on tour fees & services

 • Mountain tents

 • Sleeping Mats 

• Friendly and professional mountain guides, cooksand porters 

• 3 hot meals daily while on the mountain 

• Enough treated & filtered drinking water throughout the trek

 • Hot water for washing 

• Fair wages for the mountain crew

 • Government taxes 

• Emergency first-aid kit

Price excludes

 Lunches, dinners and drinks at your hotel before and after climb.

travel insurance 

A Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is available for extra charges $ 80 for the entire trek.

 – Flights

- Laundry (Available at hotel)

 Personal items and toiletries

 Tips for guides, porters and cooks

Tipping

 Tipping on Kilimanjaro from the trekking group (not per climber):

 • Main Guide: $20/day/guide

 • Assistant Guide: $15/day/guide

 • Cook: $12/day 

• Porter: $8/day/porter

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