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Northern Circuit Route Trekking

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Kilimanjaro Mountain, Northern Circuit Route

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7 Days

10 Days 9 Nights (Overall )
8 Days 7 Nights (On Mountain)

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Best time to travel

January to December

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The 10-Day Northern Circuit Trekking is the most amazing journey on Kilimanjaro. This is a relatively new route. Become one of the first to enjoy the Northern Circuit’s tranquility and stunning panoramic scenery. Starting from the west, this is the only route that travels north around Mt. Kilimanjaro. It traverses nearly the entire mountain before the summit push. This is absolutely the most scenic path available and has almost no traffic on its northern face.

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), Outstanding Tanzania Safari will arrange a private vehicle from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Moshi at Kiliwonders Hotel for overnight stay.
We will gather in the evening for a pre-climb briefing and an equipment check, we will also confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance.
We stay at Kiliwonders Hotel, which is a beautiful hotel located on the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro and is a perfect place to prepare you for Kilimanjaro trekking adventure.
Dinner and overnight at Kiliwonders Hotel: Bed, Dinner and Breakfast included.

◊Distance covered: 7km / 4.3mi
◊Approx. time taken: 4 hours
You will be picked up at your hotel at around 08:00am and transferred to the Lemosho gate located on the western side of Kilimanjaro. After the registration process you will still start our climb steadily through the forests of the Lemosho glades to reach Big Tree camp where you will be spending the night.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

◊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.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

◊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 meadows towards Shira 2 Camp. The heath zone displays abundant wildflowers and unique Senecio trees.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

◊Elevation: 12,500 ft to 15,190 ft
◊Distance: 7 km/4 miles
◊Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
◊Habitat: Alpine Desert
◊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.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

◊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.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

◊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.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

◊Elevation: 15,600 ft to 19,341 ft
◊Distance: 6 km/4 miles
◊Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
◊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.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

◊Elevation: 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft
◊Distance: 10 km/6 miles
◊Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
◊Habitat: Rain Forest
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch Included
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 the hotel in Moshi.
Dinner and overnight at Kiliwonders Hotel: Bed, Dinner and Breakfast included.

After saying bye to our team of guides then you need a private departure transfer which is included from Arusha to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) for your flight unless you have an option to have a short safari or any other option we will discuss.
The above climb can be undertaken for your own personal charity or group charity.



If you have extra time let us know we can arrange more activitie like Serengeti great wildebeest migration safari, Ngorongoro crater, Manyara and Tarangire safari, climbing the Highest mountain in Africa, The Kilimanjaro Mountan and cultural tour. Thank you for chosing Outstanding Tanzania Safari to take you around the beauty of Tanzania ‘’The land of Kilimanjaro, Serengeti and Zanzibar”. “Karibu Tena” “Welcome Again.”

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