|Route:||Northern Circuit Route|
|Number of days:||9 Days|
|Number of nights:||8 Nights|
|Note: The route majestically passes through all adventurous areas of Kilimanjaro offering trekkers with optimal features Kilimanjaro can offer.|
Details per Day
Day 1: Registration Formalities
- Registration at Londorosi gate
- Drive through varied farmland with open views over the plains to reach the Lemosho road.
- The last passage segment is poor in quality and difficult to drive after rain,
- We often have our lunch at the road before starting to walk.
- Walking up a small path through beautiful and lush forest.
- We camp at Lemosho Big Tree Camp (2,650 m); [2-3 hours walking]
Day 2: at “Shira One Plateaus” (3,550 m). [6-7 hours walking]
- Walk through the moorland zone of giant heather.
- The path steadily advances with broad outlooks to reach the rim of the Shira Plateau.
- We will start experiencing the tangible sense of wilderness, especially if afternoon mists come in!
- We will have our campsite in the centre of the plateau at “Shira One” (3,550 m). [6-7 hours walking]
Day 3: At Shira Hut (3,840 m) Close to Glaciated Dome of Kibo.
- Trek to the peak of Shira Cathedral before reaching the next camp at Shira Hut (3,840 m).
- This campsite has dramatic views, near the glaciated dome of Kibo and the rough rim of Shira Plateau.
- The views of Mt. Meru floating on the clouds are simply unforgettable in this place
Day 4: Follow The Trail Up To Lava Tower at Moir Hut (4,200m). [5-7 Hrs]
- Optional trekking to the ruined hut at Arrow Glacier around 4,800m.
- Continue trekking through the Lava Tower to the campsite at Moir Hut (4,200m). [5-7 hours walking]
Day 5: Moir Valley, Lent Hill, Rock Slabs at Buffalo Camp (4,150m. [4-7 Hrs]
- Trek the Moir Valley and advance to the summit of Little Lent hill at 4,375 meters.
- Head eastwards roughly to the northern circuit route. Here the trail passes through a field of rock slabs that clink as they are walked on.
- The last segment is walking through the undulates until getting to the location of Buffalo Camp (4,150m).
- At our camp there is a great sensation as the Kenyan plains extend out far below to the north.[4-7 hours walking]
Day 6: Climb ‘Buffalo Ridge’, Small Spring to Third Cave Camp (3,900m). [5-7 Hrs]
- Trek to the ‘Buffalo Ridge’ summit and retrace the other side to reach Pofu, nearby the is a small spring and some vegetation.
- The path extend eastwards through a landscape that has increasingly sparse vegetation that extend to the Third Cave Camp (3,900m). [5-7 hours walking]
Day 7: Trek the Saddle and a Lunar Landscape to School Hut Campsite (4,700m). [4-5 Hrs]
- Constant trekking up to the Saddle, a lunar landscape amid the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi.
- Continue forward to the School Hut Campsite (4,700m)
- The rest of the afternoon is for resting and practicing for the summit day.[4-5 hours walking]
Day 8: Uhuru Peak (5,896 m) and retrace to Millenium Camp (3,800 m). [11-15 Hrs]
- A torchlight trekking in the midnight to get up on the Crater rim by dawn.
- Climbing over slack volcanic scree with some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady climb to Gilmans Point (5,685 m).
- Resting at Gilman Point for a short time enjoying the sunrise over Mawenzi.
- We will trek west alongside the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m), walking next to the amazing glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the peak.
- We will go back over our steps along the crater rim to Stella Point and then proceed down via Barafu Camp to Millenium Camp (3,800 m). [11-15 hours walking]
Day 9: Retrace Via Lavish Forest To Mweka Village Via Mweka Gate. (4-6 Hrs)
- Descend calmly down via a beautiful forest with lush bushes to mweka gate (1,650 m) and thereafter to Mweka village (4-6 hours walking) crossing the coffee and banana farms.