TREKKING KILIMANJARO

Northern Circuit - Difficulty : DIFFICULT

PRESENTATION OF THE CIRCUIT

The Northern Circuit route is one of the  trekking on Kilimanjaro because it is one of the newest routes.  Also it is offering nearly 360 degrees of beautiful scenery and landscape including the quiet, rarely visited northern slopes. As the longest route on Kilimanjaro, the Northern Circuit also has the most acclimatization time and the highest summit success rate. Thus saying, the Northern Circuit route is highly recommended.

The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the west, beginning with a long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate. From there, the first two days are spent trekking through the rainforest to Shira Ridge, before crossing the Shira Plateau. The route then heads north and circles clockwise from Moir Hut to Buffalo Camp to School Hut, before summiting from the east. Descend is made via the Mweka route
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Primetime Tanzania Adventures offers the Northern Circuit as a nine day group climb or private climb. A 10 day variation that includes an overnight at Crater Camp is available as a private climb by special request.

 

 

ITINERARY

Departing from Arusha / Moshi heading west towards the Londorossi Gate, which takes about 3 hours drive, where you will complete entry formalities at the Park’s gate. Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead. Upon arrival at trailhead, you will begin hiking through undisturbed forest which winds to the first camp site ( Mti Mkubwa).

You continue on the trail that leads out of the rain forest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As the ascend heads through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, and reaching the Shira Ridge before descending gently down towards Shira 1 Camp. Here you will have first full glimpse of Kibo across the plateau.

Explore the Shira Plateau on a gentle walk eastwards on moorland meadows towards Shira 2 Camp. The heath zone displays abundant wildflowers and the unique giant Senecio trees.

The trek continue to the east upwards a ridge and then heads 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.

Trekking out of Moir Valley with a moderately steep climb, then hike to the summit of Lent Hills before returning to the main trail. The path crosses a rock field and gently undulates before reaching Buffalo Camp. This section of the trail offers great views across the plains that lie north of Kilimanjaro and stretch out to the Kenyan/Tanzanian border.

As you head up towards Buffalo Ridge, the terrain becomes increasingly sparse. This route is rarely travelled and will enjoy its mountain wilderness feel. Trekking through remote valleys on to the northern slopes of Kilimanjaro until you arrive at Third Cave.

Climb steadily up and over the “Saddle,” which sits between Kibo and Mawenzi. Heading on towards the camp, School Hut, once here you rest for few hours before enjoying an early dinner and to prepare for the summit night attempt.

Very early in the morning (around midnight), begin to push upwards to the summit attempt. 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. Then, the ascent continues into 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, arriving at Uhuru Peak – the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the rooftop of Africa.
From the summit, the descent continue straight down to the Mweka hut camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch. The trail is rocky and can be quite hard on the knees; trekking poles are helpful for most of the descent. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, the chef will prepare well-earned last supper on the mountain.

On this last day on the mountain, you will continue the descent down to Mweka Gate, where you’ll sign out and collect your certificate if made it to the summit. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka Gate to drive you back to the hotel in Moshi / Arusha ~ for a well-deserved shower and drinks to celebrate your achievement.
What an exciting breathtaking trip of a life time..!

summit
Full moon
Alpine deset

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Packing List

  • • Sun hat or scarf
    • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
    • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • • Under garments
    • Hiking shorts
    • Lightweight cotton long pants
    • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
    • Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
    • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
  • • T-shirts
    • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
    • Fleece jacket or pullover
    • Fleece wind-stopper jacket (optional)
    • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
    • Down jacket
  • • Lightweight gloves
    • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
  • • Thin and lightweight inner socks
    • Thick and warm wool hiking socks
    • Hiking boots with spare laces
    • Camp shoes (sneakers / sandals
    • Gaiters for protecting you from the stones entering your shoes on the summit night

Personal small first aid kit

  • • Pain Killers (Ibuprofen)
    • Diamox (Acetazolamide) if you are climbing Kilimanjaro – Paracetamol
    • Zinc oxide tape and small scissors.
    • Compeed Blister Pads
    • Imodium / Loperamide anti-diarrhea tablets
    • Any medication you normally use
    Dioralyte sachets or similar re-hydration packs.

  • Note that your guide or safari liaison will carry a more comprehensive medical kit containing additional Acetazolamide, Ibuprofen, Anti-inflammatory gel, bandages, Loperamide, Amoxicillin, Oral Dexamethasone, and several other items.

Miscellaneous

• Headlamp with spare batteries
• Camera and film / digital camera & spare memory cards & charger / batteries
• Day pack 30-40 litres for personal use while on the mountain /safari
• Rack sack or duffel bag to contain everything you will need while on the mountain / safari
• Sleeping bag rated to – 10C if climbing Kilimanjaro with us / +5C if only doing safari
• Sleeping mat
• Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside your rack sack
• Trekking poles
• Water bottles
• Water purification tablets / Iodine drops
• Binocular
• Ear plug – cause there’s some in the camp are snoring
• Spare contact lenses and fluid – if worn /watch
• Reading book
• Journal and pen
Personal Hygiene
• Toothbrush and toothpaste & deodorant – Flat packed wet ones / travel wipes
• Medium sized quick drying towel
• Multipurpose soap
• Face and body moisturizer
• Small mirror
• Hairbrush / comb
• Tissue / toilet roll
• Hand sanitizer
• Lip bum with UV protection
• Vaseline to prevent chafing skin and heel friction blisters
• High energy snacks (Cereal bars, dried fruits and nuts
Mobile phone. There is signal reception in much of the national parks and safari areas.                     

 

Note: It is a very good idea to unlock your phone before you come out so that a local SIM card can be used. This will make calls home very inexpensive.

Documents

• Passport (with additional 6 months’ validity after proposed trip return date)
• Tanzanian Entry Visa. (If flying to Nairobi and taking the bus to Arusha, Kenyan visas can be bought on arrival at Nairobi airport.)INFORMATIONS VISAS 

Air Travel Documents – Cash in US dollars in denominations of $10 and $20 (tipping allowance and local purchases, taxis, meals, etc)
• Credit Cards (recommended for eventualities only & obtaining extra cash from ATMs)
• Travel Insurance Documents
• Vaccination Certificates (where applicable) – Traveler’s Cheques are not recommend as they are subject to extremely poor conversion rates in Arusha.

Health

Malaria Tablets (if you choose to take these. Most will seek advice from their GP. Note: some anti-malarial courses need to commence several weeks before departure
Sun cream.Note: some argue that most sun creams are carcinogenic and either organic sun barriers or loose fitting clothes that cover the skin are regarded by many as preferable.

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PRICES

1 PAX : 3749$

2-5 PAX : 3499$

6-10 PAX : 3299$

Includes

  • • Tanzania VAT on tourism activities and Park fees
    • Transport to and from mountain’s gate
    • 1 Night hotel accommodation before and after the climb
    • All Kilimanjaro National Park entry fees, camping fees and climbing permit
    • Kilimanjaro rescue fees ( Kilimanjaro Rescue Team )
    • Emergency Oxygen Cylinder ( for use in emergencies only – not as summiting aid)
    • Basic first aid kit ( for use in emergencies only)
    • Camping equipment’s ( tents, chairs and tables)
    • Qualified mountain guides, assistant guides, porters and chef
    • Salaries for mountain crew as per guidelines set by Kilimanjaro National Park
    • Large portion of fresh, health and nutrition food based on three meals per day
    • Acclimatization walk and coffee tour before the actual climb
    • Water for washing up daily
    • Airport pick up

Excludes

  • • International flights
    • Tips, drinks and food in Moshi / Arusha town and all items personal nature
    • South African passport holders do not require a visa for Tanzania, however, most other Nationalities require a visa for Tanzania
    • Health requirements (yellow Fever Compulsory if traveling to Tanzania recommended)
    • Highly recommended travel and medical insurance
    • All mountain gears (winter closes) we can also arrange for hiring