Northern Circuit Route

Itinerary Code:          STTK8
Itinerary:                    MachameRoute
Days on trek:             8
Mountain Inn ➜ Mti Mkubwa Camp ➜ Shira One Camp ➜ Moir Camp ➜ Pofu Camp ➜ Third Cave Camp ➜ Kibo Camp ➜ Horombo Camp ➜ Mountain Inn

 

Itinerary Code:         STTK8+1
Itinerary:                   Machame Route
Days on trek:            9
Mountain Inn ➜ Mti Mkubwa Camp ➜ Shira One Camp ➜ Shira Two Camp ➜ Moir Camp ➜ Pofu Camp ➜ Third Cave Camp ➜ Kibo Camp ➜ Horombo Camp ➜ Mountain Inn

 

The newest, most recent trail on Mount Kilimanjaro which begins at Londrossi Gate. This route is excellent for acclimatisation, due to the length of the trek. The trail does not cross the southern circuit of the mountain, however has portions of the Lemosho and Rongai / Marangu incorporated within it. It is the longest route possible and the highest in price, therefore this route is hardly selected by any trekkers. We would highly recommend the longer version of the trek to break up the initial part of the trek and reduce the intensity of it.
Northern Circuit Route: 10 days, 9 nights (8 days on trek)

1

Direct arrival at Mountain Inn, Moshi. Pre-climb briefing on trek and final preparations.
Overnight: Mountain Inn [D]

2

Start climb at Lemosho Glades (2100m) through the forest zone.
Trekking time: 3-4 hours
Distance: 7km (approx.)
Overnight: Mti Mkubwa Camp (2780m) [B,L,D]

3

Continue through the forest, steeply climbing into the heather and moorland zone, crossing the Shira Ridge, and descending into the Shira Plateau.
Trekking time: 4-5 hours
Distance: 7-8km (approx.)
Overnight: Shira One Camp (3500m) [B,L,D]

4

A long day of trekking across the heather and moorland, arriving at the base of the alpine dessert, the destination for today.
Trekking time: 9-11 hours
Distance: 12km (approx.)
Overnight: Moir Camp (4140m) [B,L,D]

5

Today you leave the Moir valley behind and continue in the alpine dessert zone. Your night will be spent at a lower altitude than the night before.
Trekking time: 8-10 hours
Distance: 11km (approx.)
Overnight: Pofu Camp (4030m) [B,L,D]

6

Make your way across the alpine dessert, as you trail ends joining the Rongai Route, where once again your night will be spent at a slightly lower altitude than the night before.
Trekking time: 6-7 hours
Distance: 7km (approx.)
Overnight: Third Cave Camp (3935m) [B,L,D]

7

ourney across the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo.
Trekking time: 3.5-5 hours
Distance: 8km (approx.)
Overnight: Kibo Camp (4700m) [B,L,D]

8

Around mid-night, start for the summit to Gilman’s Point (5681m) and then continue to Uhuru Peak (5895m). Descend to Horombo Camp.
Trekking time: 12-16 hours
Distance: 21km (approx.)
Overnight: Horombo Camp (3720m) [B,L,D]

9

Continue your descent through the heather and moorland, and the forest to Marangu Gate (1860m).Transfer to Moshi.
Trekking time: 5-6 hours
Distance: 12km (approx.)
Overnight: Mountain Inn [B,D]

10

Check-out. Proceed for: wildlife safari | Zanzibar | airport |end of our services [B]
Northern Circuit Route: 11 days, 10 nights (9 days on trek)

1

Direct arrival at Mountain Inn, Moshi. Pre-climb briefing on trek and final preparations.
Overnight: Mountain Inn [D]

2

Start climb at Lemosho Glades (2100m) through the forest zone.
Trekking time: 3-4 hours
Distance: 7km (approx.)
Overnight: Mti Mkubwa Camp (2780m) [B,L,D]

3

Continue through the forest, steeply climbing into the heather and moorland zone, crossing the Shira Ridge, and descending into the Shira Plateau.
Trekking time: 4-5 hours
Distance: 7-8km (approx.)
Overnight: Shira One Camp (3500m) [B,L,D]

4

A slow paced hike across the Shira Plateau through the heather and moorland.
Trekking time: 3-5 hours
Distance: 6km (approx.)
Overnight: Shira Two Camp (3900m) [B,L,D]

5

Continue trekking across the heather and moorland and arrive at the base of the alpine dessert.
Trekking time: 7-8 hours
Distance: 9km (approx.)
Overnight: Moir Camp (4140m) [B,L,D]

6

Today you leave the Moir valley behind and continue in the alpine dessert zone. Your night will be spent at a lower altitude than the night before.
Trekking time: 8-10 hours
Distance: 11km (approx.)
Overnight: Pofu Camp (4030m) [B,L,D]

7

Make your way across the alpine dessert, as you trail ends joining the Rongai Route, where once again your night will be spent at a slightly lower altitude than the night before.
Trekking time: 6-7 hours
Distance: 7km (approx.)
Overnight: Third Cave Camp (3935m) [B,L,D]

8

ourney across the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo.
Trekking time: 3.5-5 hours
Distance: 8km (approx.)
Overnight: Kibo Camp (4700m) [B,L,D]

9

Around mid-night, start for the summit to Gilman’s Point (5681m) and then continue to Uhuru Peak (5895m). Descend to Horombo Camp.
Trekking time: 12-16 hours
Distance: 21km (approx.)
Overnight: Horombo Camp (3720m) [B,L,D]

10

Continue your descent through the heather and moorland, and the forest to Marangu Gate (1860m).Transfer to Moshi.
Trekking time: 5-6 hours
Distance: 12km (approx.)
Overnight: Mountain Inn [B,D]

11

Check-out. Proceed for: wildlife safari | Zanzibar | airport |end of our services [B]
Bronze package includes:

  • 2 nights’ accommodation at Mountain Inn on half board basis (1 double | twin)
  • Kilimanjaro National Park (KINAPA) conservation fees (entry fees)
  • Kilimanjaro National Park compulsory rescue fees
  • Kilimanjaro National Park camping fees
  • KINAPA trained and certified English speaking guide/s
  • KINAPA trained and certified porters (1 porter per person for personal mountain luggage of 15kg max.)
  • KINAPA trained and certified cook / chef, utensils, cutlery, crockery etc.
  • All meals indicated in the itineraries [B,L,D = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]
  • Camping chairs, tables, dining tent
  • Four or three season light dome tent per two passenger sharing
  • 1 Transfer from Moshi to park gates per group
  • 1 Transfer from park gates to Moshi per group
  • Safe and luggage storage at Mountain Inn while on trek
  • Boiled drinking water on trek
  • Basic first aid kit per group
  • Additional day for acclimatisation (for STTK8+1)
  • Portable toilet including toilet tent, porter, cleaning chemicals, air freshener, toilet roll

Silver package includes:

  • Bronze package
  • 3 x mountain equipment of own choice (from Mountain Inn’s rental store)

Gold package includes:

  • Bronze + Silver package
  • Oxygen cylinder
  • Foldable bed
  • Flying Doctor’s Society Evacuation Service
  • Gold food menu items

Tour excludes:

  • Tips / gratuities
  • Additional transfers from park gates to Moshi
  • Additional day for acclimatisation (for STTK7)
  • Single tent supplement (please request prices)
  • Single room supplement at Mountain Inn (please request prices)
  • Extra nights’ accommodation at Mountain Inn
  • Personal mountain equipment such as sleeping bags, walking poles, mattresses, duffel bags etc. (please request prices)
  • Specialized trekking equipment such as Oxygen cylinders, portable toilets etc. (please request prices)
  • Beverages such as soft drinks, alcohol etc.
  • Metal water bottles, water bladders etc. (please note: no soft plastics are permitted on the mountain)
  • Airport or road transfers
  • International & domestic flights
  • Items of personal nature
Accommodation: overnight stays at campsites in Hilleberg | Vaude, 4 season, 2 person tents.
 
Ascent & descent: different, ascent via Northern Circuit route, and descent via Marangu route.
 
Length: this route can be trekked within a minimum of 8 days in total, however an additional day to break up walking distances is highly recommended.
 
Price: high-range (highest priced route due to length of trek). Please contact us for a price quote.
 
Success rate: high due to length of trek and acclimatisation.
 
Acclimatisation: very good
 
Level: intermediate – high
 
People traffic: very low until the trail joins the Marangu route.