11 Day Kilimanjaro Northern Circuit Route

11 Day Kilimanjaro Northern Circuit Route description


Real pricing will be based on group size and itinerary desires. Pricing is normally based on the number of people and the options desired for the trip. For smaller groups pricing can be similar and sometimes less expensive than regular expedition prices listed on the website. 

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  • Day1: Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport transfer to Arusha Tulia Boutique Hotel & Spar.
  • Day 2: Transfer from your hotel to Londorossi National Park gate. We camp at Lemosho Forest camp (8,600 ft). 2-3 hours walk.
  • Day 3: Lemosho forest camp (8,600ft) to the center of the plateau at Shira One camp (11,600 ft).6-7 hours walking
  • Day 4: Shira One camp (11,600 ft) to Shira Hut (12,600 ft), we take in the unforgettable views of Mt. Meru as she floats among the clouds. 5-7 hours walking
  • Day 5: Shira hut (12,600 ft) to Moir Hut (13,800 ft). 5-7 hours walking
  • Day 6: Moir Hut (13,800ft) to Buffalo Camp (13,600 ft) 4-7 hours walking
  • Day 7: Buffalo Camp (13,600 ft) to Third Cave Camp (12,800 ft) 5-7 hours walking
  • Day 8: Third Cave Camp (12,800 ft) to School Hut (15,500 ft) 4-5 hours walking
  • Day 9: School Hut (15,500 ft) to Crater Camp (18,900 ft) 7-10 hours walking
  • Day 10: Crater Camp (18,900 ft) to Uhuru peak overnight at Millennium Camp (12,500 ft.) 4-6 hours walking
  • Day 11: Millennium Camp (12,500 ft.) to Mweka Park gate (5,400 ft) 4-6 hours walking. Dinner and overnight at Arusha Planet Lodge: Bed, Dinner and Breakfast included.
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11 Day Kilimanjaro Northern Circuit Route Itinerary

For larger groups, the price may be similar to our posted prices but the private option is an excellent way to ensure you are receiving a level of attention that is determined by your particular needs. After we receive your booking, we will send you the trip note with your booking confirmation, as it is the final definitive statement of inclusions and trip details, and it forms an essential part of our booking contract with you. Both to assist your understanding and to avoid any misunderstandings. Our trips are for active, flexible-minded people who enjoy the unusual and the adventurous. For trips that have an emphasis on mountain climbing and wildlife safari, you need to remember that even the easiest trekking or walking safari involves some exertion, so you should be reasonably fit and sure that you will enjoy the activity.

Tour starts from: Arusha Town
Tour end in: Arusha Town
Tour style: Group trekking
Departure day: Every day of the week
Optimal Season: Dry season
Best time to travel: January, February, June to October every year around
Vehicle used on transfers: Shuttle bus for big groups climbers and Min van 4WD for small groups
Duration of the trekking: 11 days
Accommodation: Before and after trekking is included in the tour cost.

DAY 1:

Arrive anytime at your lodging in Arusha, Tanzania. With prior arrangement, airport pick-up and private transfers to your lodge are available and arranged from Tanzania on Foot’s office.
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.
Dinner and overnight at Arusha Planet Lodge: Bed, Dinner and Breakfast included.

DAY 2:

After completing the necessary registration formalities at Londorossi National Park gate, we drive through varied farmland with open views over the plains to reach the Lemosho road head. We often have our lunch in the glades before starting to walk. It is an easy day of walking up a small path through beautiful and lush forest. This area has a variety of game, including buffalo. We camp at Lemosho Forest camp (8,600 ft). [2-3

DAY 3:

We soon leave the forest behind and enter the moorland zone of giant heather. The trail climbs steadily with wide views to reach the rim of the Shira Plateau. There is a tangible sense of wilderness, especially if afternoon mists come in! We camp in the centre of the plateau at Shira One (11,600 ft). [6-7 hours walking]

DAY 4:

Today we explore the grassy moorland and volcanic rock formations of the plateau. We walk to the summit of Shira Cathedral (12,800 ft), a huge buttress of rock surrounded by steep spires and pinnacles. There is a tangible sense of wilderness here, especially when the afternoon mists roll in. From our camp near Shira Hut (12,600 ft), we take in the unforgettable views of Mt. Meru as she floats among the clouds. [5-7 hours walking]

DAY 5:

In the morning we follow the main trail up to Lava Tower (15,150 ft), and for those feeling strong, there is a possibility to climb up to the ruined hut at Arrow Glacier (15,700 ft). We then continue from Lava Tower to reach our campsite at Moir Hut (13,800 ft). [5-7 hours walking]

DAY 6:

We climb out of the Moir Valley and take a short detour to reach the summit of Lent Hills (15,400 ft). After admiring the views, we return to the trail and head eastwards around the northern circuit trail. Here the trail passes through a field of rock slabs that clink as they are walked on. The final section of today’s walk undulates until reaching the location of Buffalo Camp (13,600 ft). At the camp, there is a huge feeling of space as the Kenyan plains stretch out far below to the north. [4-7 hours walking]

DAY 7:

From Buffalo Camp, we climb to the top of ‘Buffalo Ridge’ and cross numerous ridges and gullies. The trail continues eastwards through a landscape that has increasingly sparse vegetation to eventually reach Third Cave Camp (12,800 ft). [5-7 hours walking]

DAY 8:

There is a steady ascent to reach the saddle, a lunar landscape between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. From here we continue upwards and reach School Hut (15,500 ft) in the early afternoon. The remainder of the afternoon is spent resting and preparing for the summit day. [4-5 hours walking]

DAY 9:

We start the final and most demanding part of the climb by headlamp around 1 a.m. We plod very slowly in the darkness on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gilman’s Point (18,600 ft). We rest here for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three-hour round trip to Uhuru Peak (19,345 ft), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. We leave the summit heading northwest, down steep switchbacks for a short distance to Crater Camp (18,900 ft), where the rest of the crew will join us to set up camp. There is an option to hike Rausch Crater and the Ash Pit (19,140), or stay in the area and explore Furtwangler Glacier. Sleeping at this high altitude can be dangerous. Serious AMS can develop if adequate altitude acclimatization has not been achieved so the guides will monitor you very closely. [7-10 hours walking]

DAY 10:

We descend from Crater Camp (18,900 ft) stopping at Barafu Camp (14,800 ft) for lunch and continuing our descent. This goes surprisingly fast as we pass through the Alpine Desert to the Heather/Moorland Region and arrive at Millennium Camp (12,500 ft.) [4-6 hours walking].

DAY 11:

A sustained descent on a well-constructed path takes us through a lovely tropical forest alive with birdsong and boasting lush undergrowth with considerable botanical interest. Our route winds down to the Kilimanjaro National Park gate at Mweka (5,400 ft); and on through coffee and banana farms to Mweka village, where we are transferred to your lodge in Arusha. [4-6 hours walking. Dinner and overnight at Arusha Planet lodge: Bed, Dinner and Breakfast included.

Depending on your flight schedule and departure point you will be transferred to the airport to connect your flight for further travel.

The above rates include:

  • Personal trekking coordinator to assist throughout your preparation
  • 7 day a week toll free phone assistance
  • Transport to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • 2 Nights Hotel
  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Daily trip reports from the mountain to interested friends and family back home
  • Transportation to and from your selected route
  • All personal and group tents
  • English speaking guides
  • All Tanzanian National Park Fees
  • Government Climbing Taxes
  • All meals during the duration
  • Purified drinking water
  • Cross to Africa Safaris exclusive Guides, Assistant Guides, Chefs and Porters
  • Hot drinks at every meal
  • One tree planted on your behalf
  • Free wireless internet at the hotel
  • Solo Supplement included (if applicable)
  • Personal Summit Certificate signed by the National Park and your Guide
  • Climbing permits
  • All Meals while on Kilimanjaro and Safari
  • Daily Briefings
  • Sleeping pads
  • Private chemical toilets
  •  First Aid & Injury prevention kits
  • Emergency Oxygen
  • First Aid & Injury prevention kits
  • Mobile Communications
  • Pulse Oximeter

The above rates exclude:

  • International Flights and airport taxes
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Compulsory tips for guides, porters and cook (average tip is anything from US$140 to US$ 160 per hiker depending on the number of days and number of hikers in the group, as well as the route chosen)
  • Entry visa for Tanzania (US$50 per passport holder for most nationalities / US $ 100 per visa for USA passport holders)
  • Vaccination requirements (Yellow Fever – only compulsory if you travel to Tanzania via a Yellow Fever infected country, Meningitis & Hepatitis A remains optional, but recommended)
  • Covid-19 PCR Test per person US$ 50
  • Optional but highly recommended travel and medical insurance.
  • Standard Packages do not include Flying doctors’ memberships (Helicopter evacuation to Nairobi), but could be done at own arrangement
    Personal hiking/trekking gear
  • you could rent some of the gear in Tanzania