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Kilimanjaro Climb; Northern Circuit

Climb to the stunning Shira Plateau via the Northern Circuit. This route takes you away from the crowds, for a unique and beautiful experience.

Duration 8 days
Price From $5,739
When Year round
Destination Tanzania

Safari Overview

This eight day safari takes you away from the tourist trails, following a quieter, and more genuine-feeling route to Uhuru Peak. Along the way, experience some of the equally intriguing and beautiful landscapes and flora. This is based on the superior camping option, which we prefer. A more basic option is available, contact us for details.

What makes this trip extraordinary?

  • Get off the tourist trails, and experience one of the best climbs.
  • Enjoy a superior camping experience, including excellent porters with you every step of the way..
  • Reach the Uhuru Peak and get photos of you next to the famous sign..
  • Easily combined with a wildlife safari, or even some beach time to relax after your strenuous climb.

Explore the quieter way to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, with fewer tourists.

Day by day

Day 1

Morum Barrier Gate - Shira 1 Camp

Your adventure begins this morning where you will depart from Arusha at approximately 7:30am and transfer to Londorossi gate (about a 4 hour drive) where you will complete entry formalities. You will then continue to Morum Barrier Gate (12,362ft./3,768m),approximately an hours drive. Upon arrival at the trail-head you will indulge in a delicious lunch, then your first trek awaits you. Taking just 1 or 2 hours, your descent will lead you to your first camp. Spend some time settling into your home for the night; you will have the chance for some sundowners looking over the plateau and a filling dinner.

Day 2

Shira 1 Camp - Moir Camp (13,800 ft./ 4,205m)

Today you will trek across the Shira plateau, heading east toward Kibo’s glaciered peak. Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth, averaging at 12,500 feet. You and the expedition team immediately veer away from the tourist trails and will venture to the North-Eastern edge of the Plateau to reach Moir Camp. The trek will be about 4-5 hours over easy terrain. Moir camp is an isolated and seldom used camp affording breath-taking views over the Shira Plateau (13,800ft./4,205m).

Day 3

Moir Camp - Pofu Camp (13,200 ft./ 4,025m)

This morning's trek begins with you heading out of the moorland and into the stark alpine desert. You will soon reach a steep ridge off of the main trail where you will begin your venture on the Northern Circuit Route. The total trekking time today is between 5 and 7 hours. You will reach the Pofu Campsite in the early evening where you will be able to enjoy magnificent vistas into Kenya's Northern plains. Overnight accommodation

Day 4

Pofu Camp - Rongai 2 Caves Camp (11,450 ft./ 3,490m)

Proceed onward through valleys and over ridges exploring the alpine desert and moorland that surrounds you. Today you will be continuing your circuit towards the East of the mountain; bask in the serenity of the vast mountain wilderness which you will be able to enjoy all to yourselves. Moving forward you will then arrive at the intersection with the Rongai Route after about 4-6 hours trekking; the next stage of your journey will be a descent of approximately 450 meters (1,500 ft) down to Rongai 2 Caves where you will stay for the night. Trekking time in total today will be around 5 - 7 hours.

Day 5

Rongai - Mawenzi Tarn Camp (14,160 ft./ 4,315m)

This morning you arise from your tent and Mawenzi should be in plain view. You will begin to follow a smaller track which leads off of the main trail through the moorland and towards Mawenzi’s steeply rising slopes. There will be ample opportunities for you to stop and look at the exotic heather-zone flowers and plants. 3 – 4 hours of trekking brings you through the moorland to Kikelewa Caves Camp. Enjoy lunch surrounded by bizarre plants, rock formations and caves, then head upwards, the moorland gives way slowly to the stark highland desert as we near the Mawenzi Tarn. Trek 3-4 hours steadily upward to reach a placid mountain tarn (lake) at the foot of Mawenzi, Kilimanjaro’s second highest volcano. The camp here is nestled along the tarn in a protected alcove with magnificent views towards the steeply rising rocks of Mawenzi.

Day 6

Mawenzi - Outward Bound Camp (15,585 ft./ 4,750m)

Today you will be trekking for approximately 5 - 7 hours, though a relatively easy hike across the wide saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. The trek takes you across the massive saddle- this crossing is impressive and the landscape spectacularly stark. The temperatures turn cold as you near the foot of Kibo and reach Outward Bound Camp. Prepare all your gear for the day ahead, and turn in early to rest. A resupply of fresh food and supplies will reach camp this afternoon.

Day 7

Outward - Uhuru (19,340 ft./ 5,895m) - Mweka Camp

A midnight wake-up call is the start of a long trek up the winding path of endless switchbacks. From your camp to the rim of the crater (Gillman’s Point (18,750 ft./ 5,712 m)) to Uhuru Peak, the trekking time is about 7 - 8 hours. The slope is steep, over loose rock and scree with some boulders as you near Gilman’s Point. You will stop at Hans Meyer cave on the way, the famous place where Kilimanjaro’s first western climber described in his journals. Once you arrive at Gilman’s Point at the edge of the crater, the trail to the summit is less demanding, and is reached after a further 1½-2 hours along the snowy crater rim (depending on the season). After a short time at the summit, re-trace your steps back to Gilman’s Point, then summon your strength again for a further descent to Mweka Camp for the night.

Day 8

Mweka Camp - Mweka Gate

On your final day of trekking you will descend directly to the gate; taking you approximately 2-3 hours. Here you will enjoy lunch and will be awarded your well-deserved climbing certificates!

Trip Details

Dates and Prices

This is a tailor-made safari and can be amended to meet your specific requirements including preferred number of days, preferred dates of travel, standard of lodges and budget.

About Tailor-made Safaris

A tailor-made safaris is one designed specifically for you, around your taste, budget, people travelling, interests and more. This itinerary is just an example and can be refined and changed to make it perfect for you

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