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12 Days The Northern Circuit Trek

Climb Kilimanjaro , by trekking the beautiful Northern Circuit Trek

12 Days The Northern Circuit Trek

Splendours of Africa Tours gives you the opportunity to experience the most recently opened route on Kilimanjaro, begins from the west side of the mountain and crosses over almost entirely before reaching the summit.  The Northern Circuit is not just the newest official route; it is also the longest and most beautiful. And because of the extended length of your climb you acclimatize extremely well, transforming it into a once in a lifetime experience.

It is a draw card for any avid trekker, but especially with a full moon summit! On the way, you’ll survey spectacular scenery and glimpse untouched wildlife and wilderness. You’ll venture where few have gone before via secluded trails on this newly unlocked mountain route. The Northern Circuit is still a well-kept secret—hurry for the chance to be among its first pioneers! 

 

BRIEF ITINERARY

  • Welcome to Moshi, Tanzania, the gateway to the roof of Africa!

    Arrive this evening into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) where you will be warmly welcomed. A guide will meet you and transfer you to the Moshi Town comfortable lodge. Relax in the open-air lodge, enjoy the breeze as you lounge on the open verandah, or take a swim in the stunning pool.

  • Trekking orientation and acclimatization.

    We’ll start our climbing orientation just after breakfast this morning. The rest of the day is for exploration and adventure. Beautiful views of Kilimanjaro’s peak shine through on clear days. We stroll next door to see the terroir and organic cultivation at Machame Estate tea and coffee farm. Taste the difference with a proper cupping of many varieties of teas and coffee. After lunch, we’ll stretch our legs on a walk to a nearby waterfall. The meandering trails pass coffee trees and streams under shady glades of magnanimous hardwoods.

  • Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa

    Wake up to a chorus of birds this morning. After a thorough briefing and gear check, you will drive to Londorossi Park Gate. Walk along forest trails,in the tree canopy look for the purple flash of the Hartlaub's Turaco, as well the black and white Colobus monkeys. We camp at Mti Mkubwa (big tree),nestled in verdant forest. You’ll enjoy the cozy setting of camp.


    -- Habitat: Rain Forest

  • Mti Mkubwa to Shira 1 Camp

    After a hearty breakfast, we emerge from the scenic rain forest and head up a steady wilderness trail to the moorland zone of giant heather to reach the rim of the Shira Plateau, the eroded remains of the third and most ancient of Kilimanjaro's volcanic vents. You’ll then cross over the Shira Ridge towards the slopes of Shira 1 Camp, where you’ll set up for the night.

    -- Habitat: Heath

  • Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp

    After devouring a hot steaming breakfast, we will take a short hike to the summit of awe-inspiring Shira Cathedral, a grand buttress of rock surrounded by pinnacle and spire formations. Also, it is one of the most amazing natural landmarks on Kilimanjaro. Emerging from the Shira Plateau, you’ll be greeted by a truly stunning view of the peak of Kilimanjaro before reaching our next Camp. The rest of the day, your guide will lead brief excursions to aid each person’s acclimatization process.


    -- Habitat: Heath

  • Shira 2 Camp to Moir Hut Camp

    Awakening to the lyrical early-morning birdsongs, you begin your day with a good solid breakfast.  Then you and the group head outto the east.You’ll get to marvel at curious desert plant species,climb up and get the epic viewsof iconic Shark’s Tooth volcanic rock formation on the way to Lava Tower – a 300 ft tall.This part of your journey involves gradual exposure to much higher altitudes, consolidating your acclimatization process. We will soon leave the main trail to get to the Moir Hut Camp, beneath the scenic Lent Hills. There you’ll put up your feet up and enjoy a steaming hot meal.


    -- Habitat: Alpine Desert

  • Moir Hut Camp to Buffalo Camp

    After sumptuous breakfast, a short detour sees you trek out of Moir Valley with a moderately steep climb, then hike to the summit of Lent Hills to admire the views before rejoining the Northern Circuit trail. The path followsalong rolling terrain that incline and decline, taking you around the northern slopes of Kibo before reaching Buffalo Camp. At the camp there is a huge feeling of space as the Kenyan plains stretch out far below to the north.


    -- Habitat: Alpine Desert

  • Buffalo Camp to Third Cave.

    It's a full and exciting day. After breakfast, we continue with a revitalizing morning climbing up to the top of ‘Buffalo Ridge’ and descend slightly on the other side to arrive at Pofu Camp for hot lunch. We'll then cross more valleys, turning eastwards.The trail continues through High and Low Alpine scenery passing increasingly sparse and rare vegetation.The day’s journey ends after circumventing the northern slopes eventually reaching the Rongai Third Cave Camp. By this stage of the trek, you’ll be fully acclimatized to the high altitude.


    -- Habitat: Heath

  • Third Cave to School Hut

    This is the final leg of the trip before your last ascent up to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro.  Hikinginvolves a steady incline up to ensure proper adjustment to the high altitudes; we’ll arrive at The Saddle – which is a large valley that rests between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. After lunch, we’ll continue ascending until we arrive at the camp. We’ll turn in early for the night to get some shut-eye and recuperate before the final arduous day of hiking that is to follow.

    -- Habitat: Alpine Desert

  • Summit Day! Enjoy one of the best sunrises in Africa.

    The big day! Your ascent to the peak will begin at 1 am in order to reach the summit of Mount Kili just in time to catch the sunrise, the most spectacular of nature’s backdrops. Climb steadily across loose volcanic gravel up to Gilman’s Point – located at 18,700 ft. altitude. After enjoying the spectacular panoramic sunrise views for a short rest interval, we’ll continue along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak – located at 19,345 ft. altitude. Yes, you did it! We will be standing on the peak of the highest freestanding mountain in the world! 

    The ensuing descent is a welcomed reprieve, and after we enjoy lunch at camp Barafu we’ll continue descending to arrive at the Mweka Hut where we’ll have our last dinner on the mountain, and get some well-earned sleep. 

    -- Habitat: Alpine Desert

  • Trek to Mweka Gate. Transfer to Moshi for a shower and celebratory drinks.

    We trek down for 5 hours through beautiful rainforest to the road head - the final leg of our Kilimanjaro ascent journey. We say fond farewell to our trusty guide, staff and the porters who have helped us during the past week and pick up our certificates of ascent. We transfer to our hotel Moshi - and delight after camping on the mountains slopes. Here we get a well-earned shower and celebration.

    -- Habitat: Forest

  • Departure day. Single timed transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

    Depending on flight times we have some relaxation time today. We need to vacate our rooms at 1100, but can use the hotel facilities until our transfer to the airport. A single timed transfer is provided.

    If you’ve opted to go on a safari – well, that’s a new adventure and we’ll be pleased to arrange it for you!

Map & Itinerary

BRIEF ITINERARY

  • Welcome to Moshi, Tanzania, the gateway to the roof of Africa!

    Arrive this evening into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) where you will be warmly welcomed. A guide will meet you and transfer you to the Moshi Town comfortable lodge. Relax in the open-air lodge, enjoy the breeze as you lounge on the open verandah, or take a swim in the stunning pool.

    • Mountain Inn, Honey Badger Lodge, Keys Hotels

    • restaurant

      Meals: Lunch , Dinner

  • Trekking orientation and acclimatization.

    We’ll start our climbing orientation just after breakfast this morning. The rest of the day is for exploration and adventure. Beautiful views of Kilimanjaro’s peak shine through on clear days. We stroll next door to see the terroir and organic cultivation at Machame Estate tea and coffee farm. Taste the difference with a proper cupping of many varieties of teas and coffee. After lunch, we’ll stretch our legs on a walk to a nearby waterfall. The meandering trails pass coffee trees and streams under shady glades of magnanimous hardwoods.

    • Mountain Inn, Honey Badger Lodge, Keys Hotels

    • restaurant

      Meals: Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

  • Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa

    Wake up to a chorus of birds this morning. After a thorough briefing and gear check, you will drive to Londorossi Park Gate. Walk along forest trails,in the tree canopy look for the purple flash of the Hartlaub's Turaco, as well the black and white Colobus monkeys. We camp at Mti Mkubwa (big tree),nestled in verdant forest. You’ll enjoy the cozy setting of camp.


    -- Habitat: Rain Forest

    • Mti Mkubwa Camp

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      ASCENT 1830m/6000ft to 2650m/8700ftm

    • all_inclusive

      DISTANCE 4miles/6km

    • gps_fixed

      TIME 2-3 hrs trekking

    • restaurant

      Meals: Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

  • Mti Mkubwa to Shira 1 Camp

    After a hearty breakfast, we emerge from the scenic rain forest and head up a steady wilderness trail to the moorland zone of giant heather to reach the rim of the Shira Plateau, the eroded remains of the third and most ancient of Kilimanjaro's volcanic vents. You’ll then cross over the Shira Ridge towards the slopes of Shira 1 Camp, where you’ll set up for the night.

    -- Habitat: Heath

    • Shira 1 Camp

    • call_made

      ASCENT 2650m/8700ft to3550m/11650ftm

    • all_inclusive

      DISTANCE 6miles/10km

    • gps_fixed

      TIME 6-7 hrs trekking

    • restaurant

      Meals: Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

  • Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp

    After devouring a hot steaming breakfast, we will take a short hike to the summit of awe-inspiring Shira Cathedral, a grand buttress of rock surrounded by pinnacle and spire formations. Also, it is one of the most amazing natural landmarks on Kilimanjaro. Emerging from the Shira Plateau, you’ll be greeted by a truly stunning view of the peak of Kilimanjaro before reaching our next Camp. The rest of the day, your guide will lead brief excursions to aid each person’s acclimatization process.


    -- Habitat: Heath

    • Shira 2 Camp

    • call_made

      ASCENT 3550m/11650ft to 3,840m/12,600ftm

    • all_inclusive

      DISTANCE 5miles/8km

    • gps_fixed

      TIME 3-4 hrs trekking

    • restaurant

      Meals: Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

  • Shira 2 Camp to Moir Hut Camp

    Awakening to the lyrical early-morning birdsongs, you begin your day with a good solid breakfast.  Then you and the group head outto the east.You’ll get to marvel at curious desert plant species,climb up and get the epic viewsof iconic Shark’s Tooth volcanic rock formation on the way to Lava Tower – a 300 ft tall.This part of your journey involves gradual exposure to much higher altitudes, consolidating your acclimatization process. We will soon leave the main trail to get to the Moir Hut Camp, beneath the scenic Lent Hills. There you’ll put up your feet up and enjoy a steaming hot meal.


    -- Habitat: Alpine Desert

    • Moir Hut Camp

    • call_made

      ASCENT 3,840m/12,600ft to 4,200m/13,780ftm

    • all_inclusive

      DISTANCE 9miles/14km

    • gps_fixed

      TIME 5-7 hrs trekking

    • restaurant

      Meals: Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

  • Moir Hut Camp to Buffalo Camp

    After sumptuous breakfast, a short detour sees you trek out of Moir Valley with a moderately steep climb, then hike to the summit of Lent Hills to admire the views before rejoining the Northern Circuit trail. The path followsalong rolling terrain that incline and decline, taking you around the northern slopes of Kibo before reaching Buffalo Camp. At the camp there is a huge feeling of space as the Kenyan plains stretch out far below to the north.


    -- Habitat: Alpine Desert

    • Buffalo Camp

    • call_made

      ASCENT 4,200m/13,780ft to 4,020m/13,190ftm

    • all_inclusive

      DISTANCE 7miles/12km

    • gps_fixed

      TIME 5-7 hrs trekking

    • restaurant

      Meals: Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

  • Buffalo Camp to Third Cave.

    It's a full and exciting day. After breakfast, we continue with a revitalizing morning climbing up to the top of ‘Buffalo Ridge’ and descend slightly on the other side to arrive at Pofu Camp for hot lunch. We'll then cross more valleys, turning eastwards.The trail continues through High and Low Alpine scenery passing increasingly sparse and rare vegetation.The day’s journey ends after circumventing the northern slopes eventually reaching the Rongai Third Cave Camp. By this stage of the trek, you’ll be fully acclimatized to the high altitude.


    -- Habitat: Heath

    • Third Cave

    • call_made

      ASCENT 4,020m/13,190ft to 3,870m/12,700ftm

    • all_inclusive

      DISTANCE 5miles/8km

    • gps_fixed

      TIME 5-7 hrs trekking

    • restaurant

      Meals: Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

  • Third Cave to School Hut

    This is the final leg of the trip before your last ascent up to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro.  Hikinginvolves a steady incline up to ensure proper adjustment to the high altitudes; we’ll arrive at The Saddle – which is a large valley that rests between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. After lunch, we’ll continue ascending until we arrive at the camp. We’ll turn in early for the night to get some shut-eye and recuperate before the final arduous day of hiking that is to follow.

    -- Habitat: Alpine Desert

    • School Hut

    • call_made

      ASCENT 3,870m/ 12,700ft to 4,800m/15,740ftm

    • all_inclusive

      DISTANCE 3miles/5km

    • gps_fixed

      TIME 4-5 hrs trekking

    • restaurant

      Meals: Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

  • Summit Day! Enjoy one of the best sunrises in Africa.

    The big day! Your ascent to the peak will begin at 1 am in order to reach the summit of Mount Kili just in time to catch the sunrise, the most spectacular of nature’s backdrops. Climb steadily across loose volcanic gravel up to Gilman’s Point – located at 18,700 ft. altitude. After enjoying the spectacular panoramic sunrise views for a short rest interval, we’ll continue along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak – located at 19,345 ft. altitude. Yes, you did it! We will be standing on the peak of the highest freestanding mountain in the world! 

    The ensuing descent is a welcomed reprieve, and after we enjoy lunch at camp Barafu we’ll continue descending to arrive at the Mweka Hut where we’ll have our last dinner on the mountain, and get some well-earned sleep. 

    -- Habitat: Alpine Desert

    • Mweka Hut

    • call_made

      ASCENT 4,800m/15,740ft to 5895m/19,345ftm

    • all_inclusive

      DISTANCE ascent- 4miles/6km descent 6miles/10km

    • gps_fixed

      TIME 11-15 hrs trekking

    • restaurant

      Meals: Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

    • call_received

      DESCENT 5895m/19,345ft to3090m/10,150ft m

  • Trek to Mweka Gate. Transfer to Moshi for a shower and celebratory drinks.

    We trek down for 5 hours through beautiful rainforest to the road head - the final leg of our Kilimanjaro ascent journey. We say fond farewell to our trusty guide, staff and the porters who have helped us during the past week and pick up our certificates of ascent. We transfer to our hotel Moshi - and delight after camping on the mountains slopes. Here we get a well-earned shower and celebration.

    -- Habitat: Forest

    • Mountain Inn, Honey Badger Lodge, Keys Hotels

    • call_made

      ASCENT 3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ftm

    • all_inclusive

      DISTANCE 6miles/10km

    • gps_fixed

      TIME 3-4 hrs trekking

    • restaurant

      Meals: Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

  • Departure day. Single timed transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

    Depending on flight times we have some relaxation time today. We need to vacate our rooms at 1100, but can use the hotel facilities until our transfer to the airport. A single timed transfer is provided.

    If you’ve opted to go on a safari – well, that’s a new adventure and we’ll be pleased to arrange it for you!

    • ACCOMMODATION Camping

    • restaurant

      Meals: Breakfast

Extend Your Holiday

When booking your holiday, you will be able to 'add an extension option'.

Once we have received your booking we will contact you to discuss additional services required for the extension and to take any additional deposit.

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  • Drive to Manyara National Park

    After breakfast we leave Arusha and drive to Manyara National Park. The road winds through luxurious jungle where groups of a hundred or more baboons can be found along the road. Blue monkeys climb in the acacia tress and the bushbuck antelope gentle grazing in the shade of the forest. In the meantime the impressive silvery-cheeked hornbills have a cacophonic concert in canopy! We stop for a picnic lunch under the Umbrella Thorn before continuing our game drive. This small park has herds of elephant, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest and giraffe. It is famous of it's lions who lounge in the Umbrella Thorn (not the one we have our picnic under though!). At the end of the day we drive to our accommodation for the next 2 nights, on the green, lush outskirts of the small village of Karatu.

    • Meals : Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

  • Drive to Ngorongoro Crater

    After breakfast we drive the 30 mins to Ngorongoro Crater. We spend a full day here in the park discovering its wonders. The crater has an inside diameter of 20km, and is 600m from its rim. It is also one of the places in Tanzania to see the Big 5; elephant, lion, rhino, leopard and buffalo. More than 550 bird species are found here, and Lake Magadi in the crater is often pink because of the flamingos. We can also see the hippo and buffalo lounging in the mud in Ngoitotitok. It's a special place. We return to our lodge in Karatu for our overnight.

    • Meals : Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

  • Tarangire National Park

    We have breakfast and depart our accommodation for Tarangire National Park. This park is famed for its large herds of wildlife, especially the elephants between August to January. It also harbours antelope species which are difficult to see in other parks such as' gerenuk, kudu, oryx and eland. We have a picnic lunch and see the many baobab trees on the hilly plains that Africa is so famous for. The landscape is also dotted with a large number of termite mounds. The Tarangire River crosses through the park giving way to permanent water points - a life line for the wildlife. At the end of the afternoon we drive back to our accommodation in Arusha.

    • Meals : Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

  • Depart to the airport

    After breakfast we depart to the airport, either for our return flight - or maybe off to the paradise island of Zanzibar.

    • Meals : Breakfast

What's Included

  • 3 nights accommodation at Mwezi Boutique Resort in Moon Bungalow
  • Transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • Flight one-way from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Zanziba
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What's not Included

  • Any other meals
  • Optional activities in Zanzibar
  • Miscellaneous personal spending & drinks etc
  • BAGGAGE: On the internal flight from Arusha to Zanzibar there is a 15 kg weight limit.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Cost Inclusions:

  • Double-occupancy accommodations at hotels
  • Mountain camping accommodations on Kilimanjaro;
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • International Airport transfers
  • Skilled bilingual climbing guide(s), cook, and porters on the mountain
  • Waterproof duffel for the climb
  • Filtered/treated drinking water
  • Oxygen and Oximeter and Gamow Bag
  • Enrollment in Flying Doctors,
  • All park fees and taxes.
  • Tents, foam sleeping pads, cooking equipment, and eating utensils

Cost Excluded:

  • Airfare to Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO), Tanzania
  • Cost of obtaining a passport and visa
  • Sleeping bag and Personal gears
  • Optional gratuities to your guides and climbing support staff
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Items of a personal nature such as soft drinks, bottled water or liquor,
  • Laundry fees
  • Immunizations
  • Insurance of any kind.
  • $495/person for Crater Camp

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