12-DAY ADVENTURE

The Northern Circuit With Crater Camp

Kilimanjaro

HIKING KILIAMNAJARO 'S VIEW

The newest of the official trail to climbing Kilimanjaro, the Northern Circuit is the longest and most beautiful. The first
three days of the ascent follow the Lemosho route. Trail then turns north and follows the Northern Circuit proper to
where it meets the Rongai route to the east. A wonderful route in terms of remoteness, its circumnavigation of the
mountain offers almost 360 degree views. The longer route provides unequalled acclimatization opportunities. At
5730 metres, Crater Camp is an almost untouched and unvisited wilderness, and is a fantastic option for trekkers
who are confident that they acclimatize well

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Spend the night in Crater Camp
  • High summit success rates (over 95%)
  • High guide to client ratio

ITINERARY

DAY 1

ARRIVAL

All trekkers need to organise their own flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). From JRO we will arrange a private transfer to your hotel. That night or early the next morning you will meet your local Kandoo representative and have a full pre-climb briefing.

Transport: Private transfer (0.8 hour, 40 km)
Accomodation: Hotel

DAY 2

LONDOROSSI GATE TO MTI MKUBWA CAMP

4WD transfer to Londorossi Park Gate for registration. Our porters prepare and pack our supplies and luggage before we start our ascent along the forest trail to Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree) campsite at 2895m. We will stay here overnight.

Transport: 1.7 hours, 80 km
Hiking time: 3 – 4 hours
Ascent: 535 m
Max. altitude: 2895 m
Accomodation: Camping
Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 3

MTI MKUBWA CAMP TO SHIRA 1 CAMP

Our journey continues eastwards across the Shira Plateau with spectacular views of Shira Cathedral. We cross moorland meadow to reach Shira 1 Camp for dinner and overnight camping at 3500m. By now we will be able to see the stunning glaciers of the Western Breach. It will be colder tonight than the previous night with temperatures possibly falling below freezing.

Hiking time: 5 – 6 hours
Ascent: 605 m
Max. altitude: 3500 m
Accomodation: Camping
Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 4

SHIRA 1 CAMP TO SHIRA 2 CAMP

Today we walk to the summit of Shira Cathedral, 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, we take in the unforgettable views of Mt Meru.

Hiking time: 3 – 4 hours
Ascent: 310 m
Max. altitude: 3810 m
Accomodation: Camping
Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 5

SHIRA 2 CAMP TO MOIR HUT

We leave the moorland behind now and a gentle grade walk takes us across the high altitude Shira Caldera to Shira Cave with fabulous views of Arrow glacier. We will camp here for the night at 4200m.

Hiking time: 6 – 7 hours
Ascent: 390 m
Max. altitude: 4200 m
Accomodation: Camping
Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 6

MOIR HUT TO POFU CAMP

We climb out of the Moir Valley and take a short detour to reach the summit of Lent Hills (4700m). After admiring the views we return to the trail and heads eastwards around the Northern Circuit trail. The final section of today’s walk undulates until reaching the location of Pofu Camp.

Hiking time: 7 – 8 hours
Ascent: 500 m
Descent: 680 m
Max. altitude: 4700 m
Accomodation: Camping
Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 7

POFU CAMP TO THIRD CAVE CAMP

From Pofu Camp we cross numerous small valleys as the trail continues through a landscape that has increasingly sparse vegetation to eventually reach Third Cave Camp.

Hiking time: 6 – 7 hours
Descent: 60 m
Max. altitude: 4020 m
Accomodation: Camping
Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 8

THIRD CAVE CAMP TO SCHOOL HUT

Today 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 in the early afternoon. The remainder of the afternoon is spent resting and preparing for the summit day.

Hiking time: 5 – 6 hours
Ascent: 830 m
Max. altitude: 4790 m
Accomodation: Camping
Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 9

SCHOOL HUT TO UHURU PEAK TO CRATER CAMP

We start the final and most demanding part of the climb around 7 am on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillman’s Point. We rest here for a short time before we continue on to Uhuru Peak, passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. After celebrating with a few summit photos we begin our descent into Kibo Crater to camp for the night.

Hiking time: 7 – 8 hours
Ascent: 1105 m
Descent: 165 m
Max. altitude: 5895 m
Accomodation: Camping
Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 10

CRATER CAMP TO MILLENNIUM CAMP

We wake up early to hike to the Crater Rim in time to see the sunrise. From the rim, we descend down to the Millennium camp site. Trekking poles will be needed for the loose gravel going down to Millennium Camp. Later in the evening, we will enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

Hiking time: 7 – 8 hours
Descent: 1903 m
Max. altitude: 5730 m
Accomodation: Camping
Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

DAY 11

MILLENNIUM CAMP TO MWEKA GATE

Your final day on the trek. Departing after breakfast, we descend a further 1300m to the Mweka Park Gate to pick up your summit certificates from the Park Headquarters. We will then transfer toy our hotel for a well-earned shower and celebration.

Transport: Private transfer (0.6 hour, 17 km)
Hiking time: 5 – 6 hours
Descent: 2027 m
Max. altitude: 3827 m
Accomodation: Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch

DAY 12

DEPARTURE

After a much needed nights rest, we will bid you goodbye. If you have arranged airport transfers with us or a safari / Zanzibar trip, we will collect you in the morning for your onward journey.

Transport: Private transfer (0.8 hour, 40 km)
Meals included: Breakfast

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INCLUSIONS