Trekking Kilimanjaro - The Northern Circuit

Small Group Holiday



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Africa's highest mountain is yours for the climbing. Hike through rain forest, alpine meadows and high-altitude deserts to the peak and see why this is called the Roof of Africa. The Northern Circuity gives you the best acclimatisation time (and a success rate of 96%), it also combines some of the finest treks up the mountain. You ascend via the Lemosho route as far as Lava Tower, taking in the spectacular views across the Shira Plateau along the way. You then circle the mountain in a clockwise direction until you reach the Rongai Trail two days later at Third Cave. From here you start climbing again, via the Rongai Route, to the top.

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Comfort Level

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On foot, vehicle transfers to / from trail head


2 Nights 3-star hotel in Arusha, 8 nights camping on the mountain

Months of Operation

January, February, July, September, October


DAY 1 Start Arusha
DAY 2 Start climb to Lemosho Big Tree Camp (2,650 m)
DAY 3 Across moorland to Shira One camp (3550m)
DAY 4 Summit Shira Cathedral, to Shira Hut camp (3840m)
DAY 5 Via Lava Tower to Moir Hut (4200m)
DAY 6 Via Little Lent hill on Northern Circuit to Buffalo Camp (4,150m)
DAY 7 Across Buffalo Ridge to Third Cave Camp (3,900m)
DAY 8 Over The Saddle to School Hut Campsite (4,700m)
DAY 9 Summit day (5,896 m), descend to Millenium Camp (3,800 m)
DAY 10 Downhill to Mweka, transfer to Arusha
DAY 11 Trip ends in Arusha


10 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 10 dinners
Park entrance fees
Private vehicle transport between Arusha and Mt Kilimanjaro
Accommodation in 3 star hotel in Arusha
All group camping and catering equipment on the Kilimanjaro climb
(sleeping bags and mats are not provided)
Experienced mountain guides, cook and camp crew
Porters to carry personal equipment
Emergency oxygen

Sample tour.  Itinerary, accommodation, transportation, inclusions and prices are correct at the time of publication but may change without prior notice.  Please inquire.

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