Watch a sea of cloud move under your feet as you stand at the top of towering peaks.
Maximise your chances of reaching the summit at 5895, taking a longer route with more time for vital acclimatisation.
Approach from the north to avoid the popular routes, and immerse yourself in the wild African landscapes as you trek.
The Northern Circuit route to the summit of Kilimanjaro offers a number of benefits to the hiker. The longer route offers more time for acclimatisation, thus maximising the potential for summit success. By ascending via the northern side of the mountain, the busier southern routes are avoided, making for a much more tranquil and natural experience on the ascent.
Enjoy wonderful wild views on the northern approach to Kilimanjaro, with increased chances of wildlife sightings.
Taking nine days on the mountain, there's more time to grow accustomed to the demands of trekking at high altitude.
Maximise the chances of a successful summit bid, by taking the longer route to the summit.
Kilimanjaro International Airport - KIA (JRO)
Kilimanjaro Airport Road
Fly to Kilimanjaro International Airport, to meet with representatives, before taking a transfer to the hotel. Full pre-climb briefing either that evening oro the following morning.
Take a transfer to Londorossi Gate for registration. Start the ascent via a forest trail, arriving at Mti Mkubwa campsite to overnight at 2895m.
Continue eastwards across the Shira Plateau, with great views of Shira Cathedral. Cross moorland meadow to reach the Shira 1 Camp to overnight at 3500m.
Hike to the Shira Cathedral, a short ridged summit on the southern rim of the Shira Caldera. A shorter day of hiking, but a great acclimatisation day.
Leaving the moorland zone, a gentle walk traverses the high altitude Shira Caldera, to Shira Cave with excellent views of the Arrow glacier. Camp here for the night at 4200m.
Climb out of the Moir Valley, reaching the summit of Lent Hills. The path veers eastward around the Northern Circuit trail. An undulating finish to the day of hiking, arriving at Pofu Camp to overnight.
Cross numerous small valleys today, as the trail winds across the landscape, growing ever more devoid of vegetation as the altitude increases. Overnight at Third Cave Camp.
Ascend to the Saddle, a lunar landscape, nestled between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Continue upwards to reach School Hut, where there is the rest of the day to relax and prepare for the summit bid.
Leaving around 0100, following a switchback trail through the scree slopes, to reach the crater rim at Gilman's Point. There's time to tak a short break here to watch the sun rise, before continuing to the summit of Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak at 5895m above sea level. Sensational views abound, with glaciers and ice cliffs surrounding the summit. Retrace the route to Stella Point, before descending to Barafu Camp to take lunch. Further descent after lunch to the Millennium Camp to overnight and enjoy a well-earned rest.
After breakfast follow the trail leading to the Mweka Park Gate, with 1300m of descent. Collect the summit certificates from the Park H!Q before taking a transfer to the hotel.
After breakfast, take a transfer to the airport to start the journey home.
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From the moment we Initially contacted them they were honest, professional, experienced and very friendly. Their office staff provided answers and advice on all the numerous questions I had and gave me reassurance that all would go well. On the ground in Tanzania the team were excellent. There was nothing which was too much trouble for them and the care we received was humbling. The team of five guides and porters were magnificently managed by August the head guide. | John
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