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9 Day Kilimanjaro Trekking , Northern Circuit

9 Day Kilimanjaro Trekking , Northern Circuit

Trekking Program Summary

This is the most adventurous trekking program on Kilimanjaro which starting at the north traverses almost the entire mountain before reaching to the summit. It is absolutely the most scenic route available and has almost no traffic on its northern face. If you want something different, this is your route.

Trekking Program Details by Day

Day 1: Registration at the Londolosi Gate

After completing the necessary registration formalities at Londorossi National Park gate, we drive through varied farmland with open views over the plains to reach the Lemosho roadhead. The last section of the road is of poor quality and difficult to drive after rain, sometimes we start walking a kilometre or two below the roadhead. We often have our lunch at the roadhead before starting to walk. It is an easy  day of walking up a small path through beautiful and lush forest. We camp at Lemosho Big Tree Camp (2,650 m); [2-3 hours walking]

Day 2:  Traversing Through Shira Plateau (3,550 m). [6-7 hours walking]

We soon leave the forest behind and enter the moorland zone of giant heather. The trail climbs steadily with wide views to reach the rim of  the Shira Plateau. There is a tangible sense of wilderness, especially if afternoon mists come in! We camp in the centre of the plateau at “Shira One” (3,550 m). [6-7 hours walking]

Day 3: Trekking to the Summit of Shira Cathedral and Shira Hut (3,840 m) [5-7 hours walking]

We walk to the summit of Shira Cathedral before reaching the next camp at Shira Hut (3,840 m). This campsite has stunning views, close to the glaciated dome of Kibo and the jagged rim of Shira Plateau. The views from here of Mt. Meru floating on the clouds are simply unforgettable. [5-7 hours walking]

Day 4: Trekking to Lava Tower and Moir Hut (4,200m). [5-7 hours walking]

In the morning we follow the main trail up to Lava Tower, and for those feeling strong there is a possibility to climb up to the ruined hut at Arrow Glacier around 4,800m. We then continue from Lava Tower to reach our campsite at Moir Hut (4,200m). [5-7 hours walking]

Day 5:  Trekking to the summit of Little Lent hill at 4,375 , Buffalo Camp (4,150m) [4-7 hours walking]

We climb out of the Moir Valley and take a short detour to reach the summit of Little Lent hill at 4,375 meters. After admiring the views we return to the trail and head eastwards around the northern circuit trail. Here the trail passes through a field of rock slabs that clink as they are walked on. The final section is to walk undulates until reaching the location of Buffalo Camp (4,150m). At the camp there is a huge feeling of space as the Kenyan plains stretch out far below to the north.[4-7 hours walking]

Day 6: Traverse to Third Cave Camp (3,900m). [5-7 hours walking]

From Buffalo Camp we climb up to the top of ‘Buffalo Ridge’ and drop down the other side to reach  Pofu, nearby the is a small spring and some vegetation. The trail continues eastwards through a landscape that has increasingly sparse vegetation to eventually reach Third Cave Camp (3,900m). [5-7 hours walking]

Day 7:  Trek to School Hut Campsite (4,700m) and Rest [4-5 hours walking]

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 Campsite (4,700m) in the early afternoon. The remain  of the afternoon is spent resting and preparing for the summit day.[4-5 hours walking]

Day 8: Trekking to the Summit of Uhuru Peak (5,896 m) and descend to Millennium Camp (3,800 m). [11-15 hours walking]

We will start our ascent by torchlight at about midnight so that we can be up on the Crater rim by sunrise. The steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to Gilmans Point (5,685 m) in about five or six hours. We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. The trail leads west along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. We retrace our steps along the crater rim to Stella Point and then descend down through Barafu Camp to reach Millennium Camp (3,800 m). [11-15 hours walking]

Day 9:  Continue Descending to Mweka Gate (1,650 m) (4-6 hours walking)

A sustained descent through lovely forest with lush undergrowth takes us to the National Park gate at Mweka (1,650 m) and on through coffee and banana farms to Mweka village. (4-6 hours walking)

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