Kilimanjaro Callenge V2

'Deluxe' Northern

 Circuit Trek

    ... Full Itinerary

12 day trip

8 days Kilimanjaro trekking

73 km Kilimanjaro trek...

Northern Circuit

Northern Circuit Route Map

DAY 1 - Depart from UK

Your flight departure will be from London.

DAY 2 - Moshi / Arusha

On arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport we transfer approximately one hour to our hotel. After freshening up we have a welcome lunch and meet our guides who will be leading the climb. In the afternoon there is the chance to relax by the pool before the welcome briefing and kit check. This evening we enjoy an evening meal together.

Meals: L, D

DAY 3 - Mt Mkubwa Camp

2,785 m - 3-4 hours / 5km

We will depart Moshi town after breakfast and head for Londorossi Gate (2,100m) to the West of Mount Kilimanjaro. The transfer will take around 2-3 hours from Moshi. After signing into the National Park, we will continue up by vehicle to the trailhead starting point. Upon arriving, lunch will be served, and then we will begin our trek passing through heather and moorland which leads to our first camp on Mt. Kilimanjaro. The camp will be outfitted with private toilet tents and showers, allowing you to relax & acclimatise in comfort.

Meals: B. L. D

DAY 4 - Shira 1 Camp 

3,504 m - 5-6 hours / 8km

After a good breakfast, we will leave MtiMkubwa Camp on a light trek to Shira 1 Camp. We will spend the first hour trekking through the last section of the rainforest path before entering the low alpine moreland zone which follows up onto the Shira Plateau. This will be a gentle and gradual day, ensuring we are fully adjusted to the mountain environment. The pace means we can drink in the views of this unique landscape, admiring the flora & fauna which is in abundant on every side. After arriving at Shira 1 Camp, lunch will be served whilst enjoying the spectacular views of Kibo across the plateau.

Meals: B, L, D

DAY 5 - Moir Hut 

4,161 m - 5-7 hours / 10km

Safely acclimatised, today we will walk for longer and go higher. Trekking out from Shira 1 Camp, the morning is spent trekking up to Lava Tower and the iconic Shark’s Tooth rock formation.  This ancient volcanic plug sits at 4600m, and is where we will take lunch. This is a significant gain in altitude, so expect to feel the effects of this, before we descend down to Moir Hut at 4161m. This is an important day in our trek as we will get to experience high altitude and then sleep low, which is good for the acclimatization process.

Meals: B. L, D

DAY 6 - Buffalo Camp 

4,033 m - 5-7 hours / 9km

After yesterday’s altitude gain and descent from Lava Tower, today will be much simpler. We will take a steep climb out of the Moir Valley, and skirt the northern slopes of Kilimanjaro. There may be an opportunity here (time and weather permitting) for any members of the group who wish to, to take a small detour and climb to the summit of Little Lent Hill (4,375m) before returning to the Northern Circuit Route. From here, there will be altitude gains and descents skirting around the Northern slopes of Kibo to Buffalo Camp., but no steep changes in altitude. We will come close to the border with Kenya, giving us unique views across the Tsavo & Amboselli Valleys. Arriving in to Buffalo Camp, we will settle in for dinner before bed.

Meals: B. L, D

DAY 7 - Rongai Third Cave 

3,936 m - 5-7 hours / 7km

Today starts with a climb up the Buffalo Ridge and down into Pofu Camp where lunch will be served. We will continue our traverse East around Kilimanjaro’s Northern slopes. Here the route we are on converges with the Rongai trail, however as this is no longer the Rongai camp, there are still very few trekkers along the way. Overall, this is a shorter day of trekking, allowing your body to fully adjust to the altitude.

Meals: B, L, D

DAY 8 - School Hut 

4,750 m - 4-5 hours / 5km

Today involves a steady incline up and over the Saddle which sits between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi Peak. We then continue trekking south-west, up to School Hut, otherwise known as the Outward Bound Camp. This sits at 4750m, and represents the highest point of the trek so far. This is also our last stop before the summit push. Arriving at camp, an early dinner will be served, and our guides will encourage us to get plenty of rest and drink plenty of water. After dinner, it will be important to prepare our packs and clothes ready for our summit trek and get some sleep as early as possible. We’ll need as much rest as possible and will be awoken before midnight to set off for our summit attempt.

Meals: b, L, D

DAY 9 - Summit Day 

5,895m 12-15 hours / 17km

Expect a midnight wake-up call for our final push to the summit. After ‘breakfast’, we take a long trek up the winding path to crater rim. The slope is steep over loose rocks with some boulders as you near Gilman’s Point (5,712m). Each pair of trekkers will be assigned a personal guide for this part of the trek. The trek from Gilman’s Point at the edge of the crater, to the summit is less demanding, and depending on your pace, you can reach it after a further 1½-2 hours. After a short time at the summit of Kilimanjaro, you have the option, depending on time, to descend to a nearby glacier. Then we hike down to Barafu Camp via a different route for a short two-hour rest, before descending to Millennium Camp at 3820m. Here you will tuck into a delicious dinner, enjoy a refreshing shower, and settle into your tent for a glorious night of rest after a stunning achievement.

Meals: B, L, D

DAY 10 - Final trek & celebration dinner 

5-6 hours / 12km

After breakfast, there will be plenty of singing and dancing with your team of Kilimanjaro guides and porters, as you make a final descent to Mweka Gate. The final section of hiking is a world away from yesterday’s barren summit of glaciers and cold, and you wind your way through lush rainforest, surrounded by birdsong and the chattering on Blue Monkeys. After signing out at the gate, you will board a waiting vehicle for a private transfer back to the hotel for lunch, showers and cold drinks. In the evening there will be a memorable celebration dinner, marked with Kilimanjaro medals, certificates and t-shirts. Meals: B, L, D

DAY 11 - Moshi / Arusha - Departure

We can enjoy a free morning either by the pool or exploring the local area before transferring to the airport for our overnight flight back to the UK.

Meals: B

DAY 12 - Arrive Home in the UK

Please note: this Kilimanjaro itinerary may be subject to change.

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