10 Days Top Kilimanjaro Hiking via Northern Circuity Route

10-Day Kilimanjaro Hiking Northern Circuit Route: Remarkable 10-day hike, breathtaking landscapes, and conquering Kilimanjaro's peaks.

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About 10 Days Unforgettable Top Kilimanjaro Hiking via Northern Circuity Route

The Top 10-day Kilimanjaro hiking tour via the Northern Circuit Route is a thrilling adventure that promises unforgettable experiences and breathtaking landscapes. This article will serve as your comprehensive guide, providing a day-by-day itinerary that covers the incredible journey to the roof of Africa. From Londorossi Gate to Mweka Gate, each day of this expedition is filled with unique challenges and rewarding vistas. Let's delve into the details of this epic expedition.

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Day 1  :  LONDOROSSI GATE to MTI MKUBWA CAMP


On the first day of your Kilimanjaro hiking tour, you will start at Londorossi Gate, where you will complete registration formalities. The trek commences through the dense rainforests of Kilimanjaro, where you may be lucky enough to spot wildlife such as colobus monkeys and colorful bird species. After a gradual ascent, you will reach Mti Mkubwa Camp, situated at an elevation of approximately 2,650 meters (8,694 feet). This camp provides a comfortable resting place for the night, allowing you to acclimatize and prepare for the days ahead.

Accommodation for day 1
  • Big Tree (Mti Mkubwa) Campsite
Included meals and drinks
  • Dinner
  • Drinking water
  • Lunch
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    Day 2  :  MTI MKUBWA CAMP - SHIRA 1 CAMP


    As you continue your journey, the landscape begins to transform, and the vegetation changes to heather and moorland. Today's destination is Shira 1 Camp, situated at an elevation of about 3,610 meters (11,844 feet). The trek involves traversing through the scenic plateau of Shira Ridge, offering breathtaking panoramas of the surrounding landscapes. It's essential to stay hydrated and take it slow to adjust to the increasing altitude.

    Accommodation for day 2
    • Shira 1 Campsite
    Included meals and drinks
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinking water
  • Lunch
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    Day 3  :  SHIRA 1 CAMP to SHIRA 2 CAMP


    Heading deeper into the Northern Circuit Route, you will proceed towards Shira 2 Camp. The trek today takes you across the expansive Shira Plateau, providing awe-inspiring views of Mount Kilimanjaro's glaciers and the vastness of the plateau itself. Shira 2 Camp, nestled at an altitude of approximately 3,850 meters (12,631 feet), will be your overnight stop. Take advantage of the stunning sunset vistas and immerse yourself in the wilderness.

    Accommodation for day 3
    • Shira 2 Campsite
    Included meals and drinks
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinking water
  • Lunch
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    Day 4  :  SHIRA 2 CAMP to LAVA TOWER to MOIR HUT


    Day 4 presents a day of acclimatization as you ascend to Lava Tower at around 4,600 meters (15,091 feet). This height is crucial for acclimatization purposes before descending to Moir Hut, situated at approximately 4,200 meters (13,780 feet). The unique landscape surrounding Lava Tower and Moir Hut offers an otherworldly experience, making it a memorable part of your journey.

    Accommodation for day 4
    • Moir Hut Campsite
    Included meals and drinks
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinking water
  • Lunch
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    Day 5  :  MOIR HUT to BUFFALO CAMP


    Leaving Moir Hut behind, your trek will take you to Buffalo Camp, which stands at an elevation of about 4,020 meters (13,188 feet). The route allows you to experience the alpine desert terrain of Kilimanjaro, characterized by its sparse vegetation and rocky landscapes. Arriving at Buffalo Camp, you will be captivated by the vastness of the African wilderness and the star-studded night sky.

    Accommodation for day 5
    • Pofu Campsite
    Included meals and drinks
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinking water
  • Lunch
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    Day 6  :  BUFFALO CAMP to THIRD CAVE CAMP


    The journey from Buffalo Camp to Third Cave Camp takes you through the lower alpine zone of Kilimanjaro. At an altitude of approximately 3,870 meters (12,697 feet), Third Cave Camp offers a serene environment for trekkers to rest and recharge. Amidst the tranquility, you'll have the chance to reflect on the incredible experiences of the past days.

    Accommodation for day 6
    • Third Cave Campsite
    Included meals and drinks
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinking water
  • Lunch
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    Day 7  :  THIRD CAVE CAMP to SCHOOL HUT


    As you venture higher, the landscape becomes more rugged and arid. Today's trek leads you to School Hut, situated at an elevation of about 4,800 meters (15,748 feet). This camp serves as the base camp for those planning to conquer the summit via the Uhuru Peak route. The anticipation of reaching the summit begins to build as you prepare for the summit push on the following day.

    Accommodation for day 7
    • School Hut Campsite
    Included meals and drinks
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinking water
  • Lunch
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    Day 8  :  SCHOOL HUT to KIBO CAMP


    The penultimate day of your Kilimanjaro hiking tour takes you from School Hut to Kibo Camp, which stands at an altitude of approximately 4,700 meters (15,420 feet). The challenging ascent demands determination and mental strength, but the rewards are unparalleled. Kibo Camp is strategically located, providing easy access to the summit and ensuring trekkers have enough time to rest before the final ascent.

    Accommodation for day 8
    • Kibo Camp
    Included meals and drinks
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinking water
  • Lunch
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    Day 9  :  SCHOOL HUT CAMP to UHURU PEAK to MWEKA CAMP


    The most anticipated day of your journey has arrived the day of the summit attempt. You will embark on a pre-dawn ascent to reach Uhuru Peak, the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro, standing at an astonishing 5,895 meters (19,341 feet). As the sun rises over the African plains, the feeling of accomplishment is beyond words. After celebrating your success at the summit, you will descend to Mweka Camp, situated at an altitude of about 3,100 meters (10,171 feet), for a well-deserved rest.

    Accommodation for day 9
    • Mweka Campsite
    Included meals and drinks
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinking water
  • Lunch
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    Day 10  :  MWEKA CAMP to MWEKA GATE


    On the final day of your Kilimanjaro hiking tour, you will make your way down to Mweka Gate. The descending path takes you through the lush rainforests, a stark contrast to the high-altitude terrains you conquered earlier. At Mweka Gate, you will receive your summit certificates, commemorating your achievement of reaching the "Roof of Africa." From here, you'll be transferred back to your accommodation in Moshi or Arusha, where you can revel in the memories of this life-changing adventure.

    Accommodation for day 10
    Included meals and drinks
  • Breakfast
  • Drinking water
  • Lunch

  • Tour activities

    Game drive tours

    Getting around/Walking

    Hotel resting

    Photographs

    Tour features and style

    Private tour
    You can do safari privately for solo, couple, family, or in group.

    Group tour
    Join a group with your fellow tourists through this tour.

    Budget tour
    You can compute the price for budget for the whole tour

    Customizable
    You can customize the itinerary, price inclusions, accommodations, and also the price.

    First aid/Rescue
    First aid and rescue during the tour is assured.

    Price inclusions

    Sleeping bag or bed linen

    Rescue fee

    Park fees

    A professional driver/guide

    Meals (as specified in the day-by-day description)

    All accommodation mentioned (unless clearly labeled as optional upgrade)

    Camping equipment (only sleeping bag/bed linen may be listed as excluded)

    All transportation mentioned (unless clearly labeled as optional)

    All Taxes/VAT

    Price exclusions

    International flights to/from the start/end of the tour

    Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour

    Tips: tipping guideline

    Personal items

    Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

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    Frequently Asked Questions for 10 Days Top Kilimanjaro Hiking via Northern Circuity Route

    Is Kilimanjaro hiking via the Northern Circuity Route suitable for beginners?

    The Northern Circuity Route is more challenging and recommended for experienced hikers.

    How much does a Kilimanjaro hiking tour cost?

    The cost varies depending on the tour operator and the package chosen. It is advisable to inquire with Burigi Chato Safaris for specific details.

    Do I need previous hiking experience to climb Kilimanjaro?

    While previous hiking experience is beneficial, it is not mandatory. However, it is essential to be physically fit and mentally prepared for the challenges of high-altitude trekking.

    What is the best time of year to hike Kilimanjaro via the Northern Circuity Route?

    The best time to hike Kilimanjaro is during the dry seasons, which are typically from January to March and June to October. These months offer clearer skies and more favorable weather conditions.

    What should I pack for the Kilimanjaro hike?

    It is crucial to pack appropriate clothing layers, sturdy hiking boots, a warm sleeping bag, a headlamp, sunscreen, a hat, gloves, and other essentials. Your tour operator, such as Burigi Chato Safaris, will provide you with a detailed packing list.

    How physically demanding is the Northern Circuity Route?

    The Northern Circuity Route is considered a challenging trek, requiring a good level of physical fitness and stamina. Regular exercise and training before the hike are recommended.

    Is altitude sickness a concern on Kilimanjaro?

    Yes, altitude sickness is a potential risk when hiking at high altitudes. The Northern Circuity Route allows for better acclimatization, but it is essential to listen to your body, stay hydrated, and follow the guidance of your guides.

    Are porters provided during the Kilimanjaro hike?

    Yes, reputable tour operators like Burigi Chato Safaris provide a team of experienced guides, porters, and cooks who will accompany you throughout the trek. They will assist with carrying equipment and setting up camps.

    Are there toilet facilities available on the route?

    Basic toilet facilities are available at designated campsites along the Northern Circuity Route. However, it is advisable to bring your toilet paper and hand sanitizer.

    Can I book the Kilimanjaro hike as a solo traveler?

    Yes, solo travelers can book the Kilimanjaro hike. You can join a group tour or opt for a private tour, depending on your preference and budget.

    What wildlife can be seen during the Kilimanjaro hike?

    While Kilimanjaro is not primarily known for its wildlife, you may encounter various species such as monkeys, birds, and small mammals along certain sections of the route.

    Are there any age restrictions for the Kilimanjaro hike?

    While there is no specific age limit, it is recommended that hikers be at least 18 years old. Younger participants may be allowed on the hike with parental consent and proper physical preparation.

    Can I extend my trip to include a safari after the Kilimanjaro hike?

    Absolutely! Tanzania is renowned for its incredible wildlife and offers fantastic safari opportunities. Burigi Chato Safaris can assist in arranging a post-hike safari to explore the country's national parks and reserves.

    Is travel insurance necessary for the Kilimanjaro hike?

    Yes, it is highly recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical emergencies and trip cancellation. Consult with your insurance provider to ensure adequate coverage.

    How far in advance should I book my Kilimanjaro hike?

    It is advisable to book your Kilimanjaro hike several months in advance, especially during peak seasons, to secure your spot and make necessary preparations.

    Can beginners hike Kilimanjaro via the Northern Circuity Route?

    The Northern Circuity Route is more suitable for experienced hikers due to its challenging nature.

    What is the approximate cost of a Kilimanjaro hiking tour?

    The cost of a Kilimanjaro hiking tour varies depending on factors such as the route, duration, group size, and tour operator. It is best to contact Burigi Chato Safaris for specific pricing details.

    Is previous hiking experience necessary to climb Kilimanjaro?

    While previous hiking experience is beneficial, it is not mandatory. However, being physically fit and mentally prepared for the rigors of high-altitude trekking is crucial.

    When is the best time to hike Kilimanjaro via the Northern Circuity Route?

    The best time to hike Kilimanjaro via the Northern Circuity Route is during the dry seasons, which are typically from January to March and June to October.

    What essential items should I pack for the Kilimanjaro hike?

    Packing essentials include appropriate clothing, sturdy hiking boots, a warm sleeping bag, a headlamp, sunscreen, a hat, gloves, and other necessary personal items. Consult Burigi Chato Safaris for a detailed packing list.

    How physically demanding is the Northern Circuity Route?

    The Northern Circuity Route is physically demanding and requires a good level of fitness and stamina. Prior physical training and conditioning are recommended.