9 Days Best Kilimanjaro Hiking Northern Circuity Route

9-Day Kilimanjaro Hiking Northern Circuit Route: Thrilling expedition, diverse terrains, and reaching new heights amidst awe-inspiring surroundings.

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About 9 Days Memorable Kilimanjaro Hiking via Northern Circuity Route

Hiking Mount Kilimanjaro via the Northern Circuit Route is an adventure of a lifetime. This 9-day, 8-night trek offers breathtaking views and diverse landscapes. In this article, we will provide a comprehensive itinerary for your Kilimanjaro hiking tour, ensuring you have an unforgettable experience.

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    Day 1  :  Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa Camp


    Your journey begins at Londorossi Gate, where you'll meet your guides and porters. After registration, the hike starts through the rainforest, and you may spot wildlife along the way. The trail is relatively easy on the first day, taking you to Mti Mkubwa Camp. Settle in, enjoy a warm meal, and rest up for the challenges 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 to Shira 1 Camp


    On day two, the hike continues through the rainforest and heathland. As you ascend, the vegetation becomes sparse, offering glimpses of the surrounding landscape. You'll reach Shira 1 Camp, where you can marvel at the stunning scenery and acclimatize to the 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


    Leaving Shira 1 Camp, you'll trek towards Shira 2 Camp, passing through the high moorland. This leg of the journey provides panoramic views of Mount Meru and the Shira Plateau. The trail is relatively gentle, allowing you to enjoy the incredible vistas.

    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


    The fourth day takes you to Lava Tower, an iconic volcanic formation. As you ascend higher, the air becomes thinner, and the hike becomes more challenging. After lunch at Lava Tower, you'll descend to Moir Hut, a beautiful campsite with stunning alpine scenery.

    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


    Today, you'll traverse the alpine desert and make your way to Buffalo Camp. The terrain is rugged and arid, but the unique landscape will keep you motivated. As you reach Buffalo Camp, you'll have ample time to rest and enjoy the tranquility of the mountains.

    Accommodation for day 5
    • Buffalo Campsite
    Included meals and drinks
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinking water
  • Lunch
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    Day 6  :  Buffalo Camp to Third Cave Camp


    The sixth day involves hiking through the rocky landscape, gradually ascending to Third Cave Camp. The sparse vegetation and breathtaking vistas will make this leg of the journey truly special. Rest well at the camp and prepare for the final summit push.

    Accommodation for day 6
    • Pofu Campsite
    Included meals and drinks
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinking water
  • Lunch
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    Day 7  :  Third Cave Camp to School Hut


    As you approach the summit day, you'll hike from Third Cave Camp to School Hut. The landscape changes dramatically, and you'll notice the effects of altitude on your body. Stay hydrated, follow your guide's instructions, and mentally prepare for the big day ahead.

    Accommodation for day 7
    • School Hut Campsite
    Included meals and drinks
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinking water
  • Lunch
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    Day 8  :  School Hut Camp to Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp


    The most challenging and rewarding day is here – the summit day. You'll wake up in the middle of the night to start your ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. The trek is physically demanding, but as the sun rises, you'll experience an indescribable sense of achievement. After celebrating at the summit, you'll descend to Mweka Camp to rest.

    Accommodation for day 8
    • Mweka Campsite
    Included meals and drinks
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinking water
  • Lunch
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    Day 9  :  Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate


    On the final day of your Kilimanjaro hiking tour, you'll descend from Mweka Camp through the lush rainforest. The descending trail can be slippery, so caution is essential. As you reach Mweka Gate, you'll bid farewell to your guides and porters and receive your summit certificates – a testament to your incredible feat.

    Accommodation for day 9
    Included meals and drinks
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • 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 9 Days Best Kilimanjaro Hiking Northern Circuity Route

    Is the Northern Circuity Route suitable for beginners?

    The Northern Circuity Route is more challenging and recommended for experienced hikers due to its duration and elevation gain.

    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 better weather conditions and clearer skies.

    What permits are required for Kilimanjaro hiking?

    You will need a Kilimanjaro trekking permit, which is obtained through authorized tour operators like Burigi Chato Safaris. They will handle the permit arrangements for you.

    How physically demanding is the Northern Circuity Route?

    The Northern Circuity Route is a demanding trek that requires a good level of physical fitness and mental stamina. Regular exercise and training before the hike are recommended.

    Are porters provided during the Kilimanjaro hike?

    Yes, Burigi Chato Safaris Tour Company provides a team of experienced porters who will assist in carrying camping equipment, food, and other necessities. This allows you to focus on the hike without the burden of heavy loads.

    What type of accommodation is provided during the trek?

    Accommodation during the Kilimanjaro hike is in camping tents. Burigi Chato Safaris will provide high-quality camping equipment, including spacious tents, sleeping bags, and sleeping mats for your comfort.

    How are meals arranged during the hike?

    Burigi Chato Safaris takes care of all meals during the trek. The team of skilled cooks will prepare delicious and nutritious meals to fuel your journey, accommodating dietary requirements as necessary.

    What is the average group size for the Kilimanjaro hike?

    The average group size can vary, but it is typically around 6-12 hikers per group. This ensures personalized attention from the guides and maintains a comfortable and enjoyable trekking experience.

    Is drinking water provided during the hike?

    Burigi Chato Safaris provides safe and purified drinking water throughout the trek. It is essential to stay hydrated during the hike to maintain your energy levels and prevent altitude-related issues.

    What safety measures are in place during the Kilimanjaro hike?

    Your safety is a top priority. The guides are trained in wilderness first aid and have extensive experience in mountain rescue. They monitor your health and well-being throughout the trek, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience.

    Are toilet facilities available along the route?

    Basic toilet facilities are available at designated campsites along the Northern Circuity Route. These are portable toilets, and the team will set them up for your convenience and hygiene.

    What happens in case of altitude sickness during the hike?

    The guides are experienced in recognizing the symptoms of altitude sickness and will closely monitor your condition throughout the trek. If necessary, they will take appropriate measures, such as adjusting the pace, offering medication, or initiating a descent if required.

    Can I hire additional equipment for the Kilimanjaro hike?

    Yes, Burigi Chato Safaris provides rental equipment such as warm clothing, trekking poles, and other necessary gear. It is advisable to inquire about equipment rental options in advance.

    What is the tipping etiquette for the guides and porters?

    Tipping is a common practice to show appreciation for the hard work and dedication of the guides and porters. Burigi Chato Safaris will provide guidelines on tipping, which is usually done at the end of the hike.

    Can I customize the itinerary or extend my trip with Burigi Chato Safaris?

    Absolutely! Burigi Chato Safaris offers flexibility in customizing your Kilimanjaro hiking itinerary or combining it with other adventures, such as wildlife safaris or cultural tours. They will work with you to create a personalized itinerary that suits your preferences.