9 Days Northern Circuit Mountain Kilimanjaro Route


9 Days Northern Circuit Mountain Kilimanjaro Route Africa Natural Tours (For Kilimanjaro, Serengeti and Zanzibar) Tanzania safari company in Moshi
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The Northern Circuit route is one of the best routes on Kilimanjaro, offering nearly 360 degrees of beautiful scenery including the quiet, rarely visited northern slopes. As the longest route on Kilimanjaro, the Northern Circuit allows for the best acclimatization time and the highest summit success rate, therefore this route is highly recommended. The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the west, beginning with a long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate. From there, the first two days are spent trekking through the rainforest to Shira Ridge, before crossing the Shira Plateau. The route then heads north and circles clockwise from Moir Hut to Buffalo Camp to School Hut, before summiting from the east. 

Duration: 9 or 10 days
Difficulty: Medium
Scenery: Excellent
Traffic: Low

Day 1: Londorossi Gate – Mto Mkubwa Camp: 6k /4mi | 3-4 hrs | Rainforest
Elevation: 23770m/7800ft to 2895m/9500ft

Day 2: Mti Mkubwa Camp – Shira I Camp: 8km/5mi | 4-6hrs | Moorland
Elevation: 2895m/9500ft to 3505m/11,500ft

Day 3: Shira I Camp –Shira II Camp: 7km/4mi | 3-4hrs | Low Alpine
Elevation: 3505m/11,500ft to 3850m/13,800ft

Day 4: Shira Ii Camp- Lava Tower – Moir: 14km/8mi | 5-7hrs | High Alpine
Elevation: 3850m/11,500ft to 4200m/13,780ft

Day 5: Moir Camp – Buffalo Camp: 12km/7mi | 5-7hrs | High Alpine Zone
Elevation: 4200m/13,780ft to 4020m/13,188ft.
 
Day 6: Buffalo Camp – Rongai 3rd Cave: 8km /5mi | 5-7hrs | Alpine Desert
Elevation: 4020m/13,188ft to 3800m/15,350ft

Day 7: Rongai 3rd Cave – School Hut: 15km /8mi | 5-7hrs | Glacial Zone
Elevation: 3800m/15,350ft to 4800m/15,748ft

Day 8: School Hut – Summit: 9km /5mi | 6-8hrs | – Mweka camp: 13km /8mi down | 5-6hrs | Glaciers, Snow Capped Summit
Elevation: 4800m/15,748ft to 5895m/19,340ft
Descent to 3090m/10,150ft

Day 9: Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate – Moshi: 10km/6mi |3-4hrs | Rainforest
Elevation: 3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft

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