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11 DAYS NORTHERN CIRCUIT ROUTE – FULL MOON TREK

from $2,650.00$2,630.00

The Northern Circuit route begins in the West at the Londorossi Gate and follows the same path as the Lemosho route for the first two days. After crossing the Shira plateau the path veers north near Lava Tower, following the longer Northern Circuit instead of the more popular Southern Circuit via Barranco Valley The route circles around the quieter northern slopes to the east side of the mountain.


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All about the 11 DAYS NORTHERN CIRCUIT ROUTE – FULL MOON TREK.

Overview

The Northern Circuit is longer than the other trails on Kilimanjaro, taking a minimum of eight or nine days to complete. The eight day trek skips the additional acclimatization day that is usually spent at Shira Camp 2 and continues straight on to Moir Camp.

Itinerary summary

Day 1: Arrive to Moshi

Day 2: Moshi to Londorossi gate to Mti Mkubwa camp

Day 3: Mti Mkubwa camp to Shira camp

Day 4: Shira camp to Moir camp

Day 5: Moir camp to Buffalo camp

Day 6: Buffalo camp to Rongai Third Cave camp

Day 7: Rongai Third Cave camp to School Hut camp

Day 8: School Hut camp to UHURU Peak to Crater camp

Day 9: Crater camp to Millenium camp

Day 10: Millenium camp to Mweka gate to Hotel

Day 11: International departure

Price discount based on group quantity

Number of peoplePrice per person in US$
12630
2 to 42500
5 to 72450
8 to 102400
11-162375
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Meeting at Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • Transfer to our partner lodge Honey Badger, Ameg lodge or Park View Inn in Moshi
  • Accommodation prior to the climb (including breakfast; sharing a twin room)
  • Transfer to the trail head gate on hiking start day
  • Highly trained mountain guides. Our guides have “Wilderness First Responder” and “Wilderness First Aid” certificates because safety is of our priority.
  • Friendly and really helpful porters. Each participant will be provided with a porter. Kindly note that the maximum weight porter can carry is 10kgs per person.
  • Kilimanjaro National Park permits;
  • Kilimanjaro National Park rescue fees;
  • Camping/hut fees;
  • 3 square meals daily. The menu includes different soups, garnishes, several types of fish and meat, fresh fruit and vegetables; vegetarian options are available upon request
  • Modern quality tents
  • Regular check of your body oxygen level while on the mountain
  • First aid kit
  • Warm and comfortable sleeping pads (2 inches thick);
  • Group equipment (dining tent, table, chairs, crockery and cutlery);
  • Pick up from the gate to the lodge.
  • Accommodation after the climb (including breakfast; sharing a twin room)
  • Air evacuation if booking made three months before tour start date
  • Return transfer to Kilimanjaro airport.

Note:

  • This package price includes sharing a twin or triple room. If you need a single bed accommodation only, please email us at info@oreta-adventures.com  OR  info.oreta@gmail.com
    two weeks prior to the start of the tour.
  • During the climb you will share a tent with 1-2 other climbers, depending on the number of participants. If you need your own tent, please email us thru info@oreta-adventures.com  OR  info.oreta@gmail.com two weeks prior to the start of the tour.
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Airline tickets
  • Visa fee
  • Lunch and dinner at the hotel (before and after the ascent)
  • Personal gear rentals
  • Tips for the mountain crew (200–250 USD per participant )
  • Insurance
  1. Day1 Arrival

    You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to our Moshi Honey Badger lodge,  Parkview In hotel or any booked in Moshi town, you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day. Overnight at your arranged Hotel.

  2. Day2 Londorossi Gate (2,100 meters) – start point 2,360 meters to Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,820 meters)

    Hiking time: 3 -4 hours

    Distance: Approximately 5.5 kilometers

    Habitat: Rain forest

    The Northern Circuit Route begins at Londorossi Gate (2,100 meters) in the West, the same start point as the Lemosho Route. The drive to Londorossi Gate takes approximately two hours from Moshi and considerably longer from Arusha. Registration with the Kilimanjaro National Park authorities occurs at the gate and then you will be driven further up the mountain to the trailhead starting point. Most tour operators serve lunch here before the short first day trek to MtiMkubwa Camp (2,820 meters) begins. You may get lucky and spot large wildlife like elephant and buffalo that sometimes emerge from the rainforest onto the path as you trek towards your first camp. Dinner will be served when you reach MtiMkubwa Camp.

  3. Day3 Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,820 meters) to Shira Camp 1 (3,610 meters)

    Hiking time: 6 hrs

    Distance: Approximately 8 kms

    Habitat: Low Alpine Zone

    On this day you will spend the first hour trekking through the last section of rainforest path before entering the low alpine moorland zone which follows up onto the Shira Plateau. The trek is relatively short and gradual, ending at Shira Camp 1 (3,610 meters).

  4. Day4 Shira Camp 1 (3,610 meters) to Moir Camp (4,200 meters)

    Hiking time: 7h

    Distance: Approximately 15 kms

    Habitat: High Alpine Zone

    Day four is a long trek heading east which passes through the ‘Garden of the Senecios’ and then enters the high alpine desert zone. The morning is spent trekking up to Lava Tower and the iconic Shark’s Tooth rock formation at 4,600 meters, where you will have lunch. After lunch you will join the northern circuit heading down to Moir Camp at 4,200 meters (see map above). This is an important day in your trek as you will get to experience high altitude and then sleep low, which is good for the acclimatization process.

  5. Day5 Moir Camp (4,200 meters) to Buffalo Camp (4,020 meters)

    Hiking time: 7h

    Distance: Approximately 13 kms

    Habitat: Alpine desert

    Day five involves a moderately steep climb out of Moir Valley. Trekkers can take a small detour here to climb the summit of Little Lent Hill at 4,375 meters before returning to the Northern Circuit trail. From here the route follows a series of inclines and declines, skirting around the northern slopes of Kibo to Buffalo Camp (4,020 meters).The trek gives great vistas out across the plains that lie north of Kilimanjaro and stretch out to the Kenyan / Tanzanian border. You will arrive at Buffalo Camp just after midday, where you will have lunch and have time to rest after a long day hiking.

  6. Day6 Buffalo Camp (4,020 meters) to Rongai Third Cave (3,800 meters)

    Hiking time: 6 – 7 hrs

    Distance: Approximately 8 kms

    Habitat: High Alpine zone/Low Alpine zone

    Day six starts with a climb up the Buffalo ridge and down into Porfu Camp where lunch is usually served. The route then continues east around the northern slopes to the Rongai Third Cave at 3,800 meters. The trek is shorter than the day before and by now you should be feeling well acclimatised to the altitude. You will arrive at the Third Cave just around mid-afternoon.

  7. Day7 3rd Cave (3,800 meters) to School Hut (4,800 meters)

    Hiking time: 4 hrs
    Distance: Approximately 15 kms
    Habitat: Desert and Glacial zone

    Day seven involves a steady incline up and over the Saddle which sits between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi Peak. Trekkers then continue walking south-west up to School Hut (4,800 meters). After arriving at School Hut you will be served an early dinner and then you should get some shut-eye as you will be awoken before midnight to start your summit attempt. Remember to prepare all your gear, including warm clothes, insulated water bottles, snacks, headlamp and camera before going to bed.

  8. Day8 School Hut (4,800 meters) to UHURU PEAK (5895m) to Crater Camp (5,790m)

    Hiking time: 7-8 hrs
    Distance: Approximately 6 kms
    Habitat: Glacial zone

    Wake before dawn to start your summit approach. You’ll reach Uhuru Peak in the early afternoon, when few groups are around. A short descent brings you to Crater Camp, set in soft sands near the famed Furtwangler Glacier. Crater camp is not a route in it’s own right but a challenging extension which in principle can be added to any route. It involves sleeping overnight in the bowl of the crater. An amazing experience enjoyed by only a few of the most adventurous climbers.

     

  9. Day9 Crater Camp (5,790m) to Millennium Camp (3790m)

    Hiking time: 12 -14 hrs
    Distance: Approximately 14 kms
    Habitat: Alpine zone/ forest zone

    In the morning after early breakfast, we begin our descent by returning to Stella Point and then descending on scree slope passing Barafu camp for a short break before heading down to Millennium Camp for a long well-earned rest.

  10. Day10 Millennium Camp (3790m) to Mweka Gate (1630m)

    Hiking time: 6 hrs
    Distance: Approximately 12 kms
    Habitat: Rain forest zone

    Today you walk down through the rain forest to Mweka Gate, where we complete park formalities and receive certificates, which you can hang up with pride! We are then met by our vehicles and return to your arranged hotel in Moshi.

    THE END.

  11. Day11 International departures

    Today is airport transfers to fly back home.

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ACCOMMODATION

All Kilimanjaro routes except Marangu route, all hikers sleep in the tents.  Campsites have basic sanitary facilities including a washroom and a toilet with a reasonable hygienic standard. You will be provided with tents designed for high and cold altitude. We also have Zero degree F. sleeping bags for hire. Let us know if you will need it as soon as you remember.

Our partner accommodation service providers in Moshi Tanzania are Honey Badger, Park View Inn and Ameg lodge while in Arusha is Vijiji center. You will be booked to one of these hotel while you are in Tanzania.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
Accommodation on arrival dateHoney Badger lodge, Vijiji Lodge, Ameg Lodge or Park View Inn

Additional accommodationAccommodation should not be out of trip plan
  • Food on the trail is rich in carbohydrates and protein since you’ll be burning calories like a champ. Breakfast may include crepes/pancakes, toast, eggs, sausage/bacon, fruit, tea, hot cocoa, and coffee. Lunch may include fried chicken, puff pastry with either spinach or meat/carrots/peas, candy/biscuit, a banana, and hard-boiled eggs. Dinner may include soup, pasta or rice, chicken, beef or fish, avocado/green pepper salad, and fruit.
  • Oreta Adventures is able to accommodate most allergies and dietary preferences. Please email your food preference to info@oreta-adventures.com  OR  info.oreta@gmail.com We recommend any vegan travelers bring extra protein bars.

The highest elevation you will reach on your trek is 19,341ft. Trekking at high altitudes can become a concern above 10,000 ft. Some travelers choose to use prescriptions such as Diamox to treat altitude sickness. We recommend talking to your doctor about the use of any prescription medicine. We always advise hiking at your own pace, drinking plenty of water, and the importance of self-care on the trail.

Regardless of the size of your expedition, we recommend budgeting around $250 – $350 for the trekking portion of your expedition. If you’re also doing the camping safari, we recommend budgeting around $50 – $100.

There will be time on the final day of the mountain when you descend from Horombo Hut back down to the entrance gates to tip your staff. We suggest tipping the cooks and porters before arriving back to the entrance gates because there can be a lot of distractions (souvenir vendors, etc.) once you complete the trek. You can then individually tip your guides either on the last day or once you descend down to the entrance gates.

You can tip in Tanzania Shillings (TZS) or US Dollars but for simplicity-sake, we suggest tipping in USD. Be sure to bring small bills.

If you want to know the number of crew, Ask one of your guides! They are happy to provide you with information on the total number of porters and cooks.

Most porters do not assist on the final summit but depending on the group size and pace, a few porters may join to help. It is common to tip these porters an additional ~$20 total from the group when tipping them.

Due to the high altitude and length of daily travel, you will carry a daypack and a porter will carry your duffle bag up to 10 Kgs. Your daypack should contain any clothes needed for that day and any personal belongings like your camera or passport.

We generally cap our group departure dates at around 10, though some may be slightly larger depending on the expedition. We guarantee all group departure dates whether there are 1 or 10 travelers signed up. We recommend asking our team how many people are in your group when you sign up for a departure date. Keep in mind, travelers may join or cancel at the last minute! If you are the only one in your group, we are happy to work with you on changing your travel dates if no deposits have been made.

Daily mileage can range from 5-13 miles and 5-16 trekking hours per day. This expedition requires excellent physical fitness. Treks include longer days, greater elevation gain, and more challenging terrain at higher altitude. Participants should expect high levels of physical exertion at times. We always recommend that travelers break in their hiking boots before the expedition. Taking training hikes that mimic the mileage and amount of time you will be trekking in Tanzania is highly recommended.

Yes! you will be staying at the same hotel before and after your trek in Moshi. Leaving an extra bag at either hotel during your trek is free of charge.

  • Talk to your physician and follow recommended CDC guidelines for Tanzania.
  • Some travelers choose to use prescriptions such as Diamox to treat altitude sickness. We recommend talking to your doctor about the use of any prescription medicine.
  • Yellow Fever Vaccination Cards are required for some travelers depending on their travel itinerary. The government of Tanzania requires proof of yellow fever vaccination upon arrival if you are traveling from a country with risk of yellow fever (this does not include the US). If you’re traveling from any of the countries listed in this link, a yellow fever vaccine is required.
  • Question on vaccines? Call your local Travel Medicine Clinic or Yellow Fever Vaccination Clinic

Safe drinking water will be provided to you along the trail. When in Moshi or Arusha, be sure to only drink bottled water and do not use tap water to brush your teeth.

We always ask that you stay safe on the trail by drinking plenty of water, eating well, and communicating openly with your guide about any issues that arise. Be sure to take care of your belongings, be respectful of your travel companions, practice your Swahili with people you meet along the way, and respect the natural landscape that you’re exploring.

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June 10, 2019 - June 20, 2019
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$2,630.00
July 9, 2019 - July 19, 2019
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August 8, 2019 - August 18, 2019
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August 29, 2019 - September 8, 2019
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