Mt. Kilimanjaro Trek – Shira Route 7 Day via Western Breach with Crater Night

Mt. Kilimanjaro Trek – Shira Route 7 Day via Western Breach with Crater Night

Trip Introduction

If you’re seeking an adventurous and challenging climb up Kilimanjaro, the Western Breach Route is an excellent choice. This route is less crowded than others and offers stunning views. Our summit day involves only a 1-2-hour hike from the last camp. It’s essential to note that the Western Breach Route requires special expertise from mountain guides due to safety restrictions. While many companies don’t offer this route, Kilele Climb Tours is proud to provide it to ambitious climbers. If you’re interested, please contact us for more information. However, it’s crucial to understand that this route is inherently more dangerous than others. Two primary reasons are the extended duration spent at high altitude and accessing the Western Breach. Therefore, only fit individuals with altitude and adventurous training should undertake this route.

Itinerary

Day 0: Arrival – Moshi- Pre-trek Briefing

If you have chosen to use our airport transfer service, we will collect you from Kilimanjaro Airport and take you to your hotel in Moshi or Arusha. Your guide will meet you at the hotel for a pre-trek briefing, which is scheduled for the day after your arrival. We recommend that you arrive at least one day before the trek begins. During the briefing, we will discuss the trek and review your equipment. If you require any additional equipment, we can arrange for it to be rented from our store.

Day 1: Moshi to Lemosho gate to Mti Mkubwa campsite

  • Elevation:1,200m/3938 ft to 2100m/6890 ft to 2,650m/8696 ft
  • Distance:
  • Hiking Time:4 hours
  • Habitat:Montane Forest.

We will pick you up from your hotel your hotel and transport you to Lemosho gate for registration. After this formality, from this point you will start the trek across undisturbed Montane forest decorated with Black and White Colobus Monkey to the camp where dinner and overnight will take place.

Day 2: Mti Mkubwa camp to Shira Two camp

  • Elevation:2,650m/8696 ft to 3850m/12,631 ft
  • Distance:5km.
  • Hiking Time:8-9 hours
  • Habitat:Moorland and Rocky

Today you will cover a lot of ground as you trek across a plateau of grassy moorland and heather scattered with volcanic rock formations. We will trek through Shira 1 Camp from where there are often views of Kibo Peak floating on the clouds as we head towards our destination which is Shira Two, we gain a reasonable amount of altitude as we head towards Shira 1 and parts of the route are fairly steep. As you proceed towards Shira Two you will get the chance to view the Northern Ice fields from the western side of the mountain with some unusual views of Kibo. Our steady climb across the moorland of the Shira Plateau will help with acclimatization and we enjoy great panoramic views

Day 3: Shira Two camp To Lava Tower Camp

  • Elevation:3600m/11,843 ft to 4600m/15,091 ft
  • Distance:7 km.
  • Hiking Time:4 hours
  • Habitat:Alpine desert

After breakfast at Shira Two Camp, you will head east past a ridge and then you will head southeast towards the Lava Tower (4600m/11,843 ft). As you approach the Lava Tower, the landscape gradually becomes barren. We will arrive at lava tower for lunch and after lunch we can rest for few hours before wake up earlier evening for acclimatization walk and back to our camp for early evening appetizing hot drinks and snacks before dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Lava Tower Camp to Arrow Glacier Camp

  • Elevation:4600m/15,091 ft to 4903m/16,087 ft
  • Distance:
  • Hiking time:1-1.5 hours
  • Habitat:Arctic

With the Western Breach ascent route in full view we will spend 1 hour climbing to the base of the route where we will camp near Arrow Glacier. An afternoon hike further up the route before relaxing in camp will help our acclimatization and improve our performance the following day.

Day 5: Arrow Camp to Crater Camp

  • Elevation: 4903m/16,087 ft to 5639m/18,866 ft
  • Distance: 3.5 km
  • Hiking Time: 6-7 hours
  • Habitat: Artic

Today we will wake up early in the morning for breakfast and be ready to start the hike by 0500hrs. We will wind our way up the Western Breach non-technical climbing route for about 6 hours to the crater rim of the main Kilimanjaro summit massif. Those who still have the energy can explore the inner crater and the ash pit, this is raised circular inner rim, the inside of which slopes down to a flat floor and then 200m deep inverted cone at the very center of the volcano also Kilimanjaro has one of the most perfectly formed volcanic ash pit of any mountain in the world, before moving to our highest camp on the crater .floor. This spectacular high camp is next to the Furtwangler Glacier with stunning views westward toward Mount Meru and the setting African sun

Day 6: Crater Camp to Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp  

  • Elevation: 5739m/18,829 ftto 5895m/19,341 ft to 3200m/10,065
  • Distance:12 km/7 miles
  • Hiking Time:4-6 hours
  • Habitat: Artic /Moorland

We will start our ascent to the summit (19,341 ft) early enough in the morning to reach the summit by sunrise. However, while your body may be aching from the day before, it will be nowhere as challenging because the peak is only 156 meters (512 feet) of ascent away, and won’t take more than one or two hours at most. This is quite a contrast to the 3,000-foot slog required to summit via all the other ascent routes on Kilimanjaro. The opportunity to see the new day’s climbers and the sunrise from the summit is a privilege that you won’t soon forget. Take some pictures, pat yourself on the back, hug your companions and enjoy the glistening pink and orange sunrise hues overlooking the ice fields and glaciers.

After taking in the view from Uhuru Peak we will begin the long descent to Barafu Camp and down to our final camp Mweka Campsite.

Day 7: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

  • Elevation:3100m/10,171 ft to 1700m/5578 ft
  • Distance:9km.
  • Hiking Time:3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Montane Forest

Today is your last day on the mountain. After breakfast, you will descend down to Mweka park gate walking across montane forest. This descent will take 3-4 hours. At the gate you will sign out and board the vehicle, ready for the transfer back to your hotel for your certificate presentation celebration.

Day 8: Departure – Tanzania

The day is left free to wind down after the trek before your flight home. After a good night’s rest at your hotel, you will take breakfast ready for the scheduled check-out by 10.00. (If you wish to remain in the hotel during the day, please advise us of this when you book your trip and we will inform you of the cost for day room which ends at 18:00hrs, and then make the booking on your behalf.)

If you have booked a transfer to the airport, you will be collected from your hotel and dropped off at the airport. For those travelers who have booked to go on safari, our Kilele Climb guide will be meeting you in the evening to provide you with a pre-safari briefing.

*Safari, Zanzibar and other add-ons are available if you wish to continue exploring Tanzania.

Standard Package Pricing

  • Price Rates Per Person in US$. The prices in other currencies are given for comparison only.
Hiking Route/Days
1 Pax
2 Pax
3 Pax
4 Pax
5 Pax
6 Pax
7 Pax
8 Pax
9+ Pax
6 Days Marangu Route
$ 2,775
$ 2,350
$ 2,255
$ 2,235
$ 2,215
$ 2,195
$ 2,165
$ 2,145
$ 2,125

Deluxe Package Pricing

  • Price Rates Per Person in US$. The prices in other currencies are given for comparison only.
Hiking Route/Days
1 Pax
2 Pax
3 Pax
4 Pax
5 Pax
6 Pax
7 Pax
8 Pax
9+ Pax
7 Days Lemosho Route
$3,595
$ 2,885
$ 2,595
$2,550
$ 2,490
$2,440
$2,375
$2,295
$2,270
Tanzanian Residents pay 80% of rates & East African Citizens pay 60% of rates.

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Private transport to & from Kilimanjaro International airport to the Park view inn Moshi.
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Panama Garden Resort Moshi (before and after the climb bed and breakfast)
  • Return transportation from Moshi/from the starting/finishing point on the mountain.
  • Qualified guides with mountain crew
  • All national park fees
  • Hut/camping fees
  • 4 Season mountain tents
  • Double layered Sleeping Mats
  • Mess tent (for dining) Mini camping chairs/Tables/Candles
  • Rescue fees
  • Pulse oximeters & Portable oxygen tanks
  • First aid kit
  • 3 hot meals daily while on the mountain
  • Enough treated &filtered drinking water throughout the trek
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • Government taxes
  • Guides, porters, waiter, cook accommodation and entry fees on the mountain.

EXCLUDED FROM THE PRICE:

  • Meals and drinks not specified
  • Gear for your climb
  • Items of personal nature
  • Additional nights beyond the two standard hotel nights included
  • Visas
  • Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is available for extra charge $70$ for entire trek.
  • Flights
  • Tips for guides, porters and cook (this is a guide to tipping on the mountain htt://www.kiliporters.org/ tipping recommendations
  • Tipping on Kilimanjaro from the trekking group (not per climber)
  • Guides: 20$ /day/guide
  • Cook: 15$/ day
  • Porter: 10$/day/porter

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    Mt. Kilimanjaro Trek – Lemosho Route 7 Day via Western Breach with Crater Night

    Mt. Kilimanjaro Trek – Lemosho Route 7 Day via Western Breach with Crater Night

    Trip Introduction

    If you’re seeking an adventurous and challenging climb up Kilimanjaro, the Western Breach Route is an excellent choice. This route is less crowded than others and offers stunning views. Our summit day involves only a 1-2-hour hike from the last camp. It’s essential to note that the Western Breach Route requires special expertise from mountain guides due to safety restrictions. While many companies don’t offer this route, Kilele Climb Tours is proud to provide it to ambitious climbers. If you’re interested, please contact us for more information. However, it’s crucial to understand that this route is inherently more dangerous than others. Two primary reasons are the extended duration spent at high altitude and accessing the Western Breach. Therefore, only fit individuals with altitude and adventurous training should undertake this route.

    Day 0: Arrival – Moshi- Pre-trek Briefing

    If you have chosen to use our airport transfer service, we will collect you from Kilimanjaro Airport and take you to your hotel in Moshi or Arusha. Your guide will meet you at the hotel for a pre-trek briefing, which is scheduled for the day after your arrival. We recommend that you arrive at least one day before the trek begins. During the briefing, we will discuss the trek and review your equipment. If you require any additional equipment, we can arrange for it to be rented from our store.

    Day 1: Moshi to Lemosho gate to Mti Mkubwa campsite

    • Elevation:1,200m/3938 ft to 2100m/6890 ft to 2,650m/8696 ft
    • Distance:
    • Hiking Time:4 hours
    • Habitat:Montane Forest.

    We will pick you up from your hotel your hotel and transport you to Lemosho gate for registration. After this formality, from this point you will start the trek across undisturbed Montane forest decorated with Black and White Colobus Monkey to the camp where dinner and overnight will take place.

    Day 2: Mti Mkubwa camp to Shira Two camp

    • Elevation:2,650m/8696 ft to 3850m/12,631 ft
    • Distance:5km.
    • Hiking Time:8-9 hours
    • Habitat:Moorland and Rocky

    Today you will cover a lot of ground as you trek across a plateau of grassy moorland and heather scattered with volcanic rock formations. We will trek through Shira 1 Camp from where there are often views of Kibo Peak floating on the clouds as we head towards our destination which is Shira Two, we gain a reasonable amount of altitude as we head towards Shira 1 and parts of the route are fairly steep. As you proceed towards Shira Two you will get the chance to view the Northern Ice fields from the western side of the mountain with some unusual views of Kibo. Our steady climb across the moorland of the Shira Plateau will help with acclimatization and we enjoy great panoramic views

    Day 3: Shira Two camp To Lava Tower Camp

    • Elevation:3600m/11,843 ft to 4600m/15,091 ft
    • Distance:7 km.
    • Hiking Time:4 hours
    • Habitat:Alpine desert

    After breakfast at Shira Two Camp, you will head east past a ridge and then you will head southeast towards the Lava Tower (4600m/11,843 ft). As you approach the Lava Tower, the landscape gradually becomes barren. We will arrive at lava tower for lunch and after lunch we can rest for few hours before wake up earlier evening for acclimatization walk and back to our camp for early evening appetizing hot drinks and snacks before dinner and overnight.

    Day 4: Lava Tower Camp to Arrow Glacier Camp

    • Elevation:4600m/15,091 ft to 4903m/16,087 ft
    • Distance:
    • Hiking time:1-1.5 hours
    • Habitat:Arctic

    With the Western Breach ascent route in full view we will spend 1 hour climbing to the base of the route where we will camp near Arrow Glacier. An afternoon hike further up the route before relaxing in camp will help our acclimatization and improve our performance the following day.

    Day 5: Arrow Camp to Crater Camp

    Elevation: 4903m/16,087 ft to 5639m/18,866 ft

    Distance: 3.5 km

    Hiking Time: 6-7 hours

    Habitat: Artic

    Today we will wake up early in the morning for breakfast and be ready to start the hike by 0500hrs. We will wind our way up the Western Breach non-technical climbing route for about 6 hours to the crater rim of the main Kilimanjaro summit massif. Those who still have the energy can explore the inner crater and the ash pit, this is raised circular inner rim, the inside of which slopes down to a flat floor and then 200m deep inverted cone at the very center of the volcano also Kilimanjaro has one of the most perfectly formed volcanic ash pit of any mountain in the world, before moving to our highest camp on the crater .floor. This spectacular high camp is next to the Furtwangler Glacier with stunning views westward toward Mount Meru and the setting African sun

    Day 6: Crater Camp to Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp  

    • Elevation: 5739m/18,829 ftto 5895m/19,341 ft to 3200m/10,065
    • Distance:12 km/7 miles
    • Hiking Time:4-6 hours
    • Habitat: Artic /Moorland

    We will start our ascent to the summit (19,341 ft) early enough in the morning to reach the summit by sunrise. However, while your body may be aching from the day before, it will be nowhere as challenging because the peak is only 156 meters (512 feet) of ascent away, and won’t take more than one or two hours at most. This is quite a contrast to the 3,000-foot slog required to summit via all the other ascent routes on Kilimanjaro. The opportunity to see the new day’s climbers and the sunrise from the summit is a privilege that you won’t soon forget. Take some pictures, pat yourself on the back, hug your companions and enjoy the glistening pink and orange sunrise hues overlooking the ice fields and glaciers.

    After taking in the view from Uhuru Peak we will begin the long descent to Barafu Camp and down to our final camp Mweka Campsite.

    Day 7: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

    • Elevation:3100m/10,171 ft to 1700m/5578 ft
    • Distance:9km.
    • Hiking Time:3-4 hours
    • Habitat: Montane Forest

    Today is your last day on the mountain. After breakfast, you will descend down to Mweka park gate walking across montane forest. This descent will take 3-4 hours. At the gate you will sign out and board the vehicle, ready for the transfer back to your hotel for your certificate presentation celebration.

    Day 8: Departure – Tanzania

    The day is left free to wind down after the trek before your flight home. After a good night’s rest at your hotel, you will take breakfast ready for the scheduled check-out by 10.00. (If you wish to remain in the hotel during the day, please advise us of this when you book your trip and we will inform you of the cost for day room which ends at 18:00hrs, and then make the booking on your behalf.)

    If you have booked a transfer to the airport, you will be collected from your hotel and dropped off at the airport. For those travelers who have booked to go on safari, our Kilele Climb guide will be meeting you in the evening to provide you with a pre-safari briefing.

    *Safari, Zanzibar and other add-ons are available if you wish to continue exploring Tanzania

    Standard Package Pricing

    • Price Rates Per Person in US$. The prices in other currencies are given for comparison only.
    Hiking Route/Days
    1 Pax
    2 Pax
    3 Pax
    4 Pax
    5 Pax
    6 Pax
    7 Pax
    8 Pax
    9+ Pax
    7 Days Lemosho Route
    $ 2,600
    $ 2,200
    $ 2,100
    $ 2,080
    $ 2,060
    $ 2,040
    $ 2,000
    $ 1,980
    $ 1,940

    Deluxe Package Pricing

    • Price Rates Per Person in US$. The prices in other currencies are given for comparison only.
    Hiking Route/Days
    1 Pax
    2 Pax
    3 Pax
    4 Pax
    5 Pax
    6 Pax
    7 Pax
    8 Pax
    9+ Pax
    7 Days Lemosho Route
    $3,595
    $ 2,885
    $ 2,595
    $2,550
    $ 2,490
    $2,440
    $2,375
    $2,295
    $2,270
    Tanzanian Residents pay 80% of rates & East African Citizens pay 60% of rates.

    INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

    • Private transport to & from Kilimanjaro International airport to the hotel in Moshi/Arusha.
    • 2 nights of accommodation in Moshi/Arusha (before and after the climb bed and breakfast)
    • Return transportation from Moshi/from the starting/finishing point on the mountain.
    • Qualified guides with mountain crew
    • All national park fees
    • Hut/camping fees
    • 4 Season mountain tents
    • Double layered Sleeping Mats
    • Mess tent (for dining) Mini camping chairs/Tables/Candles
    • Rescue fees
    • Pulse oximeters & Portable oxygen tanks
    • First aid kit
    • 3 hot meals daily while on the mountain
    • Enough treated &filtered drinking water throughout the trek
    • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
    • Government taxes
    • Guides, porters, waiter, cook accommodation and entry fees on the mountain.

    EXCLUDED FROM THE PRICE:

    • Meals and drinks not specified
    • Gear for your climb
    • Items of personal nature
    • Additional nights beyond the two standard hotel nights included
    • Visas
    • Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is available for extra charge $90$ for entire trek.
    • Flights
    • Tips for guides, porters and cook (this is a guide to tipping on the mountain htt://www.kiliporters.org/ tipping_recommendations.php
    • Tipping on Kilimanjaro from the trekking group (not per climber)
    • Guides: 20$-30$ /day/guide
    • Cook: 15$-20$/ day
    • Porter: 7$-10$/day/porter

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      Mt. Kilimanjaro Trek – Lemosho Route 6 Days

      Mt. Kilimanjaro Trek – Lemosho Route 6 Days

      Trip Introduction

      Lemosho is the most scenic trail on Kilimanjaro, with panoramic vistas of the mountain. It’s a newer route, ideal for climbers who want low crowds, beautiful scenery, and high success rates. Most of our clients choose this route and recommend it. The climb starts at Londorossi Gate, at 2360m, to the west of the mountain. It circles around Kilimanjaro southwards, through rainforests where unique wildlife can be seen, and continues to the third summit at Shira Ridge. Climb Kilimanjaro via Lemosho for a memorable, less crowded, and successful experience.

      Lemosho 6 or 7-day route is recommended for experienced hikers, requiring good fitness.

      Day 0: Arrival – Moshi- Pre-trek Briefing

      If you have chosen to use our airport transfer service, we will collect you from Kilimanjaro Airport and take you to your hotel in Moshi or Arusha. Your guide will meet you at the hotel for a pre-trek briefing, which is scheduled for the day after your arrival. We recommend that you arrive at least one day before the trek begins. During the briefing, we will discuss the trek and review your equipment. If you require any additional equipment, we can arrange for it to be rented from our store.

      Day 1: Moshi to Lemosho gate to Mti Mkubwa campsite

      • Elevation:1,200m to 1,950 m to 2,850 m
      • Distance:
      • Hiking Time:3-4 hours
      • Habitat:Montane Forest to moorland and heath vegetation.

      We will pick you up from your hotel your hotel and transport you to Lemosho gate for registration. After this formality, from this point you will start the trek across undisturbed Montane forest decorated with Black and White Colobus Monkey to the camp where dinner and overnight will take place.

      Day 2: Mti Mkubwa campsite to Shira Two campsite

      • Elevation:2,650m/8696 ft to 3850m/12,631 ft
      • Distance:5km.
      • Hiking Time:8-9 hours
      • Habitat:Moorland and Rocky

      Today you will cover a lot of ground as you trek across a plateau of grassy moorland and heather scattered with volcanic rock formations. We will trek through Shira 1 Camp from where there are often views of Kibo Peak floating on the clouds as we head towards our destination which is Shira Two, we gain a reasonable amount of altitude as we head towards Shira 1 and parts of the route are fairly steep. As you proceed towards Shira Two you will get the chance to view the Northern Ice fields from the western side of the mountain with some unusual views of Kibo. Our steady climb across the moorland of the Shira Plateau will help with acclimatization and we enjoy great panoramic views.

      Day 3: Shira two Campsite to Barranco campsite

      • Elevation:3800m to 3950m
      • Distance:
      • Hiking Time:7-8 hours
      • Habitat:Moorland

      This is long acclimatization day. You will have an early breakfast then trek east to a junction leading to Lava tower rock 4600m for acclimatization. Afterwards, you will descend down to Barranco campsite for dinner and overnight.

      Day 4: Barranco Campsite to Barafu Campsite

      • Elevation: 3963m to 4643m
      • Distance: 9 km.
      • Hiking Time: 8 hours
      • Habitat:  Alpine Desert

      After a good night’s rest and breakfast, we set off on our walk to Barafu camp at 4643m. Our day starts by descending into the Great Barranco, a huge ravine. We then exit steeply, up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. It’s a climb over rock, not technical, but long and tiring. Passing underneath, the Heim and Kersten glaciers, we head towards the Karanga valley, which is our last stop for fresh water before the summit. Scree now forms the terrain as we walk through arid and desolate land towards Barafu camp.

      On arriving at camp, we eat and spend the evening resting as we prepare for a long night and day ahead. The summit is now a further 1342m up and you will make the final ascent tonight. Prepare your equipment, ski stick and thermal clothing for your summit attempt. This should include the replacement of your headlamp and camera batteries and make sure you have a spare set available as well. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask. We have an early dinner and then try to get some sleep as we will be getting up at between 11pm and 12pm to start the climb to the summit

      Day 5: Barafu Campsite to Uhuru peak to Mweka hut campsite

      • Elevation:4620m to 5895m to 3100m
      • Distance:
      • Hiking Time:10 – 12 hours
      • Habitat:Desert and ice

      Wake at midnight to a light breakfast and then prepare for your summit ascent. The goal is to climb before dawn so that you can reach Uhuru Peak shortly before or after sunrise. Departure for the summit is at 12:00AM. Switchback up steep scree or possibly snow, and reach Stella Point on the crater rim (5,861 m/18,640 ft) between 4 and 5 AM. At this point you will be having the views of the fabled crater and its icecaps facing you. Then after 45 minutes of hiking along the Kibo crater rim near the celebrated snows takes you to Kilimanjaro true summit, Uhuru Peak here you will spend time for taking photo’s. After your summit activities, you will descend back to the Barafu Huts campsite, for lunch, rest, collect your gear, and continue down through moorland and heath zone to Mweka Huts campsite. Dinner and overnight at Mweka hut campsite.

      Day 6: Mweka hut campsite to Mweka gate

      • Elevation:3100m to 1700m
      • Distance:
      • Hiking Time:3 – 4 hours
      • Habitat:Montane Forest

      Today is your last day on the mountain. After breakfast, you will descend down to Mweka park gate walking across montane forest. This descent will take 3-4 hours. At the gate you will sign out and board the vehicle, ready for the transfer back to your hotel for your certificate presentation celebration.

      Day 7: Departure – Tanzania

      The day is left free to wind down after the trek before your flight home. After a good night’s rest at your hotel, you will take breakfast ready for the scheduled check-out by 10.00. (If you wish to remain in the hotel during the day, please advise us of this when you book your trip and we will inform you of the cost for day room which ends at 18:00hrs, and then make the booking on your behalf.)

      If you have booked a transfer to the airport, you will be collected from your hotel and dropped off at the airport. For those travelers who have booked to go on safari, our Kilele Climb guide will be meeting you in the evening to provide you with a pre-safari briefing.

      *Safari, Zanzibar and other add-ons are available if you wish to continue exploring Tanzania.

      Standard Package Pricing

      • Price Rates Per Person in US$. The prices in other currencies are given for comparison only.
      Hiking Route/Days
      1 Pax
      2 Pax
      3 Pax
      4 Pax
      5 Pax
      6 Pax
      7 Pax
      8 Pax
      9+ Pax
      6 Days Lemosho Route
      $ 1,870
      $ 1,710
      $ 1,700
      $ 1,680
      $ 1,660
      $ 1,640
      $ 1,620
      $ 1,600
      $ 1,550

      Deluxe Package Pricing

      • Price Rates Per Person in US$. The prices in other currencies are given for comparison only.
      Hiking Route/Days
      1 Pax
      2 Pax
      3 Pax
      4 Pax
      5 Pax
      6 Pax
      7 Pax
      8 Pax
      9+ Pax
      6 Days Lemosho Route
      $ 2,960
      $ 2,200
      $ 2,150
      $ 2,135
      $ 2,115
      $ 2,095
      $ 2,055
      $ 2,025
      $ 1,925
      Tanzanian Residents pay 80% of rates & East African Citizens pay 60% of rates.

      INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

      • Private transport to & from Kilimanjaro International airport to the hotel in Moshi/Arusha.
      • 2 nights of accommodation in Moshi/Arusha (before and after the climb bed and breakfast)
      • Return transportation from Moshi/from the starting/finishing point on the mountain.
      • Qualified guides with mountain crew
      • All national park fees
      • Hut/camping fees
      • 4 Season mountain tents
      • Double layered Sleeping Mats
      • Mess tent (for dining) Mini camping chairs/Tables/Candles
      • Rescue fees
      • Pulse oximeters & Portable oxygen tanks
      • First aid kit
      • 3 hot meals daily while on the mountain
      • Enough treated &filtered drinking water throughout the trek
      • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
      • Government taxes
      • Guides, porters, waiter, cook accommodation and entry fees on the mountain.

      EXCLUDED FROM THE PRICE:

      • Meals and drinks not specified
      • Gear for your climb
      • Items of personal nature
      • Additional nights beyond the two standard hotel nights included
      • Visas
      • Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is available for extra charge $90$ for entire trek.
      • Flights
      • Tips for guides, porters and cook (this is a guide to tipping on the mountain htt://www.kiliporters.org/ tipping_recommendations.php
      • Tipping on Kilimanjaro from the trekking group (not per climber)
      • Guides: 20$-30$ /day/guide
      • Cook: 15$-20$/ day
      • Porter: 7$-10$/day/porter

      Book this tour

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        Mt. Kilimanjaro Trek – Northern Circuit route with Crater Camp 9 Days

        Mt. Kilimanjaro Trek – Northern Circuit route with Crater Camp 9 Days

        Trip Introduction

        Experience Kilimanjaro’s uncharted territories with remote trails that offer maximum comfort and a great acclimatization schedule. Spend one night at Kilimanjaro’s baffled crater, 5,732m above sea level, away from the crowds.

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

        The route allows ample time to explore Kilimanjaro’s lesser-known features, such as Shark’s Tooth and various caves along the way.

        About Crater Camp on Kilimanjaro

        This is not a separate route, but rather an exciting extension that can be added to any existing route. It involves spending the night in the crater’s bowl, an incredible experience reserved for only the most adventurous hikers. The length of the trip will depend on the chosen route. It’s important to note that camping at the crater can be costly as there are additional fees charged by the park authority and crew wages are paid extra.

        Day 0: Pre-trek Briefing

        If you have chosen to use our airport transfer service, we will collect you from Kilimanjaro Airport and take you to your hotel in Moshi or Arusha. Your guide will meet you at the hotel for a pre-trek briefing, which is scheduled for the day after your arrival. We recommend that you arrive at least one day before the trek begins. During the briefing, we will discuss the trek and review your equipment. If you require any additional equipment, we can arrange for it to be rented from our store.

        Day 1: Lemosho Gate to Mti Mkubwa Camp

        • Elevation:1,200m to 1,950 m to 2,850 m
        • Distance:
        • Hiking Time:3-4 hours
        • Habitat:Montane Forest to moorland and heath vegetation.

        We will pick you up from your hotel your hotel and transport you to Lemosho gate for registration. After this formality, from this point you will start the trek across undisturbed Montane forest decorated with Black and White Colobus Monkey to the camp where dinner and overnight will take place.

        Day 2: Mti Mkubwa To Shira 1 Camp

        • Elevation:2,850m9,498 ft to 3484m/ 11,500 ft
        • Distance: 8 km
        • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
        • Habitat: Heath

        We continue on the trail leading out of the rain forest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As we ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, we reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 Camp. Here we catch our first glimpse of Kibo across the plateau.

        Day 3: Shira I Camp to Moir Hut Camp

        • Elevation:3500m to 4200m
        • Distance:7km.
        • Hiking time:4-5 hours
        • Habitat:Moorland

        Today we have the chance to view the Northern ice fields from the western side of the mountain with some unusual views of Kibo. The terrain during our steady climb will change from the moorland of the Shira Plateau to the broad upland desert beneath the Lent Hills with great panoramic views.

        Your guide may leave you with the option to hike up to the Shira Cathedral or head straight to the next camp. Our camp is close to Moir Hut (4170m).  If you choose to see the cathedral, you won’t be let down. The cathedral is approximately an hour and a half away from the trail and was caused by an ancient eruption. To get to see it up close is a scenic treat, and some say it’s the highlight of their trek!

        If you don’t choose to see the cathedral, you will arrive at your camp by mid-day. Use your afternoon to go for a walk further up the mountain. The higher you hike during the day before returning to your camp at a lower altitude, the better you will acclimatize to the thin air.

        Day 4:  Moir Hut to Pofu Camp

        • Elevation:4200m to 4030m
        • Distance:
        • Hiking time:6-7 hours
        • Habitat:Moorland

        Today you will head north onto the Northern Circuit, away from all other routes that approach the summit on the southern slopes. The day will begin with a fairly steep climb, as you hike to the summit of Lent Hills. You will be rewarded with breathtaking scenery of the vast moon-like terrain and the snow-covered mountains. After you’ve accomplished the most challenging part of the day, and admired the views, it’s time to head east across the rock fields and back onto a trodden trail.

        For the remainder of your hiking day, the path gently undulates and you cross a series of inclines and declines through the slopes of Kibo. As you approach Buffalo Camp, and weather permitting, you are met with a scenery of plains that stretch out all the way to the Kenyan/Tanzanian border. The day will leave you with some time to rest, and an opportunity to explore the surrounding area. The infinite amount of plains and the snow-capped Kibo will be a welcoming place to relax.

        Buffalo Camp has no cabins or built structures, not even toilet latrines, completely immersing yourself into the Kilimanjaro wilderness. There is good chance that you get to enjoy the campsite to yourself, a real treat on the busy mountain!

        Day 5: Buffalo Camp to Third Cave Camp

        • Elevation:4030m to 3800m
        • Distance:9km.
        • Hiking time:4-5 hours
        • Habitat:Alpine Desert

        Today will be a fairly short and easy day as you head up the Buffalo Ridge onto your next camp. Crossing numerous ribs and gullies, you’ll find that this part of the mountain is quieter, since the route isn’t traveled as much. The mountain wilderness surrounds you as you continue to trek east through the remote valleys on the slopes of Kibo. Enjoy the meditative silence and be prepared that your initial excitement of being on the mountain may be fading away and you may find the scenery a little repetitive. This was precisely the reason why you have chosen this longer hiking route – to get away from civilization and allow enough time to acclimatize to the thin air. Surely, your body will be feeling these benefits by now. The Third Cave campsite is named after a cave that sits nearby the camp, as was once used as accommodation for hikers back in the day. Once you arrive after a short hiking day, you may be met with an out of body experience as the clouds tend to hang around the camp. Weather permitting, Kibo’s majestic backdrop sits in your view as you take in the wonders of the mountain in this pristine area. Other than your Northern Circuit route, Third Cave is only used by some variations of the Rongai Route. Therefore, you might have the campsite again to yourself. Enjoy!

         Day 6:  Third Cave to School Hut

        • Elevation:3800m to 4800m
        • Distance:
        • Hiking time:3-4 hours
        • Habitat:Alpine Desert

        Today you will be climbing from Third Cave to School Hut, your base camp for the final summit push. You may start to be feeling butterflies in anticipation of your big summit night. Within less than 24 hours, you’ll be standing on the top of Africa!

         The hike will be shorter today, but significant altitude height will be gained to acclimate you for the summit. Soon after leaving Third Cave, the landscape will become barren, and you may feel like you’re on another planet with the clouds sitting below you.

        You’ll notice that the altitude can be difficult. While the trek doesn’t seem very steep, the lack of oxygen will make it feel otherwise. Do not be discouraged, and take as much time as you need! The views of the towering will motivate you as you take each step. Weather and cloud cover permitting, you have Kibo in your view the entire time. It’s still fairly early as you approach the School Hut campsite, so that you can get as much rest as possible before the exciting night ahead. Even though you may not be feeling hungry due to the altitude, try to eat as much as possible to gain strength for your summit push. After an early dinner, it’s time to get your gear ready for your early wake up, and to catch as much sleep as you can.  

        Day 7: School Hut to Gillman’s Point to Stella Point to Crater Camp

        • Elevation: 4800 m/15,600 ft to 5896m/19,341 ft
        • Distance:5 km
        • Hiking Time:5-6 hours
        • Habitat: Artic

        Today is an early start for the moment you’ve been waiting for – your final push to the top of Kibo. One of the benefits of staying overnight at Crater Camp is that you can conquer the top of Kilimanjaro in daylight rather than overnight. However, it will still be an early start just after sunrise, to leave enough time to explore the crater in the afternoon. And make sure to apply extra thick sunscreen and bring your sunglasses as the sun is getting ever more intense the higher you climb. Snacks are encouraged as well to maintain energy throughout the long day. After a relatively moderate start, the trail becomes steep and challenging as it joins with the Marangu.

        After approximately an hour and a half slowly making your way up via a series of switchbacks that make the steep scree slopes easier to tackle, you will hit rockier terrain. As you scramble over up to hip-high boulders, be mindful of your steps as these so-called Jamaican Rocks can be slippery at times. After a while, the rocks become more moderate and easier to manage – a sign that the end is near. What satisfaction as you reach at the top of Kibo and a vast open crater expands in front of your eyes! From here, the path becomes very manageable as you continue along the crater rim to Stella Point– your highest point today before you’ll descend to Crater Camp.

        Day 8: Crater Camp to Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp  

        • Elevation: 5896m/19,341 ft to 3200m/10,065
        • Distance:12 km/7 miles
        • Hiking Time:4-6 hours
        • Habitat: Artic /Moorland

        If climbing all the way to Stella Point wasn’t enough, it’s time to scale the very top of Mount Kilimanjaro – Uhuru Peak. You will rise early to reach the summit by sunrise. However, while your body may be aching from the day before, it will be nowhere as challenging because the peak is only 150 meters (510 feet) of ascent away, and won’t take more than one or two hours at most. The opportunity to see the new day’s climbers and the sunrise from the summit is a privilege that you won’t soon forget. Take some pictures, pat yourself on the back, hug your companions and enjoy the glistening pink and orange sunrise hues overlooking the ice fields and glaciers.

         Day 9: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

        • Elevation:3100m to 1700m
        • Distance:9km.
        • Hiking Time:3-4 hours
        • Habitat: Montane Forest

        Today is your last day on the mountain. After breakfast, you will descend down to Mweka park gate walking across montane forest. This descent will take 3-4 hours. At the gate you will sign out and board the vehicle, ready for the transfer back to your hotel for your certificate presentation celebration.

        Day 10: Departure – Tanzania

        The day is left free to wind down after the trek before your flight home. After a good night’s rest at your hotel, you will take breakfast ready for the scheduled check-out by 10.00. (If you wish to remain in the hotel during the day, please advise us of this when you book your trip and we will inform you of the cost for day room which ends at 18:00hrs, and then make the booking on your behalf.)

        If you have booked a transfer to the airport, you will be collected from your hotel and dropped off at the airport. For those travelers who have booked to go on safari, our Kilele Climb guide will be meeting you in the evening to provide you with a pre-safari briefing.

        *Safari, Zanzibar and other add-ons are available if you wish to continue exploring Tanzania.

        Standard Package Pricing

        • Price Rates Per Person in US$. The prices in other currencies are given for comparison only.
        Hiking Route/Days
        1 Pax
        2 Pax
        3 Pax
        4 Pax
        5 Pax
        6 Pax
        7 Pax
        8 Pax
        9+ Pax
        9 Days Northern Circuit Route
        $ 2,980
        $ 2,710
        $ 2,690
        $ 2,670
        $ 2,650
        $ 2,610
        $2,590
        $ 2,550
        $ 2,490

        Deluxe Package Pricing

        • Price Rates Per Person in US$. The prices in other currencies are given for comparison only.
        Hiking Route/Days
        1 Pax
        2 Pax
        3 Pax
        4 Pax
        5 Pax
        6 Pax
        7 Pax
        8 Pax
        9+ Pax
        9 Days Northern circuit Route
        $3,895
        $ 3,185
        $ 3,165
        $3,050
        $ 3,040
        $3,020
        $2,945
        $2,905
        $2,980
        Tanzanian Residents pay 80% of rates & East African Citizens pay 60% of rates.

        INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

        • Private transport to & from Kilimanjaro International airport to the hotel in Moshi/Arusha.
        • 2 nights of accommodation in Moshi/Arusha (before and after the climb bed and breakfast)
        • Return transportation from Moshi/from the starting/finishing point on the mountain.
        • Qualified guides with mountain crew
        • All national park fees
        • Hut/camping fees
        • 4 Season mountain tents
        • Double layered Sleeping Mats
        • Mess tent (for dining) Mini camping chairs/Tables/Candles
        • Rescue fees
        • Pulse oximeters & Portable oxygen tanks
        • First aid kit
        • 3 hot meals daily while on the mountain
        • Enough treated &filtered drinking water throughout the trek
        • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
        • Government taxes
        • Guides, porters, waiter, cook accommodation and entry fees on the mountain.

        EXCLUDED FROM THE PRICE:

        • Meals and drinks not specified
        • Gear for your climb
        • Items of personal nature
        • Additional nights beyond the two standard hotel nights included
        • Visas
        • Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is available for extra charge $90$ for entire trek.
        • Flights
        • Tips for guides, porters and cook (this is a guide to tipping on the mountain htt://www.kiliporters.org/ tipping_recommendations.php
        • Tipping on Kilimanjaro from the trekking group (not per climber)
        • Guides: 20$-30$ /day/guide
        • Cook: 15$-20$/ day
        • Porter: 7$-10$/day/porter

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