10 Days Northern Circuit

|10 Days Northern Circuit
10 Days Northern Circuit2019-06-01T01:10:33+00:00

The secret favorite

The 10-day
Lemosho Route is one of the most scenic routes in the west of Kilimanjaro. The rainforest looks like an
emerald green canopy and the lush vegetation covers the fertile soils. The mountain streams migrate
peacefully through the Barranco valley in the middle of the gigantic cloud sea. Marvel at the fascinating
Lava Tower and climb up the impressive Barranco Wall. There is the possibility to meet the local wildlife.
The 10-day Lemosho route provides optimal conditions for acclimatization, increasing your chances of
reaching the magnificent summit.
Included services

Transfer from / to Kilimanjaro National Park & ​​Airport Transfers
1 night (B & B) in Moshi before & after the Kilimanjaro ascent

Parking, camping and rescue fees
Mountain Tents & Mattresses
Professional English-speaking mountain guide, porter and cook
9x breakfast; 8x lunch; 7x dinner
Water; Tea and coffee with meals
Not included

flights
Lunch and dinner in Moshi
travel insurance
visa
Increase of parking fees
German tour guide (for an additional charge)
personal items
Sleeping bag
Tips for the mountain guide, porters and cook
Soda and alcoholic drinks
ITINERARY

1st day: Kilimanjaro airport to Moshi
Our driver will meet you at the airport and bring you to your accommodation. Your Kilimanjaro
orientation will take place at the hotel and your guide will explain all the important details regarding the
ascent. An inspection of your hiking equipment will also be done and you may be able to borrow missing
equipment in Moshi.
Day 2: Starting point (2,300 m) to Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,750 meters)
Height gain: 450m
Hiking time: 3 hours
Distance: 7 km

After breakfast, leave the hotel and drive to Londorossi Gate (1,800 m). The 3-hour drive takes you on a
dirt road through the town of Boma N'gombe and the village of Sanya Juu. After completing the
necessary park registration you will be taken to the starting point of your hike at 2350m. The glory of the
rainforest comes to light through the sun's rays. The green roofs provide shelter for the exotic blue
monkeys. The short hike through the rainforest takes you to Mti Mkubwa Camp.
Day 3: Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,750 meters) to Shira Camp 1 (3,550m)

Altitude gain: 800m
Hiking time: 6-7 hours
Distance: 10 km

Along the way towards Shira Camp 1, the landscape changes dramatically from the lush rainforest to the
barren heathland. The dry landscape is speckled with huge lobelia. You hike up the steep ridge that
leads to the Shira Plateau and offers a magnificent view of Kibo Peak and Meru in the west. You will
cross some quiet streams as you climb over the Shira Ridge (3600m) and then descend to your Shira
Camp 1 overnight camp.
Day 4: Shira Camp 1 (3,550m) to Shira Camp 2 (3,840m)
Altitude gain: 290m
Hiking time: 3-4 hours
Distance: 8km

You will start the day with a delicious breakfast and a hike through the exposed moor area. The
Lemosho route tends to be less frequented so you can enjoy the tranquility and unspoiled nature of the
countryside. Upon reaching the Shira Plateau, the breathtaking view of the Kibo Peak will reappear. The
intoxicating feeling of the summit sight is magical. A hot lunch is served at Shira Camp 2 (3.810m). Your
guide will take you on a short excursion to acclimatise with you. Then you can spend the rest of the day
relaxing.
Day 5: Shira Camp 2 (3.840m) to Barranco Camp (3.950m) via Lava Tower
Altitude gain: 110m
Hiking time: 6-7 hours
Distance: 11km

Today, before reaching the Lava Tower, the Lemosho Route connects with the Machame Route. The
gentle climb to Barranco Camp takes you through a barren landscape characterized only by shrubbery.
The shark tooth awaits you, a huge, jagged rock that a volcano ejected thousands of years ago. With the
Lava Tower (4.600m) you reach the highest point of the day's stage. The first patches of snow are visible
at this altitude. After reaching the Lava Tower, descend to the Barranco Camp. The ashen Barranco Wall
is an exceptional area and the climb is on the following morning.
Day 6: Barranco Camp (3,950m) to Karanga Camp (3,930m)

Altitude gain: 200m Height loss: 220m

Hiking time: 4 – 5 hours
Distance: 5km

The day begins with the ascent of the amazing Barranco Wall (200m high). For a short period of time,
you must use your hands and feet to climb the wall. When you reach the top, you can admire the scenic
view of Kibo Peak. The trail crosses several shallow streams and the glittering stream of the Karanga
River. An appetizing lunch is served at Karanga Camp (3,930m). The short trek after lunch will help you
acclimatise.
Day 7: Karanga Camp (3,930m) to Barafu Camp (4700m)
Altitude gain: 770m
Hiking time : 2-4 hours
Distance: 4km

This rocky area leads you further up the mountain, the South Glacier becomes visible and beautiful
views are visible. The 1-hour climb of the Lava Ridge is your ticket to Barafu Camp (4681m). Reaching
the camp means that you have successfully mastered the South Route of the Mountain. Your reward: a
unique view of the summit and a sea of ​​clouds. The terrain on the campsite looks like an unfinished
painting. The landscape is covered in a thin layer of snow with sparse vegetation. A fortifying and
warming meal is served for dinner. It is recommended to crawl into your sleeping bag as soon as
possible as you begin your journey to the summit at midnight.
Day 8: Barafu Camp (4700m) to Summit (5,895m) (midnight start) Descent to Mweka Camp (3,100m)
Altitude gain: 1195m
Hiking time: 14 – 16 hours
Distance: 19km

Wake up at 11:00 pm for a light snack and a steaming cup of tea before beginning your 5km trek to the
summit. It's a long day with a 14 to 16-hour hike. Today's stage is the hardest on the 8-day Lemosho
route. Temperatures on the way to the summit are between -5 ° C and -10 ° C. The gradually increasing
inclination of the path flattens off on reaching the first summit point, Stella Point (5,672m). From here it
is about an hour's walk to the highest point in Africa, Uhuru Peak (5689 m). You reach the summit with
the first rays of sunshine glittering over the horizon. You will have the opportunity to take souvenir
photos and admire the surrounding landscape, including the rugged Mawenzi Peak. The descent takes
you back to Barafu Camp, where you take a short break. The spectacular, wide plains of Kilimanjaro are
so magical that the 9km walk to Mweka Camp (3,100m) passes by in the wind. The route to there is
moderate and takes 4 to 5 hours. The landscape begins to sprout again and the ice begins to melt. The
barren landscapes of the moorland change into denser vegetation and exotic wildlife begins to shine
again. You will reach the camp where you will be served delicious hot drinks and dinner. The barren

landscapes of the moorland change into denser vegetation and exotic wildlife begins to shine again. You
will reach the camp where you will be served delicious hot drinks and dinner. The barren landscapes of
the moorland change into denser vegetation and exotic wildlife begins to shine again. You will reach the
camp where you will be served delicious hot drinks and dinner.
Day 9: Mweka Camp (3,100m) to Mweka Gate (1,800m) to Moshi
Height loss: 1300m
Hiking time: 4 – 5 hours
Distance: 10km

Inspired by the victorious songs of their porters, enjoy a last breakfast on the mountain before starting
the 1300m descent to Mweka Gate. The hike is easy and only takes a few hours. Our driver will meet
you at the gate and take you to the hotel where your guide will solemnly present you the certificate of
successful Kilimanjaro ascents. A hot shower, comfortable mattress and clean clothes are your treasures
for the night in Moshi.
Day 10: Moshi to Kilimanjaro airport
We will take you to the airport from where you will fly home. If you want to learn more about Tanzania's
wilderness, we recommend a safari following your Kilimanjaro ascent. But this is a second adventure,
which we also like to take care of.