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9 Days Northern Circuit

9 Days

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TRIP DATES AVAILABILITY PRICE SPACE LEFT
August 10, 2024 - August 18, 2024 Guaranteed $2,413
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August 29, 2024 - September 6, 2024 Guaranteed $2,413
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Tour Overview

About the tour

This route avoids the crowds on the southern routes and over 9 days, you have a fantastic journey and a great chance of summiting successfully.

The climb begins at Londorossi Gate, at an altitude of 2360 meters, with an approach far to the west of the mountain. It follows the Lemosho route, passing through majestic rainforest where some of the region’s most unique wildlife can often be seen. The route continues up to the mountain’s third summit at Shira Ridge. From there you will cross the famed Shira plateau and see the awe inspiring Shira Cathedral before turning north onto the Northern Circuit proper. The northern slopes of Kilimanjaro are far more remote and have the benefit of less traffic from other climbers. On a clear day the views stretch over the Amboseli Plains of Kenya. The trail then joins the Rongai and Marangu routes in the east for the final summit ascent via Gillmans Point. After reaching the summit, you will descend by the Mweka trail, rather than retracing your steps along the ascent route.

The Northern Circuit is a good nine day hike for those who have not trekked much at high altitudes, with an effective extra day’s acclimatization, giving a better success rate. Experienced trekkers may opt for the more difficult 8 day ascent along the Northern Circuit.

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Trip Highlights

  • Quieter than other routes
  • Very high success rate
  • Good acclimatisation profile

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Day 01 :
ARRIVAL

All trekkers need to organise their own flights to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). From JRO we will arrange a private transfer to your hotel. That night or early the next morning you will meet your local ZAFS representative and have a full pre-climb briefing.

1 hour

4WD transfer to Londorossi Park Gate for registration. Our porters prepare and pack our supplies and luggage before we start our ascent along the forest trail to Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree) campsite at 2895m. We will stay here overnight.

3-4 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Our journey continues eastwards across the Shira Plateau with spectacular views of Shira Cathedral. We cross moorland meadow to reach Shira 1 Camp for dinner and overnight camping at 3500m. By now we will be able to see the stunning glaciers of the Western Breach. It will be colder tonight than the previous night with temperatures possibly falling below freezing.

5-6 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we walk to the summit of Shira Cathedral, a huge buttress of rock surrounded by steep spires and pinnacles. There is a tangible sense of wilderness here, especially when the afternoon mists roll in. From our camp near Shira Hut, we take in the unforgettable views of Mt Meru.

3-4 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We leave the moorland behind now and a gentle grade walk takes us across the high altitude Shira Caldera to Shira Cave with fabulous views of Arrow glacier. We will camp here for the night at 4200m.

6-7 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We climb out of the Moir Valley and take a short detour to reach the summit of Lent Hills (4700m). After admiring the views we return to the trail and heads eastwards around the Northern Circuit trail. The final section of today’s walk undulates until reaching the location of Pofu Camp.

7-8 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From Pofu Camp we cross numerous small valleys as the trail continues through a landscape that has increasingly sparse vegetation to eventually reach Third Cave Camp.

6-7 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today there is a steady ascent to reach the Saddle, a lunar landscape between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. From here we continue upwards and reach School Hut in the early afternoon. The remainder of the afternoon is spent resting and preparing for the summit day.

5-6 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We start the final and most demanding part of the climb around 1 am on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillman’s Point. We rest here for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. We then head on to Uhuru Peak, passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. We retrace our steps along the crater rim to Stella Point and then descend down through Barafu Camp, where our porters will meet us with a packed lunch. We will then continue to descend to reach Millennium Camp.

14-16 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Your final day on the trek. Departing after breakfast, we descend a further 1300m to the Mweka Park Gate to pick up your summit certificates from the Park Headquarters. We will then transfer toy our hotel for a well-earned shower and celebration.

5-6 hours
Breakfast, Lunch

Includes & Excludes

The Trip Cost Includes:

  • 2 nights hotel accommodation before and after your climb on bed & breakfast basis
  • Airport transfers
  • Transfers to and from the mountain
  • National Park entry, and climbing fees
  • Rescue fees
  • A fully supported climb (average ratio of support staff to climbers is 4:1)
  • All meals and drinking water on the mountain
  • Private portable toilet
  • Access to first aid kit and emergency oxygen
  • A certificate documenting your summit ascent
  • High-quality mess and sleeping tents with a comfortable foam mattress

The Trip Cost Excludes:

  • International flights and visas
  • Tips for your guide and crew
  • Travel insurance (you must be insured for trekking up to 6000m)
  • Your personal trekking gears
  • Snacks on the mountain
  • Meals and drinks not on the mountain

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BURHANUDDIN R
BURHANUDDIN R
2023-12-08
My review It was one of the best experience I have ever had, it was absolutely amazing and worth it, amazing sights, fabulous foods and great way to enjoy life with friends
Compass10584028169
Compass10584028169
2023-11-30
Kilimanjaro trekking It was an amazing experience,trekking was superb,guides and porters was so friendly.I really enjoyed with zafs tours thank you so much.I would like to recommend zafs tours to who is planning to do Kilimanjaro
Fearless24016237745
Fearless24016237745
2023-11-29
Prodigious Team | Breathtaking Views I had planned to trek Kilimanjaro one month before my trip. Nothing to do with organisers but spot decision from my side, I would say, I was never disappointed or regret the last minute mind make up I did. It was a fantastically organised trek,, they had lot more flexibility and the hosts were amazing.. food throughout the trek was at its best. Kudos to the team.
Ashutosh N
Ashutosh N
2023-11-25
Amazing ! Startling ! Overwhelming Support Team ! The summit to Kilimanjaro was no way possible for me unless until I was guided by John and team . Special kudos to these guys - the way they organized, the detailed briefing sessions, the incredible support staff, delicious food, the helpful porters. If it were not for Mariki - a member of John's team I believe I wouldn't have been able to summit the Uhuru peak. I would recommend ZAFS/John to anyone who is planning to summit Kilimanjaro. They really do ensure that you reach the heights. Not to forget that John & team made us enjoy the journey throughout !
Travel11590606160
Travel11590606160
2023-11-24
Atop Kilimanjaro Uhuru peak We went for Kilimanjaro Summit in August 2023. 17 of us travelled to Kilimanjaro through India Hikes who are partners with ZAFS to organise end to end support for this exciting climb to the summit. The ZAFS team is such a wonderful bunch of people that they made this entire climb look so easy. The team is very knowledgeable about the entire terrain and guided us on how to go Pole-Pole, one step at a time so as not to get tired during the steep climb and long trekking route. The stay arrangements in tents, the lunch arrangements and the food throughout had been great. The entire team is so jovial, fun loving and helpful. They were always helping the team at every step and even carried the backpacks of few team members who were too tired on long days. Thank you John and thank you entire ZAFS team in making this trip so fun, safe and memorable for all of us. I would definitely recommend your team to many of my friends from India who wish to scale the Kilimanjaro peak.
Yusuf M
Yusuf M
2023-11-17
A Dream come true holiday It’s simply amazing Management, organization , hospitality, fun- everything powerpacked Stay was very exotic All the luxuries amidst the jungle, for me and my family , a dream come true holiday Our guide was very good n caring n jolly
Pam B
Pam B
2023-11-14
Loved Our Guides! "Moo" and Juma, our driver and guide, respectively, were just great. So enthusiastic, informative, always on time and well-pressed! Our time in Zanzibar was only pleasant because of these two. Moo was an exceptionally good driver, courteous and safe, in very challenging conditions. Juma was caring and helped us arrange last-minute tour options. This is a first-rate tour agency!
Husain Khambaty
Husain Khambaty
2023-11-14
Exhilarating experience climbing Mt Kili with ZAFS We engaged ZAFS about 6 months in advance while scouting for travel agencies. As we were really new to the region and never visited Tanzania, it was a bit of task to select the right tour company as you will find heaps of options with a range of offers and prices. ZAFS came not only recommended from friends and family but were thoroughly professional, patient and accomodating during our enquiries and throughout the trip. We took the 7 day Lemosho route to climb Mt Kili. The team provided by ZAFS were well trained, with excellent hospitality, surpassing our every expectation from meals, to setting up tents before we arrive at the next camp site, cruising through the difficult terrains making it look easy. From 3 course meal options to clean drinking water and clean toilets, being environmentally sustainable by providing us personal thrash bags to collect thrash on our way, some fantastic entertainment on our way with singing and dancing (optional but highly uplifting especially after a days climb). ZAFS trek leaders were exceptionally patient, understood every hikers strengths and weaknesses and ensured we met our end goal. They at times went out of their way to carry our day packs just to get through some rough terrain. They also help in recommending and reviewing your gear to make your climb seamless. Highly recommend ZAFS to help meet your bucket list in Tanzania.
tosFa
tosFa
2023-11-12
Lemosho + safari ❤️ We booked a 2 week itinerary with ZAFS consisting of the 7 day Lemosho route and a 3 day safari. Huezeifa was our point of contact months before our trip and was patient to answer all of our questions. His advice was extremely valuable to pack all the essentials for our trip. The trip itself was fantastically organized, we had all the information in the right time and the ZAFS team was also available to us for any questions during the trip. The guides and the rest of the crew that ZAFS works with really knew their stuff, they were professional and a lot of fun to climb the mountain with. Their help and expertise was instrumental at getting us to the top of Africa 🙂.
Burhanuddin Alladin
Burhanuddin Alladin
2023-11-08
My incredible experience with ZAFS TOURS One of the best professional tour operators. Highly recommended! Their service to their hospitality was absolutely top-notch. The Food was just superb despite the conditions on the mountain. As per our request they also arranged a surprise birthday party. Their guides and porters were very helpful, friendly and caring. Their moral support helped me alot during the entire trip especially during the summit. Their tents are very warm, clean, well maintained and comfortable. I really enjoyed this adventurous trip with them as they made it an incredible experience! Would definitely recommend ZAFS TOURS for anyone looking to conquer Roof of Africa (Mt Kilimanjaro)! Looking forward with more trips with them!

Fixed Group Date

TRIP DATES AVAILABILITY PRICE SPACE LEFT
August 10, 2024 - August 18, 2024 Guaranteed $2,413
Available
August 29, 2024 - September 6, 2024 Guaranteed $2,413
Available

FAQs

Frequently asked questions

Fitness Level

Any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. If you can walk a 10-14 km/6-7 miles per day, this climb should be do-able for you. From our experience, those with a good fitness level who get proper acclimatisation always reach the summit. If you have concerns regarding your fitness level then you can choose to opt for the longer day routes with less daily trekking distance. Essentially, you should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can.

This Route is Recommended For:

The Northern Circuit is recommended for those who have a little more time, want to explore the mountain more than other routes allow, and wish to avoid the crowds.

High Success Rate

On more than one occasion this route will take you high before dropping you back down to sleep low which is a key method in acclimatising better. It is the longest route and so there are more days for your body to adjust to the high altitude.

Transfers

1. AIRPORT TRANSFER – When you arrive at Kilimanjaro, one of our drivers will pick you up in a spacious and comfortable Toyota Alphard and take you to your hotel. They’ll be waiting outside the arrivals exit at the airport holding a ZAFS signboard with your name / group name so they’ll be easy to locate.

2. TRANSFER TO TREK GATE – We will use Toyota Hiace or Coaster, which are better suited for navigating the wilderness terrain en route to Mt. Kilimanjaro. These cars are built to handle rough trails and ensure your safety.

3. TRANSFER BACK TO AIRPORT – We will provide you with a return transfer to the airport in a Toyota Alphard. You’ll be notified with your pick-up time so that you are dropped in time for your flight back.

When to Arrive

The closest airport to land for your Kilimanjaro experience will be Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) which is a 45 mins drive from Moshi town where you will be staying overnight before and after your trek.
You can even take a flight to Dar es Salaam and then a connecting domestic flight to JRO.

Arrive at least a day in advance for your pre-trek briefing, gear checks, meeting the team/guides and a visit to Gilmans Rental Store for any items you may need to rent for the trek.

However, it is our ZAFS recommendation that you arrive a couple days in advance or have a full day before your trek starts so you can do a day trip to Materuni Waterfalls along with its coffee tour for an acclimatisation day.

Hotel Accommodation Stay in Moshi

With our packages, you will be offered a hotel accommodation stay in Moshi town a night before and a night after your Kilimanjaro trek (two nights in total). We will accommodate you in our trusted choice of properties that we use in Moshi and we will ensure you have a comfortable stay will the necessary amenities.

By default, this will be a double occupancy room unless you request a single supplement at an extra cost.

It will be on a bed and breakfast basis but you can upgrade to half-board or full-board at an additional cost. However, we do recommend you try the local food around Moshi in various other restaurants and cafes too. Contact your ZAFS travel consultant for recommendations on this.

Storage Room

If you have items you’d like to leave behind in Moshi and don’t wish to take them with you on the trek then you can do so at the property you’ll be staying at in town. They will store it for you in a lockable safe room until you’re back down from the mountain.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

9 Days Northern Circuit