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9 Days Northern Circuit Route

Route Overview

Embark on an exhilarating 9-day adventure along the captivating Northern Circuit Route, immersing yourself in the untamed beauty of Mount Kilimanjaro. This scenic journey combines mesmerizing landscapes, unique features, and a high success rate in reaching the summit. Traverse the serene northern slopes, witness diverse ecosystems, and create unforgettable memories on this extraordinary expedition.

Begin your adventure at Londorossi Gate and meet your experienced guide. Traverse through lush rainforests, breathing in the crisp mountain air and marveling at the symphony of exotic birdsong. The route offers glimpses of wildlife such as colobus monkeys and elephants. Reach Mti Mkubwa Camp, nestled amid the towering trees, and prepare yourself for the journey ahead.

Continue your ascent, leaving the rainforest behind and entering the majestic moorlands. Catch stunning views of the Shira Plateau and its atmospheric volcanic formations. The trail leads to Shira 1 Camp, where you can marvel at the unique high-altitude plants thriving in this otherworldly environment.

Today, trek across the vast Shira Plateau, embracing the raw beauty of the open grasslands. Be mesmerized by the expansive views of the mountain and the surrounding landscapes. Reach Shira 2 Camp and admire the stunning sunsets that bathe the mountainside in a golden glow.

As you journey towards Moir Hut, veer off the beaten path and explore the remote northern slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. Delight in the tranquility of this less-frequented route as you traverse through challenging terrain and witness the breathtaking expanse of the northern face. Spot unique flora and fauna that flourish in these higher altitudes.

Experience the dramatic transition from moonscape-like terrain to the spectacular alpine desert landscapes. Traverse large boulders and meandering paths as you soak up the striking vistas around you. Keep an eye out for buffalo herds grazing in the distance. Arrive at Buffalo Camp and revel in the raw beauty of your surroundings.

Today’s adventure takes you through the ever-changing wilderness, as you trek through alpine desert plateaus and rocky terrains. Breathe in the pure mountain air and capture the beauty of your surroundings. The route to Third Cave Camp offers stunning views of Mawenzi Peak, the second-highest peak on Kilimanjaro, and reveals the unique adaptations of plants and animals to the harsh mountain environment.

As you approach the final stages of the ascent, the landscape transitions to a lunar desert, surrounded by steep, rocky slopes. Ascend steadily towards School Hut, your last campsite before the summit bid. The high success rate of this route is attributed to the careful acclimatization and gradual ascent it offers, ensuring your best chance at reaching the summit.

Embark on the breathtaking summit attempt from School Hut in the early hours of the morning, guided by the starlit sky. As the sun greets the horizon, reach Stella Point, the rim of the crater, and savor the remarkable sunrise views. Push forward towards Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa, and celebrate your achievement. Descend to Millennium Camp, where you can reflect on the profound accomplishment of standing atop Kilimanjaro.

On the final descent through lush rainforest trails, take a moment to absorb the sights and sounds of nature surrounding you. Reach Mweka Gate, where you will bid farewell to your fellow trekkers and guides. Celebrate the completion of an unforgettable journey and relish in the memories made along the Northern Circuit.

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