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April 21, 2017

MOUNTAIN KILIMANJARO CLIMBING -NORTHERN CIRCUIT ROUTE 11 DAYS

Written By ECO AFRICA

Be one of the first to ascend the peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro by way of the new Northern Circuit Kilimanjaro route! For thousands of years, the imposing grandeur of Africa’s tallest mountain has captivated the human imagination. Now for the first time ever, Eco-Africa Climbing gives you the opportunity to experience the most recently opened route on Kilimanjaro. The incredible 9 Days Northern Circuit Kilimanjaro journey is the newest, longest, and most visually stunning trek available. The length of the climb lets you undergo gradual and complete acclimatization before reaching the summit. This unique feature gives the Northern Circuit the highest climb success rate out of all the routes up Kilimanjaro. On the way, you’ll survey spectacular scenery and glimpse untouched wildlife and wilderness. You’ll venture where few have gone before via secluded trails on this newly unlocked mountain route. The Northern Circuit is still a well-kept secret—hurry for the chance to be among its first pioneers!

DAY 1: Arrive in Tanzania

Arrive anytime at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), there will be a pick up private transfer waiting to hotel in Moshi. All airport transfers are the part of the package, no extra fee is required. We will gather in the evening for a pre-climb briefing and an equipment check. We will also confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance.

DAY 2: Moshi-Londorossi Gate- Mti mkubwa

Wake up early and invigorated for the upcoming journey to the foot of the Northern Circuit Kilimanjaro route. After eating a hearty breakfast at the hotel, you’ll leave Moshi for the Londorossi Park Gate in the West. The 3-hour drive will take you off the beaten path for a remarkable cultural experience, traversing the fascinating townscapes of BomaN’gombe among the native people of SanyaJuu. After arriving at your destination, you’ll register with the Kilimanjaro National Park authorities while our team assembles all your gear and supplies. Meet and get to know the rest of your support team, including our friendly chefs. Our guides will then drive you further up the mountain to the starting point of your trek. On the first leg of your journey, you’ll move through untamed wilderness brimming with ancient and exotic botanical species. Black and White Colobus Monkey peer down from the lush rainforest canopy while you catch a glimpse of larger mammals like the elephant or buffalo. Your final destination for the day is the Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,750 m) where you’ll rest and recuperate. Walking Time: 3 hours Distance: 7 km Altitude Gain: 450m.

DAY 3: Mti Mkubwa -Shira Camp

Wake up on the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro to begin the longest and most spectacular day of trekking so far. You’ll pass through the last sections of rainforest before entering the majestic barren landscape of the Low Alpine moorland zone. Marvel at rare flora species, including enormous violet lobelias and wild vegetation. Venture across the massive Shira Plateau, the collapsed vestiges of an ancient volcanic crater. You’ll then cross over the Shira Ridge towards the slopes of Shira Camp 1 (3,600 m), where you’ll set up for the night. Walking Time: 6-7 hours Distance: 10 km Altitude Gain: 800m

 

DAY 4: Shira Camp -Shira Camp

2 After devouring a hot steaming breakfast, you’ll continue your scenic trek across the exposed moorland zone. Few visitors have frequented this section of Kilimanjaro so you’ll get to fully experience its untouched beauty. Emerging from the Shira Plateau, you’ll be greeted by a truly stunning view of the peak of Kilimanjaro before reaching Shira Camp 2 (3,810 m). The rest of the day will involve free time to explore the spectacular surrounds, including the landmark Shira Cathedral, a grand buttress of rock surrounded by pinnacle and spire formations. Your guide will also lead brief excursions to aid each person’s acclimatization process. Walking Time: 3-4hours Distance: 8km Altitude Gain: 290m.

DAY 5: Shira Camp 2 -Moir Hut

The fifth day of the Northern Circuit Route Kilimanjaro will take you east into the High Alpine desert zone. Here the Lemosho Route connects with the popular Machame Route before you leave for a more secluded trail. You’ll get to marvel at curious desert plant species and view the iconic Shark’s Tooth volcanic rock formation on the way to Lava Tower. This part of your journey involves gradual exposure to much higher altitudes, consolidating your acclimatization process. The end of the day sees you heading towards the Moir Camp (4,200 m), situated behind the magnificent Lent Hills. There you’ll put up your feet up and enjoy a steaming hot meal. Walking Time: 5-7 hours Distance: 14km Altitude Gain: 610m.

DAY 6: Moir Hut –Buffalo

Wake up to the refreshing mountain air in the high altitude Kilimanjaro slopes. You’ll have breakfast, gather your gear, and climb out of the Moir Valley. A short detour sees you reach the summit of Lent Hills to admire the views before rejoining the Northern Circuit trail. Journey along rolling terrain that incline and decline, taking you around the northern slopes of Kibo before reaching Buffalo Camp. Set up for the night at a stunning campsite with the spacious Kenyan plains stretching out below you. Walking Time: 5 – 7 hours Distance: 12km Altitude Loss: 180m

DAY 7: Buffalo Camp -Third Cave

Your Kilimanjaro Northern Circuit adventure continues with a revitalizing morning climbing up to the top of ‘Buffalo Ridge’. After stopping for lunch, you’ll continue eastwards through High and Low Alpine scenery passing increasingly sparse and rare vegetation. The day’s journey ends after circumventing the northern slopes to reach the Rongai Third Cave Camp. By this stage of the trek, you’ll be fully acclimatized to the high altitude. Walking Time: 5 – 7 hours Distance: 8km Altitude Loss: 150m.

 

DAY 8: Third Cave -School Hut

This is the final leg of the trip before your last ascent up to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro. The highlight of the day will be the trek up and over The Saddle, a lunar landscape that lies between the Kibo and Mawenzi Peaks. You’ll then head southwest to School Hut (4,800 m) to rest in preparation for the end of your amazing journey. Your guides will thoroughly check all your gear and supplies in preparation for an early morning start. Walking Time: 4 – 6 hours Distance: 6km Altitude Gain: 930m.

 

DAY 9: School Hut -Mweka Camp

Your last morning on the Mount Kilimanjaro Northern Circuit will get off to an early start. You and your guides will travel through the darkness towards Kilimanjaro’s main crater rim at Gilman’s Point. There you’ll rest before the final push, passing spectacular ice cliffs and glaciers. You’ll arrive at the Mount Kilimanjaro summit just in time to catch the sunrise, the most spectacular of nature’s backdrops. Share the sense of exhilaration and accomplishment with your guides and support team. Soak in the beauty of the view before retracing your steps down the crater rim. Then you’ll descend on the Mweka Route towards the last stop on your journey – Mweka Camp. Walking Time: 11 – 15 hours Distance: 19km Altitude Gain:1095m Altitude Loss: 2835m.

DAY 10: Mweka Camp -Mweka Gate

The last hike is a short one and will lead us to Mweka Gate. Your ECO-AFRICACLIMBING team will proudly issue you with a Gold Summit Certificate and celebrate. Our drivers will be in the nearby village to transport you to the hotel for a hot shower, soft mattress and set of clean clothes. Walking Time: 3 – 4 hours Distance: 10km Altitude Loss: 1420m

DAY 11: Departure day in  Tanzania

We will transfer you from the hotel to  Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) where you will fly back home.If you will have  more time you can extend  your tour to wildlife safari in northern circuit to Serengeti , Ngorongoro, Tarangire, Manyara  and Zanzibar, but additional cost will be  required.

Our standard package includes the following:

· 2 transfers to and from the Kilimanjaro airport.

· Tanzania VAT on tourism activities and park fees.

· Adequate and appropriate number of guides, porters, and cooks for your group.

·Government taxes.

·All park fees, camping fees, rescue fees and team fees.

·Transfers to and from the route gate(s) (2 transfers).

·Sleeping mattress pad(s), dining tent(s), sleeping tent(s), and crew’s equipment– Dining tent and sleeping tent not applicable on the Marangu route as all meals are served at the camps in designated dining halls.

·2 nights in a hotel in Moshi on a Bed & Breakfast basis  (1 before trekking & 1 after trekking).

·3 full fresh meals daily. We provide fresh food on the mountain in plentiful and well prepared by skilled professional cooker (we also consider your choice of food that you would prefer -Vegetarian and Non Vegetarian). Menu especially designed for climbers.

·Hot drinks on the mountain and Hot water for washing will be provided everyday on the mountain.

·3-4 liters of mineral (per Climber) provided daily during the climb.

·Portable toilet for the trek.

·Emergency evacuation  cover with AMREF Flying Doctors.

·Hotel accommodation includes storage facilities for excess luggage during hikes.

· Kilimanjaro National Park rescue fees (Kilimanjaro Rescue Team).

· Chief guide carries a Pulse Oximeter, used to take blood-oxygen level readings of clients twice a day.

· Emergency oxygen (for use in emergencies only – not as summiting aid)

·  Basic first aid kit (for use in emergencies only).

· Salaries for mountain support crew, as per required KINAPA.

· Breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as hot drinks on the mountain.

· Porter to carry your duffel bag, with maximum weight of 15kg / 32 lbs, from one camp to the next camp.

· Kilimanjaro National Park certificate for your successful summit attempt.

 

Excluded from Standard Package rates:

· Flights and airport taxes.

·  Items of a personal nature.

· Compulsory tips for guides, porters and cook (average tip is anything from US$250 to US$ 350 per hiker – depending on the number of days and number of hikers in the group, as well as the route chosen).

· Entry visa for Tanzania (US$50 per passport holder for most nationalities / US $ 100 per visa for USA passport holders) .

· Health requirements (Yellow Fever – only compulsory if you travel to Tanzania via a Yellow Fever infected country, Meningitis & Hepatitis A remains optional, but comes recommended).

· Optional but highly recommended travel and medical insurance.

· Personal hiking/trekking gear – you could rent some of the gear in Tanzania.

· Snacks, personal  medicine and water purifying tablets.

· Meals and drinks not specified.

. Tips for guides, porters and cook (this is a guide to tipping on the mountain http://www.kiliporters.org/tipping_recommendations.php

THE PRICE FOR THIS IS  $3295

WE OFFER THE DISCOUNT OF $150

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As a company, our focus is organizing tours with an ethical and professional approach to exceed tourist expectations. We do organize safari for travelers who would like to explore their Wildlife Safari, Mountain Trekking, Volunteerism Safari, Walking Safari and Beach Holiday in Tanzania at the same time with interact in local communities. Our dream is to satisfy our guests in unforgotten adventurous experience with us-participation from community development, cultural tourism conservation project and Ecotourism. Also we aspire to support the cultural ethics of community while simultaneously assisting the community to embrace change. Our itineraries include nature and community adventures which positively impact the nature or human community.

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