NORTHERN CIRCUIT VIA LEMOSHO ROUTE 9 DAYS 8 NIGHTS

DAY 1: MOSHI (800M) TO STARTING POINT (2390M) TO MTI MKUBWA (BIG TREE) CAMP (2785M)

Drive from the hotel in Moshi using 4x4 Land cruisers/Land Rovers to Londrosi gate (2250m) which will take 1 hour for registration and payment to obtain permit and then drive back to Lemosho starting point (2390m) for your climb. The climb through the rain forest is 6 km to Mti Mkubwa camp (BIG TREE CAMP) -2785m which will take 3 hrs. Dinner and overnight at the campsite.

DAY 2: MTI MKUBWA (BIG TREE CAMP -2785M) TO SHIRA ONE CAMP (3500M)

After breakfast continue on hiking through the heath and moorland zone to Shira one camp (3500m) which will take 5-6hrs, dinner and overnight at the campsite.

DAY 3: SHIRA ONE CAMP (3500M) TO SHIRA TWO CAMP (3895M)

After breakfast continue hiking through heath and moorland to Shira 2 campsites (3850m) which will take 3hrs, dinner and overnight at the campsite.

DAY 4: SHIRA TWO CAMP (3895M) TO MOIR CAMP (4,160M)

After breakfast in the morning, start the hike to Moir camp (4160m). This takes 5 hours. Dinner and overnight at Moir Camp.

DAY 5: MOIR CAMP (4,160M) – POFU CAMP (4,017M)

From the foot of Kibo peak, we start our traverse of the northern slopes with a climb up to the Lent Mountains, towering two thousand feet above our campsite. The desert zone is stark, yet beautiful as we make our way to our spectacular lunch spot at 14,500 ft. Then we trek downhill to Pofu camp for dinner and overnight.

DAY 6: POFU CAMP (4,017M) – THIRD CAVE CAMP (3,963M)

After breakfast, we continue eastward. Mawenzi peak starts getting closer, and the Kibo Saddle comes into view as our trail intersects with the Marangu route. Kibo Peak and the Eastern ice fields on the crater rim perch over our right shoulder. We descend to Third Cave camp.

DAY 7: THIRD CAVE (3,963M) – KIBO HUT (4,703M)

After breakfast cross the far northwestern section of the Kibo Saddle, this sits between Mawenzi and Kibo peaks. Even though our elevation gain is 3,200 ft., we are well acclimatized to the altitude having spent the last few days hovering in the 14,000 ft. level. The climb up the western part of the saddle up to Kibo hut is fairly strenuous, as we trek up the scree slope as it will be the night to the highest point in Africa!

DAY 8: KIBO HUT (4,703M) – UHURU PEAK (5,895M) – MILLENIUM CAMP (3,830M)

At the midnight wake up and repack your gears, taking only what we'll need for the summit. You will have hot drinks and some cookies and then begin the walk to Uhuru Peak- (5895m). The distance is 6km and it will take about 6-7hrs to reach the summit. Enjoy taking photos of the peak and the sunrise if it will be on a clear day and descend back to Millennium camp (3,827M) close to the edge of the rain forest.

DAY 9: MILLENIUM CAMP (3,8300M) – MWEKA GATE (1700M)

After breakfast in the morning start the descend through the rain forest to Mweka gate. Receive the award certificate for those who will have made it to the top, then join the waiting car to drive you to the hotel in Moshi town for hot shower, lunch and overnight.

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS...

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Arrive 2 nights before

We advise all our clients to arrive at least 2 nights before any expedition so your body can reguvinate and adjusting to the climate. This will also help to ensure all your luggage has arrived (airlines can 'misplace' luggage from time to time).

Drinking water

Plastic mineral water bottles are no longer allowed on the mountain so please bring your own Nalgenes and Camelbak with a minimum of 4 litres capacity or something suitable. You will be given opportunities to refill these during the expedition.

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