Kilimanjaro Northern Circuit

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  • Booking Type Instant Booking
  • duration 11 days
  • tour type Private
  • age requirement 5+ years old
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Maximum altitude 5895 meters
  • Starts Moshi, Tanzania
  • Ends Moshi, Tanzania
  • Referred to as the "Whiskey route", it is better suited for the more adventurous hiker
  • The route offers some truly beautiful and varied scenery
The Kilimanjaro Machame route is by a wide margin the least-used route on Kilimanjaro, getting you far away from other hikers. The trailhead is at high elevation, and thus we start slow and easy on this route. The trail begins on the Shira Plateau, and the hike across the plateau is said to be one of the most stunningly beautiful hikes in Africa.

Once you reach the park gate, climbers are requested to make their final preparations for the climb and sign the national park registration book. Porters will be seen arranging their packs containing the food, water, and other equipment. Make sure that you have all your day pack items with you as the porters travel very quickly. Your guide will be pleased to assist with any additional information.

The terrain lower down is absolutely gorgeous and fascinating. Higher up, the views are vast. There is little to do at the camps themselves, so take advantage of the slow pace to absorb the scenery and take every photo opportunity.

When arriving at the Horombo Huts (3,690 m/12,100 ft), if needed, we will take an extra day here for acclimatizaton. At Horombo, you can either rest at the huts or take a stroll up to the Mawenzi basecamp and then return to the Horombo Huts. This extra day will help your acclimatization, and further your understanding of the mountain’s weather and altitude. After your pause, you will continue up to the Kibo Huts on your fourth day for your midnight start to the summit.

The hike to the summit starts around midnight depending on your route and speed of your group. You will go as high as you feel fit. Some people stop at the crater rim, and others continue to the very highest point on the mountain. Your guides will then take you down as quickly as possible to minimize any altitude problems. You will continue past your last campsite to the next one for overnight.

Climbing Kilimanjaro requires no technical climbing experience, and any moderately fit person can summit the mountain.

The average hiking day begins between 8-9am and is about 5 to 6 hours, walking very, very slowly. The distances you will hike each day are very moderate so as to acclimatize a little at a time. Your guides will repeat over and over, "pole pole" (po-ly, po-ly), which means "go slowly" in Swahili.

If you arrive at the Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Moshi or Arusha. We recommend at least one rest day before starting your trek. If you are transferring from Nairobi, this can act as your rest day. If you have time, enjoy a guided walk through the local rice fields and rainforest, do a little shopping in the town of Moshi, relax at the swimming pool, or get a massage.

Your guide will provide a briefing the evening before your trek, and you must separate one bag for the trek from your other luggage. Extra luggage can be stored in a locked storage room at your Moshi hotel at no charge.

The next morning, enjoy a hearty breakfast before last-minute trip preparations at the trekking office. Depending on the route you take, the drive to the trailhead can take up to one hour and can be very bumpy.
5 - Excellent
Based on 3 reviews
  • Julie
  • From UK
  • On Jun 22 2015
4.5 - Excellent
Kilimanjaro - Machame route
“Three of us climbed the Machame route in the beginning of November (we are aged 50, 52 and 74). The friendly team on the ground sorted out our gear hiring requirements and generally made sure we were ready to go. The guides were professional, helpful, patient and caring and, together with their team, were absolutely phenomenal all round. On summit night a second assistant joined us on the walk and his help was invaluable as two of us suffered with symptoms of altitude sickness and his presence meant that we each had our own guide. Even though our summit took longer than usual because of us not feeling great they made sure that we all made it to the top and back to base camp safely.

I would highly recommend Winford and his team. They did an amazing job in some trying weather conditions and we are very grateful to them for helping us realise our dream.”
  • Imorse
  • From UK
  • On Dec 05 2014
5 - Excellent
Kilimanjaro - Machame route
“A very well organised trek with a very good friendly crew,good food,total age of the 4 of us 239 years and they got us all to the summit.I have trekked in the himalaya and south america and this was the best crew I have used.”
  • Tracy Pepper
  • From Canada
  • On Nov 29 2014
5 - Excellent
Kilimanjaro - Machame route
“The staff at Zara are wonderful, very friendly and welcoming. The guides that Zara use are professional and speak excellent English. They choose their "team", as I found it interesting to learn that the porters are independent and just contracted work. It's up to the guides to chose who they can rely on. The porters work so hard and are the salt of the earth. I was so impressed. I have met many very happy people who have climbed multiple times and always use Zara. You become part of the famly here. You're never forgotten and you are well looked after. I highly recommend Zara Tours. They get an A++”
  • Day 1: Airport to Springlands Hotel
  • Day 2: Moshi to Mkubwa Camp
  • Day 3: Mkubwa Camp (2,750m) to Shira Camp 1 (3,500m)
  • Day 4: Shira 1 camp to Moir camp (4,205m)
  • Day 5: Moir Camp to Buffalo/Pofu Camp (4,025m)
  • Day 6: Buffalo/Pofu Camp to Kikelewa/third Caves Camp
  • Day 7: Kikelewa/TCC (3,600m) to Mawenzi Tarn Camp (4,315m)
  • Day 8: Mawenzi Tarn Camp to Outward Bound Camp (4,750m)
  • Day 9: OBC - Uhuru Peak(5,895m) - Millennium Camp (3,110m)
  • Day 10: Mweka Camp - Mweka Gate - Springlands hotel or similar
  • Day 11: Departure Day
  • Certified, experienced, English-speaking guide
  • National Park gate Fees.
  • Transport from Moshi to starting point on mountain and return to Moshi.
  • Hut/camping fees and tents
  • Porters’ Salaries
  • Rescue fees ( required by the national Park)
  • All Meals on the mountain.
  • Two nights’ accommodation in Moshi bed and breakfast, double or triple occupancy
  • Tents foam sleeping pads, cooking equipment’s and eating utensils.
  • Oximeters are available upon request.
  • Tips for Guides and porters
  • Mountain equipment (eg. sleeping bags)
  • Some equipment is available for rent. (ask for price list)
  • Lunches and dinners at Springlands Hotel.
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