Kilimanjaro Northern Circuit

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4.9 Based on 4 Reviews
  • Booking Type Instant booking
  • duration 11 days
  • tour type Private
  • age requirement 5-79 yrs
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Maximum altitude 5895 meters
  • Trek difficulty Moderate
  • Tour Code BM-247
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  • Operated in English, Tanzanian
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  • Starts Moshi, Tanzania
  • Ends Moshi, Tanzania
HIGHLIGHTS
  • 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.

EXTRA INFORMATION
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.
ITINERARY Expand All
  • 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
WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • 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.
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • 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.
CUSTOMER REVIEWS
4.9 - Excellent
Based on 4 reviews
  • Peeters Godelieve
  • From Belgium
  • On Mar 30 2022
5 - Excellent
Unforgettable Kilimanjaro Experience
Zara Tours did a perfect job of organizing our Kilimanjaro trekking trip.We took the Machame route and it took us six days to get us to the summit.We had an experienced support crew led by Senior guide Moses assisted by Issa. The... Read more
  • Julie
  • From UK
  • On Jun 22 2015
4.7 - 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... Read more
  • Imorse
  • From UK
  • On Dec 05 2014
4.9 - 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... Read more
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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • When is the great wildebeest migration?

    The great wildebeest migration starts anytime between late April and early June. And if you are interested in seeing the grand spectacle of wildebeest crossing the Grumeti or Mara Rivers, you should plan your trip around late July or early August. However, it is important to note that the timing of herd movements can vary.

  • Is Tanzania a family-friendly safari destination?

    Tanzania is an excellent safari destination for families. The country has one of the most diverse wildlife populations in Africa, and there are countries with action-packed game drives that your children might enjoy. Furthermore, many of the destinations are quite affordable for family safari holidays. The only caveat is that Tanzania falls under Africa's malaria belt. Thus, traveling with children under six years of age is not recommended. Many safaris have age restrictions due to safety concerns.

  • Do I need a visa and passport to travel to Tanzania?

    You must present a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the date of visa issuance to gain entry into Tanzania. The immigration officers would also require you to present a roundtrip ticket and show proof that you have enough money to cover the duration of your stay.

  • What is the best month to visit Tanzania?

    The peak tourist season in Tanzania is from June to September, and any of these months would be suitable to enjoy all the beauty on offer. You can read our article on the best time to visit Tanzania to learn more about what each season offers.

  • What are Tanzania's best birding spots?

    With more than 1,000 avian species, Tanzania is one of the best countries in the world for bird watching. Mount Kilimanjaro, Ruaha National Park, Serengeti National Park, and Ngorongoro Conservation Area all promise an unforgettable bird-watching experience.

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