MOUNTAIN KILIMANJARO NORTHERN CIRCUIT CRATER CAMP
Crater Camp via Lemosho is a unique place. It is the highest campsite on Mount Kilimanjaro. It is located just 340 feet lower than the summit, Uhuru Point. We offer the opportunity to stay at Crater Camp on the Lemosho and Northern Circuit routes. This option will add one day to the standard itineraries making them the 9 Lemosho Crater Route and 10 day Northern Crater Route.
We leave for the summit during daylight hours and stay at Crater Camp after the summit for better acclimatization. On all other Kilimanjaro routes, only the guides and clients summit while the rest of the mountain crew remains at high camp (i.e. Barafu). Using Crater Camp requires significantly more effort on our part as the entire mountain crew, along with all of the expedition equipment, has to ascend 4,000 feet higher than they normally would. Therefore, there is considerable added cost to do a Crater
Camp route.From Crater Camp, one can take an optional one hour hike to Reutsch Crater, or simply explore the areas around Furtwangler Glacier.
Reutsch Crater is a magnificent sight. It is almost perfectly circular and the ash pit measures 400 feet (120 m) deep and 1,300 feet (400 m) wide. This is rarely seen by tourists.
We understand the attraction of staying at Crater Camp. However, the drawback of sleeping at this high altitude is that it is pretty dangerous. Serious AMS can develop if adequate altitude acclimatization has not been achieved.
DAY 1: Arrive in Tanzania
Arrive anytime at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), there will be a pick up private transfer waiting to Stella Maris Lodge or Similar 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: Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa
We depart Moshi for Londorossi Gate, which takes about 4 hours, where you will complete entry formalities. Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead. Upon arrival at trailhead, we begin hiking through undisturbed forest which winds to the first camp site.
Elevation: 7,742 ft to 9,498 ft, Distance: 6 k,Hiking Time: 3-4 hours, Habitat: Rain Forest
DAY 3: : Mti Mkubwa to Shira 1 Camp
We continue on the trail leading out of the rain forest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As we ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, we reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 Camp. Here we catch our first glimpse of Kibo across the plateau.
Elevation: 9,498 ft to 11,500 ft, Distance: 8 km,Hiking Time 5-6 hours,Habitat: Health
DAY 4: Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp
We explore the Shira Plateau. It is a gentle walk east on moorland meadows towards Shira 2 Camp.
The heath zone displays abundant wildflowers and unique Senecio trees.
Elevation: 11,500 ft to 12,500 ft, Distance: 7 km,Hiking Time: 3-4 hours,Habitat: Heath
DAY 5: Shira 2 Camp to Lava Tower
We continue to the east up a ridge and then head southeast towards the Lava Tower – a 300 ft tall volcanic rock formation. Then we divert from the main trail to Moir Hut, a little used site on the base of Lent Hills.
A variety of walks are available on Lent Hills making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity. Shira Plateau is one of the highest plateaus on earth.
Elevation: 12,500 ft to 15,190 ft, Distance: 7 km,Hiking Time: 3-4 hours,Habitat: Alpine Desert
Lava Tower to Moir
Hut, Elevation: 15,190 ft to 13,580 ft, Distance: 7 km,Hiking Time: 2-3 hours,Habitat: Alpine Desert
DAY 6: Moir Hut to Buffalo Camp
We trek out of Moir Valley with a moderately steep climb, then hike to the summit of Lent Hills before returning to the main trail. The path crosses a rock field and gently undulates before reaching Buffalo Camp.
This section of the trail offers great views across the plains that lie north of Kilimanjaro and stretch out to the Kenyan/Tanzanian border.
Elevation: 13,580 ft to 13,200 ft, Distance: 12 km,Hiking Time: 5-7 hours, Habitat: Alpine Desert
DAY 7: Buffalo Camp to Third Cave
As we head up Buffalo Ridge, the terrain becomes increasingly sparse. This route is rarely travelled and we will enjoy its mountain wilderness feel. We trek through remote valleys on to the northern slopes of Kilimanjaro until we arrive at Third Cave.
Elevation: 13,200 ft to 12,700 ft, Distance: 8 km, Hiking Time: 5-7 hours, Habitat: Heath
DAY 8: Third Cave to School Hut
We climb steadily up and over the “Saddle,” which sits between Kibo and Mawenzi.
We continue on to our camp, School Hut. Once here we rest, enjoy dinner and prepare for the summit day.
Elevation: 12,700 ft to 15,600 ft, Distance: 5 km, Hiking Time: 4-5 hours, Habitat: Alpine Desert.
DAY 9: School Hut to Uhuru Peak to Crater Camp
During normal morning hours, we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. We ascend for several hours at a slow but steady pace while taking frequent, but short, breaks. The trail turns into heavy scree as we make the steep climb to the crater rim.
At Gilman’s Point (18,600 ft), we see the summit sign in the distance.
We continue the around the crater rim until finally we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the
continent of Africa.
We then descend a short distance to Crater Camp, where the rest of the staff will join us to set up camp.
There is an option to hike to Reutsch Crater and the ash pit, or simply explore the areas around Furtwangler Glacier. Sleeping at this high altitude can be dangerous. Serious AMS can develop if
adequate altitude acclimatization has not been achieved so the guides will monitor you very closely.
Elevation: 15,600 ft to 19,341 ft, Distance: 6 km, Hiking Time: 6-8 hours, Habitat: Arctic
Uhuru Peak to Crater Camp,
Elevation: 19,341 ft to 18,865 ft, Distance: 1 km, Hiking Time: 0.5-1 hours, Habitat: Artic
DAY 10: Crater Camp to Mweka Camp
From Crater Camp, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. The trail is very rocky and can be quite hard on the knees; trekking poles are helpful.
Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon.
Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.
Elevation: 18,865 ft to 10,065 ft, Distance: 12 km, Hiking Time: 4-6 hours, Habitat: Artic
DAY 11: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate
On our last day, we continue the descent to Mweka Gate and collect the summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. From the gate, we continue another hour to Mweka Village.
A vehicle will meet us at Mweka Village to drive us back to the hotel in Moshi.
Elevation: 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft, Distance: 10 km, Hiking Time: 3-4 hours, Habitat: Rain Forest
DAY 12: 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 there will be 4 Days Serengeti and Ngorongoro Safari for $1766 per person or you can go to Zanzibar Beach.
$ 5800 per person
Our 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.
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 for Kilimanjaro trek.
2 nights in a hotel in Moshi on a Bed & Breakfast basis and Double Occupancy (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
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 toilets for the trek with the tent for Kilimanjaro trek .
Emergency evacuation covers with AMREF Flying Doctors for Kilimanjaro trek.
Hotel accommodation includes storage facilities for excess luggage during hikes.
Kilimanjaro National Park rescue fees (Kilimanjaro Rescue Team).
Chief guide carries a Pulse Ox meter, 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 by MINISTRY OF TOURISM AND NATURAL RESOURCES and KPAP.
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. (Option We can book a flight from your destination to JRO).
Items of a personal nature.
Compulsory tips for guides, porters and cook.
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.
Costs of additional services
Single supplement, for single tent/room, cost $250 per trip.
Extra porter, for excess gear, cost $30 per day.
Extra hotel night in Moshi, check in 11AM, check out 10AM, , cost $100 Double Occupancy and $80 single Occupancy.
Sleeping bag rental, Mountain Hardware Lamina, synthetic -30F, cost $50 per trip.
Trekking poles rental, telescopic, cost $20 per trip.
Materuni Waterfall (1 day trip), cost $50 per person.
Marangu Coffee Tour (1 day trip), cost $75 per person.
4 Days Serengeti and Ngorongoro Safari for $1766 per person sharing- Minimum 2 pax (Double room or Twin room).
Guidelines for tipping are as follows
Guide – $15 to $20 per day
Assistant Guide – $10 to 15 per day
Chef – $10 to $15 per day
Porters – $5 to $8 per day per porter
These tips are paid as a group rather than by each climber. For example, in a group of 5 climbers, each climber would contribute $3 – $4/day for the guide’s tip.
Examples of climb staff numbers
For a group of 3 people, you would typically have 1 chef guide, 1 assistant guide, 1 cook and 12 to 14 porters.
For a group of 5 people, you would typically have 1 chef guide, 2 assistant guides, 1cook and 17 – 19 porters.
For a group of 12 people, you would typically have 2 chef guide, 3 assistant guides, 1 cook and 40 – 45 porters.
NB: The number of porters will depend on the total weight of all gear – including tents, food, utensils, climb staff gear, etc.