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. 

ITINERARY

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.

PRICE

 

$ 4550  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.

  • 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 for Kilimanjaro trek.

  • 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
    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 toilets for the trek with the tent for Kilimanjaro trek .

  • Emergency evacuation covers with AMREF Flying Doctors for Kilimanjaro trek.

  • Carbon Offset

  • 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.

  • Village fee

  • 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.

ETHICAL KILIMANJARO CLIMBS
We are doing ethical climbs and responsible Trekking; we believe the tourism industry has an obligation and a great opportunity to protect the world‟s natural habitats, cultural heritage sites and communities. We actively promote environmental sustainability and social responsibility.

We are not doing cheap Climb, cheap climb means we are doing tourism while exploiting our Porters who are the ones who make Kilimanjaro trek possible for the vast majority of climbers, and who do all the heavy lifting. Fair and ethical treatment of our porters (crew) is one of the important priorities of Eco-Africa Climbing when we do climb.

Eco-Africa Climbing has begun the qualification process to become a Partner with the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP). Please contact (info@kiliporters.org) to confirm this.
KPAP raises public awareness regarding the proper treatment of porters on Kilimanjaro and assists climbing companies with implementing procedures that ensure fair and ethical treatment of their porters.
Every of our climb is audited by KPAP to ensure crew members are provided proper salaries, tips, food, equipment and sleeping conditions.

IMPORTANT LINK FOR TREKKING

Head Office:  Moshi Tanzania
Inquire: Info@eco-africaclimbing.com

Booking:ecoafricaclimbingsafari@gmail.com
WhatsApp:+255 786 528219
Phone:+255712528219
Office: +255 658466149
Skype:fredrick.silayo
Address :P.O BOX 8218 Moshi-Tanzania