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Crater Camp via Northern Circuit 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. Due to safety concerns for clients and staff, these routes are done only by special
request and are subject to approval by Eco-Africa Climbing.
DAY 1: Arrive in Tanzania
Arrive anytime at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), there will be a pick up private transfer waiting
to Stella Maris 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,
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 safari in northern circuit to
Serengeti , Ngorongoro, Tarangire, Manyara and Zanzibar, but additional cost will be required
Our standard package includes the following:
Excluded from Standard Package rates:
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Please read the following terms and conditions. They limit our liability and outline the conditions under which your tours will operate. Acceptance of tour documents represents an acceptance by the customer of the terms and conditions as follows:
1.Reservations: A deposit of 30% of the total tour price is due at the time of making your reservation. The balance is due no later than 30 days prior to departure. We reserve the right to cancel any reservations for which the total fare has not been paid by the due date. In such cases the deposit paid will be forfeited. Only upon receipt of all deposits from all parties travelling will the tour be confirmed. All items included within a proposed itinerary are subject to availability at the time of deposit receipt.
The following cancellation charges will apply:
32+ days prior to departure – 25% of tour price
8 – 32 days prior to departure – 50% of tour price
7 days or less to departure – 100% of tour price
Please note that in cases where bookings have been made for external services such as accommodation, the cancellation charges incurred are the responsibility of the client. Please ensure that you are aware of such external bookings when making a reservation with us. Cancellations must be done in writing via email.
3.Alterations of Tours/Safaris by Client: We do not charge an administrative fee for changes you make to an itinerary prior to due date of full payment. We will do our utmost to make changes as you request but we cannot guarantee that this will be possible as changes are subject to availability. If the client wishes to make changes after the payment has been received in full, we cannot give guarantees that this will be possible. Some changes in itinerary may be subject to surcharge. Once the proposal is confirmed and we have made firm bookings on your behalf, we reserve the right to refuse to make alterations to the itinerary.
4.Alterations of Tours/Safaris by Company: Prices quoted are based on costs and exchange rates at time of compilation of quote. A surcharge may be necessary should there be significant changes in the following circumstances: (a) Transportation costs including the cost of fuel. (b) Dues, taxes (including road taxes and tolls) or levies charged by the governments or their agencies. (c) Exchange rate
We reserve the right to vary, modify or cancel any itinerary, either part or wholly. If this is necessary, we will substitute alternative arrangements of comparable value, or at our discretion provide a full refund.
5.Weather Conditions: Under no circumstances can we be held responsible for weather conditions, nor can any ticket be cancelled or amended by you at any time on the basis of weather conditions.
6.Tour Prices: All tour prices quoted include transportation, accommodation, meals and entrance fees, as stipulated in our itineraries. Prices advertised on the site are subject to change, and will only be fixed upon payment of the deposit.
7. Passport – Visas: Please check with a local Travel Agent regarding requirements for passport and visas. Generally a tourist visa will be required for visits to the country of no longer than 3 months. Requirements and prices vary by country.
8. Health Documents: It is strongly advised that you consult your doctor or local health department at least 8 weeks prior to departing your country of origin. Yellow Fever cards may be required at a port of entry to Tanzania.
9.Responsibility: We reserve the right to make, with or without notice, alterations to, accommodation, meals, vehicles, schedule, or planned route should the need arise. Every effort will be made to consult and inform the client of any such changes prior to the beginning of the tour.
10. Luggage: Luggage is limited to 15 kg per person.
11. Insurance: Insurance is not included and it is, therefore, strongly recommended that you obtain personal travel and medical insurance policy before departing your country.
12. Liability: We do not accept liability for injury, damage of personal property, loss of personal property, accident, delay, or irregularity caused by either defect in any vehicle the actions of any persons associated with the tour, accommodation, establishment, or employees.
Travel insurance is required to participate on this trip.
Trip deposits are non-refundable and balance payments are only partially refundable. Therefore, it is prudent for you to protect your investment against trip cancellation, interruption, delays and unforeseeable expenses. Standard travel insurance provides coverage for:
• Trip interruption
• Missed connection
• Travel delay
• Baggage delay and personal items lost
• Hurricane and weather
• Employment layoff
• Pre-existing medical conditions
• Emergency medical
• Medical evacuation and repatriation
• Financial default
At a minimum, the insurance should protect you against trip cancellation and trip interruption, should you need to cancel your trip due to circumstances such as training injuries or sickness or emergencies. Ideally, insurance should cover high altitude trekking (not to be confused with "mountaineering" or "mountain climbing" which most insurance will not cover) and all medical and repatriation costs.
VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR TANZANIA
Most travellers require a travel visa to visit Tanzania. While travel visas can be obtained at the
airport upon arrival, we recommend getting your visa ahead of time to avoid waiting in line.
You can obtain your visa through sherpa .
Simply download the app and use our referral code
‘ eco-africaclimbing ’ .
Your passport must be signed with at least six months of validity when you enter Tanzania.
Additional documentation (i.e. proof of vaccination) may also be required based on where you are travelling from.
To apply for a Tanzanian Visa you will need:
Original, signed passport with at least six months of validity
Letter of Invitation , which includes the host organization, passport details, travel dates,
description of activities, and length and location of stay (must be signed)
Trip Itinerary , including entry and exit flight information under the traveller’s name
Hotel Reservations under the traveller’s name.
Two passport-type photos
Citizens who MUST obtain their visa before departure:
Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Palestine, Senegal, Somalia, Sierra Leone, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Sri Lanka.
Citizens who do not require a visa:
Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados,
Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Dominica,
Falkland Islands, Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guernsey, Guyana, Hong Kong,
Jamaica, Jersey, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia,
Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Rwanda, Samoa, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa,
Swaziland, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia,and Zimbabwe.
You’ll need proof of the Yellow Fever vaccination if you are a citizen (or travelling from) these
Angola, Argentina, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central
African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo,
Côte d’Ivoire, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana,
Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Panama,
Paraguay, Peru, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Suriname, Togo,
Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, and Venezuela.
What Gear Do I Need to Bring?
You are responsible for bringing personal gear and equipment while communal equipment (tents, food, cooking items, etc.) is provided. Below is a gear list of required, recommended and optional items to bring on your climb.
1 - Waterproof Jacket, breathable with hood
1 - Insulated Jacket, synthetic or down
1 - Soft Jacket, fleece or soft-shell
2 - Long Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric
1 - Short Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric
1 - Waterproof Pants, breathable (side-zipper recommended)
2 - Hiking Pants
1 - Fleece Pants
1 - Shorts (optional)
1 - Long Underwear (moisture-wicking fabric recommended)
3 - Underwear, briefs (moisture-wicking fabric recommended)
2 - Sport Bra (women)
1 - Brimmed Hat, for sun protection
1 - Knit Hat, for warmth
1 - Balaclava, for face coverage (optional)
1 - Bandana (optional)
1 - Gloves, warm (waterproof recommended)
1 - Gloves, thin
1 - Hiking Boots, warm, waterproof, broken-in
1 - Gym Shoes, to wear at camp (optional)
3 - Socks, wool or synthetic
3 - Sock Liners, tight, thin, synthetic, worn under socks to prevent blisters (optional)
1 - Gaiters, waterproof (optional)
1 - Sunglasses or Goggles
1 - Backpack Cover, waterproof (optional)
1 - Water Bottle (Nalgene, 32 oz.)
1 - Water Bladder (Camelbak type, 3 liters)
1 - Towel, lightweight, quick-dry (optional)
1 - Pee Bottle, to avoid leaving tent at night (recommended)
Stuff SACKS, Dry Bags or Plastic Bags, various sizes, to keep gear dry and separate
1 - Sleeping Bag, warm, four seasons*
1 - Trekking Poles, collapsable (highly recommended)*
1 - Head lamp, with extra batteries
1 - Duffel bag, 50-90L capacity, for porters to carry your equipment
1 - Daypack, 30-35L capacity, for you to carry your personal gear
*MAY BE RENTED ON LOCATION
Water purifier tablets
Insect Repellent, containing DEET
First Aid Kit
Wet Wipes (recommended)
Snacks, light-weight, high calorie, high energy (optional)
Electrolytes, powder or tablets (optional)
Camera, with extra batteries (optional)
Visa (available at JRO) or you can obtain your visa through sherpa ,simply download the app and use our referral code ‘ eco-africaclimbing ’ .
The most common mistake that climbers make is that they over pack and bring way too much gear.
Be selective in what you take with you. Please note that our porters are limited to carrying 33 lbs (15 kgs) of your personal belongings. Everything the porters will carry for you between campsites should be placed into the duffel bag, including the sleeping bag, but it is OK to pack the sleeping bag separately if necessary.
Our porters will place your duffel bag and sleeping bag into a large, sturdy, waterproof bag with a roll-top closure.
If you have excess weight, you will be required to hire an additional porter.
Plastic, recyclable water bottles are not allowed in the park, due to past problems with litter. So water should be carried in Nalgene bottles, water bladders, or similar devices. You should be able to carry 3-4 liters of water with you at all times. Please do not bring alcohol. It is illegal to have alcohol in the park. Our staff will not carry it for you. Besides, drinking and high altitude do not mix well.
Checked luggage on airplanes can get lost or delayed on the way to Tanzania. You should prepare for this possibility by wearing or carrying on the items that are essential to your Kilimanjaro climb. While most clothing, gear and equipment can be replaced in Tanzania prior to your climb, there are some things that you should not replace.
Eco- recommends that you wear one complete hiking outfit on the plane, including a long sleeve shirt, hiking pants, underwear, socks, and hiking boots. In your carry on baggage, you should bring your backpack, waterproof jacket and pants, insulated jacket, fleece pants, snacks, toiletries, medications, camera and all paperwork. Airline regulations do not allow you to carry trekking poles on the plane. Make sure you do wear/carry your hiking boots; wearing a different pair of boots on your climb will likely cause blistering.
If your baggage is lost or delayed, please notify us immediately upon your arrival so we can assist you in assembling the necessary gear. We will take you to local, independently owned rental gear shops in Moshi. Note that these shops generally carry second-hand items that may not be up to Western standards. Eco- cannot guarantee the fit, quality or functionality of items found in local shops. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to carry on the most important pieces of gear as noted above. We will make reasonable attempts to deliver delayed luggage to you on the mountain. All additional expenses that are incurred by us while resolving lost or delayed luggage problems must be reimbursed.