Kilimanjaro North Face Route

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Kilimanjaro North Face Route

This unique wilderness route will start from Umbwe Gate, cross Shira Plateau, follow the western and northern sectors of the high altitude circuit trail to a new and little-known scrambling route up to a bivouac just below the famous Crater. After we cross the Crater, we climb up to the southern rim and visit the summit at Uhuru Point – the Roof of Africa. The descent is via Stella Point, down to Barafu Camp and then via Mweka Route to the gate.

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Arive Arusha (1 night, Moivaro Lodge)

    You will be met on arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport and transferred to Moivaro Lodge (45 minutes), where you check in for one night (dinner, bed and breakfast).

  2. Day 2: Start of the 8 Days North Face Climb – Umbwe Cave

    We aim to leave the Lodge by 8:30am and drive two hours to Machame, where we register, and then on to Umbwe Gate, where we begin the climb.

  3. Day 3: To Barranco Camp

    Wake up at 6:30am, pack main bags, breakfast at 7am and then at 8am, commence trek through the remaining forest and into the heath zone. [NB These timings will generally apply, except for Summit Day.]

  4. Day 4: Barranco to Moir Camp

    Today we divert from the standard trail and head to the North West flank of Kilimanjaro, a zone that very few climbers visit.

  5. Day 5: Acclimatisation Day at Moir Camp

    Today will be an opportunity to further acclimatise to the altitude and to rest. After breakfast, we climb out of Moir Valley and continue up on to the summit of Little Lent Hill at 4,375 metres, and then on to the main peak of the Lent Group (15,400ft. /4,700m).

  6. Day 6: To Scree Valley Camp at the base of the North Face

    We start by heading eastwards around the northern circuit trail. Here the trail passes through a field of rock slabs that clink as they’re walked on.

  7. Day 7: Acclimatisation Day at Scree Valley Camp

    From Scree Valley Camp, we climb up a ridge and then on to the higher slopes as we approach the crater rim. Our goal today is to reach JAWA Cairn, set up in Jan 2017 by our team.

  8. Day 8: Kilimanjaro (daylight) summit climb

    An early start, as we climb the ridge and on to the northern rim of the great caldera of Kilimanjaro. As the sun comes up, the scenery of this unique, amazing wilderness route will gradually unfold.

  9. Day 9: Descend Kilimanjaro – Moivaro Lodge

    We depart Millennium Camp (3,800m) after a more leisurely breakfast. Then we walk down across the Alpine moorland to Mweka Gate for presentation of certificates and group photos.

  10. Day 10: Departure

    This morning is spent at leisure at Moivaro Lodge, unless you are continuing onto a safari or beach extension.

Price guide

Private climb rate based on a group size of 4 or more. Please see rates chart for full details. We do not currently offer our 8-day North Face route climb as a fixed departure.

10 days from £2965pp


    10 days from £2965pp

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