Northern Circuit Route

Northern Circuit Route Kilimanjaro Climbing

Stunning Sceneries

Mesmerizing scenic vistas of Mt Kilimanjaro await you. Visual euphoria and amazing photos guaranteed.

High success Rate

Rest assured - climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with our professional guides will be successful.

Superb Acclimatization

Our climbing itineraries are crafted in a way that ensures the smoothest acclimatization transition.

High-Altitude Drop-Off

Rest assured - climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with our professional guides will be successful.

Kilimanjaro Crater Camping Overview

Kilimanjaro Crater Camping offers a unique and exhilarating experience for adventurous trekkers seeking to explore the roof of Africa. Situated at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, the crater campsite provides breathtaking views of the surrounding glaciers and landscapes.

Crater camping typically takes place on longer expedition-style routes, such as the Northern Circuit or the Lemosho route, which allow for extra time at higher elevations. Trekkers spend a night within the crater rim, surrounded by stunning scenery and the remnants of volcanic activity.

Camping in the crater requires careful preparation and acclimatization due to the extreme altitude and harsh conditions. Trekkers should be equipped with proper gear, including cold-weather clothing, sleeping bags rated for sub-zero temperatures, and high-altitude tents. Additionally, experienced guides and porters are essential for ensuring safety and providing support throughout the journey.

While the physical demands of crater camping are significant, the rewards are equally immense. Witnessing the sunrise from the summit of Kilimanjaro and gazing into the depths of the crater are unforgettable moments that make the challenging trek worthwhile.

Northern Circuit Route - Expert Advice

For those tackling the Northern Circuit Route on Mount Kilimanjaro, expert advice can make all the difference. Maintain a slow, steady pace to acclimate properly to the altitude, and listen to your guides for guidance. Pack essential gear wisely, staying hydrated and nourished throughout the journey. Trust in the experience of your guides and porters, and prepare mentally and physically for the challenge ahead. Lastly, remember to enjoy the journey, appreciating the stunning landscapes and camaraderie with fellow trekkers along the way.

Roger Kaimukilwa

Kilimanjaro Expedition Coordinator | Tanzania

Kilimanjaro Crater Camping Map

Popular questions about Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro National Park is in northern Tanzania, East Africa. It is just three degrees south of the equator. While some of the most iconic panoramic shots of Mt. Kilimanjaro have been captured from the Kenyan side, all trailheads lie in Tanzania. Therefore, tourists can only climb Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The closest airport is Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Mount Kilimanjaro stands at a towering 5,895 meters (19,340 feet) above sea level, making it the highest mountain in Africa and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world.

As the "Roof of Africa," Mount Kilimanjaro is located in northeastern Tanzania, just a few degrees south of the equator. Its diverse ecosystems span five distinct climate zones, including rainforest, alpine desert, and glacial summit, attracting over 40,000 visitors each year. The mountain's accessibility and non-technical climbing requirements make it an appealing destination for climbers of various fitness levels and a popular first summit for those embarking on the Seven Summits challenge.

The best time to climb Kilimanjaro is typically during the dry season, which occurs from December to mid-March and mid-June to the end of October. This period offers favorable weather conditions, clear skies, and minimal precipitation, enhancing your chances of reaching the summit. However, keep in mind that these months can also be the busiest on the mountain due to the favorable climbing conditions.

No, you cannot climb Mount Kilimanjaro without a guide. The Kilimanjaro National Park Authority requires that all climbers hire a licensed guide for safety reasons and to adhere to park regulations. Attempting to climb the mountain without a guide can lead to hefty fines or even being turned away at the entrance gate. It's essential to choose a reputable tour company and an experienced guide to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

The duration of a Kilimanjaro climb depends on the route you choose, with most treks lasting between five and ten days. Typically, the longer routes that ascend gradually have the highest success rates, as they allow climbers to acclimate to the altitude changes more effectively. A typical climb requires around three to eight hours of hiking each day, except for the summit day, which can take more than 16 hours.

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