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Kilimanjaro - Grand Traverse Route

- 8D/7N Shira Plateau via the Northern Circuit Wilderness -

"I just wanted to say a big thank you to you and your team for organizing our fantastic trek up Kili... Everything worked smoothly - your guides were first-class and the food, camping equipment, etc. was excellent. We enjoyed it tremendously." (Charles Philips, UK)
Climbing routes on Kilimanjaro
Climbing routes on Kilimanjaro
Tour code: KIL_GTR
Tour type: Trekking: adventure - photography
Difficulty: Moderate-Challenging
Duration: 9 days / 8 nights incl hotel, 8d/7n on Kilimanjaro


no scheduled dates at present

Price (p.p.): $ 2980  ? 


  • All transfers from and to Arusha in private 4x4 safari vehicles
  • 1 night accommodation (with dinner) in lodge in Arusha (Arusha Lodge or equivalent)
  • Accommodation in spacious tents (double occupancy base - single tent occupancy on request only)
  • All fees and permits (incl. park fees, mountain operator license etc.)
  • Extensive safety gear and preparation (incl. hyperbaric chamber, see detailed description)
  • Full board from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 2 (incl. sophisticated mountain cuisine; see detailed description)
  • All camping gear incl. spacious tents, toilets, dining tents etc. (see detailed description)
  • Highly experienced and trained porters, head guide, assistant guides (see detailed description)
  • Porters for up to 15 kg personal gear (additional porters can be hired on request)
  • Comprehensive climb briefing before the trek, upon arrival in Tanzania
  • Adherence to KPAP Member's guidelines (the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project) (see detailed description)
  • Purchase of carbon credits for every trekker (Carbon Neutral)
Join us on a legendary trek of Africa’s highest and most famous mountain. This special route combination is the by a wide margin the least-used route on Kilimanjaro, getting you far away from the madding crowd.
We offer weekly departures and assure top-level standards of staff, safety, equipment as well as overall organization.
  • Experience Kilimanjaro along one of the most unusual and least frequented routes
  • Breathtaking scenery along the way up and from the summit
  • Stand on Africa's highest peak
  • See the last glaciers of Africa before they disappear
  • 8 days / 7 days on the mountain maximizing acclimatisation time
  • Professional service and organization (see details)
  • Very experienced crew of guides and porters (see details)
  • High safety standards (see details)

GRAND TRAVERSE ROUTE - Shira Plateau via the Northern Circuit Wilderness (8D/7N)

This special route combination is the by a wide margin the least-used route on Kilimanjaro, getting you far away from the madding crowd.
Day 1: Arrival - transfer to Arusha
Arrive on own (or by private transfer, at a supplement) to the comfortable Arusha Safari Lodge or another hotel of your choice (individual departures) in Arusha. Stretch your legs out on a walk around walking track on the beautiful grounds, with Mount Meru (14,979’) looming overhead. Dinner is served after a comprehensive briefing about the climb. You can then relax and prepare for the trek ahead.
Acc.: : Lodge in Arusha (D)
Day 2: MORUM BARRIER GATE (11,200 ft./ 3,410 mt.) ~ SHIRA 1 CAMP (11,500 ft / 3,505 m)
Departure from Arusha will be at around 7:30am for Londorossi gate, about 4 hours, where you will complete entry formalities. Then continue up by car to Morum Barrier Gate (another hour to reach the trailhead). Upon arrival at trail-head, eat lunch, then commence through heather and moorland which lead to the first camp, only about 1-2 hours of trekking. The view of Kibo from across the plateau is stunning.
Acc.: : camp (B, L, D)
Day 3: SHIRA 1 CAMP ~ SHIRA 2 CAMP (12,600 ft / 3,950 m)
Full day exploration of the Shira plateau; Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth, averaging 12,500 feet. Trek east toward Kibo’s glaciered peak, with the option to visit the ancient collapsed Shira cone and to scramble atop the ‘Shira Cathedral’ to overlook the oldest of Kilimanjaro’s three volcanoes. Arrive at Shira 2 camp at 12,600 ft. Trekking time without the optional excursions is about 3 hours.
Acc.: : camp (B, L, D)
Day 4: SHIRA 2 CAMP ~ MOIR CAMP (13,800 ft / 4,205 m)
Proceed steadily upward through the moorland and into the barren high altitude desert, toward Moir Camp. The surrounding landscape of bizarre plants, rock formations and caves mark this area. The trek is about 2-3 hours. Moir camp is an isolated and seldom used camp affording views over the Shira Plateau, and upward to the rugged volcanic plugs called "the Lent Group".
Acc.: : camp (B, L, D)
Day 5: MOIR CAMP ~ POFU CAMP (13,200 ft / 4,025 m)
Begin the morning trek heading out of the moorland and into the stark alpine desert, on a steep ridge off the main trail, and begin our venture on the Northern Circuit Route. The total trekking time is about 5 – 7 hours. From the Pofu Campsite you will enjoy a magnificent view into Kenya's wild lands to the north.
Acc.: : camp (B, L, D)
Day 6: POFU CAMP ~ RONGAI 3 CAVES CAMP (13,200 ft / 4,025 m)
Proceed onward through valleys and over ridges through the alpine desert and moorland, continuing our circuit to the east, enjoying a vast mountain wilderness to ourselves. We arrive at the intersection with the Rongai Route after 4-6 hours trekking. Overnight at Rongai 3 Caves for the night.
Acc.: : camp (B, L, D)
Day 7: RONGAI 3 CAVES CAMP ~ OUTWARD BOUND CAMP (15,585 ft./ 4,750 m)
This morning when exiting your tent, Mawenzi should be in plain view; a stunning sight. Once you leave camp, the moorland gives way slowly to the stark highland desert as we near the massive saddle, where the landscape spectacularly stark. The temperatures turn cold as you near the foot of Kibo, reaching Outward Bound Camp after 4-5 hours of trekking. Prepare all your gear for the day ahead, and turn in early to rest. A resupply of fresh food and supplies will reach camp on this afternoon.
Acc.: : camp (B, L, D)
Day 8: OUTWARD BOUND CAMP ~ UHURU PEAK (19,340 ft./ 5,895 m) ~ MWEKA CAMP (10,200 ft./ 3,110 m)
A midnight wake-up call is the start of a long trek. You begin trekking at 1am up the winding path of endless switchbacks. From your camp to the rim of the crater (Gillman’s Point (18,750 ft./ 5,712 m)) to Uhuru Peak, the trekking time is about 7 - 8 hours. The slope is steep, with switchbacks, over loose rock and scree with some boulders as you near Gilman’s Point. You will stop at Hans Meyer cave on the way, the famous place where Kilimanjaro’s first western climber described in his journals. Once you arrive at Gilman’s Point at the edge of the crater, the trail to the summit is less demanding, and is reached after a further 1½-2 hours along the snowy crater rim (depending on the season). After a short time at the summit, re-trace your steps back to Gilman’s Point, then summon your strength again for further descent to Mweka Camp for the night.
Acc.: : camp (B, L, D)
Day 9: MWEKA CAMP ~ MWEKA GATE (6,000 ft. /1,830 m) ~ ARUSHA (end of service)
Descend straight to the gate (2 - 3 hours), where you’ll have lunch and will be awarded climbing certificates. Private transfer back to Arusha, and drop at the hotel of your choice (hotel priced separately), or drop at JRO airport.

Arrival info:

Travel to Tanzania is not included, but airport transfers, flights etc. can be arranged. The package includes one night before the trip in a comfortable lodge in or near Arusha.


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