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Kilimanjaro North 8Bp
... is a non-technical eight night private trek along the Lemosho Trail
, which starts its ascent from the western side of Mount Kilimanjaro
in the northeast region of Tanzania
This unusual longer route was first pioneered by us in 2011. It tends to appeal most to people who have trekked the mountain before and want to specifically experience a different routing on their return.
Night 1 : Lemosho Forest
Night 2 : Shira One
Night 3 : Shira Two
Night 4 : Moir Hut
Night 5 : Buffalo
Night 6 : Third Cave
Night 7 : Kibo
Night 8 : Millennium
Approaching from the west, the trail starts at the Lemosho Gate and spends two days gently climbing through scenic forests, before emerging out onto the moorland of the Shira Plateau. From there is cuts around the rarely visited northern slopes of the mountain, via Moir Hut, the Lent Hills and Buffalo Camp, joining the Rongai Trail at Third Cave. From here it ascends to the summit via Kibo Hut and comes down via the Marangu Trail. In other words an almost complete clockwise circumnavigation of the mountain.
There is good scenic variation and excellent altitude acclimatisation, leading to a very high summit success rate of 92%. This number also reflects the seriousness with which trekkers on this route afford the mountain, their high levels of fitness and the fact that most of them take an ALTOX Personal Oxygen System.
The main downside is that you are likely to encounter significant traffic on the last two days (although this should be minimised in Fri/Sat departures) and that the summit approach is along the slightly harder route.
Our original option, North 8Ap
, which went anti-clockwise, was superior but unfortunately closed down by park authorities because it did not comply with their overall traffic management strategy for the mountain.
The majority of first time visitors are likely to be better off considering the Lemosho 8Bp
eight night trek or the Shira 7Bp
seven night trek.
The price range is USD 2800-4850 depending on the specification level and the number of trekkers.Trek basicsWho can trekDegree of difficultyAltitude sicknessRoute selectionTrip planningTrek specificationsPrice and availabilityPreparation before departurePre-trek briefingPost-trek feedbackMountain factfile