The Grand Traverse
This pioneering 10-day route around Kilimanjaro's summit cone offers trekkers a longer route on Kilimanjaro, with optimum acclimatisation and captivating views on Africa's highest mountain. Read the full itinerary here or add this item to your cart to book.
The Grand Traverse. This pioneering 10-day route around Kilimanjaro’s summit cone offers trekkers a longer route on Kilimanjaro, with optimum acclimatisation and captivating views on Africa’s highest mountain.
Our route approaches Kilimanjaro from the west, crossing the caldera of Shira Volcano before turning north to follow the trail through Moir Valley and around the northern side of Kilimanjaro. This is absolutely the most scenic path available and has almost no traffic on its northern face. Become one of the first to enjoy the tranquility of the Northern Circuit and its stunning panoramic scenery.
If you want the ultimate Kilimanjaro experience, this is your route.
The Grand Traverse – “A Path Less Travelled”
Day 1: Arrive Tanzania
Trekkers arrive from their respective countries at Kilimanjaro International Airport or Arusha if transferring by bus from Nairobi. A member of our staff will be at Kilimanjaro airport arrivals or the Arusha shuttle bus terminus holding a Trekili Eco Expeditions placard.
Day 2: Arusha
At a mutually convenient time, your guide will provide a pre-trek briefing, carry out a gear check, review the route with you and answer any questions you may have.
Day 3: Arusha to Londrossi Gate
After breakfast we travel by 4wd to Londrossi gate, where you will meet your guides and mountain crew as we take care of all National Park formalities, registering all climbers and the weighing of all duffle bags to ensure the load carried by each porter does not exceed the mandatory 20kgs limit.
Day 4: Shira 1 Camp to Moir Hut
Today we trek steadily northwards through the heather and into the barren high altitude desert towards the natural landmark called “Shark’s Tooth.” We gain altitude slowly and continue to acclimatize.
Day 5 Moir Camp to Pofu Camp
Out of the Moir Valley around the northern circuit to Pofu Camp (4027m).
We continue north as the day starts with us going up and up as we reach Lent Hills at an elevation of 15,400 feet to see some truly spectacular views, we then turn to the main trail eastward and walk along more gentle slopes on small rocks to our destination for the evening: Pofu camp at 13,600.
Day 6 Pofu Camp to Rongai 2 Caves Camp
Today is an easier day where we gradually descent from the alpine desert over mainly volcanic soil where the rocks are rough and coarsely pitted.
Day 7 Rongai 2 Camp to Kikelelwa Camp
Our path is lined by a variety of flowers including Carduus keniensis and bright red gladiolus.
Day 8 Kikelelwa Camp to Mawenzi Tarn Camp
Our trek today starts gently before a short but steep climb through a forest of senecios before emerging onto the highland desert zone dominated by helichrysum flowers, low heathers and groundsel.
The steep Western slopes of Mawenzi rise abruptly from the surrounding flatness to numerous craggy peaks, the highest point being Hans Meyer peak at a height of about 16990 ft (5149 m).
Our camp is spectacularly situated in a valley directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi, offering stunning views of Mawenzi and Kibo.
Your afternoon is free to rest or explore the surrounding area including barrancos (high bluffs) and the tarn (mountain lake) where our campsite is situated.Today’s Stats Hiking Time: 3-4 hours Total Distance: 5.95 km Starting Altitude: 3621m (11811 ft) Final Altitude: 4328m (14,200 ft) Environment: Alpine Desert Quick Links Book a trek Get in touch
Day 9 Mawenzi Tarn Hut to School Hut Camp
We leave camp the way we had come the previous afternoon.
Day 10: Summit Mt Kilimanjaro/Crater Camp
After rising early to a warm drink and a light snack, we leave camp at around 6am and begin the most difficult though most rewarding day of the trek – your hike to the roof of Africa.
Day 11: Crater Camp to Millennium Camp
After resting our bodies from yesterdays accomplishment we break camp and take a hike via the Northern and Eastern Ice Fields to the dramatic and fascinating Reusch Ash Pit and central ash pit.
Day 12: Millennium Camp to Mweka Gate
Today your legs will be further tested as the path descends steeply through the lush Mweka rain forest.
Day 13: Depart Tanzania
Depart Tanzania or continue your dream with an amazing safari extension.
For trekkers not continuing with a safari we provide transfers to Kilimanjaro International Airport or bus station for your onward journey.
Included in tour
Transfers to/from Kilimanjaro International Airport, Arusha shuttle bus terminus and to/from park entrance/exit gates for your selected route
All accommodation in Tanzania (double occupancy 3* Hotel) including breakfast (1 night before and one night after your climb-two nights total)
Kilimanjaro National Park entrance, camping, and rescue fees
Services of trip leader, climbing guides, and mountain crew
All dining and camping equipment (excluding sleeping bag unless rented)
All meals on the mountain
Filtered water (we use the Katadyn KFT Expedition filtration system) during the climb; tea, coffee, cocoa, milk and juices as required.
Portable private toilet with biodegradable waste system at all camps . Clean Mountain Can used to remove all waste from high camps for correct disposal.
Pressure Altitude Chamber (portable hyperbaric chamber) and oxygen on all climbs (for use in the event of an emergency)
Petzl Elios helmets ‐ required on the Western Breach ascent
First aid kit
Medsled Rescue stretcher
Personal Summit Certificate signed by the National Park for successful trekkers
Excluded in tour
Costs of visas
International airfare, excess baggage charges, airport departure taxes
Travel insurance, medical insurance
Personal expenses such as beverages (other than those included with meals, as listed in each itinerary), room service, souvenirs, laundry, communication charges, medical or extra evacuation fees, staff gratuities and any meals not listed in the itinerary.
Additional transportation, accommodation, and meals incurred by a client unable to continue a planned itinerary due to illness, health, medical conditions or due to airline schedule changes.
Single supplement +US$500.00, Double occupancy (no additional charge)