As the most accessible peak of the Seven Summits, the path to the roof of Africa is pretty well-trodden. It’s a trekking peak and a bucket-list item within the grasps of the adventurous which means no back catalogue of technical ascents necessary.
And herein lies our predicament. With an estimated 25,000 hikers setting out to tackle Kilimanjaro every year, the peace, serenity and dreams of achieving something unique, might be a little harder to obtain than you initially thought. So what’s the alternative?
Where routes are often hindered by inaccessibility, permit requirements or even borders, as a free-standing mountain stood tall among the flat plains of northern Tanzania, Kilimanjaro is open to approach from almost all sides and the newly developed northern circuit ticks all the boxes for us.
“We would estimate that only 1-2% of all trekkers will follow this northern Lemosho circuit”
“Our climbers like the remoteness of the Lemosho (northern circuit), as well as the fact it allows them to see all four sides of the mountain,” explains David Squire, Climb Coordinator at Team Kilimanjaro, our in country partners in Tanzania.
While other trekkers may opt for the most direct, quickest up and down route possible, this northern circuit takes trekkers through lush rainforest, moorland and scree slopes across the UNESCO listed Shira plateau. Not only is the route far quieter, but as it covers more ground over a more shallow incline, the Secret Compass route maximises pre-summit acclimatisation and therefore the summit potential of the entire team.