Duration
10 Days
Tour Type
Climbing
Group Size
30 People
Tour Guide
05 People
Kilimanjaro

10 Days Northern Circuit Route

Tour Highlights

  • The 10-day Northern Circuit Tour offers an unforgettable adventure, combining challenging trekking, natural beauty, and the accomplishment of standing atop Africa's highest peak, making it a bucket-list-worthy experience.
  • The initial part of the Northern Circuit closely resembles the popular Lemosho route, known for its scenic beauty and diverse terrain.
  • The Northern Circuit provides ample time for acclimatization, ensuring a safer and more enjoyable trek.
  • The route offers breathtaking panoramic views of the diverse landscape, allowing you to enjoy the most stunning perspectives of Mount Kilimanjaro throughout the climb.
  • It is the most up-to-date and longest route on Kilimanjaro, providing a unique and less crowded experience.
Destination Tanzania
Route Northern
Arrival Moshi
Departure Moshi
Included
  • Airport transfers- (Return)
  • Hotel (Budget)- can be upgraded by paying extra
  • All park entry fees
  • All hut fees
  • All the camping equipment except personal gear, available for rent or bring from home
  • Rescue fees
  • Emergency Oxygen cylinder
  • Ox-miter machine
  • Transport to/from the mountain gates
  • Guide, chef and porters salaries
  • Guides, chef and porters
  • Meals( 3 times per day)
  • Cook and kitchen utensils
  • English speaking guide (certified as a Wilderness First Responder & Emergency Medicine Adult and CHild CPR)
Excluded
  • Tips (Gratuity) to guide and porters
  • Elevation: 6000 ft to 8700 ft
  • Distance: 6 km
  • Hiking Time: 2-3 hours
  • Habitat: Montain Forest

The Northern Circuit Route begins at Londorossi Gate in the West, the same start points as the Lemosho Route. The drive to Londorossi Gate takes approximately two hours from Moshi and considerably longer from Arusha. You may get lucky and spot large wildlife like elephant and buffalo that sometimes emerge from the rainforest onto the path as you trek towards your first camp. Dinner will be served when you reach Mti Mkubwa Camp.

  • Elevation: 8700 ft to 11,500 ft
  • Distance: 8 km
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

On day two you will spend the first hour trekking through the last section of rainforest path before entering the low alpine moorland zone which follows up onto the Shira Plateau. The trek is relatively short and gradual, ending at Shira Camp 1.

  • Elevation: 11,500ft to 12,600ft
  • Distance: 8 km
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

On day three the trek crosses the Shira Plateau from Shira Camp 1 to Shira Camp 2. At Shira Camp 2 it is worth trekking a little higher up the plateau to enjoy the stunning view across the valley below and Western Breach of Kilimanjaro above. Note: Trekkers on an eight-day hike will continue east up the Shira Plateau ridge and on to Lava Tower and then back down via the Northern Circuit to Moir Camp.

  • Elevation: 11,500ft to 13780ft
  • Distance: 14 km
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

Day four is a long trek heading east which passes through the ‘Garden of the Senecios’ and then enters the high alpine desert zone. The morning is spent trekking up to Lava Tower and the iconic Shark’s Tooth rock formation, where you will have lunch. This is an important day in your trek as you will get to experience high altitude and then sleep low, which is good for the acclimatization process.

  • Elevation: 13,780ft to 13,188ft
  • Distance: 12 km
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Day five involves a moderately steep climb out of Moir Valley. Trekkers can take a small detour here to climb the summit of Little Lent Hill at 4,375 meters before returning to the Northern Circuit trail. You will arrive at Buffalo Camp just after midday, where you will have lunch and have time to rest after a long day hiking.

  • Elevation: 13,188ft to 12,467ft
  • Distance: 8 km
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Day six starts with a climb up the Buffalo ridge and down into Porfu Camp where lunch is usually served. The route then continues east around the northern slopes to the Rongai Third Cave. The trek is shorter than the day before and by now you should be feeling well acclimatized to the altitude. You will arrive at the Third Cave just around mid-afternoon.

  • Elevation: 12,467ft to 15,748ft
  • Distance: 15 km
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

We climb steadily up and over the “Saddle,” which sits between Kibo and Mawenzi. We continue on to our camp, School Hut. Once here we rest, enjoy dinner and prepare for the summit day.

  • Elevation: 15,748ft to 519,340ft to 12,959ft
  • Distance: 6 km / 11 km
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours / 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Rainforest

Wake before dawn to start your summit approach. You'll reach Uhuru Peak in the early afternoon, when few groups are around. Crater camp is not a route in it's own right but a challenging extension which in principle can be added to any route. It involves sleeping overnight in the bowl of the crater. An amazing experience enjoyed by only a few of the most adventurous climbers.

  • Elevation: 12,959 ft to 10,065 ft
  • Distance: 12 km
  • Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
  • Habitat: Artic

In the morning after early breakfast, we begin our descent by returning to Stella Point and then descending on scree slope passing Barafu camp for a short break before heading down to Millennium Camp for a long well-earned rest.

  • Elevation: 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft
  • Distance: 10 km
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Rainforest

After breakfast we will continue hiking downhill to Mweka Park Gate. As a reward you will receive a certificate that you have made it to Uhuru Peak. In Mweka our hike ends and you will be transferred back to Arusha.

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