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

9 Days Northern Circuit Route

Tour Highlights

  • This 9 Days Mount Kilimanjaro climb via the Northern Circuit route will take you to the roof of Africa, the Uhuru peak.
  • You will traverse different vegetation and climatic zones as you climb, spot some animals, birds over scenic trails and stunning views of the peaks of Kilimanjaro.
  • The Northern Circuit Route circles the peak in a northern loop and then starts from the east to conquer Uhuru Peak.
  • The beginning of the route is very similar to the Lemosho route, but halfway through you will discover significant differences.
  • This increases the chances of reaching your goal and standing on the roof of Africa.
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: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Montain Forest

After breakfast, we set off for the Londorossi Gate where you are registered to climb and the porters will assemble all the equipment and supplies that we need. We then begin our climb through the forest to Mti Mkubwa, our first camp.

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

Our trek today will take us to Shira Plateau, the caldera left by the collapse of Kilimanjaro’s third volcanic crater. Tonight’s campsite is Shira 1 camp, and it will be significantly colder here than the previous night.

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

Today we walk to the summit of Shira Cathedral, a huge buttress of rock surrounded by steep spires and pinnacles. There is a tangible sense of wilderness here, especially when the afternoon mists roll in. From our camp at Shira 2, we take in the unforgettable views of Mt. Meru.

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

Leaving Shira 2, we briefly join climbers on the Machame route before we turn north and make our way on a lesser-used trail to Moir Hut campsite, where we will camp below the Lent Hills.

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

We start with a steep climb out of Moir Valley and take a short detour to reach the summit of Lent Hills. After admiring the views, we return to the trail and head eastwards around the northern edge of the mountain. The final section of today’s walk undulates as we cross several valleys until reaching Pofu Camp.

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

From Buffalo Camp we continue around the northern edge of the mountain, with views out across Kenya. We cross more small valleys as the trail heads eastwards through a landscape that has increasingly sparse vegetation to reach Third Cave Camp.

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

We will make a steady ascent to reach the saddle, a lunar landscape between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. From here we continue upwards to reach School Hut in the early afternoon. The remainder of the afternoon is spent resting and preparing 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

At around 1am, we set off on a tough zig-zag trail taking us to the rim of the crater at Gillman’s Point. From here we take a short break to watch the sunrise over Mawenzi. Then it’s a trek around the crater rim to Uhuru Peak, close to the glaciers that still exist at the summit of Kilimanjaro. This will take us back to Barafu for lunch. There will be loose gravel going down to Mweka Camp, so trekking poles will be useful.

  • Elevation: 12,959ft to 5,500ft
  • Distance: 10 km
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Rainforest

The last day on the mountain starts with a descent down to the Mweka Park Gate where summit certificates are issued. Through the rain forest, it can get wet and muddy. If you have gaiters, you may want to use them here and trekking poles will help.

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