Northern Circuit route 8 day climbing + 2 night hotel accommodation - 10 Days

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The Northern Circuit is the newest and longest route on Mount Kilimanjaro. It begins in the West at the Londorossi Gate and follows the same path as the Lemosho Route for the first two days. After crossing the Shira plateau the path veers north near Lava Tower, following the longer Northern Circuit instead of the more popular Southern Circuit via Barranco Valley The route circles around the quieter northern slopes to the east side of the mountain.

Itinerary summary

Day 1: Arrive at Moshi

Day 2: Moshi to Londorossi gate to Mti Mkubwa camp

Day 3: Mti Mkubwa camp to Shira camp

Day 4: Shira Camp to Moir Camp

Day 5: Moir Camp to Buffalo Camp

Day 6: Buffalo Camp to Rongai Third Cave Camp

Day 7: Rongai Third Cave Camp to School Hut Camp

Day 8: School Hut camp to UHURU Peak to Millenium camp

Day 9: Millenium Camp to Mweka gate to Hotel

Day 10: International departure

Day 1
Arrival and Hotel transfers

You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to our Moshi Honey Badger lodge, Parkview In hotel or any booked in Moshi town, you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day. Overnight at your arranged Hotel.

Day 2
Londorossi Gate (2,100 meters) – start point 2,360 meters to Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,820 meters)

Hiking time: 3 -4 hours

Distance: Approximately 5.5 kilometers

Habitat: Rain forest

The Northern Circuit Route begins at Londorossi Gate (2,100 meters) in the West, the same start point as the Lemosho Route. The drive to Londorossi Gate takes approximately two hours from Moshi and considerably longer from Arusha. Registration with the Kilimanjaro National Park authorities occurs at the gate and then you will be driven further up the mountain to the trailhead starting point. Most tour operators serve lunch here before the short first day trek to MtiMkubwa Camp (2,820 meters) begins. 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.

Day 3
Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,820 meters) to Shira Camp 1 (3,610 meters)

Hiking time: 6 hrs

Distance: Approximately 8 kms

Habitat: Low Alpine Zone

On this day 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 (3,610 meters).

Day 4
Shira Camp 1 (3,610 meters) to Moir Camp (4,200 meters)

Hiking time: 7h

Distance: Approximately 15 kms

Habitat: High Alpine Zone

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 at 4,600 meters, where you will have lunch. After lunch you will join the northern circuit heading down to Moir Camp at 4,200 meters (see map above). 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.

Day 5
Moir Camp (4,200 meters) to Buffalo Camp (4,020 meters)

Hiking time: 7h

Distance: Approximately 13 kms

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. From here the route follows a series of inclines and declines, skirting around the northern slopes of Kibo to Buffalo Camp (4,020 meters).The trek gives great vistas out across the plains that lie north of Kilimanjaro and stretch out to the Kenyan / Tanzanian border. You will arrive at Buffalo Camp just after midday, where you will have lunch and have time to rest after a long day hiking.

Day 6
Buffalo Camp (4,020 meters) to Rongai Third Cave (3,800 meters)

Hiking time: 6 – 7 hrs

Distance: Approximately 8 kms

Habitat: High Alpine zone/Low Alpine zone

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 at 3,800 meters. The trek is shorter than the day before and by now you should be feeling well acclimatised to the altitude. You will arrive at the Third Cave just around mid-afternoon.

Day 7
Rongai 3rd Cave (3,800 meters) to School Hut (4,800 meters)

Hiking time: 4 hrs

Distance: Approximately 15 kms

Habitat: Desert and Glacial zone

Day seven involves a steady incline up and over the Saddle which sits between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi Peak. Trekkers then continue walking south-west up to School Hut (4,800 meters). After arriving at School Hut you will be served an early dinner and then you should get some shut-eye as you will be awoken before midnight to start your summit attempt. Remember to prepare all your gear, including warm clothes, insulated water bottles, snacks, headlamp and camera before going to bed.

Day 8
School Hut (4,800 meters) to UHURU PEAK (5895m) to Millennium Camp (3,805m)

Hiking time: 7-8 hrs

Distance: Approximately 6 kms

Habitat: Glacial zone

Night departure from School Hut (4,750 m) and the start of your trekking to Kilimanjaro’s summit: Uhuru peak (5,895 m). Technically the climb is relatively simple; however, the most challenging part is the high altitude. Each pair of climbers will get a personal guide for the entire ascent to monitor your physical and mental conditions. After your successful ascent to Uhuru Peak, you can descend to the nearest glacier if desired. Then you will descend to Barafu Camp, on the south side of Kilimanjaro. After a two-hour rest and lunch you will continue trekking down to Millennium Camp (3,820 m).

Day 9
Millennium Camp (3790m) to Mweka Gate (1630m)

Hiking time: 6 hrs

Distance: Approximately 12 kms

Habitat: Rain forest zone

Today you walk down through the rain forest to Mweka Gate, where we complete park formalities and receive certificates, which you can hang up with pride! We are then met by our vehicles and return to your arranged hotel in Moshi.

Day 10
International departure

A driver will be ready to take you to the airport as early as 4 hrs before your flight time. Remember to take all your belongs and fly back home.

Included in the price:

  • Two-night lodging in Moshi/Arusha
  • Park entry fees as per this itinerary
  • Rescue fee
  • Wages and salaries for the crew
  • Three meals a day
  • Camping fees
  • Camping gears includes a tent(s), chair and table
  • Drinking water - bottled water to be offered when you start the hike. Rest of days water will be treated
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Transfer to the gate/starting point as well as pick up after trek

Not included in price:

  • Tipping for the mountain crew
  • Meals and drinks on your hotel of arrival
  • Local or international flight
  • Single supplement. 250 per person a day
  • Sleeping bags/ trekking poles etc.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Northern Circuit route 8 day climbing + 2 night hotel accommodation
Price From USD $ 2,630/person
Group Discount Available
Group Discount Guide
Cost Per Adult Traveler:
$ 2630 USD
Total $ 2,630 USD

Trip Facts

  • Min 2 - Max 10
  • 5,894 m / 19,341 ft
  • Tanzania - Kilimanjaro region
  • Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
  • Moderate
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