The 9 day Northern Circuit itinerary has a resting day on “Day 8 ” at School Huts hence adds significant credit of reaching Uhuru Peak. The reason for acclimatizing for day 8 is very simple; Since a lot of Uhuru summit starts around 11 PM and 12 AM, a lot of people find it difficult to start climbing because of short resting time (less than 5 hrs after you arrive at the camp). Adding a full day for acclimatization means you will have a whole night to relax before starting your trek the next day. Otherwise, this itinerary is pretty much the same as Northern Circuit 8 days climbing.
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.
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: Acclimatization day – School Hut Camp
Day 9: School Hut camp to UHURU Peak to Millenium camp
Day 10: Millenium Camp to Mweka gate to Hotel
Day 11: International departure