8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Northern Circuit

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The Northern Circuit is the newest route up Kilimanjaro and also the longest. Because of its length, the Northern Circuit has the highest summit success rate. The route follows the same as the Lemosho Route for the first two days and then veers off to circle around the quieter northern slopes to the east side of the mountain. Northern Circuit approaches the summit via Gilman’s Point before descending on the same route as the Machame and Lemosho.


    There are six established routes to climb Mount Kilimanjaro – Marangu, Machame, Lemosho, Shira, Rongai and Umbwe. The Marangu, Machame, and Umbwe routes all approach from the south of the mountain. The Lemosho and Shira routes approach from the west. The Rongai route approaches from the north near Kenya. All routes except Marangu and Rongai descend via Mweka.

    The Northern Circuit route is one of the best routes on Kilimanjaro, offering nearly 360 degrees of beautiful scenery including the quiet, rarely visited northern slopes. As the longest route on Kilimanjaro, the Northern Circuit allows for the best acclimatization time and the highest summit success rate, therefore this route is highly recommended.

    The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the west, beginning with a long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate. From there, the first two days are spent trekking through the rainforest to Shira Ridge, before crossing the Shira Plateau. The route then heads north and circles clockwise from Moir Hut to Buffalo Camp to School Hut, before summiting from the east.

    Duration: 9 or 10 days
    Difficulty: Medium
    Scenery: Excellent
    Traffic: Low



      If you have opted for the optional airport transfers, we will pick you up from Kilimanjaro Airport or Arusha airport and transfer you to your hotel in Moshi.

      Pre-trek briefing at your Moshi hotel. You should be planning to arrive at least one day before the start of the trek. Today we will spend time having a pre-trek briefing. We will also review your equipment and rent any equipment which is needed.

      After breakfast and briefing, drive to Londorossi Park Gate (about a 3-hour drive). From here a forest track requiring a 4WD vehicle leads to Lemosho Glades. Walk along forest trails to Mti Mkubwa (big tree) campsite.

      Elevation: 1830m/6000ft to 2650m/8700ft
      Distance: 6km/4mi
      Hiking Time: 2-3 hours
      Habitat: Montane Forest
      Meals: Lunch and Dinner

      After breakfast, we continue as the trail gradually steepens and enters the giant heather moorland zone. After several streams are crossed we continue over the Shira Ridge then gently downwards to Shira 1 camp located by a stream on the Shira Plateau.

      Elevation: 2650m/8700ft to 3500m/11,500ft
      Distance: 8km/5mi
      Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
      Habitat: Moorland
      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

      After breakfast, a gentle hike across the plateau leads to Shira 2 camp on moorland meadows by a stream. We will continue with a trek heading east which passes through the ‘Garden of the Senecios’ and then enters the high alpine desert zone, then you will join the Northern Circuit heading down to Moir Camp.

      Elevation: 3500m/11,500ft to 4200m/13780ft
      Distance: 14km/8mi
      Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
      Habitat: Moorland
      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

      Today, we encountered a moderately steep climb out of Moir Valley. We can do an optional hike to 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.

      Elevation: 4200m/13,780ft to 4020m/13,188ft
      Distance: 12km/7mi
      Walking Time: 5-6 hours
      Habitat: High Alpine
      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

      We start the day 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 acclimated to the altitude. You will arrive at the Third Cave just around mid-afternoon.

      Elevation: 4020m/13,188ft to 3800m/12,467ft
      Distance: 8km/5mi
      Climbing Time: 5-7 hours
      Habitat: High Alpine
      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

      Today 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. 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.

      Elevation: 3800m/12,467ft to 4800m/15,748ft
      Distance: 15km/8mi
      Climbing Time: 4-5 hours
      Habitat: Alpine Desert
      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

      You will be awoken around 11:30 with hot tea and biscuits and will then begin the steep incline up the slopes of Kibo under the cover of darkness. Your first check-point is Hans Meyer Cave where you will take a short break. The climb steepens as you approach Gilman’s Point (5,681 meters), which will be around 5-6 hours after departing School Hut.

      Take a moment to enjoy the approaching dawn and incredible view out and across to Mawenzi Peak, but remember you still have 2 hours trekking to reach Uhuru Peak so dig deep for the energy. The slope flattens as you head west around the crater rim and you should arrive at the summit at or just after sunrise.

      Your stay here will be brief so get as many pictures as you can of the incredible views and surrounding glaciers. You will then retrace your steps back around the crater rim to Stella Point (5,739 meters) where you will turn south and head down the heavily screed slopes of Kibo to Barafu Camp (4,680 meters).

      Most trekkers take a short break here before continuing down to Millennium Camp (3,950 meters) for your final night on the mountain. In total you will be trekking for 14-16 hours on day eight so it is important to pace yourself, remain hydrated and keep your blood sugar levels up.

      Elevation: 4800m/15,748ft to 5895m/19,340ft
      Down to 3950m/12,959ft
      Distance: 6km/3.5mi up / 11km/6mi down
      Hiking Time: 5-7 hours up / 5-6 hours down
      Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
      Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

      After breakfast we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

      Let's view Tanzania vehicle will be waiting for you at Mweka gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (around 60 minutes).

      Elevation: 3950m/12,959ft to 1680m/5500ft
      Distance: 10km/6mi
      Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
      Habitat: Forest
      Meals: Breakfast

      8 days Mount kilimanjaro Northern Circuit

      How long is the northern circuit of Kilimanjaro?

      How long is the Northern Circuit Route on Kilimanjaro? It is a total of 96 kilometres over nine days, hiking from the western side of the mountain and around the northern slopes to the north eastern slopes and descending down the south east side.

        What is the hardest Kilimanjaro route?


        Umbwe route is one of the shortest routes to the Southern Glaciers and the Western Breach and it’s the most hardest and challenging route on Mount Kilimanjaro. The Umbwe Route is the trail for trekkers looking for a true climbing challenge

          How is the Northern Circuit route different from Lemosho?


          The Lemosho Route continues along the popular and most scenic southern slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro to connect with the Machame Route, while the Northern Circuit branches off to avoid the busy southern circuit and circumnavigates the peak on the infrequently traveled northern slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, close to Kenya

            What is the northern route on Mount Kilimanjaro?


            The Northern Circuit route is the longest and newest of the seven established Kilimanjaro routes. It’s one of the best routes because of its great acclimatisation profile, high summit success rate, stunning views, and comparatively relaxed pace. It’s also much less crowded than the other Kilimanjaro routes

              What is the success rate of the Northern Circuit route?

              90% – 95%

              The Northern Circuit route has an average success rate of 90% – 95%, which is quite high. The main reason for this high summit success rate is because of the route’s long length which facilitates enough acclimatization time for climbers.


                We offer the following hotel options

                  • Lindrin Lodge (Single Room) – USD 55 per night
                  • Lindrin Lodge (Double Room) – USD 70 per night
                  • Lindrin Lodge (Triple Room) – USD 105 per night
                  • Keys Hotel (Single Room) – USD 69 per night
                  • Keys Hotel (Double Room) – USD 94 per night
                  • Keys Hotel (Triple Room) – USD 122 per night
                  • Parkview Inn (Single Room) – USD 81 per night
                  • Parkview Inn (Double Room) – USD 91 per night
                  • Parkview Inn (Triple Room) – USD 170 per night
                  • Kilimanjaro Wonders (Single Room) – USD 140 per night
                • Kilimanjaro Wonders (Double Room) – USD 160 per night

                Please note that if any hotel is booked out or is otherwise unavailable, we will book you in an alternate equivalent hotel.

                If you are booking a hotel directly, please do check with us before booking, to make sure we can meet you and pick you up from the hotel.


                We offer the following addons to your gear

                  • Private Toilet – USD 150
                  • Private Tent – USD 5 per day
                  • Thicker sleeping mattress – USD 10 per mattress
                • Thermarest – USD 15 per thermarest

                Our packages by default include a foam sleeping mattress of 2 inch thickness, if you want a thicker alternative you can opt a 4 inch foam mattress with above mentioned extra cost.


                We offer the following transfer options

                  • Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) to Moshi (one way) – USD 50 per vehicle
                  • Moshi to Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) (one way) – USD 50 per vehicle
                  • Arusha to Moshi (one way) – USD 100 per vehicle
                • Moshi to Arusha (one way) – USD 100 per vehicle


                Private Trek

                Please find below the prices for organizing a private trek. The prices are based on your group size.

                  • Solo Trekker – USD 2304 per person
                  • Group of 2 – USD 2104 per person
                  • Group of 3 – USD 2000 per person
                  • Group of 4 – USD 1988 per person
                  • Group of 5 – USD 1980 per person
                  • Group of 6 – USD 1975 per person
                  • Group of 7 – USD 1971 per person
                  • Group of 8 – USD 1968 per person
                  • Group of 9 – USD 1956 per person
                • Group of 10 and above – USD 1954 per person

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