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. There are a few different route variations from this point; however, all approach the summit via Gilman’s Point and then either descend via the Mweka Route joining trekkers from the Machame, Umbwe, Lemosho and Shira routes, or via the Marangu Route.

Day 1: Arrive In Tanzania

upon arrival to Kilimanjaro international airport , you will be collected by one of our staff at Kilimanjaro airport for transfer to your hotel as per the programme booked . after some rest at the hotel your head guide will meet you for your briefing , gear check and arrange for you to hire any equipment you may need.

Day 2: MORUM BARRIER GATE 12,362 ft.3,768 mt. ~SHIRA 1 CAMP 12,200 ft. 3,720 mt.

Departure from Moshi for Londorossi gate, where you will complete entry formalities. Then continue up by car to Morum Barrier Gate another hour to reach the trailhead. Upon arrival at trail-head, eat lunch, then commence through heather and moorland which lead to the first camp,which is a descent only about 1-2 hours of trekking. The view of Kibo from across the plateau is stunning.

Day 3: SHIRA 1 CAMP ~ MOIR CAMP 13,800 ft. 4,205 mt.

Trek across the Shira plateau, east toward Kibo’s glaciered peak. Kilimanjaro northern circuit route. Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth, averaging 12,500 feet. We immediately veer away from the tourist trails toward the northeast edge of the Plateau to reach Moir Camp. The trek is about 4-5 hours over easy terrain. Moir camp is an isolated and seldom used camp affording views over the Shira Plateau.

Day 4: MOIR CAMP ~ BUFFALO CAMP 13,200 ft. 4,025 mt.

Begin the morning trek heading out of the moorland and into the stark alpine desert, on a steep ridge off the main trail, and begin our venture on the Kilimanjaro northern circuit route. The total trekking time is about 5 7 hours. From the Pofu Campsite you will enjoy a magnificent view into Kenya’s wild lands to the north.

Day 5: BUFFALO CAMP ~ KIKELEWA CAVES CAMP 11,800 ft. 3600 m

Proceed onward through valleys and over ridges through the alpine desert and moorland, continuing our circuit to the east, enjoying a vast mountain wilderness to ourselves. Kilimanjaro northern circuit route. Trekking time today is 5 7 hours.


Trek 3-5 hours steadily upward to reach a placid mountain tarn lake at the foot of the majestically rising steep ridges of Mawenzi, Kilimanjaro’s second highest volcano. Kilimanjaro northern circuit route. The camp here is nestled along the tarn in a protected alcove with magnificent views towards the steeply rising rocks of Mawenzi.

Day 7: MAWENZI TARN CAMP ~ OUTWARD BOUND CAMP 15,585 ft. 4,750 m

The trekking time today is 5 7 hours, though a relatively easy hike across the wide saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo. Kilimanjaro northern circuit route. Kilimanjaro northern circuit route. The trek takes you across the massive saddle- the crossing is impressive and the landscape spectacularly stark. The temperatures turn cold as you near the foot of Kibo, reaching Outward Bound Camp after 5-7 hours of trekking. Kilimanjaro northern circuit route. Prepare all your gear for the day ahead, and turn in early to rest. A resupply of fresh food and supplies will reach camp on this afternoon.

Day 8: OUTWARD BOUND CAMP ~ UHURU PEAK 19,340 ft.5,895 m Millennium CAMP 10,200 ft. 3,110 m

A midnight wake-up call is the start of a long trek. You begin trekking at 1am up the winding path of endless switchbacks. From your camp to the rim of the crater Gillman’s Point 18,750 ft. 5,712 m to Uhuru Peak, the trekking time is about 7 8 hours. The slope is steep, with switchbacks, over loose rock and screed with some boulders as you near Gilman’s Point. Kilimanjaro northern circuit route. You will stop at Hans Meyer cave on the way, the famous place where Kilimanjaro first western climber described in his journals. Once you arrive at Gilman’s Point at the edge of the crater, the trail to the summit is less demanding, and is reached after a further 1½-2 hours along the snowy crater rim depending on the season Kilimanjaro northern circuit route. After a short time at the summit, re-trace your steps back to Gilman’s Point, then summon your strength again for further descent to Mweka Camp for the night.

Day 9: MWEKA CAMP ~ MWEKA GATE 6,000 ft. 1,830 m SAFETY

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.


The day is left free to wind down after the trek before your flight home. Depending on flight times you could go and explore Moshi town and grab some souvenirs before heading to the airport. Our vehicle will be ready to take you to the airport at your time.

Price Includes
  • Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • 3 Season mountain tents
  • Double layered Sleeping Mats
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Filtered water throughout the trek
  • Pre & Post Trek accommodation at the hotel in moshi
  • 2- way private airport transfers
Price Excludes
  • Flights
  • Tips to mountain crew
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry Services
  • Any service not mentioned above
  • Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra (US$65 per toilet + toilet tent)

Northern Circuit Nine day’s trekking + 2 night in the hotel
BUDGET PRICE/PERSON 2250 2200 2135 1995 1950 1905
CLASSIC PRICE/PERSON 2770 2437 2383 2330 2279 2230
For Climbing Mountain Kilimanjaro the recommended Group Tip as follows;
  • Guide : $US 15-20 per day
  • Cook. :$US 10-15 per day
  • Porters :$US 8-10 per day per porter

Departure & Return Location: Kilimanjaro International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time: 2 Hours Before Flight Time

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