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11 Days Climbing Kilimanjaro, Northern Circuit route!

Northern Circuit Route is the longest Kilimanjaro route and also one of the most beautiful, offering 360 degrees views. This new route circles around the mountain and offers great views from all sides of the Kilimanjaro. The summit success rate is very high, as the route is long and gives lots of time to acclimatize. This is a great route for those who want to experience all the beauty Kilimanjaro has to offer.

During your climb a professional team of guides, porters and cooks assist you. Tanzania Specialist selected the best guides, that have a high safety record and client success rate. To secure your safety, they check your pulse rate and oxygen saturation each day.

After your booking is confirmed, we send you a comprehensive Kilimanjaro Packing List.

For an overview of all the options check Climbing Kilimanjaro.

Day 1: Arrival Kilimanjaro - Moshi

After your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, our driver will transfer you to the  hotel of your choice. Settle into your accommodation, take time to relax and to get used to the African atmosphere. It is possible to book an extra day rest (day 2), to reload and get ready to start your climb the next day (day 3). This extra day increases the chances of reaching the summit.

Note. The hotel on the first and last day is not included in this itinerary since we want to give you the freedom to make your own choice. You prefer basic ($40 per night bed & breakfast) or 5-star luxury? Just let us know and we can book any hotel in Moshi for you. Our price will never be higher than booking.com.

Silver hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Weru Weru River Lodge

Day 2: Lemosho Trailhead (2,000m/ 6,561 ft) - Big Tree Camp (2,800m/ 9,186 ft)

Elevation gain: 800 meter / 2,624 feet

Today your driver will pick you up and drives you to Londorossi Gate (west side) to arrange entry formalities. Then drive to Leomosho trailhead to eat lunch before the climb starts. It is an easy walk through thick forest where you can spot buffaloes and monkeys, such as the rare black-and-white-colobus monkeys.  This first day takes only about 3-4 hours, on a small trail with a few steep sections. Big Tree Camp is a charming camp, situated under a big tree with lots of monkeys and birds around.

 

Day 3: Big Tree Camp (2,800m/ 9,186 ft ) - Shira 1 Camp (3,500m/11,482 ft )

Elevation gain: 700 meter / 2,296 feet

Today your trek starts at the forest and continues through moorland and heathers when you climb up towards the Shira Plateau. Altough it is only 5-6 hours walking, the trail is steep and you will need a lot of breaks. Fortunately after lunch the trail flattens out. After a long climb you reach the edge of the Shira Plateau where you see the beautiful Kibo peak straight ahead. From here you go downhill to your next camp Shira 1.

Silver hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Weru Weru River Lodge

Day 4: Shira 1 Camp (3,500m / 11,482 ft) , via Lava Tower (4,550m/ 14,927 ft), to Moir Hut Camp (4,200m/13,800ft)

Elevation gain: 1050 meter / 3,344 feet

Explore today the beautiful rocky Shira Plateau, one of the highest plateaus in the world. If you are fit you can climb to the Shira Cathedral. After this you follow a steep trail across the alpine desert to Moir Hut. The trek to the base of the Lava Tower takes about 4 hours. If times allows you can climb to the top of the Lava tower, where you can enjoy beautiful panoramic views. From Lava Tower you ascent gentle across the alpine desert to Moir Hut. Moir Hut Camp is an isolated and seldom used camp affording views over the Shira Plateau.

An alternative to this route would be to take a gentle ascent across the alpine desert to Moir Hut in the morning. Then spend the afternoon on a trek of the nearby Lent Group. This is a series of wind eroded parasite cones and ridges where you can gaze down to the plains of Kenya.

 

Silver hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Weru Weru River Lodge

Day 5: Moir Hut Camp (4,200m/13,800ft) – Buffalo camp (4,020m/ 13,188 ft)

Elevation loss: 530 meter / 1,738 feet

In the morning you depart out of the moorland, into the alpine desert. Via a steep ridge on the main trail, the route continues on the Northern Circuit Route. If you chose not to explore the Lent Group yesterday, take a short detour to the top of Little Lent Hill (3,375m/14,350ft) in the morning before continuing the trail to Buffalo Camp. You will trek about 5-7 hours today.

 

 

 

Silver hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Weru Weru River Lodge

Day 6: Buffalo/Pofu Camp (4,020m/ 13,188 ft) - Third Cave Camp (3,870m/ 12,696 ft)

Elevation loss: 150meter / 492 feet

You will trek through several different landscapes today: valleys, alpine desert and moorland. Continue your climb to the east. This rarely climbed route is so peaceful and allows you to enjoy the mountain wilderness. You will trek about 5-7 hours today.

 

 

Silver hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Weru Weru River Lodge

Day 7: Third Cave Camp (3,870m/12, 696 ft ) - School Huts (4,750m /15,583 ft)

Elevation gain: 880 meter / 2,887 feet

Today you climb gradually to reach a lunar landscape between the Kibo and Mawenzi peaks, called ‘The Saddle’. Climb up to the School Hut campsite, where you arrive in the early afternoon. Spent the rest of the day resting, because tomorrow you will conquer the summit of Kilimanjaro.

 

Silver hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Weru Weru River Lodge

Day 8: School Huts (4,750m/ 15,583 ft) - Uhuru Peak (5,895m /19,340 ft) - Mweka Camp (3,110m /10,233 ft)

Around midnight, the most challenging part of the trek starts. It is dark, cold and the trail is steep to Gilman’s Point (rim of the main crater). Ascend in the darkness for a couple of hours while taking short breaks. At Gilman’s Point you can enjoy the most beautiful sunrise over Mawenzi. From Gilman’s Point, it is another 2-3 hours climb to the Uhuru Peak, the highest point of the Kilimanjaro. Celebrate your accomplishment at the summit while you look out onto a incredible vast landscape of white snow and towering peaks. From the summit you go downhill all the way to Mweka Camp, via Kibo Huts, where you spend your last dinner and night on the mountain. Enjoy a well-earned sleep after a challenging and very long day (about 14 hours).

 

Silver hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Weru Weru River Lodge

Day 9: Mweka Camp (3,110m/ 10,233 ft) to Mweka Gate (1,830m/ 6000 ft)

Elevation loss: 1280 meter / 4,199 feet

This last trek down takes you in 2-3 hours through the beautiful forest to the Mweke Gate. You have the chance to spot monkeys. At the gate you can collect your summit certificate. Your driver brings you to your hotel in Moshi to relax, have a shower and enjoy a delicious dinner and sleep.

Silver hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Weru Weru River Lodge

Day 10: Moshi - Airport

Today you can relax at the lodge or explore the surrounding area. You can choose to extend your journey with a beautiful Tanzania Safari. Another option is to unwind on the tropical Zanzibar Island or one of the other exotic beach destinations Pemba Island and Mafia Island. If you choose to fly home after your Kilimanjaro trek, you will arrive back home on day 11.

Silver hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Weru Weru River Lodge

How fit do you need to be to climb Kilimanjaro via the Northern Cicruit?

Climbing Kilimanjaro is a real challenge due to the altitude, rate of ascent and different temperatures. During an average climbing day you will walk 6-7 hours per day. If you are healthy and fit it is absolutely within reach. There are many things you can do to increase your chances to reach the summit and to make sure you enjoy the trek. It’s important you take your time. Don’t hike too fast so your body has time to adapt and acclimatize. Being in good shape also makes the climb much easier. Go hiking a few months before the climb, especially multiple day hikes are excellent training. But also running and aerobic exercise are a good preparation. It is always difficult to predict who will be affected by altitude sickness. Fortunately the Northern Circuit Route is a long climb which gives climbers plenty of time to acclimatize properly. The trails are pretty good. Not many people experience altitude sickness on this route to the summit.

By adding 1 extra day to your climb, you will reduce the chance to get altitude sickness. Because you spread the climb over more days and your body gets more time to get used to the higher altitude. We do really advice to do this to increase the chance of making it to the top. The costs of this extra day are $ 346 per person.

If you like advice on how to prepare yourself for climbing Kilimanjaro, you can always contact us or read our blog How to prepare for climbing Kilimanjaro?

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Price information

Northern Circuit prices per person2 persons4 persons6 persons
all seasons $ 3116 $ 2558 $ 2412

 

Include:

  • Pick up Kilimanjaro Airport, transfer to lodge/hotel
  • Transfer lodge/hotel to Kilimanjaro Airport
  • Private guide speaking fluently English
  • Private cook speaking fluently English
  • Park Fees for national park
  • Porters who carry your luggage
  • High quality tents
  • Chairs and tables for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Dinner-tent
  • Rescue fee

Exclude:

  • International flight tickets and tourist visa
  • Accommodation on day of arrival and departure
  • Insurances (travel, flying doctors etc)
from $2412 p.p.*
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