8 Days Kilimanjaro Climb Northern Circuit Route



Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

8 Days Kilimanjaro Climb Northern Circuit Route

"The Northern Circuit is a fantastic Kilimanjaro route Explore Tanzania Hikes & Safaris's walked by relatively few. It offers amazing scenery, excellent acclimatisation, and a quiet trek. We tell you all the reasons we love this Kilimanjaro route!"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. Simply put, it's one of the best ways to experience the roof of Africa.

Destination Kilimanjaro National Park
Duration 8 Days 7 Nights
Tour Type Climbing, Hiking, Trekking
Accommodation Type Camping
Group Size No size limit
Tour Guides Language: English
Starting Point: Airport / Moshi / Arusha
Ending Point: Airport / Moshi / Arusha

Day By Day Itineraries


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).our Driver will be waiting 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

Price includes



Included

    Private pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro international airport.

    Pre & Post Trek accommodation

    Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees 4 Season big sleeping mountain tents Double layered Sleeping Mats

    Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters

    Transportation to & from the mountain gate

    3 meals daily while on the mountain

    Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)

    Filtered water throughout the trek

    Government taxes

    VAT 18% on park entrance fees

    Salary for the Guides,porters,Cooks

Excluded

    Flights

    Personal expenses such as beverages (other than those included with meals, as listed in each itinerary)

    Tips to mountain crew

    Laundry Services

    Insurance

    Costs of visas



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