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Kilimanjaro Northern Circuit Route

09 Days Trekking Kilimanjaro Northern Circuit Route

Once in a life trekking experience to the roof of the world’s highest free-standing mountain, the climb brings you close to the moon on its toppiest point Mt Kilimanjaro (5895m).

Having a minimum of nine days to embrace the altitude and encountering limited numbers of fellow trekkers, the Kilimanjaro northern circuit route is truly remote and one for the trekking fanatic. starting from the west Mt. Kilimanjaro, catch a sight of Mt. Meru balanced on the clouds from the Shira Plateau before crossing the less-visited northern edges to enjoy wonderful panoramas across the vast Kenyan savannah. Then, reaching the summit from the east in the light of the full moon, experience the marvelous feeling of space generated before standing on the top of Africa. Lastly, a descent to the south covering an almost-circuit of the mountain.

Kilimanjaro Northern Circuit Route

The cost for Kilimanjaro Northern Route starts from US $2,200 per person depending on the number of trekkers in a group.

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What is included in the price above;

  • Dedicated Customer Satisfaction Associate
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Hotel lodging the night before and the night after the climb
  • Breakfast before and after the climb
  • All meals and water on the mountain
  • All park fees and taxes
  • Transportation to and from the hotel and trailhead
  • Tents (3-person mountaineering tent)
  • Sleeping mat
  • Private toilet tent
  • Support team (certified guides, porters, and cooks)
  • Kilimanjaro SAR evacuation insurance

The crowdless route to Kilimanjaro peak, the northern route takes 09 Days of a lifetime adventure.

  • January through mid-March
  • Mid-June through October
  • Top thermal layer
  • Bottom thermal layer
  • 1-2 pairs of hiking pants
  • 1 hardshell jacket
  • 1-2 short-sleeved t-shirts
  • 1 pair of warm trekking pants
  • 1-2 long-sleeved hiking shirts
  • 1 softshell insulated winter jacket
  • 4-5 pairs of underwear
  • 1 cozy fleece jacket
  • 1 pair of worn-in sturdy hiking boots
  • 3-4 pairs of socks. Merino wool is recommended
  • Rain coat
  • Rain pants
  • Day backpack
  • Duffel bag (recommended size 90L)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Headlamp
  • Snacks

You can rent all gear from our Rental Shop in Arusha

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Day-to-day Northern Circuit Route Kilimanjaro - 09 Days

First welcome to Tanzania atmosphere, ready for your Kilimanjaro trekking through Northern route. You will meet our driver at the Airport to pick you and transfer to Arusha for overnight.

You will have and optional city tour if time will allow.

Night at Silver Palm Hotel or Similar with BB.

On the western Kilimanjaro side, you will cross through local villages heading to Lemosho gate for the last paper works at the gate then start your hiking to Mti Mkubwa Camp. You will camp at Lemosho Big Tree Camp (2650m); [2-3 hours walking]

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Leaving the forest behind and approaching the moorland zone of colorful giant heather. The route climbs progressively with panoramic views to reach the rim of the Shira Plateau. There is a close feel of wilderness, particularly if afternoon fogs come in!

You will set up the camp at central of plateau at “Shira One” (3550m). [6-7 hours walking]

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An easy day to help acclimatization, and to explore the volcanic rock formations of Shira Plateau. Taking a short walking to the summit of Shira Cathedral peak before the next camp at Shira Hut (3840m). The camping site has spectacular views around, close to the glaciated dome of Kibo peak and the pointed rim of Shira Plateau.

[4-5 hours walking] › Meal; B,L,D

Right after breakfast climbing straight to Lava Tower, and for those feeling strong, there is a possibility to climb up to the ruined hut at Arrow Glacier around 4,800m. We then continue from Lava Tower to reach at Moir Hut Camp(4,200m). [5-7 hours walking]

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We trek off the Moir Valley and take a short by-pass to reach the summit of Little Lent hill at 4,375m. After appreciative views, return to the route and head eastwards over the northern circuit route. Here the trail passes over the field of rock lumps that clink as they are walked on. The trekking lastly at undulates until reaching the location of Buffalo Camp (4,150m). At the camp there is a huge feeling of space as the Kenyan plains stretch out far below to the north. [4-7 hours walking] › Meal; B,L,D

On this day Kilimanjaro Northern Circuit Route will guide you to third cave camp. trekking up to the top of ‘Buffalo Ridge’ and drop down the other side to reach Pofu, nearby a small natural spring, and some vegetation. The climb taking an eastwards through a sceneries that have gradually sparse vegetation to eventually reach Third Cave Camp (3,900m). [5-7 hours walking] › Meal; B,L,D

Experiencing a steady ascent to reach The Saddle, astral landscape between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Continue with a hike upwards and reach School Hut Campsite (4,700m) in the early afternoon. The remainder of the afternoon is spent resting and preparing for the summit day. [4-5 hours walking] › Meal; B,L,D

Tonight, Kilimanjaro Northern Circuit Route will be leading you to the World’s Second Highest Peak.

Summit Uhuru Peak “5895m” Then Descend to Millennium Camp “3800m”

Starting an ascent by torchlight at about midnight so that you can be up on the Crater rim by sunrise. On selected Non-Exclusive departure dates each month, the climb will be particularly beautiful as we ascend in the light of the Full Moon. The steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to Gilmans Point (5,685 m) in about five or six hours. We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. The trail leads west along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. We retrace our steps along the crater rim to Stella Point and then descend down through Barafu Camp to reach Millenium Camp (3,800 m). [11-15 hours walking] › Meal; B,L,D

A continual descent on a smooth path through the great tropical forest alive with living birds and cocky lush undergrowth with significant botanical interest. Our route winds down to the National Park gate at Mweka (1650m). Here we sign out from the National Park before walking on for a further 15 minutes through coffee and banana farms to Mweka village where our vehicle awaits. The shower, the beer, and the swimming pool are tantalizingly close! [4-6 hours walking] › Meal; B,L


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