Northern Circuit Route

The Northern Circuit way is one of the finest paths on Kilimanjaro, providing nearly 360 degrees of lovely scenery counting the quiet, hardly visited northern slants. As the longest way on Kilimanjaro, the Northern Circuit also has the most adaptation time and the highest summit success degree. Thus, the Northern Circuit way is highly recommended.
The way approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the west, start with a long drive from Arusha to Londorossi Entrance. From there, the opening two days are spent rambling through the rainforest to Shira Ridge, before crossing the Shira Highland. The way then heads north and circles clockwise from Moir Hut to Buffalo Camp to School Hut, before summiting from the east. Slope is made via the Mweka way.
Top Kilimanjaro® gives the Northern Circuit as a nine-day group hike or private hike. A 10-day distinction that comprises an overnight at Crater Camp is available as a private hike by special request.
Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa
Elevation: 7,742 ft. to 9,498 ft.
Remoteness: 6 km/4 miles
Climbing Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest
We depart Arusha for Londorossi Entrance, which takes around 4 hours, where you will complete admission formalities. Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead. Upon arrival at trailhead, we start climbing through uninterrupted forest which winds to the first camp site.
Mti Mkubwa to Shira 1 Camp
Elevation: 9,498 ft. to 11,500 ft.
Remoteness: 8 km/5 miles
Climbing Time 5-6 hours
Habitat: Heath
We continue on the track leading out of the rain woodland and into a grassland of tall grasses, heather and volcanic rock swathed with lichen whiskers. As we climb through the opulent rolling hills and cross some streams, we reach the Shira Ridge before dipping gently down to Shira 1 Camp. Here we catch our first sight of Kibo across the highland.
Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp
Elevation: 11,500 ft. to 12,500 ft.
Remoteness: 7 km/4 miles
Climbing Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Heath
We sightsee the Shira Highland. It is a gentle walk east on heath meadows towards Shira 2 Camp. The heath zone displays plentiful wildflowers and unique Senecio trees.
Shira 2 Camp to Lava Tower
Elevation: 12,500 ft. to 15,190 ft.
Remoteness: 7 km/4 miles
Climbing Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Lava Tower to Moir Hut
Elevation: 15,190 ft. to 13,580 ft.
Remoteness: 7 km/4 miles
Climbing Time: 2-3 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
We proceed to the east up a ridge and then head southeast towards the Lava Tower – a 300 ft. tall volcanic rock creation. Then we sidetrack from the main track to Moir Hut, a little-used site on the base of Lent Hills. A variability of walks are available on Lent Hills making this an outstanding adaptation chance. Shira Plateau is one of the highest uplands on earth.
Moir Hut to Buffalo Camp
Elevation: 13,580 ft. to 13,200 ft.
Remoteness: 12 km/7 miles
Climbing Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
We hike out of Moir Valley with a temperately steep hike, then hike to the summit of Lent Hills before returning to the main track. The trail crosses a rock field and gently rolls before reaching Buffalo Camp. This section of the trail offers great sights across the plains that lie north of Kilimanjaro and stretch out to the Kenyan/Tanzanian border.
Buffalo Camp to Third Cave
Elevation: 13,200 ft. to 12,700 ft.
Remoteness: 8 km/5 miles
Climbing Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Heath
As we head up Buffalo Ridge, the topography becomes increasingly sparse. This way is hardly traveled and we will enjoy its mountain wilderness feel. We walk through remote valleys on to the northern angles of Kilimanjaro until we arrive at Third Cave.
Third Cave to School Hut
Elevation: 12,700 ft. to 15,600 ft.
Remoteness: 5 km/3 miles
Climbing Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
We hike progressively up and over the “Saddle,” which sits in the mid of Kibo and Mawenzi. We continue on to our camp, School Hut. Once here we break, enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day.
School Hut to Uhuru Peak
Elevation: 15,600 ft. to 19,341 ft.
Remoteness: 6 km/4 miles
Mountaineering Time: 6-8 hours
Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp
Elevation: 19,341 ft. to 10,065
Remoteness: 12 km/7 miles
Climbing Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Arctic
Very early in the a.m. (around night time), we start our push to the summit. This is the most cerebrally and bodily challenging portion of the walk. The wind and cold at this advancement and time of day can be thrilling. We ascend in the darkness for some hours while taking regular, but short, pauses. At Gilman’s point (18,600 ft.), you will be pleased with the most superb sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Lastly, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.
From the summit, we now make our ancestry continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp place, ending at Barafu for lunch. The track is very rocky and can be quite hard on the knees; hiking poles are supportive. Mweka Camp is located in the higher forest and mist or rain can be anticipated in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-deserved siesta.
Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate
Elevation: 10,065 ft. to 5,380 ft.
Remoteness: 10 km/6 miles
Climbing Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest
On our final day, we proceed the ancestry to Mweka Entrance and gather the summit certificates. At lower advancements, it can be wet and muddy. From the entrance, we continue another hour to Mweka Village. A car will meet us at Mweka Village to get-us-and-go back to the hotel in Arusha.
Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees
VAT on tour fees & services
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 Arusha
2 Way private airport transfers
Tips to mountain crew
The safari and tour prices below include
Hotel/lodge accommodation for the duration safaris
Animal tours according to your itinerary preferences
Private 4-wheel drive vehicle with a roof hatch
Professional safari and tour guide / driver
All national park fees
All meals on the safari
Extras and personal expenses
International flights and corresponding taxes
Optional activities not outlined on the itinerary
Tips to mountain crew
Items of a personal nature
Laundry Services
A doctor for the group
Travel insurance
Tips and gratuities
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