9 Days Kilimanjaro Northern Circuit Route

Tour Starts & Ends: Moshi

Combination with e.g. Zanzibar or Safari possible!

The Northern Circuit route is one of the longest routes on Mount Kilimanjaro, offering a scenic and less crowded trekking experience. This route circles around the northern slopes of the mountain, providing trekkers with stunning panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. The Northern Circuit is known for its excellent acclimatization profile, with gradual altitude gains and ample time for adaptation to the high altitude. This route is recommended for those seeking a comprehensive and immersive trekking experience on Africa’s highest peak.

DAY 1: Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport

pick up and transferred to the Hotel

Chanya Lodge

DAY 2: Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa Camp

Elevation (ft): 7,742 ft to 9,498 ft
Distance: 7 km/4 miles
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

Our journey begins with a scenic drive to Londorossi Gate, where we complete park formalities before starting our trek. The trail winds through lush rainforest, offering glimpses of exotic wildlife and colorful bird species. We gradually ascend to Mti Mkubwa Camp, our first campsite, nestled amidst the towering trees.

DAY 3: Mti Mkubwa Camp to Shira 1 Camp

Elevation (ft): 9,498 ft to 11,499 ft
Distance: 8 km/5 miles
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Moorland

Leaving the rainforest behind, the trail opens up to expansive views of the Shira Plateau as we ascend towards Shira 1 Camp. We trek across rolling hills and volcanic rock formations, with the imposing peaks of Kilimanjaro dominating the horizon.

DAY 4: Shira 1 Camp to Moir Hut

Elevation (ft): 11,499 ft to 13,650 ft
Distance: 11 km/7 miles
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Moorland

Continuing our ascent, we hike towards Moir Hut, situated in a remote and scenic location on the slopes of Kilimanjaro. The trail offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding moorland, with vast expanses of alpine desert stretching out before us.

DAY 5: Moir Hut to Pofu Camp

Elevation (ft): 13,650 ft to 13,780 ft
Distance: 6 km/4 miles
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Our journey continues as we trek towards Pofu Camp, crossing rugged terrain and rocky landscapes along the way. The trail leads us through the stark and barren alpine desert, with the summit of Kilimanjaro looming above us.

DAY 6: Pofu Camp to Third Cave Camp

Elevation (ft): 13,780 ft to 12,205 ft Distance: 10 km/6 miles
Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert, Moorland

Descending from the alpine desert, we trek towards Third Cave Camp, traversing through diverse habitats and ecological zones. The trail offers stunning views of Kilimanjaro's northern slopes, with lush vegetation and scenic landscapes surrounding us.

DAY 7: Third Cave Camp to School Hut

Elevation (ft): 12,205 ft to 15,584 ft
Distance: 8 km/5 miles
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Our ascent continues as we hike towards School Hut, our final base camp before the summit push. The trail leads us through the stark and barren alpine desert, with the summit of Kilimanjaro looming ever closer on the horizon. At School Hut, we rest and prepare for the challenging ascent ahead.

DAY 8: School Hut to Uhuru Peak, then descent to Millennium Camp

Elevation (ft): 15,584 ft to 19,341 ft (Uhuru Peak) to 12,532 ft (Millennium Camp)
Distance: 5 km/3 miles ascent, 12 km/7 miles descent
Hiking Time: 7-8 hours to Uhuru Peak, 4-6 hours descent
Habitat: Arctic, Moorland

In the early hours of the morning, we embark on the final push to Uhuru Peak, the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the African continent. The ascent is challenging, with trekkers navigating steep and icy terrain by the light of their headlamps. Upon reaching the summit, we celebrate our accomplishment before beginning the descent to Millennium Camp. Descending through various ecological zones, including the alpine desert and moorland, we finally arrive at Millennium Camp, where we spend our last night on the mountain.

DAY 9: Millennium Camp to Mweka Gate, transfer to Hotel

Elevation (ft): 12,532 ft to 5,380 ft
Distance: 12 km/7 miles
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

On our final day of trekking, we descend through the dense and enchanting rainforest, retracing our steps towards Mweka Gate. Here, we bid farewell to Mount Kilimanjaro as we collect our summit certificates and board vehicles to transfer back to the hotel in Moshi, marking the end of our unforgettable journey.

Chanya Lodge
  • 2 nights’ accommodation (before and after the climb)
  • Return transportation from Moshi to/from the starting/finishing point on the mountain
  • Qualified guides with mountain crew
  • Park fees
  • Tents and sleeping mattresses
  • Cutlery / Crockery / Eating utensils
  • Mess tent (for dining) / Mini camping chairs / Tables / Candles
  • Rescue Fees
  • Pulse oximeters
  • First aid kit
  • Guides, porters, cook, waiter salaries
  • Boiled water on the mountain
  • All meals on the mountain (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Guides, porters, waiter, cook accommodation and entry fees on the mountain
  • Emergency oxygen
  • Single rooms supplement at Chanya lodge (except on the 1 person rate)
  • Airport transfers
  • Guides, Porters, Cook & Waiters tips
  • Meals and drinks not specified
  • Gear for your climb
  • Items of personal nature
  • Additional nights beyond the two standard hotel nights included
  • Visas
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