8 Days Northern Circuit Route

8 Days Northern Circuit Route

Routes Overview

The Northern Circuit is the most up-to-date and longest course on Mount Kilimanjaro.

It starts in the West at the Londorossi Gate and follows a similar way as the Lemosho course for the initial two days.

After the intersection, the Shira level the way veers north close to Lava Tower, following the more Northern Circuit rather than the more famous Southern Circuit through Barranco Valley The course circles around the calmer northern inclines toward the east side of the mountain.

The Northern Circuit is longer than different paths on Kilimanjaro, taking at least eight or nine days to finish.

The multi-day journey avoids the extra acclimatization day that is generally spent at Shira Camp 2 and proceeds straight on to Moir Camp.

Extras surcharge

Pre climb or post-climb accommodation

Extra single tents for camping routes not already included

Pre climb briefing in Arusha / out of Moshi and Arusha / out of Moshi gate transfers

Additional emergency oxygen cylinders (or any emergency cylinders for Mt Meru STTK15,15+1)

Comfort upgrades such as a portable toilet (excluding STTK16, K16+1), bed, larger tent, upgraded menu, celebration items, etc.

Airport or private / non-group gate transfers and out of Moshi transfers

Domestic flights

Day trips

Flying Doctors Emergency Evacuation membership

Extra guides or porters

Personal mountain equipment such as sleeping bags, walking poles, duffel bags, etc.

Additional day for acclimatization (for STTKX)

Tour Itineraries


Direct arrival to Moshi. Pre-climb briefing on trek. (time to be confirmed).

  • Approx driving distance: None
  • Approx. trekking time: None
  • Approx. trekking distance: None
  • Start altitude: None
  • End altitude: None
  • Highest Altitude reached: None
  • Altitude gain: None Meals included: None

Day 1 - Londorosi Gate to Mti Mkubwa Camp

Depart Moshi to Londorosi gate, upon arrival at the gate complete park formalities, you will then be driven to Lemosho starting point, start your hike through a rain forest while enjoying watching wild animals.

  • Driving distance: 1.5 hours
  • Trekking time: 3-4hours
  • Trekking distance: 7km
  • Start altitude: 2100m
  • End altitude: 2780m
  • Highest Altitude: 2780m
  • Altitude gain: 680m
  • Meals included: Lunch, dinner

Day 2 - Mti Mkubwa Camp to Shira One Camp

Continue through the forest, steeply climbing into the heather and moorland zone, crossing the Shira Ridge, and descending into the Shira Plateau.

  • Trekking time: 4-5hours
  • Trekking distance: 7-8km
  • Start altitude: 2780m
  • End altitude: 3505m
  • Highest Altitude: 3500m
  • Altitude gain: 720m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 3 - Shira One Camp to Moir Camp

A long day of trekking across the heather and moorland, arriving at the base of the alpine desert, the destination for today.

  • Trekking time: 9-11hours
  • Trekking distance: 12km
  • Start altitude: 3500m
  • End altitude: 4140m
  • Highest Altitude: 4140m
  • Altitude gain: 640m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 - Moir Camp to Pofu Camp

Today you leave Moir Valley behind and continue in the alpine desert zone. Your night will be spent at a lower altitude than the night before.

  • Trekking time: 8-10hours
  • Trekking distance: 11km
  • Start altitude: 4140m
  • End altitude: 4030m
  • Highest Altitude: 4140m
  • Altitude loss: 110m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5 - Pofu Camp to Third Cave Camp

Make your way across the alpine desert, as your trial ends joining the Rongai route where once again your night will be spent at a slightly lower altitude than the night before.

  • Trekking time: 6-7hours
  • Trekking distance: 7km
  • Start altitude: 4030m
  • End altitude: 3935m
  • Highest Altitude: 4030m
  • Altitude loss: 95m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6 - Third Cave Camp to Kibo Camp

Journey across the saddle between Mawenzi and Kibo.

  • Trekking time: 3-5hours
  • Trekking distance: 8km
  • Start altitude: 3935m
  • End altitude: 4700m
  • Highest Altitude: 4700m
  • Altitude gain: 765m
  • Meals included: Breakfast,lunch,dinner

Day 7 - Kibo Camp to Millenium camp

Around midnight start for the summit to Gilman’s Point (5681m) and then continue to Uhuru Peak (5895m). Descend Barafu Camp for a short break and later continue to Millennium Camp or Mweka Camp for overnight.

  • Trekking time: 14-18hours
  • Trekking distance: 21km
  • Start altitude: 4650m
  • End altitude: 5895m
  • Altitude reached: 5895m
  • Altitude gain: 1195m
  • Altitude loss: 2815m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 8 - Millenium Camp to Mweka Gate to Moshi

Today is the final day on the mountain; enjoy your breakfast before descending to Mweka gate passing through the forest zone. Upon arrival at the gate complete park formalities and tipping ceremony with your support team. Our driver will then transfer you to Moshi.

  • Trekking time: 3-4hours
  • Trekking distance: 10km
  • Start altitude: 3080m
  • End altitude: 1680m
  • Altitude loss: 1400m
  • Driving time: 45minutes
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

Trip Included

  • All taxes and VAT applicable
  • All National Park conservation, park entry, camping or hut and rescue fees as applicable
  • Trained, certified, and experienced English-speaking mountain guide
  • 1 x luggage porter carrying luggage of 15kg per person for Kilimanjaro / 12kg per person for Meru
  • Specialist tent crew to service and set up campsites
  • Trained and experienced personal mountain cook and waiter
  • All meals on the mountain and eating utensils, cutlery, bowls, cups, etc.
  • Pre-climb briefing and equipment check with the guide/tour consultant in Moshi
  • 1 x transfer from a Moshi based lodge to park gates per group
  • 1 x transfer from park gates to a Moshi based lodge per group
  • Crew transportation for remote gates (Londrossi / Rongai)
  • Luggage storage while on trek
  • Boiled drinking water on trek (from 1st hut/camp onwards)
  • 1 Emergency oxygen cylinder per group (excluding STTK15 and K15+1, Mt. Meru) and first aid kit
  • Twice daily health checks with guides and a high-grade medical oximeter
  • Hand washing station, sanitizers, and small personal washbasin at campsites
  • Shared public toilet facilities at huts or public campsites
  • 1 x approx. 100Ltr rubberized hold all bag/packsack
  • Basic sleeping mattress per person (provided by the park for hut routes
  • Shared use of Mountain huts (sharing) or Four season tents (sharing for even-numbered groups + 1 single tent for odd numbers), chairs, tables, dining tent for camping routes
  • Private portable toilet (inc. toilet, toilet tent, porter to carry / clean, toilet rolls)

Trip Excluded

  • Tips / gratuities
  • Beverages such as soft drinks, alcohol, etc.
  • International flights
  • Insurance
  • Visas
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Water on the first day of the trek
  • Metal & hard plastic water bottles, water bladders, etc. (note: soft plastics are not permitted on the mountain)

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Shira Camp 1

Shira Camp 1

Cave Camp

Third Cave Camp

Moir Camp

Moir Camp

Kibo Camp

Kibo Camp

Millenium camp

Millenium camp

Pofu Camp

Pofu Camp

Mti Mkubwa Camp

Mti Mkubwa Camp

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