11 Days

Mt Kilimanjaro – Northern Circuit Route

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$3585/ Adult

Minimum 2 passengers

Please Note: This trip is currently only available for private bookings with a minimum of 2 people on the date of your choice. Pricing will be based on your level of accommodations and the number of people in your group. 

Why travel with us?

What's Included

  • 2 nights Hotel in Moshi (1-night on arrival and 1-night after climb) w/ Breakfast
  • All meals while on the mountain (large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food)
  • All camping and hut fees
  • All camping gear (4-season mountain sleeping tent, sleeping pad, etc)
  • Dining Tent with Table and Chairs
  • Professional, Experienced, Mountain Guide (English Speaking, certified as Wilderness First Responder & Emergency Adult and Child CPR)
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • Kilimanjaro National Park Permits
  • Kilimanjaro Rescue Fee
  • Guides, Porters, Cook (salaries and park fees)
  • Mobile Communications (for emergency only)
  • Personal Summit Certificate stamped and signed by the National Park and your Guide
  • Transport to/from the Airport
  • Transport to/from the mountain gates
  • Private Camp Toilet
  • First-Aid Kit
  • Oxygen Cylinder
  • VAT (18% charged by the Government)

What's Excluded

  • International & Domestic Airfare
  • Airport taxes and excess baggage fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Additional Hotel Stay
  • Beverages & meals not specified
  • Trekking Equipment for rent such as sleeping bags, hiking boots, clothes)
  • Tips for your guide, porters, cook and crew, & drivers
  • Innoculations & Vaccinations
  • Optional Activities
  • Personal Expenses
  • Visa Fees
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Sustainability Commitment

Our local travel partner for the Mount Kilimanjaro Trek is a Moshi-based, family-owned company who encourages environmental conservation and regeneration practices and participate in mountain clean-up efforts and tree-planting activities in collaboration with the local government and various NGOs. Furthermore, they proudly support the Nguzo Women’s Foundation, a grassroots non-profit in the Hai District of the Kilimanjaro region, whose initiatives include providing menstrual kits and health education to young girls in six government primary schools. In addition, they have taken proactive steps to create opportunities for female guides and porters on their team.

Overview

The Northern Circuit is the longest and the most remote route. The trek can be completed in 8 days, however additional time on the mountain means that success rates for Northern Circuit trekkers are relatively high. The longer itinerary means that it has a good acclimatization profile. You can naturally “walk high, sleep low” which helps with acclimatization. Even though you don’t have to climb the Great Barranco Wall on this route, you will still have a tough summit night approaching via Gilman’s Point. You will be trekking for long periods of time, so a good level of fitness and stamina is recommended.

Adventure Highlights

  • The Northern Circuit Route is the longest route to the summit of Kilimanjaro, offering a more gradual and extended trekking experience for better acclimatization.
  • Due to its length and gradual ascent, the route has excellent acclimatization opportunities, reducing the risk of altitude-related issues.
  • The route takes you around the entire northern slopes of Kilimanjaro, providing stunning panoramic views and a comprehensive exploration of the mountain.
  • The Northern Circuit is known for its remoteness and lack of crowding, offering a serene and secluded trekking experience.
  • The route encompasses a diverse range of landscapes, including rainforests, heathlands, moorlands, alpine desert, and glaciers, showcasing Kilimanjaro’s ecological diversity.
  • The northern side of the mountain provides opportunities to spot wildlife, including antelopes, elephants, buffalo, and various bird species.
  • The route’s less-traveled nature contributes to a sense of pristine wilderness and natural beauty.
  • The extended duration of the Northern Circuit allows for breathtaking views from multiple angles, offering a unique perspective of Kilimanjaro.
  • This route sees the lowest number of trekkers, contributing to a quieter and more peaceful journey.
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    Daily Itinerary

    Arrive in Moshi and you’ll be picked up at the airport by our representative at Moshi Airport (QSI) and taken to your hotel. Moshi is a small and clean town that offers many activities and sceneries to take part in.

    Arrive a few days before your climb and visit the ever-beautiful and tranquil Lak Chala, or take a dip in the Kikuletwa Hot Springs. Take a village trip to Materuni waterfalls and Materuni Village for a local coffee-making tour or take a tour to Olpopongi Village located at West Kilimanjaro.

    INCLUDE:
    — Airport Transfer

    Overnight at Moshi Hotel

    Hotel

    After breakfast, we depart Moshi for Londorossi Gate, which takes about 4 hours, where we will complete entry formalities. Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead. Upon arrival at the trailhead, we begin hiking through undisturbed forest which winds to the first campsite.

    INCLUDED:
    — Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

    Elevation: 2,360m/7,742ft to 2,895m/9,498ft
    Hiking time: 3-5 hours
    Distance: 6 km/ 4 miles
    Zone: Rainforest

    Overnight at Mt Mkubwa

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Camp

    We continue on the trail leading out of the rainforest and into the savannah of tall grasses, heather, and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As we ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, we reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 Camp. Here we catch our first glimpse of Kibo Peak across the plateau.

    INCLUDED:
    — Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

    Elevation: 2,895m/9,498ft to 3,505m/11,500ft
    Hiking time: 5-7 hours
    Distance: 8 km/ 5 miles
    Zone: Heathland

    Overnight at Shira 1 Camp

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Camp

    Today we walk to the summit of Shira Cathedral, a huge buttress of rock surrounded by steep spires and pinnacles. There is a tangible sense of wilderness here, the heath zone displays abundant wildflowers and unique Senecio trees. From our camp near Shira Hut, we appreciate the unforgettable views of Mt Meru.

    INCLUDED:
    — Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

    Elevation: 3,505m/11,500ft to 3,810m/12,500ft
    Hiking time: 3-5 hours
    Distance: 7 km/ 4 miles
    Zone: Heathland

    Overnight at Shira 2 Camp

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Camp

    Today, we continue to the east up a ridge and then head southeast towards the Lava Tower 91m/300ft tall volcanic rock formation. Then we divert from the main trail to Moir Hut, a little used site on the base of Lent Hills. A variety of walks are available on Lent Hills making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity. Shira Plateau is one of the highest plateaus on earth.

    INCLUDED:
    — Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Shira 2 Camp to Lava Tower
    Elevation: 3,810m/12,500ft to 4,630m/15,190ft
    Hiking time: 3-5 hours
    Distance: 7 km/ 4 miles
    Zone: Alpine Desert

    Lava Tower to Moir Hut
    Elevation: 4,630m/15,190ft to 4,139m/13,580ft
    Hiking time: 2-4 hours
    Distance: 7 km/ 4 miles
    Zone: Alpine Desert

    Overnight at Moir Hut

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Hut

    We trek out of Moir Valley with a moderately steep climb, then hike to the summit of Lent Hills before returning to the main trail. The path crosses a rock field and gently undulates before reaching Buffalo Camp. This section of the trail offers great views across the plains that lie north of Kilimanjaro and stretch out to the Kenya/Tanzania border.

    INCLUDED:
    — Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Elevation: 4,139m/13,580ft to 4,023m/13,200ft
    Hiking time: 5-7 hours
    Distance: 12 km/ 7 miles
    Zone: Alpine Desert

    Overnight at Buffalo Camp

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Camp

    As we head up Buffalo Ridge, the terrain becomes increasingly sparse. This route is rarely traveled, so you will enjoy its mountain wilderness feel. We trek through remote valleys onto the northern slopes of Kilimanjaro until we arrive at Third Cave.

    INCLUDED:
    — Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Elevation: 4,023m/13,200ft to 3,871m/12,700ft
    Hiking time: 5-7 hours
    Distance: 8 km/ 5 miles
    Zone: Heathland

    Overnight at Third Cave

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Camp

    Today, we climb steadily up and over the Saddle, a lunar landscape between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. From here we continue upwards and reach School Hut. Once here we rest and enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day.

    INCLUDED:
    — Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Elevation: 3,871m/12,700ft to 4,755m/15,600ft
    Hiking time: 4-6 hours
    Distance: 5 km/ 3 miles
    Zone: Alpine Desert

    Overnight at School Hut

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Hut

    Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. At Gilman’s point 5,669m/18,600ft, we will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.

    From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. The trail is very rocky and can be quite hard on the knees; trekking poles are helpful. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest, mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, enjoy your last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

    INCLUDED:
    — Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    School Hut to Uhuru Peak
    Elevation: 4,755m/15,600ft to 5,895m/19,341ft
    Hiking time: 6-8 hours
    Distance: 6 km/ 4 miles
    Zone: Arctic

    Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp
    Elevation: 5,895m/19,341ft to 3,068m/10,065ft
    Hiking time: 4-6 hours
    Distance: 12 km/ 7 miles
    Zone: Rainforest

    Overnight at Mweka Camp

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Camp

    On our last day, we continue the descent to Mweka Gate and collect your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. From the gate, we continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will be waiting for us at Mweka Village to drive us back to the hotel in Moshi.

    INCLUDED:
    — Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

    Elevation: 3,068m/10,065ft to 1,640m/5,380ft
    Hiking time: 3-5 hours
    Distance: 10 km/ 6 miles
    Zone: Rainforest

    Overnight at Moshi Hotel

    Breakfast, Lunch
    Hotel

    Today is departure day and there are no scheduled activities. At the appropriate time, a representative will pick you up and take you to the airport for your return home or to your next destination.

    INCLUDED:
    — Meals: Breakfast
    — Airport Transfer

    Departure

    Breakfast
    Kilimanjaro Northern Circuit Route

    FAQs

    How difficult is the Northern Circuit Route trek?

    The Northern Circuit is often considered one of the less challenging routes on Kilimanjaro due to its longer duration, which allows for better acclimatization.

    Do I need previous trekking experience to hike the Machame Route?

    Although no mountaineering experience is required, a good level of physical fitness is necessary to tackle Mt Kilimanjaro. You’ll need to be comfortable walking 6-8 hours uphill a day. The distances may not be long, but the altitude makes it harder than your average uphill hike.

    Where will I sleep during the trek?

    Accommodation on the Northern Circuit typically includes camping at designated campsites and mountain huts along the trail.  You must be prepared to share the huts along this route with between 3 and 11 other people who may be of a different gender. Guests are supplied with mattresses and pillows, but you must supply your own sleeping bag (available to rent). The huts have communal dining halls and basic washrooms and we also provide a private, portable toilet for our guests.

    Do I need any permits for the Northern Circuit Route trek?

    Trekking permits and park fees are required to climb Kilimanjaro via the Northern Circuit Route. These fees are included in the cost of your guided tour package.

    What is the risk of altitude sickness on the Northern Circuit Route trek?

    Sections of this trek take you above 9200 ft (2800 m), where it is common to experience altitude sickness. Altitude sickness is managed through a gradual ascent, adequate hydration, rest days for acclimatization, and prompt descent in case of severe symptoms.

    Do I need travel insurance?

    Travel insurance with medical evacuation and repatriation as well as hiking insurance is mandatory for this trip. This should cover high-altitude trekking of at least 19,340 ft and should be on a ‘non-reimbursement’ basis so the insurer will pay for the hospital bills immediately, as opposed to claiming when you get home. We strongly recommend purchasing comprehensive travel insurance which provides coverage for trip interruption, flight cancellation, and loss of baggage.

    What gear and equipment are essential for trekking the Northern Circuit Route?

    Essential gear includes appropriate clothing layers, sturdy hiking boots, sleeping bags, trekking poles, and personal items such as sunscreen, sunglasses, and a headlamp. You will need to limit the weight of your duffel bag and its contents to be carried by the porters on the climb to 15 kg (32 lbs) or less. Extra luggage, including clean clothes to wear after your climb can be left at the hotel in Moshi. Temperatures at night can get very low when you’re above 3500 m, so clothing and a sleeping bag made for this kind of climate are essential. You can rent this at the beginning of your trip if you don’t have your own. Hiking for several days without a shower can be tough – be prepared for some dust and dirt. A mask, wet wipes, and a face cloth may become your best friends!

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