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Northern Circuit Route | Kilimanjaro Climbing

  • 8 Days, 7 Nights Climb
  • + 2 Days Hotel Stay in Moshi Town
  • Code: 8DNCRKC
  • Starts From: $2,295

Climb Highlights

The Northern Circuit Route is the only route to traverse all of the Northern Slopes on a circumnavigation of the mountain which offers beautiful scenery from the western approach. The route follows the same as the Lemosho Route for the first two days and then veers off to circle around the quieter northern slopes to the east side of the mountain. This route approaches the summit via Gilman’s Point before descending on the same route as the Machame and Lemosho.

Mountain diet includes energy-rich and highly nutritious meals prepared by our professional cooks. A typical diet on mountain includes different soups, garnishes, several types of fish and meat, fresh fruit and vegetables. Vegetarian, gluten-free & halal options are available at no extra cost. All drinks on the hike (coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water).

Comfortable tented accommodation on Mount Kilimanjaro, on sharing basis. If you travel alone, we will match you with a same-sex fellow climber.

Before and after your kilimanjaro climb, you will stay at Lindrin Lodge/ Bristol Cottages or similar with caring staff, hot water, reliable Wi-Fi, restaurant and swimming pool.

Why Choose Northern Circuit Route?

  • Has the highest summit success rate.
  • The only route that traverse all of the Northern Slopes.
  • Newest, longest & with very low traffic route.
  • Single travelers can join this group climb.
  • This climb can be customized on request.
  • Best price that won't break the bank.
  • Its the longest route up on Kilimanjaro.
  • Offers beautiful scenery & views from the western approach.
  • Suited to the more adventurous hiker.
  • Starts any day, if availability permits.
  • Joining group keeps climb costs down.
  • Signature camping & amazing meals .

Additional Info



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Min Pax


Pick Up

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10 days






Climb Itinerary


Day 1: Arrive at KIA and transfer to Moshi Town

After you arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), you will be met by Maasai Wanderlust representative and be transferred Lindrin Lodge/ Bristol Cottages or similar in Moshi Town. In the evening there will be a briefing with our chief guide, who will also make sure you are ready to begin the climb.

  • -Bed & Breakfast Hotel accommodation. Check-in starts at 2:00 PM.
  • -Overnight at Bristol Cottages/Lindrin Lodge or similar.
  • 2

    Day 2: Londorosi Gate –Drop Off- Shira 1 Camp (2,100m- 3500m-3,610m)

    After breakfast, you will be transferred to Londorosi Gate on the western side of Mt. Kilimanjaro. After the quick formality of acquiring climbing permits and registering with the search and rescue service, drive in a 4WD through the forest track to Lemosho Glades (reaching 3,500 meters). From here you start your trek through the beautiful rain forest and around mid-afternoon, stop for lunch at the beautiful valley outside of Shira crater. After lunch, head to your first high-altitude camp Shira 1 featuring a moderate gain in altitude and is not too physically challenging. Due to this, you will be able to properly begin the process of acclimatization. By the time you reach the camp, our professional mountain crew will prepare everything necessary, put tents and cook dinner for you.

    At night you may experience discomfort associated with acclimatization to the high altitude: because of a reduction in your waking breathing pattern, your body gets less oxygen than during the day. Taking altitude into account, you may therefore start feeling sick and have a headache. Pay attention to your own body and tell your guide if you start feeling any symptoms of altitude sickness.This will be your first day at this altitude, so it is strongly recommended you heed the following instructions from this point on:-

  • √Abstain from consuming alcohol and caffeine.
  • √Drink over 4 liters of water daily (little by little, frequently).
  • √Take a Diamox pill to help alleviate symptoms of altitude sickness.
  • √Most mountain climbers take Diamox in the morning, before they start their ascent, in order to reduce discomfort associated with altitude sickness. We recommend you consult your doctor prior to the trip in case of potential allergies.
  • -Altitude Attained: 1,10m.
  • -Vegetation Zone: Moorland.
  • -Hours trekking: 1-2 Hours.
  • -Distance: 5 km.
  • -Difficulty: Low.
  • -Meals: Breakfast, lunch & Dinner.
  • -Dinner and Overnight at Shira 1 Camp.
  • 3

    Day 3: Shira 1 Camp – Shira 2 Camp (3,610m - 3850m)

    Departing from Shira 1 Camp (3,505 m) and a light trekking towards the second high altitude camp: Shira 2 Camp (3,900 m). This trek is not difficult and you will be able to enjoy spectacular views of Africa and the unique flora of Kilimanjaro and the surrounding area. Shira 2 Camp is the best place on the trip to see Mount Meru (the fifth summit of Africa), weather permitting. When you arrive to camp you will have lunch, and after a two-hour rest everyone will complete an acclimatization hike towards Lava Tower Camp that features a 200-meter gain in altitude. The acclimatization hike is an easy trek with a slight gain in altitude done in order to speed up the acclimatization process.

    Acclimatization hike:

  • Change in Elevation: Shira 2 Camp (3,850 m) — Destination point en route to Lava Tower (4,600 m).
  • Hiking distance: 2 km.
  • Hiking time: 1–2 hours.
  • NOTE: You should take the acclimatization hikes very seriously. They help increase your chances of successfully summiting Kilimanjaro and save you from the consequences of altitude sickness.
  • -Altitude Attained: 240m.
  • -Vegetation Zone: Moorland.
  • -Hours trekking: 3-4 Hours.
  • -Distance: 7 km.
  • -Difficulty: Low.
  • -Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
  • -Dinner and Overnight at Shira 2 Camp.
  • 4

    Day 4: Shira Camp 2- Lava Tower – Moir Camp (3,850m- 4,600m- 4,200m)

    Today is a long trek heading east which passes through the ‘Garden of the Senecios’ and then enters the high alpine desert zone. This part of the route is rife with ups and downs and may bring some discomfort. You will need to spend one or two hours at higher altitude in order to properly acclimatize yourself, so the lunch break will take place at Lava Tower itself. The afternoon part of the route climbs slightly before descending to Moir Hut Camp. Your guide may decide to bypass Lava Tower altogether, taking the porter trail instead, if any of the members of the group do not appear to have acclimatized properly. In this case the highest altitude reached will be 4,400, rather than 4,630 metres.

  • -Altitude Attained: 350m.
  • -Altitude loss: 400m.
  • -Vegetation Zone: Moorland.
  • -Hours trekking: 5-7 Hours.
  • -Distance: 14 km.
  • -Difficulty: Medium.
  • -Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
  • -Dinner and Overnight at Moir Camp.
  • 5

    Day 5: Moir Camp (4,200m) – Buffalo Camp (4,020m)

    Today involves a moderately steep climb out of Moir Valley. You can take a small detour here to climb the summit of Little Lent Hill at 4,375 meters before returning to the Northern Circuit trail. From here the route follows a series of inclines and declines, skirting around the northern slopes of Kibo to Buffalo Camp (4,020 meters). The trek gives great vistas out across the plains that lie north of Kilimanjaro and stretch out to the Kenyan / Tanzanian border. So, you will be treated to amazing views of the Tsavo and Amboseli Valleys.

  • -Altitude loss: 180m.
  • -Vegetation Zone: Moorland.
  • -Hours trekking: 5-7 Hours.
  • -Distance: 12 km.
  • -Difficulty: Medium.
  • -Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
  • -Dinner and Overnight at Buffalo Camp.
  • 6

    Day 6: Buffalo Camp (4,020m) – Third Cave Camp (3,800m)

    Soon after breakfast, you starts with a climb up the Buffalo ridge and down into Porfu Camp where lunch is usually served. The route then continues east around the northern slopes to the Rongai Third Cave. The trek is shorter than the day before and by now you should be feeling well acclimatized to the altitude to an altitude of 4,000 meters, which will contribute to your general feelings of well-being.

  • -Altitude loss: 180m.
  • -Vegetation Zone: Moorland.
  • -Hours trekking: 4-6 Hours.
  • -Distance: 8 km.
  • -Difficulty: Low.
  • -Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
  • -Dinner and Overnight at Third Cave Camp.
  • 7

    Day 7: Rongai Third Camp (3,800m) – School hut (4,800m)

    After having your sumptuous breakfast, begin a steady incline up and over the Saddle which sits between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi Peak. You will be trekking to the School Hut Summit Camp (4,750 m). The actual trekking is not very hard, so remember to just choose an appropriate pace in order to keep your strength up for the trekking to Kilimanjaro's summit. When you reach the camp, we recommend you sleep well, avoid strenuous activity and drink as many fluids as you can, because that very night you will complete the trekking to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m).

  • -Altitude Attained: 1000m.
  • -Vegetation Zone: Alpine desert.
  • -Hours trekking: 4-5 Hours.
  • -Distance: 5 km.
  • -Difficulty: Medium.
  • -Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
  • -Dinner and Overnight at School hut Camp.
  • 8

    Day 8: School Hut (4,800m) – Uhuru peak (5,895m) – Millenium Camp (3,820m)

    You will be awoken around 11:30 with hot tea and biscuits and will then begin the steep incline up the slopes of Kibo under the cover of darkness. Your first check-point is Hans Meyer Cave where you will take a short break. The climb steepens as you approach Gilman’s Point (5,681 meters), which will be around 5-6 hours after departing School Hut. Take a moment to enjoy the approaching dawn and incredible view out and across to Mawenzi Peak, but remember you still have 2 hours trekking to reach Uhuru Peak so dig deep for the energy. You will then retrace your steps back around the carter rim to Stella Point (5,739 meters) where you will turn south and head down the heavily screed slopes of Kibo to Barafu Camp (4,680 meters). Take a short break here before continuing down to Millennium Camp (3,950 meters) for your final night on the mountain.

  • NOTE: Don't forget that 90% of all accidents occur during the descent, including all broken arms and legs. Please pay attention to your feet, as there is a high risk of damaging your toenails.
  • -Altitude Attained: 1,095m.
  • -Altitude loss: 2,075m.
  • -Vegetation Zone: Arctic.
  • -Hours trekking: 10-13 Hours.
  • -Distance: 6 km.
  • -Difficulty: High.
  • -Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
  • -Dinner and Overnight at Millenium Camp.
  • 9

    Day 9: Millennium Camp – Mweka Gate (3,820m- 1,640m) -Moshi Town

    Wake up, you will feel relief from the reduction of the height and the satisfaction of reaching the summit. After a warm breakfast, you will head for the park's exit: Mweka Gate (1,640 m). After your descent the whole group will gather to congratulate you, followed by offering you a chance to share your opinions on the climb in the guestbook. Lastly, we will present you with your commemorative certificates. After tipping and saying welfare to your mountain crew, you will be transferred back to Lindrin Lodge/ Bristol Cottages or similar in Moshi Town.

  • -Altitude Attained: 1,255m.
  • -Altitude Lose: 2,075m.
  • -Vegetation Zone: Rainforest.
  • -Hours trekking: 4-5 Hours.
  • -Distance: 12 km.
  • -Difficulty: Low.
  • -Bed & Breakfast Hotel accommodation. Check-out starts at 11:00 PM.
  • -Overnight at Lindrin Lodge/ Bristol Cottages or similar
  • 10

    Day 10: Departure

    Rest in the hotel and transfer to the airport or prolong your stay in Tanzania for Safari or luxury and relaxation holiday in Zanzibar Island.


    Hotel check-out is at 11:00 AM. In case you need a late check-out because of an evening flight, there is the option to extend your hotel stay for an extra fee.

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  • √ Professional & licensed guides (10+ years of successful climbing experience).
  • √ Services of dedicated mountain crew (assistant guides, cooks, porters.) 
  • √ Pick-up & Drop Off at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
  • √ Transfer to park entrance gate and back to the hotel in Arusha city.
  • √ Accommodation on sharing basis before & after climb (double room, breakfast included).
  • √ Tented accommodation on Mount Kilimanjaro.
  • √ Equipments (comfortable sleeping & dining tent, camping table and chairs).
  • √ All park fees (conservation fees, camping fees, crew fees, vehicle fee, rescue fee & VAT.
  • √ Three meals on the mountain as specified in the day-by-day Itinerary.
  • √ Boiled & purified water on the mountain.
  • √ First Aid kit.
  • Excluded

  • ∆ International flights tickets (from/to home)
  • ∆ Visa fee.
  • ∆ Personal items or souvenirs.
  • ∆ Personal gear climbing rentals.
  • ∆ Lunch and dinner in hotel (only before and after the climb).
  • ∆ Mountaineering insurance.
  • ∆ Tips for the mountain crew (100–150 USD per person).
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