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Per Person
  • 9 Days / 8 Night
  • Max People : 40
  • Kilimanjaro

The 9 day Northern Circuit Route offers a unique and exhilarating way to summit Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak. Known for its breathtaking scenery, diverse landscapes, and excellent acclimatization profile, this route is the longest but also one of the most rewarding. Starting from the quieter northern side of the mountain, the Northern Circuit provides trekkers with a less crowded, more remote experience, allowing for a deeper connection with nature and unparalleled panoramic views.

This route takes you through lush rainforests teeming with wildlife, across the expansive Shira Plateau, and along the rugged northern slopes with views of the Kenyan plains. The gradual ascent and extended duration make it ideal for acclimatization, significantly increasing the chances of reaching the summit. The Northern Circuit Route not only offers the adventure of a lifetime but also a journey through Kilimanjaro’s stunning ecological zones, from dense forests to alpine deserts and arctic conditions at the summit.

Success Rate

The success rate for the 9-day Northern Circuit Route is high, typically around 95%, due to its excellent acclimatization profile and gradual ascent.

Best Months to Climb

The best months to climb Kilimanjaro via the Northern Circuit Route are January to mid-March and June to October, aligning with the dry seasons for better weather conditions.

Daily Hiking Hours

Expect to hike between 3 to 7 hours daily, with the summit day being the longest at 12 to 15 hours.

Snowfall Months

Snowfall on Kilimanjaro is more likely during the wet seasons (March to May and November) and at higher altitudes throughout the year.

Join us on the 9-day Northern Circuit Route for an extraordinary adventure to the roof of Africa. With our experienced guides and well-planned itinerary, this journey offers an unparalleled experience of Kilimanjaro’s beauty and diversity.

Included and Excluded

  • Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents:
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides:
  • All Park fees Airport transfers Rescue fees
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
  • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy nutritious food
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • Oximeter
  • Medical Kit
  • Emergency oxygen
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters
  • Accommodation in Arusha
  • Portable toilet
  • Flights
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips Personal spending monies for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance

Highlights of the Tour

  • Enjoy panoramic views and diverse landscapes, including lush rainforest, high-altitude desert, and arctic conditions.
  • Experience a quieter trek with fewer crowds compared to other popular routes.
  • Benefit from a longer route with gradual ascent, increasing your chances of successful acclimatization and summit.
  • Trek around the less-traveled northern slopes, offering unique views and a remote wilderness experience.
  • Higher chances of encountering wildlife, especially in the lower rainforest zone.
  • Interact with local guides and porters, learning about their culture and traditions.
  • Reach Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa, and witness breathtaking sunrise views from the summit.


Start your trek at Londorossi Gate with registration and permits. Begin the hike through the lush rainforest to Mti Mkubwa Camp, where you may spot wildlife such as colobus monkeys.

  • Distance: 6 km
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Rainforest

Continue through the rainforest and transition into the heath and moorland zone. Cross several streams before reaching the Shira Plateau and Shira 1 Camp.

  • Distance: 8 km
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

Trek across the Shira Plateau, a high-altitude desert, with expansive views of the surrounding landscapes. Arrive at Shira 2 Camp in the afternoon.

  • Distance: 7 km
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

Ascend gradually to Lava Tower, an important acclimatization point. After lunch at Lava Tower, descend to Moir Hut, located in a remote valley.

  • Distance: 14 km
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Follow a less-traveled path to the northern slopes of Kilimanjaro. Trek through valleys and across ridges with stunning views of the Kenyan plains. Reach Buffalo Camp in the late afternoon.

  • Distance: 12 km
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Continue along the northern circuit route, crossing several valleys and streams. The trail offers spectacular views and a relatively gentle ascent to Third Cave Camp.

  • Distance: 8 km
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Today’s trek involves a steady climb to School Hut, the base camp for your summit attempt. Arrive early in the afternoon to rest and prepare for the night’s ascent.

  • Distance: 5 km
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Begin your summit attempt around midnight. The steep and challenging trail leads to Gilman’s Point (5,685m) and continues along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak. After celebrating your achievement, descend to Barafu Camp for a short rest and then continue down to Mweka Camp.

  • Distance: 17 km
  • Hiking Time: 12-15 hours
  • Habitat: Arctic to Moorland

Enjoy your final descent through the lush rainforest to Mweka Gate. Celebrate your successful climb with a certificate of achievement and transfer back to Moshi.

  • Distance: 10 km
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Rainforest

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