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8 Days Northern Circuit Climbing Route.

There are six established routes to climb Mount Kilimanjaro – Marangu, Machame, Lemosho, Shira, Rongai and Umbwe. The Marangu, Machame, and Umbwe routes all approach from the south of the mountain. The Lemosho and Shira routes approach from the west. The Rongai route approaches from the north near Kenya. All routes except Marangu and Rongai descend via Mweka.

The Northern Circuit route is one of the best routes on Kilimanjaro, offering nearly 360 degrees of beautiful scenery including the quiet, rarely visited northern slopes. As the longest route on Kilimanjaro, the Northern Circuit allows for the best acclimatization time and the highest summit success rate, therefore this route is highly recommended.

The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the west, beginning with a long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate. From there, the first two days are spent trekking through the rainforest to Shira Ridge, before crossing the Shira Plateau. The route then heads north and circles clockwise from Moir Hut to Buffalo Camp to School Hut, before summiting from the east.

Duration: 9 or 10 days
Difficulty: Medium
Scenery: Excellent
Traffic: Low





After arriving in Kilimanjaro / Arusha city via Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met by your professional driver from Saini Safari and transferred to the Hotel for rest, dinner and overnight, if time permits a free city tour can be arranged . On this day you will be given climbing information at your hotel and climbing equipment to check to ensure a successful climb. a chance to see Mount Kilimanjaro and Meru in the distance.

DAY 1: LONDOROSSI GATE(2,100 meters) Gazing POINT (2,389/7838ft ) MTI MKUBWA CAMP(2,785/9137ft)

Altitude gained: 396m

The Northern Circuit Course starts at Londorossi Door (2,100 meters) within the West, the same begin point as the Lemosho Course. The drive to Londorossi Door takes roughly two hours from Moshi and impressively longer from Arusha. Enrollment with the Kilimanjaro National Stop specialists occurs at the gate and after that you may be driven assist up the mountain to the trailhead beginning point. Most visit administrators serve lunch here some time recently the brief first-day journey to MtiMkubwa Camp (2,785 meters) starts. You'll get fortunate and spot huge natural life like elephant and buffalo that now and then rise from the rainforest onto the way as you journey towards your to begin with camp. Dinner will be served once you reach Mti Mkubwa Camp.

Distance: ~4.8km / 3 miles
Trekking time: 3-4 hours
Zone: Rainforest

DAY 2: MTI MKUBWA CAMP (2785m/ 9137ft )- SHIRA I CAMP (3504m/ 11496ft)

Altitude gained: 719m

You may spend the first-hour trekking through the final segment of rainforest way some time recently entering the moo snow capped moorland zone which takes after up onto the Shira Level. The journey is generally brief and progressive, finishing at Shira Camp 1 (3,504 meters).

Distance: ~7.9km / 5 miles
Trekking time: 5-6 hours
Zone: Rainforest / Moo Snow capped Zone

DAY 3: SHIRA 1 (3504m/11496ft) TO MOIR Hut (4161m/13651ft)

Altitude gained: 657m

A long journey heading east which passes through the ‘Garden of the Senecios’ and after that enters the high snow capped leave zone. The morning is went through trekking up to Magma Tower and the notorious Shark’s Tooth rock arrangement at 4,600 meters, where you may have lunch. After lunch, you'll join the northern circuit heading down to Moir Camp at 4,161 meters (see outline over). This is often an critical day in your journey as you may get to encounter tall elevation and after that rest moo, which is nice for the acclimatization prepare.

Distance: ~ 9.8km / 6.1 miles
Trekking time: 5-7 hours
Zone: Moo snow capped zone / High snow capped zone

DAY 4: MOIR CAMP (4,155m/13,632ft) TO BUFFALO CAMP (4,033m/13,232ft)

Altitude loss: 122m

Nowadays it includes a modestly soak climb out of Moir Valley. Trekkers can take a little reroute here to climb the summit of Little Loaned Slope at 4,375 meters some time recently returning to the Northern Circuit path. From here the route takes after a arrangement of slants and decays, evading around the northern slants of Kibo to Buffalo Camp (4,033 meters). The journey gives incredible vistas out over the fields that lie north of Kilimanjaro and extend out to the Kenyan / Tanzanian border. You may arrive at Buffalo Camp fair after late morning, where you may have lunch and have time torest after a long day climbing.

Distance: ~9.2km / 5.8miles
Trekking time: 5-7 hours
Zone: High elevated zone

DAY 5: BUFFALO CAMP (4033m/13,232ft) – RONGAI 3RD CAVE (3,936m/12,193ft)

Altitude lost: 97m

Begins with a climb up the Buffalo Edge and down into Pofu Camp where lunch is as a rule served. The course at that point proceeds east around the northern slopes to the Rongai Third Cave at 3,936 meters. The trek is shorter than the day some time recently and by presently you ought to be feeling well acclimatized to the height. You'll arrive at the Third Cave fair around mid-afternoon.

Distance: ~6.8km / 4.3miles
Trekking time: 5-7 hours
Zone: High snow capped zone and moo snow capped zone

DAY 6: RONGAI 3RD CAVE (3936m/12913ft) – SCHOOL Hut (4717m/15,476ft)

Altitude gained: 781m

Nowadays it includes a consistent slant up and over the Saddle which sits between the crests of Kibo and Mawenzi Top. Trekkers then continue strolling south-west up to School Hovel (4,800 meters). After arriving at School Hut you'll be served an early supper and after that you ought to get a few shut-eye as you may be awoken some time recently midnight to begin your summit endeavor. Remember to plan all your equip, counting warm dress, protects water bottles, snacks, headlamp, and camera some time recently planning to bed.

Distance: ~4.8km / 3miles
Trekking time: 4-5 hours
Zone: High elevated zone and cold zone


DAY 7: SCHOOL HUT ( 4717m/15476ft) – SUMMIT ( 5,895 m/19341ft) – MILLENIUM CAMP (3,827 m/12556ft)

Altitude gained: 1178m
Elevation lost: 2068m (plummet)

You may be awoken around 11:30 with hot tea and biscuits and will at that point start the soak slant up to the slants of Kibo under the cover of obscurity. Your to begin with check-point is Hans Meyer Cave where you will take a brief break. The climb steepens as you approach Gilman’s Point (5,681 meters), which can be around 5-6 hours after leaving School Hut. Take a minute to appreciate the drawing closer day break and unimaginable see out and over to Mawenzi Crest, but keep in mind you still have 2 hours trekking to reach Uhuru Crest so burrow profound for the energy. The slant smoothes as you head west around the cavity edge and you ought to arrive at the summit at or fair after dawn. Your stay here will be brief so get as numerous pictures as you'll of the unimaginable sees and encompassing ice sheets. You'll then follow your steps back around the cavity edge to Stella Point (5,739 meters) where you'll turn south and head down the intensely screed slants of Kibo to Barafu Camp (4,680 meters). Most trekkers take a brief break here some time recently proceeding down to Thousand years Camp (3,950 meters) for your last night on the mountain. In add up to, you will be trekking for14-16 hours on day eight so it is critical to pace yourself, stay hydrated and keep your blood sugar levels up. Note: a few visit administrators return by means of Gilman’s Point to Horombo Hovel utilizing the Marangu Route.

You may be awoken around 11:30 with hot tea and rolls and will at that point start the soak slant up to the slants of Kibo beneath the cover of darkness. Your to begin with check-point is Hans Meyer Cave where you'll take a brief break. The climb steepens as you approach Gilman’s Point (5,681 meters)

Distance: ~5.9km / 3.7 miles climb and 8.4km / 5.2 mile descent
Trekking time: 6-8 hours rising and after that 4-6 hour plummet
Zone: Glacial zone and all going before zones

DAY 8: MILLENIUM CAMP 3827m/12,556ft – MWEKA Entryway 1633m/5358ft – MOSHI 970m

Altitude lost: 2194m

After breakfast and a ardent ceremony of appreciation and group holding along with your group, it’s time to say farewell. We proceed the plunge down to the Mweka Stop Entryway to get your summit certificates. As the climate is definitely hotter, the territory is damp, sloppy and soak and we profoundly prescribe Gaiters and trekking poles.

From the entryway, a vehicle will meet you at Mweka town to drive you back to your lodging in Moshi (approximately 30 minutes). Appreciate a long late hot shower, supper and celebrations!!

Distance: ~12.2km / 7.6 miles
Trekking time: 3-4 hours
Zone: Rainforest zone.


Getting off at the airport depends on the flight schedule. You will be picked up from your hotel to
The airport is ready to get you on your way to your destination.


• Mobile phones - carried by the main guide and all assistant guides, for daily communication with our Arusha base. For any emergency
• Linen (with replaceable bedding)
• Complete medical / first aid kit
• Professional mountain guides, all senior guides (at least one per trip) are currently certified by NOLS USA as WFR (Wilderness First Responder).
• A ratio of at least one guide for every three guests, to ensure personal attention.
• Cooks and porters
• Storage fees
• Camp fees
• Emergency rescue costs
• 4-season mountain tents (triple tent used as a double or single tent (extra charge), each tent equipped with a reinforced floor mat that covers both sides of the road, to allow clean and dry storage of equipment and waterproofing, mud or dust from entering the tent.
• Foam camping mat
• Large dining tent without weather, at night the tent is lit by candlelight, this tent is used for breakfast, lunch and dinner if the weather does not permit.
• Aluminum tables and chairs for all meals.
• Three meals a day, we prepare and prepare delicious and exciting meals needed for a long trip in the mountains.
• Snacks
• Tea and coffee
• Mineral water
• Transfer from the hotel to the starting point
• Transfer from the final destination to the hotel


  • Accommodation on arrival and last day
  • Mountain guide tips, recommended 15-20 per group per day
  • Porters 5 - 10$ per porter per group per day
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal items
  • Personal insurance / travel insurance
  • Personal medicine/first aid kit
  • Personal travel equipment
  • Sleeping bag

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