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Northern Circuit Route - 9 Days

Northern Circuit Route


1 PERSON $2150 / 2-4 PEOPLE $2000 / 5-7 PEOPLE $1950 / 8-10 PEOPLE $1900

Tips on Mountain Kilimanjaro are recommended for group sharing as follows:

  • Guide $20/guide/day
  • Cook $15/day
  • Porters $10/porter/day

Note: Tipping is not included in the quoted price.  Tips needs to be paid separately

Itinerary Overview

  • Destination: Kilimanjaro via Northern Circuit Route
  • Major Attractions: Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain
  • Tour Guide Language: English
  • Starting Point: Moshi
  • Ending Point: Moshi

Route Accessibility: This route approaches the mountain from the west through Londorossi gate. It crosses over Shira plateau and proceed with the same trail as that of Lemosho. Descent is done through Mweka route

Additional info: We provide porters and cooks for guidance and assistance while on the mountain.

Day 1
Londorossi Gate (2250M) to MtiMkubwa (2650M)

Transfer from your accommodation in Moshito Lemosho gate for registration processes. Start climbing through lemosho starting point which 2100M is leading into the tropical rainforest while spotting wild animals like colobus monkeys and blue monkeys

Continue hiking to reach Mtimkubwa for some rest and overnight stay at the campsite

Distance: 7 Kilometers

Time: 3 Hours walking

Zone: Rain forest

Day 2
MtiMkubwa (2650M) to Shira 1 Hut (3610M)

Trek out of the rainforest into the moorland zone and volcanic rocks draped with lichens beard. Proceed into the shira ridges which will finally leads to Shira camp. Dinner and overnight stay at the campsite

Distance: 7 Kilometers

Time: 4 Hours walking

Zone: Moorland

Day 3
Shira Hut 1 (3610M) to Shira Hut 2 (3850M)

Spend the day exploring the Shira plateau which allows you to getting used to the high altitude. Pass through the moorland zone leading to Shira hut 2

Drink enough water, dinner and overnight at the campsite

Distance: 10 Kilometers

Time: 5 Hours walking

Zone: Moorland

Day 4
Shira Hut 2 (3850M) to Moir Hut Camp (4150M)

Lead to the left side towards to Moir hut for a long rest “pole pole”. Drink enough water while on the way and arrive at mid-day for the lunch. The day provides chance to acclimatize to the little lent hill which founding very close to the campsite and it is 4350M and back to the campsite before dark for the dinner and overnight at the campsite

Distance: 4 Kilometers

Time: 3 Hours walking

Zone: Moorland

Day 5
Moir Hut (4150M) to Buffalo Hut (4000M)

Trek out from Moir hut while clicking the “slabs” of the little lent hill and joining to northern circuit trail. Explore the landscape which offers stunning view across the plains which lies the north of Kilimanjaro and stretch out to the Kenyans’ / Tanzanians’ border. Proceed with the trail to reach Buffalo hut for lunch. Dinner and overnight stay at the campsite

Distance: 12 Kilometers

Time: 6 Hours walking

Zone: Moorland

Day 6
Buffalo Hut (4000M) to Third Cave (3800M)

Climb up the Buffalo Ridges which provides beautiful view sand a remote wilderness feeling. The path leads to Third cave for lunch

Dinner and overnight at the campsite

Distance: 5 Kilometers

Time: 4 Hours walking

Zone: Alpine desert

Day 7
Third Cave (3800M) to School Hut (4800M)

Trek steadily over the “Saddle,” which lies between peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. The path leads to school hut where you will arrive in the afternoon for lunch. Take a long rest waiting for the dinner and get prepared for the summit

Distance: 10 Kilometers

Time: 5 Hours walking

Zone: Alpine desert

Day 8
Ascend to Uhuru Peak

Wake up around 23:00 for adding more warm clothes and headlamp. Leave the campsite and start summiting by midnight into the glacial zone. The path leads to Gilman’s point 5681M and then to Stella point 5756M

Have time for pictures while looking the sun rise and a little rest for the water or hot tea

For climbers who have experienced AMS are advised to start descending down, however for those interested can take a round trip along the crater rim to reach Uhuru peak 5895M.Proceed by descending from the summit to arrive at high campsite 3950M

From school hut to the summit is 6 kilometers and 7 hours walking. Have some lunch and overnight at the campsite

Distance: 7 Kilometers

Time: 6/7Hours walking

Zone: Alpine/Glacial zone

Day 9
High Camp (3950M) to Mweka Gate (1640M)

After the hot breakfast, continue hiking through the beautiful rain forest to arrive at Mweka gate

Get awarded with certificates whereby golden certificates are given to hikers who reached at Uhuru peak and green certificates for Stella point hikers

Retreat back to Mweka village for a drive to Moshi town for resting or airport for a flight back at home. “Normally tipping ceremony can be done to the last campsite or at the certain gate”


  • Private transport to & from Kilimanjaro International Airport to your accommodation in Moshi
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Moshi
  • Transportation to & from the Kilimanjaro gate
  • Park entry fees, Camping fees
  • Team Kilimanjaro Rescue fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • 4 Season mountain tents
  • Double layered Sleeping Mats
  • Friendly and professional mountain guides, cook and porters
  • 3 hot meals daily while on the mountain
  • Enough treated & filtered drinking water throughout the trek
  • Hot water for washing
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • Government taxes
  • Portable oxygen tanks & ox meter
  • Emergency first-aid kit


  • Lunches, dinners and drinks at your hotel before and after climb
  • Travel insurance
  • Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is available for extra charges $ 70 for the entire trek
  • Flights
  • Laundry (Available at hotel)
  • Personal items and toiletries
  • Tips for guides, porters and cook (this is a guide to tipping on the mountain)

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Price From USD$2,200 USD$2,150/pax
Total $ 2,150 USD

Trip Facts

  • JRO, Kiimanjaro
  • JRO, Kiimanjaro
  • 1-10 people
  • 5,895m/19,341ft
  • From the hotel to start point picked up by a shuttle
  • Very Hard