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9-day Northern Circuit route on Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania

Reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro (5895m) in Tanzania, with this 9-day Northern Circuit route, along experienced local guides from the Enosa Expeditions team.

Mountain RangeEast African Mountains
Duration9 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Dec
Skill LevelAdvanced
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate

Highlights

  • Reach the top Africa's highest peak and one of the world's Seven Summits

  • Follow the longer Northern Circuit route and get a good acclimatization

  • Enjoy great views from all sides of the mountain

Description

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro (5895m) in Tanzania is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Join us and reach the summit of Africa’s highest mountain with this special 9-day trekking expedition, following the Northern Circuit route, enjoying great views and getting a good acclimatization to altitude.

Starting with a long drive from Moshi to the Londorossi Gate, this route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the west.This itinerary offers excellent views from all sides of the mountain, including the quiet and rarely frequented northern slopes.

The Northern Circuit route is one of the best routes to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro, one of the world’s Seven Summits. Along the trek, you will get spectacular almost 360 degrees views of stunning wild scenery as you traverse the mountain.

Also, as the longest route to the top of Kilimanjaro, the Northern Circuit offers the longest acclimatization time, so it is highly recommended. You will have a highest chance of reaching the summit successfully, due to a good acclimatization process.

From the Londorossi Gate, we will trek through the rainforest to Shira Ridge during the first two days, before we traverse the Shira Plateau. The trail then heads towards the north and circles the peak clockwise, from Moir Hut to Buffalo Camp and finally reaching School Hut. We will reach the  summit of Uhuru Peak from the east, descending via the Mweka route.

If you want to join us on this 9-day Northern Circuit trek to Mount Kilimanjaro, don’t hesitate to contact us. Just book your trip and get ready for an unforgettable experience on Africa’s highest peak.

We also offer other programs to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro via different routes.

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Disclaimer

Please note that you will need to sign a liability waiver prior to the beginning of the trip. The participant will need to have appropriate insurance coverage.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Kilimanjaro Airport to Moshi

We will send a driver to the airport to pick you up and take you to the hotel in Moshi. Briefing at the hotel. Our guides will emphasise all the important details regarding your trek. Hiking gear check.

Day 2: Londorossi Gate (2,100 meters) – start point 2,360 meters to Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,820 meters)

The Northern Circuit Route begins at Londorossi Gate (2,100 meters) in the West, the same starting point as the Lemosho Route. The drive to Londorossi Gate takes approximately two hours from Moshi and it is considerably longer from Arusha. Registration with the Kilimanjaro National Park authorities at the gate. Then we will drive further up the mountain to the trailhead starting point. You may get lucky and spot large wildlife like elephant and buffalo that sometimes emerge from the rainforest onto the path as you trek towards your first camp. Dinner will be served when you reach Mti Mkubwa Camp.

Day 3: Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,820 meters) to Shira Camp 1 (3,610 meters)

On day two you will spend the first hour of trekking through the last section of rainforest path before entering the low alpine moorland zone which follows up onto the Shira Plateau. The trek is relatively short and gradual, ending at Shira Camp 1 (3,610 meters).

Day 4: Shira Camp 1 (3,610 meters) to Shira Camp 2 (3,850 meters)

On day three the trek crosses the Shira Plateau from Shira Camp 1 to Shira Camp 2. At Shira Camp 2 it is worth trekking a little higher up the plateau to enjoy the stunning view across the valley below and Western Breach of Kilimanjaro above.

Day 5: Shira Camp 2 (3,850 meters) to Lava Tower (4,600 meters) and then north to Moir Camp (4,200 meters)

Day four is a long trek heading east which passes through the ‘Garden of the Senecios’ and then enters the high alpine desert zone. The morning is spent trekking up to Lava Tower and the iconic Shark’s Tooth rock formation at 4,600 meters, where you will have lunch. After lunch you will join the northern circuit heading down to Moir Camp at 4,200 meters.

This is an important day as you will get to experience high altitude and then sleep low, which is good for the acclimatization process.

Day 6: Moir Camp (4,200 meters) to Buffalo Camp (4,020 meters)

Day five involves a moderately steep climb out of Moir Valley. Trekkers 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. You will arrive at Buffalo Camp just after midday, where you will have lunch and have time to rest after a long day of hiking.

Day 7: Buffalo Camp (4,020 meters) to Rongai Third Cave (3,800 meters)

Day six 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 at 3,800 meters. The trek is shorter than the day before and by now you should be feeling well acclimatized to the altitude. We will arrive at the Third Cave just around mid-afternoon.

Day 8: School Hut (4,800 meters) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters) and then onto Mweka Camp (3,950 meters)

At around 11:30 we will have a 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. The trail to Gilman’s Point is very steep and the ascent will be slow and steady. From Gilman’s, it is a traverse along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak. We stay at the summit for a short time, to take photos and enjoy the views, before retracing our steps to Stella Point, and then descend down a long, rocky path to Mweka Camp.

Day 9: Mweka Camp (3,950 meters) to Mweka Gate (1,640 meters) to Moshi

The final day is a short hike through the dense mountain rainforest from Mweka Camp (3,950 meters) to Mweka Gate (1,640 meters).

This will be the last day for the journey which will be accompanied by the by a traditional farewell ceremony, you will gently descend through the rainforest to Mweka Gate, where you will be met and transferred to Moshi where you will can celebrate your achievement

Day 10: Moshi – Kilimanjaro Airport

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport or alternatively you can extend your trip in Tanzania and go on a safari.


About the guide

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We are an experienced Tour Operator company, offering high-quality service and unique mountain trekking, safaris and beach holidays in Tanzania.

All our treks to the mountain are led by highly trained and qualified guides, registered with the Kilimanjaro National Parks Board. Each of our guides has been selected over years, based on experience, safety record and through feedback from previous clients. Over the years they have made a major contribution to our proud success rate of 96%+.

The guides are all fluent in English, have been trained in first aid and hold a valid license to climb all routes on Kilimanjaro. In case of an emergency they will help you to come down via the evacuation tracks to the nearest gate. All our guides, like many Tanzanians for that matter, have a good sense of humour and will help make your trip the experience of a life time.

Our Kilimanjaro guides are organized in the Kilimanjaro Guides Association (KGA). Each guide is in charge of his team consisting of assistant guides, cook(s) and porters.

Get in touch with us and we will help you create your dream holiday in East Africa!


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