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Kilimanjaro Climbing - Northern circuit route 9 Days

Kilimanjaro Climbing – Northern circuit route 9 Days 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 also has the most acclimatization time and the highest summit success rate. Thus, the Northern Circuit route is highly recommended.

Departure & Return Location

Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) (Google Map)

Departure Time

8:30AM After breakfast

What to Expect

 The incredible 9 Days Northern Circuit Kilimanjaro journey is the newest, longest, and most visually stunning trek available.

The length of the climb lets you undergo gradual and complete acclimatization before reaching the summit.

This unique feature gives the Northern Circuit the highest climb success rate out of all the routes up Kilimanjaro. On the way, you’ll survey spectacular scenery and glimpse untouched wildlife and wilderness.

You’ll venture where few have gone before via secluded trails on this newly unlocked mountain route. The Northern Circuit is still a well-kept secret—hurry for the chance to be among its first pioneers

Pamoja Kilimanjaro & Safaris team will ensure your dreams become reality

Itinerary

Day 1Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa

Elevation: 7,742 ft to 9,498 ft
Distance: 6 km/4 miles
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

We depart Moshi for Londorossi Gate, which takes about 4 hours, where you will complete entry formalities. Then drive to the Lemosho trailhead. Upon arrival at trailhead, we begin hiking through undisturbed forest which winds to the first camp site.

Day 2Mti Mkubwa to Shira 1 Camp

Elevation: 9,498 ft to 11,500 ft
Distance: 8 km/5 miles
Hiking Time 5-6 hours
Habitat: Heath

We continue on the trail leading out of the rain forest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As we ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, we reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 Camp. Here we catch our first glimpse of Kibo across the plateau.

Day 3Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp

Elevation: 11,500 ft to 12,500 ft
Distance: 7 km/4 miles
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Heath

We explore the Shira Plateau. It is a gentle walk east on moorland meadow towards Shira 2 Camp. The heath zone displays abundant wildflowers and unique Senecio trees.

Day 4Shira 2 Camp to Lava Tower to Moir Hut

Elevation: 12,500 ft to 15,190 ft
Distance: 14 km
Hiking Time: 9 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

We continue to the east up a ridge and then head southeast towards the Lava Tower – a tall volcanic rock formation. Then we divert from the main trail to Moir Hut, a little used site on the base of Lent Hills. A variety of walks are available on Lent Hills making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity. Shira Plateau is one of the highest plateaus on earth.

Day 5Moir Hut to Buffalo Camp

Elevation: 13,580 ft to 13,200 ft
Distance: 12 km/7 miles
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

We trek out of Moir Valley with a moderately steep climb, then hike to the summit of Lent Hills before returning to the main trail. The path crosses a rock field and gently undulates before reaching Buffalo Camp. This section of the trail offers great views across the plains that lie north of Kilimanjaro and stretch out to the Kenyan/Tanzanian border.

Day 6Buffalo Camp to Third Cave

Elevation: 13,200 ft to 12,700 ft
Distance: 8 km/5 miles
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Heath

As we head up Buffalo Ridge, the terrain becomes increasingly sparse. This route is rarely travelled and we will enjoy its mountain wilderness feel. We trek through remote valleys on to the northern slopes of Kilimanjaro until we arrive at Third Cave.

Day 7Third Cave to School Hut

Elevation: 12,700 ft to 15,600 ft
Distance: 5 km/3 miles
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

We climb steadily up and over the “Saddle,” which sits between Kibo and Mawenzi. We continue on to our camp, School Hut. Once here we rest, enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day.

Day 8Shool Hut to Uhuru – Millennium camp

Elevation: 15,600 ft to 19,341 ft
Distance: 6 km/4 miles
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours

We start off at around midnight and walk steeply upwards to the summit glaciers. We will be climbing scree for 4 to 5 hours but gain incredible height over a short distance. The views are spectacular. We should be on the crater rim at Gilmans point 5685m as the first rays of the sun hit us. Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater surround us and the views to jagged Mawenzi peak and beyond are breathtaking. Another hour’s walking takes us to the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m). We begin our descent by returning to Stella Point and then descending on scree slope and track back to Barafu Camp for breakfast, before finally heading down to millennium Camp for a long well-earned rest.

Day 9Millennium Camp – Mweka Gate

  • Distance: 12km/7miles.
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours.
  • Eleven: 12,434 ft – 5,380 ft.
  • Vegetation: Rain forest. 

 

A gentle trek takes us down through the rain forest to Mweka Gate, where we complete park formalities and receive certificates, which you can hang up with pride! We are then met by our vehicles and return to the hotel in Moshi, where you can treat yourself to a welcome shower then celebrate with cold drinks. Overnight at your arranged Hotel.

Killimanjaro Trekking Price Comparison

BUDGET PRICE
STANDARD PRICE
LUXURY PRICE

Package Name 1 Climber 2-4 Climbers 5-8 Climbers 9+ Climbers
Marangu Route 5 days $1435 $1350 $1305 $1250
Marangu Route 6 days $1545 $1450 $1405 $1350
Machame Route 6 days $1695 $1675 $1550 $1525
Machame Route 7 days $1775 $1675 $1595 $1550
Lemosho Route 6 days $1705 $1625 $1550 $1525
Lemosho Route 7 days $1805 $1705 $1625 $1550
Lemosho Route 8 days $1875 $1775 $1675 $1650
Rongai Route 6 days $1705 $1625 $1550 $1525
Rongai Route 7 days $1805 $1705 $1625 $1550
Northern Circuit Route 9 days $2075 $1975 $1825 $1795
Umbwe Route 6 days $1705 $1605 $1550 $1525
BUDGET PRICE INCLUDE
  • Oxygen Cylinder
  • Medically qualified guides
  • Twice a day medical health checkup, monitoring with pulse-oximeter and stethoscope.
  • Backpackers accommodations (Camping sites) before & after the climb, bed & breakfast basis, double occupancy
  • Orientation meeting in Moshi and gear check as well.
  • Pick up and drop off to the Airport (Private transfers)
  • Kilimanjaro National Park permits, camping/hut fees.
  • Government tax (18% VAT ON TOUR FEE AND SERVICE)
  • Mountain climbing certificate
  • Team Kilimanjaro rescue fees
  • Fear Wages for the mountain crew as approved by Kilimanjaro national park Authority, and Kilimanjaro Association of Tour operator (KIATO)
  • 3-4 porters per climber, which includes porters to carry up to 30 lbs. of your personal gear.
  • 4-season mountain tents, double occupancy.
  • Mess tent, tables, chairs and trekking poles.
  • All meals while on the climb + evening tea with popcorn or peanuts.
  • As much treated water you can drink while climbing.
  • Hot water for washing up daily.
BUDGET PRICE NOT INCLUDE
  • Airfares and taxes
  • Tip to your guides, porters and cook.
  • Lunch, dinner and drinks at hotel
  • Health requirements (Yellow Fever – compulsory depending on how you travel to Tanzania, Meningitis & Hepatitis A optional but recommended)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Laundry (available at the hotel)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional travel insurance
  • Personal hiking/trekking gear- Some gears available for rent
  • Snacks and personal medicine

Package Name 1 Climber 2-4 Climbers 5-8 Climbers 9+ Climbers
Marangu Route 5 days $ 1585 USD $ 1500 USD $ 1455 USD $ 1400 USD
Marangu Route 6 days $ 1695 USD $ $1600 USD $ 1555 USD $ 1500 USD
Machame Route 6 days $ 1845 USD $ 1745 USD $ 1700 USD $ 1675 USD
Machame Route 7 days $ 1925 USD $ 1825 USD $ 1745 USD $ 1700 USD
Lemosho Route 6 days $ 1855 USD $ 1775 USD $ 1700 USD $ 1675 USD
Lemosho Route 7 days $ 1955 USD $ 1855 USD $ 1755 USD $ 1700 USD
Lemosho Route 8 days $ 2025 USD $ 1925 USD $ 1825 USD $ 1800 USD
Rongai Route 6 days $ 1855 USD $ 1775 USD $ 1700 USD $ 1675 USD
Rongai Route 7 days $ 1955 USD $ 1855 USD $ 1775 USD $ 1700 USD
Northern Circuit Route 9 days $ 2225 USD $ 2125 USD $ 1975 USD $ 1945 USD
Umbwe Route 6 days $ 1855 USD $ 1755 USD $ 1700 USD $ 1675 USD
STANDARD PRICE INCLUDE
  • Oxygen Cylinder
  • Medically qualified guides
  • Twice a day medical health checkup, monitoring with pulse-oximeter and stethoscope.
  • Midrange accommodations before & after the climb, bed & breakfast basis, double occupancy(Key’s Hotel, Panama Lodge, Lindini Lodge)
  • Orientation meeting in Moshi and gear check as well.
  • Pick up and drop off to the Airport (Private transfers)
  • Kilimanjaro National Park permits, camping/hut fees.
  • Government tax (18% VAT ON TOUR FEE AND SERVICE)
  • Mobile toilet
  • Mountain climbing certificate
  • Team Kilimanjaro rescue fees
  • Fear Wages for the mountain crew as approved by Kilimanjaro national park Authority, and Kilimanjaro Association of Tour operator (KIATO)
  • 3-4 porters per climber, which includes porters to carry up to 30 lbs. of your personal gear.
  • 4-season mountain tents, double occupancy.
  • Mess tent, tables, chairs, double layer sleeping bag 3 inches thick and trekking poles.
  • All meals while on the climb + evening tea with popcorn or peanuts.
  • As much treated water you can drink while climbing.
  • Hot water for washing up daily.
STANDARD PRICE NOT INCLUDE
    • Airfares and taxes
    • Tip to your guides, porters and cook.
    • Lunch, dinner and drinks at hotel
    • Health requirements (Yellow Fever – compulsory depending on how you travel to Tanzania, Meningitis & Hepatitis A optional but recommended)
    • Personal travel insurance
    • Laundry (available at the hotel)
    • Items of a personal nature
    • Optional travel insurance
    • Personal hiking/trekking gear- Some gears available for rent
    • Snacks and personal medicine

Package Name 1 Climber 2-4 Climbers 5-8Climbers 9+ Climbers
Marangu Route 5 days $1735 $1650 $1605 $1550
Marangu Route 6 days $1845 $1750 $1705 $1650
Machame Route 6 days $1995 $1895 $1850 $1825
Machame Route 7 days $2075 $2005 $1895 $1850
Lemosho Route 6 days $2005 $1925 $1850 $1825
Lemosho Route 7 days $2105 $2005 $1905 $1850
Lemosho Route 8 days $2175 $2075 $1975 $1950
Rongai Route 6 days $2005 $1925 $1850 $1825
Rongai Route 7 days $2105 $2005 $1925 $1850
Northern Circuit Route 9 days $2375 $2275 $2125 $2095
Umbwe Route 6 days $1855 $1905 $1850 $1825
LUXURY PRICE INCLUDE
  • Oxygen Cylinder
  • Medically qualified guides
  • Twice a day medical health checkup, monitoring with pulse-oximeter and stethoscope.
  • 4 STARS accommodations before & after the climb, FB. (WERUWERU RIVER LODGE, KIBO PALACE, KILI WONDERS HOTEL)
  • Orientation meeting in Moshi and gear check as well.
  • Pick up and drop off to the Airport (Private transfers)
  • Kilimanjaro National Park permits, camping/hut fees.
  • Government tax (18% VAT ON TOUR FEE AND SERVICE)
  • Mobile toilet
  • Mountain climbing certificate
  • Team Kilimanjaro rescue fees
  • Fear Wages for the mountain crew as approved by Kilimanjaro national park Authority, and Kilimanjaro Association of Tour operator (KIATO)
  • 3-4 porters per climber, which includes porters to carry up to 30 lbs. of your personal gear.
  • 4-season mountain tents, double occupancy.
  • Mess tent, tables, chairs, sleeping bag & pad 3 inches thick, Mattress and trekking poles.
  • All meals while on the climb + evening tea with popcorn or peanuts.
  • As much treated water you can drink while climbing.
  • Hot water for washing up daily.
LUXURY PRICE NOT INCLUDE
    • Airfares and taxes
    • Tip to your guides, porters and cook.
    • Drinks at hotel
    • Health requirements (Yellow Fever – compulsory depending on how you travel to Tanzania, Meningitis & Hepatitis A optional but recommended)
    • Personal travel insurance
    • Laundry (available at the hotel)
    • Items of a personal nature
    • Optional travel insurance
    • Personal hiking/trekking gear- Some gears available for rent
    • Snacks and personal medicine

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