Kilimanjaro Northern Circuit

Kilimanjaro Northern Circuit

9 Days Trek Experience

Kilimanjaro Northern Circuit

9 Days Trek Experience

Through this Kilimanjaro Northern Circuit route, you can avoid the traffic on the southern routes, have a fantastic journey, and have a high chance of reaching the summit.

At a height of 2360 meters, Londorossi Gate marks the start of the ascent. The approach is made from a great distance to the west of the mountain. The Lemosho route is followed, passing through a magnificent rainforest and some of the most unusual wildlife the area has to offer. Shira Ridge, the third summit of the mountain, is reached by continuing up the path. Before turning north onto the Northern Circuit proper, you will cross the renowned Shira plateau and see the breathtaking Shira Cathedral from there. The northern slopes of Kilimanjaro are much more isolated and benefit from having less climber traffic. The views span the Kenyan Amboseli Plains on a clear day.

The final summit ascent via Gillmans Point begins when the trail reunites with the Rongai and Marangu routes in the east. Instead of going back the way you came, you will take the Mweka trail down once you’ve reached the summit.

For those who haven’t hiked much at high altitudes, the Kilimanjaro Northern Circuit is a good nine-day trip with an effective extra day of acclimatization, improving success rates. Trekkers with experience can choose the 8-day ascent along the Northern Circuit, which is more difficult.

Trip Accommodation

2 Nights in Moshi

Trip Itenerary

  • Day 1: Arrival

    To get to Kilimanjaro International Airport, every hiker must arrange their own flights (JRO). We will set up a private transfer for you from JRO to your hotel in Arusha. You will meet your local Sereti representative that evening or early the following morning and receive a thorough pre-climb briefing and gear checking

  • Day 2: Londrosi Gate to Mti Mkubwa Camp

    Transfer in a 4WD to the Londorossi Park Gate to register. Before we start our ascent along the forest trail to Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree) campsite at 2895m, our porters prepare and pack our supplies and luggage. We'll spend the night here.

  • Day 3: Mti Mkubwa Camp to Shira 1 Camp

    Shira Cathedral is magnificently visible as we travel further east across the Shira Plateau. To get to Shira 1 Camp for dinner and overnight camping at 3500m, we cross a moorland meadow. The stunning glaciers of the Western Breach will be visible by now. Tonight will be significantly colder than last night, with potential lows below zero.

  • Day 4: Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp

    Today, we hike up to the top of Shira Cathedral, a massive rock outcropping encircled by sharp spires and pinnacles. This place exudes a real sense of wilderness, especially in the late afternoon. Our camp is close to Shira Hut, and we enjoy the breathtaking views of Mount Meru from there.

  • Day 5: Shira 2 Camp to Moir Hut

    We now leave the moorland behind and travel at a gentle grade to Shira Cave, which offers stunning views of the Arrow glacier, across the high altitude Shira Caldera. Here at 4200m, we'll set up camp for the night.

  • Day 6: Moir Hut to Pofu Camp

    We leave the Moir Valley and ascend Lent Hills, taking a brief side trip (4700m). We return to the trail and turn around the Northern Circuit trail to the east after taking in the views. The last part of today's walk includes some incline before arriving at Pofu Camp.

  • Day 7: Pofu Camp to Third Cave Camp

    The trail continues through a landscape with sparser and sparser vegetation from Pofu Camp to Third Cave Camp, passing through numerous small valleys.

  • Day 8: Third Cave Camp to School Hut

    To get to the Saddle, a lunar landscape between Kibo and Mawenzi peaks, there is a steady ascent today. From this point on, we climb further until we arrive at School Hut in the early afternoon. Resting and preparing for the summit day take up the remainder of the afternoon.

  • Day 9: Summit Day

    To get to the crater rim at Gillman's Point, we begin the final and most difficult portion of the climb at around one in the morning on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree. We take a short break here to relax and take in the magnificent sunrise over Mawenzi. Then, as we make our way to Uhuru Peak, we pass not far from the breathtaking glaciers and ice cliffs that still take up the majority of the summit area. Our porters will be waiting for us at Barafu Camp with a lunch bag as we retrace our steps along the crater rim to Stella Point. After that, we'll keep descending until we get to Millennium Camp.

  • Day 10: Millenium Camp to Mweka Gate

    After breakfast, we keep moving down to the Marangu Gate while passing Mandara Hut. After a well-earned shower, head to your hotel to celebrate.

  • Day 9: Departure

    We'll say goodbye after a much-needed night of rest. If you have scheduled an airport transfer with us, a safari, or a trip to Zanzibar, we will pick you up in the morning for your next destination.



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