It begins in the remote west, following the Lemosho trail for the beginning of the trek through lush and pristine rainforest. The trail then rises steeply up to and across the Shira Plateau before taking a north easterly direction around the back side of the mountain and on to the 'Northern Circuit', avoiding the main stream of trekkers that continue on to Barranco Camp from the plateau. The extra days also aid the acclimatization process, increasing the chance of reaching the summit. Normally March, April and May are the months with long rains and should be avoided. 


 Climbing days: 7 Days to 9 Days
 Difficulty Level: High
 Traffic Level: Low
 Scenery: Excellent 

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Welcome to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) where you will be met by our representative and transported to Sal Salinero Moshi for Overnight.

Day 1: Londorossi Gate (2,100m) – Shira Camp 1 (3,720m)
Distance Approximation: 14 km
Climbing time: 8-10 hours
Habitat: Moorland
The Northern Circuit Route begins at Londorossi Gate in the West, the same start point as the Lemosho Route. We depart Moshi for Londorossi Gate, which takes about 2 hours, where you will complete entry formalities. and then you will be driven further up the mountain to the trailhead starting point. On this day you will spend the first hours climbing through the last section of the rainforest path before entering the low alpine moorland which follows up onto the Shira Plateau. If you have lucky, you can spot large wildlife like elephant and buffalo that sometimes emerge from the rainforest onto the path as you climb towards your first camp.

Day 2: Shira Camp 1 (3,720m) - Moir Camp (3,810 m)
Distance Approximation: 14 km
Trekking time: 6-10 hours
Zone: Alpine Desert
This day we will have a long climb, we will stop to Shira Camp 2 for lunch. We will leave the Shira Plateau ridge behind as we move one to Lava Tower (4,600 meters) passes through the ‘Garden of the Senecios’ and then enters the high alpine desert zone, back down via the Northern Circuit to Moir Camp where you will spend your night.

Day 3: Moir Camp (3,810 m) - Buffalo Camp (4,020 m)
Distance Approximation: 12 km
Climbing time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
This day involves a moderately steep climb out of Moir Valley. Climbers can take a small detour here to climb the summit of Little Lent Hill 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. This place of the trail offers great views 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 climbing.

Day 4: Buffalo Camp (4,020 m) - Rongai Third Cave (3,800 m)
Distance Approximation: 8 km
Climbing time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Moorland
We will start with a climb up the Buffalo Ridge and down into Pofu Camp where lunch is usually served. This route is rarely travelled and we will enjoy its mountain wilderness feel. The route continues to east around the northern slopes to the Rongai Third Cave. The climb is shorter than the day before and you will be feeling well acclimatized to the altitude. You may arrive at the Third Cave just around mid-afternoon.

Day 5: Rongai 3rd Cave (3,800 m) to School Hut (4,800 m)
Distance Approximation: 5 km
Climbing time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Day 5 involves a steady incline up and over the Saddle which sits between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi Peak. You will continue walking south-west up to School Hut. Once you arrive at School Hut here we rest, enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day. You will be served an early dinner and then you should get some shut-eye as you will be awoken before midnight to start your summit attempt.

Day 6: School Hut (4,800 m) - Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) - Millennium Camp (3,950 m)
Distance Approximation: 16 km
Climbing time: 11-15 hours
Habitat: Arctic and Rain Forest
You will be awoken around 11:30 with hot tea and biscuits and then begin the steep incline up the slopes of Kibo under the cover of darkness. Your first checkpoint will be at 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 to 6 hours after departing School Hut. You will take a moment here to enjoy the approaching dawn and incredible view out and across to Mawenzi Peak, but remember you will still have 2 hours climbing to reach Uhuru Peak. The slope flattens as you head west around the crater rim and you should arrive at the summit at or just after sunrise. You will retrace your steps back around the crater rim to Stella Point (5,739 meters) where you will turn south and head down the heavily screed slopes of Kibo to Barafu Camp. You may decide to take a short break here before continuing down to Millennium Camp for your final night on the mountain. You will be climbing for 11 up to 15 hours so it is important to pace yourself, remain hydrated and keep your blood sugar levels up.

Day 7: Millennium Camp (3,950 m) - Mweka Gate (1,640 m)
Distance Approximation: 12 km
Climbing time: 5-6 hours
Habitat: Rainforest
After a hearty breakfast and a traditional farewell ceremony by your mountain crew. On our last day, we continue the descent to Mweka Gate and collect the summit certificates. A green certificate for those who made it to Gilman’s Point and a gold certificate for those who reached Uhuru Peak. A leisurely 3 to 4 hours walk will once again take you through the lush rainforest, where the endemic Impatiens Kilimanjari flower grows. Reaching Mweka Gate you will be greeted by our transfer driver, who will take you back to your Sal Salinero Hotel. It is customary to give your guides and porters tips at this point before being driven back to your hotel.
The rest of the day is for you to enjoy at leisure, enjoy a long shower, jump in the pool or just relax at the bar.

Before/After climbing:
There are hotels in Arusha or Kilimanjaro Area.

Mountain area:
On this route, there are designated Campsites.





Inclusive of:
JRO  Airport and Mt. transfer fees.
2 Nights Moshi accommodation at     the Sal Salinero Hotel (3 Stars).
Quality climbing gears including     Sleeping bag and walking poles.
Free Local Moshi City walking tour.
Professional mountain guide.
All national park fees (Campsites,     Permits and Rescue fees).
Storage for excess unused staffs.
Fair Mountain crew Salaries.
3 Meals and purified mineral water.

Exclusive of:
International and local airfares.
Meals and drinks not specified.
Entry visa in Tanzania.
Private mountain gears.
Travel insurance.
Tips for guides, porters and cook     and gratuities (high recommended).
Portable toilet with a toilet tent is      available for extra charges $70
Other Items of a personal nature     and unspecified services.