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) – Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,821m)
Distance Approximation: 6 km
Climbing time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Montane Forest
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. We may serve lunch here before the short first day climb to Mti Mkubwa Camp begins. 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: Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,821m) – Shira Camp 1 (3,720m)
Distance Approximation: 8 km
Climbing time 5-6 hours
Habitat: Moorland
On this day you will spend the first hour climbing through the last section of rainforest path before entering the low alpine moorland habitat which follows up onto the Shira Plateau. We may reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 Camp. This climb is relatively short and gradual, ending at Shira Camp 1.

Day 3: Shira Camp 1 (3,720m) – Shira Camp 2 (3,840m)
Distance Approximation: 6.9km
Climbing time 3-4 hours
Habitat: Moorland
On Day 3 the climb we will cross the Shira Plateau from Shira Camp 1 to Shira Camp 2. Climbers usually spend the night at Shira Camp 2 where you will have a chance to join other climbers from the Machame Route. It is worth climbing a little higher up the plateau to enjoy the stunning view across the valley below and Western Breach of Kilimanjaro above at Shira Camp 2. The plateau is exposed so be prepared for a cold night with temperatures getting below zero.

Day 4: Shira Camp 2 (3,840 m) - Lava Tower (4,640 m) - Moir Camp (3,810 m)
Distance Approximation: 14 km
Climbing time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
This day we have long climb, heading east which passes through the ‘Garden of the Senecios’ and then enters the high alpine desert habitat. The morning is spent climbing up to Lava Tower and the iconic Shark’s Tooth rock formation at 4,640 meters, where you will have lunch. After lunch you will join the northern circuit heading down to Moir Camp. 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 5: Moir Camp (3,810 m) - Buffalo Camp (4,020 m)
Distance Approximation: 12 km
Climbing time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Day 5 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 6: 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 Porfu 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 7: 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 7 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 8: 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 9: Millennium Camp (3,950 m) - Mweka Gate (1,640 m)
Distance Approximation: 12 km
Climbing time: 5-6 hours
Habitat: Rainforest habitat
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.