8 Days 7 Nights
Tour Type
Adventure Tour
Group Size
1- 10 People
Tour Guide
2 People
Mount Kilimanjaro Page 2

Hiking Kilimanjaro: East Africa Travel Company

5/5 - (420 votes)

Hiking Kilimanjaro

Unlocking the Wonders of the Northern Circuit Route

Hiking Kilimanjaro: Embark on an 8-9 day adventure on the Northern Circuit Route with East Africa Travel Company. Discover stunning landscapes, quiet trails, and high success rates on this newest route to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.


The Northern Circuit Route stands as one of the newest and longest routes to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak. This guide navigates trekkers through its scenic wonders, tranquil paths, and impressive success rates.

1. Why Choose the Northern Circuit Route?

Explore the allure of this route, known for its quiet trails and breathtaking scenery. Discover why it’s gaining popularity among adventurers seeking a unique Kilimanjaro experience.

2. The Unique Path of the Northern Circuit

Delve into the specifics of the Northern Circuit’s trajectory, starting from the Londorossi Gate and diverging from the Lemosho Route. Learn about the scenic highlights, including the Shira Plateau and Lava Tower.

3. Traversing the Entire Mountain

Understand what makes the Northern Circuit exceptional—it circles almost the entire mountain, providing trekkers with unmatched 360-degree views. Dive into the immersive experience this route offers.

4. Acclimatization and Trek Duration

Learn why the 8-9 day duration is crucial for acclimatization and increasing the chances of reaching the summit. Understand the significance of ample time at high altitudes.

5. Comparative Analysis: Northern vs. Southern Circuit

Contrast the Northern Circuit with the more popular Southern Circuit, highlighting the unique features that make the Northern Circuit a standout choice.

6. Expert Guidance from East Africa Travel Company

Explore how East Africa Travel Company adds value to the trek, ensuring safety, comfort, and a memorable journey. Highlight the expertise of guides and the support provided throughout.

7. Trekkers’ FAQs: Your Questions Answered

  • Is the Northern Circuit suitable for beginners?
    • Yes, the route accommodates beginners with its gradual ascent and acclimatization profile.
  • What is the best time for the trek?
    • Optimal trekking periods are during the dry seasons: January to March and June to October.
  • Is there an age limit for the trek?
    • While there isn’t a strict limit, participants should be in good physical condition.
  • How to cope with high altitudes?
    • Proper acclimatization, hydration, and guidance from experienced guides are key.
  • Emergency procedures in case of issues?
  • Can the trek be customized?
    • Yes, East Africa Travel Company offers personalized trekking experiences.


Embarking on the Northern Circuit Route with East Africa Travel Company promises not just a climb but an immersion into the natural beauty of Kilimanjaro. From arrival to summiting Uhuru Peak, every step is filled with wonder. Start planning today for an adventure of a lifetime.

1 PAX 2 PAX 3 PAX  4 – PAX
$ 2,200 $ 2,010 $ 1,905 $ 1,893
Destination Mt Kilimanjaro
Arrival Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
Departure Time Yes Require
Included 2 nights’ accommodation in Moshi; Private transport to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport; Park entry fees; Camping fees; Transportation to and from the Kilimanjaro gate;  Team Kilimanjaro Rescue fees 18%; VAT on tour fees; services 4-season mountain tents; Friendly and professional mountain guides; cooks;  and porters 3; hot meals daily while on the mountain; Enough treated and filtered drinking water throughout the trek; Hot water for washing; Fair wages for the mountain crew; Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO) Government taxes;  Oximeter; Sleeping mattress; Quality mess tents with tables and chairs Emergency first-aid kit; Visa – MasterCard 3.5%
Excluded Airfare; Tips for porters, Guides, Cooks, and Assistant Guide; Flights; Tips to the mountain staff; Meals other than breakfast while in Arusha or Moshi; Additional nights beyond the two standard hotel nights included; Hotel upgrade costs if you decide to request an alternative hotel to the standard; Items considered to be non-essential, such as alcohol, beverages, cigarettes, snacks, etc.


LONDO-ROSSI GATE(2,100 METERS) STARING POINT (2,389/7838FT ) MTI MKUBWA CAMP(2,785/9137FT) Altitude gained: 396m

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 considerably longer from Arusha.
Registration with the Kilimanjaro National Park authorities occurs at the gate and then you will be driven further up the mountain to the trailhead starting point.
Most tour operators serve lunch here before the short first-day trek to MtiMkubwa Camp (2,785 meters) begins.
You may get lucky and spot large wildlife like elephants 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 MtiMkubwa Camp. Distance: ~4.8km / 3 miles Trekking time: 3-4 hours Zone: Rainforest

MTI MKUBWA CAMP (2785M/ 9137FT )- SHIRA I CAMP (3504M/ 11496FT) Altitude gained: 719m

You will spend the first hour trekking through the last section of the 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 (3,504 meters). Distance: ~7.9km / 5 miles Trekking time: 5-6 hours Zone: Rainforest / Low Alpine Zone

SHIRA 1 (3504M/11496FT) TO MOIR HUT (4161M/13651FT) Altitude gained: 657m

A long trek heading east 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 4,161 meters (see map above).
This is an important day in your trek as you will get to experience high altitude and then sleep low, which is good for the acclimatization process. Distance: ~ 9.8km / 6.1 miles Trekking time: 5-7 hours Zone: Low alpine zone / High alpine zone

MOIR CAMP (4,155M/13,632FT) TO BUFFALO CAMP (4,033M/13,232FT) Altitude loss: 122m

Today it 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 (4,033 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. Distance: ~9.2km / 5.8miles Trekking time: 5-7 hours Zone: High alpine zone

BUFFALO CAMP (4033M/13,232FT) – RONGAI 3RD CAVE (3,936M/12,193FT) Altitude lost: 97m

Starts with a climb up the Buffalo Ridge and down into Pofu Camp where lunch is usually served.
The route then continues east around the northern slopes to the Rongai Third Cave at 3,936 meters.
The trek is shorter than the day before and by now you should be feeling well acclimatized to the altitude. You will arrive at the Third Cave just around mid-afternoon. Distance: ~6.8km / 4.3miles Trekking time: 5-7 hours Zone: High alpine zone and low alpine zone

RONGAI 3RD CAVE (3936M/12913FT) – SCHOOL HUT (4717M/15,476FT) Altitude gained: 781m

Today it involves a steady incline up and over the Saddle which sits between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi Peak. Trekkers then continue walking southwest up to School Hut (4,800 meters).
After arriving at School Hut 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.
Remember to prepare all your gear, including warm clothes, insulated water bottles, snacks, headlamps, and cameras before going to bed. Distance: ~4.8km / 3miles Trekking time: 4-5 hours Zone: High alpine zone and glacial zone

SCHOOL HUT ( 4717M/15476FT) – SUMMIT ( 5,895 M/19341FT) – MILLENIUM CAMP (3,827 M/12556FT) Altitude gained: 1178m Altitude lost: 2068m (descent)

You will be awoken around 11:30 with hot tea and biscuits and will then begin the steep incline up to the slopes of Kibo under the cover of darkness.
Your first checkpoint 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.
Take a moment to enjoy the approaching dawn and incredible view out and across to Mawenzi Peak, but remember you still have 2 hours of trekking to reach Uhuru Peak so dig deep for the energy.
The slope flattens as you head west around the crater rim and you should arrive at the summit at or just after sunrise.
Your stay here will be brief so get as many pictures as you can of the incredible views and surrounding glaciers.
You will then 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 (4,680 meters).
Most trekkers take a short break here before continuing down to Millennium Camp (3,950 meters) for their final night on the mountain.
In total, you will be trekking for 14-16 hours on day eight so it is important to pace yourself, remain hydrated and keep your blood sugar levels up. Note: some tour operators return via Gilman’s Point to Horombo Hut using the Marangu Route. You will be awoken around 11:30 with hot tea and biscuits and will then begin the steep incline up to the slopes of Kibo under the cover of darkness.
Your first checkpoint is Hans Meyer Cave where you will take a short break. The climb steepens as you approach Gilman’s Point (5,681 meters) Distance: ~5.9km / 3.7 miles ascent and 8.4km / 5.2-mile descent Trekking time: 6-8 hours ascent and then 4-6 hours descent Zone: Glacial zone and all preceding zones

MILLENIUM CAMP 3827M/12,556FT – MWEKA GATE 1633M/5358FT – MOSHI 970M Altitude lost: 2194m

After breakfast and a heartfelt ceremony of appreciation and team bonding with your crew, it’s time to say goodbye. We continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates.
As the weather is drastically warmer, the terrain is wet, muddy and steep and we highly recommend Gaiters and trekking poles. From the gate, a vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 30 minutes). Enjoy a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations!! Distance: ~12.2km / 7.6 miles Trekking time: 3-4 hours Zone: Rainforest zone Overnight Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel 4 stars B&B. before being transferred to your journey home, safari or a relaxing trip to Zanzibar.
error: Alert: Content selection is disabled!!