Mt. Kilimanjaro Trekking 11 Days Northern Circuit

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Mt Kilimanjaro
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Kilimanjaro Climb 11 Days

The Northern Circuit Route is a distinctive route and the longest trail on Mount Kilimanjaro. It goes through the untouched northern slope and begins in the West of Mount Kilimanjaro at the Londorossi Gate with excellent views from all sides of the mountain. The trail is less popular and thus good for people looking for a quieter route.

Northern circuit route can be a good optional for those people who need more time for acclimatization will trekking the roof of Africa and it can be done in 10 days including an extra night at crater camp or for 9 days without camping at crater camp.

What's included

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Additional Information
Visas: Visas are required for all visitors
Price includes
  • All Government taxes and levies including 18% VAT.
  • All meals while on the mountain
  • All transfers to the mountain and back to your Moshi hotel
  • Community Development Fund
  • Conservation Fund
  • Fair Wages
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
  • Increases in airfares or Government imposed taxes
  • International Air, unless expressly paid for
  • Kilimanjaro Certificates after Trek
  • Kilimanjaro National Park Entrance fees
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
  • Medical insurance and emergency insurance
  • Professionally guided tour
  • Quality mess tents with table and chairs
  • Quality, waterproof, four seasons private mountain sleeping tents
Price does not include
  • Laundry Services
  • Other International flights
  • Services not specifically stated in the itinerary
  • Tips to Mountain Crew
  • Visa arrangements
  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9
  • Day 10
  • Day 11
Day 1

Arrival Day

We meet at Kilimanjaro international airport and drive to your hotel in Moshi rest for a while before meet your guide for gear checking and briefing about the mountain. Also our guide will go through our camping equipment and demonstrate the use and operation of all equipment especially emergence oxygen cylinder and pulse ox meter. Also our guide will go through signs and symptoms of mountain sickness which might happen while trekking.

Day 2

To Mti Mkubwa camp 2650m

After breakfast we will drive about 2 to 3 hours from Moshi to Londorosi gate for registration and collect our entrance permit then we will drive again about one hour to Lemosho starting point where we will get off from our jeep and break for picnic lunch. In this point is where we will meet with the rest of our Kilimanjaro crew like guide, cook and Porters. Our hiking will start through crossing rain forest about 3 to 4 hours to cover the distance of 7km. On our way we will see a lot of beautiful flowers like impatients Kilimanjari and if you will be lucky you might see black and white Colobus Monkey sand other forest wildlife.

Day 3

To Shira one camp 3610m

After breakfast while our crew clearing the camp we will start gradual working through rain forest and after two hours we will be out of the forest in the moorland zone, West side of Shira plateau where you will be able to see old lava flow and we will walk slowly to enjoying the sun and more breaks for acclimatize. Our distance will be 7km and we will spend 5 to 7 hours including picnic lunch break, after we will get to our camp for resting and overnight.

Day 4

To Shira two camp 3850m

Today we will walk for 4 to 6 hours to cover the distance of 10km also we will cross the middle of Shira plateau the world heritage site. Optional we can walk via Shira cathedral for acclimatization, view of Shira plateaus and picnic lunch before heading to our camp for resting and overnight.

Day 5

To Moir hut (4200m) via lava tower

Today you will have long way by starting with the gradual boulder rocks and get to the junction in alpine desert, Meet with other hikers from Machame route and join them in the same trail heading to Lava tower, A high 150m volcanic lava plug juts out of the side of mountain, we will arrive at lava tower around noon for lunch and rest for a while before descend about 1 to 2 hours to Moir hut our beautiful overnight camp located at the base of massive lava flow.

Day 6

To Buffalo camp 4020m

After breakfast we will start by hiking boulders rock heading eastern northern side and we will have clear view of the Kibo peak, we will break somewhere for picnic lunch before getting to our camp. We will hike for 4 to 6 hours to cover the distance of 10km.

Day 7

To Third cave 3875m

Today after breakfast we will keep moving eastern north side of the mountain about 4 to 5 hours until we get to our camp where we will have hot lunch and rest before overnight. In this camp we will meet with other hikers from Rongai route eastern part of the mountain and we will overnight in the same camp and we will be able to see second peak in Kilimanjaro called Mawenzi peak 5149m

Day 8

To school hut 4800m

Its long day walking about 10km for 4 to 6 hours crossing the saddle area and alpine desert, Also this camp will be last water point in our trek hence our crew will carry water from this point to the base of the mountain where we are going to overnight.

Day 9

To crater camp 5700m

Today it’s our difficult and challenging part of our hike we will start by gradual ascent through volcanic screed meet zigzag trail which starting to get steep and keep moving to carter rim at Gilman’s point 5685m, where we will break for a while to get some pictures and light food before heading to Stella point 5756m where we will gate into crater from this point. You will rest for a while and after you will have an optional hike to explore the inner crater and ash pit which is raised circular inner rim the inside of which slopes down to a flat floor and then 200m deep inverted cone at the very center of volcano, Also mount Kilimanjaro has one of the mostly perfect formed volcanic ash pit of any mountain in the world.

Day 10

To Uhuru summit 5895m then Descend to Mweka camp 3100m

Today we will wake up earlier enjoy our breakfast start our ascent to the summit early enough in the morning to be at the summit by sunrise. This final hike to the summit is about 195m but very tiring. The beginning part of the trail is very soft, loose, dusty and very few steep rocky scrambling to the top followed by relatively flat terrain about 250yards to Uhuru sign. This is quite difference compare to 1200m long required to summit from other base camp. The reward of seeing glacier and standing of Africa highest peak are well worth the efforts. At the summit you will spend 10 to 20 minutes for pictures and view before join other hikers to descend to Barafu base camp for 2 to 3 hours where we will have short break for brunch before descend to Mweka hut 3100m for overnight.

Day 11

Descend to Mweka gate 1640m and Back to Hotel

After breakfast you will meet with your crew again for group pictures and Kilimanjaro song, After we will start descending down via rain forest about 10km for 3 to 4 hours. While we are in the forest if you’re lucky you can see black and white Colobus and blue Monkeys and you will be able to hear a lot bird singing some songs but it’s not easy to see them. Once we arrive at the gate we will sing out in Kilimanjaro national park log book our guide will collect our certificate for those who made successful summit and drive to your hotel in Moshi for long shower and Kilimanjaro beer.

More about Mt Kilimanjaro


Kilimanjaro. The name itself is a mystery wreathed in clouds. It might mean Mountain of Light, Mountain of Greatness or Mountain of Caravans. Or it might not. The local people, the Wachagga, don’t even have a name for the whole massif, only Kipoo (now known as Kibo) for the familiar snowy peak that stands imperious, overseer of the continent, and the summit of Africa.   Kilimanjaro, by any name, is a metaphor for the compelling beauty of East Africa. When you see it, you understand why. Not only is this the highest peak on the African continent; it is also the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, rising in breathtaking isolation from the surrounding coastal scrubland – elevation around 900 metres – to an imperious 5,895 metres (19,336 feet).   Kilimanjaro is one of the world’s most accessible high summits, a beacon for visitors from around the world. Most climbers reach the crater rim with little more than a walking stick, proper clothing and determination. And those who reach Uhuru Point, the actual summit, or Gillman’s Point on the lip of the crater, will have earned their climbing certificates. And their memories.   But there is so much more to Kili than her summit. The ascent of the slopes is a virtual climatic world tour, from the tropics to the Arctic. Even before you cross the national park boundary (at the 2,700m contour), the cultivated foot slopes give way to lush montane forest, inhabited by elusive elephant, leopard, buffalo, the endangered Abbot’s duiker, and other small antelope and primates. Higher still lies the moorland zone, where a cover of giant heather is studded with otherworldly giant lobelias.   Above 4,000m, a surreal alpine desert supports little life other than a few hardy mosses and lichen. Then, finally, the last vestigial vegetation gives way to a winter wonderland of ice and snow – and the magnificent beauty of the roof of the continent.

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11 Days Northern Circuit

11 Days
Mt Kilimanjaro

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