10 days Kilimanjaro climbing via Northern Circuit route

The 10 days Kilimanjaro climbing Northern Circuit route is the perfect tour package for the ultimate adventure and challenge. This tour offers a unique and stunning trekking experience that takes you through five different ecological zones, from the lush rainforest to the arctic summit. The Northern Circuit route is a relatively new route that is gaining popularity among climbers due to its gradual ascent, high success rate, and incredible scenery.

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The 10 days Kilimanjaro climbing Northern Circuit route begins in the small town of Moshi, located at the base of the mountain. After a day of rest and preparation, you will embark on the climb, starting at the Londorossi Gate. The first few days of the climb take you through the lush rainforest, where you will see a variety of flora and fauna, including monkeys, birds, and exotic plants.

As you continue your ascent, the vegetation changes, and you will pass through the heath and moorland zones. The landscape becomes more barren, and you will see giant lobelias and other unique plants that are adapted to the harsh environment. The trail then takes you through the alpine desert, where the temperature drops, and the air becomes thinner.

The highlight of the 10 days Kilimanjaro climbing Northern Circuit route is the summit attempt. You will reach the summit via the quieter northern side, known for its stunning views and less crowded trails. The ascent is challenging and requires a great deal of physical and mental endurance, but the reward of reaching the summit of the highest peak in Africa is well worth it.

After reaching the summit, you will begin your descent, passing through the stunning glacial valleys and rocky terrain. The final days of the climb take you back through the rainforest and down to the base of the mountain. You will be rewarded with a sense of accomplishment and memories that will last a lifetime.

The 10 days Kilimanjaro climbing Northern Circuit route is the best tour package for those looking for an unforgettable trekking experience that combines challenge, adventure, and stunning scenery. It is suitable for experienced hikers who are physically fit and able to withstand the altitude and challenging terrain. Our expert guides and support staff will ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable climb, providing you with all the necessary equipment, meals, and accommodations. Book your Kilimanjaro climbing adventure today and experience the magic of Tanzania's iconic mountain.

Upon arrival at Arusha /Kilimanjaro Airport you will meet your Pamoja Porini Safaris Co LTD guide who will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel in Moshi Tanzania (for budget hotels we recommend KILIMANJARO WHITE HOUSE HOTEL). Settle into your accommodation, relax and get used to the African atmosphere. Ready to start your 10 DAYS KILIMANJARO HIKING TOUR VIA NORTHERN CIRCUIT ROUTE the next day.

After breakfast you will be picked up at the lodge and taken to the Londorossi Gate at the height of 2,250 m. After the necessary registration has been completed, a bumpy drive will take you into the dense rainforest, from where your adventure commences. The moderately steep track makes its way through an unspoilt natural forest to the Big Tree Camp (2,780 m).

You will be accompanied by an armed ranger for the first 2 days of your trek as wild game can be found in the area. You will spend the night in tents at Big Tree Camp.
•Elevation (ft): 7,800ft to 9,500ft
•Distance: 6 km
•Hiking Time:3-4 hours
•Habitat: Rain Forest
•Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
•Accommodation: Mti mkubwa Camp

We continue on the trail leading out of the rain forest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As we ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, we reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 Camp. Here we catch our first glimpse of Kibo across the plateau.
• Elevation (ft): 9,498ft to 11,500ft
• Distance: 8 km/ 5miles
• Hiking Time 5-6 hours
• Habitat: Health
• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
• Accommodation: Shira 1 Camp

Compared to yesterday, you’re climbing today is less (240 metres of ascent) and takes you up to an altitude of 3,850 meters. The distance you cover will be similar, at approximately 7 km. It is a steady, uphill climb and you should expect about 3.5 to 4 hours of walk time in total.

Your breakfast today is at the civilized hour of 08.00 and your departure one hour later. You set off in a south-eastern direction across the moor and heathland of the Shira Plateau. Buffalo, dik-dik and klipspringer graze here and can occasionally be seen. You intend to reach Shira 2 Camp – which is also known as Shira Huts – by 13.00, in time to be served a hot lunch. Dinner tonight will be at 18.00.
• Elevation: 11,500 ft to 12,500 ft
• Distance: 7 km/4 miles
• Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
• Habitat: Heath
• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
• Accommodation: Shira 2 Camp

Today you are back to your early, 07.00 breakfast time, ready for 08.30 departure. You would expect to spend about 6.5 to 7 hours walking today, covering a distance of 14 km. You will finish your day 350 meters higher than you started it, in between you have to climb to the base of the famous Lava Tower at 4,600 meters.

This part of the route is rife with ups and downs and may bring some discomfort. You will spend one or two hours at higher altitude in order to properly acclimatize yourself, so the lunch break will take place at Lava Tower itself. The afternoon part of the route climbs slightly before descending to Moir Hut Camp.

Your guide may decide to bypass Lava Tower altogether, taking the porter trail instead, if any of the members of the group do not appear to have acclimatized properly. In this case the highest altitude reached will be 4,400, rather than 4,600 meters.
• Shira 2 Camp to Lava Tower to Moir Hut
• Elevation: 12,500 ft to 15,190 ft to 13,580 ft
• Distance: 14 km/8 miles
• Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
• Habitat: Alpine Desert
• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
• Accommodation: Moir hut Camp

You climb out of the Moir Valley and take a short detour to reach the summit of Lent Hills (4,375 m). After admiring the views, you return to the trail and head eastwards around the northern circuit trail. Here the trail passes through a field of rock slabs that clink as they are walked on.

The final section of today’s walk undulates until reaching the location of Buffalo Camp (4,020 m). At the camp, there is a huge feeling of space as the Kenyan plains stretch out far below to the north.
• Elevation: 13,580 ft to 13,200 ft
• Distance: 12 km/7 miles
• Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
• Habitat: Alpine Desert • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
• Accommodation: Buffalo Camp

From Buffalo Camp, you climb to the top of ‘Buffalo Ridge’ and cross numerous ridges and gullies. The trail continues eastwards through a landscape that has increasingly sparse vegetation to eventually reach Third Cave Camp (3,800 m).
• Buffalo Camp to Third Cave
• Elevation: 13,200 ft to 12,700 ft
• Distance: 8 km/5 miles
• Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
• Habitat: Heath
• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
• Accommodation: Third Cave Camp

On a relatively easy path, today’s leg takes you over the so called “saddle”. This piece of rock is actually a lava-flow formed when Kili was still young. It has now solidified and connects two of Mount Kilimanjaro’s three peaks, Mawenzi and Kibo.

You will arrive at the School Hut in about 4.5 to 5 hours and go to bed straight after dinner as the summit calls for an early start, at approximately 11 p.m.
• Third Cave to School Hut
• Elevation: 12,700 ft to 15,600 ft
• Distance: 5 km/3 miles
• Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
• Habitat: Alpine Desert
• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We have a long and steep ascent with many switchbacks up to Gillman’s Point, from which we traverse the crater rim, then at Stella Point descend slightly into the crater. Across the floor of the crater is Crater Camp, with its great views of the surrounding glaciers.
• Elevation: 15,600 ft to 18,865 ft
• Distance: 2.8 km
• Hiking Time: 1-2 hours
• Habitat: Alpine Desert
• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
• Accommodation: Crater Camp

The final ascent begins in the early morning hours with the first signs of the sunrise. Though this leg is just two hours long, the high altitude ensures that it is particularly slow and arduous. After ascending 170 meters or so you will reach the summit of Uhuru Peak (5895 m).

Now standing on the “Roof of Africa” you will be able to see the surrounding summits and landscapes in all their glory – a truly special experience. After a short break and a few celebratory images, you will return to Barafu Camp just before midday where the rest of the climbing crew is waiting for you with a warm and well-earned meal.

After an hour or so you will continue to descend to Mweka Camp (3080 m) which is approx. 3 hours away. Here you will have an evening meal followed by a relaxing evening and a good night’s sleep.
• •Start: Crater Camp (5730 m)
• Finish: Uhuru Peak (5895 m) – Mweka Camp (3080 m)
• Altitude: ↑ 165 m ↓ 2815 m
• Walking Time: 7-9h
• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
• Accommodation: Mweka Camp

The final leg of your amazing adventure begins after breakfast with a traditional farewell ceremony from the mountain crew. Then a gentle 2 to 3 hours’ descent through the rainforest continues to Mweka Gate, where your driver will be waiting for you. He will take you back and after a warm shower, the rest of the day is free to relax, relax at the pool or celebrate your achievement
Don’t forget to tip your guides and porters. It is time for celebration!
• Altitude: 3,080 m to 1,630m
• Distance Covered: 9.3km km down
• Time to be used: 2 - 3 hrs.
• Habitat: Rain Forest
• Meals: Breakfast & Lunch


Package Included / Excluded


  • Tourist Entry Park Fees and Bike entry fee
  • Experienced Professional Tour guide
  • All taxes and Park Fees
  • Crew Wages and Gate Transfer
  • 2-nights Budget Hotel Accommodation – Before and after Trekking
  • Private Cook and Porters
Not Included
  • Tips (Gratituities) to Guides, Cook and Porters
  • Local and International flights
  • Mountain Climbing Gears
  • Medical insurance
  • Visa & Travel insurance
  • Expenses a personal nature
  • Drinks and beverages in lodges
  • Hotel accommodations before & after safari

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