As the longest route on Kilimanjaro, the Northern Circuit allows for the best acclimatization time and the highest summit success rate, therefore this route is highly recommended.

The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the west, beginning with a long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate. From there, the first two days are spent trekking through the rainforest to Shira Ridge, before crossing the Shira Plateau. The route then heads north and circles clockwise from Moir Hut to Buffalo Camp to School Hut, before summiting from the east.

Duration: 9 or 10 days
Difficulty: Medium
Scenery: Excellent
Traffic: Low

Day 1 Londorossi gate to Mti Mkubwa (forest camp)

Elevation: 2400m to 2800m, distance: 6 km, hiking time: 3-4 hours, habitat: rain forest

Your hike will start from the Londorossi gate and will continue through the rainforest. Keep your eyes open for wildlife. Overnight you will stay at Mti Mkubwa.

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Day 2 Mti Mkubwa (forest camp) to Shira 1 Camp

Elevation: 2800m to 3500m, distance: 8 km, hiking time: 5-6 hours, habitat: heath/ moorland

You will continue your trek and will leave the rainforest behind you when you enter into the heath and moorlands. After reaching the Shira ridge you will stay at Shira 1 camp for the night.

Day 3: Shira 1 camp to Shira 2 camp

Elevation: 3500m to 3750m, 7km, hiking time: 3-4 hours, habitat: heath/moorland

Today we will explore the Shira plateau. Overnight stay at Shira 2 camp.

Day 4: Shira 2 camp to lava tower to Moir hut

Elevation: 3750m to 3900m, 14km, hiking time: 5-7 hours, habitat: Alpine desert

We will pass the Lava tower (also called ‘sharks tooh’) along the way when we continue to the Moir Hut on the base of the Lent Hills. Overnight stay at Moir hut.

Day 5: Moir hut to Buffalo camp

Elevation: 3900m to 4020m, 12 km, hiking time: 5-7 hours, habitat: Alpine desert

We will leave the Moir valley and continue and then hike to the summit of Lent Hills after which we return to the main trail and arrive at Buffalo camp

Day 6: Buffalo camp to Third Cave

Elevation: 4020m to 3870m, 8 km, hiking time: 5-7 hours, habitat: Heath

We head up to Buffalo ridge and continue to the Third Cave for our overnight stay.

Day 7: Third Cave to School hut

Elevation: 3870m to 4750m, 5km, hiking time: 4-5 hours, habitat: Alpine desert

We will cross the saddle area between the Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Overnight stay at School hut.

Day 8: School hut to Uhuru peak to Mweka Camp

Elevation: 4750m to 5,895m to 3,100m, 18km, hiking time: 10-14 hours, habitat: Icy summit

Today is summit day! You will pass the Gillman’s point around sunrise and continue to the Uhuru peak. After a moment of celebration you will descent to Mweka Camp.

Day 9: Mweka camp to Mweka gate and back to Moshi

Elevation: 3100m down to 1650m, hiking time: 3-4 hours, habitat: forest

At this last day of the trek, you will continue your descent from Mweka hut straight to Mweka gate.

Included and excluded in the Mt. Kilimanjaro itinerary


  • Private transport to & from Kilimanjaro International Airport to your accommodation
  • Transportation to & from the Kilimanjaro gate
  • Park entry fees
  • Accommodation fees for on the mountain
  • Rescue fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • Accommodation on the mountain (in huts if you take the Marangu route, otherwise in tents). If you stay in tents: mattresses and sleeping bags are included.
  • Friendly and professional mountain guides, cook and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Drinking water throughout the trek
  • Hot water for washing
  • Government taxes
  • Portable oxygen tanks & ox meter
  • Emergency first-aid kit


  • Accommodation in Moshi before and after the mountain trek (but we can arrange accommodation for you for a good price)
  • Lunches, dinners and drinks at your accommodation before and after your mountain trek
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Laundry Service
  • Personal items and toiletries
  • Tips for guides, porters and cook

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