Northern Circuit Route 11 Days
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Northern Circuit Route 11 Days

The Northern Circuit Route 11 Days is the newest route which was designed to give climbers a better opportunity to acclimatize to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. The Northern Circuit Route 11 Days starts by using the Lemosho Route, however, it branches off at Moir Hut to include the Buffalo Camp, Third Cave and School Hut. The descent after reaching the summit is via the Mweka Route.

During your African Adventure to the Uhuru Peak, the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, you shall witness various interesting panoramic views of distant landscapes and incredible features. Make sure your camera battery is fully charged and get ready to take as many photos as you can during your trip. Successful Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro greatly depends on the various climbing tips and knowledge that you acquire before the climb during our informative briefs. Our company, Kilimanjaro Bound, is staffed with the best climbing and safari professionals, you shall be able to hear insights which have been gained through years of experience, knowledge and education plus years working as porters on the routes to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. 

Prior to your trip, if you want to ask us anything at all after reading this itinerary for the Northern Circuit Route 11 Days, you can contact us online and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

After completing the Northern Circuit Route 11 Days you will have the choice of booking an incredible Safari of the National Parks of Tanzania, checking out the culture with some of our short tours or taking a well earned rest on the island of Zanzibar.

Kilimanjaro Bound will take care of you and your party and organise everything you need for the trip of a lifetime.

Read more about The Northern Circuit Route 11 Days on Wikipedia.

  • Longest route up Kilimanjaro – good for acclimatization.
  • Only route to traverse all of the Northern Slopes on a circumnavigation of the mountain.
  • Beautiful scenery from the western approach.
  • Fully catered camping only.

The Northern Circuit Route is the newest route up Mount Kilimanjaro and also the longest. It takes a minimum of 8 days to complete but most operators offer the 9 day option. Because of its length, the Northern Circuit has the highest summit success rate. The route follows the same as the Lemosho Route for the first two days and then veers off to circle around the quieter northern slopes to the east side of the mountain. There a number of route variations, but generally the Northern Circuit approaches the summit via Gilman’s Point before descending on the same route as the Machame and Lemosho.

Northern Circuit via Buffalo Camp 11 Day Itinerary


Arrive anytime at your lodging in Moshi Tanzania. With prior arrangement, airport pick up and private transfers to your lodge are available from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), or simply make your own way by taxi. We will gather in the evening for a pre-climb briefing and We will also confirm you have the appropriate mandatory, our Kilimanjaro trekking begins and end in Moshi. It takes 9 Days Climbing Kilimanjaro


After breakfast at the lodge in Moshi transfer to the gate and after completing the necessary registration formalities at Londorossi National Park gate, we drive through varied farmland with open views over the plains to reach the Lemosho road head. We often have our lunch in the glades before starting to walk. It is an easy day of walking up a small path through a beautiful and lush forest. This area has a variety of game, including buffalo.We camp at Lemosho Forest camp(8,700 ft). [2-3 hours walking]


We soon leave the forest behind and enter the moorland zone of giant heather. The trail climbs steadily with wide views to reach the rim of the Shira Plateau. There is a tangible sense of wilderness, especially if afternoon mists come in! We camp in the center of the plateau at Shira One (11,000 ft). [6-7 hours walking]


Today we explore the grassy moorland and volcanic rock formations of the plateau. We walk to the summit of Shira Cathedral (12,300 ft), a huge buttress of rock surrounded by steep spires and pinnacles. There is a tangible sense of wilderness here, especially when the afternoon mists roll in. From our camp near Shira Hut(12,600 ft), we take in the unforgettable views of Mt. Meru as she floats among the clouds. [5-7 hours walking]


In the morning we follow the main trail up to Lava Tower (14,900 ft), and for those feeling strong there is a possibility to climb up to the ruined hut at Arrow Glacier (15,700 ft). We then continue from Lava Tower to reach our campsite at Moir Hut(13,800 ft). [5-7 hours walking]


We climb out of the Moir Valley and take a short detour to reach the summit of Lent Hills (15,400 ft). After admiring the views we 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 (13,600 ft). At the camp there is a huge feeling of space as the Kenyan plains stretch out far below to the north. [4-7 hours walking]


From Buffalo Camp we climb up to the top of ‘Buffalo Ridge’ and cross numerous ribs and gullies. The trail continues eastwards through a landscape that has increasingly sparse vegetation to eventually reach Third Cave Camp (12,800 ft). [5-7 hours walking]


There is a steady ascent to reach the saddle, a lunar landscape between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. From here we continue upwards and reach kibo hut.(15,500 ft) in the early afternoon. The remainder of the afternoon is spent resting and preparing for the summit day. [4-5 hours walking]


We start the final and most demanding part of the climb by torchlight around 12 a.m. We plod very slowly in the darkness on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gilman’s Point (18,600 ft). We rest here for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three-hour round trip to Uhuru Peak (19,345 ft), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. We retrace our steps along the crater rim to Stella Point and then descend down through Barafu Camp to reach Millenium Camp 12,500 ft).
[11-15 hours walking]

DAY 10

A sustained descent on a well constructed path takes us through a lovely tropical forest alive with birdsong and boasting lush undergrowth with considerable botanical interest. Our route winds down to Mweka gate(5,400 ft); and after signing out at mweka gate transfer to moshi and overnightand at moshi. [4-6 hours walking]

DAY 11

Transfer anytime to Kilimanjaro international Airport and fly back home.

After completing the Northern Circuit Route 11 Days you will have the choice of booking an incredible Safari of the National Parks of Tanzania, checking out the culture with some of our short tours or taking a well earned rest on the island of Zanzibar.

Kilimanjaro Bound will take care of you and your party and organise everything you need for the trip of a lifetime.

Important Information About
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Price Includes

  • Accommodations the night before and the night after the trek two nights in Moshi
  • Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
  • All Park fees
  • Entry fees, Rescue fees, camping fees or hut fees
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Arrival and Departure transfers
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
  • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
  • Transport to the gate on starting day and after the trek
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • Private, portable chemical flush toilets
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters
  • Portable Summit Emergency Oxygen
  • Kilimanjaro National park certificate for successful summit attempt
  • Flying Doctor Service

Price Excludes

  • Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Meals not listed above
  • Optional Tours (short safari before or after your climb, marangu village day tour, day trip to lake challa, etc)
  • Tips and any items of personal nature
  • Health requirements (Yellow Fever – only compulsory if you travel to Tanzania via a Yellow Fever infected country, Meningitis & Hepatitis A remains optional, but comes recommended)

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“Fantastic experience! Really well looked after by our porters and our guides Leonard and Aggrey.”


K Kelly

“On summit day, our guides ended up carrying our day bags and motivated us, to make sure we would make it. Can only recommend these guys!”


Annika Reeh

“Leonard and Aggrey were so knowledgable about everything, that they even made the walking feel easy!! It’s definitely safe to say I would have never reached the summit without the help of my team, I would recommend these guys to anyone, every day of the week.”


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