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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.

Itinerary For Northern Circuit Route 11 Days

Day 1: Airport pickup-Kilimanjaro International Airport.

A represenative from Kilimanjaro Bound will be waiting for you at the Airport where greet you and later drive you to Moshi. Along the way, you can feel free to ask anything about your trip to Mount Kilimanjaro or anything related to tourism, all of our staff are highly knowledgeable about Tanzania, Mount Kilimanjaro, Safaris and much more.

In Moshi, you shall check into your lodge or hotel, relax, prepare for the next day, dine and have a wonderful deep sleep before your adventure starts.

Day 2: Moshi- Londorossi Gate and later climb up to Mti Mkubwa. (Hiking time:  3-4 hours).

The Northern Circuit Route 11 Days approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the west. After breakfasting, you shall drive to Londorossi Gate. It takes about 2 hours to reach this point. At the gate, you shall register with the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park authorities, meet the other climbing crew members and those going on the journey with you.

It should be noted that there are people that accompany you during your mount climbing experience, these include porters, cooks, mountain guides and other travelers.

You shall start ascending into the wonderful rain forests until Mti Mkubwa where you shall relax, dinner and rest overnight.

Day 3: Mti Mkubwa – Shira 1 Camp. (Hiking Time: 5-6 hours / Altitude: 3610 m).

During this day, you shall trek through the rain forests and continue to the moorlands before settling at Shira Camp 1. This is relatively a tasking day as you start ascending through the alpine moorlands.

Day 4: Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp. (Hiking Time: 3-4 hours / Altitude: 3850 m).

This day helps in your acclimatization process. It is more like a relaxing day with a few activities. When you have enough rest, the body is rejuvenated and ready to take on a new challenge.

You shall walk a short distance to Shira 2 Camp. Shira 2 Camp is considered as a meeting point for climbers who used the Shira route, Lemosho Route, and the Machame Route. This is an opportunity to interact with several climbers who are also  determined to reach the summit.

Day 5: Shira 2 Camp to Lava Tower and later to Moir Hut. (Hiking Time: 5-7 hours / Altitude: 4200 m).

This day shall involve trekking from Shira 2 Camp and ascending to reach Lava Tower. This is a high alpine desert zone. Make sure that you have drunk plenty of water during the morning. You shall rest around the area of Lava Tower and have lunch.

Later, you will continue hiking until you reach Moir Hut. This day involves several descents and ascents which is good for your body when  acclimatizing.

Day 6:  Moir Hut to Buffalo Camp. (Hiking Time: 5-7 hours / Altitude: 4020 m).

Early in the morning after breakfast, you shall continue hiking from Moir Hut and onto Buffalo Camp. During the climb, you can opt to taking a short detour to the Little Lent Hills Summit before moving back to onto the Northern Circuit Route 11 Days.

Upon arrival at Buffalo Camp, you shall be inspired and awed with the wonderful landscape views of Tanzania and Kenya.

Day 7: Buffalo Camp to Rongai Third Cave. (Hiking Time: 4-6 hours / Altitude: 3800 m).

This is a relatively short route and was designed to give you some bit of rest from the previous day hiking exertions. After breakfast, you shall start climbing up Buffalo Ridge and later descend to Portu Camp for lunch before continuing to Rongai Third Cave.

Day 8: Rongai Third Cave to School Hut. (Hiking Time: 4-7 hours / Altitude: 4800 m).

During this day, you shall climb and cross the saddle that connects the Kibo and Mawenzi Camp. Later, you shall continue hiking until you reach School Hut. This is the day before you make your summit attempt to reach Uhuru Peak and early preparation is always encouraged.

At School Hut, you shall be served with meals early on before having a simple rest. Make sure that you rest well because you shall be woken up about 11:30 pm, ready to climb up to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Day 9: School Hut to Uhuru Peak and then Millennium Camp. (Hiking Time: 11-15 hours).

You shall be woken up about 11:30 pm, have some snacks and start hiking toward the crater rim at Gilman’s Point. You shall rest a bit at Gilman’s Point to observe the wonderful sunrise over Mawenzi.

Later, you will continue hiking for another 2 hours to reach the Uhuru Peak.  You shall enjoy the magnificent views of the surrounding and with the mindset of a winner; it is automatic to be  joyous to be at this point. Take as many photos as you can, watch the surrounding glaciers and later descend back to the crater rim around the Stella Point.

Later continue to Barafu Camp. It is evident that most trekkers take a short break at the Barafu Camp before continuing to the Millennium Camp. Relax and look through your wonderful photos of the experience.

Day 10: Millennium camp to Mweka Gate.

Early in the morning after breakfast, you shall continue descending through the rain forests up to the Mweka Gate. At the gate, you shall sign out with the authorities, receive your certificate, say goodbye to the porters, cooks, mountain guides and the rest of the crew. Later, we will transfer you to Moshi. Upon arrival in Moshi, check into your hotel, relax as you can sit back and think about the wonderful experience you have had climbing and Mount Kilimanjaro and looking out over Tanzania and Africa from the second highest point in the world. Enjoy your evening meal and an overnight stay before preparing for the rest of your Tanzania Adventure.

Day 11: Drive to Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Early in the morning, after breakfast, or depending on your flight time, you shall be picked by your tour guide and drive you to the airport to take a flight back home. You will be saying goodbye to Tanzania and depart to your home country.

if you want to ask us anything at all after reading this itinerary for 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.

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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