Kilimanjaro Trek - Northern Circuit
Be one of the first to ascend the peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro by way of the new Northern Circuit Kilimanjaro route! For thousands of years, the imposing grandeur of Africa’s tallest mountain has captivated the human imagination. Now for the first time ever, Toto Africa Adventures gives you the opportunity to experience the most recently opened route on Kilimanjaro. The incredible 9 Days Northern Circuit Kilimanjaro journey is the newest, longest, and most visually stunning trek available. The length of the climb lets you undergo gradual and complete acclimatization before reaching the summit.
This unique feature gives the Northern Circuit the highest climb success rate out of all the routes up Kilimanjaro. On the way, you’ll survey spectacular scenery and glimpse untouched wildlife and wilderness. You’ll venture where few have gone before via secluded trails on this newly unlocked mountain route. The Northern Circuit is still a well-kept secret—hurry for the chance to be among its first pioneers! Check out our tour itinerary to see what to expect on your unforgettable Northern Circuit Kilimanjaro adventure:
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- Day 1: Kilimanjaro Airport to the hotel
- Day 2: Londorossi Gate (2350m) to MtiMkubwa (2750m) Hiking time: 3 hours, Distance: 7 km,Height gain
- Day 3: MtiMkubwa (2,750m) to Shira Camp 1 (3,550m) Walking time: 6-7 hours, Distance: 10 km, Height gain
- Day 4: Shira Camp 1 (3,550m) to Shira Camp 2 (3,840m) Walking time: 3-4 hours, Distance: 8 km, Height gain
- Day 5: Shira Camp 2 (3840 m) to the Moir Hut Camp (4,200 m) Walking time: 5-7 hours, Distance: 14 km, Height gain
- Day 6: Moir Hut Camp (4,200 m) to the Buffalo Camp (4020 m) Walking time: 5 – 7 hours, Distance: 12 km, Height loss
- Day 7: Buffalo Camp (4020 m) to Third Cave (3870 m) Walking time: 5 – 7 hours, Distance: 8 km, Height loss
- Day 8: Third Cave Camp (3870 m) to School Hut (4,800 m) Hiking time: 4 – 6 hours, Distance: 6 km, Height gain
- Day 9: School Hut (4,800 m) to Mweka Camp (3060 m) Hiking time: 11 – 15 hours, Distance: 19 km, Height gain:1095m,Heightloss: 2835m
- Day 10: Mweka Camp (3060 m) to Mweka Gate (1,640 m) to Moshi Walking time: 3 – 4 hours, Distance: 10 km, Height loss
- Day 11: Moshi to Kilimanjaro airport
Day 1: Kilimanjaro Airport to the hotel
You will be warmly welcome at the airport by our driver who will take you to the hotel in Moshi. After reaching the hotel your Kilimanjaro orientation will be done by your guide. Our expert team will discuss with you all the important details of your route and give you final tips for a successful hike. Your hiking equipment will then be thoroughly checked and you may be able to borrow missing equipment. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
Day 2: Londorossi Gate (2350m) to MtiMkubwa (2750m)
Hiking time: 3 hours, Distance: 7 km,Height gain:450m
You start early in the day! After breakfast, head to the Londorossi Gate with your mountain team. The three hour drive is a remarkable cultural experience, traversing the fascinating cities of BomaN’gombe and SanyaJuu. Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro National Park, the authorities will register you for your trek as our team prepares everything for your ascent. Take the time and get to know all the members of your crew, including your porters and the cook. After registration, continue up the hill to the starting point of your hike. On the first leg of your Kilimanjaro ascent, you’ll wander through untamed wilderness, past ancient and exotic plant species. Black and white colobus monkeys bounce through the lush rainforest, while you may catch a glimpse of larger mammals such as elephants or buffaloes. Your destination for the day is MtiMkubwa Camp (2750 m), where you can relax for the rest of the day.
Day 3: MtiMkubwa (2,750m) to Shira Camp 1 (3,550m)
Walking time: 6-7 hours, Distance: 10 km, Height gain: 800m
The day starts on the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro and you have the longest and most spectacular day ahead of you. You will pass through the last sections of the rainforest before the majestic barren landscape of the Moorland Zone pops up in front of you. Marvel at rare plant species, including the giant purple lobelia and the wild vegetation. Wander through the massive Shira Plateau, the remains of an ancient volcanic crater. You will then cross the Shira Ridge on the slopes of Shira Camp 1 (3,600m) where your crew will pitch up for you.
Day 4: Shira Camp 1 (3,550m) to Shira Camp 2 (3,840m)
Walking time: 3-4 hours, Distance: 8 km, Height gain: 290m
After a warm breakfast, you will continue your scenic hike through the moorland. Few visitors have frequented this section of Kilimanjaro, allowing you to fully experience its pristine beauty. Along the Shira Plateau, you will be greeted by a truly breathtaking view of the top of Kilimanjaro, before you reach Shira Camp 2 (3810 m). The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore the spectacular area, including the iconic Shira Cathedral, a towering volcanic stone formation. Your guide will take you on a short hike to help you get used to the altitude.
Day 5: Shira Camp 2 (3840 m) to the Moir Hut Camp (4,200 m)
Walking time: 5-7 hours, Distance: 14 km, Height gain:610m
On your fifth day the Kilimanjaro Northern Circuit Route takes you to the High Alps Desert on the east side. Here you join with two of the famous routes such as the Lemosho and the Machame before a lonesome walk. You would have an opportunity to marvel at various desert plant species and the iconic shark-tooth volcanic rock formation on the way to the Lava Tower. The hike to the Lava Tower involves smooth acclimatization to the altitude. The end of the day is in sight as soon as you discover the Moir Camp (4,200 m) behind the magnificent Lent Hills. There you can put your feet up and enjoy a hot meal.
Day 6: Moir Hut Camp (4,200 m) to the Buffalo Camp (4020 m)
Walking time: 5 – 7 hours, Distance: 12 km, Height loss:180m
The refreshing mountain air has a revitalizing effect and gives energy for the further ascent. After breakfast, continue your trek from the Moir Valley. Take a short diversion to the top of Lent Hill to admire the view before continuing on the Northern Circuit Trail. You would walk along hilly terrain until you reach the Buffalo Camp. Relax for the night on a breathtaking campsite watching the gigantic views of views of the Kenyan plains.
Day 7: Buffalo Camp (4020 m) to Third Cave (3870 m)
Walking time: 5 – 7 hours, Distance: 8 km, Height loss:150m
Your Kilimanjaro Northern Circuit adventure continues with a restful morning up to the top of the Buffalo Ridge, after lunch you will continue to pace eastwards through the Alpine landscape, the vegetation will become increasingly sparse Rongai Third Cave Camp. At this time of your Kilimanjaro climb, you are fully acclimatized.
Day 8: Third Cave Camp (3870 m) to School Hut (4,800 m)
Hiking time: 4 – 6 hours, Distance: 6 km, Height gain: 930m
This is the last leg of the hike before the final climb to the top of Kilimanjaro. The highlight of the day will be the hike up and over “The Sattle,” a lunar landscape that lies between the Kibo and Mawenzi Peak. You will then travel southwest to School Hut (4,800 m). Your guides will give you a final briefing on the early morning summit hike.
Day 9: School Hut (4,800 m) to Mweka Camp (3060 m)
Hiking time: 11 – 15 hours, Distance: 19 km, Height gain:1095m, Height loss: 2835m
Your last morning on the Kilimanjaro Northern Circuit Route is an early start to the day. You and your mountain guide wander through the darkness of the night towards the main crater rim, to Gilman’s Point. Here you can enjoy a warm cup of tea before relaxing and enjoy the view of the surrounding glaciers. You reach the summit of Kilimanjaro in time to catch the sunrise, one of the most spectacular natural scenery. A feeling of exhilaration will inspire you, you have made it to the highest point of Africa, the Uhuru Peak. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the view before you begin your descent along the crater rim. The Mweka Camp is your last stop of the journey. Fall into a triumphant sleep and admire one last time the starry night sky.
Day 10: Mweka Camp (3060 m) to Mweka Gate (1,640 m) to Moshi
Walking time: 3 – 4 hours, Distance: 10 km, Height loss:1420m
The last hike is short and takes you to the Mweka Gate. You will be greeted by your Toto Africa Adventures driver, who will take you back to the property, where you will find a hot shower, soft mattress and a range of clean clothes, as well as the ceremonial handover of your certificate.
Day 11: Moshi to Kilimanjaro airport
Our driver will take you to the airport from where you will take your return flight home. If you have decided on a safari, then start your second adventure, which we also like to take care of.
Proper equipment is real extremely important to the success, comfort and safety of your trip.
Recommended clothing has four features;
Manages moisture – Wicks perspiration from your skin, use for the base layers.
Should be a durable – comfortable, insulating, breathable, soft fabrics are polarity wind, Gore-Tex wind stopper.
Windproof – waterproof and breathable like Gore-Tex or similar (outer layers)
Insulating material – should be down fill or synthetic-fill and fit cover all layers like, down, prim aloft and polar guard.
3-4 season sleeping bag and silk liner(optional), on the mountain temperature can get down to zero degrees Fahrenheit (-18° C) at night, so bring a warm bag.
Sleeping pad, a closed cell form camping mattress is OK; an inflatable Thermo-Rest is more comfortable.
For the head and face:
- Pile or a wool hat-Bring one that covers ears, a balaclava
- Shade hat or cap and scarf to cover your neck
- Dark sunglasses with strong UV protection (glacier glasses)
- Sunscreen-30 SPF
- Lip salve
- Head torch(flashlight) with spare batteries
For the upper body:
- T-shirts-Synthetics are the best approx 4.
- Upper body layers-long sleeved thermal tops, a fleece/warm jumper (thick winter fleece) and a pile jacket.
- Rain gear-Bring a good of Gore-tax or waterproof clothes.
- Wind stopper (optional you can use rain gear)
- Gloves for summit night (e.g. ski gloves with silk liner or down Mittens are ideal)
- 25-35 liters day sack/rucksack with good waist strap to carry water, camera, snacks etc.
For the legs:
- Quick dry hiking short.
- Long underwear bottoms
- Warm trousers/for the evening and summit day
- Rain paints and wind paint as well.
- Undergarment (enough for duration of the trek)
For the feet:
- Thin socks-Three pair of synthetic socks.
- Thick socks-3/4 pairs of specialist trekking socks, one warm pair for summit day.
- Hiking boot (one pair medium weight)
- Gaiters-To keep dirt, scree and snow out of your boots.
- Tennis shoes (to wear in the camp after a day of hiking)
- Water bottles(minimum 2 liters) Camel back packs(with dust cup) Nalgene bottles, aluminum Sigg, Ideally one bottle should be able to contain hot liquids(optional)
- Water treatment-Bring a water treatment. We will filtrate the water before you use.
- Water flavoring (optional)
- Trekking poles
- Camera/film or memory card, extra batteries
- Casual clothes for traveling, spare day and celebration dinner.
- Isotonic drink powder or tablets (optional)
- Energy bars/chocolate/nuts or energy tablets
- Plastic bags (to protect clothes from rain, for dirty washing, etc)
- Sunglasses (spare)
- Swiss army knife (optional)
- Credit card (in case of emergencies) – let your credit card company know you are traveling to Tanzania
- Money belt to be worn inside trousers or skirt
- If you wear contact lenses it is advisable to also bring your glasses
- Playing cards, reading material etc.
Health and Hygiene
- High-factor sun cream (30SPF) and lip salve (mountain sun can be very strong)
- Wet wipes
- Antibacterial hand gel
- Biodegradable nappy sacks (optional, but useful to store rubbish)
- Personal toiletries (please only bring biodegradable products)
- Earplugs (in case of snorers!)
- Toilet paper (will be provided)
- Lightweight trekking towel
- Vaseline/talcum powder
Small Medical Kit
Although you will have a team Medically Trained Guide in your trip, it is advisable bring along a small personal medical kit.
- Dimox (Accetomalozide) for altitude adjustment
Dexemethasone (Emergence medicine)
- Antiseptic cream
- Plasters (band-aids)
- Lint wound dressing
- Knee support
- Crepe bandage
- Safety pins
- Pain killers (Paracetamol and ibuprofen)
- Insect repellent
- Deep heat ointment
- Diareze/Imodium, Cipro and Pepto-Bismol
- Oral rehydration salts
- Compeed blister plasters (Moleskin)
- Malaria tablets /Malaron
Note: Malaron, Dimox and Dexamethasone are prescription medicine we highly recommending you to discuss with your Doctor. We are not carrying this medicine in our First Aid Kit.
Hiring any additional clothing upon booking we will provide equipment hiring price list, upon arrival in Moshi we will check over any clothing/equipment you have.
COTTON clothing must be avoided, because its dries very slowly, choose wool or synthetic fabrics that wicks the sweat and moisture from your skin.
Mountain medication (A few drugs that help AMS)
Note: Malaron and Dimox are prescription medicine we highly recommending you to discuss with your Doctor. We are not carrying this medicine in our First Aid Kit
The price per person for group expeditions are fixed based on a group size. However, we have optional arrangements for individual private and tailor-made preferences best suited for you, your family and friends.
Group Booking Prices
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||9 - 10 Peoples
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