Spirit of Kilimanjaro

10 Days

Northern Circuit Route


Northern Circuit Route Kilimanjaro Trek

The 10-Day Northern Circuit Route Kilimanjaro Trek is a remarkable and comprehensive journey that encircles the entire mountain. This unique route offers solitude and diverse ecosystems, from lush rainforests to alpine deserts. It provides ample time for acclimatization with the highest summit success rate. Starting at the Londorossi Gate, it traverses less-visited trails and boasts captivating views. Highlights include the Lemosho Glades and the Northern Ice Field. Summit Day takes you to Uhuru Peak, Africa’s highest point, before descending to Mweka Camp. This is an extended and well-balanced trek, perfect for those seeking an immersive Kilimanjaro experience. book Northern Circuit Route Kilimanjaro Trek


Day 1: Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree) Camp

Your 10-Day Northern Circuit Route Kilimanjaro Trek begins at the Londorossi Gate, where you’ll complete park registrations. A short drive takes you to the trailhead. The trek starts through lush rainforests, covering a distance of approximately 6 kilometers. You’ll climb gradually, setting a manageable pace for your journey. Your first overnight stop is at Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree) Camp, nestled at an elevation of around 2,750 meters.

Day 2: Mti Mkubwa Camp to Shira 1 Camp

The trail continues through the rainforest, leading you to the moorland zone. The terrain becomes more rugged, and the flora changes. The day’s trek, approximately 8 kilometers, takes you to Shira 1 Camp, situated at an altitude of around 3,505 meters. The vistas of Kilimanjaro’s volcanic formations are captivating.

Day 3: Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp

You’ll trek to Shira 2 Camp, located at approximately 3,850 meters. This segment of the journey is relatively short, covering about 7 kilometers. The landscape evolves into an alpine desert, providing a unique and captivating setting.

Day 4: Shira 2 Camp to Lava Tower to Moir Hut

Today’s trek offers a combination of challenges and awe-inspiring scenery. You’ll climb to Lava Tower, reaching an altitude of approximately 4,600 meters. This high point aids in acclimatization before descending to Moir Hut, nestled at about 4,200 meters. The total distance covered on this day is roughly 10 kilometers.

Day 5: Moir Hut to Buffalo Camp

Your Northern Circuit Route Kilimanjaro Trek continues through the alpine desert, heading to Buffalo Camp, situated at an elevation of around 4,020 meters. This day’s trek is approximately 12 kilometers, offering solitary and captivating landscapes.

Day 6: Buffalo Camp to Rongai Third Cave

You’ll trek to Rongai Third Cave, perched at about 3,800 meters. The distance covered is approximately 7 kilometers, and the terrain remains alpine and rugged, providing a tranquil and remote setting.

Day 7: Rongai Third Cave to School Hut

This day’s journey spans about 10 kilometers and gradually ascends to School Hut, your base for summit day. Situated at an elevation of around 4,750 meters, this camp prepares you for the challenges ahead.

Day 8: Summit Day – School Hut to Uhuru Peak and back to Crater Camp

The most demanding and rewarding day begins with an early morning ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa, just before sunrise. After celebrating your achievement, you’ll descend to Crater Camp, nestled at an altitude of about 5,730 meters. This is a long and demanding day, covering a total distance of roughly 12 kilometers.

Day 9: Crater Camp to Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp

After witnessing the sunrise from Uhuru Peak, you’ll descend to Mweka Camp, located at about 3,100 meters. The day encompasses approximately 18 kilometers of trekking.

Day 10: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

The final day of your trek takes you from Mweka Camp to the Mweka Gate, descending through the lush rainforest zone. The journey spans about 10 kilometers, offering a different perspective of the mountain. Upon reaching the Mweka Gate, you’ll receive your summit certificates and express your gratitude to your dedicated guides and porters.

The 10-Day Northern Circuit Route Kilimanjaro Trek offers an extended and all-encompassing journey around the mountain, providing ample time for acclimatization and captivating scenery. Proper acclimatization, physical preparation, and experienced guides are essential for a safe and memorable climb.


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