- Length: 9 days
- Itinerary category: Kilimanjaro trekking
- Destination: Mt Kilimanjaro via Northern circuit
- Route specifics: Northern circuit is the newest and longest route which provides the most sceneric views of the mountain. Its suited for hikers with little experience due to higher summit success rate
- Travel activity: Mountain trekking
- Major attractions: Africa’s highest mountain, five climatic zones
- Starting point: Moshi
- Ending point: Moshi/Arusha
Day 1: Londorossi Gate (2100 m)To Mti Mkubwa Camp (2829 m)
Pickup from your accommodations in Moshi and drive to Londorossi gate for registration formalities. Transfer by vehicle to the route starting point located 12km from the gate. Get time to have lunch before the climb. Start climbing through the beautiful forest with beautiful views while spotting elephants, bufallos and other animals. The trail leads on to Mti Mkubwa for an overnight stay.
Day 2: Mti Mkubwa Camp (2829 m) To Shira Camp 1 (3505 m)
Climb through the rainforest into the moorland zone while approaching Shira ridge. Get time to have lunch enroute and continue hiking to reach Shira camp 1 in the late afternoon. An overnight stay at the camp.
Day 3: Shira Camp 1 (3505 m) To Shira 2 Camp (3840 m)
Acclimatization day where you trek through the Shira plateau while exploring its surroundings. The path leads to Shira 2 camp to arrive in the late afternoon. Get time for rest to gain energy for the next day. Dinner and sleep at the camp.
Day 4: Shira 2 Camp (3840 m) To Lava Tower (4630 m) To Moir hut (4000 m)
The day provides extra acclimatization time where you will climb up the Lava tower. Get time to rest and have lunch while at the tower. Descend the tower and continue hiking to reach Moir hut. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.
Day 5: Moir Hut (4206 m) To Buffalo Camp (4020 m)
Climb steadily from Moir valley to approach the summit of Lent hills before joining the Northern circuit trail. Explore the beautiful landscape which displays such magnificent view of the plains stretching to the Kenyan border. Walk to finally reach Buffalo camp in the evening for an overnight stay.
Day 6: Buffalo Camp (4020 m) To Third Cave (3870 m)
Have a hot breakfast and start climbing the Buffalo Ridge which provides beautiful views and a remote wilderness feeling. Have lunch enroute and proceed hiking to reach Third cave for an overnight stay.
Day 7: Third Cave (3870 m) to School Hut (4800 m)
Start climbing steadily over the “Saddle” lying between peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. Have lunch enroute and proceed hiking to School Hut where you arrive in the afternoon. Take time resting and gaining energy for the next day. Drink as much water as possible and retire to bed early by 7:00 pm.
Day 8: Ascent To The Summit
Wake up around 23:00 for a cup of coffee and adding more warm clothes. Start climbing by midnight through the volcanic scree while approaching Stella point (5685 m). Reach at the summit at sunrise for spectacular view of glaciers. Take another round trip to finally reach Uhuru peak (the roof of Africa). Get time for photographs and some rest at the summit. Start descending to reach at Mweka hut in the evening for an overnight stay.
Day 9: Retrace To Mweka Gate
Hike through the rainforest to reach the final destination at Mweka gate. Get awarded with certificates where golden certificates are given to hikers who reached Uhuru peak and green to those who reached Stella point. Show appreciation by tipping guides, cooks and porters. Get transferred to Moshi for much celebrating and hot shower.