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9 Day Kilimanjaro Trekking Through Northen Circuit Route

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  • The Northern Circuit route is our newest offering on Mount Kilimanjaro
  • 360 degrees of beautiful scenery all along the trail
  • Good route for acclimatization giving you the highest chance of summit success
The Northern Circuit route is our newest offering on Mount Kilimanjaro. This special 9 day climb offers excellent views from all sides of the mountain, including the quiet, rarely visited northern slopes.

The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the west, beginning with a long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate. From there, the first two days are spent trekking through the rainforest to Shira Ridge, before crossing the Shira Plateau. Afterwards, the route heads north and circles clockwise from Moir Hut to Buffalo Camp to School Hut, before summiting from the east. Descent is made via the Mweka route.

The Northern Circuit route is certainly one of the best routes on Kilimanjaro. While you trek, you will see nearly 360 degrees of beautiful scenery as you traverse the mountain at 13,000 feet.

As the longest route on Kilimanjaro, the Northern Circuit also has the longest acclimatization time, giving you the highest chance of reaching the summit successfully. Thus, the Northern Circuit route is highly recommended.

The Northern Circuit is offered as a nine day group climb or private climb.
customer reviews
5.0 - Excellent Based on 2 reviews
Once in a lifetime experience hiking through Kilimanjaro's Northern Circuit
Gerardo At
5 - Excellent
“Enosa Expeditions did an amazing job organizing a 9-day tour of Kilimanjaro and a 3-day safari tour. We definitely enjoyed ourselves. The guides, cooks, and porters for both the safari and the trek were knowledgeable, professional, and friendly. Noel, the coordinator, was very responsive and attentive to all our needs. Everyone in our 5 person group was able to summit Kilimanjaro without any problems, and none of us got altitude sickness. The accommodations at Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel, our place of stay, were also excellent. I will definitely recommend Enosa to anyone who wants to ascend Kilimanjaro or have a fun time in Tanzania.”
Absolutely Wonderful!!
Jennifer At
5 - Excellent
“Enosa Expeditions is absolutely the best company with which to summit Kilimanjaro. My wife and I just went in July. We contacted several companies before choosing Enosa to plan our trip, and we were glad we did. Noel (A manager) was very, very helpful to communicate with by e-mail and phone. He listened closely to what we wanted, helped us make decisions based on his close knowledge of Tanzania, and responded patiently and promptly to my endless lists of questions...even helped me learn a few words of Swahili.
The hiking was beautiful, challenging but not overwhelming. Everyone in our group was able to summit because of the guiding, leadership and support of all the team. The guides, assistant guides, chef, and porters are excellent. Very professional and helpful. We choose Enosa because of its reputation for safety and success.
The only way to see the real Tanzania is with Enosa Expeditions. Their first priority is that you have the trip of your lifetime. They have a wonderful staff of friendly and helpful locals. The food is amazing. The guides are simply the best of the best. Regan and John are extremely knowledgeable, helpful and friendly for Mount Kilimanjaro.
We think the company offers some unique insights/experiences into the country because it is owned by Tanzanians.
Although I don't know when my schedule will permit it, I am already looking forward to my next trip with Enosa.”
45 minutes Hotel
We will send a driver to the airport to pick you up and take you to the hotel in Moshi. Orientation will take place at the hotel. Our guides will emphasize all the important details regarding your trek and an inspection on your hiking gear will occur.
3 hours Camping
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. The last section of the road is of poor quality and difficult to drive after rain, sometimes we start walking a kilometer or two below the road head.

We have our lunch at the road head before starting to walk. It is an easy day of walking up a small path through beautiful and lush forest.

We camp at Lemosho Big Tree Camp (2,650 m)
7 hours Camping
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 centre of the plateau at “Shira One” (3,550 m).
5 hours Camping
We walk to the summit of Shira Cathedral before reaching the next camp at Shira Hut (3,840 m). This campsite has stunning views, close to the glaciated dome of Kibo and the jagged rim of Shira Plateau.

The views from here of Mt. Meru floating on the clouds are simply unforgettable.
7 hours Camping
In the morning we follow the main trail up to Lava Tower, and for those feeling strong there is a possibility to climb up to the ruined hut at Arrow Glacier around 4,800m.

We then continue from Lava Tower to reach our campsite at Moir Hut (4,200m).
7 hours Camping
We climb out of the Moir Valley and take a short detour to reach the summit of Little Lent hill at 4,375 meters. 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 (4,150m). At the camp there is a feeling of space as the Kenyan plains stretch out far below to the north.
7 hours Camping
From Buffalo Camp we climb up to the top of ‘Buffalo Ridge’ and drop down the other side to reach Pofu, nearby the is a small spring and some vegetation. The trail continues eastwards through a landscape that has increasingly sparse vegetation to eventually reach Third Cave Camp (3,900m).
7 hours Camping
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 School Hut Campsite (4,700m) in the early afternoon.

The remainder of the afternoon is spent resting and preparing for the summit day.
15 hours Camping
We will start our ascent by torchlight at about midnight so that we can be up on the Crater rim by sunrise. The steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to Gilmans Point (5,685 m) in about five or six hours.

We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. The trail leads west along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m), 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 (3,800 m).
4 hours Hotel
A sustained descent through lovely forest with lush undergrowth takes us to the National Park gate at Mweka (1,650 m) and on through coffee and banana farms to Mweka village.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro Airport or alternatively you can extend your trip in Tanzania and go on safari.
what’s included
  • Transfer from and to the International Airport
  • National park fees
  • Certified and Experienced professional English speaking guide
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Accommodation
what's excluded
  • Tips
  • Optional acytivities
  • Sleeping bag
  • Personal mountain gears
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 11 days
Tour Type Private Tour
Age Requirement 5 +
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Maximum altitude 5895 meters
Trek difficulty Hard
Meeting/Start Point Pick-up at your hotel or location in Moshi, Tanzania
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