9 days Northern Circuit Route

The Northern Circuit is the most current and best route to reach the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro. This route offers a 98% success rate to reach Uhuru Peak due to the fusion of the prominent features that other routes have to offer for a magnificent hike. The northern circuit route is endowed with spectacular scenery, tranquility, less strenuous, and the ability to glimpse a variety of wildlife, which is makes it an ideal trail for all climbers, whether beginners or experienced.

Despite the fact that one can summit Kilimanjaro for at least 5 or 6 days, the northern circuit route takes on 8 to 9 days so that climbers can enjoy more of the mountain, as well as more time for acclimatization.

Detailed Itinerary

On arrival, a representative from Aloyo Safaris will pick you up, thereafter, he  will brief you about your 9 days Kilimanjaro Northern circuit trip to summit Uhuru Peak. From here, you will be transferred to your preferred lodge for dinner and an overnight rest.

Day 1: Arusha to Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa /Forest Camp

7,742 ft to 9,498 ft, 4 miles, approx. 3-4 hours


You will have breakfast in the morning, then set off by 9:00am with the driver, who will transfer you westwards, for approximately 3-4 hours  to Londorossi gate, where you will finish the registration procedures. You will then be provided with packed lunch, then head for another 45 minutes’ drive to Lemosho glades where your trek will start.

Hike up steeply  through the verdant rain forest, which could be very wet and muddy, in about 3 hours.

You will then break off for  lunch, shortly after, proceed to Mti Mkubwa camp, where you will reach in the afternoon. Settle and wait for dinner and an overnight sleep.

Day 2:  Forest Camp to Shira 1 Camp

9,498 ft to 11,500 ft, 5 miles, approx. 5-6 hours

Following your morning breakfast, you will descend from the lush slopes of Lemosho through the pordocarpus & juniper, then branch off to the heather zone of heather, shira plateau( which was previously  known as  the peak of Kilimanjaro before collapsing) & volcanic rock wrapped with Lichen

You will stop for a lunch break along the trail, but later on reach the Shira camp in the afternoon for dinner & overnight. It is at this point that one can see the magnificent peak of Kilimanjaro-Kibo  from a suitable angle

Day 3: Shira 1 to Shira 2 11,500 ft to 12,500 ft, 4 miles, 3-4 hours

Have your morning breakfast, then embark on hike up the Shira plateau to Shira Camp 2 at 3,850 meters, where you will meet trekkers from the Machame Route as you  enjoying breathtaking views across the valley beneath and Western Breach of Kilimanjaro above, hence one has to be prepared for a cold night with low temperatures below zero.

Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Camping

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Shira 2 to Moir Hut Camp

12,500 ft to 13,580 ft (Lava Tower), down to 15,190 ft, 8 miles, 5-7 hours

Following your early morning breakfast, depart the forest, then set off  for the moderate grade walk,  which takes you to high altitude Shira Caldera to Shira Cave with fabulous views of Arrow. You will then camp here at night, at 4200m.

Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Camping

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Moir Camp to Buffalo Camp/Pofu Camp

13,580 ft to 13,200 ft, 7 miles, 5-7 hours

You will trek out of the Moir Valley and  reach the Lent Hills (15,400ft) peak. You will be stunned by its beautiful views, there after return to the trail and proceed eastwards around the northern circuit trail- the final section of today’s walk winds until you arrive at  reaching the location of Pofu Camp.

Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Camping

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Buffalo Camp / Pofu to Third Cave

13,200 ft to 12,700 ft, 5 miles, 5-7 hours

Have breakfast, and leave Pofu Camp and trek cross a number small valleys as the trail heads eastwards through a landscape with increasingly little/no vegetation to finally arrive at the Third Cave Camp.

Dinner & overnight at the cave Camp.

Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Camping

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Third Cave to School Hut Camp 12,700 ft to 15,600 ft, 3 miles, 4-5 hours

Ascend steeply after your morning breakfast, to reach the lunar landscape between the Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. There after you continue upwards and arrive at School Hut in the early afternoon. Spend the rest of the afternoon for the summit day.

Dinner and overnight at School hut.

Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Camping

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: School Hut to Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp

15,600 ft to 19,341 ft to 10,065, 4 miles ascent, 7 miles descent, 6-8 hours ascent, 4-6 hours descent

You will wake up early for breakfast before midnight, after then you will set off at 0000hrs, climbing through the weak volcanic scree to arrive at the crater rim at Gillman’s Point. At this point, you will take a short brake, as you fully enjoy the stunning views of the sun rising over Mawenzi peak. You will then continues through the snow for 1 hour,  at Uhuru Peak, passing nearby to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still cover majority of the summit surrounding . You will spend  time capturing great moments on the  peak, as you celebrate your victory.  Retrace your way back to the cater rim at Stella Point and then move further downwards through Barafu Camp to reach Mweka Camp

Accommodations: Kilimanjaro Camping

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate

10,065 ft to 5,380 ft, 6 miles, 3-4 hours

On this day, as you wrap up your 9 days Kilimanjaro Northern circuit route,  you will be wake  up for your final celebration upon your summit success. After then  You will  set off for the final 3 hour scenic trek downwards to Mweka Gate, where you will be awarded a certificate. The safari driver guide will then  take you for lunch in a reliable restaurant, afterword drop you at your reserved lodge of  preference