Trekking Highlights

Unlike the other west approaching routes which following the southern circuit via Barranco Valley, the Northern Circuit traverses the mountain around the quiet, rarely visited northern slopes. While you trek, you will see nearly 360 degrees of beautiful scenery as you traverse the mountain at nearly 4,000 meters. 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.

Day 1 Airport pick-up - Drop off at Hotel

You will be picked up by the staff of Jerry Tanzania Tours from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and driven to your hotel in Moshi. In the evening your guides will meet you at the hotel to brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day.
Accommodation: Panama Garden Resort
Journey time and Distance: 1 hour, 40 km from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Moshi.

Day 2 Moshi – Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa Camp

After an early breakfast (08.00 a.m.), we will leave the hotel one hour later to arrive at the Londorossi Gate for registration around 12.00 p.m., and in time to have our picnic lunch. After Londorossi, we will have a short drive to the start-point of today’s walk. Today our walk is a distance of 7 kilometres, with an expected 3 to 4 hours of walking time.
- Elevation: From 2,250 metres to 2,650 metres
- Walking time: 3-4 hours
- Distance: 7 kilometres
- Environment: Montane forest
Meals: Breakfast, Picnic lunch box and Dinner
Accommodation: Mti Mkubwa Camp

Day 3 From Mti Mkubwa Camp to Shira Camp 1

As you walk along the thin trail through the rainforest, you will notice the vegetation becoming scarcer and scarcer until you finally reach moorland filled with Lobelia and Eric plants.  Ascending through rolling hills, you will reach Shira Camp 1 in about 4-5 hours. Looking over the Shira Plateau from your camp you will be able to see the unmistakable snow-capped summit of Kibo. A hearty evening meal and a last glimpse at the starry sky will bring the day to a close.
- Elevation: From 2,650 metres to 3,610 metres
- Walking time: 4-5 hours
- Distance: 8 kilometres
- Environment: Moorland
Meals: Breakfast, Picnic lunch box and Dinner
Accommodation: Shira Camp 1

Day 4 From Shira Camp 1 to Shira Camp 2

After breakfast you continue your trek, which today will be less tiring than the day before. You will cross Shira Ridge which will allows for great views of the Rift Valley and Mt Meru. The ever changing landscape will again surprise you with a different terrain, you will walk on ground where lava once flowed. You will also pass the big Senecien that can grow to more or less 9 metres in height. Shira Camp 2 will be your destination for the night at (3,850 metres), 240 metres more than night before.
- Elevation: From 3,610 metres to 3,850 metres
- Walking time: 4-5 hours
- Distance: 7 kilometres
- Environment: Moorland
Meals: Breakfast, Picnic lunch box and Dinner
Accommodation: Shira Camp 2

Day 5 From Shira Camp 2 to Moir Hut Camp

Today, you will trek in high altitude and sleep in a low altitude, which is good for the acclimatization process. You will spent the morning trekking up to Lava Tower and the iconic Shark’s Tooth rock formation at 4,600 meters where you will have lunch. After, you will head down to the northern circuit to Moir Hut Camp at 4,200 meters.
- Elevation: From 3,850 metres to 4,200 metres
- Walking time: 6-7 hours
- Distance: 14 kilometres
- Environment: Semi desert
Meals: Breakfast, Picnic lunch box and Dinner
Accommodation: Moir Hut Camp

Day 6 From Moir Hut Camp to Buffalo Camp

You will leave Moir Valley and take a short walk to reach the summit of Little Lent hill at 4,375 metres with amazing views. After, you will return to the trail and head eastwards throughout the northern circuit path to Buffalo Camp. Here, you will be welcomed with a vast space of Kenyan plains stretch out far below to the north.
- Elevation: From 4,200 metres to 4,020 metres
- Walking time: 7-8 hours
- Distance: 12 kilometres
- Environment: Semi-desert
Meals: Breakfast, Picnic lunch box and Dinner
Accommodation: Buffalo Camp

Day 7 From Buffalo Camp to Rongai Third Cave Camp

Today, the trek will be shorter and you should be feeling well acclimatized to the altitude. We climb up the Buffalo ridge and down into Pofu Camp where lunch will be served. The route then continues east around the northern slopes to the Rongai Third Cave at 3,800 metres. You will arrive at the Third Cave just around mid-afternoon.
- Elevation: From 4,020 metres to 3,800 metres
- Walking time: 6 hours
- Distance: 7 kilometres
- Environment: Moorland
Meals: Breakfast, Picnic lunch box and Dinner
Accommodation: Rongai Third Cave Camp

Day 8 From Rongai Third Cave Camp to School Hut

Although your body will have had a good amount of time to acclimatize over the last days, you are likely to feel the altitude weighing down on you as you steadily climb higher towards School Hut (4,800 metres). Make sure to drink lots of water and stick to your guide’s slow pace. Take a few breaks to rest when possible and enjoy stunning views across the saddle to Mawenzi. After 4 to 5 hours you will arrive at School Hut. In preparation for the final stretch to the summit, you will have an early dinner before going to bed to rest for a few hours before the final climb.
- Elevation: From 3,800 metres to 4,800 metres
- Walking time: 4-5 hours
- Distance: 10 kilometres
- Environment: Alpine desert
Meals: Breakfast, Picnic lunch box and Dinner
Accommodation: School Hut

Day 9 From School Hut to summit at Uhuru Peak, descent to Millennium Camp

You will start your ascent by headlamp about 12:00 a.m. so that you can be up on the crater rim by sunrise. It will be a steep climb for about 5 or 6 hours after departing School Hut over unfastened volcanic scree up to Gilman’s Point (5,681 metres). You shall rest here for a while admiring the daybreak over the peak of Mawenzi. The trail leads west alongside the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,895 metres), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that additionally occupy quite a lot of the summit area. You will then retrace your steps alongside the crater rim to Stella Point. Afterwards, you will descend down to Barafu Camp where the porters will meet you with a packed lunch. After the meal and some rest, you will make your way down to Millennium Camp. Millennium Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, you will enjoy your last dinner on the mountain and get some well-earned sleep.
- Elevation: From 4,800 metres to 5,895 metres (and down to 3,950 metres)
- Highest Point: 5,895 (Uhuru Peak)
- Walking time: 12-15 hours (6-7 hours ascent / 6-8 hours descent)
- Distance: Approximately 16 kilometres ( 6 kilometres ascent/ 10 kilometres descent)
- Environment: Stone scree, ice-capped peak and moorland
Meals: Breakfast, Picnic lunch box and Dinner
Accommodation: Millennium Camp

Day 10 Descent from Millennium Camp to Mweka Gate Moshi

The final leg of your amazing adventure begins after breakfast with a traditional farewell Ceremony from the mountain crew. Then a gentle 5 to 6 hours’ descent through the rainforest continues to Mweka Gate, where your driver will be waiting for you. He will take you back to the hotel in Moshi and after a warm shower, the rest of the day is free to rest, relax at the pool or celebrate your achievement.
- Elevation: From 3,950 metres to 1,630 metres
- Walking time: 5-6 hours
- Distance: 12 kilometres
- Environment: Montane forest
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Panama Garden Resort

Day 11 Departure

This day left for your next destination. If you have safari, then might be used to beginning your safari or fly to Zanzibar or fly back home. Our vehicle will be ready to take you to the airport at your time.
Meals: Breakfast


  • Round trip airport transfer
  • Accommodation: 2 nights in Moshi, 8 nights on the mountain
    1st night
    Panama Garden Resort on Bed and Breakfast
    2nd night
    Mti Mkubwa Camp
    3rd night
    Shira Camp 1
    4th night
    Shira Camp 2
    5th night
    Moir Hut Camp
    6th night
    Buffalo Camp
    7th night
    Rongai Third Cave Camp
    8th night
    School Hut
    9th night
    Millennium Camp
    10th night
    Panama Garden Resort on Bed and Breakfast
  • Trip Crew:
    – Mountain Guide
    – Mountain Cook
    – Mountain Porters
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  •  Meals:
    10 Breakfast, 8 Lunch, 8 Dinner
    Treated Drinking Water
  • Park fees
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Oxygen for altitude sickness emergencies
  • Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent
  • Camping Equipment:
    – Sleeping Tents
    – Dinning Tents
    – Sleeping mattress
    – Utensils
    – Tables and chairs
  • Award:
    Certificate of Achievement if you reach Gilman’s Point (5,681 metres) or Uhuru Peak (5,895 metres).


  •  International & Domestic Flights
  •  Alcoholic and soft drinks
  •  Trekking gear
  •  Sleeping bag
  •  Visa fees
    $100 per person for US Nationals and $50 per person for other Country Nationals.
  • Tips:
    – Senior Mountain Guide: $20 per day / per group.
    – Assistant Mountain Guide: $15 per day / per assistant guide/ per group.
    – Mountain Cook: $15 per day / per group.
    – Mountain Porter: $10 per day / per porter.
  • Laundry service
  • Mountaineering insurance

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