The best Kilimanjaro Climbing 11 days northern circuit in 2024

11 days northern circuit kilimanjaro climbing


11 days Northern Circuit Kilimanjaro climb is a popular route for summiting Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa.

It is known for its scenic beauty, low traffic, and high success rates.

The Northern Circuit route is the longest and newest route to climb Kilimanjaro,

offering a more gradual ascent and ample time for acclimatization.

It typically takes around 10 to 11 days to complete, allowing climbers to maximize their

chances of reaching the summit successfully.


11-day northern circuit route to Kilimanjaro is how much?

The best price for the most popular 11-day Kilimanjaro climbing via Northern circuit route is affordable per climber

for the successful Kilimanjaro summit

at 5,895 meters (19,341 feet) the highest mountain in Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain in the world.

11 days Northern Circuit route success rate on Kilimanjaro climbing

The best successful Kilimanjaro summit rate up to 5,895 meters (19,341 feet) of the 11 days Northern Circuit route is from 95% to 98%.

This highest successful summit rate of the 11-day Kilimanjaro Northern Circuit route is due to the best itinerary the allows ample acclimatization time for

climbers, enabling them to adapt to higher altitude and hence increasing their summit success rates.

This 11 northern circuit route same as Kilimanjaro Lemosho route package is favorable to solo hikers, group joining hikers, friends, and families with


Package Inclusion & Exclusions


  • Guide, Porters
  • Park Fees, Tax
  • Gate transfer
  • Crew wages
  • Environment fees
  • During the climb you will be camping throughout you climb!
  • Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners
  • Drinking water
  • Cook


  • Flights
  • Tipping the crew
  • Visas

11 days Kilimanjaro climbing via northern circuit itinerary

The best full detailed day-by-day itinenary for the 11-day Kilimanjaro climbing via Northern Circuit route:

Day 0: Northern circuit, Arrive in Tanzania;

Day 1: Northern circuit, Moshi to Londrossi gate to Big tree (Mti Mkubwa) camp;

Day 2: Northern circuit, Big Tree (Mti Mkubwa) camp to Shira One camp;

Day 3: Northern circuit, Shira One camp to Shira Two camp;

Day 4: Northern circuit, Shira Two camp to Moir Hut Camp;

Day 5: Northern circuit, Moir Hut Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco camp;

Day 6: Northern circuit, Barranco camp to Karanga camp;

Day 7: Northern circuit, Karanga camp to Barafu Camp;

Day 8: Northern circuit, Barafu Camp to summit to Mweka camp;

Day 9: Northern circuit, Mweka camp to Mweka gate to Moshi town.

Day 0: Northern Circuit, Arrive in Tanzania

You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to the Kilimanjaro White house hotel bed and breakfast in Moshi town; you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear.

The missing gear can be rented on this day.

Day 1: Northern Circuit, Londorossi Gate (2,100 meters) – Start Point 2,360 meters to Mti Mkubwa Camp

(2,820 meters) Distance: ~5.5km / 3 miles Trekking time: 3-4 hours Zone: Rainforest The Northern Circuit Route begins at Londorossi Gate (2,100 meters) in the West, the same start points as the Lemosho Route.

The drive to Londorossi Gate takes approximately two hours from Moshi and considerably longer from Arusha. Registration with the Kilimanjaro National Park authorities occurs at the gate and then you will be driven further up the mountain to the trailhead starting point.

Most tour operators serve lunch here before the short first day trek to Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,820 meters) begins.

You may get lucky and spot large wildlife like elephant and buffalo that sometimes emerge from the rainforest onto the path as you trek towards your first camp. Dinner will be served when you reach Mti Mkubwa Camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 2: Northern Circuit, Mti Mkubwa Camp (2,820 meters) to Shira Camp 1 (3,610 meters)

Distance: ~5.5km / 3 miles Trekking time: 3-4 hours Zone: Rainforest Full Board at Shira One Camp We continue on the trail leading out of the forest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather, and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards.

As we ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, we reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 camp.

The view of Kibo from across the plateau is amazing. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 3: Northern Circuit, Shira Camp 1 (3,610 meters) to Shira Camp 2 (3,850 meters)

Distance: ~7km / 4 miles Trekking time: 3-4 hours Zone: Rainforest / Low Alpine Zone On day three the trek crosses the Shira Plateau from Shira Camp 1 to Shira Camp 2. Nine-day trekkers usually spend the night at Shira Camp 2 where they will join trekkers from the Machame Route.

At Shira Camp 2 it is worth trekking a little higher up the plateau to enjoy the stunning view across the valley below and Western Breach of Kilimanjaro above. The plateau is exposed so be prepared for a cold night with temperatures getting below zero.

Note: Trekkers on an eight-day hike will continue east up the Shira Plateau ridge and on to Lava Tower (4,600 meters) and then back down via the Northern Circuit to Moir Camp (4,200 meters). Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 4: Northern Circuit, Shira Camp 2 (3,850 meters) to Moir Camp (4,200 meters)

Distance: ~14km / 8 miles Trekking time: 5-7 hours Zone: Low alpine zone / High alpine zone Day four is a long trek heading east which passes through the ‘Garden of the Senecios’ and then enters the high alpine desert zone.

The morning is spent trekking up to Lava Tower and the iconic Shark’s Tooth rock formation at 4,600 meters, where you will have lunch.

After lunch you will join the northern circuit heading down to Moir Camp at 4,200 meters (see map above).

This is an important day in your trek as you will get to experience high altitude and then sleep low, which is good for the acclimatization process. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 5: Northern Circuit, Moir Camp – Lava Tower. Full Day Acclimatization

Moir Camp to Lava Tower Elevation (Meters): Shira Camp 2 (3,850 meters) to Lava Tower (4,600 meters) Distance: 7 km. Hiking Time: 4-6 hours. Habitat: Alpine desert zone.

Full Board at Lava Tower 2 A morning of gentle ascent and panoramic views, leaving the moorland plateau behind to walk on lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. After lunch near the Lava Tower (14,900 ft),

we will proceed to do acclimatization on the Lava tower till evening then back to camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Northern Circuit, Moir Camp (4,200 meters) to Buffalo Camp (4,020 meters)

Distance: ~12km / 7 miles Trekking time: 5-7 hours Zone: High alpine zone Day five involves a moderately steep climb out of Moir Valley.

Trekkers can take a small detour here to climb the summit of Little Lent Hill at 4,375 meters before returning to the Northern Circuit trail.

From here the route follows a series of inclines and declines, skirting around the northern slopes of Kibo to Buffalo Camp (4,020 meters). The trek gives great vistas out across the plains that lie north of Kilimanjaro and stretch out to the Kenyan / Tanzanian border.

You will arrive at Buffalo Camp just after midday, where you will have lunch and have time to rest after a long day of hiking. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 7: Northern Circuit, Buffalo Camp (4,020 meters) to Rongai Third Cave (3,800 meters)

Distance: ~8km / 5 miles Trekking time: 5-7 hours Zone: High alpine zone and low alpine zone Day seven starts with a climb up the Buffalo ridge and down into Pofu Camp where lunch is usually served.

The route then continues east around the northern slopes to the Rongai Third Cave at 3,800 meters. The trek is shorter than the day before and by now you should be feeling well-acclimatized to the altitude. You will arrive at the Third Cave just around mid-afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 8: Northern Circuit, Third Cave Full-Day Acclimatization

Distance: ~15km / 8 miles Trekking time: 4-5 hours Zone: High alpine zone and glacial zone Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

After breakfast to the Rongai Third Cave at 3,800 meters.

The trek is shorter than the day before and by now you should be feeling well-acclimatized to the altitude.

Day 9: Northern Circuit, Third Cave/School Hut

You climb steadily up and over the “Saddle,” which sits between Kibo and Mawenzi. We continue on to our camp, School Hut.

Once here we rest and enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day. Elevation: 12,700 ft to 15,600 ft, Distance: 5 km/3 miles, Hiking Time: 4-5 hours, Habitat: Alpine Desert

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 10: Northern Circuit, School Hut (4,800 meters) to Uhuru Peak (5895m) to Millennium Camp (3790m)

Distance: ~6km / 3.5 miles ascent and 10.5km / 6-mile descent Trekking time: 6-8 hours ascent and then 4–6-hour descent Zone:

Glacial zone and all preceding zones Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included You will be awoken around 11:30 pm with hot tea and biscuits and will then begin the steep incline up the slopes of Kibo under the cover of darkness.

Your first check-point is Hans Meyer Cave where you will take a short break.

The climb steepens as you approach Gilman’s Point (5,681 meters), which will be around 5-6 hours after departing School Hut. Take a moment to enjoy the approaching dawn and incredible view out and across to Mawenzi Peak, but remember you still have 2 hours trekking to reach Uhuru Peak so dig deep for the energy.

The slope flattens as you head west around the crater rim and you should arrive at the summit at or just after sunrise. Your stay here will be brief so get as many pictures as you can of the incredible views and surrounding glaciers.

You will then retrace your steps back around the crater rim to Stella Point (5,739 meters) where you will turn south and head down the heavily screed slopes of Kibo to Barafu Camp (4,680 meters). Most trekkers take a short break here before continuing down to Millennium Camp (3,950 meters) for your final night on the mountain.

In total you will be trekking for 14-16 hours on day eight so it is important to pace yourself, remain hydrated and keep your blood sugar levels up. Note: some tour operators return via Gilman’s Point to Horombo Hut using the Marangu Route.

Day 11: Northern Circuit, Millennium Camp (3,950 meters) to Mweka Gate (1,640 meters)

Distance: ~10km / 6.5 miles Trekking time: 3-4 hours Zone: Rainforest zone The final day is a short hike through the dense montane rainforest from Millennium Camp (3,950 meters) to Mweka Gate (1,640 meters).

At the gate you will need to sign-out with the authorities, who will also provide you with your official certificate – a green certificate for those who made it to Gilman’s Point and a gold certificate for those who reached Uhuru Peak.

It is customary to give your guide and porter tips before being driven back to your hotel in Moshi. Day of departure: Transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport.

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