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9 Days orthern circuit Route – Kilimanjaro Trekking

Overview

The 9-day Northern Circuit route on Mount Kilimanjaro is a less-traveled, yet increasingly popular trek offering stunning panoramic views and excellent acclimatization opportunities. Beginning at Londorossi Gate, the route traverses diverse landscapes, from lush rainforests and expansive moorlands to the stark beauty of the alpine desert. Highlights include crossing the Shira Plateau, navigating the lava ridges beneath the Western Breach, and enjoying the solitude of the northern slopes with vistas of the Kenyan plains. Climbers are rewarded with a sunrise summit at Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa, before descending through the scenic Mweka Route. This route not only enhances your chances of reaching the summit but also provides a truly memorable and varied trekking experience.

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Itinerary

Arrival Day: Kilimanjaro International Airport to Arusha/Moshi

Welcome to your adventure with Williamson Adventures! Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, our friendly representative will be there to greet you. You’ll be transferred to your hotel in Arusha/Moshi, which is situated at an elevation of 890m/2,920ft.

Once settled in, you’ll meet with your guide for a comprehensive climb briefing. This session will cover the upcoming trek, ensuring you are well-prepared and informed. After the briefing, we’ll conduct an equipment check to make sure you have everything needed for a successful and safe climb. Any missing gear can be rented or purchased at our Store.

The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore Moshi, relax, and prepare for the adventure ahead. Enjoy a comfortable overnight stay at your hotel, where you can rest and acclimate to the local climate.

  • Distance: 6 km / 4 mi
  • Duration: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Rainforest
  • Elevation: 2360m/7743ft to 2895m/9497ft
  • Altitude Gained: 535m


Departing from Moshi a 45-minute drive will take you through welcoming mountainside villages to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate. We will patiently wait for our permits to be issued while watching the hustle and bustle of operations as many crews prepare for the journey ahead Enjoy the beautiful rainforest scenery and windy trails while your guide tells you about the local flora and fauna and natural wildlife. At these lower elevations, the trail can be muddy and quite slippery. We highly recommend gaiters and trekking poles here.

  • Distance: 8 km / 5 mi
  • Duration: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland
  • Elevation: 2895m/9497ft to 3500m/11,485ft
  • Altitude Gained: 605m

After a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast, we emerge from the rainforest and continue on an ascending path, we leave the forest behind now, and the trail climbs steadily with wide views to reach the rim of the Shira Plateau. Temperatures begin to drop.
  • Distance: 7 km / 4 mi
  • Duration: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland
  • Elevation: 3500m/11,485ft to 3850m/12,631ft
  • Altitude Gained: 350m

Our trek crosses the Shira one of the highest plateaus on Earth, from Shira I Camp to Shira II Camp. Nine-day climbs will stay the night at Shira II Camp joining climbers ascending from the Machame Route. At Shira II Camp it is worth the extra energy to go a bit higher up the plateau to enjoy the stunning view across the valley below and view the Western Breach of Kilimanjaro above. The plateau is exposed so be prepared for a cold night with temperatures getting below zero. Note: 8 Day Climbs continue East to Shira Plateau Ridge to Lava Tower (4,600 meters) and descend to Moir Camp (4,200 meters)
  • Distance: 9 km / 5.6 mi
  • Duration: 5-7 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Elevation: 3850m/12,631ft to 4200m/13,780ft
  • Altitude Gained: 350m

Although you end the day around the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization. From Shira Plateau we continue east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the Kibo peak before we then continue, South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth” (elev. 4650m/15,250ft). Shortly after the tower, we come to a second junction, which leads to the Arrow Glacier. We then continued to descend to overnight at Barranco Camp.
  • Distance: 12 km / 7.5 mi
  • Duration: 5-7 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Elevation: 4200m/13,780ft to 4020m/13,188ft
  • Altitude Lost: 180m

We begin with a moderately steep climb out of Moir Valley. If you wish, take a small detour here to climb the summit of Little Lent Hill at 4,375 meters before returning to the Northern Circuit trail. The route follows a series of inclines and declines, skirting around the northern slopes of Kibo to Buffalo Camp. Spectacular views of plains north of Kilimanjaro that stretch as far as the eye can see to the Kenyan / Tanzanian border. You will arrive at Buffalo Camp just after midday, where you will have lunch and have time to rest.
  • Distance: 8 km / 5 mi
  • Duration: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Elevation: 4020m/13,188ft to 3870m/12,700ft
  • Altitude Lost: 150m

Day six starts with a climb up the Buffalo Ridge and down into Pofu Camp where lunch is served. We continue East around the Northern slopes to the Rongai Third Cave. Today’s climb is shorter than the day before and you should be feeling better acclimatized to the altitude at this point. You will arrive at the Third Cave just around mid-afternoon
  • Distance: 10 km / 6.2 mi
  • Duration: 5-7 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Elevation: 3870m/12,700ft to 4800m/15,748ft
  • Altitude Gained: 930m

A steady ascent and over the Saddle which sits between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi Peak. Continue Southwest to School Hut where you will be served an early dinner and the rest as you will begin just before midnight to start your summit attempt. Remember to prepare all your gear, including warm clothes, insulated water bottles, snacks, headlamps, and camera before going to bed.
  • Distance Up: 6 km / 3.7 mi
  • Duration Up: 6-8 hours
  • Distance Down: 12 km / 7.5 mi
  • Duration Down: 6-7 hours
  • Habitat: Glaciers, Snow-Capped Summit, Alpine Desert
  • Elevation Up: 4800m/15,748ft to 5895m/19,341ft
  • Altitude Gained: 1095m
  • Descent to: 3106m/10,190ft
  • Altitude Lost: 2789m

Excitement is building as morning comes with an early start between midnight and 2 a.m. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. We continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers trying to stay warm and focused on the amazing sense of accomplishment that lies ahead. With a switchback motion in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. You will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise during your short rest here. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit. From here on your remaining 1 hour ascent to Uhuru Peak, you are likely to encounter snow all the way. Congratulations, one step at a time you have now reached Uhuru Peak the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the entire continent of Africa! After photos, celebrations and maybe a few tears of joy we take a few moments to enjoy this incredible accomplishment. We begin our steep descent down to Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch and a very brief rest. We strongly recommend gaiters and trekking poles for uncooperative loose gravel and volcano ash terrain. Well-deserved rest awaits you to enjoy your last evening on the mountain. Overnight Mweka Camp.
  • Distance: 9.1 km / 6 mi
  • Duration: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Rainforest
  • Elevation: 3106m/10,190ft to 1633m/5358ft
  • Altitude Lost: 1473m


The final descent takes you through the rainforest to Mweka Gate, where you’ll receive your summit certificates. A vehicle will then transport you back to Arusha/Moshi for a well-deserved shower, dinner, and celebration.

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Payment Terms

Deposit Payment
  • Deposit is 20% of the total booking amount.
  • Deposit can be paid either via a bank transfer or an online card payment.
  • A 5% fee is applicable on all card payments (payment gateway charges), this is non-refundable.
  • We offer bank accounts in 10 different currencies for bank transfer.
  • Once you make the advance payment you will receive a booking confirmation.
Balance Payment
  • Balance can be paid via bank transfer, online card payment, or with cash.
  • Bank payment can be done 15 days prior to the tour date (recommended 30 days prior).
  • Card Payment can be done 1 day prior to the tour date (recommended 7 days prior).
  • A 5% fee is applicable on all card payments (payment gateway charge), this is non-refundable.
  • Cash can be paid on arrival (USD printed in or after the year 2009).

Cancellation Policy

8 days and above departure
  • No cancellation fees.
0 to 7 days before departure
  • 50% of the total tour price will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • Trek can be postponed to any new date without any extra cost at any point in time.
  • The 5% surcharge paid for either or both advance and balance payments is non-refundable in case of cancellation of the trek.

Supplements

  • Solo Supplement = USD 45
    Charged for solo trekkers throughout the year.
  • Off-season supplement = USD 135
    Charged for solo trekkers looking to start a new departure in March, April, May, and November. Does not apply if you join an existing group. Does not apply if other trekkers also join your new group.

$ 2409

Starting from $ 1473 per Person Sharing

Private Trek

Solo Trekker
$ 2600 USD*
2 Persons
$ 2531 USD*
4 Persons
$ 2401 USD*
6 Persons
$ 2388 USD*
8 Persons
$ 2370 USD*
10+ Persons
$ 2364 USD*

Available Discounts

  • Children between 5 years and 15 years old
    Code: CHILDKILI10 – USD 900 per person
  • Expatriates/Residents living in Tanzania
    Code: EXPATKILI10 – USD 280 per person
  • East African Citizens
    Code: EACKILI10 – USD 1000 per person

ADDONS

HOTELS

Enhance your Kilimanjaro adventure with our comfortable addon hotels. Perfect for pre and post-climbing accommodation, offering relaxation, modern amenities, and seamless transitions for an unforgettable journey.

GEAR

Enhance your Kilimanjaro adventure with our addon gear options. Ensure you’re fully equipped with high-quality trekking gear, including jackets, boots, poles, and more, for a safe and comfortable climb.

TRANSFERS

Make your Kilimanjaro adventure seamless with our addon transfer options. Enjoy hassle-free airport transfers to and from your hotel, ensuring comfort, safety, and convenience at the start and end of your journey
 
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HOTELS

LODGE
SINGLE ROOM
DOUBLE ROOM
TRIPLE ROOM
Lindrin Lodge
$ 55
$ 70
$ 105
Keys Hotel
$ 69
$ 94
$ 122
Park View Inn
$ 81
$ 91
$ 170
Kiliwonders Hotel
$ 140
$ 160

Kili Luxury Camp

$ 140
$ 160

Please note that if any hotel is booked out or is otherwise unavailable, we will book you in an alternate equivalent hotel.

If you are booking a hotel directly, please do check with us before booking, to make sure we can meet you and pick you up from the hotel.

GEAR

GEAR
PRICE
Private Toilet
$ 150
Thicker sleeping mattress
$ 10 per Mattress
Thermarest
$ 15

Our packages by default include a foam sleeping mattress of 2 inch thickness, if you want a thicker alternative you can opt a 4 inch foam mattress with above mentioned extra cost.

All Equipments Subject to Availability

TRANSFERS

ROUTE OPTIONS
PRICE
Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) to Moshi (one way)
$ 50
Moshi to Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) (one way)
$ 50
Arusha to Moshi (one way)
$ 100
Moshi to Arusha (one way)
$ 100

Our packages by default include a foam sleeping mattress of 2 inch thickness, if you want a thicker alternative you can opt a 4 inch foam mattress with above mentioned extra cost.

All Equipments Subject to Availability