8 Days Northern Circuit Route

8 DAYS NOTHERN CIRCUIT ROUTE

Northern Circuit Route is the newest and the longest route to Mt. Kilimanjaro, making it
the most successful route for the summit.
The route offers a 360-degree view of Mt. Kilimanjaro making it the most spectacular
views of the diverse region.
Northern Circuit is the longest route to climb Kilimanjaro, and offers unparalleled
acclimatization opportunities, making it one of the safest routes.
The trail begins at the Londorossi Gate on the west and pursues the same path as the
Lemosho Route on the first two days. However, the path turns north near Lava Tower
after crossing the Shira Plateau, and circles clockwise from Moir Hut to Buffalo Camp to
School Hut, before summiting the peak from the East. Descend is made via the Mweka
route.
Baraka Trails Adventure offers the Northern Circuit as eight-day or nine-day climb tour.
– You can avail the 8-day northern circuit route package from Baraka Trails Adventure for your Mt.
Kilimanjaro summit.
– Or you can book the 9-day northern circuit route package to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro and
experience the picturesque landscapes while trekking the highest peak of Africa.
It is highly recommended to take the northern circuit route as it provides the beautiful
landscape of Mt Kilimanjaro with the highest acclimatization rate which is the most
important factor for a successful summit.

ACCOMODATION: 

Overnight at Park View hotel-Moshi

Single accommodations: $90/night
Personal Porter: $100 for 7days

NORTHERN CIRCUIT ROUTE 9 DAYS
Northern Circuit Route is the newest and the longest route to Mt. Kilimanjaro, making it
the most successful route for the summit.
The route offers a 360-degree view of Mt. Kilimanjaro making it the most spectacular
views of the diverse region.
Northern Circuit is the longest route to climb Kilimanjaro, and offers unparalleled
acclimatization opportunities, making it one of the safest routes.
The trail begins at the Londorossi Gate on the west and pursues the same path as the
Lemosho Route on the first two days. However, the path turns north near Lava Tower
after crossing the Shira Plateau, and circles clockwise from Moir Hut to Buffalo Camp to
School Hut, before summiting the peak from the East. Descend is made via the Mweka
route.
Baraka Trails Adventure offers the Northern Circuit as eight-day or nine-day climb tour.
– You can avail the 8-day northern circuit route package from Baraka Trails Adventure for your Mt.
Kilimanjaro summit.
– Or you can book the 9-day northern circuit route package to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro and
experience the picturesque landscapes while trekking the highest peak of Africa.
It is highly recommended to take the northern circuit route as it provides the beautiful
landscape of Mt Kilimanjaro with the highest acclimatization rate which is the most
important factor for a successful summit.
DAY 1 LONDOROSSI GATE (2,100 METERS) – START POINT 2,360 METERS TO
MTI MKUBWA CAMP (2,820 METERS)
Mti Mkubwa
The Northern Circuit Route begins at Londorossi Gate (2,100 meters) in the West, the
same start point 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 MtiMkubwa 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 MtiMkubwa Camp.
– Distance covered: ~5.5km / 3 mi
– Trekking time: 3hours – 4hours
–  Zone: Rainforest
DAY 2 MTI MKUBWA CAMP (2,820 METERS) TO SHIRA CAMP 1 (3,610
METERS)
Shira Camp 1
On day two you will spend the first hour trekking through the last section of rainforest
path before entering the low alpine moorland zone which follows up onto the Shira
Plateau. The trek is relatively short and gradual, ending at Shira Camp 1 (3,610
meters).
– Distance covered: ~8km / 5 mi
– Trekking time: 5hours – 6hours
– Zone: Rainforest / Low Alpine Zone

DAY 3 SHIRA CAMP 1 (3,610 METERS) TO SHIRA CAMP 2 (3,850 METERS)
Shira Camp 2
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).
– Distance covered: ~7km / 4 mi
– Trekking time: 3hours – 4hours
– Zone: Rainforest / Low Alpine Zone
DAY 4 SHIRA CAMP 2 (3,850 METERS) TO MOIR CAMP (4,200 METERS)
Moir Camp
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 acclimatisation
process.
– Distance covered: ~14km / 8 mi
– Trekking time: 5hours – 7hours
– Zone: Low alpine zone / High alpine zone
DAY 5 MOIR CAMP (4,200 METERS) TO BUFFALO CAMP (4,020 METERS)
Buffalo Camp
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 hiking.
– Distance covered: ~12km / 7mi
– Trekking time: 5hours – 7hours
– Zone: High alpine zone
DAY 6 BUFFALO CAMP (4,020 METERS) TO RONGAI THIRD CAVE (3,800
METERS)
Rongai Third Cave
Day six starts with a climb up the Buffalo ridge and down into Porfu 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 acclimatised to the altitude. You will arrive at the Third Cave
just around mid-afternoon.
– Distance covered: ~8km / 5mi
– Trekking time: 3 hours
– Hotel: Bed &Breakfast
DAY 7 3RD CAVE (3,800 METERS) TO SCHOOL HUT (4,800 METERS)
School Hut
Day seven involves a steady incline up and over the Saddle which sits between the
peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi Peak. Trekkers then continue walking south-west up to
School Hut (4,800 meters). After arriving at School Hut you will be served an early
dinner and then you should get some shut-eye as you will be awoken before midnight to
start your summit attempt. Remember to prepare all your gear, including warm clothes,
insulated water bottles, snacks, headlamp and camera before going to bed.
– Distance covered: ~15km / 8mi
– Trekking time: 4hours – 5hours
– Zone: High alpine zone and glacial zone
DAY 8 SCHOOL HUT (4,800 METERS) TO UHURU PEAK (5,895 METERS) AND
THEN ONTO MILLENNIUM CAMP (3,950 METERS)
Uhuru Peak
You will be awoken around 11:30 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.
– Distance covered: ~6km / 3.5 miles ascent and 10.5km / 6 mile
– Trekking time: 6-8 hours ascent and then 4-6 hour descent
– Zone: Glacial zone and all preceding zones
DAY 9 MILLENNIUM CAMP (3790M) TO MWEKA GATE (1630M)
Mweka Gate
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 signout 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.
– Distance covered: ~10km / 6.5 mi
– Trekking time: 3hours – 4hours
– Zone: Rainforest Zone
DEPART TANZANIA MOSHI
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.
NORTHERN CIRCUIT ROUTE PACKAGE INCLUDE
– Private pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro international airport.
– Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees
– 18% VAT on tour fees & services
– 4 Season big sleeping mountain tents
– Double layered Sleeping Mats
– Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
– 3 meals daily while on the mountain
– Filtered water throughout the trek
– Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA),
Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
– Portable toilets and toilets tents.
– Hot Water For Wash
– Emergency evacuation by helicopter or Ambulance (INSURANCE to provided earlier)
NOT INCLUDED
– Flights
– Items of a personal nature (gears can be rented in Moshi)
– Laundry Services
– Pre & Post Trek Accommodation in Moshi
– Tips to mountain crew
– Doctors salaries
info@barakatrails.co.tz / +255678082168 (Whatsup)

Dates & Prices

$1,900 solo climber

Not included in price:

  • International Flights/Visa
  • Tips to porters and guides (Customary and much appreciated)
  • Meals other than breakfast while in Moshi hotel
    Items considered to be non-essential, such as alcohol, beverages, cigarettes, snacks, etc
  • Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)
  • Personal gear like Sleeping bags, hiking boots, head touch etc (Can be rented in Moshi)
  • Tipping on Kilimanjaro from the trekking group (not per climber):
  • Guides: $20/day/guide
  • Cook: $15/day
  • Porter: $15/day/porter

N/B: Our Guides, cooks and Porters are always satisfied with your thanks giving (tip) you have and not beyond your ability.

Kilimanjaro price Includes:

  • 2 nights’ accommodation in Moshi, one night prior to start date and the last day of trek, room sharing (twin bed) BED & BREAKFAST ONLY
  • Arrival and Departure Airport transfers
  • Highly experienced, Professional mountain guides and porters
  • Quality 4 season camping equipment – Sleeping Tents/Mess tents, tables and chairs
  • All Park fees
  • Rescue fees
  • Private Toilet tent
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food, 3 times per day
  • Clean, purified drinking water, the first day of climb
  • Crisis management and safety proceduresPulse Oximeters/Oxygen tanks (Included in Mid-Tier service)
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters
  • Moshi Town guide, we are not suggest to walk alone, walking in group in town is more safe all the time
  • Town tour escort with guide

Can’t find a date that works for you? Call us to set up a private trek!

Some things do help like

  • Drink loads of water 1litter for 1000m
  • Go slow (pole pole)
  • Take a longer route and don’t go direct
  • Rest and stay warm (especially on summit morning)
  • Keep nourished everyday.
  • But mostly listen to your guides

7 Days Machame Route  Itinerary 

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