8 Days Northern Circuit Route

Tour Overview

8 Days Northern Circuit Route

8 Days Northern Circuit Route is the newest and longest route on Mount Kilimanjaro. It begins in the West at the Londorossi Gate and follows the same path as the Lemosho route for the first two days. After crossing the Shira plateau the path veers north near Lava Tower, following the longer Northern Circuit instead of the more popular Southern Circuit via Barranco Valley The route circles around the quieter northern slopes to the east side of the mountain. The Northern Circuit is longer than the other trails on Kilimanjaro, taking a minimum of eight or nine days to complete. The eight day trek skips the additional acclimatization day that is usually spent at Shira Camp 2 and continues straight on to Moir Camp.

Northern Circuit ROUTE ELEVATIONS

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa Camp

Your 8 Days 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 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.


  • 2,100 meters - 2,360 meters - 2,820 meters
  • Distance: ~5.5km / 3 miles
  • Trekking time: 3-4 hours
  • Zone: Rainforest
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
Day 2: Mti Mkubwa Camp to Shira Camp 1

On day two of your 8 Days Northern Circuit Route 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).


  • 2,820 meters - 3,610 meters
  • Distance: ~8km / 5 miles
  • Trekking time: 5-6 hours
  • Zone: Rainforest / Low Alpine Zone
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
Day 3: Shira Camp 1 to Moir Camp

On day three of your 8 Days Northern Circuit Route, the trek crosses the Shira Plateau from Shira Camp 1 to Shira Camp 2 for lunch. Here nine day trekkers usually spend the night at Shira Camp 2 where they will join trekkers from the Machame Route. But for 8days trekkers will continue with trek heading east which passes through the ‘Garden of the Senecios’ and then enters the high alpine desert zone, then you will join the northern circuit heading down to Moir Camp at 4,200.


  • 3,610 meters - 4,200 meters
  • Distance: ~~14km / 8 miles
  • Trekking time: 6-8 hours
  • Zone: Rainforest / Low Alpine Zone/ High alpine zone
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
Day 4: Moir Camp to Buffalo Camp

Day four of your 8 Days Northern Circuit Route, 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.


  • 4,200 meters - 4,020 meters
  • Distance: ~12km / 7 miles
  • Trekking time: 5-7 hours
  • Zone: High alpine zone
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
Day 5: Buffalo Camp to Rongai Third Cave

Day five of your 8 Days Northern Circuit Route, 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 acclimatized to the altitude. You will arrive at the Third Cave just around mid-afternoon.


  • 4,020 meters - 3,800 meters
  • Distance: ~8km / 5 miles
  • Trekking time: 5-7 hours
  • Zone: High alpine zone and low alpine zone
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
Day 6: 3rd Cave to School Hut

Day six of your 8 Days Northern Circuit Route, 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.


  • 3,800 meters - 4,800 meters
  • Distance: ~15km / 8 miles
  • Trekking time: 4-5 hours
  • Zone: High alpine zone and glacial zone
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included
Day 7: School Hut to Uhuru Peak and then onto Millennium Camp

Day seven of your 8 Days Northern Circuit Route, 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.


  • 4,800 meters - 5,895 meters - 3,950 meters
  • 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 & Dinner Included
Day 8: Millennium Camp to Mweka Gate

The final day of your 8 Days Northern Circuit Route, 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.


  • 3,950 meters - 1,640 meters
  • Distance: ~10km / 6.5 miles
  • Trekking time: 3-4 hours
  • Zone: Rainforest zone
  • Meals: Breakfast & Lunch included

Itinerary Map

KILIMANJARO CLIMBING PRICE

GROUP EXPEDITIONS

The price per person for group expeditions are fixed based on a group size. However, we have optional arrangements for individual private and tailor-made preferences best suited for you, your family and friends.

SEE GROUP BOOKING DISCOUNT

8 Days Northern Circuit (Joining group price 1900$)

Number of PeoplePrice per person ($)
12,209
22,011
31,905
41,893
51,885
61,880
71,876
81,873
91,861
10+1,859

Includes

  • Private transport to & from Kilimanjaro International Airport to your Accommodations in Moshi
  • 2 nights of accommodation Parkview Inn in Moshi
  • Transportation to & from the Kilimanjaro gate
  • Park entry fees,
  • Camping fees
  • Team Kilimanjaro Rescue fees
  • Oxygen cylinder
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • 3 hot meals daily while on the mountain
  • Enough treated & filtered drinking water throughout the trek
  • Hot water for washing
  • All camping equipments
  • Friendly and professional mountain guides, cook and porters
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO) Government taxes
  • Ox meter
  • Emergency first-aid kit

Excludes

  • Lunches, dinners and drinks at your hotel before and after climb.
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Laundry (Available at hotel)
  • Personal items and toiletries
  • Tips for guides, porters and cook

traveler photos from this trip

Why Tanzania Joy Tours?

INQUIRE THIS TOUR

Pay Online

TANZANIA TRAVEL GUIDE

Free Tanzania Safari Guide Gets You To The Adventure Of Tanzania. Complete Guide To Tanzania Safari Tours Includes Tanzania Safari Cost, Best Time To Visit Tanzania, Tanzania Safari Experience Etc. Must Read Before The Adventure Safari To Tanzania!

Speak to our Tanzania specialists to tailor-make a trip for you

READ TESTIMONIES FROM OUR HAPPY TRAVELERS

Laura V
Laura V
2022-03-05
Verified
A memorable week We did the 7-day Lemosho hike with Patrick & his team. We had an amazing experience and felt very cared for during the entire trip. Our “dream team” made it it to the summit of Kilimanjaro not only thanks to the amazing guides, Patrick and Lenard, but also thanks to the entire rest of the team. The food on the mountain, prepared by the legendary “Mr. Delicious” was incredible. We were comfortable and slept well each night. We would highly recommend Tanzania Joy Tours, as a trustworthy, transparent and enjoyable Kilimanjaro hike organizer. We are forever grateful for this unforgettable experience - thank you, thank you! Laura & Sofia
Yoann G
Yoann G
2022-03-02
Verified
Une belle semaine et des minutes magiques passées sur le toit de l’Afrique. Première expérience de la haute altitude avec l’ascension du Kilimandjaro. Notre guide, Patrick, et toute son équipe (John, Mister Demicious, Bariki pour ne citer qu’eux) ont tout fait pour que cette expérience soit parfaite et ce fut le cas. Des souvenirs incroyables partagés entre amis. A noter toutefois que contrairement à ce que l’on peut entendre, gravir ce sommet n’est pas adapté à tout le monde.
charly v
charly v
2022-03-01
Verified
Oh yeah !! Very nice experience with our guide Patrick and his team on the Lemosho route. The trek was fantastic and the team is a real family. Mr Delicious, our cook is probably the best cook of the Kilimanjaro !! Thanks for everything !!
Romain C
Romain C
2022-03-01
Verified
A wonderful Kili climbing! I had a unbelievable experience climbing the Kilimandjaro with Tanzania joy tour and especially Patrick, John, Jeremy and all the rest of the team. I can only recommend them!
Pierre B
Pierre B
2022-03-01
Verified
Wonderful experience Wonderful experience with patrick and his whole team. Tanzania needs to be discover and kilimandjaro especially. During the trip patrick’s cookers were amazing as well as his assistant guide, john. There welcomed us as a family and it was really appreciated by all of the group members. Hopefully they will get more business after covid . Blessed the whole team. Pierre
Marine S
Marine S
2022-02-28
Verified
Une expérience inoubliable Nous avons vécu une aventure exceptionnelle et incroyable entouré d'une équipe qui a pris soin de nous et à tout mis en œuvre pour atteindre l'objectif ! Encore merci à toute l'équipe : Manase, Joseph, Stiven, Sebastia, Ombeni, Ezra, Joshua, Efata, Obed et Godlack pour leur accompagnement, leur soutien, leur gentillesse et leur professionnalisme. Cette aventure restera gravée dans nos mémoire pour toujours et nous repartons avec une famille du cœur agrandie ! Merci également à Emmanuel, toujours disponible et à l'écoute ! Nous vous recommandons Tanzania Joy Tours à 100%!
A.
A.
2022-01-21
Verified
Most spectacular trip! My father and I traveled to Kenya and Zanzibar with Tanzania Joy Tours to celebrate my birthday and we had a spectacular, unforgettable trip. I fully recommend booking with this company if you desire a carefully planned and smooth trip to East Africa. First, we were met by our safari guide for the week in Kenya at the airport, where he held a sign with our names and received us right after our flight landed. We were whisked away on safari to four different parks and our safari dreams came to life. Emmanuel had worked very hard and thoughtfully to plan the perfect birthday trip. My birthday was spent in Amboseli National Park, where we watched the sunrise as lions and elephants crossed the roads in front of us. Our safari guide was very insightful, professional, and fun. We felt safe and comfortable at every point in our safari. When we landed in Zanzibar, we were once again greeted by our driver who had been waiting for us at the airport. Then, we proceeded to our beautiful beachfront hotel in Nungwi. The driver was aware that it was my birthday and even had the room decorated for me. Emmanuel also planned several excursions for us and each was better than the next. Each part of our stay in Zanzibar was fantastic as we snorkeled the Indian Ocean, shopped in Stone Town, and island-hopped around Zanzibar. One final detail was how Emmanuel's partners in both countries organized our arrival and departure COVID-19 tests required by each destination. Everything felt safe and stress-free. BOOK WITH TANZANIA JOY TOURS!
Micael R
Micael R
2022-01-06
Verified
Expérience inoubliable au Kilimandjaro Nous avons apprécié la disponibilité de toute l'équipe et nous nous sommes sentis en sécurité tout au long de l'ascension. Kelvin, Peter et toute leur équipe ont été au top et nous avons atteint le sommet au terme d'une belle aventure de 6 jours. Très bonne organisation et communication de la part de Tanzania Joy Tours, nous avons apprécié la clarté et la précision des informations sur l'équipement, la réservation et le paiement. Nous adressons le plus grand merci à toute l'équipe et recommandons TJT à toute personne désireuse de vivre une expérience inoubliable au Kilimandjaro.
Daniela R
Daniela R
2021-10-22
Verified
Amazing Safari & Kilimanjaro experience! After a lot a research, we decided to go with TJT for the safari and Kilimanjaro and we couldn’t be more happy about it. Both experiences were absolutely amazing. Since before the trip Emmanuel, the owner, detailedly answered all our questions and tailored our tours to our preferences. Once there, the guides introduced themselves one day before to make sure we had a clear overview of our coming days. Our safari experience with Praygod couldn’t have been better. His company is a delight. He is super knowledgeable, always with a smile on his face and an answer to all our questions. He is super professional, and we genuinely enjoyed his company and our evening discussions not only about the animals but also about his country in general accompanied with the delicious feast Victor had always ready for us (we already miss his cooking). Praygod always look after what we wanted to see the most and because of him we were witnesses of the most unbelievable wild life.Then after 5 days of spotting the most amazing animals (because Praygod was always on point when it comes to where to find the best scenes), we met our new team for climbing the Kilimanjaro. Ringo was our guide, with several years of experience, he made sure we made it to the top and made the whole journey fun and enjoyable. His assistant Jackson was super kind and also a key to our summit success. Ringo would always made us feel like we could do it and had words of encouragement whenever we were down, or feeling a bit insecure. All in all the team of porters and cook were also amazing and made this challenging experience as something we will remember forever. We can’t recommend this company enough. We felt that everything was always well-taken care of during the whole journey, from planning to after the tours. If you are looking for an stress-free, fun, and unforgettable experience we definitely recommend you to book with them. Moreover, we were not part of big groups which made the experience more personal and enjoyable. We would definitely recommend to friends and family, and will book again with them if we ever go back.
Adriano_33740
Adriano_33740
2021-10-11
Verified
Tanzania joy tours excellent Formidable équipe. A l écoute du début jusqu a la fin. Kelvin est un excellent guide. La montée s est faite tranquillement avec de très bon conseils physiquement et mentalement. Je recommande cet organisme et cette equipe

SIMILAR MOUNTAIN CLIMBING PACKAGES

7 Days Machame Route Climbing

7 Days Machame Route Climbing

Also known as the “Whiskey” route, the Machame route is now the most popular ascent route
6 Days Machame Route Hike

6 Days Machame Route Hike

If Marangu is the “Coca Cola” route, then the Machame Route is the “Whiskey” route. It is the
7 Days Lemosho Route Climbing

7 Days Lemosho Route Climbing

The Kilimanjaro climb 7 days lemosho is the best for acclimatization.The remote is less used