Kilimanjaro Northern Circuit (9 Days)

Please see price guide for a list of our upcoming Northern Circuit fixed departures. For private climb rates, please contact us.

Kilimanjaro Northern Circuit (9 Days)

OPEN GROUPS AVAILABLE | This unique and spectacular Kilimanjaro itinerary consists of a nine day climb via Shira Plateau, the northern flank, Gilmans Point and Uhuru Point. Descent is via the scenic, wilderness Mweka Route.

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Arrive Arusha (1 night, Ilboru Lodge)

    You will be met by our driver/guide on arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to Ilboru Safari Lodge for one night.

  2. Day 2: Begin 9-day Northern Circuit climb, Kilimanjaro

    The itinerary below gives a nine day climb to Uhuru via Shira Plateau, the northern flank, and Gilman’s Point. The descent is via the scenic Mweka Route.

  3. Day 3: To Shira Caldera

    The day begins with a tough trek involving a height gain of over 600m, taking us to a lunch stop in a beautiful valley just outside the Shira Crater at around 3,050m.

  4. Day 4: To Shira Hut

    Departing camp after a leisurely breakfast, we trek three hours east across Shira Plateau, via Simba Camp (3,720m), to our camp on the eastern slopes of Shira. The camp is located at Shira Huts (3,895m), an hour’s walk from Simba. [3 hours walking]

  5. Day 5: To Moir Hut via Lava Tower

    Today we begin to divert from the standard trail and on to the north-western flank of Kilimanjaro, a zone that very few trekkers visit.

  6. Day 6: To Buffalo Camp, North Flank

    We climb out of the Moir Valley and make a short detour to reach the summit of Little Lent Hill at 4,375 metres.

  7. Day 7: To Third Cave

    From Buffalo Camp we climb up to the top of ‘Buffalo Ridge’, dropping down on the other side to reach Pofu. Nearby there is a small spring and some vegetation.

  8. Day 8: To School Hut

    From Third Cave Camp, we make a steady ascent to reach the Saddle, a beautiful lunar landscape between the peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. From here we continue up to School Hut Campsite (4,700m), aiming to arrive by early afternoon.

  9. Day 9: To the Summit of Kilimanjaro

    We start our ascent by torchlight at about midnight so that we can be up on the crater’s rim by sunrise.

  10. Day 10: Descend via Mweka. Overnight at Ilboru Lodge

    Walk down across the Alpine moorland and through the forested foothills to Mweka Gate (1,650m) for a picnic lunch, presentation of certificates and group photos.

  11. Day 11: Departure

    Morning at leisure until your scheduled transfer to the airport for your homeward flight/onward transfer.

Price guide

Price applicable to our open group departures, which depart at fixed dates throughout the year - see available departure dates below. For private departures, please see our rates chart.

11 days from £3177pp

  • Date: 14/07/2024 - 24/07/2024

    Pricing: 11 days from £3,177pp

  • Date: 11/09/2024 - 21/09/2024

    Pricing: 11 days from £3,177pp

  • Date: 08/12/2024 - 18/12/2024

    Pricing: 11 days from £3,177pp


11 days from £3177pp

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