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Mount KilimanjaroTrekking

The Northern Circuit route stands out as a remarkable and distinct path up Mount Kilimanjaro, offering an unparalleled experience for trekkers seeking a combination of breathtaking scenery, tranquillity, adventure, and the possibility of encountering wildlife.

10 Days

9 Nights

Northern cIRCUIT Route

Experience Price

From $4,050 per person

Northern circuit Route

10 Days

9 Nights

Experience Price

From $4,050 per person


It encompasses the finest features of other routes, creating an extraordinary hiking journey that captures the essence of this majestic mountain. By deviating from the conventional south side of Kibo, the Northern Circuit route ventures into the lesser-explored northern trails, ensuring an exclusive and immersive expedition. One of the notable advantages of the Northern Circuit route is the limited presence of fellow trekkers. With its secluded nature, this path grants a serene and undisturbed atmosphere, allowing trekkers to fully immerse themselves in the peaceful surroundings. The campsites along the route are characterized by tranquillity, as they remain relatively untouched and uncrowded, further enhancing the sense of solace and serenity.

In addition to its tranquil ambience, the Northern Circuit route offers an extended trekking experience compared to other trails. This additional duration allows trekkers to soak in more of the mountain’s awe-inspiring beauty. The journey begins by traversing the remarkable expanse of the Shira Plateau, offering captivating vistas that captivate the senses. Along the way, glimpses of the majestic Kibo Peak and the breathtaking Uhuru Summit emerge, painting an ever-changing landscape that serves as a constant source of inspiration. Furthermore, trekkers are rewarded with magnificent views overlooking the expansive plains to the north of the mountain, a rare spectacle witnessed by only a fortunate few who embark on the ascent of Kilimanjaro.

Experience Expectation

Embarking on a 10-day Northern Circuit Route itinerary to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro is an adventure that promises to exceed all expectations. This extraordinary journey will take you through a breathtaking landscape, showcasing the diversity of the surrounding ecosystems. From lush rainforests teeming with unique flora and fauna to the arctic-like conditions near the summit, every step along the way will be filled with awe-inspiring sights and personal triumphs.

As you ascend the Northern Circuit, you’ll gradually acclimate to the altitude, allowing your body to adjust and increase the chances of a successful summit. The carefully designed itinerary provides ample time for rest and acclimatization, ensuring your safety and well-being throughout the expedition. Each day will present new challenges and rewards, as you trek through changing terrain, marvel at the majestic glaciers, and witness panoramic views of the surrounding plains stretching endlessly into the horizon. With experienced guides and a supportive team by your side, this journey will test your physical and mental strength, leaving you with a profound sense of accomplishment and a lifetime of cherished memories. Embark on the 10-day Northern Circuit Route and let the wonders of Mount Kilimanjaro unfold before your eyes, igniting a passion for adventure that will stay with you forever.


  • Adventure enthusiasts seeking a challenging climb.
  • Experienced hikers with prior high-altitude trekking experience.
  • Individuals who prefer a longer duration for acclimatization.
  • Nature lovers looking to explore diverse landscapes.
  • Those desiring a less crowded route with scenic views.
  • Groups or solo climbers aiming for a successful summit.
  • People in good physical condition with proper fitness training.

Experience Suitability

  • Experienced hikers looking for a challenging adventure.
  • Individuals with good physical fitness and endurance.
  • Those who enjoy high-altitude trekking.
  • Adventurers seeking breathtaking views and diverse landscapes.
  • People with prior experience in multi-day hikes.
  • Hikers looking for a popular and well-established route.
  • Individuals who can acclimatize well to high altitudes.
  • Those who prefer a moderate-paced climb.
  • Nature enthusiasts wanting to explore the Kilimanjaro ecosystem.
  • Hikers with a desire to reach the summit of Africa’s highest peak.

Day to Day Experience

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, our representative will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel in Arusha. Take this day to rest, acclimate, and prepare for the exciting adventure ahead.

  • From: Lemosho Glades (7,742 ft)
  • To: Shira 1 Camp (11,499 ft)
  • Distance: 7 km
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

After breakfast, we drive to the Lemosho Glades, where the trek begins. We start with a high-altitude drop-off at the trailhead. From there, we embark on our trek through the enchanting moorland. The trail offers spectacular views of the surrounding landscapes, including the Shira Plateau. We reach Shira 1 Camp, where we set up camp and spend the night.

  • From: Shira 1 Camp (11,499 ft)
  • To: Shira 2 Camp (12,598 ft)
  • Distance: 9 km
  • Hiking Time: 6-7 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

Continuing our trek, we ascend from Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp. The trail takes us through diverse landscapes, including rocky ridges and volcanic formations. As we gain elevation, we are treated to stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro and its surrounding peaks. We spend the night at Shira 2 Camp, enjoying the tranquillity of the mountain.

  • From: Shira 2 Camp (12,598 ft)
  • To: Moir Hut (13,650 ft) via Lava Tower (15,190 ft)
  • Distance: 14 km
  • Hiking Time: 7-8 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Today’s trek takes us to the iconic Lava Tower, a volcanic formation standing at 15,190 feet. This section of the trail provides an excellent opportunity for acclimatization. We take a break at Lava Tower to enjoy the breathtaking views before descending to Moir Hut for overnight camping. The alpine desert landscape captivates with its rugged beauty.

  • From: Moir Hut (13,650 ft)
  • To: Buffalo Camp (13,378 ft)
  • Distance: 12 km
  • Hiking Time: 6-7 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

Leaving Moir Hut, we continue our trek through the expansive moorland. The trail leads us past unique vegetation and magnificent rock formations. Along the way, we may encounter wildlife such as buffalo, which gives Buffalo Camp its name. We set up camp at Buffalo Camp, where we spend the night.

  • From: Buffalo Camp (13,378 ft)
  • To: 3rd Cave Camp (12,467 ft)
  • Distance: 9 km
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Moorland

Our journey continues as we trek from Buffalo Camp to 3rd Cave Camp. The trail takes us through diverse terrain, offering stunning views of the surrounding landscapes. As we descend to 3rd Cave Camp, we enjoy the peacefulness of the moorland environment. Here, we set up camp for the night.

  • From: 3rd Cave Camp (12,467 ft)
  • To: School Hut (15,092 ft)
  • Distance: 10 km
  • Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Today’s trek takes us to School Hut, our base camp before the final ascent to Uhuru Peak. As we gain altitude, the vegetation becomes scarce, and the air gets thinner. School Hut provides a resting point to prepare for the challenging summit day. We spend the night here, ensuring adequate rest and acclimatization.

  • From: School Hut (15,092 ft)
  • To: Uhuru Peak (19,341 ft) and Millennium Camp (12,467 ft)
  • Distance: 6 km ascent, 15 km descent
  • Hiking Time: 7-8 hours to reach the summit, 5-6 hours to descend to Millennium Camp
  • Habitat: Arctic

Today is the pinnacle of our journey as we make the final push to the summit, Uhuru Peak. We begin in the early hours of the morning, hiking through the steep scree slopes. As we reach the summit, we are rewarded with an incredible sense of achievement and breathtaking views. After celebrating our success, we descend to Millennium Camp for a well-deserved rest.

  • From: Millennium Camp (12,467 ft)
  • To: Mweka Gate (5,400 ft)
  • Distance: 12 km
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Rainforest

Our final day on the mountain takes us through the lush rainforest as we make our way to Mweka Gate. Descending through the various ecological zones, we marvel at the rich vegetation and vibrant colours. At Mweka Gate, we receive our summit certificates and bid farewell to our mountain crew. From there, a vehicle will take us back to our hotel in Moshi.

Today marks the end of our incredible Kilimanjaro adventure. After breakfast, we bid farewell and transfer you to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your departure. Take with you cherished memories, a sense of accomplishment, and the knowledge that you have conquered the legendary Kilimanjaro.

Please note that the itinerary may be subject to change due to weather conditions, group pace, and the overall well-being of the trekkers. Our experienced guides will make any necessary adjustments to ensure your safety and enhance your trekking experience.

Experience Accommodation

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Upon your arrival in Arusha, you will be accommodated at either the Gran Melia Hotel Arusha, Arusha Serena Hotel or Mount Meru Hotel Arusha. Both hotels offer comfortable and convenient lodging options, providing you with a relaxing environment to rest and prepare for your Kilimanjaro trek.

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During the trek on the Northern Circuit Route, you will experience camping in the stunning wilderness of Mount Kilimanjaro. Our experienced team will set up high-quality camping equipment at designated campsites along the route. The campsites are strategically selected to provide breathtaking views and a serene atmosphere. You will be provided with spacious tents, comfortable sleeping mats, and dining facilities. Our crew will ensure that your camping experience is comfortable, safe, and enjoyable. The campsites on the Northern Circuit Route are equipped with toilet facilities, and our team will provide hot water for washing. Additionally, our skilled cooks will prepare delicious and nutritious meals, catering to both local and international tastes. We also accommodate dietary preferences and restrictions, ensuring that you are well-nourished throughout the trek.

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Rates per Person

  • 1 Person

  • 2- 4 people

  • 5- 7 people

  • 8- 10 people

Experience Inclusion & Exclusion

  • All camping and hut fees
  • All Entry fees.
  • All camping gears.
  • High-Quality 4-inch Sleeping Mattress & Pillow
  • Duffle Bags or Sleeping Bags (- 10°C)
  • Oxygen cylinder
  • Oximeter machine
  • Mobile Communications (for emergency only)
  • Transport to/from the mountain gates
  • Experienced and friendly trek staff (cooks and porters) and their salaries.
  • Meals (3 times per day)
  • Boiled/Purified drinking water.
  • Cook and kitchen utensils.
  • 18% VAT
  • English-speaking guide (certified as a Wilderness First Responder & Emergency Medicine Adult and Child CPR)
  • Special Language Guide (for $20 per guide, per day)
  • First Aid & Injury prevention kits
  • Daily briefing
  • 25% discount on gear rental (the discount applies for online shopping only)
  • Personal Summit Certificate stamped and signed by the National Park and your Guide.
  • International and local flights from back home
  • Tips (Gratuity) to guide and porters.
  • Tanzania Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses (e.g., laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • RT PCR Test (can be arranged)
  • Hotels for before and after trek night (available as an add-on)
  • Airport Transfer (50$ one way per car)
  • Personal mountain gear (We offer high-quality Gear Rental, see below for more info)


Safari Transportation

We understand the importance of comfortable and reliable transportation during your Kilimanjaro climbing tour. To ensure a seamless experience, we provide transportation services for various stages of your journey.

Airport Pickup:

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, our professional driver will be waiting to greet you. We offer transportation options depending on the size of your group. For smaller groups or individual travellers, we provide a Toyota Alphard, a spacious and comfortable vehicle ideal for airport transfers. For larger groups, we have a Safari Land Cruiser, which offers ample space for both passengers and luggage. Our experienced driver will safely transport you from the airport to your hotel in Arusha, whether it’s the Gran Melia Hotel Arusha or Mount Meru Hotel Arusha.

Trek Day:

On the day of your trek, we will arrange transportation from your hotel in Arusha to the starting point of your chosen route. We utilize a private Coaster shuttle bus, which provides a comfortable and convenient mode of transport. The shuttle bus is spacious, allowing you to relax and prepare for the exciting adventure ahead. Our experienced driver will ensure a smooth journey as you head towards the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, ready to embark on your trekking expedition.

After Trek:

Upon completing your Kilimanjaro trek, we will arrange transportation from the mountain back to your hotel in Arusha. Our private Coaster shuttle bus will be waiting to pick you up and transfer you safely and comfortably. You can relax and reflect on your incredible achievement as our driver navigates the scenic routes back to your accommodation at either the Gran Melia Hotel Arusha or Mount Meru Hotel Arusha.

Airport Dropoff:

When it’s time to bid farewell to Tanzania, we will arrange transportation from your hotel to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your departure. For airport drop-off, we offer both the Toyota Alphard and Safari Land Cruiser, depending on the number of clients and their respective transportation needs. Our reliable driver will ensure that you reach the airport in a timely manner, allowing you to catch your flight with ease.

At Alkebulan Travels, we prioritize your comfort and safety throughout your Kilimanjaro climbing tour. Our well-maintained vehicles and experienced drivers will provide a smooth and enjoyable transportation experience, allowing you to focus on immersing yourself in the beauty of Tanzania’s landscapes and the thrill of conquering Mount Kilimanjaro.

Important to Know

The Machame Route is one of the most popular and scenic routes for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Here are some important things to know about the Machame Route:

    1. Difficulty: The Machame Route is considered to be a moderately difficult route. It involves steep sections and varied terrain, including rocky paths and some scrambling. Proper physical fitness and mental preparation are essential for a successful climb.
    2. Scenery: The Machame Route offers stunning scenery throughout the trek. You will pass through different ecological zones, including lush rainforests, moorlands, and alpine deserts. The diverse landscapes and breathtaking views make the climb a memorable experience.
    3. Camping: The Machame Route is a camping route, which means you will spend your nights in tents at designated campsites along the trail. The campsites are well-equipped with facilities such as toilets and dining areas, providing a comfortable camping experience.
    4. Acclimatization: The Machame Route has good acclimatization opportunities, allowing your body to adjust to the increasing altitude gradually. The route includes longer hiking days and multiple camps at different elevations, maximizing your chances of successfully acclimatizing to the high altitude.
    5. Summit Day: The summit attempt on the Machame Route usually starts in the early hours of the morning. It involves a challenging and steep ascent to the summit of Uhuru Peak, the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro. The climb is physically demanding and requires mental resilience, but the rewarding views from the summit make it all worthwhile.
    6. Guide and Support Team: Climbing the Machame Route requires the assistance of experienced guides and a support team. These professionals will provide guidance, and support, and ensure your safety throughout the trek. It is important to choose a reputable tour operator who provides trained and knowledgeable staff.
    7. Packing and Gear: Proper gear and equipment are essential for a successful climb. You will need to pack warm clothing, sturdy hiking boots, a sleeping bag, trekking poles, and other essentials. It is recommended to consult with your tour operator for a detailed packing list and to ensure you have the necessary gear.
    8. Training and Preparation: Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a physically demanding endeavour. It is crucial to engage in pre-trek training and prepare your body for the challenges ahead. Regular cardiovascular exercises, strength training, and hiking at high altitudes can help improve your fitness level and increase your chances of summiting.

Travel Insurance

All our Tours are covered by AMREF Flying Doctors Travel insurance

At Alkebulan Travels, we prioritize the safety and well-being of our clients during their Tanzania safari and Kilimanjaro climb tours. That’s why we have partnered with AMREF Flying Doctors to provide comprehensive tourist insurance coverage for all our trips within Tanzania.


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