Climb Kilimanjaro
Northern Circuit

From $3,185
11 day adventure
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The Northern Circuit (also known as the Grand Traverse) is the newest route up Kilimanjaro and it has an excellent summit success rate. It takes you up the northern slope of the mountain, where few trekkers go. The views are just amazing!

Highlights

Stunning views

Stunning views

The Northern Circuit offers panoramic views north into Kenya. The scenery varies greatly and is very beautiful.

Uncrowded route

Uncrowded route

The Northern Circuit is one of the quietest Kilimanjaro routes, so your chances of seeing wildlife are excellent.

Great acclimatisation

Great acclimatisation

The summit success rate of the route is excellent, as your body is given ample time to acclimatise.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 | Arrival day

    Arrival day

    We fetch your from Kilimanjaro International Airport and drive you to your lodge. Here you meet your mountain crew and fellow trekkers. Relax and bond over dinner, followed by a briefing from your lead guide.

  • Day 2 | Hike in pristine forest

    Hike in pristine forest

    Today you drive to Londorossi Park Gate, where you’re recorded in the Kilimanjaro National Park records. You then start the trek from Lemosho Gate, hiking through mountain rainforest for three to four hours to reach Mkubwa Camp (2,895 m), where you stay the night.

  • Day 3 | Enter the heath zone

    Enter the heath zone

    Today you trek through the last of the rainforest, before entering moorland terrain. The trail leads towards Shira Plateau and Shira 1 Camp (3,505 m), where you stay the night. All in all today’s hike takes about five to six hours.

  • Day 4 | Walk the Shira Plateau

    Walk the Shira Plateau

    Today you make your way across the Shira Plateau to Shira 2 Camp (3,810 m) on a trek that lasts four to six hours. Temperatures start to change rather dramatically at this point of the trek, with the nights sometimes plummeting below freezing.

  • Day 5 | Break from the crowds

    Break from the crowds

    On this day you can expect a trek of two to three hours through the high alpine desert. You climb to Shark’s Tooth rock formation. You then head back down Moir Camp (4,206 m). This is an important acclimatisation day.

  • Day 6 | Traverse the northern slope

    Traverse the northern slope

    Today you hike for four to five hours. The trek begins with a steep incline as you journey around Kibo’s north face. You then walk through the alpine desert to reach Pofu Camp (4,033 m), where you spend the night.

  • Day 7 | Descend to Third Cave

    Descend to Third Cave

    Much like the past couple of days, the journey today is lengthy but can be very rewarding. Buffaloes are sometimes spotted here. You cross valleys on this trek of four to six hours and end at Third Cave (3,870 m), where you stay the night.

  • Day 8 | Walk through alpine desert

    Walk through alpine desert

    Today you undertake a steady climb over the Saddle, a stretch of barren land connecting the two peaks of Kibo and Mawenzi. The terrain is pretty inhospitable, being high-altitude desert. You climb for four to five hours to arrive at Kibo Hut (4,750 m), where you get some rest before the big day!

  • Day 9 | Summit day!

    Summit day!

    It’s all been leading to this. So it's time to dig deep. Your guide wakes you at midnight to get ready. The route ascends northwest into the dark night. In about six to seven hours you reach Stella Point, and then, after another hour of walking, you're at Uhuru Peak (5,895 m), the highest point in Africa! You did it!! You then hike down for six to eight hours to Mweka Camp (3,068 m). All in all, you hike for 12 to 16 hours today!

  • Day 10 | Last day on the mountain

    Last day on the mountain

    Today you do the last bit of hiking (three hours) down to the foot of the mountain, through a beautiful section of rainforest. At Mweka Gate (1,640 m) you meet your driver, who takes you back to the lodge. Time for high-fives and a celebratory drink! Followed – trust us – by an epically long sleep.

  • Day 11 | Departure day

    Departure day

    We salute mighty Mt Kilimanjaro and take you to the airport, where we part ways. Unless, that is, you're heading on safari with us, in which case the adventure continues!

Meet our Local Leaders

Robert Sichalwe

Robert Sichalwe

Robert is a highly experienced Kilimanjaro lead trek guide. He's been leading treks with Follow Alice for years, and we know our climbers are in great hands with Robert as the expedition leader. He's also a great guy who will soon become your friend and an integral part of your Kilimanjaro memories!

Chris Sichalwe

Chris Sichalwe

Chris started working on Kilimanjaro in 1999 and has since made it to the summit over 300 times. He's the founding father of Follow Alice Tanzania and loves taking people to the roof of Africa! He's the steady and competent hand you need, but also a great storyteller who adds so much to every trip!

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