Kilimanjaro Itinerary

Let us help you plan the

10 Days Northern Circuit Route

Traverse Kilimanjaro's Northern approach over nine days; experience serene Shira Plateau crossings with minimal crowds.

Crater Camp is a unique place. At 18,865 feet above sea level, it is the highest campsite on Mount Kilimanjaro. It is located just 475 feet below the summit. We offer the opportunity to stay at Crater Camp on the Lemosho and Northern Circuit routes. This option will add one day to the standard itineraries making them the 9 Lemosho Crater Route and 10 days Northern Crater Route.

We leave for the summit during daylight hours and stay at Crater Camp after the summit for better acclimatization. On all other Kilimanjaro routes, only the guides and clients summit while the rest of the mountain crew remains at high camp (Barafu or school hut). Using Crater Camp requires significantly more effort on our part as the entire mountain crew, along with all of the expedition equipment, has to ascend 4,000 feet higher than they normally would. Therefore, there is considerable added cost to do a Crater Camp route.
From Crater Camp, one can take an optional one hour hike to Reusch Crater, or simply explore the areas around Furtwangler Glacier. Reusch Crater is a magnificent sight.

  • Major Attractions:Mt.Kilimanjaro,freestanding mountain in the world.
  • Mountain Guides Language: English,Germany,French.
  • Start From: Moshi.
  • Ending : Moshi.

Let's Plan Kilimanjaro

10 Days Northern Circuit Route


You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your hotel in Moshi town (Keys Hotel,Panama garden resort, or Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel); you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. The missing gear can be rented on this day.

Keys Hotel , Panama garden resort

Day :1


  • Distance: 8km/5miles
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours,
  • Eleven: 7,742ft 9,498ft
  • Habitat: Rain Forest.

The Northern Circuit Route begins at Londorossi Gate (2,100 meters) in the West, the same start points as the Lemosh Route. The drive to Londorossi Gate takes approximately 3 hours from Moshi and considerably longer from Arusha.

Registration with the Kilimanjaro National Park authorities will be at the gate and then you will be drive to the starting point. You will your 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. MtiMkubwa Camp

Mti Mkubwa Camp

Day :1


  • Distance: 5km/3miles,
  • Hiking Time: 5-6hours,
  • Eleven: 9,498ft to 11,500ft or,
  • Habitat: Heath.

After breakfast and medical checkup today 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)

Shira 1 Camp

Day :2


  • Distance: 7km/4miles,
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours,
  • Eleven: 11,500 ft to 12,500 ft
  • Habitat: Heath.

On day three the trek crosses the Shira Plateau from Shira Camp 1 to Shira Camp 2 via Shira rock peak. 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).

Shira Camp Two

Day :3


  • Distance: 7km/4miles and 7km/4miles
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours and 2-3 hours
  • Eleven: 12,500 ft to 15,190ft to 13,580 ft
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

  On this you will head 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 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.

 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 acclimatization process.

Moir Camp

Day :4


  • Distance: 12km/7miles,
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours,
  • Eleven: 13,580 ft to 13,200 ft
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert.

  This day is moderately involving the 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.

Buffalo Camp

Day :5


  • Distance: 8km/5miles,
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours,
  • Eleven: 13,200 ft to 12700 ft
  • Habitat: Heath

  This day begins with a climb up the Buffalo ridge and down into Poffu 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

Third Cave Camp

Day :6


  • Distance: 5km/3miles
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Eleven:12,700 ft to 15,600 ft.
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert.

  This day 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

Skull Hut Camp

Day :7


  • Distance: 5km/3miles
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

  Today after breakfast you will park your things together with few porters will start your steep hike to crater bowl  of Mt Kilimanjaro. On your way to crater camp you will meet with people coming down from the summit. Your first checkpoint  is Hans Meyer Cave where you will take a short break. The climb steepens as you approach Gilmans Point (5,681 meters),  which will be around 4-5 hours after departing School Hut. Take a moment to enjoy an incredible view out and across to  Mawenzi Peak before you head down to the crater.After lunch you will walk around to explore the crater and ashpit  area.

Crater Camp

Day :8


  • Distance: 6km/4miles and 12km/7miles
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours and 4-6 hours
  • Eleven: 15,600 ft to 19,341ft and 10,065
  • Habitat: Arctic zone

  You will be awoken around 5:00 am with hot tea and biscuits you will start you summit ascent of 1 hour where you   should reach the summit with sunrise 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 Gilmans Point to  Horombo Hut using the Marangu Route

Millennium Camp

Day :9


  • Distance: 12km/7miles,
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours,
  • Eleven:12,434 ft to 5,380 ft
  • Vegetation: Rain forest

  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 sign-out with the authorities, who will also provide you with your official  certificate  a green certificate for those who made it to Gilmans 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

Millennium Camp

Day :10

Include & Exclude

  • Private transport to & from Kilimanjaro International Airport to your accommodations in Moshi.
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Moshi.
  • Transportation to & from the Kilimanjaro gate
  • Park entry fees,
  • Camping fees.
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • 4 Season mountain tents
  • Double layered Sleeping Mats
  • Friendly and professional mountain guides, cook and porters.
  • 3 hot meals daily while on the mountain.
  • Enough treated & filtered drinking water throughout the trek.
  • Hot water for washing.
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • Government taxes
  • Portable oxygen tanks & ox meter
  • Emergency first-aid kit.
  • 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 (this is a guide to tipping on the mountain.
  • Tips is recommanded for a group sharing as follows:
  • Guide $25-$20 per day
    Assistance 20$ -18$ per day
    Cook 18$-15$ Per Day
    Porter 13$-10$ per day

Every journey we design is uniquely yours

Fill Your Details

Rise above the ordinary by climbing Kilimanjaro

Browse By Kilimanjaro Packages

View All Packages tailor-made-tour

African Traces – Discover Climbing Adventure Your Way

8 Years

Of epic journeys

Join the Many Travellers Who Discovered the African Traces Magic.

Owned by a guiding family for 8 years.

View All Reviews tailor-made-tour

Expertise in Authentic Tanzanian Travel Experiences

Experience Our Excellence

Our tours offer enriching safari experiences across Tanzania. We focus on genuine cultural exchanges, environmental care, and supporting local communities. This approach enhances your trip and positively impacts the regions you visit, deepening your understanding and appreciation of the country.

“Make your wildest dreams come true!”