Mount Kilimanjaro


Route overview

It takes at least eight days to climb Kilimanjaro through the Northern Circuit which is why the route boasts a very high success rate.

Success rate






Day 1: Lemosho Gate (2385 m) - Big Tree Camp (2780 m) 

Hike through the lush forest. Gradually climbing along a footpath.

Day 2: Start: Big Tree Camp (2780 m) - Shira Camp 1 (3500 m)

Altitude: ? 395 m .Walking Time: 2-3h

Many ups and downs today. Great views of Kibo and Shira Ridge as you emerge from the forest.

Day 3: Shira Camp 1 (3500m) - Moir Camp (4175 m)

Altitude: ? 720 m .Walking Time: 4-5h

Another long day through interesting vegetation, including towering senecios.

Day 4: Moir Camp (4175 m) - Pofu Camp (4030 m)

Altitude: ? 145 m .Walking Time: 3-4h

Set out onto the remote northern circuit of the mountain after an imposing slope starts your day.

Day 5:  Pofu Camp (4030 m)-  Third Cave Camp (3935 m)

Altitude: ? 95 m .Walking Time: 3-4h

Vegetation becomes increasingly sparse as you head through the steep valleys of the northern circuit.

Day 6: Third Cave Camp (3935 m)- School Hut (4715 m)

Altitude: ? 780 m .Walking Time: 3-4h

You are likely to feel the altitude today. Enjoy stunning views across the saddle to Mawenzi

Day 7: School Hut (4715 m) - Uhuru Peak (5895 m), then Mweka Camp (3080 m)

Altitude: ? 1180 m ? 2815 m .Walking Time: 7-9h

Begin the long and steep summit climb at midnight, reaching Uhuru Peak as the sun comes up. Descend quickly on loose ground to Mweka Camp.

Day 8: Mweka Camp (3080 m) - Mweka Gate (1630 m)

Altitude: ? 1450 m .Walking Time: 2-3h

Traditional farewell ceremony followed by easy descent back into the rainforest to the gate.


- All national park fees
- Airport transfers
- Bottled water on the first day of the climb, boiled and
   filtered on the mountain
- Three meals a day during the climb
- Pre and Post climb accommodation in Moshi
- Entry fees to Kilimanjaro national park
- All government taxes
- Professional local mountain guide(s)


- Visa and travel insurance
- Porters and Guide tips
- Local and international flights
- Any meals not mentioned above
- Sleeping bags
- Trekking gear such as walking poles
- Laundry
- Optional activities such as day trips and safaris



P.O. Box 1027,
Moshi -
Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.