Mount Kilimanjaro

8 Days Northern Circuit Route

Itinerary overview

  • Day 1: Start: Lemosho Gate - Big Tree Camp
  • Day 2: Start: Big Tree Camp-Shira Camp 1
  • Day 3: Shira Camp 1 - Moir Camp
  • Day 4: Moir Camp - Pofu Camp
  • Day 5: Pofu Camp - Third Cave Camp
  • Day 6: Third Cave Camp - School Hut
  • Day 7: School Hut - Uhuru Peak, then Mweka Camp
  • Day 8: Start: Mweka Camp - Mweka Gate

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


Phone: +255 685 827 115