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9 Days Northern Circuit Route Kilimanjaro Climbing

Are you an adventurer seeking the ultimate challenge? Look no further than the 9 days northern circuit route Kilimanjaro climbing expedition. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll take you on an exhilarating journey to the Roof of Africa, providing you with all the information you need to conquer this majestic peak.

9 Days Northern Circuit Route Kilimanjaro Climbing


Kilimanjaro, the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, stands as an iconic symbol of adventure and determination. The 9 days northern circuit route is known for its pristine beauty, diverse landscapes, and low crowds. It’s the perfect choice for those seeking an unforgettable experience. Here’s what you need to know to embark on this extraordinary adventure.

Getting Started

Choosing the Right Tour Operator

Selecting the right tour operator is crucial. Look for one with experience, great reviews, and a commitment to safety. Safari Nuggets as your local operator will guide you through the process and ensure you have a successful climb.

Essential Gear and Equipment

Proper gear is essential for a safe and enjoyable climb. Make sure you have the right clothing, footwear, and equipment, including a sturdy backpack, warm clothing, and a reliable pair of hiking boots.

The Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Moshi

Your Kilimanjaro adventure begins with your arrival in Moshi, a bustling town in Tanzania. You’ll be transferred to your hotel, where you can rest and prepare for the climb. It’s essential to spend this time acclimatizing to the altitude.

Day 2: Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa

Your adventure begins at Londorossi Gate, where you’ll register and start your hike through the lush rainforest. The first day’s destination is Mti Mkubwa, where you’ll set up camp and enjoy your first night on the mountain.

Day 3: Mti Mkubwa to Shira 1 Camp

Second day of our 9 days Northern Circuit Route, We continue on the trail leading out of the rain forest and into a savannah of tall grasses, heather and volcanic rock draped with lichen beards. As we ascend through the lush rolling hills and cross several streams, we reach the Shira Ridge before dropping gently down to Shira 1 Camp. Here we catch our first glimpse of Kibo across the plateau

Day 4: Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp

Third day of 9 days Northern Circuit Route, We explore the Shira Plateau. It is a gentle walk east on moorland meadows towards Shira 2 Camp. The heath zone displays abundant wildflowers and unique Senecio trees.

Day 5: Shira 2 Camp to Lava Tower

Forth day of 9 days Northern Circuit Route, We continue to the east up a ridge and then head southeast towards the Lava Tower – a 300 ft tall volcanic rock formation. Then we divert from the main trail to Moir Hut, a little used site on the base of Lent Hills. A variety of walks are available on Lent Hills making this an excellent acclimatization opportunity. Shira Plateau is one of the highest plateaus on earth.

Day 6: Moir Hut to Buffalo Camp

Firth day of our 9 days Northern Circuit Route, We trek out of Moir Valley with a moderately steep climb, then hike to the summit of Lent Hills before returning to the main trail. The path crosses a rock field and gently undulates before reaching Buffalo Camp. This section of the trail offers great views across the plains that lie north of Kilimanjaro and stretch out to the Kenyan/Tanzanian border.

Day 7: Buffalo Camp to Third Cave

Sixth day of 9 days Northern Circuit Route, As we head up Buffalo Ridge, the terrain becomes increasingly sparse. This route is rarely travelled and we will enjoy its mountain wilderness feel. We trek through remote valleys on to the northern slopes of Kilimanjaro until we arrive at Third Cave.

Day 8: Third Cave to School Hut

Seventh day of 9 days Northern Circuit Route, We climb steadily up and over the “Saddle,” which sits between Kibo and Mawenzi. We continue on to our camp, School Hut. Once here we rest, enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day.

Day 9: School Hut to Uhuru Peak

Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. At Gilman’s point (18,600 ft), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.

From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. The trail is very rocky and can be quite hard on the knees; trekking poles are helpful. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

Day 10: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

We continue the descent to Mweka Gate and collect the summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. From the gate, we continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet us at Mweka Village to drive us back to the hotel in Moshi.

Day 11: Departure – Kilimanjaro International Airport

After a good night’s rest at your hotel, you will take breakfast ready for the scheduled check-out by 10.00hrs.(If you wish to remain in the hotel during the day, please advise us of this when you book your trip and we will inform you of the cost for a ‘day room’ which allows you to stay until 18:00hrs, and then make the booking on your behalf.)
As the transfer services have been already included in this package, you will be collected from your hotel and dropped off at the airport.

When planning your Kilimanjaro expedition, it is essential to establish a clear budget in advance and take into account additional expenses such as tips for guides and concierge staff.

Safari Nuggets is a reputable local tour operator that helps you plan a safe and successful climb with a successful summit rate of over 95%.

What is the price for Kilimanjaro Climbing on 9 Day Northern-Circuit Route?

Below is a 2024 price list for the Kilimanjaro 9 Day Northern-Circuit route against the group size of climbers. Look for your expected group size and the price, then make a booking for your upcoming adventure with Safari Nuggets.

9 Days Northern-Circuit Route Prices Per Person

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The Trekking Package Price Includes:

  • Airport pick up and drop off – Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) – Moshi
  • 2 Hotel nights accommodation in Moshi (one night before the trek and the night after the trek)
  • All park fees for the national park including taxes
  • All meals and unlimited drinking water while on the mountain
  • Private toilet tent included (1 toilet for every 7 climbers)
  • All salaries for guides, assistant guides, chef, porters
  • Transport to and from the park gate
  • Oxygen for altitude sickness emergencies
  • All camping equipment (tents, tables, chairs, cooking equipment, dining tent, sleeping mattress — but not sleeping bag)

The Trekking Package Price Excludes:

  • Extra JRO airport pickups and drop offs ($40 per car)
  • Sleeping bag – please bring your own or rent one from our equipment rental shop
  • International flights & visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Mountain climb staff tips
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Personal travel and baggage
  • Telephone/internet bill
  • Laundry service
  • Any personal items
  • Activities not mentioned in the program

Note: For private groups with an even number of participants, the price is based on double occupancy in the hotel in Moshi and in the tents on the mountain. Private rooms/tents are available at an added price. For odd numbered participants, the price for one single hotel room and tent is already factored into the quoted price. Our default policy is to divide the entire price evenly. If you prefer, we can calculate a separate price for those with double occupancy and the person with single occupancy.

Booking Your Kilimanjaro Climb

You can book your 2024 Kilimanjaro climb by filling this form and submit your request. Our tour consultant will get back to you shortly with a quote proposal for your climb. Also see what other customers say about Safari Nuggets on TripAdvisor. Read our Kilimanjaro FAQs and Kilimanjaro Packing List.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What’s the best time to climb Kilimanjaro? The best time is during the dry seasons, which are from late June to October and from December to March.
  • Is it safe to climb Kilimanjaro? Yes, with proper preparation and a reliable tour operator, Kilimanjaro is a safe mountain to climb.
  • Do I need prior climbing experience? While prior experience is helpful, it’s not required. The northern circuit route is suitable for trekkers of various skill levels.
  • What should I pack for the climb? Your packing list should include warm clothing, a comfortable backpack, sturdy hiking boots, and essential personal items.
  • How do I deal with altitude sickness? Adequate acclimatization, staying hydrated, and following your guide’s instructions are essential in preventing altitude sickness.
  • Can I climb Kilimanjaro independently? No, climbing Kilimanjaro requires a licensed tour operator and a guide. Read TripAdvisor reviews and know what other people say about Safari Nuggets.

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