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Northern Circuit Route
Northern Circuit is the longest and the newest route on Mount Kilimanjaro, known for excellent acclimatization and breathtaking views of the Kilimanjaro northern slopes. A very limited number of travelers have set foot on this trail, and the route is hardly ever crowded. It is recommended to those who enjoy long trekking experiences in remote wilderness with a minimal number of other trekkers around. It takes at least eight days to climb Kilimanjaro through Northern Circuit which is why the route boasts very high summit success rate.

Brief info

Technical difficulty:
Length: 98 km
Best Time
Activity level:
High degree of strength endurance, high-altitude tolerance and strong cardiovascular conditioning is required.
Duration: 10-11 days
Altitude gain: 2 695 m
from the Londorossi Gate to the summit Uhuru
It is possible to add an extra day for crater camping.
The best time to visit Kilimanjaro is all year round except for two wet seasons in April-May and in November, therefore there are two main climbing seasons: July-August-September and January-February.
No certain knowledge or experience is required for this activity.
1. Easy
1-day or multi-day climbs at an altitude up to 3000 meters. Easy, mostly walking terrain. Good for most fitness levels. Also suitable for children and elderly people. Perfect for those who have never climbed a mountain and who want to try it out.

2. Moderate
1-day or multi-day climbs at an altitude of up to 3000 meters with some technical elements. Mostly walking terrain. Requires an average level of physical fitness.

3. Challenging
Multi-day climbs with longer and more exposed climbing areas at the altitude up to 5000-6000 meters. Requires high endurance to walk several days for about 4-6 hours a day. Steeper slopes, many crevasses. Requires an average to above average fitness level.

4. Strenuous
Strenuous climbs at altitudes of 5000-7000 meters. Requires high endurance to walk and climb on a moderate snow and ice slopes for several days for up to 8 hours a day. Continuously steep terrain, wall passages that require great commitment. Requires an above average fitness level and high level of stamina.

5. Extreme
Extremely challenging climbs for experienced mountaineers, high altitudes up to 8848 meters. Requires extremely high level of physical fitness and stamina, as well as great practical experience of technical mountaineering.
What intensity you should expect from this activity and what fitness level is required for this activity
0. No requirements/ minimal requirements
Easy climbs with non-technical elements. No certain knowledge or experience is required for this activity.

1. Beginner
Climbing sections clearly arranged and unproblematic. Might include short steep passages and a few crevasses. Increased step safety is necessary. No prior experience is required, all necessary techniques will be explained by the guide before or during the climb.

2. Intermediate
Good navigational skills and efficient rope handling required, long climbing sections. Basic experience in using crampons and ice axes is required.

3. Advanced
Good sense of orientation en route, efficient rope handling, long climbs, requires securing at halting-points. Requires proficiency in basic mountaineering skills including: cramponing, walking on snow, self-arrest, crevasse rescue, and glacier travel on a rope team.

4. Professional
Extremely steep, partly overhanging wall passages, ice climbing sections. Requires proficiency in basic and advanced mountaineering skills including: cramponing, walking on snow, self-arrest, crevasse rescue, and glacier travel on a rope team.
Some activities might envolve technical elements for which certain practical experience or training is needed.


Important details

You will spend 2 nights in a Aishi Machame Hotel before and after the expedition. These hotels have everything for your comfortable stay - caring staff, nice rooms, reliable Wi-Fi, a restaurant and a swimming pool.

During the expedition you will have tented accommodation on Mount Kilimanjaro (modern, comfortable 4-Season tents North Face VE-25 or Altezza Kilimanjaro Tents). Keep this in mind if you're going to climb Kilimanjaro during wet season (November - December).

Please note that all accommodation is on sharing basis (you will be sharing with your travel companion a twin/double room in the hotel and a hut during the hike. If you travel alone, we will match you with a same-sex adventurer).
Breakfast at the hotel before and after the climb.

All meals during the climb. Our Kilimanjaro diet includes energy-rich and highly nutritious meals prepared by our professional high-altitude cooks. A typical diet on Kilimanjaro consists of different soups, garnishes, several types of fish and meat, fresh fruits and vegetables; vegetarian/gluten-free/halal options are available at no extra cost.

All drinks during the climb (coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water) are also included.
Your guide
All our guides have 7+ years of experience, are Wilderness First Aid certified and licensed by Kilimanjaro National Park. There will also be a dedicated support crew with you: a group of 5 climbers is accompanied by a crew of 20 people - porters, camp masters and etc.
How hard it is
Our practice shows that ordinary fitness level is sufficient to reach the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro. If you can walk a 10-14 km/6-7 miles per day, certainly you can climb! The Northern Circuit route is generally considered to be one of the "easier" climbs due to its longer itinerary (which gives trekkers plenty of time to acclimatise).
We do recommend you to take some exercises before your Kilimanjaro climb (and our experts will share some tips with you)so that you take this challenge with ease and comfort.
Your guide will pick you up from Kilimanjaro Airport (Tanzania). All ground transfers during the expedition are included: transfer to the trailhead - Kilimanjaro National Park entrance, pick-up at the Kilimanjaro National Park exit and transfer to the hotel. Our representatives will organize the drop-off at Kilimanjaro International Airport on your way back home.
Medicine & Insurance
It is important that you have a travel insurance when climbing Mt Kilimanjaro. Make sure to check that your insurance package includes high-altitude trekking (up to 6,000 m) and helicopter evacuation. Our experts will give you a competent insurance advice for your Kilimanjaro trip if needed.

It is imperative to have a vaccination against yellow fever to enter Tanzania in case you are travelling to Tanzania from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. In all other cases there are no immunization/vaccination restrictions to enter Tanzania.
Equipment to bring
You are required to have the following items. Each of these items can be rented.
❑Small backpack (25-50 liters)
❑Sleeping bag (comfort -5°С)
❑Waterproof duffel bag (≈100 liters / carried by porter)
❑Mountain sunglasses or goggles with UV protection
❑Trekking poles
❑Trekking pants
❑Warm fleece jacket (2 pieces)
❑Membrane jacket
❑Membrane pants
❑Trekking sneakers
❑Hiking boots (ankle-fixing)
❑Storm jacket or Down jacket for summit day (comfort -15°C)
❑Storm pants or Ski pants for summit day (comfort -15°С)
❑Gloves or Mittens for summit day (comfort -15°С)
❑Fleece gloves
❑Fleece hat
❑Headlamp and spare batteries
❑Flask (1 liter / 2 pcs) or Camel-bag (2 liters)
❑Waterproof poncho

You will also need:
❑Athletic Long sleeve shirts or t-shirts (recommended 2-3 pcs)
❑Thermal underwear set (recommended 2 pcs)
❑Hiking socks (recommended 4-5 pcs)
❑Thermal winter socks for summit day (comfort -15°С)
❑Sunscreen cream (SPF 30+)
❑Towel / Wet wipes
❑Toothpaste / Toothbrush
❑Spare batteries (recommended - 6 pcs)
❑Hand Warmer (recommended – 2 pc)

You will be given a separate Checklist with all the neccessary equipment that you can print and make sure you have everything.

On the first day of your program our guide will check your equipment. In case you didn't bring any of the items on the list, he will help you to rent or buy them.

Northern Circuit options

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Private Climbs — Enjoy the Retreat
There are no fixed group departures available for climbing this route as it is not so common. But it's a great option for you, if you want more nature, less people, more challenge and dates that are convinient for you.

The price of the 10-day climbing program depends on the number of people:
1 person $3 509
2 people $2 770 per person
3 people $2 577 per person
4 people $2 437 per person
You are just sending a request, no payment is needed at this point. Our Expert will get in touch with you to answer all your questions and help you book the best option for you.
from $2 232 per person
5 people $2 369 per person
6 people $2 300 per person
7 people $2 247 per person
8+ people $2 232 per person
Private option can be even more customized for you

It takes at least eight days to climb Kilimanjaro through Northern Circuit which is why the route boasts very high summit success rate. 11-day extended version with crater camping is also available for additional cost.

We can also offer you a premium Kilimanjaro adventure that includes some extra features, such as spacious walk-in tents, advanced meal plan on the climb, portable shower and toilet, camp cots, insurance package, satellite phone for staying in touch with family and friends and some other upgrades on Kilimanjaro. Before and after your trip you can stay in a 5* hotel in Arusha (all-inclusive basis), where a special celebration dinner will be served at the end of your trip.
What's included
  • Breakfast at the hotel before and after the climb
  • All meals during the climb. Vegetarian/gluten-free/halal options are available at no extra cost
  • All drinks during the hike (coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water)
  • 2 nights at a 3* hotel in Moshi
  • Tented accommodation on Mount Kilimanjaro (modern, comfortable 4-Season tents North Face VE-25 or Altezza Kilimanjaro Tents)
    Fully-licensed, English-speaking guide and a climbing crew
    • Professional guides, licensed by Kilimanjaro National Park
    • Dedicated support crew (assistant guides, camp master, porters, cooks, etc.)
    All Ground Transfers
    • Pick-up and drop-off at Kilimanjaro International Airport
    • Transfer to the trailhead - Kilimanjaro National Park entrance and back to the hotel after the climb
    Hiking and safety equipment
    • 4-inch (10-cm) thick comfortable sleeping mats
    • All public equipment (spacious and comfortable dining tents, camping tables and chairs, crockery and cutlery)
    • Oxygen tanks and oximeters
    • GPS-tracking devices
    • Medical kits
    Entry fees
    All park fees collected by the Kilimanjaro National Park (conservation fees, camping fees, crew fees, vehicle fee, rescue fee and all other fees collected by the Tanzania National Parks Authority)
    Trip completion certificate
    Porter service during the climb
    What's not included
    International airfare
    Airplane transfer to Tanzania
    Visa fees to Tanzania
    Nonscheduled airport shuttles and hotels
    Lunch and dinner at the hotel (before and after the ascent)
    Any transfers not on scheduled arrival and departure date
    Alcoholic beverages and bottled drinks
    All expenses incurred in the event of early departure (evacuation fees, transport, extra hotel nights, etc.)
    Personal gear rentals
    Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of the local agency
    Park fees and trekking permits
    Tips and gratuities
    Although not mandatory, we recomend to thank your mountain crew and leave tips for them ($200–$250 per participant)
    Mountaineering insurance
    Make sure to check that your insurance package includes high-altitude trekking (up to 6,000 m) and helicopter evacuation
    Good to know
    Can I get the same trip for a lower price?
    You can, but providers with cheaper prices usually employ their crews for free - to work for tips only, so expect additional tips charges of about $1000 after you finish your climb. We choose to work with the providers who pay salary to their crews, so you don't have to tip that much, maybe a couple of hundred bucks for the whole crew if you feel like it.
    Is Tanzania safe?
    Generally speaking, Tanzania is a safe and hassle-free country, unlike neighbouring Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. There has not been any political or social disturbance for a long time and none are expected any time soon. That being said, some basics like not leaving your hotel or walking alone after 9PM is still highly advised.
    What clothes and gear do I need?
    You need two pairs of good hiking boots, a couple of jackets (one winter and one fleece), a couple of hiking pants, a small backpack, a duffel bag and a sleeping bag. These are the essentials. Drop us a line in WhatApp or an email and we will send you the full gear list. No special climbing gear is required, and if you don't have something you can always rent it in Tanzania for cheap.
    Do I need any vaccines to go to Tanzania?
    No, you don't. There are no necessary vaccines by the law, but you can always consult your physician and take precautious measures, just in case.
    Do I need to apply for a visa?
    No, you don't. Single entry Visas can be obtained upon the arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport.
    Should I get any training?
    Usually it's enough to ged cardio twice per week, but the best way to prepare is to hike and hill-walk in the weeks leading up to your departure. You should be comfortable walking for four to eight hours a day. If you want a training plan - drop us an email or a line in What's App.
    I am a vegetarian/halal/on the other diet, can I get the menu adjusted?
    Sure, vegetarian/gluten-free/halal options are always available at no extra cost.
    What if other climbers are too slow? I don't want to be held back by that.
    If the other climbers are too slow or decide to go down, a part of the crew will accompany them. The rest of the team will support you. We have enough guides in our groups to ensure that everyone walks at a comfortable pace.
    Can I book extra day trips?
    Absolutely yes! Tanzania with is pristine wild nature is the #1 country for safari! Our professional guides, a whole fleet of off-road jeeps and a team of travel consultants are here to make your day trip unforgetable!
    If you would like to book extra day trips - let us know!
    Nature and Wildlife Support

    Our local providers contribute to Makoa Wildlife Rehab for animals, participate in Serengeti de-snaring project and etc.
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