Start point 2,360 m
The Northern Circuit Route begins at Londorossi Gate (2,100 meters) in the West, the same start point as the Lemosho Route. The drive to Londorossi Gate takes approximately two hours from Moshi and considerably longer from Arusha. Registration with the Kilimanjaro National Park authorities occurs at the gate and then you will be driven further up the mountain to the trailhead starting point. We will serve 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. Dinner will be served when you reach Mti Mkubwa Camp.
Distance: ~5.5km / 3 miles
Trekking time: 3-4 hours
On day two 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).
Distance: ~8km / 5 miles
Trekking time: 5-6 hours
Zone: Rainforest / Low Alpine Zone
Distance: ~7km / 4 miles Trekking time: 3-4 hours Zone: Rainforest / Low Alpine Zone
Distance: ~14km / 8 miles Trekking time: 5-7 hours Zone: Low alpine zone / High alpine zone
Distance: ~12km / 7 miles Trekking time: 5-7 hours Zone: High alpine zone
Distance: ~8km / 5 miles Trekking time: 5-7 hours Zone: High alpine zone and low alpine zone
Distance: ~15km / 8 miles Trekking time: 4-5 hours Zone: High alpine zone and glacial zone
Distance: ~6km / 3.5 miles ascent and 10.5km / 6 mile descent Trekking time: 6-8 hours ascent and then 4-6 hour descent Zone: Glacial zone and all preceding zones
Distance: ~10km / 6.5 miles Trekking time: 3-4 hours Zone: Rainforest zone