This route avoids the crowds on the southern routes and over 9 days, you have a fantastic journey and a great chance of summiting successfully.
The climb begins at Londorossi Gate, at an altitude of 2360 meters, with an approach far to the west of the mountain. It follows the Lemosho route, passing through the majestic rainforest where some of the region’s most unique wildlife can often be seen.
The route continues up to the mountain’s third summit at Shira Ridge. From there you will cross the famed Shira plateau and see the awe-inspiring Shira Cathedral before turning north onto the Northern Circuit proper.
The northern slopes of Kilimanjaro are far more remote and have the benefit of less traffic from other climbers. On a clear day, the views stretch over the Amboseli Plains of Kenya. The trail then joins the Rongai and Marangu routes in the east for the final summit ascent via Gillman’s Point. After reaching the summit, you will descend by the Mweka trail, rather than retracing your steps along the ascent route.
The Northern Circuit is a good nine-day hike for those who have not trekked much at high altitudes, with an effective extra day’s acclimatization, giving a better success rate. Experienced trekkers may opt for the more difficult 8-day ascent along the Northern Circuit.
Witnessing the Great Migration in the Serengeti, summiting Mount Kilimanjaro, relaxing on Zanzibar’s soft-sand beaches