The Northern Circuit route is the longest and most beautiful route to summit Mount Kilimanjaro by trekking.
There is the Kilema Route though, which is specifically for cycling. And remember the longer the route, the higher the chance of overall success and Tranquil Kilimanjaro offers this route for 9 days itinerary climbing up the mountain and descending through the Mweka Route.
This long climb starts off with a short drive from Arusha or Moshi town where your accommodation probably is to the Londorossi Gate, where you begin your tranquil journey. From the Londorossi gate, the trail begins with the Lemosho route for the early days of the trek, traversing the evergreen rainforest at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro then taking an ascent to the Shira Ridge cutting through the expansive Shira Plateau. As y you approach the Lava Tower, you abandon the Lemosho Route and head northwards to follow the actual Northern Circuit Route.
This deviation from the Lemosho to the proper northern Circuit Route makes the trek to circumnavigate the mountain circularly via the northern slopes traversing them to the East.
The Northern Circuit is more remote, especially on the northern side which has very low traffic of climbers and comes out as a very unexplored and virgin environment.
Plan your climb on the Northern Circuit
- Location: begins at the Londorossi gate, from the west of the mountain, the same direction as another route called Lemosho.
- Difficulty: Challenging
- Height: The Northern Circuit route approaches the summit point of Uhuru peak at a height of 5,895 meters (19,341 feet).
- Duration: it is a long route that takes 8 – 9 days, with an optional extra day for acclimatization.
- Trail conditions: has less traffic since it is newer, less popular and one of the most expensive routes but it is very scenic offering very beautiful views.
The Northern Circuit Route of Mount Kilimanjaro is an amazing route, despite the cost and duration. This route lets you circle the mountain rewarding you with 360 degrees views of the scenic mount Kilimanjaro northern slopes at nearly 4000 meters or 13, 123 ft.
This route is definitely the longest and remote route for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and gives you more acclimatization time. It is also has a high success rate making it one of the safest routes on Mount Kilimanjaro that follows the “walk high, sleep low” principle which really helps with acclimatization.