Kilimanjaro (c) Yoni Lerner Exped Detail Hero


the alternative route to the roof of Africa

Year Round
8 days

As one of the world’s Seven Summits, Kilimanjaro is an absolute adventure classic. By following one of the longest, most beautiful and least trodden routes to the roof of Africa, you’ll achieve more than simply ticking off Africa’s highest peak, swerving the crowds and discovering a face of Kilimanjaro to which few are treated.


Trekking continues up mount Kilimanjaro
Kilimanjaro sign post on trek (c) Kuruman
The Secret compass team wake up early to embark on another day of trekking on the Mount Kilimanjaro expeditionThe Secret compass team wake up early to embark on another day of trekking on the Mount Kilimanjaro expedition
Fantastic sky at sunset over Tanzania overlooked from Mount Kilimanjaro (c) Roman Boed

This adventure is your chance to make your bid to reach the summit Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa and the world’s tallest free-standing mountain. Instead of simply ticking Kilimanjaro from your bucket-list with a direct ascent, you’ll take the far less populated Northern Circuit wrapping around the northern side of the mountain. Taking in Shira plateau, Shira ridge and finally Uhuru peak, before descending by the Mweka route, you’ll be rewarded with far more than simply reaching the summit.



  • Summit the highest peak in Africa, one of the Seven Summits.
  • Avoid the crowds of the more frequented trails.
  • Witness Kilimanjaro’s rapidly retreating glacial ice fields.
  • Cross the UNESCO listed Shira plateau.
  • Trek through a variety of volcanic landscapes.



A classic with a twist

One of the longest, most beautiful and least trekked routes up Kilimanjaro, the Northern Circuit Route passes through lush rainforest, moorland and scree slopes across the UNESCO listed Shira plateau. A longer, quieter route means more acclimatisation time, increasing chances of both summit success and large animal sightings.

Uhuru Peak

Kilimanjaro rises 5,100m from its base, making it the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. Its highest point, the 5,895m Uhuru Peak, offers stunning views over the surrounding landscape. Translated as freedom, Uhuru is situated on Kibo, the highest of Kilimanjaro’s volcanic cones. The last major eruption from Kibo occurred 360,000 years ago and the last volcanic activity 200 years ago, forming the ash pit visible from Uhuru.

Kilimanjaro National Park

Encompassing a hugely varied area of Tanzania, the UNESCO protected Kilimanjaro National Park is home to elusive aelope, buffalo and occasionally elephants – by choosing a quieter route for the ascent, our trusted local guides maximise your chances of spotting wildlife. As well as its  iconic, eponymous volcano, the park is known for its volcanic Lake Chala, coffee farms, pure spring waters and the local Chagga people who make their lives around the mountain.

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