6 DAYS SHIRA ROUTE – KILIMANJARO CLIMB

About This Route

This route nearly the same as Lemosho route. The only difference is day where people of Shira route drive higher to morum place near Shira one. Shira route starts off from the west, beginning with a long drive from Moshi to Londorossi Gate. From there, we drive to morum and head to Shira Plateau in day one. We recommend a minimum of 6 days to attempt this route but 7 days is preferable for better acclimatization and summit success. The Shira route designed to bypass the forest zone direct, route at Shira 2 Camp and then follows the same route through the southern circuit and descending at Mweka Gate.

DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive in Tanzania

You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your hotel in Moshi town, you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear, which is missing, can be rented on this day. Overnight at your arranged Hotel

Hotel is Bed & Breakfast basis.

Day 2: Londorosi gate (2385m) to Morum (3150m) to Shira one Camp (3500m)

 

You will be picked up at your hotel at around 09:00am and transferred to the Londoros gate located on the western side of Kilimanjaro. After the registration process you will still drive to morum nears shira plateau and start our climb gently through Shira plateau to Shira camp one where you will be spending the night.

 

Distance covered: 7km / 4.3mi

Approx. time taken: 4 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 3: Big Tree Camp (2780m) to Shira 2 Camp (3900m)

 

Today you will cover a lot of ground as you trek across a plateau of grassy moorland and heather scattered with volcanic rock formations. We will trek through Shira 1 Camp from where there are often views of Kibo Peak floating on the clouds as we head towards our destination which is Shira 2. We gain a reasonable amount of altitude as we head towards Shira 1 and parts of the route are fairly steep. As you proceed towards Shira 2 you will get the chance to view the Northern Ice fields from the western side of the mountain with some unusual views of Kibo. Our steady climb across the moorland of the Shira Plateau will help with acclimatization and we enjoy great panoramic views.

 

Distance covered: 16.5km / 10.3mi

Approx. time taken: 9 – 11 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 4: Shira 2 Camp (3900m) to Barranco Camp (3960m)

 

Your trek starts with an ascent with far-reaching panoramic views, walking in to the climatic zone of the upland desert and on the lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. You will reach the distinct pinnacle of the Lava Tower (4640 m), our high point for the day and a great place to enjoy your lunch. In the afternoon we make a steep descent to our camp for the night, located in the base of the Great Barranco Valley (3960 m), sheltered by towering cliffs but with extensive views of the plains below.

 

Distance covered: 10km / 6.2mi

Approx. time taken: 7 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 5: Barranco Camp (3960m) to Barafu Camp (4640m)

 

Our day starts by descending into the start of the Great Barranco, a huge ravine. We then exit steeply, up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. It’s a climb over rock, not technical but long and tiring. Passing underneath the Heim and Kersten glaciers, we head towards the Karanga valley. From here we have a steep climb up from Karanga valley to our night’s camp at Karanga camp, set at 3963m for lunch and short break. After lunch we will head to Barafu camps.

 

Distance covered: 8.5km / 5.3

Approx. time taken: 5 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

 

Day 7: Barafu Camp (4640m) to UHURU PEAK (5895m) & down to Mweka Camp (3100m)

We start off at around midnight, and walk steeply upwards to the summit glaciers. We will be climbing scree for 4 to 5 hours but gain incredible height over a short distance. The views are spectacular. We should be on the crater rim at Stella Point (5739m) as the first rays of the sun hit us. Spectacular ice cliffs within the crater surround us and the views to jagged Mawenzi peak and beyond are breathtaking. Another hour’s walking takes us to the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895m). We begin our descent by returning to Stella Point and then descending on scree slope and track back to Barafu Camp for breakfast, before finally heading down to Mweka Camp for a long well-earned rest.

Distance covered: 16.4km / 9.6mi

Approx. time taken: 13hours – 15hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

Day 8: Trek Mweka Camp (3100m) to Mweka Gate (1630m)

A gentle trek takes us down through the rainforest to Mweka Gate, where we complete park formalities and receive certificates, which you can hang up with pride! We are then met by our vehicles and return to the hotel in Moshi, where you can treat yourself to a welcome shower then celebrate with cold drinks. Overnight at your arranged Hotel

Distance covered: 9.1km / 7.5miles

Approx. time taken: 3 hours

Hotel: Bed & Breakfast

Day 9: Depart Tanzania

The day is left free to wind down after the trek before your flight home. Depending on flight times you could go and explore Moshi town and grab some souvenirs before heading to the airport. Our vehicle will be ready to take you to the airport at your time.

 

Meals: Breakfast Included