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AKT/825: 6 Day Kilimanjaro Trekking Shira Route

Shira Route

The route offers 6 and 7 days of Kilimanjaro climbing.
The Shira Route is a little used trail that begins near Shira Ridge. Although it is a varied and beautiful route, it’s less favorable than its successor due to the relatively high altitude of it’s starting point.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Duration in days: 6
  • Itinerary Category:   Kilimanjaro Trekking,  Northern circuit
  • Destinations: Mt Kilimanjaro
  • Major Attractions: Vegetation zones, Wildlife, Mt Kilimanjaro
  • Guiding Language: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian
  • Start point: Arusha
  • End point: Arusha
  • Essential items: Digital Camera with enough memory space and extra batteries, binoculars, light clothes, safari boot, mosquito repellents, sunhat, sunglasses with ultra violet radiation filtering etc
  • Additional information: The Shira Route is a little used trail that begins near Shira Ridge. Although it is a varied and beautiful route, it’s less favorable than its successor due to the relatively high altitude of it’s starting point.

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Itinerary Description By Day

Day 1: Shira Gate (3,600 m) To Simba Camp (3,600 m)
Distance: 4 km / 2 miles Trekking time: 1-2 hours Zone: Hearth Drive to Londorossi Gate in Moshi from Arusha for registration formalities and equipment preparation. After completing the entrance formalities, start climbing through shrubs and giant heather to Simba Camp to complete the first day. Dinner and sleep at the camp.
Day 2: Simba Camp (3,600 m) To Shira 2 Camp (3,850 m)
Distance: 6 km / 4 miles Trekking time: 2 hours Zone: Hearth Start by exploring the grassy moorland and volcanic rock formations on the plateau. The path crosses over Shira Cathedral, a huge buttress of rock surrounded by steep spires and pinnacles. The trail leads to  Shira 2 Camp.
Day 3: Shira 2 Camp (3,850 m) To Lava Tower (4,630m) To Barranco Camp (3,970)
Distance: 10 km / 4 miles Trekking time: 6-8 hours Zone: Alpine desert Trek from the Shira Plateau through the ‘Garden of the Senecios’ while approaching Lava Tower meant for acclimatization. Have lunch at Lava tower and some rest before descending to Barranco Camp. Hot meal and sleep at the camp.
Day 4: Barranco Camp (3,970) To Karanga Camp (4,040m) To Barafu Camp (4,670 m)
Distance: 5 km / 3 miles Trekking time: 4-5 hours Zone: Alpine Desert Start by descending to the base of the Great Barranco wall of 900 ft cliff. Walk across a series of hills and valleys to descend into the Karanga Valley. The trail leads to Barafu Hut. Have hot meal, drink much water and enough rest as preparing for the summit. Retire to bed very early by 19:00.
Day 5: Barafu Camp (4,670 m) To Uhuru Peak (5,895 m) To Mweka camp (3,100 m)
Distance: 18 km / 11.2 miles Trekking time: 13- 15hours Zone: Stone scree and ice-capped summit Wake up at 23:00 for adding more warm clothes and a cup of hot coffee. Start trekking around midnight for the physical challenging final part. The trail leads to Stella Point (5685m), located on the crater rim arriving at sunrise. Continue for a 2 hour hike to reach Uhuru peak (The roof of Africa). Take some pictures and refreshments at the summit feeling accomplished. Start descending down to Mweka hut for hot dinner and a good sleep.
Day 6: Mweka Camp (3,100 m) To Mweka Gate (1,980 m)
Distance: 10 km / 6 miles Trekking time: 3-4 hours Zone: Rainforest On this last day, descend to Mweka gate for awards. Hikers who reached Stella point receive green certificates while those who reached Uhuru peak receive golden certificates. It’s the time to tip your guides, cookers and porters according to your satisfaction. Drive back to Arusha for a good bath and much sleep.    

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  • Transport from arrival point to Moshi
  • Transport from Moshi to Departure point
  • Accommodation before climb bed and breakfast basis
  • Accommodation after climb on bed and breakfast basis
  • 2 person sharing tent/huts on the mountain
  • All Park fees on Kilimanjaro
  • Rescue fees on the mountain (by car)
  • 3 meals daily on the mountain
  • Sleeping and dining tents (all camping gears)
  • Guide and porters
  • Cooks and waiters
  • First aid kit
  • Service of mountain guide
  • Transportation to the mountain
  • Transportation from the mountain
  • All government taxes
  • Oximeter on the mountain


  • Extras at the lodges i.e. telephone, laundry etc.
  • Drinks rather than water
  • International flight
  • Tips to mountain Crews
  • Dinner on the first and last days in Moshi hotel
  • Personal gears like sleeping bags, hiking poles etc.
  • French/Spanish/Italian/German speaking guides – they are available
  • Private portable toilet (available for $80) it will need toilet porter for $10 per day
  • And all not listed above

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