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7 Days Kilimanjaro Trekking Shira Route

7 Days Kilimanjaro Trekking Shira Route

Shira Route

Tour Overview:

The Shira route is another path that approaches Kilimanjaro from the west, and it is nearly identical to the Lemosho route. In fact, Shira was the original route and Lemosho is the improved variation. While Lemosho starts at Londorossi Gate and treks through the rain forest to Shira 1 Camp, the Shira route bypasses this walk by using a vehicle to transport climbers to Shira Gate, located near the Shira Ridge.

On the first day on the mountain, climbers begin their hike from 11,800 feet (3,600 m) and spend their first night at the same elevation at Simba Camp. Then, the route merges with Lemosho and follows the southern circuit route.

Although Shira is a varied and beautiful route, Lemosho is recommended over Shira due to the relaively high altitude of Shira's starting point, which is accessed quickly by vehicle. It is possible that climbers will experience some altitude related symptoms on the first day while camping at 11,800 feet.

1

Shira Gate (3,600 m) To Simba

: 1-2 hours
4 km / 2 miles

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.

2

Simba Camp (3,600 m) To Shira 2

2 hours
6 km / 4 miles

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.

3

Shira 2 Camp (3,850 m) To Lava

6-8 hours
10 km / 4 miles

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.

4

Barranco Camp (3,970) To Karanga

4-5 hours
5 km / 3 miles

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 Karanga Camp. Rest while waiting for hot dinner at the camp.

5

Karanga Camp (4,040m) To Barafu

4-5 hours
4 km / 2 miles

Zone: Alpine Desert

Leave shortly after breakfast from Karanga to the junction intersecting Mweka Trail. Take a walk through the rocky section to reach Barafu Hut. Have hot meal, drink much water and enough rest as preparing for the summit. Retire to bed very early by 19:00.

6

Barafu Camp (4,670 m) To Uhuru

13- 15hours
18 km / 11.2 miles

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.

7

Mweka Camp (3,100 m) To Mweka

3-4 hours
10 km / 6 miles

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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Prices

Nº of pax Rate per pax
1 pax $2,030.00
2 pax $1,990.00
3 pax $1,940.00
4 pax $1,840.00
5 pax $1,790.00
6+ pax $1,740.00

Pricing terms

Prices includes

  • 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

Prices excludes

  • 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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