6 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Shira Route

Very similar to Lemosho route, however it starts at 3,600 meters and is therefore not ideal for trekkers who have little or no experience of high altitude trekking.

On the first day you begin at Shira Gate to Simba Camp before joining the Lemosho Route on day two at Shira Camp 2. The high starting point is however a major negative for this route as many experience altitude sickness from day one without enough time to acclimatize.

The route over the Shira Plateau has several possible variations.After Shira Camp 2 the route joins the Machame Route via Lava Tower, and then descends to the Barranco Camp via the Southern Circuit. Ascent to Uhuru Peak is made via Barafu Camp and up the southern slopes of Kibo.

The route is seldom used by other trekkers and so your initial two days on the mountain are less crowded than on most other routes.

per adult from

$3,595

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Duration

6 days

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  • What's included :
    • 6x Breakfast
    • 6x Dinner
    • 6x Lunch
    • All National Park & Hut Fees, Crew Permits and VAT
    • Portable Private Toilet and Porter
    • Drinking water and Full Board meals
    • Fair and Sustainable Salary Crew Wages
    • Pre and Post accommodations (2 nights Bed and Breakfast)
    • Complimentary Oxygen Cylinder
    • Kilimanjaro trekking according to the itinerary
    • Proper Ration of Mountain crew (Cook & Porters)
    • Quality Imported Equipments
    • Airport Transfers
    • Gate Transfers
    • Professional, English-speaking Wilderness First Responder & CPR certified Guide
    What's excluded :
    • Additional lodge nights if early decent from the mountain $150 per room
    • Energy food & beverages, alcoholic and soft drinks
    • Flights
    • Gamow Bag
    • Medication
    • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
    • Personal hire gear such as trekking poles, sleeping bags, etc.
    • Travel or Medical Insurance is required and you should ask for Recommendation
    • Tips for porters and mountain crew (20% Industry Standard Recommended)
    • Visa fees

  • Day 1: DRIVE TO KILIMANJARO NATIONAL PARK SHIRA GATE, HIKE TO SHIRA 2 CAMP

    Pass By: Shira Camp Two, Lemosho Rte, Tanzania
    Elevation: 1830m/6000ft to 3850m/12,600ft
    Distance: 8km/5mi
    Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
    Habitat: Montane Forest

    The drive from Moshi to the trailhead takes about 3 hours. We hike through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. At lower elevations, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach the Shira Camp. Overnight at Shira 2 Camp.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 2: HIKE SHIRA 2 CAMP TO LAVA TOWER TO BARRANCO CAMP

    Pass By: Lava Tower, Tanzania
    Elevation: 3850m/12,600ft to 4000m/13,000ft
    Distance: 10km/6mi
    Walking Time: 5-6 hours
    Habitat: Semi-desert

    From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth” (elev 4650m/15,250ft). Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which goes to the Arrow Glacier. We now continue down to the Barranco Camp. Although you end the day around the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day. Overnight at Barranco Camp.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 3: HIKE BARRANCO CAMP TO KARANGA CAMP

    Pass By: Karanga Camp, Mweka Trail, Tanzania
    Elevation: 4000m/13,000ft to 4050m/13,250ft
    Distance: 5km/3mi
    Hiking Time: 34 hours
    Habitat: Alpine Desert

    After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. Overnight at Karanga Camp.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 4: HIKE KARANGA CAMP TO BARAFU CAMP

    Pass By: Barafu Camp, Tanzania
    Elevation: 4050m/13,250ft to 4700m/15,350ft
    Distance: 4km/2mi
    Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
    Habitat: Alpine Desert

    We continue up to the Barafu Camp. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. An overnight at Barafu Camp.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 5: HIKE BARAFU CAMP TO SUMMIT, DOWN TO MWEKA CAMP

    Pass By: Mweka Trail, Tanzania
    Elevation: 4700m/15,350ft to 5895m/19,340ft
    Down to 3090m/10,150ft
    Distance: 5km/3mi up / 13km/8mi down
    Hiking Time: 5-7 hours up / 5-6 hours down
    Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

    Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit.

    From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. Once at Uhuru Peak you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa!

    From the summit we begin our descent by continuing straight down to the Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You may want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. We arrive at Mweka Camp and enjoy our last evening on the mountain. An overnight at Mweka Camp.

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 6: HIKE MWEKA CAMP TO MWEKA GATE, DRIVE TO MOSHI

    Pass By: Moshi, Moshi, Kilimanjaro Region
    Elevation: 3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft
    Distance: 10km/6mi
    Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
    Habitat: Forest

    After breakfast we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

    From the gate, continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 30 minutes). You now drive back to Moshi for a long over due hot shower, dinner and celebrations!! Overnight in Bristol Cottage.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Upon arrival to Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met and transferred for overnight accommodation at Kilimanjaro Wonders Hotel 4 stars B&B. Your head guide will meet you for your briefing, gear check and arrange for you to hire any equipment you may need.Airports
    • Kilimanjaro Airport, Kilimanjaro National Park Tanzania
    Departure Time :
    7:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English - Guide, English - Written, English - Audio

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by Mfalme Adventures

Activity ID: V-192570P6

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