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6 Days 5 Nights
Availability : Jan 1’ - Dec 31’
Min Age : 15+
Max People : 16
Tour Details

Shira route approaches from the West of Kilimanjaro and is nearly identical to the Lemosho Route. In fact, Shira was the original Lemosho route in this western side of the mountain. While Lemosho starts at Londorossi Gate and treks through the rain forest to Shira 1 Camp, the Shira route bypasses this segment 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 (3,400 m) and end at Shira One Campsite, (3,500m). The remainder of the route is follows the Southern circuit route, traversing beneath the Southern icefields before summiting from Barafu or Western Breach Route.

 

Shira route 6 days 

Departure & Return Location

Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

Departure Time

2 Hours Before Flight Time

Shira Route 6 Days + 2 Nights at the hotel

Day 1Arrival in Tanzania

Sote Tours staff will be waiting at arrival will meet you and will escort you to the waiting vehicle for loading your luggage then drive you to the Hotel in Moshi town. After checking in the hotel you will get briefing about your next day’s trek then your mountain guide will check your gears. The rest of the day can be spent relaxing at the pool or exploring the town of Moshi.

Accommodation at Park View Inn
Meals
Breakfast

Day 2Moshi to Londorosi Gate(1,830m) to Shira two Campsite(3,850m)

Drive from Moshi to the trail head 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.

Keep on Shira Route 6 Days, 5 nights Shira.

Elevation: 1,830m to 3,850m
Distance: 8km
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Montane Forest

Meals
Full Board

Day 3Shira 2 Camp (3,800m) to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp to (3,950m)

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”. 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.

Keep on Shira Route 6 Days, 5 nights Shira.

Elevation: 3,800m to 3,950m
Distance: 10km
Walking Time: 5-6 hours
Habitat: Semi-desert

Meals
Full Board

Day 4Barranco Camp (3,950m) to Karanga Camp (4,235m)

Today is short day of trekking. In the morning you will start climbing Barranco wall and reach 4,235m for acclimatization and continue crossing ridges and valleys to Karanga campsite for hot lunch. After lunch you will have a bit of rest and get another acclimatization of trekking up the scree slopes towards the Southern ice field. You will then return to the camp for dinner and overnight.

Keep on Shira Route 6 Days, 5 nights Shira.

Elevation: 3,950m to 4,235m
Distance: 6 km
Hiking time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Moorland

Meals
Full Board

 

Day 5Karanga Camp (4,235m) to Barafu Camp (4,600) campsite to Barafu campsite

Today trek up to the Barafu ridge campsite is tough because of altitude. The walk take few hours because of short distance but is steep which need slowly walk so to avoid tiredness. You will completely walk across a alpine desert with strong and cold winds blows from the ever closer Kibo peak and its ice. You will have an early dinner at 1700hrs then rest until midnight when we you commence your push for the summit.

Elevation: 4,235m to 4,600m
Distance: 8 km
Hiking time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Meals
Full Board

Day 6Barafu Camp (4,600m) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m) Then Down to Mweka (3,100m)

Wake at midnight to a light breakfast and then prepare for your summit ascent. The goal is to climb before dawn so that you can reach Uhuru Peak shortly before or after sunrise. Leave to the peak at 12; 00AM, switchback up steep scree or possibly snow, and reach Stella Point on the crater rim at 5,861  between 4 and 5 AM. At this point you will be having the views of the fabled crater and its icecaps facing you. Then after 1 hour of hiking along the Kibo crater rim near the celebrated snows takes you to Kilimanjaro true summit, Uhuru Peak here you will spend some times for taking photo’s. After your summit activities done, you will descend back to the Barafu  campsite, for lunch, rest, collect your belongings, and continue down through moorland and heath zone to Mweka campsite. Dinner and overnight at Mweka campsite.

Elevation: 4,600m to 5,895m to 3,100m
Distance: 15km
Hiking time: 10 to 12 hours
Habitat: Desert and ice.

Meals
Full Board

 

Day 7Mweka Camp (3,100m) to Mweka Gate (1,640m), Drive to Moshi

Following a well-deserved breakfast, your staff will have a big celebration full of dancing and singing. It is here on the mountain that you will present your tips to the guide, assistant guides, chef(s), and porters. After celebrating, you will descend for three hours back to Mweka Gate. The National Park requires all hikers to sign their names to receive certificates of completion. Hikers who reached Stella Point (5685m) receive green certificates and hikers who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates. After receiving certificates, hikers will descend into the Mweka village for 1 hour (3 kilometers). You will be served a hot lunch then you will drive back to Moshi for long overdue showers and more celebrations.

Accommodation at Park View Inn

Elevation: 3,100m to 1,640m
Distance: 9km
Descending time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Montane forest

Meals
Breakfast and Lunch

Day 8Departure

Transfer to airport will be arranged depends on flight time, please remind Sote Tours staff about any changes of the flight.

You can extent your stay by going to  Safari or relaxing on Zanzibar beach.

 

Meals
Breakfast
Price
Number of People Cost Per Person in US($)
1 Pax 2,450
2 Pax 1,850
3 Pax 1,750
4 Pax 1,650
5 Pax 1,600
6 Pax 1,550
7 Pax 1,535
8 Pax 1,530
9 Pax 1,520
10 Pax 1,500

Price Includes

  • Airport transfers
  • Service of an English speaking mountain guide
  • (2 nights of accommodation in Moshi Bed and Breakfast)
  • Rescue fees (part of park fees)
  • Drinking water and full board meals on the mountain
  • All National Park fees, Crew Permits and VAT
  • Fair and Sustainable Salary for crew as approved by KINAPA
  • Hot water for washing
  • Emergency first-aid kit
  • Kilimanjaro gate transfers
  • 4 Season mountain tents
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
  • Emergency Oxygen Cylinder
  • Oximeter on the mountain
  • Sleeping Mattress

Price Excludes

  • Flights
  • Visa fees
  • Travel or Medical Insurance is required and you should ask for Recommendation
  • Gamow Bag
  • Medication
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc
  • Energy food & beverages, alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Personal trekking equipment such as sleeping bags, hiking boots, clothes, etc (available for renting)
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