Duration: 8 Days on the Mountain and 2 Days before & after climbing
Category: Kilimanjaro Trekking
Destinations: Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking – Shira Route – 8 Days
Major Attractions: Vegetation zones, Wildlife, Mt Kilimanjaro
Shira route is approaching Mt. Kilimanjaro from the western side and a little longer trail. The route is very remote and receives quite fewer trekkers. As the route is considered identical to Lemosho the scenery is quite captivating.
The success rates with our guides are outstanding compared to the overall success rates for all climbers who attempt to reach the top.
SUMMIT SUCCESS RATES: STELLA POINT (97%). UHURU PEAK (95%).
Day 0: Arrive In Tanzania:
We pick you up from Kilimanjaro Airport to Arusha for Accommodation
Mountain guides will gather at the hotel for a pre-climb briefing and an equipment check.
Dinner and overnight at Arusha: BB
Day 1: Shira One Camp.
After breakfast at Arusha, we drive approximately 2 hours through the rural countryside to the Londrossi Gate. For the necessary park registration formalities at the Londorossi National Park gate, we drive a short distance on a steep track through farmland and plantations to the starting of Shira Route. We start our ascent along with the shrub forests the trail climbs steadily with wide views of Kibo Icefield to reach the rim of the Shira Plateau.
Londrossi Gate to Shira One Camp (3550 m): 4-5 hours walking.
Day 2: Shira Camp.
Today we follow an easy path to the summit of Shira Cathedral before reaching the next camp at Shira Hut.
As this camp is quite exposed, it can be substantially colder than the previous night, with temperatures dropping to well below freezing.
Shira Camp One to Shira Hut (3,840 m): 4-5 hours walking.
Day 3: Moir Hut.
In the morning we cross-part of the plateau through lush heather and moorland then into expensive high Savannah desert before reaching Moir hut in the alpine zone. For extra acclimatization one can take walk around for the higher lands around the camp; the views are superb. Lunch will be served at the Fisher camp.
The afternoon will be the acclimatization walk up onto the Lent Hills, the summit of which is at 4,700 meters.
Shira Hut to Moir Hut (4,200m): 3-4 hours walking.
Day 4: Barranco Valley.
Today we walk on a gentle ascent and panoramic views. We traverse the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the Lava Tower and the final section of the Western Breach and after hot lunch the bottom of the Lava Tower (4,600 m.) we descend to the bottom of the Great Barranco valley (3,900 m.).
Moir Hut to Barranco valley (3,900 m.): 5-7 hours walking.
Day 5: Karanga Camp.
A steep climb up the eastern wall leads us just below the Heim Glacier, where we may have some spectacular views of Kilimanjaro. We then take a steep exit up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo, the trail continues down into the alpine desert of the Karanga Valley, finally, we have a steep climb up to Karanga Camp
Barranco Valley to Karanga camp (4,000 m): 4-5 hours walking.
Day 6: Barafu Camp
Today we take the Traverse Route that takes up the Barafu Ridge, we walk up quite slowly to the final camp before your last ascent day to the summit.
The remainder of the day is spent relaxing in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night.
Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp (4,600 m): 3-4 hours walking.
Day 7: Summit – Mweka Camp.
Wake up before midnight in the cover of darkness. We begin a steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to the rim of the main crater, Stella Point, at 5,735m. We will rest there for a few minutes to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling good can continue slowly to make the two-hour round trip from here along the crater rim to the main peak (5,895 m), which is the highest point in Africa. After a few minutes to appreciate your accomplishment we descend to Barafu is amazingly fast, and we stop at Barafu Camp for some refreshment, we continue to descend to reach Mweka Camp.
Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Camp (3100 m): 13-15 hours walking.
Day 8: Mweka Gate – Arusha
A gentle walk takes us down through the rainforest to Mweka gate successful climbers will receive their summit certificates. After lunch, we drive back to Arusha at Ilboru Safari Lodge
Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate: 3-5 hours walking.
Dinner and overnight at Karama Lodge and Spa: Bed, dinner, and Breakfast-included.
After saying bye to our team of guides then you need a private departure transfer which is included from Arusha to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) for your flight unless you have an option to have a short safari or any other option we will discuss.
E-mail us at any time to discuss your trip and get an accurate quotation.
Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking – Shira Route – 8 Days Includes:
• Tanzania VAT on tourism activities and all parks, Camping fees
• Airport transfers
• Hotel before and after the climb.
• Portable toilet (Chemical toilet)
• Kilimanjaro National Park rescue fees
• Emergency oxygen
• Basic first aid kit
• Qualified mountain guide, assistant guides, porters, and cook
• Salaries for the mountain crew
• Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
• Camping equipment (tents, camp chairs, tables & sleeping mattress
• Porter to carry your duffel bag
• Flying Doctor Service
Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking – Shira Route – 8 Days Excludes:
• Flights and airport taxes
• Compulsory tips for guides, porters, and cook (See tipping guideline)
• Tanzania Visa
• Highly recommended travel and medical insurance.
• Personal hiking/trekking gear – we can rent some of the gear from our equipment store in Tanzania
• Snacks, personal medicine, and water purifying tablets.
Success is what we want during our trip. We are prepared for any urgent situation and also have in place a complete evacuation procedure in case of altitude sickness. We carry first aid supplies, supplement summit oxygen, and Pulse Oximeters).
all customers traveling with Kilipeak Adventure are required to have fully comprehensive travel insurance.
The policy needs to be valid from the date that the initial order is placed so as to provide cover for a cancellation prior to departure.
During travel, the insurance needs to provide comprehensive medical, evacuation, and repatriation cover.