8 days Shira Route

8 days Shira Route

Description

The Shira route is one of the older Kilimanjaro routes, and is nearly identical to the Lemosho route. The only difference between them is that the starting point of Shira is higher. In fact, the Lemosho route is the ‘new-and-improved’ version of the Shira route.

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.

Arrival City: Arusha

Departure City: Arusha

Airport: Kilimanjaro Airport

  • 1

    Arrival

    Welcome to Tanzania! Upon your arrival into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), and after clearing customs and immigration, you will be met by your Tanzania Tribe Safari representative who will transfer you to your Hotel in Arusha. In the evening your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. The missing gear can be rented on this day.

  • 2

    Shira Gate to Simba Camp

    Elevation (ft): 11,800 ft to 11,800 ft

    Distance: 4 km/2 miles

    Hiking Time: 1-2 hours

    Habitat: Heath

    We depart Moshi for Londorossi Gate, which takes about 4 hours; here we will complete entry formalities while guides and porters prepare equipment. We then continue to drive up a steep path to the Shira Gate where we will begin the hike. The trek starts through shrubs and giant heather until we reach Simba Camp.

  • 3

    Simba Camp to Shira 2 Camp

    Elevation (ft): 11,800 ft to 12,500 ft

    Distance: 6 km/4 miles

    Hiking Time: 2 hours

    Habitat: Heath

    Today is a fairly easy day to help with acclimatization. We begin by exploring the grassy moorland and volcanic rock formations on the plateau. Then we take a scenic path to the Shira Cathedral, a huge buttress of rock surrounded by steep spires and pinnacles, before settling at Shira 2 Camp.

  • 4

    Shira 2 Camp to Lava Tower

    Elevation (ft): 15,190 ft to 13,044 ft

    Distance: 7 km/4 miles

    Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

    Habitat: Alpine Desert

    Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

    Elevation (ft): 12,500 ft to 15,190 ft

    Distance: 3 km/2 miles

    Hiking Time: 2-3 hours

    Habitat: Alpine Desert

    We continue to the east up a ridge and then head southeast towards the Lava Tower – a 300 ft tall volcanic rock formation. We descend down to Barranco Camp through the strange but beautiful Senecio Forest to an altitude of 13,000 ft. Although you begin and end the day at the same elevation, the time spent at higher altitude is very beneficial for acclimatization.

  • 5

    Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

    Elevation (ft): 13,044 ft to 13,106 ft

    Distance: 5 km/3 miles

    Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

    Habitat: Alpine Desert

    We begin the day by descending into a ravine to the base of the Great Barranco Wall. Then we climb the non-technical but steep, nearly 900 ft cliff. From the top of the Barranco Wall we cross a series of hills and valleys until we descend sharply into Karanga Valley. One steeper climb up leads us to Karanga Camp. This is a shorter day meant for acclimatization.

  • 6

    Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

    Elevation (ft): 13,106 ft to 15,331 ft

    Distance: 4 km/2 miles

    Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

    Habitat: Alpine Desert

    We leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the rocky section to Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest and enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are viewable from this position.

  • 7

    Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak

    Elevation (ft): 15,331 ft to 19,341 ft

    Distance: 5 km/3 miles

    Hiking Time: 7-8 hours

    Habitat: Arctic

    Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp

    Elevation (ft): 19,341 ft to 10,065 ft

    Distance: 12 km/7 miles

    Hiking Time: 4-6 hours

    Habitat: Rain Forest

    Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. Near Stella Point (18,900 ft), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.

    From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. The trail is very rocky and can be quite hard on the knees; trekking poles are helpful. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

  • 8

    Departure

    After breakfast and rest, we will Transfer you to Kilimanjaro International Airport for those returning home.


INCLUDE

  • Transport fees to and from Kilimanjaro Airport and your accommodation in Arusha
  • 2 nights of stay at a hotel in Arusha
  • Transfer to and from the Kilimanjaro Gate
  • Machameain guides, cooks, and porters who are both professional and friendly
  • Hot meals served three times per day
  • Ample amachame of treated and filtered drinking water throughout the trek
  • Hot water for washing
  • Set fair wages for the machameain crew which are approved by the Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO), and Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)Government taxes
  • Portable oxygen tanks & ox meter
  • Emergency first-aid kit

EXCLUDE

  • Lunch, dinner, and drink at your hotel both before and after your climb
  • International Flights
  • Visa Fees
  • Vaccination
  • Laundry
  • Gear for your climb
  • A portable flush toilet with a toilet tent. It can be rented at $70 for the entire trek
  • Items of personal nature


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