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Mount Kilimanjaro Shira Route

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The Shira Route traverses the large Shira Plateau to join the Machame Route. The Shira Plateau west of Kibo is the remains of Kilimanjaro’s first volcano. Mawenzi erupted second, and finally, supported by its neighbors, Kibo rose to its great height between Shira and Mawenzi. Older and more eroded than Mawenzi, the Shira Plateau’s ridges and moorland comprise one of Kilimanjaro’s most scenic areas. The drive to Shira offers magnificent views of the Great Rift Valley, Mount Meru, and Longido, and the plateau’s parasitic cones extend north of the road, rising from from plain to plateau. The vegetation changes along the route are striking. The plateau is grassland, heath, and moor, with senecios up to 10 meters high in valleys near the cone. You can see Elands on the plateau, and you may see signs of buffaloes, leopards, and other animals. The Shira Cone rises 200 meters above the plateau, and west of the cone is Shira Ridge, a steep rough rise reaching almost 400 meters above the plateau. The southern ridge of the Shira Plateau has two dramatic peaks called Cathedral and the Needle. The road to Shira is only accessible by 4-wheel-drive vehicles and can become impassable during wet periods. The Shira Route traverses the plateau to join the Machame Route.

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  • Transfer to/from Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • 2 nights for hotels in Moshi. Before and after climb.
  • Transfer to and from park gates
  • Park fees for you and all your climb crew
  • All government taxes as required
  • Services of porters, guides, cooks
  • All meals prepared while on the mountain. Breakfast, Hot lunch/picnic lunch and dinner
  • Purified drinking water throughout to keep you hydrated
  • All weather Water proof tents
  • 2 inches foam mattress
  • Dinning tents
  • Comfortable portable dining chairs and tables
  • Kitchen tent and all equipment's for mountain food preparations
  • Private toilet tent (Optional)
  • International flights fares
  • Tanzania entry visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for you climb crew
  • Laundry services
  • Rental gear

Tour Amenities

Accepts Credit Cards
Car Parking
Outdoor Seating
Reservations

Tour Plan

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.
Elevation: 11,800 ft to 11,800 ft Hiking Time:  1-2 hours
Distance: 4 km | 2 miles Habitat: Health
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.

Elevation: 11,800 ft to 12,500 ft

Hiking Time: 2 hours

Distance: 6 km | 4 miles

Habitat: Health

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.

Shira 2 Camp to Lava Tower

Elevation: 12,500 ft to 15,190 ft Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

Elevation: 15,190 ft to 13,044 ft Hiking Time: 2-3 hours

.Distance: 7 km | 4 miles

Habitat: Alpine Desert

.Distance: 3 km | 2 miles

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 more steep climb up leads us to Karanga Camp. This is a shorter day meant for acclimatization.
Elevation: 13,044 ft to 13,106 ft Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Distance: 5 km | 3 miles 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.
Elevation: 13,106 ft to 15,331 ft Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Distance: 4 km | 2 miles Habitat: Alpine Desert
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.

Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak

Elevation: 15,331 ft to 19,341 ft Hiking Time: 7-8 hours

Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp

Elevation: 19,341 ft to 10,065 ft Hiking Time: 4-6 hours

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Distance: 5 km | 3 miles Habitat: Arctic

Distance: 12 km | 7 miles

Habitat: Rain Forest
On our last day, we continue the descent to Mweka Gate and collect the summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. From the gate, we continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet us at Mweka Village to drive us back to the hotel in Moshi.
Elevation: 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Distance: 10 km | 6 miles Habitat: Rain Forest

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