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9 Days Climbing Kilimanjaro, Lemosho-Shira route in 6 days!

The Lemosho-Shira route starts on the Western Site of the Kilimanjaro. It is almost the same as the Lemosho route. But on the first day you ascent to the 2nd camp of the Lemosho route. Only after that the two routes correspond.

Tanzania Specialist offers you a truely unique service on the mountain. Kilimanjaro is the ultimate challenge! You will be accompanied to the roof of Africa by our professional guides, porters and a cook. They bring you safely up to Uhuru Peak via the Lemosho-Shira route. Mountaineering is a rather primitive sport. Therefore you will sleep in tents on the way. But the tents are of high quality to assure you feel comfortable. In addition, our crew will amaze you with their professionalism. The health checks through our guides take place in the mornings and evenings. They are of high standards and are carried out with professional equipment. We want to make sure that you are physically and mentally fit at all times. In addition, we ensure maximum comfort on the mountain. Tanzania Specialist is known for the good food that our top chefs serve you. This is one of our top priorities, as good food increases your chance of reaching the summit via the Lemosho-Shira route considerably.

When you request a quote from us for climbing Kilimanjaro via the Lemosho-Shira route, you will also receive a number of informative documents to help you prepare.

Here you can find more information about the possibilities to climb Kilimanjaro.

For an overview of all the options check Climbing Kilimanjaro.

Day 1: Arrival Kilimanjaro airport

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, our guide will take you to the hotel. Here you can recover from the flight and get used to the African environment. An acclimatization day in the hotel on day two is recommended, but you can also start the climb the next day.

The hotel in the program below is an example. The first night is not included in the quoted price. This is because we have hotels in different price ranges and want to accommodate you according to your preference! We work with more than 40 hotels in the Kilimanjaro region, ranging from hotels charging just € 35 per person per night (based on bed & breakfast) to more luxuries five-star hotels. Our prices are never higher than on booking.com. Ask us about the options!

Silver hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Weru Weru River Lodge

Day 2: Drop off at the starting point (3,500 m/ 11,482 ft) - Shira 2 Camp (3,900 m/ 12,795 ft)

Elevation gain: 400 m | Distance: 11 km. | Walking time: 5-6 hours | Difficulty: easy | Environment: meadows

Your guide and his team will come to the hotel in the morning, after which you will drive by car (approximately 4 hours drive) to the west entrance of Kilimanjaro National Park (2,200 m). This ride goes through the beautiful tropical rainforest, after which you arrive at the drop-off point at 3,500 meters. Here you can enjoy a beautiful view of the Shira plateau for the first time.

The walking route to the first camp is a flat walk. This allows you to get used to the high altitude.

This will be your first day at this altitude, so it is highly recommended that you follow these instructions from this point forward:

  1. Drink as much water as possible
  2. Consider taking a Diamox pill if you have symptoms of altitude sickness.

 

Silver hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Weru Weru River Lodge

Day 3: Shira 2 Camp (3,900 m/ 12,795 ft) - Lava Tower (4,630 m/ 15,190 ft) - Barranco Camp (3,960 m/ 12,992)

Elevation gain: 730 m | Elevation gain: 670 m | Distance: 12 km. | Walking time: 6-8 hours | Difficulty: medium | Environment: heather

Today the Lemosho route joins the Machame route. Today’s hike leads from Shira Camp 2 to the beautiful Lava Tower. This part of the climb has many asents and descents and offers beautiful views along the way. It is a long hike and you may start to feel a bit uncomfortable because of the height. It is therefore important to stay at Lava Tower for 1 to 2 hours in order for your body to adjust to the altitude. We will use this time to have lunch here. After lunch, you descend to Barranco Camp. Here you will encounter strange looking flowering plants that grow up to five meters high!

The Barranco Camp is located at the foot of the imposing Barranco Wall, which is impressive due to its sheer size and steepness. Fortunately, the path leading to it is not that difficult.

Option: If there are participants who prefer to choose a lower altitude route (instead of lava tower), it can be adjusted to a one with a maximum altitude of 4400 meters.

Silver hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Weru Weru River Lodge

Day 4: Barranco Camp (3960 m/ 12,992 ft) - Karanga Camp (4035 m/ 13,238 ft)

Elevation gain: 75 m/ 246 ft | Distance: 5 km | Walking time: 4-5 hours | Difficulty: medium | Environment: heather

After breakfast you depart from Barranco Camp to the Barranco Wall. For many people this is their favorite part of the climb, partly because of the beautiful views. Once at the top of the Barranco Wall, for example, you have a spectacular view to the left of Kibo Volcano and to the right of Mount Meru. Afterwards a more difficult hike starts to reach Karanga Camp. This route has many ascents and descents, but our guides are experts in choosing the right route and the right pace. When the camp is reached, it is time for lunch. After a few hours of rest, you can take an acclimatization hike in the direction of Barafu Camp, where you can complete an ascent with 300 meters elevation gain and then descend back to Karanga camp.

Silver hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Weru Weru River Lodge

Day 5: Karanga Camp (4035 m/ 13,238 ft) - Barafu Camp (4640 m/ 15,223 ft)

Elevation gain: 605 m/ 1,984 ft | Distance: 6 km | Walking time: 4-5 hours | Difficulty: medium | Environment: alpine desert

After breakfast the hike to Barafu Camp starts. This is the starting point for your ascent to the Uhuru Peak – the top of Kilimanjaro! You will arrive at the camp around lunch. Tents are set up in advance to relax on arrival at the camp. After you regain your strength, you can take an acclimatization hike to Kosovo Summit Camp (4800m) and then back to Barafu Camp. There, a hot meal will be served when you return and you can relax for the rest of the day before starting the ascent to the top of Kilimanjaro around midnight!

Silver hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Weru Weru River Lodge

Day 6: Barafu Camp (4640 m/ 15,223 ft) - Uhuru Peak (5895 m/ 19,340 ft) - Millennium Camp (3820 m/ 12,532 ft)

Elevation gain: 1255 m/ 4,117 ft | Elevation loss: 2075 m/ 6,807 ft | Distance: 15 km | Walking time: 8-12 hours | Difficulty: difficult | Environment: arctic

At night you depart Barafu Camp to start your ascent to the summit of Kilimanjaro (Uhuru Peak). It is a climb on good trails and the most challenging part is the high altitude. There is one personal guide per two climbers in order to keep a close eye on the climbers physically and mentally health.

Once you reach the summit you can enjoy a beautiful sunrise, which is quite impressive at this height! After a small party at the top, you can descend to the nearest glacier if you wish. Then you return to Barafu Camp to start the descent to Millennium Camp after 2 hours of rest. When descending, pay close attention to where you put your feet to prevent any injury.

Silver hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Weru Weru River Lodge

Day 7: Millennium Camp (3820 m/ 12,532 ft) - Mweka Gate (1650 m/ 5,413 ft)

Elevation loss: 2170 m/ 7119 ft | Distance: 12 km. | Walking time: 4-5 hours Difficulty: easy | Environment: rain forest

The Camp is located in a tropical rainforest. You will awake with a pleasant feeling due to the reduction in altitude and the satisfaction of reaching the summit. After breakfast you will exit the park and the entire group comes together to congratulate each other and your driver will bring you back to the hotel where you can relax and rest.

Silver hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Weru Weru River Lodge

Day 8-9: Kilimanjaro Airport

Today you can take it easy and possibly explore the area. If you don’t feel like going home yet, you can stay an extra day at the lodge or extend the trip with a beautiful safari through Tanzania or one of our combined tours. Do you want a few more days of beach extension? This is possible! View the options for a holiday on Zanzibar Island, Pemba Island and Mafia Island here. Those who fly home after the climb will arrive there on day 9.

How fit do you need to be to climb Kilimanjaro via the Shira Route?

Climbing Kilimanjaro is a real challenge due to the altitude, rate of ascent and different temperatures. During an average climbing day you will walk 6-7 hours per day. If you are healthy and fit it is absolutely within reach. There are many things you can do to increase your chances to reach the summit and to make sure you enjoy the trek. It’s important you take your time. Don’t hike too fast so your body has time to adapt and acclimatize. Being in good shape also makes the climb much easier. Go hiking a few months before the climb, especially multiple day hikes are excellent training. But also running and aerobic exercise are a good preparation. It is always difficult to predict who will be affected by altitude sickness. We only advise experienced climbers to choose this route due to the high starting point of the route, which gives the body less time to acclimatize.

By adding 1 extra day to your climb, you will reduce the chance to get altitude sickness. Because you spread the climb over more days and your body gets more time to get used to the higher altitude. We do really advice to do this to increase the chance of making it to the top. The costs of this extra day are $ 346 per person.If you like advice on how to prepare yourself for climbing Kilimanjaro, you can always contact us or read our blog How to prepare for climbing Kilimanjaro?

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Price information

Shira prices per person 2 persons 4 persons 6 persons
all seasons  $ 2207  $ 1857 $ 1762

Include:

  • Pick up Kilimanjaro Airport, transfer to lodge/hotel
  • Transfer lodge/hotel to Kilimanjaro Airport
  • Private guide speaking fluently English
  • Private cook speaking fluently English
  • Park Fees for national park
  • Porters who carry your luggage
  • High quality tents
  • Chairs and tables for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Dinner-tent
  • Rescue fee
  • Portable toilet

Exclude:

  • International flight tickets and tourist visa
  • Accommodation on day of arrival and departure
  • Insurances (travel, flying doctors etc)
from $1762 p.p. *