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9 Days climbing Kilimanjaro, Shira route!

Shira route is very scenic with beautiful views, but also more expensive and difficult. The route starts at the west side of the Kilimanjaro and crosses the stunning Shira Plateau before joining with the Machame Route. Due to the high starting point of the route (3,500 m), climbers miss out on the forest zone and the body has less time to acclimatize. This is not a touristic route and suits climbers with trekking experience the best.

During your climb a professional team of guides, porters and cooks assist you. Tanzania Specialist selected the best guides, that have a high safety record and client success rate. To secure your safety, they check your pulse rate and oxygen saturation each day.

After your booking is confirmed, we send you a comprehensive Kilimanjaro Packing List.

For an overview of all the options check climbing Kilimanjaro.

Day 1: Arrival Kilmanjaro - Moshi

After your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, our driver will transfer you to the  hotel of your choice. Settle into your accommodation, take time to relax and to get used to the African atmosphere. It is possible to book an extra day rest (day 2), to reload and get ready to start your climb the next day (day 3). This extra day increases the chances of reaching the summit.

Note. The hotel on the first and last day is not included in this itinerary since we want to give you the freedom to make your own choice. You prefer basic ($40 per night bed & breakfast) or 5-star luxury? Just let us know and we can book any hotel in Moshi for you. Our price will never be higher than booking.com.

Silver hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Weru Weru River Lodge

Day 2: Lemosho Trailhead (2,000m/ 6,561 ft) - Shira 1 Camp (3,500m/ 11,482 ft)

Elevation gain: 1500 meter / 4921 feet

This morning your driver pick you up at your hotel in Moshi to drive you in a few hours to the Londrossi Gate. After registration at the gate your drive through plantations and forests to the starting point. The trail climbs steadily to the rim of the Shira Plateau with great views of the brench and the western slopes of Kibo. You already arrive at Shira 1 Camp after one hour hike.

 

Silver hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Weru Weru River Lodge

Day 3: Shira 1 Camp (3,500m / 11,482 ft) - Shira 2 Camp (3,800m/ 12,467 ft)

Elevation gain: 300 meter / 984 feet

Explore the beautiful rocky Shira Plateau, one of the highest plateaus in the world. If you are fit you can climb to the Shira Cathedral. This is an acclimatization day, so the climbing is limited. There are several optional excursions in a time frame of 3 hours. The day ends at Shira 2 camp.

Silver hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Weru Weru River Lodge

Day 4: Shira 2 Camp (3,800m/ 12,467 ft) - Barranco Camp (3,850m/ 12,631 ft) via Lava Tower (4,550m/ 14,927 ft)

Elevation gain: 750 meter / 2,460 feet

Elevation loss: 700 meter / 2,296 feet

Your trek starts with an ascent, walking for 4 hours in the desert zone on the lava ridges towards the Lava Tower. This tower is a 300 ft (90 metres) tall volcanic rock. At the top of the Lava Tower you can enjoy beautiful panorama sights. In the afternoon you go downhill for 1-2 hours to the Barranco Valley. You pass huge plants (scenecios), that look like trees.
A beautiful camp at the foot of the impressive Barranco Wall. Your day starts and ends at the same elevation to give your body time to acclimatize.

Silver hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Weru Weru River Lodge

Day 5: Barranco Camp (3,850m/12,631 ft ) - Barafu Camp (4,600m/ 15,091 ft)

Elevation gain: 750 meter / 2,460 feet

For a lot of climbers this is the best part of the route due to the adventure. You start with a descent into the base of the Barranco Wall and then climb a steep cliff. On top of the Barranco Wall you are rewarded with beautiful views. From the top of this wall you circle through hills and valleys around the mountain. At the left the sightnings of Kibo are spectacular and at the right you can see Mount Meru. The trek continues across slopes until you arrive at Barafu Camp, located just under the Kilimanjaro summit. Today is a long active climb of 8-10 hours. Its also possible to split this 2 into 2 days so you give your body more time to acclimatize.

Silver hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Weru Weru River Lodge

Day 6: Barafu Camp (4,600m/ 15,091 ft) - Uhuru Peak (5,895m/ 19,340 ft) to Mweka Camp (3,110m/ 10,203 ft)

Elevation gain: 1,295 meter / 4,248 ft

Elevation loss: 2,785 meter / 9,137 ft

Around midnight you start the last part of the journey, 6-8 hours upwards to the Uhuru Peak (summit). This is the most challenging part of the trek starts due to the altitude increase, cold and darkness. You arrive at Stella Point when the sun rises. A breathtaking view to see the red sunrise over Mawenzi Peak that slowly turns yellow. After another hour walking you arrive at the highest point of Kilimanjaro, the Uhuru Peak.  Celebrate your accomplishment at the summit while you look out onto a incredible vast landscape of white snow and towering peaks. From the summit you start your descent a rocky trail to Stella Point and Barafu Camp, before arriving at Mweke Camp after 6 hours. Enjoy your last dinner on the mountain, a beer/soda (sometimes for sale) and a good night sleep.

Silver hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Weru Weru River Lodge

Day 7: Mweka Camp (3,110m/ 10,203 ft) - Mweka Gate (1,830m/ 6000 ft)

Elevation loss: 1280 meter / 4,199 feet

This last trek down takes you in 2-3 hours through the beautiful forest to the Mweke Gate. You have the chance to spot monkeys. At the gate you can collect your summit certificate. Your driver brings you to your hotel in Moshi to relax, have a shower and enjoy a delicious dinner and good night sleep.

Silver hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Weru Weru River Lodge

Dag 8-9: Moshi-Airport

Today you can relax at the lodge or explore the surrounding area. You can choose to extend your journey with a beautiful Tanzania Safari. Another option is to unwind on the tropical Zanzibar Island or one of the other exotic beach destinations Pemba Island and Mafia Island. If you choose to fly home after your Kilimanjaro trek, you will arrive back home 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?

 How to book this Kilimanjaro adventure?
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Price information

Shira prices per person2 persons4 persons6 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

Exclude:

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