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Shira Route

SUMMARY

This climb to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro uses the Shira Route. A remote and beautiful path where you won’t come across many other climbers, it’s well suited to those with previous trekking experience and a high level of fitness, who are relaxed in a variety of mountain conditions. After acclimatizing around the forest, grassy moorland and volcanic rock formations of the Shira Plateau, you’ll explore the Northern Icefields, an area little visited by tourists and with unusual views of Kibo. Then you’ll climb steadily away from the plateau towards the broad upland desert underneath the Lent Hills – a peaceful and remote area that few visitors to Kilimanjaro get to experience. Next, you’ll join to the main route to the top of 5895m high Uhuru Peak, a steep and challenging trek passing close to the dramatic glaciers that still occupy much of the summit area. After taking in the mind-blowing views of the landscape below, you’ll descend through tropical forests, coffee, and banana farms to Mweka village, where you’ll be transferred to your lodge for a well-earned rest. 

 

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN PRICE

• Airport pick-up and drop off
• All national park, climbing and camping fees
• Mandatory mountain rescue fee
• Accommodations (2 nights at hotel Bed and Breakfast, 5 nights tent camping) *Based on double occupancy
• Full board, breakfast, lunch, and Dinner while camping
• Professional mountain guide, and Park Ranger
• All meals and water while on the mountain
• While on mountain professional cook and all kitchen dining utensils 3-4 porters per person (required) Porters, guide(s) cook salaries.
• All camping equipment for guides, cook, and porters
• Eureka and Mountain Hardwear tent(s)
• Transportation to and from the mountain
• Summit completion certificate
• Champagne toast upon descent
• Emergency oxygen tanks

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE

• Passport/visa fees (can be purchased upon arrival)
• Sub-zeros sleeping bags, deluxe sleeping mats, camp pillows, etc
• Gratuities
• Personal travel or baggage insurance (recommended)
• Meals or drinks not specified by itinerary
• Any costs not specified as included
• Sodas, alcohol or other drinks at the lodge
• Laundry services
• Personal clothing and gear, i.e. backpack
• Additional cultural excursions, safaris, or beach holidays prior to or
• after climb

Why you choose this package!

  • Reliability & Integrity
  • Competitive Prices
  • We Speak Your Language
  • Managed by Experienced People
  • Helpful Safari Consultants

Day 00 , Flight to Kilimanjaro - Moshi

Welcome to Kilimanjaro, TANZANIA. Upon arrival at KILIMANJARO International Airport, you’ll meet and greet our friendly Tanzanian representative, who will pick you up and transfer by car/minibus to the city of Moshi on the base of the magnificent Kilimanjaro Mountain. The drive from the airport is in places scenic, if you consider that the highest peak of Africa is on your left side accompanying you for most of the journey to Moshi. Upon arrival in the city, proceed for accommodation and dinne

Meals Plan:Breakfast,Lunch,Dinnerr.

Overnight Stay: Sal salinero Hotel

Day 01 ,Shira Gate to Simba Camp

Elevation: 11,800 ft to 11,800 ft

Distance: 4 km/2 miles

Hiking Time: 1-2 hours

Habitat: Heath

After breakfast at your camp. early morning, together with your Mountain Chief Guide, proceed in a hiking the mountain Kilimanjaro via your choosen route. 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.

Meals Plan: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Overnight Stay :Tents

Day 02,Simba Camp to Shira 2 Camp

Elevation: 11,800 ft to 12,500 ft

Distance: 6 km/4 miles

Hiking Time: 2 hours

Habitat: Heath

As usually start your day with a delicious breakfast at your camp. Afterwards, together with your Mountain Chief Guide, proceed in a hiking the mountain Kilimanjaro via your choosen route. 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 an attractive path to the Shira Cathedral, a huge buttress of rock encircled by steep spires and pinnacles, before settling at Shira 2 Camp for dinner and overnight stay.

Meals Plan :Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Overnight Stay :Tents

Day 03,Shira 2 Camp to Lava Tower

Elevation: 12,500 ft to 15,190 ft

Distance: 7 km/4 miles

Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

Elevation: 15,190 ft to 13,044 ft

Distance: 3 km/2 miles

Hiking Time: 2-3 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Start your day very early with a delicious breakfast at your camp. Afterwards, early morning, together with your Mountain Chief Guide, proceed in a hiking the mountain Kilimanjaro via your choose route. 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.

Meals Plan : Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Overnight Stay : Tents

Day 04,Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

Elevation: 13,044 ft to 13,106 ft

Distance: 5 km/3 miles

Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

We wake up early in the morning to start our schedule as usually, after breakfast at your camp together with your Mountain Chief Guide, proceed in a hiking the mountain Kilimanjaro via your choosen route. We begin the day by descending into a ravine to the base of the Great Barranco Wall. Take lunch then we climb the non-technical but steep, nearly 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 for dinner and overnight stay. This is a shorter day meant for acclimatization.

Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight Stay: Tent

Day 05,Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

Elevation: 13,106 ft to 15,331 ft

Distance: 4 km/2 miles

Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Habitat: Alpine Desert

Start your day very early with a delicious breakfast at your camp. Afterwards, early morning, together with your Mountain Chief Guide, proceed in a hiking the mountain Kilimanjaro via your choosen route. We leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We will take lunch for few minutes then continue wiith our schedule 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.

Meals Plan :Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Overnight Stay : Tents

Day 06,Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak

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

Distance: 12 km/7 miles

Hiking Time: 4-6 hour

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.

Meals Plan :Breakfast,Lunch, Dinner

Overnight Stay : Tent

Day 07,Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

Elevation: 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft

Distance: 10 km/6 miles

Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

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.

Meals Plan :Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

Overnight Stay : Sal Salinero

Moshi

Possibility for Camel riding, visit and bath at the Chemka Springs, walk tour and visit at Marangu Waterfall, Moshi bicycle tour, Kilimanjaro Mountain Base trekking, Maasai Village Cultural Tour

Tour Highlights

  • Duration : 7 Days, 6 Nights
  • Person : 2 Person and Above
  • Tailor Made : Allowed
  • Best Time : Daily Available
  • Price From: $2030

Welcome Note

Accommodation on the mountain on this ‘Basic’ category trip will be in tented camps – a great experience, a true mountain adventure.

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