MOUNT KILIMANJARO via Shira Route

The Shira route is a path that approaches Kilimanjaro from the west, and is nearly identical to the Lemosho route. In fact, Shira was the original route and Lemosho is the improved variation.

While Lemosho starts at Londorossi Gate and treks through the rain forest to Shira 1 Camp, the Shira route bypasses this walk by using a vehicle to transport climbers to Shira Gate, located near the Shira Ridge.

On the first day on the mountain, climbers begin their hike from 11,800 feet (3,600 m) and spend their first night at the same elevation at Simba Camp. Then, the route merges with Lemosho at Shira 2 and follows the southern circuit route, traversing beneath the Southern Ice fields before summiting from Barafu. Descent is made on the Mweka route.

DAY START ALTITUDE
(m)
ALTITUDE
(ft)
FINISH ALTITUDE
(m)
ALTITUDE
(ft)
TIME DISTANCE DISTANCE

1
2
3

4
5
6

7

Shira Gate
Simba Camp
Shira 2 Camp
Lava Tower
Barranco Camp
Karanga Camp
Barafu Camp
Uhuru Peak
Mweka Camp
3,600
3,600
3,810
4,630
3,976
3,995
4,673
5,895
3,068
11,800
11,800
12,500
15,190
13,044
13,106
15,331
19,341
10,065

Simba Camp
Shira 2 Camp
Lava Tower
Barranco Camp
Karanga Camp
Barafu Camp
Uhuru Peak
Mweka Camp
Mweka Gate

3,600
3,810
4,630
3,976
3,995
4,673
5,895
3,068
1,640

11,800
12,500
15,190
13,044
13,106
15,331
19,341
10,065
5,380
 
1-2
2
4-5
2-3
4-5
4-5
7-8
4-6
3-4
4
6
7
3
5
4
5
12
10
2
4
4
2
3
2
3
7
6
        Total       56 33

7 Day Shira Itinerary


DAY 1: Overnight MOSHI (Bed & breakfast)

DAY 2: Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Gate at Londorossi for the first section of the climb through the lush forest to reach forest campsite close to the gate. Overnight FOREST CAMP

DAY 3: Continue through the forest on to the Shira Plateau to reach Shira campsite for overnight SHIRA CAMP

DAY 4: Heading eastwards and leaving the forest, continue ascending through the dry landscape following the ridge and passing through heather and open moorlands before reaching Barranco campsite for overnight BARRANCO CAMP

DAY 5: Extra day for acclimatization. You will Stay overnight at KARANGA VALLEY - (OPTIONAL- Extra Charge applicable)

DAY 6: The path climbs steeply out of the Barranco Valley, turns north to reach Barafu campsite. Overnight BARAFU CAMP

DAY 7: A long day and an early start to reach the crater rim at Stella Point in time for sunrise. Continue on to Uhuru Peak at 19,341ft/5,895m the highest point in Africa. Descend to Mweka campsite for overnight MWEKA CAMP

DAY 8: Descend through the forest to the park gate at Mweka Wildlife College to be met and transferred back to/for overnight MOSHI (Bed & Breakfast)

DAY 9: Breakfast.  End of your tour

 
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