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Kilimanjaro Trekking Shira Route 7 Days

Shira routes begins on the western slopes of Kilimanjaro and this is a remote and rarely visited trails as well as experiencing remote route for Kilimanjaro. A spectacular and amazing climb, which takes more days for reaching to the summit. This route is for camping only.

Day 1: Arusha – Londorosi to Shira 1

Pick up from your hotel in Arusha at 7.00am, drive to the Londorossi Gate for registration, then drive a short distance on a steep track through farmland and plantations (2,800 m.), and continue climbing through shrub forest to reach the rim of Shira Plateau (3,350 m.). The views across the surrounding plains open out as we climb (5-6 hours walking). Dinner and overnight at Shira 1 campsite (3,550 m.)

Day 2: Shira 1 to Shira 2

After breakfast start easy day for acclimatization and to explore the grassy moorland and the volcanic rock formations of the plateau. We walk to the Shira peak Cathedral (3,750 m.), a huge buttress of rock surrounded by steep spires and pinnacles. There is a tangible sense of wilderness here (especially when the afternoon mists come in!) and the Mt Meru views from Shira 2 campsite (3,840 meters, 4 hours walking).

Day 3: Shira camp to Barranco camp

After breakfast take your lunch packets turns eastward and continues climbing towards the Barranco camp through lava Tower while getting great views of the spectacular Barranco camp (6 hours walk). Dinner and overnight at Baranco Camp.

Day 4: Barranco camp to Karanga valley

After overcoming the volcanic rock barrier “the Great Barranco (locally known as breakfast) descends through scree and ridges to Karanga Valley, dinner and overnight at Karanga valley.

Day 5: Karanga Valley to Barafu camp 4600m

After breakfast proceed to Barafu camp site (5 hours walk). Dinner and overnight at Barafu Camp.

Day 6: Barafu to Uhuru Peak

At 1.00am have a cup of coffee or Tea start your ascend to summit “UHURU PEAK” 5895m.After celebrate with your guide start the descent down to Barafu camp for breakfast, then proceed to Mweka camp cutting trough lowland grasses and scrub. Walking time for this day is around 8-10 hours up and down. Dinner and overnight at Mweka camp.

Day 7: Mweka camp to Mweka gate - Arusha

After breakfasts proceed back down in to the forest, a beautiful walk again offering good bird watching opportunities, there are some good news points on route to the valley below. Continue down to Mweka Gate. Here you will meet our vehicle and drive back to Arusha.

For a more detailed climbing equipment  please download:

Climbing Equipment PDF


    Price includes:

    • Transfer to Shira gate, 
    • Oxygen cylinder,
    • Flying doctors insurance,
    • Oximeter,
    • All park entry fees,
    • Camping fees,
    • Rescue fees,
    • English speaking Mountain guides,
    • Porters,
    • Cook,
    • Three meals a day,
    • Sleeping tents,
    • Mess tent,
    • Sleeping mattresses,
    • Safari chairs,
    • Tables,
    • Gas cooker,
    • Transfer back to Arusha from Mweka gate

    Not Includes:

    • Tips
    • Items of personal nature
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