6 Days 5 Nights KIlimanjaro Climb Shira Route



Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

6 Days 5 Nights KIlimanjaro Climb Shira Route

Is a spectacular scenic Explore Tanzania Hikes & Safaris approaches Kilimanjaro from the west. A 4×4 vehicle transports us through a rich, lush rain forest until we arrive at the ridge of the Shira Plateau, where our expedition begins. We trek across an alpine plateau and traverse the great Southern Ice field, before summiting from Barafu Hut.
The Shira route is ideal for those with backpacking experience and those seeking a more challenging adventure.

Destination Kilimanjaro National Park
Duration 6 Days 5 Nights
Tour Type Climbing, Hiking, Trekking
Accommodation Type Camping
Group Size No size limit
Tour Guides Language: English
Starting Point: Airport / Moshi / Arusha
Ending Point: Airport / Moshi / Arusha

Day By Day Itineraries


The drive from Moshi to the trailhead takes about 3 hours. We hike through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. At lower elevations the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach the Shira Camp.

  • Elevation: 1830m/6000ft to 3850m/12,600ft,
  • Distance: 8km/5mi,
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours,
  • Habitat: Montane Forest
  • Meals: LD
  • Budget Lodging: Shira 2 Camp

From the Shira Plateau we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth” (elev 4650m/15,250ft). Shortly after the tower we come to the second junction which goes to the Arrow Glacier.
We now continue down to the Barranco Camp. Although you end the day around the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

  • Elevation: 3850m/12,600ft to 4000m/13,000ft,
  • Distance: 10km/6mi,
  • Walking Time: 5-6 hours,
  • Habitat: Semi-desert
  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Barranco Camp

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail.

  • Elevation: 4000m/13,000ft to 4050m/13,250ft,
  • Distance: 5km/3mi,
  • Hiking Time: 34 hours,
  • Habitat: Alpine Deser
  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Karanga Camp

We continue up to the Barafu Camp. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day.

  • Elevation: 4050m/13,250ft to 4700m/15,350ft,
  • Distance: 4km/2mi,
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hour,
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Barafu Camp

Very early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit. From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. Once at Uhuru Peak you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa!From the summit we begin our descent by continuing straight down to the Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You may want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. We arrive at Mweka Camp and enjoy our last evening on the mountain.

  • Elevation: 4700m/15,350ft to 5895m/19,340ft, Down to 3090m/10,150ft,
  • Distance: 5km/3mi up / 13km/8mi down,
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours up / 5-6 hours down,
  • Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Mweka Camp

After breakfast we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).
From the gate, continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 30 minutes).

  • Elevation: 3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft,
  • Distance: 10km/6mi,
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hour,
  • Habitat: Forest
  • Meals: B

Price includes



Included

    Private pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro international airport.

    Pre & Post Trek accommodation

    Park fees, Hut fees & rescue fees

    Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters

    Transportation to & from the mountain gate

    3 meals daily while on the mountain

    Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)

    Filtered water throughout the trek

    Government taxes

    VAT 18% on park entrance fees

    Salary for the Guides,porters,Cooks

Excluded

    Flights

    Personal expenses such as beverages (other than those included with meals, as listed in each itinerary)

    Tips to mountain crew

    Laundry Services

    Insurance

    Costs of visas



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