9 Days Kilimanjaro Climbing Shira Route



Another little-traveled trail that begins close to Shira Ridge is the Shira Route. The Lemosho path is pretty comparable to this one. Shira was the original route; however, the starting site of the route had to be modified, therefore it was renamed Lemosho Route. The main justification for the change was Shira’s starting site, which is situated at a high elevation of 3600 meters (11811 feet). Although a car can get to the beginning site, the high elevations are not the best for climbers who have never done high-altitude hiking. Starting your first day on Mount Kilimanjaro at a very high altitude can result in altitude sickness, which would be a disastrous start.
Location: From Moshi to Shira Ridge, where the walk starts on the western side of the mountain, one can access the Shira route by car.
Height: The Uhuru Peak, located at the top of Kilimanjaro via the Shira route, is 5,895 meters (19,341 feet) above sea level.
Time required: The Shira route can take 6-7 days. Of course, spending more money for an extra day on the mountain will increase your chances of succeeding in reaching the summit.

detail itinerary

You will be met by your guide, who will give you a briefing on your forthcoming trip and check your equipment to make sure you have all the appropriate mountain gear, when you are picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and taken to your hotel in Arusha or Moshi town bed and breakfast. On this day, the missing equipment can be rented.

Drive from Arusha / Moshi to the Shira Gate, where you’ll complete the necessary registration formalities. From there, you’ll begin your trek through the rainforest, crossing the Shira Plateau to reach Shira Camp 1 (3,500 meters/11,500 feet).

Continue your ascent across the Shira Plateau, reaching Shira Camp 2 (3,840 meters/12,600 feet). This day helps with acclimatization and offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

Trek eastward toward the Lava Tower (4,600 meters/15,100 feet), where you’ll stop for lunch. Afterward, descend to Barranco Camp (3,950 meters/12,960 feet), where you’ll spend the night.

Leave Barranco Camp after breakfast for Karanga Valley. The day begins with a 1.5 hour scramble up the Barranco Wall. This is the hardest part of the day and in some places, you may have to use your hands to aid your climb. After reaching the top, hike through fairly level terrain before making a short but steep descent into the green Karanga River Valley. Elevation Gain 250 meters, 820 feet, Distance 7 Kilometers, Hiking time 3 to 5 hours, Meals Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included

After breakfast, begin the hike to Barafu Camp. On the way to Barafu, view several of Kibo’s glaciers as well as the junction that connects the descent route, Mweka, with the Machame trail. During day four, hike by the Heim, Kersten and Decken Glaciers. Although the trail to Barafu passes through alpine desert with little vegetation, Barafu Camp offers stunning views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks. Try to sleep after finishing dinner as you will wake before midnight for your summit hike. Elevation Gain 400 meters, 1,320 feet Hiking time 3 to 5 hours, Meals Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.

Start the last ascent to Uhuru Peak at midnight. For the next six hours, hike by the light of your headlamp. The hardest portion of the entire walk is the rise to the crater rim. Up until Stella Point, where the crater rim is located, the walk is extremely steep.
As far as hikes go, the ascent from Stella Point to Uhuru Peak is gentle and not too challenging. But the hike is long and strenuous because of the altitude. The hike around the crater rim takes around an hour. Before starting the descent to Mweka Camp after reaching Uhuru, snap pictures of your guide and the group at the summit. Enjoy views of the mountain, crater, clouds, and glaciers as you descend from Uhuru. Eat breakfast and take a quick rest at Barafu Camp. Before you get to Mweka Camp, you still have another three to five hours to hike. Gain in altitude: 1,295 meters (4,240 feet). 9,170 feet (2,795 meters) of elevation were lost. Time spent hiking: six hours to the rim, one hour to Uhuru, three to four hours to  return to Barafu, and four hours to Mweka, Meals Included are breakfast, lunch, and dinner

The last day involves a descent through the rainforest to Mweka Gate (1,640 meters/5,380 feet). At the gate, you’ll receive your summit certificates and say goodbye to your mountain crew. From there, you’ll be transported back to Arusha / Moshi.

After the hike, you have the rest of the day to relax before your trip home. You might visit Arusha / Moshi town and buy some souvenirs before going to the airport, depending on your travel schedules.
If you want to continue exploring Tanzania, there are add-ons for safari, Zanzibar, and other destinations available. Breakfast Included with Meals


In the Price
  • Camping Accommodation as per the itinerary and Accommodation before and after the climbing
  • Meals on full board and Water during the climbing activities
  • Road transportation pick up and drop off
  • Climbing activities as per the itinerary
  • Park entrance fees, camping and Porters and Chef fees as per itinerary
  • English Speaking guides Climbing Crew for the safari and cook
  • Hiking Safety equipments(Oxygen, Oxmeters, and First Aid)
  • Portable Flush toilet, toiletries and tent

| Excluded

In the Price
  • Visit Masai Cultural Village- payments direct
  • All International Flights/local Flights + Taxes
  • Visa fees, Travel & Personal accident insurance
  • Excursions, services, and activities not mentioned in this program
  • Personal expenses e.g laundry, Drinks
  • Personal Climbing gear for rental
  • Tips for Climbing crew (guide, porter and Chef)
  • Climbing Insurance which cover up to 6000m
  • Lunch and dinner at the hotel (before and after)