A place where the most adventurers trekkers dream about, a 37km long Shira route stretching along the open western plateau of Mt Kilimanjaro, is the most seldom and quite region, in a lucky day one can meet up with eland and duiker antelopes along the moorland, also display stunning views of the peaks and its surrounding, climbers start their hiking from the higher altitude on 3,407m, following the walking trails that meandering up and down, therefore it will help trekkers to acclimatize their bodies and provides the success rates for summiting. Other side tracks are more popular and wet just as starting hiking, they also attacks the mountain from the lower elevations towards the higher altitudes. Due to its scenic and vary formations Shira is our favorite of official trail on Kill.

Hike summary
kilimanjaro: Shira Route
Duration: 6 Nights 7 Days

Day 0: Upon your arrival in Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be met by our airport representative, and transferred to a hotel in Arusha for pre-briefing and overnight stay before going to a life time adventure.

Day by day itinerary for Shira route 7 days

1Day 1: Arusha / Londorossi Gate

Trekking distance 1-1:30hr-7km After a breakfast you will leave the hotel behind driving to the Londorossi gate, thereafter gate formalities you will drive towards the trailhead on 3407m, by then you will start walking across the moorland where provide open tussock grasslands, lava flows, heather shrub-lands, valley bottoms, clear mountain streams and stands of giant heather and to arrive at the rim of the shira plateau, a first camp nestled at the center of Shira one plateau on 3407m, you will overstay at the same elevation as stating point and acclimatizing before the next day of stretching legs on higher elevation.

Overnight stay at Shira 1 Camp 3407m

2Day 2: Shira 1 / Shira 2 Camp

Trekking distance 10km 3-4hr

A hiking start after breakfast towards the rim of the shira cathedral on 3,740m where boast outstanding landscapes, you will continue with a trek and to be arrive at the camp in the afternoon, after lunch you will overstay acclimatizing and enjoying the awesome landscapes of the surrounding nature and far below, before the next day of striking on 4,550m.

Overnight stay at Shira two Camp on altitude of 3840m.

3 Day 3: Shira 2 / Barranco Camp

Trekking distance 10km 5-6hr
Another morning of gentle ascent and awesome sceneries, you will depart after breakfast, this track will take your walking boots pounds through the higher elevation, from the Shira plateau past by the eastern breach and the Lava Tower nestled on 4,550m, famous as Shark tooth, thereafter you will cross the junction between arrow glacier and Baranco before descent a spectacle valley heading to a camp, where offers extensive view of the plain far below, retuning to a lower elevation will help to acculturate bodies, especially for those did not trained well prior traveling to Tanzania.

Overnight stay at Barranco Camp 3,840m,

4Day 4: Barranco / Karanga Camp

Trekking distance 5-6km: 3:30-4hr

After your body relax and acclimatized you will leave the last wet area behind after a breakfast, past by a steep ridge, from the Baranco wall to Karanga Valley, enjoying the marvelous view of a waterfall below and dramatic glacier above, to arrive at the camp for lunch and having siesta for the rest of the day.

Overnight stay at Karanga Camp 4,000m,

5 Day 5: Karanga / Barafu 4,600m,

Trekking distance 4km 3-4hr

As morning set in you will leave the camp after a breakfast heading to Barafu, landscapes differ from other camps also temperatures drop as you hike higher up Kill, to arrive at the camp in lunch time and overstay, dinner will be served early, to avoid exhausting we recommend our climbers to rest up before summit challenges, by midnight you’ll wake up and set out for summit, take Approximately 6-7hr.

6 Day 6: Summit / Mweka Camp

Trekking distance 12km-7 hours

The morning of day 6 display a spectacular glacier that’s will never fail to enthrall you as standing on top of the roof of the Africa, after awe-inspiring views you’ll begin your descent via the Barafu camp for a lunch and short break, after a break you will continue climbing down towards the spectacular edge of the Mweka forest for overstay.

Overnight stay at Mweka camp 3,100m,

7Day 7: Mweka Camp / Mweka Gate

Trekking distance 4-5hr

After an early breakfast a sustained descent through lovely forest with lush undergrowth this trail will take you to Mweka gate on altitude of 1,650m, thereafter gate formalities you will be met by a car that will transfer you to your hotel in Arusha for overnight stay.

8Arusha -Kilimanjaro International Airport

An option of adding more days in your vacation and exploring the northern Tanzania national parks or transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport and fly back home or to Zanzibar beach.
Price for 2pax US$1,980 per person
Price for 4-8pax US$ 1,800 per person

All transfers upon your arrival and Departure from the airport
Mountainous crews-Guide, assistance guide, chef and potters
Two nights of accommodation in Arusha prior and after trekking, in bed and breakfast (bb) basis
Boiled water in the mountain
Quality camping gears tents, mattresses, table and chairs
All meals on the mountain (breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Emergency oxygen gases
All transfers to Mt Kilimanjaro and back to Arusha after hiking
All hiking park fees, rescue fees and government taxes

All activities and excursions not listed per itinerary
All Items of person nature and gratuity.
Gears for your hiking like-Sleeping bag, hiking poles

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