Kilimanjaro Shira Route

Day 1: Londrossi Gate to Shira Camp One

We will transfer you through the rural countryside to the Londrossi Gate. For the necessary park registration formalities at the Londorossi National Park gate, we drive through varied farmland with open views over the plains to reach the Lemosho road head. From Londorossi your drive continues through the lush rainforest and towards your first camp.  By leave the forest behind, we will take the trail and climbs steadily with wide views to reach the rim of the Shira Plateau. A full day trekking with slow and steady pace up to Shira Camp.

Day 2: Shira Camp One to Shira Camp Two

Second day on the mountain consists of a trek across the Shira Plateau with an optional climb to Shira Cathedral (3,880m).  Shira is one of the highest plateaus on earth.  The day finishes with a gradual climb to Shira 2 Camp.  Trekking time without the optional excursions is approximately 3 hours.  Including the optional acclimatisation to the peak of Shira Cathedral will add approximately 1 hour.

Day 3: Shira Camp Two to Barranco Camp via Lava Tower

Today we walk on a gentle ascent and panoramic views. We traverse the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the Lava Tower and the final section of the Western Breach and after hot lunch the bottom of the Lava Tower (4,600 m.) we descend to the bottom of the Great Barranco valley (3,900 m.).

Day 4: Barranco Camp to Karranga Camp via Barranco Wall

A steep climb up the eastern wall leads us just below the Heim Glacier, where we may have some spectacular views of Kilimanjaro. We then take a steep exit up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo, the trail continues down into the alpine desert of the Karanga Valley, finally we have a steep climb up to Karanga Camp.

Day 5: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

Today we take the Traverse Route that takes up the Barafu Ridge, we walk up quite slowly to the final camp before your last ascent day to the summit. The remainder of the day is spent relaxing in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night. .

Day 6: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp

Wake up before midnight in the cover of darkness. We begin a steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to rim of the main crater, Stella Point, at 5,735m. We will rest there for few minutes to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling good can continue slowly to make the two hour round trip from here along the crater rim to main peak (5,895 m), which is the highest point in Africa. After a few minutes to appreciate your accomplishment we descend to Barafu is amazingly fast, and we stop at Barafu Camp for some refreshment, we continue to descend to reach Mweka Camp.

Day 7: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

We break camp early in the morning and trek through a dusty path then into the beautiful rainforest which will lead us to Mweka Gate. The walk today will take us 5 to 6 hours. At the gate we will have a picnic lunch and certificate presentation before driving back to the hotel, lodge or campsite where you will be welcomed with a hot shower and soft drinks.