- Climb to the highest point in Africa (5,895 m)
- Amazing views from the summit of Kilimanjaro
This 8-day climb to Mt. Kilimanjaro through the Shira route will be one of the most fulfilling experiences of your life. We will be taking you through a beautiful scenic route through various camps set up on the way up to the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro, at a magnificent altitude of 5, 895 metres.
The highlight of this trek is that you will pass through various landscapes and each will have its own unique beauty. You will be sleeping in private mountain sleeping tents all through the way, which porters will be carrying for you.
We will make sure you have a fun and safe trekking experience. Please refer to the itinerary section for day-by-day activities.
Day1: Arrive in Arusha
We will gather at the hotel at 5:30 pm for a pre-climb briefing and an equipment check. We will also confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance.
Day 2: Shira One Camp
After breakfast at the hotel in Arusha, we drive approximately 2 hours through the rural countryside to the Londrossi Gate. After the necessary park registration formalities at the Londorossi National Park gate, we drive a short distance on a steep track through farmland and plantations to the starting of Shira Route.
We start our ascent along the shrub forests. We climb steadily with views of Kibo Icefield to reach the rim of the Shira Plateau.
Londrossi Gate to Shira One Camp (3550 m): 4-5 hours walk.
Day 3: Shira Hut
Today we follow an easy path to the summit of Shira Cathedral before reaching the next camp at Shira Hut.
As this camp is quite exposed, it can be substantially colder than the previous night, with temperatures dropping to below freezing temperature.
Shira Camp One to Shira Hut (3,840 m): 4-5 hours walk.
Day 4: Moir Hut
In the morning we cross a part of the plateau through lush of heather and moorland. We then walk through the Savannah desert before reaching Moir Hut in the alpine zone.
For extra acclimatization one can take walk around the higher lands around the camp. The views are superb. Lunch will be served at Fisher camp.
We will have an acclimatization walk up to the Lent Hills in the afternoon, which is at 4,700 metres.
Shira Hut to Moir Hut (4,200m): 3-4 hours walk.
Day 5: Barranco Valley
Today we walk gently enjoying panoramic views. We traverse to the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the Lava Tower and the final section of the Western Breach.
After lunch at the bottom of the Lava Tower (4,600 m), we descend to the bottom of the Great Barranco valley (3,900 m).
Moir Hut to Barranco valley (3,900 m.): 5-7 hours walk.
Day 6: Karanga Camp
A steep climb up the eastern wall will take us just below the Heim Glacier, where we can 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 to the alpine desert of the Karanga Valley. We will have a steep climb up to Karanga Camp
Barranco Valley to Karanga camp (4,000 m): 4-5 hours walk.
Day 7: Barafu Camp
Today we take the Traverse Route that will take us up to the Barafu Ridge. We walk 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.
Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp (4,600 m): 3-4 hours walk.
Day 8: Barafu - Kilimanjaro Summit - Mweka Camp
Wake up before midnight in the cover of darkness. We begin a steep climb over loose volcanic scree. It has some well-graded zig-zags so we need to have a slow but steady pace. We will reach the rim of the main crater, Stella Point, at 5,735m, before sunrise.
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, which is amazingly fast, and we stop at Barafu Camp for some refreshment. After that, we continue to descend to Mweka Camp.
Barafu Camp - Summit - Mweka Camp (3100 m): 13-15 hours walk.
Day 9: Mweka Gate to Arusha
A gentle walk takes us down through the rainforest to Mweka gate. Successful climbers will receive their summit certificates.
After lunch we drive back to Arusha.
Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate: 3-5 hours walk.
Day 10: Departure day
After saying goodbyes to our team in operation, you will be transferred from Arusha to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) for your flight.