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Climbing Kilimanjaro (5895 m). Shira Route

Climbing Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak (5895 m). Shira Route, 7 days

Do you want to know what mountaineering is, especially high-altitude?
Start by climbing to the top of Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak (5895 m), along the route of the Shira!
Our program is designed for people without experience climbing mountain peaks above 5000 meters who want to try their hand at mountaineering.

Shire Route:

  • the route starts from a great height - 3600 m, you can catch a miner
  • the route is recommended for trained climbers with acclimatization
  • after crossing with other western routes, it is crowded in any season, which refers to its main disadvantages

Attention! Tour is available upon reservation. For independent groups of 4 people, the tour will take place at any time

Climbing Kilimanjaro (5895 m). Shira Route
Tour type:
Climbing Kilimanjaro
Shira Route
Number of participants:
From 3 people
7 days
2 000 USD
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The Shira route starts from the checkpoint - the Shira gate, which is located at a fairly high altitude - 3600 m. All tourist groups are transported to this entrance by transport, and therefore, many tourists without sufficient acclimatization experience mountain sickness on the first day / night of climbing The miner. As a rule, this route is chosen only by trained climbers who have the experience of climbing to a considerable height and quickly adapt to extreme conditions for the body.

It is also a fairly long route to Kilimanjaro. It requires at least 6 nights. Three of them pass, as a rule, in the conditions closest to the wild, that is, on this route the greatest acquaintance with the pristine nature of these places is achieved.

From the Shira hut (3840 m), this route almost repeats the Lemosho route. From this moment, the number of people on it exceeds the desired size.

The descent takes place along the route of Mveka.

Day 1

You will be met at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to a hotel in Moshi. Here you will meet your guide who will inform you about the upcoming trip, check your clothes, equipment, etc., to make sure that you have everything you need to climb. On the same day, everything necessary for climbing can be taken at our rental point. Overnight at the hotel, breakfast included.

Day 2

Transfer to Kilimanjaro National Park, the gate of the Shira - Shira Camp 2. The journey from the city of Moshi to the start of the trail takes about 3 hours. Further, we climb already on foot through the rainforest along a winding path up the ridge. In lowlands, the trail is often muddy and slippery. It is desirable to have gaiters and sticks for trekking. We continue to climb a short distance until we reach Camp Shira 2. Altitude: from 1830 m to 3850 m / Distance: 8 km / Travel time: 4-5 hours / Habitat: Montana Forest / Food: lunch and dinner

Day 3

Trekking: Camp Shira 2 - Lava Tower (4630 m) - Camp Barranco (3960 m). From the Shira plateau we go east up the ridge, passing through the intersection to the top of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes southeast towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark's Tooth” (altitude 4630 m). Soon after the tower, we will reach the second intersection, which goes to the Strelka glacier. Now we continue to the camp of Barranco. Although you end the day around the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare to meet the height. Height: from 3850 m to 4000 m / Distance: 10 km / Walking time: 5-6 hours / Habitat: semi-desert / Food: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4

Trekking: Barranco Camp - Karanga Camp. After breakfast, we exit Barranco and continue along the steep ridge on the Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley to the crossroads where we connect with the Mveka Trail. Height: from 4000 m to 4050 m / Distance: 5 km / Hiking time: 3-4 hours / Habitat: Alpine desert / Food: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5

Trekking: Karang camp - Barafu camp. We continue our journey to the camp of Barafu. We will complete the South circuit, which offered a view of the peak from different points. Here we make a camp, relax, enjoy dinner and get ready to meet at the top. Height: from 4050 m to 4700 m / Distance: 4 km / Hiking time: 3-4 hours / Habitat: Alpine desert / Food: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6

Ascent: Barafu camp - Uhuru peak (5895 m) - Mveka camp. Very early in the morning (midnight) we continue to the peak between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. We head northwest and climb through a heavy scree to the Stella point (5730 m) along the edge of the crater. This is the smartest and most physically challenging part of the trip. At Stella Point, you will stop for a short break and be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you have ever seen. Faster travelers can see the sunrise from the top. From Stella point you can meet snow on the way in your 1-hour climb to the top. At some point you are in Uhuru Peak, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and on the continent in Africa!

From the top we begin our descent, stopping for lunch at the Barafu camp, which continues right up to the Mveka camp. You will need gaiters and trekking poles for loose gravel going down. We arrive at the Mveka camp and enjoy our last evening on the mountain.

Height: from 4700 m to 5895 m and down to 3090 m / Distance: 5 km up and 13 km down / Hiking time: 5-7 hours up and 5-6 hours down / Habitat: talus, snow, ice on top / Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7

Trekking: camp of Mveka - gate of Mveka - trip to Moshi. After breakfast, we continue downhill to the gate of Mveka to obtain certificates of climbing to the top of Kilimanjaro. The trail in the lowlands can be wet and dirty. Gaiters and trekking poles will help you on the descent. You will probably need to wear shorts and T-shirts (keep a raincoat and warm clothes in a convenient place). From the gate, continue for another hour to the village of Mveka. A car will meet us in the village of Mveka to take you back to the hotel in Moshi (about 30 minutes). Height: from 3090 m to 1680 m / Distance: 10 km / Hiking time: 3-4 hours / Habitat: Forest / Food: breakfast.

Day 8 etc.

This day is the day of your next trip. Hotel morning, fees, breakfast included.

If you want and you have a desire to plunge into the next adventure, this and next days, for an additional fee, you are offered:

Climbing Kilimanjaro (5895 m) via any other route, ascent to the top of Mount Meru (4566 m), various safari tours lasting from 2 to 10 days, rest in Zanzibar, excursions and other programs.

Moshi - Shira Gate (3600 m) - Shira Camp 2 (3900 m) - Lava Tower (4630 m) - Barranco Camp (3960 m) - Karanga Camp (3963 m) - Barafu Camp (4640 m) - Uhuru Peak (5895 m) ) - Camp Mveka (3100 m) - Gates of Mveka (1630 m) - Moshi

General information on the route:

  • Africa. Tanzania
  • Climbing Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak (5895 m)
  • Maximum height: 5895 m
  • Program Category: Mountaineering
  • The complexity of the program: basic (NOT REQUIRED PRELIMINARY PREPARATION!)
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Season: the best time - September, December - February
  • First ascent:  Hans Meyer, Ludwig Purtscheller, 1889

Additional Information:

  • The state of Tanzania (United Republic of Tanzania) is located in the eastern part of central Africa, washed by the Indian Ocean,
  • in which there are a number of islands, including the archipelago of Zanzibar. The capital is Dodoma.
  • On the territory of Tanzania are: 15 National Parks, the highest mountain in Africa - Kilimanjaro (5895 m), the largest freshwater lake in Africa - Lake Victoria.
  • Kilimanjaro International Airport, located between the cities of Arusha and Moshi, approximately 50 km south-west from the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.
  • Kilimanjaro is the highest point in Africa (5895 m), an extinct stratovolcano located in northeastern Tanzania, near the cities of Arusha and Moshi. The highest point of the mountain is Uhuru peak (5895 m). The peak was first conquered by Hans Meyer and Ludwig Purtsheller in 1889. There are two more peaks, also extinct volcanoes: Mawenzi (5149 m, the third highest peak in Africa after Uhuru and the mountains of Kenya) and Shira (3962 m). Climbing Kilimanjaro is carried out on such popular routes: Marangu, Lemosho, Machame, Rongai, Umbre, Shira, Mweka and new Northern Circuit Crater Route. The number of days for climbing, from 5 (normal) to 10 days. It depends on the state of the group, how much you are ready to go, distances from 5 to 12 km every day, time from 5 to 7 hours.
  • Mount Meru (4566 m), volcano - the second peak of Tanzania (after Kilimanjaro), is located in Arusha National Park, about 70 km south-west of Mount Kilimanjaro. Currently, the mountain consists of two peaks: the great Meru, which also bears the peak of Socialist  (4566 m) and the small Meru (3820 m). Climbing Mount Meru (4566 m) - good training and acclimatization before climbing Mount Kilimanjaro (5895 m).
  • Since we are in the equatorial climate zone, there are two seasons: wet (the rainy season reigns tentatively in April-May and November) and dry for the rest of the year. Accordingly, the ascents are held from January to mid-March, from mid-June to October and from mid-December to January.

Guides, Rangers

According to the rules of the park, in order to SAFETY, we are ALWAYS accompanied by an armed ranger !!! The team is led by a local certified English / French / German speaking guide.


The menu on Kilimanjaro (Meru) is designed to ensure your food intake matches your level of exertion. It will provide you with a good balance of protein, carbohydrates, fruit and vegetables.

When you are at altitude you could start to feel nauseous and your appetite may be suppressed, so the meals prepared at high altitude usually contain more carbohydrates and less protein to help you to digest your food.

Your meals will be prepared by your cooks on Kilimanjaro and the food will be carried by your porters.

A typical day’s menu will include the following:


  • Porridge
  • Toast
  • Pancakes
  • Eggs
  • Smoked sausages
  • Fresh fruit (pinapple, melon or oranges)
  • Tea / Coffee / hot chocolate


  • Sandwiches
  • Fresh fruit
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Biscuits
  • Fruit juice


  • Soup
  • Pasta / Rice / Potatoes
  • Chicken / Beef
  • Vegetables
  • Salad
  • Fresh fruit
  • Snacks

You may wish to bring your own snacks to provide well deserved treat, or energy boost! Chocolate is generally the best answer and if it has nuts in then even better, but whatever you choose make sure it is a favourite treat and not a ‘power bar’, or ‘energy gel’.

If you are suffering from altitude sickness then your appetite may be suppressed and these snacks may become a good supplement to your meals, so make sure it is something that you enjoy eating!

A powdered energy drink such as lucozade sport is also a good source of energy and will help with the taste of the water if you have been using iodine tablets.

The cost of the full package of services - 2000 $


  • The minimum cost is indicated for one participant as part of a combined group of 11 or more people, 7 - days tour
  • Price quotations for climbing are given on terms of escorting the group by a local CERTIFIED GUIDE, ENGLISH LANGUAGE. (This is a MANDATORY condition of the National Parks of Tanzania). As a rule, this is not a problem for the participants of the ascent, since the participant has enough knowledge of English at the school level.


  • Pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro International Airport.
  • Pre & Post Trek accommodation at Parkview Inn or Kilimanjaro wonders Hotel
  • Park fees, camping fees, rescue fees and 18% VAT on tour fees & services which cost nearly 55% of the total cost charged.
  • 4 Season mountain tents
  • Sleeping Mats
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Filtered water throughout the trek
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • Portable flush toilet can be provided for free upon client’s request.

Not Included:

  • Flights
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry Services
  • A doctor for the group
  • Tips to mountain crew

Tip on Mountain Kilimanjaro is recommended for group sharing as following:

  • Guide $15 – $20/guide/day
  • Cook $10 – $15/day
  • Porters $8 – $10/porter/day.

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