Climbing Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak (5895 m). Shira Route, 7 days
About This Route
The Shira route starts from the control point - the Shire gate, which is located at a fairly high altitude - 3600 m. All tourist groups drive to this entrance by transport, and therefore, many tourists without sufficient acclimatization experience mountain sickness on the first day / night of ascent. This route, as a rule, is chosen only by trained climbers who have experience of climbing to a considerable height and quickly adapt to extreme conditions for the organism. It is also quite a long route on Kilimanjaro. It requires at least 6 overnight stays. Three of them pass, as a rule, in the conditions closest to the wild, that is, on this route, the greatest acquaintance with the primeval nature of these places is achieved. From the Shira hut (3840 m), this route almost repeats the route of Lemosho. Since then, the number of people on it exceeds the desired size. The descent takes place on the route Mweka.
Route of the Shire:
- the route starts from a great height - 3600 m
- recommended route for trained climbers with acclimatization
- after crossing with the rest of the western routes, it is crowded in any season, which is one of its main disadvantages
- A standard climbing time of 7 days is suggested.
Day 1: You will be picked up at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to Parkview In hotel/Kilimanjaro wonders Hotel or Weruweru River lodge in Moshi town, you will meet your guide who will brief you on your upcoming trek and do an equipment check to make sure you have all the necessary mountain gear. Gear which is missing can be rented on this day. Overnight at your arranged Hotel. Hotel is Bed & Breakfast basis.
Day 2: Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Shira Gate, Hike to Shira 2 Camp
The drive from Moshi to the trailhead takes about 3 hours. We hike through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. At lower elevations the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach the Shira Camp.
Elevation: 1830m/6000ft to 3850m/12,600ft / Distance: 8km/5mi / Hiking Time: 4-5 hours / Habitat: Montane Forest / Meals: LD / Budget Lodging: Shira 2 Camp
Day 3: Hike Shira 2 Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
From the Shira Plateau we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the "Shark's Tooth" (elev 4650m/15,250ft). Shortly after the tower we come to the second junction which goes to the Arrow Glacier. We now continue down to the Barranco Camp. Although you end the day around the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.
Elevation: 3850m/12,600ft to 4000m/13,000ft / Distance: 10km/6mi / Walking Time: 5-6 hours / Habitat: Semi-desert / Meals: BLD / Budget Lodging: Barranco Camp
Day 4: Hike Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail.
Elevation: 4000m/13,000ft to 4050m/13,250ft / Distance: 5km/3mi / Hiking Time: 34 hours / Habitat: Alpine Desert / Meals: BLD / Budget Lodging: Karanga Camp
Day 5: Hike Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
We continue up to the Barafu Camp. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day.
Elevation: 4050m/13,250ft to 4700m/15,350ft / Distance: 4km/2mi / Hiking Time: 3-4 hours / Habitat: Alpine Desert / Meals: BLD / Budget Lodging: Barafu Camp
Day 6: Hike Barafu Camp to Summit, down to Mweka Camp
Very early in the morning (midnight), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit. From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. Once at Uhuru Peak you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa!
From the summit we begin our descent by continuing straight down to the Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You may want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. We arrive at Mweka Camp and enjoy our last evening on the mountain.
Elevation: 4700m/15,350ft to 5895m/19,340ft / Down to 3090m/10,150ft / Distance: 5km/3mi up / 13km/8mi down / Hiking Time: 5-7 hours up / 5-6 hours down / Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit / Meals: BLD / Budget Lodging: Mweka Camp
Day 7: Hike Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate, drive to Moshi
After breakfast we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).
From the gate, continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 30 minutes).
Elevation: 3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft / Distance: 10km/6mi / Hiking Time: 3-4 hours / Habitat: Forest / Meals: Breakfast
Day 8, etc.: This day left for your next destination. If you wish, for a fee, you will be additionally offered: climbing Kilimanjaro (5895 m) another route, climbing Mount Meru (4566 m), Safari tours from 2 to 10 days, rest on Zanzibar and other programs.