Shira Route starts at 3,600 meters and is therefore not ideal for trekkers who have little or no experience of high altitude trekking. The Shira Route is practically identical to the Lemosho Route. In fact, Shira was the original route before Lemosho was created to improve the route start point.


Day 1: Arrival Kilimanjaro Airport to Moshi

Pick up from Kilimanjaro airport. Make your way to Moshi Town. Briefing on the climb that takes place in the early evening. Moshi Town hosts the evening meal and the overnight stay (HB)

Day 2: Day 2 Transfer to gate – hike to Shira 1 camp (3505 m)

After breakfast, you will be picked up from your Arusha hotel and transferred to the Londorossi gate (approximately 4 hours transfer time), where you will complete the Kilimanjaro National Park entry formalities. After that, continue by car to Morum Barrier Gate (approx. 1 hour), where you will have lunch. Following that, you begin your Mt. Kilimanjaro climb by trekking to the first camp through heather and moorland (ca. 1-2 hrs). The views across the Plateau to Kibo will take your breath away. Shira 1 camp is where you'll spend the night.

Day 3: Transfer to gate – hike to Shira 1 camp (3505 m)

You have the entire day today to explore the Shira plateau, beginning with a slow trek eastward towards Kibo's glaciered peak. The Shira plateau is one of the highest plateaus on the planet, with an elevation of 12,500 feet on average. You will have the opportunity to visit Shira volcano's ancient collapsed cone (the oldest of Kilimanjaro's three volcanic centers). Trekking time: approximately 3 hours. Shira 2 Camp provides dinner and overnight accommodations.

Day 4: Shira 2 – Barranco camp (3976 m)

After breakfast, you will climb steadily over vast ridges to "Lava Tower," where you will have lunch (ca. 4 hrs). Lava Tower, a 300-foot volcanic plug, marks a 15,000-foot exposed peak. You'll have to descend the steep trail into the Great Barranco Valley in the afternoon. Your camp at Barranco is located in a valley surrounded on three sides by the valley's massive walls and the Kibo massif. Hanging glaciers gleam in the sunlight above, creating an eerie landscape known for its rare plants such as Giant Groundsels (Seneciao Kilimanjari) and the endemic Giant Lobelia. Trekking time: 6-7 hours. Barranco Camp provides dinner and overnight accommodations.

Day 5: Barranco camp – Barafu camp (4673 m)

If you choose the 6-day itinerary, you will trek for 3–4 hours before stopping for a hot lunch in the Karanga Valley. The trail then gradually ascends in the afternoon. As you approach Barafu Camp, the temperature will drop and the landscape will become more sparse. Your Barafu Camp is located on a small, exposed flat area on a ridge and serves as the traditional base camp from which you will attempt the summit at midnight tonight. It's critical to consume as much food and drink as possible before retiring to your tent for rest and sleep. Stay the night at Barafu Camp.

Day 6: Barafu camp

– Stella Point (5790 m) – Uhuru Peak (5895 m) – descend to Mweka camp (3068 m) Your chef will prepare a hot drink, which you will take very early this morning. Expect a midnight wake-up call which will be the start of a juggernaut (12-17 hrs of trekking). At around 1 am, you will start trekking; Here temperatures usually range from just below freezing at midnight to somewhere between -12 deg. C (10 deg. F) to -23 deg. C (-10 F.) on the summit just before dawn. Slowly ascending, you will come across a winding path of endless switchbacks that will slowly take shape in the shadows of the Ratzel and Rebman glaciers at early dawn, and behind you, the spires of Mawenzi are silhouetted against the red glow of the sun rising behind the clouds.

Day 7: Final descend – Transfer to Arusha

Your final descent to Mweka Gate is a simple 2-3 hour trek through beautiful rainforest to the final sections of the trail back to Mweka Gate. You will receive your Kilimanjaro certificate and lunch here. Following that, you will say goodbye to many of your crew and begin your return journey to Arusha, where you will be provided with a day room to freshen up until the evening, when you will be picked up by your driver and transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport to board your international flight. Your Tanzania trip, however, will be incomplete unless you book one of our popular wildlife safaris to Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, or Tarangire Park.