Shira route 6 days

Shira Route 6 Days – is a little used trail that begins near Shira Ridge. It is nearly identical to the Lemosho route. In fact, Shira was the original route and Lemosho is the improved variation. Although Shira is a varied and beautiful route, it is less favorable than its successor due to the relatively high altitude of Shira’s starting point, which is accessed quickly by vehicle. It is possible that climbers will experience some altitude related symptoms on the first day while camping at 11,800 feet.

Shira route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the west, beginning with a long drive from Moshi to Shira Ridge. The vehicle bypasses the rain forest zone and the hiking trail begins on Shira Ridge. The Shira route crosses the entire Shira Plateau from west to east in a pleasant, relatively flat hike. Then the route traverses underneath Kilimanjaro’s Southern Ice Field on a path known as the Southern Circuit before summiting from Barafu. Descent is made via the Mweka route.Karibu Adventure offers Shira as a six or seven day private climb.

Itinerary

Day 1: Kilimanjaro Airport – Moshi

No need to arrange transport! Our transfer driver will collect you and all your gear from Kilimanjaro Airport and take you to the hotel in Moshi. Relax after your flight, take a dip in the pool or explore Moshi. Later you will meet the Karibu Adventure operation team. They will tell you more about the trip, share tips and safety information and thoroughly check your gear to see if you have everything you need.

Day 2: Moshi to Londorosi Gate to Shira One Campsite

Drive from Moshi to the trailhead to Londorosi gate for registration. Following this you will board a vehicle again and drive further up to Moram gate. You trek through the mooland  and heather vegetation heading to the east crossing ridges and valley as well as a long flat distance to Shira One campsite.

Elevation:1200m to 1830m to 3500m
Distance: 18km
Hiking Time: 3 hours
Habitat: Montane forest to moorland and heath vegetation

Day 3: Shira One campsite to Shira Two campsite

This day you will trek to east across Shira plateau visiting Cathedral Peak (3850m) for acclimatization. At this peak you will have great views of both Mt. Meru and Kibo Peak and other many spectacular special  features then continue walk to Shira Two camp where meal and overnight will take place.

Elevation: 3500m to 3800m.
Distance: 7km
Hiking time: 5-6 hours.
Habitat: Moorland and rock.

Day 4 : Shira Two campsite to Barranco campsite

This is long but important acclimatization day. You will have an early breakfast then continue trekking east to a junction leading to Lava tower rock (4600m) for acclimatization after you will continue to Barranco hut camp for supper and overnight.

Elevation: 3800m to 3950m
Distance: 13km
Hiking time: 7-8 hours
Habitat: Moorland

Day 5: Barranco Camp to Barafu Camp

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall (elev 4250m/13,900ft), through the Karanga Valley (elev 4050m/13,250ft) to the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. 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 with views of the summit in the distance.

  • Elevation: 4000m/13,000ft to 4700m/15,350ft
  • Distance: 9km/6mi
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
  • Meals: BLD

Day 6: Barafu hut campsite to Uhuru peak to Mweka hut campsite

Wake at midnight to a light breakfast and then prepare for your summit ascent. The goal is to climb before dawn so that you can reach Uhuru Peak shortly before or after sunrise. Leave to the peak at 12; 00AM, switchback up steep scree or possibly snow, and reach Stella Point on the crater rim at 5,861 m/18,640 ft between 4 and 5 AM. At this point you will be having the views of the fabled crater and its icecaps facing you. Then after 1 hour of hiking along the Kibo crater rim near the celebrated snows takes you to Kilimanjaro true summit, Uhuru Peak here you will spend some times for taking photo’s. After your summit activities done, you will descend back to the Barafu Huts campsite, for lunch, rest, collect your belongings, and continue down through moorland and heath zone to Mweka Huts campsite. Dinner and overnight at Mweka hut campsite.

Elevation: 4620m to 5895m to 3100m
Distance: 15km
Hiking time: 10 to 12 hours
Habitat: Desert and ice.

Day 7: Mweka hut campsite to Mweka gate

After breakfast, today is your last day on the mountain so you will descend down to Mweka park gate walking across Montane forest this descent will take 3-4 hours. Then here at the gate you will sign out and get ready to board the vehicle ready for the transfer back to the hotel in Moshi for your certificate presentation celebration.

Elevation: 3100m to 1700m
Distance: 9km
Descending time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Montane forest.

Day 8: After breakfast, you continue with your travel plans or take a transfer to the Kilimanjaro Airport.


6 Days Shira Route +2 nights hotel

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Our package includes the following:

  • Medically Trained qualified guides
  • Twice a day medical health check up, monitoring with pulse-oximeter and stethoscope.
  • Oxygen Cylinder
  • 2 nights hotel in Moshi one prior the climb and one after the climb with storage facilities for excess luggage during hikes
  • Orientation meeting in Moshi and gear check as well.
  • Pick up and drop off to the Airport
  • Kilimanjaro National Park permits, camping/hut fees, and rescue fees
  • Tanzania VAT (18%)on tourism activities and park fees
  • 3-4 porters per climber, which includes porters to carry up to 30 lbs of your personal gear.
  • All meals while on the climb + evening tea, coffee and drinking choculate with popcorn or peanuts.
  • As much treated water you can drink while climbing.
  • Hot water for washing up daily.
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Salaries for mountain support crew and base stuff wages
  • Camping equipment (tents, sleeping mat, camp chairs, camp tables, mess tent & cutlery for meals) – not applicable on the Marangu route as all meals are served at the camps in designated dining halls
  • Kilimanjaro National Park certificate for your successful summit attempt

Excluded from Package:

  • Flights
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Hotel accommodation with the Standard Package does not include dinner, but could be arranged at an additional cost
  • Compulsory tips for guides, porters and cook (average tip is anything from US$350 to US$ 450 per hiker – depending on the number of days and number of hikers in the group, as well as the route chosen)
  • Entry visa for Tanzania (US$50 per passport holder for most nationalities / US $ 100 per visa for USA passport holders)
  • Health requirements (Yellow Fever – only compulsory if you travel to Tanzania)
  • travel and medical insurance-optional but highly recommended
  • Personal hiking/trekking gear – you could rent some of the gear in Tanzania at our office
  • Portable toilet – Optional, but highly recommended  (not allowed on the Marangu route

Kilimanjaro additional costs:

  • Single supplement, for single tent per trip $70
  • Extra porter, for excess gear, per day $15
  • Extra hotel night, check in 11AM, check out 10AM, per room $75 Single room and double room $95 bed and breakfast.
  • Private toilet, for private climbs $20 per day

We look forward to preparing your “trip of a lifetime”

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