The Shira Route is a difficult route that begins in the west, at Shira Gate. What is unque about Shira is that the first section of the trail is not hiked, but rather driven. Therefore, climbers using Shira will miss out on hiking up one of Kilimanjaro’s ecological zones, the rain forest. An off road vehicle transports climbers to the Shira gate, located at 11,500 feet, where the hike begins to Simba Camp.
This is a sizable altitude gain for someone who slept at Moshi or Arusha on their previous night. Complications from altitude can occur due to failed acclimatization. The descent is down Mweka, in the south-east. Because the starting point is far from Arusha, it is more expensive to climb this route due to the added transportation cost of getting climbers to the gate.
Lemosho is an ideal route for climbers seeking a more private experience during climbing Kilimanjaro.
Although Lemosho route joins with another popular Machame route on day three, the first two days on the mountain are relatively quiet with few other trekking groups on the trail.
10 Days Lemosho via Shira Route the ideal route for mountain climbers seeking private experience during kilimanjaro adventure.
Shira is ideal for those who are confident in their ability to acclimatize to altitude, and to walk over steeper paths for extended periods.
Pick up at Kilimanjaro international airport, met with your guide and drive to your hotel in Arusha, where you overnight before the trek begins.
On the first day, arrive at Londorosi gate the entrance point. After registration at the gate proceed the drive up to the starting point for climbing. Pass through the rain forests of Kilimanjaro viewing trees and birds along the way. Enjoy picnic along the way before reaching Mti Mkubwa Camp for dinner and overnight.
Leave forest zone on day two then meet Kilimanjaro moorland zone. When the trail flattens out you can able to views of Kibo peak. Climb Shira Plateau after lunch, the plateau created when Kibo lava flows filled up the Shira crater. Stop at Shira One Camp for dinner and overnight. Also for the faster and energetic climbers can able to proceed to Shira 2 Camp.
This is an acclimatization day that allows you to take day hikes that explore the Shira Plateau. You can hike only a short and gain just over 1000 feet in elevation.
Although this up and down day ends with an elevation gain of only 110 meters, by early afternoon you will have climbed 690 meters to a height of 4,530 meters before beginning your descent to Barranco Camp. This day is crucial for acclimatization.
After breakfast, continue east on the Shira Plateau for two hours before reaching the junction for Shira and Lemosho Routes. Continue on through the barren landscape for another thirty minutes before stopping for lunch. Shortly after lunch, reach the highest point of the day before descending quickly to Barranco Camp. From the campsite, enjoy magnificent views of Mount Meru, Heim Glacier and Kibo.
Leave Barranco Camp after morning breakfast proceeding to Karanga Valley. The day begins with an hour and a half scramble up the Barranco Wall. This is the hardest part of the day and in some places you may have to use your hands to pull your body up. After reaching the top, make a short descent into the greener Karanga Valley. We generally camp on the ridge above the valley to allow for greater acclimatization.
After breakfast, begin the hike to Barafu Camp. On the way to Barafu, view several of Kibo glaciers as well as junction that connect both Mweka and Machame. Although the trail to Barafu passes through alpine desert with little vegetation, there are stunning views of Kibo and Mawenzi peaks along the way. Upon arrive to the camp try to sleep as soon as possible as the next climbing to reach the peak begins at midnight.
Around midnight begins the final ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. For the next six hours, hike by the light of your head lamp. The ascent to the crater rim is most challenging part of the entire climbing tour. The trail is steep up to the crater rim the Stella Point.
The climb from Stella Point to Uhuru Peak is a gradual and not very difficult. The altitude, however, makes the climb long and difficult. Upon reaching the Uhuru point enjoy taking photos before beginning the descent to Barafu Camp for morning breakfast then later to Mweka Camp for dinner and overnight. On the way down from Uhuru enjoy a breath taking views of mountain, crater, clouds and glaciers.
At Barafu Camp enjoy morning breakfast with short break before descending down to Mweka Camp for dinner and overnight.
After morning breakfast descend to Mweka Gate. Enjoy your last beautiful day on Kilimanjaro passing through mountain green forest. Upon arrive at Mweka Gate meet your drive and then transfer back to Arusha.
After an early breakfast, transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport and departure.
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