Itinerary Summary

Highlights

Mountain:                 Kilimanjaro
Route:                                   Shira
Number of days:                 8 Days
Number of nights: 7 Nights
Accommodation type:      Camping
Usage frequencies:           Rare
Challenge type:                  Moderately high
Note:  The route begins in the west of Kilimanjaro at Shira Gate. It is ideal for experts mountaineers who are certain of their hiking capability and who have enough exercises to trek through different altitude and steeper slopes for extended periods of time.

Details by Day

Day 1:   Registration Procedure At Londorossi  Gate

  • Registration at Londorossi gate
  • Trek through the steep pathway within the national park to Shira Barrier (3,300m) the mountain climb start point.
  • Traverse the Shira Plateau with wonderful views.
  • The first camp is in the center of the plateau at “Shira One” (3,550 m.). [2 – 3 Hrs]

Day 2:   At Shira Hut (3,840 m.) [4-5 Hrs]

  • Exploring the fertile moorland and the volcanic rock formations of the Shira plateau and hike to the summit at 3,750 m,
  • A large formation of rocks enclosed by sharp spires and pinnacles. You will experience the natural sense of wilderness in the afternoon mists
  • Have the wonderful views of Mt. Meru floating on the clouds from the camp near Shira Hut (3,840 m.). [4-5 Hrs]

Day 3:   At the Little Lent Hill  (4,375m.) [3-6 Hrs]

  • Exploring lower part of the Northern Icefields, an area with unusual views of Kibo
  • Steady climb up from the moorland of Shira Plateau to the broad upland desert beneath the Lent Hills with extroverted views in all directions.
  • Lunch at the camp close to Moir Hut (4,200 m),
  • Optional walk to the summit of the Little Lent Hill at 4,375m during the afternoon.

Day 4:   At the old hut at Arrow Glacier (4,800 m).[3-6 Hrs]

  • Morning gentle trekking plus fantastic viewing through the lava ridges under the glaciers of the Western Breach.
  • Walk after lunch on the rocky bottom valley of the Western Breach to the carcass of the old hut at Arrow Glacier (4,800 m).
  • The afternoon excursion is extremely suggested for both acclimatization and superb viewing of hanging glaciers on both sides of the Breach. [3-6 Hrs]

Day 5:   At Karanga camp (4,000 m), [5-7 Hrs]

  • We will hike down into the Great Barranco valley (3,900 m), surrounded by very tall cliffs and with broad viewing of the plains
  • A brief trekking to the famed Barranco then through the swelling pathways on the south-eastern flank of Kibo, with wonderful views of the Southern Icefields.
  • Pass via the volcanic scree terrains with pockets of vegetation in protected hollows where you will experience the powerful sense of mountain wilderness.
  • The next campsite is at Karanga (4,000 m), the last water point on the approach to the summit. [5-7 Hrs]

Day 6:   At the South-East valley (4,800 m). [3-5 Hrs]

  • Follow a simple route on compressed scree with great views that increases altitude unrelentingly to reach the Barafu campsite (4,600 m) and have lunch there
  • Conduct a short acclimatization hike at the plateau beneath the South-East valley (4,800 m).
  • The rest of the day for resting before the final climb right prior night. [3-5 Hrs]

Day 7:   At Uhuru Peak (5,896 m) –Top of Africa

  • Torchlight climb at about 1 am early in the morning to be up on the Crater rim by sunrise.
  • The next climb over slack volcanic scree is sharp and with well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace which take us to Stella Point (5,735 m), in about five or six hours.
  • Rest for a short time to take pleasure in the sunrise over Mawenzi.
  • For the strangers can perform the 2 hrs round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m), going closer to the fabulous  glaciers and ice cliffs that occupies most of the peak area.
  • We descent to final campsite (3,800 m) Millennium through Barafu campsite. [11-15 Hrs]

Day 8:   To Mweka gate [4-6 Hrs]

  • We steadily retrace down through a tropical forest full with birdsong and boasting lush undergrowth with considerable botanical interest.
  • The route lead to Mweka gate (1,650 m) then to coffee and banana farms its way to Mweka village.
  • Then we will have a drive to the hotel for shower, the beer, and the swimming pool and rest [4-6 Hrs]