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Shira Route 8 Days
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Shira Route 8 Days

Shira Route 8 Days is one of the most spectacular and scenic routes that approaches Kilimanjaro from the west.  A 4 × 4 vehicle transports us through a rich, lush rain forest until we arrive at the ridge of the Shira Plateau, where our expedition begins.

We will trek across an Alpine Plateau and traverse the Great Southern Ice Field, before summiting Uhuru Peak from Barafu Hut. The Shira Route 8 Days is ideal for those with backpacking experience and those seeking a more challenging adventure.

The trek begins and ends in Moshi and will take a total of 10 Days to climb to the top of the second highest mountain in the world, Mount Kilimanjaro.

But your Tanzanian Adventure does not have to stop there.

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After completing the Shira Route 8 Days you will have the choice of booking an incredible Safari of the National Parks of Tanzania, checking out the culture with some of our short tours or taking a well earned rest on the island of Zanzibar.

Kilimanjaro Bound will take care of you and your party and organise everything you need for the trip of a lifetime.

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  • High summit success rate. Good for acclimatization, especially on the longer itineraries.
  • Remote and spectacular, dramatic gorges and views of west Kilimanjaro.
  • Converges with Machame on day 4 at Baranco.
  • Shira offers higher start point compared to Lemosho and poorer acclimatisation.
  • Fully catered camping only.

The Shira / Lemosho Route approaches Kilimanjaro from the west. Rather than simply intersecting Shira Plateau (like Machame), Lemosho crosses it from Shira Ridge to Shira 2 Camp, in a pleasant hike.

Climbers encounter low traffic until the route joins the Machame route. Afterwards, Lemosho follows the same route through Lava Tower, Barranco and Barafu, known as the southern circuit. There are several options to complete the trek over 6, 7, or 8 days based on experience.

Shira Route 8 Days Itinerary (via Barafu Camp)

A spectacular scenic that approaches Kilimanjaro from the west. A 4×4 vehicle transports us through a rich, lush rainforest until we arrive at the ridge of the Shira Plateau, where our expedition begins. We trek across an alpine plateau and traverse the great Southern Icefield, before summiting from Barafu Hut.

The Shira route is ideal for those with backpacking experience and those seeking a more challenging adventure. The trek begins and ends in Moshi, It takes 10  Days Itinerary.

The climb begins and ends in Moshi.

Day: 1 Arrive in Moshi

Arrive anytime at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). We will arrange a private transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Moshi, We will gather in the hotel for a pre-climb briefing and an equipment check.

We will also confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance.

Day 2: Shira One (3,550 m); 5-6 hours walking.

We take a ride to Londorossi National Park gate to complete the necessary registration formalities, before driving a short distance on a steep track through farmland and plantations (9,200 ft). We continue climbing steadily on foot through shrub forests and stands of giant heather to reach the rim of Shira Plateau (11,000 ft).

The views across the surrounding plains open up as we approach our first camp, Simba Camp 

Day 3: Shira Hut (3,840 m); 3-5 hours walking.

Today is an easy day to help acclimatization and to explore the grassy moorland and volcanic rock formations of the plateau. We walk to the summit of Shira Cathedral (12,300 ft), a huge buttress of rock surrounded by steep spires and pinnacles. There is a tangible sense of wilderness here, especially when the afternoon mists roll in. From our camp near Shira Hut (12,600 ft), we take in the unforgettable views of Mt. Meru as she floats among the clouds.

Day 4: Moir Hut (4,200m); 3-4 hours walking.

The morning walk is a steady climb away from the moorland of Shira Plateau to reach the broad upland desert beneath the Lent Hills, with expansive views in all directions. After lunch in our camp close to Moir Hut (13,800 ft), there is the option of a more strenuous afternoon walk to reach the summit of the Lent Hills (15,400 ft). We can explore the area beneath the Northern Icefields, a remote place rarely visited by tourists, with unusual views of Kibo. Few visitors get to this remote corner of Kilimanjaro.

Day 5: Lava Tower camp (4,550 m); 4-5 hours walking.

We enjoy a morning of gentle ascent and panoramic views, walking on lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. After lunch at our Lava Tower (14,900 ft), there is a steep but spectacular afternoon walk on the rocky lower slopes of the Western Breach. This afternoon excursion is highly recommended for acclimatisation purposes and for the superb views of hanging glaciers on both sides of the Breach.

Day 6: Karanga campsite (4,000 m); 5-6 hours walking

A steep descent into the bottom of Barranco Valley (12,800 ft) leads us to the famed Barranco Wall and its steep climb. At the top the undulating trail crosses the flanks of Kibo with superb vistas of the Southern Icefields. The terrain is volcanic scree, with pockets of vegetation in sheltered hollows, and a powerful sense of mountain wilderness. Our next camp is at Karanga Camp (13,100 ft), the last water point on the approach to the summit.

Day 7: Barafu campsite (4,600 m); 3-4 hours walking

We follow an easy path on compacted scree with wide views that gains altitude unrelentingly to reach Barafu Hut (14,800 ft) for lunch. There is a short acclimatisation hike to the plateau at the bottom of the southeast valley (15,700 ft). The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the early morning final ascent.

Day 8: Mweka forest camp (3100 m); 13-15 hours walking

We will start our ascent by torchlight at about 1 a.m. so that we can be up on the Crater rim by sunrise. The steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to Stella Point (5,735 m), in about five or six hours. We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the two hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Barafu is surprisingly fast, and after some refreshment, we continue to descend to reach our final Mweka forest camp.

Day 9:

Mweka forest camp to Mweka Gate (1,650 m); 3-4 hours walking.

A sustained descent through lovely forest with lush undergrowth takes us to Mweka National Park gate. After signing out at mweka gate transfer to Moshi and overnight at Moshi.

Day 10:

Transfer from Moshi to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) Private departure transfer is included.

However, many travelers decide to make the most out of their time in Tanzania and will stay on to enjoy the Safari’s available within our huge range of National Parks, enjoy a relaxing Beach Holiday in Zanzibar or get out to see more of Tanzania with some of our short tours.

Important Information About
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Price Includes

  • Accommodations the night before and the night after the trek two nights in Moshi
  • Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
  • All Park fees
  • Entry fees, Rescue fees, camping fees or hut fees
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Arrival and Departure transfers
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
  • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
  • Transport to the gate on starting day and after the trek
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • Private, portable chemical flush toilets
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters
  • Portable Summit Emergency Oxygen
  • Kilimanjaro National park certificate for successful summit attempt
  • Flying Doctor Service

Price Excludes

  • Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Meals not listed above
  • Optional Tours (short safari before or after your climb, marangu village day tour, day trip to lake challa, etc)
  • Tips and any items of personal nature
  • Health requirements (Yellow Fever – only compulsory if you travel to Tanzania via a Yellow Fever infected country, Meningitis & Hepatitis A remains optional, but comes recommended)

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“Fantastic experience! Really well looked after by our porters and our guides Leonard and Aggrey.”

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K Kelly

“On summit day, our guides ended up carrying our day bags and motivated us, to make sure we would make it. Can only recommend these guys!”

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Annika Reeh

“Leonard and Aggrey were so knowledgable about everything, that they even made the walking feel easy!! It’s definitely safe to say I would have never reached the summit without the help of my team, I would recommend these guys to anyone, every day of the week.”

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Jess A

“Aggrey & William are real professionals and heroes in guiding us to the top.”

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Angela Soenarijo

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