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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.

Itinerary For Shira Route 8 Days

Day 1: Arrive in Moshi from Kilimanjaro International Airport.

When you land at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). A member of the Kilimanjaro Bound Team will be there to greet you and transfer you from Kilimanjaro International Airport to your hotel or lodge in Moshi.

Later that evening 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: Moshi to Shira One Camp. (Hiking Time: 5-6 hours / Altitude: 3550 m).

We take a ride to Londorossi National Park Gate to complete the necessary registration formalities to gain access to Mount Kilimanjaro and start your climb. Once into the National Park we will drive a short distance on a steep track through farmland and plantations.

After leaving the vehicles behind we continue climbing steadily on foot through shrub forests and stands of giant heather to reach the rim of Shira Plateau.

After arriving at Shira Plateau you will have time to enjoy the views across the surrounding plains and take in the amazing scenery as we approach our first camp, Shira One Camp, Simba Camp.

Day 3. Shira Hut. (Hiking Time: 3-5 hours / Altitude: 3840 m).

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, 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, we take in the unforgettable views of Mount Meru as she floats among the clouds.

Day 4. Moir Hut. (Hiking Time: 3-4 hours / Altitude: 4200 m).

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, there is the option of a more strenuous afternoon walk to reach the summit of the Lent Hills. We can also explore the area beneath the Northern Ice Fields, 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. (Hiking Time: 4-5 hours / Altitude: 4550 m).

We enjoy a morning of gentle ascent and panoramic views, walking over Lava Ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach.

After lunch at Lava Tower, there is a steep but spectacular afternoon walk on the rocky lower slopes of the Western Breach.

This afternoon excursion is highly recommended for acclimatization purposes and for the superb views of hanging glaciers on both sides of the Breach.

Day 6. Karanga Camp. (Hiking Time: 5-6 hours / Altitude: 4000 m).

A steep descent into the bottom of Barranco Valley leads us to the famed Barranco Wall and its steep climb. At the top is an the undulating trail that crosses the flanks of Kibo with superb vistas of the Southern Ice Fields.

The terrain is volcanic scree, with pockets of vegetation in sheltered hollows, and will give you a powerful sense of mountain wilderness. Our next camp is at Karanga Camp, this is the last water point on the approach to Uhuru Peak, the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Day 7. Barafu Camp. Hiking Time: 3-4 hours / Altitude 4600 m).

Following an easy path of compacted scree with wide views, we will be gaining altitude unrelentingly to reach Barafu Hut, where we will stop for lunch.

There is a short acclimatization hike to the plateau at the bottom of the Southeast Valley that we can take if you wish, however, the remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the early morning final ascent.

Day 8. Mweka Forest Camp. Hiking Time: 13-15 hours / Altitude: 5885 m, then down to 3100 m).

We will start our ascent by torchlight about 1 am, so that we can be up on the Crater Rim for sunrise. The climb is steep over loose volcanic scree and has some well-graded zig zags and a slow but steady pace will take us all the way to Stella Point (5735 m).

We will rest at Stella Point 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.

When we reach Uhuru Peak you will have time to enjoy the achievement whilst you take photos.

The descent to Barafu is surprisingly fast, and after some refreshment, we will continue to descend until we reach our final destination for the day at Mweka Forest Camp.

Day 9. Mweka Forest Camp to Mweka Gate. (Hiking Time: 3-4 hours / Altitude: 1650 m).

A sustained descent through lovely forest with lush undergrowth takes us to Mweka National Park Gate where you will receive your certificates of achievement.

Sadly, this will be the point where you say goodbye to the Kilimanjaro Bound team of porters, cooks and guides who have become your friends over this amazing week.

After signing out at Mweka Gate your tour guide will transfer you t your hotel or lodge in Moshi where you will stay and enjoy a well earned rest where you will have time to sit back, relax and enjoy the memories of what you have achieved. 

Day 10. Transfer from Moshi to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) or continue your Tanzanian Adventure.

If you are leaving us after completing climbing Kilimanjaro we will make sure that you get to the airport safely and on time for your flight home. 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.”


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!”


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.”


Jess A

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


Angela Soenarijo

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