Kilimanjaro Shira route starts at Londorossi Gate. From the trailhead, the trail heads East across the center of Shira Plateau, where it is often likely to spot big game, such as elephant and buffalo. The route then joins up with the Machame Route at Shira Camp and approaches the summit via Stella Point, descending via Mweka Camp. Overnight are in camping tents.
Leave from Arusha or Moshi and drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate at Londorossi where the trek begins. 4 – 5hrs walking through the lush forest to reach forest campsite (2750m) for dinner and overnight.
Continue trekking through the forest passing Shira Plateau to reach Shira Campsite (800m) for dinner and overnight 5 – 6 hrs walking.
Walk Eastwards, ascending through the dry landscape, then downwards to Barranco campsite ( 3900m) for dinner and overnight. 5 – 6hrs walking.
The path climbs steeply out of Barranco valley, struggle up the Barraco walls, Cross the Karanga Valley, then turns North to reach Barafu campsite 6 – 7hrs walking. On midnight trek up to the Summit via Stella point.
Enjoying sunrise at the summit ( Uhuru peak 5895m) Photos, horizontal views, then descend to Barafu Hut for brief rest, coffee or tea. Continue to Mweka campsite (3000m) for dinner and overnight.
Descend through the forest , 3 – 4 hrs walking to Mweka Gate, where you will drive to Moshi or Arusha.
|Group Size||0-2||$2,035 Per Person|
|Group Size||2-4||$ 1,550 Per Person|
|Group Size||5-7||$1,445 Per Person|
|Group Size||8-Above||$ 1,425 Per Person|
When arranging for your international air tickets, note that it is usually cheaper to disembark at Nairobi in Kenya. You then take a shuttle bus to Arusha at a cost of US$ 25.
This shuttle bus leaves at 0800 and 1400 hrs daily from either Nairobi or Arusha. The drive takes 5 hours. If you wish to make use of this option, please indicate so.
– Transfers with pick up and drop off at Arusha or Airport
– Park entrance & rescues fees
– Accommodation and meals as indicated in the itinerary
– Accommodation in tents with 2 persons per tent during climb
– Services of a cook to prepare meals during the climb
– Service of a mountain guide (English speaking) and porters
– Government taxes
– Extras at the hotel i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry etc.
– International flight
– Departure tax
– Tips to guides, porters and drivers
– Climbing equipment and sleeping bags
A) Waterproof hiking boots,
B) Rain suit, sleeping bags,
D) Sunglasses balaclava,
E) Hand gloves,
F) Night shoes
G) Large plastic bags -essential for wetness in case of rain
The Shira route is one of the older Kilimanjaro routes, and is nearly identical to the Lemosho route. The only difference between them is that the starting point of Shira is higher. In fact, the Lemosho route is the ‘new-and-improved’ version of the Shira route.
The Shira route approaches the summit of Kilimanjaro from the west. It starts relatively high above sea level and is therefore a less frequented route as it offers a poorer acclimatisation profile. The route requires you to camp.
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.