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6 Days – Shira Route

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Tour Program

Day 1 Londrossi to shira (1)

Estimated Distance 12 km, Hike time 5-6hours
Final Elevation 3500 m,Elevation changed 1050 m
After breakfast, drive to the Londorossi Park Gate. After pepar work at the gate continue driving up to Mto wa Simba campsite, stopping for lunch. Arrive at the campsite, during early evening. The drive through the Shira plateau is one of the best opportunities to see big game on Kiliman

Day 2Shira (1) to Shira (11) Camp

Estimated Distance 4-5 km, Hike time 2-3 hours
Final Elevation 3800 m , Elevation changed 300 m
After breakfast, begins the short hike to Shira hut campsite. This is usually takes no more than 2 hours, but this rest is required for adequate acclimatization. The west face of Kibo volcano (usually referred as Kilimanjaro) looms above the campsite. Have lunch, rest or take a day hike. This hike traverses the lower moorland where large shrubs and wildflowers dominate the landscape.

Day 3Shira (11) to Baranco Camp

Estimated Distance 8 km, Hike time 6-7 hours
Final Elevation 3950 m, Elevation change 250 m
After breakfast, set off to Barranco (3950 m) skirting just below Lava Tower – you are now walking at approx altitude of 4000 m around the southern side of the Kibo. A few steep sections of scree and rock, some sand and ‘dunes’. This is a part of acclimatization – walking up to 4800 m, and overnight at 3950 m Once again, pace yourself to graduate slowly.

Day 4Baranco camp to Barafu

Estimated Distance 8 km, Hike time 8-9 hours
Final Elevation 4600 m, Elevation changed 750 m
Continue from Barranco across and up towards Barafu Hut (4600 m) Today you cross the Barranco Wall – it’s a climb over rock-not technical, but tiring and hard /long –ending up in the valley for the Heim Glacier view. Learn to pace yourself with your breathing do not rush to catch up anyone, go at your own, most comfortable speed and you will arrive at the base camp relatively comfortably rest. The summit day starts early.

Day 5Summit Day to Mweka Hut

Elevation change: + 1300 m, Elevation change – 2800 m
Summit time: 7 hours, Estimated distance: 6 km,
Final elevation: Descent time: 6 hours, Estimated distance: 12 km
Wake at about 12:30 a.m to alight snack and begin the summit ascent. It is usual to start this day’s walking very early in the morning to see the sunrise at crater rim at Stella point and try to avoid the mist. Continue another half hour to the rooftop of Africa – Uhuru Peak at (5895 m 19’340 ft) Stop for brief and a bit of rest and photo opportunity.
Views of Mawenzi to the east and Mount Meru to the west as well as the rift valley are breathtaking and awesome. Kilimanjaro glaciers are as awe-inspiring as they are pristine. After a rest, descend back to Barafu hut campsite, break camp and descend to Mweka hut campsite at 9’850 ft elevation. Set up camp, eat dinner and get some well-deserved rest. A long day of hiking totaling to approximately 12- 14 hours, depending on the fitness of the climber

Day 6Mweka hut to Mweka Gate

Estimated time 3-4 hours, Estimated distance 8 km
Elevation change –1600 m, Final Elevation 1500 m
Wake to breakfast, break camp, and begin the short hike won to the park gate to Mweka Park exit Gate. Find our Driver waiting for your pick up to Zebra Hotel in Moshi or direct to Airport.