Kilimanjaro climb can be combined with any of our regular safari itineraries or can be done alone as a stand expedition.

Prices for Shira Route

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v  All transfers

v  All meals during the trekking (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

v  Other meals mentioned

v  Drinking water

v  Accommodations (Hotel & Tents)

v  Knowledgeable guide, assistance guide, cook, porters and rescue

v  Entrance fee to the national park

v  Hut fee

v  Rescue fees


v  International flights

v  Visa for Tanzania

v  Travel insurance

v  Beverages

v  Personal things like sleeping bags, rucksack, footwear, other clothing etc

v  Tips to your guides/cook/porters and personal expenses such as laundry and communication.

8/9 Days Shira route

Shira Plateau Route is a little used, unspoiled, remote and a beautiful way up to Shira Plateau.
On the first day you will drive by car and only need to walk the last part to Simba Camp.

This route can only be used in the dry season. For this route, you don't need any mountain climbing skills, but you must be fit. Porters will carry all your personal items, equipment and supplies and a cook prepares your meals.

As a tent experience, the Shira Route is better cited to more adventurous hikers who are rewarded with fantastic scenic wonders and great panoramas. From late afternoon sunsets at Shira to the misty revelations of Kibo at the great Barranco Wall. A photographer's delight!

An added benefit to this camping route is the most valuable commodity on the mountain acclimatization.

For the 8-day route, add an additional acclimatisation day at Shira 2 Camp on the itinerary below (an extra day between day 3 and day 4). On the extra day you can make a scenic walk to the Shira Cone (rises 200m above the plateau) and Shira Cathedral.  The extra day helps to get used to the high altitude.

From this route you climb Mount Kilimanjaro from the West side. This will give you totally different views of the Great Rift Valley and Mount Meru.

Day 1: JRO Airport – Moshi Town

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport; meet by our knowledgeable driver guide, after greetings and double check your bags will transfer you to Moshi town (35 minutes’ drive). Briefing will be provided by your Kilimanjaro professional and experienced guide. Your Kilimanjaro guide will also check your climbing equipments. Anything missing can be rented for you.

 Accommodation:     Sal Salinero hotel or Similar

 Day 2: Moshi Town-Londorosi Gate - Simba Camp

Londorossi Gate (2.250m) - Simba Camp (3.600m)

Pick up from the hotel in Moshi Town, do some brief shopping around town before we leave the town and go to Londorossi Park Gate (2.250m / 7,300ft). We drive along Boma Ngombe to Sanya Juu and up to Londorossi Gate. Meet your Kilimanjaro team: guide, assistant guide, cook and porters. We drive in the direction of Simba Camp. The last part is for walking. The path leads through a misty jungle, home to elephants, buffaloes, black and white colobus monkey, blue monkey and many exotic bird species. We reach the top of the forest and the trail gradually steepens and enters the giant heather moorland zone. We walk through Morum Barrier Gate to Simba Camp. The trail goes up to Shira Plateau, a very scenic area, offering great views of Mount Meru. On our way we have our lunch and on arrival in the camp a hot dinner is waiting for you.

Accommodation:      Simba Campsite

 Day 3: Simba Camp - Shira Camp 2

Simba Camp (3.600m) - Shira 2 Camp (3.800m)

After a good breakfast we start our walk to Shira 2 Camp. We cross several small streams before we have a gentle walk across the plateau which leads to Shira 2 Camp (3.840m). From the camp you can see the Western Breach with its stunning glaciers.

Accommodation:      Shira Camp 2

 Day 4: Shira Camp 2 – Lava Tower – Barranco Camp

Shira 2 Camp (3.800m) - Lava Tower (4.600m) - Barranco Camp (3.900m)

Another beautiful day with different sceneries. We start walking in the morning and we enter into the moorland zone, with interesting vegetation with giant groundsels and giant lobelias, up to 5 meters high. We climb up to Lava Tower (4.600m / 15,100ft), a huge rock standing up right. We have a hot lunch on this beautiful point. After lunch we descend to our camp for dinner and overnight. This day will help you to get used to the high altitude, to increase our chances of reaching the summit.

Accommodation:     Barranco Camp

 Day 5: Barranco Camp – Karanga Camp

Barranco Camp (3.900m) - Karanga Camp (3.900m)

Another beautiful day with stunning panoramas. We start the day with a steep climb of the Barranco Wall. An exhausting experience, but a fantastic reward when we are on top of Barranco Wall, a magnificent view of Uhuru Peak. We now enter the Alpine Dessert Zone. We stop in Karanga Valley, with fantastic views of the glaciers and Mawenzi Peak (the second peak of Kilimanjaro). It is possible to walk around to see more beautiful panoramas in the afternoon.

Accommodation:    Karanga Camp

Day 6: Karanga Camp – Barafu Camp

Karanga Camp (3.900m) - Barafu Camp (4.600m)

After a good breakfast we start walking uphill again. The temperature grows colder and the landscape is sparser as we reach Barafu Camp. This is the base camp we use for our summit attempt. From this camp we can see both Uhuru Peak and Mawenzi Peak. Very good dinner, before you will have a rest to be ready for the summit attempt.

Accommodation:   Karanga Camp

 Day 7: Barafu Camp – Uhuru Peak – Mweka camp

Barafu Camp (4.550m) - Uhuru Peak (5.895m) - Mweka Camp (3.100m)

Your guide wakes you up before midnight and after a hot cup of tea and some biscuits you will start your trekking to the summit! When we reach Stella Point (5.700m / 18,700ft) we see a spectacular sunrise with Uhuru Peak in the background. We take a short rest to enjoy the spectacular view of the sunrise and Kibo Crater. We continue to walk on a relatively flat path, surrounded by beautiful glaciers, to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak (5.895m / 19,340ft). Enjoy your accomplishment and a day to remember for the rest of your live! After taking photos we start to descend to our base camp, Barafu Camp (2 to 3 hours walk). We reach the camp, where we will have a rest and a good lunch. After lunch we descend the southern slopes of the Mweka route, to Mweka Camp (about 3 to 4 hours). E xhausted, proud and excited we will have a well-deserved dinner and very good sleep.

Accommodation:     Mweka Camp

 Day 8: Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate

Mweka Camp (3.100m) - Mweka Gate (1.980m)

After a good night's sleep we start our final descend to Mweka Gate. We go through the misty and beautiful forest again, all the way to Mweka Gate. The monkeys say goodbye and we realize we are about to end this great experience. After getting our certificates we will celebrate our Kilimanjaro adventure with our guides, cook and porters. We all did a great job! Transfer to your hotel for your much-needed shower and very comfortable bed.

Accommodation:    Sal salnero hotel or Similar

 Day 9: Moshi town/Arusha town – JRO Airport

After short relaxation at your hotel or a walk around town take a transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport to connect with your flight back home or proceed with the second part of your holiday in Tanzania.

 End of tour!





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