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7 Days Mount-Kilimanjaro Shira-Route

7 Days Mount-Kilimanjaro Shira-Route

7 Days Mount-Kilimanjaro Shira-Route

The Shira route approaches Kilimanjaro from the west and then joins the Machame route. Hence everything that has been said about the Machame climb route also applies to the Shira route.

The first day on the Shira route is different to other climb routes:
It follows a four wheel drive route. So you either walk on the road for most of the day or you opt to drive as far as possible.

Day 1: Nairobi – Arusha

Leave Nairobi for Arusha by shuttle bus arriving in time for lunch. Afternoon spent at leisure and shopping for the provisions needed for the mountain. Dinner and overnight in an Arusha Hotel.

7 Days Mount-Kilimanjaro Shira-Route

Day 2: Londrossi – shira One

After breakfast, drive to the Londorossi Park Gate. After paper work at the gate continue driving up to Mto wa Simba campsite, stopping for lunch. Arrive at the campsite early evening. Then drive through the Shira plateau.

Day 3: Shira (1) – Shira (11) Camp

After breakfast, begin the short hike to Shira hut campsite. 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.

7 Days Mount-Kilimanjaro Shira-Route

Day 4: Shira 11 – Baranco Camp

After breakfast, hike 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.

Day 5 : Barranco camp to Barafu

Continue from Barranco across and up towards Barafu Hut (4600 m) Today you cross the Barranco Wall, ending up in the valley for the Heim Glacier view. The summit day starts early.

7 Days Mount-Kilimanjaro Shira-Route

Day 6 : Summit Attempt

You will rise around 2330 hours, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night. Uhuru peak (5895m). Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you can spend, taking photographs. After a rest, descend back to Barafu hut campsite, break camp and descend to Mweka hut c ampsite at 9’850 ft elevation. Set up camp, eat dinner and get some well-deserved rest. A long day of hiking is approximately 12- 14 hours, depending on the fitness of the climber.

Day 7 : Mweka hut to Mweka Gate

Wake to breakfast, break camp, and begin the short hike won to the park gate to Mweka Park exit Gate. Drive from park gate back to Moshi hotel.

Day 8: Arusha – Nairobi

After breakfast, leave for Nairobi by morning or afternoon shuttle bus. Transfer to a NAIROBI HOTEL of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your flight back home.

7 Days Mount-Kilimanjaro Shira-Route

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