SHIRA ROUTE 7 DAYS 6 NIGHTS

Day 1: Moshi to Londorosi Gate to Shira One Campsite

Drive from Moshi to the trailhead to Londorosi gate for registration. Following this you will board a vehicle again and drive further up to Moram gate. You trek through the mooland and heather vegetation heading to the east crossing ridges and valley as well as a long flat distance to Shira One campsite.

Day 2: Shira One campsite to Shira Two campsite

This day you will trek to east across Shira plateau visiting Cathedral Peak (3850m) for acclimatization. At this peak you will have great views of both Mt. Meru and Kibo Peak and other many spectacular special features then continue walk to Shira Two camp where meal and overnight will take place.

Day 3: Shira Two campsite to Barranco campsite

This is long but important acclimatization day. You will have an early breakfast then continue trekking east to a junction leading to Lava tower rock (4600m) for acclimatization after you will continue to Barranco hut camp for supper and overnight.

Day 4: Barranco campsite to Karanga campsite

Today is short day walk. In the morning you will start climbing Barranco wall and reach 4200m for acclimatization and continue crossing ridges and valleys to Karanga campsite for a hot lunch. After lunch you will have a bit of rest and get another acclimatization of trekking up the scree slopes towards the Southern ice field then after you will return to the camp for supper and overnight

Day 5: Karanga campsite to Barafu campsite

Today trek up to the Barafu ridge campsite is tough because of altitude. The walk take few hours because of short distance but is steep which need slowly walk so to avoid tiredness. You will completely walk across a alpine desert with strong and cold winds blows from the ever closer Kibo peak and its ice. You will have an early dinner at 1700hrs then rest until midnight when we you commence your push for the summit.

Day 6: Barafu hut campsite to Uhuru peak to Mweka hut campsite

Wake at midnight to a light breakfast and then prepare for your summit ascent. The goal is to climb before dawn so that you can reach Uhuru Peak shortly before or after sunrise. Leave to the peak at 12; 00AM, switchback up steep scree or possibly snow, and reach Stella Point on the crater rim at 5,861 m/18,640 ft between 4 and 5 AM. At this point you will be having the views of the fabled crater and its icecaps facing you. Then after 1 hour of hiking along the Kibo crater rim near the celebrated snows takes you to Kilimanjaro true summit, Uhuru Peak here you will spend some times for taking photo’s. After your summit activities done, you will descend back to the Barafu Huts campsite, for lunch, rest, collect your belongings, and continue down through moorland and heath zone to Mweka Huts campsite. Dinner and overnight at Mweka hut campsite.

Day 7: Mweka hut campsite to Mweka gate

After breakfast, today is your last day on the mountain so you will descend down to Mweka park gate walking across Montane forest this descent will take 3-4 hours. Then here at the gate you will sign out and get ready to board the vehicle ready for the transfer back to the hotel in Moshi for your certificate presentation celebration.

DAY 8: KIBO HUT (4,703M) – UHURU PEAK (5,895M) – MILLENIUM CAMP (3,830M)

At the midnight wake up and repack your gears, taking only what we'll need for the summit. You will have hot drinks and some cookies and then begin the walk to Uhuru Peak- (5895m). The distance is 6km and it will take about 6-7hrs to reach the summit. Enjoy taking photos of the peak and the sunrise if it will be on a clear day and descend back to Millennium camp (3,827M) close to the edge of the rain forest.

DAY 9: MILLENIUM CAMP (3,8300M) – MWEKA GATE (1700M)

After breakfast in the morning start the descend through the rain forest to Mweka gate. Receive the award certificate for those who will have made it to the top, then join the waiting car to drive you to the hotel in Moshi town for hot shower, lunch and overnight.

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Arrive 2 nights before

We advise all our clients to arrive at least 2 nights before any expedition so your body can reguvinate and adjusting to the climate. This will also help to ensure all your luggage has arrived (airlines can 'misplace' luggage from time to time).

Drinking water

Plastic mineral water bottles are no longer allowed on the mountain so please bring your own Nalgenes and Camelbak with a minimum of 4 litres capacity or something suitable. You will be given opportunities to refill these during the expedition.

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