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6 Days Shira Route Kilimanjaro Trekking

Overview

The Shira Route Kilimanjaro is one of the less-trodden routes on Mt. Kilimanjaro. It starts on the western side of the mount Kilimanjaro and is almost identical to the Lemosho Route. Although Shira Route Kilimanjaro is considered a scenic and varied route, due to the higher elevation of the starting point, it is possible climbers could experience symptoms of altitude sickness as early as the first day. We therefore only recommend this route to those who are experienced high-altitude climbers. 

Climbs can take six to seven days; however, we always advise choosing the longer route for the best chance of acclimatization and reaching the summit.

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Itinerary

  • Moshi Arrival

    To make your trip as easy as possible, we can offer accommodation in Moshi before and after the climb. Or if you’d prefer, you can stay at a hostel/hotel of your choice. We can also offer airport transfers to and from Kilimanjaro Airport if required. A pre-climb briefing will be arranged with one of our mountain guides to ensure that you have all the correct mountain climbing gear (see our packing list for further information ). We’ll also talk you through what will be expected during the climb and share all our best secrets for conquering the highest point of Africa!

  • Day 1: Lemosho Trailhead (2,000m/6,600ft) to to Shira 1 Camp (3,500m/11,500ft)

    Elevation Gain: 700 metres / 2,400 feet
    Hiking Time: 3 to 4 hours
    Habitat: Rainforest
    After breakfast, you’ll be picked up from your hostel/hotel and driven to Londrosi Gate (which is approximately 3 hours from Moshi). After registration, you will then drive a further 12km on a forest track that leads to the Lemosho starting point. From here you will enter the beautiful and undisturbed rainforest to begin your ascent up the mount Kilimanjaro. This is by no means a difficult trek, but it will give you plenty of time to adjust and witness some of Tanzania’s wildlife. Sightings of Black and White Colobus monkeys and small antelopes are quite common, and you may even be lucky enough to spot buffalos and elephants too. After 3 to 4 hours of trekking, you will arrive at Mti Mkubwa Camp, also known as Big Tree Camp because of the large conifer trees that provide shade over the campsite.

  • Day 2: Shira 1 Camp (3,500m/11,500ft) to Shira 2 Camp (3,840m/12,600ft)

    Elevation Gain: 340 metres / 1,100 feet
    Hiking Time: Approximately 5 hours
    Habitat: Moorland
    After breakfast, you will then continue to hike across the rocky ridge onto Shira Plateau, where you will be able to see the easterly side and the western breach with its dramatic glaciers. You are now on the west of Kibo Peak and it will take another short walk before reaching the Shira 2 Campsite. Tea/coffee and some nuts will be served to help warm up your body before the main dish of the evening and retiring to sleep. Shira 2 Camp is very exposed and will be much colder with temperatures dropping below freezing point.

  • Day 3: Shira 2 Camp (3,840m/12,600ft) to Barranco Camp (3,850m/12,650ft) via Lava Tower (4,550m/14,900ft)

    Elevation Gain: 710 metres / 2,300 feet
    Elevation Loss: 700 metres / 2,250 feet
    Hiking Time: Approximately 6 to 7 hours
    Habitat: Alpine desert
    The route now takes you into semi-desert and rocky landscapes surrounding Lava Tower, a 300ft high volcanic rock formation. You’ll then ascend the rocky scree path to Lava Tower for great panoramic views, before a steep descent into the Barranco Valley. You may find this trek a little tougher than the previous days as some hikers usually start to experience symptoms of altitude sickness. Although you will finish today’s climb at almost the same elevation as you started, this is very good practice for acclimatisation and will help prepare your body for summit day. Barranco Camp lies below the imposing Barranco Wall in a beautiful, sheltered valley.

  • Day 4: Barranco Camp (3,850m/12,600ft) to Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,100ft)

    Elevation Gain: 750 metres / 2,500 feet
    Hiking Time: Approximately 7 to 8 hours
    Habitat: Alpine desert
    After breakfast, you will begin to ascend the impressive Barranco Wall and hike glacial valleys – but don’t worry, it is easier than it looks! Lunch will be eaten at Karanga Valley, before joining the famous Mweka Trail. You will then continue along the rocky ridge for 1 to 2 hours before reaching Barafu Camp, which offers stunning views of Mt. Kilimanjaro’s summit from various angles. Your tents will be pitched along a narrow and rocky ridge with high winds. It’s therefore worth taking some time to familiarize yourself with your surroundings before it gets dark. Rest for the night at Barafu Camp and prepare for the upcoming hike to the summit.

  • Day 5: Barafu Camp (4,600m/15,100ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895m/19,300ft) then descending to Mweka Camp (3,110m/10,200ft)

    Elevation Gain: 1,295 metres / 4,200 feet
    Elevation Loss: 2,785 metres / 9,100 feet
    Hiking time: 6 to 7 hours to Uhuru Peak; 7 to 8 hours to Mweka Camp
    Habitat: Arctic conditions
    This is where the going gets really tough! Just before midnight, you will venture into the night and begin your final ascent to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. head northwest through the heavy stone scree following multiple switchbacks between Ratzel and Rebmann glaciers until you reach Stella Point (5,756m). This section is probably the most challenging part of the route, and will require great physical and mental effort. Continue to move slowly, always listening to your guide. After a short rest at Stella Point, you will hike along the crater rim for another hour before reaching your ultimate goal – Uhuru Peak! Congratulations! You have now made it to the “Roof of Africa”. Weather conditions on the summit will determine how long you will be able to spend there, but it is important to start your descent within good time to ensure you get enough rest back at Barafu Camp. After your rest, you’ll gather the rest of your belongings and descend to Mweka Camp (3,100m) where you’ll enjoy dinner and a well-earned sleep!

  • Day 6: Mweka Camp (3,100m) to Mweka Gate (1,980m)

    Elevation Loss: 1,280 metres / 4,220 feet
    Hiking time: Approximately 3 to 4 hours
    Habitat: Rainforest
    After eating breakfast, you will begin the easiest part of your adventure on Mount Kilimanjaro via a scenic path through the forest to Mweka Gate. Successful hikers who made it to Stella Point and Uhuru Peak will be awarded their certificates at the gate. Then it’s time to drive back to your hotel to enjoy a shower, dinner and celebrations with a Kilimanjaro beer!

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Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Styles

A standard Kilimanjaro trekking style is a popular choice amongst many Nyange Adventures clients. A budgeted yet fulfilling climb with all the essentials for a successful Kilimanjaro trekking experience. Your safety, comfort, and adventurous ascent and descent are always our very first priority. This type of experience is intended for those who wish to climb Mount Kilimanjaro but do not need the extra features that are included in the Luxury Trekking style. 

Before and After your Climb you will stay in a good Comfortable hotel in Moshi or Arusha on Full board Basis

Our luxury Kilimanjaro trekking style includes extra features and extra crew. Extra features include a spacious walk-in tent, advanced meal planning for the hike, a portable toilet, camping cots, and a satellite phone to stay in touch with your family and friends. This is the highest quality of service that any climber who wants to get a luxury Kilimanjaro experience can get. 

A mandatory wilderness first responder certificate for all mountain guides, medical kits, two medical checkups per day, as well as oxygen cylinders, are precautions and safety measures for a luxury Kilimanjaro trekking experience.

Before and After your Climb you will stay in five star hotel in Moshi or Arusha on Full board Basis

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Metin Ö
Metin Ö
2022-08-21
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Safari Tour with Rogers We had a very nice Safari Tour including Tarangire, Ngorongoro and Serengeti Park, saw all the animals and wildlife we wanted to see including cheetahs and two! rhinos. With Rogers we had a very nice, humble and experienced guide who we felt really safe and informed with. All went perfectly and smooth as planned.
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Antoine Margot
2022-08-18
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Grandiose découverte du nord de la Tanzanie On a eu la chance de faire un circuit sur mesure avec Nyange Adventures: 1 jour d'immersion en pays Masai suivis de 4 jours de safari en camping (Tarangire, Serengeti et Ngorongoro), de 4 jours de trekking dans les Ngorongoro Highland (Olmoti, Bulati, Empakaai, Nayiobi, ...) et d'un jour au bord du lac Natron avant de rentrer. Nos guides Roger (safari), Maleton (trek) et Living (lac Natron) étaient tous au petits soins et attentifs à nos besoins. Notre 'Stomac Engeneer' Gody nous a accompagné sur tout le trajet pour le plus grand plaisir de nos papilles ! Nos 3 enfants (9, 11 et 13 ans) et nos parents nous ont accompagnés sur ce magnifique circuit. On recommande l'agence à toutes personnes intéressées à découvrir les peuples et la faune de ce coin de pays !
Chloe C
Chloe C
2022-08-07
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Beyond all expectations If you are looking for big name safari operators, Nyange is definitely your budget alternative, if not MUCH better than the former. And here's why: To start off, Amina, who is my main point of communication and adventure planner, had been extremely professional, patient, and friendly. She was always incessant in responding to my enquiries and requests. Amina was able to tailor a tour that best fits my interests and budget. As a solo traveller, her efforts in reviewing the accommodation and offering help amidst hiccups made me feel like I am in good hands. Her in-person greetings upon my arrival and departure speaks volume of how much she care about the clients. Without her assistance, I would not have been able to explore the beauty and tranquility of Tanzania with my guide, Alen (the actual spelling haha) /Allen/Alan/Allan. There is no one single adjective that can succinctly summarise the personality of Alen, for he is a guide full of great qualities: - Experienced: having been a safari guide for over 10+ years, Alen has exceptional eyes for spotting animal and sensing where/when the crossing happens, Alen fulfilled all my wishes - from seeing the Big5, watching multiple times of crossing within 3 days in Northern Serengeti, to seeing lions, cheetah, leopards right next to me. Any wildlife sightings that you hope for, he delivers. (p.s. a small tip for those travelling to Northern Serengeti in the wind season: bring earplugs if you are staying in tented camps! haha) - Professional: Alen has great skills when it comes to jeep manoeuvring, despite having witnessed countless of jeeps breaking down due to poor road conditions, we had never had an issue with our jeep -- extremely vital as time is of the essence when the crossing happens. - Strive for excellence: Alen always takes a step further when it comes to finding a lunch picnic spot, he looks for places with astonishing scenery whilst ensuring safety. He constantly seeks for feedbacks to make sure that I get the best out of the experience. - Hospitable: As a solo traveller myself, Alen has been entertaining and caring. He would always accompany me in the lounge area after dinner to chillax. There was never a dull moment with him. Alen is also passionate when it comes to introducing the culture of Tanzania, he looked for places where we could enjoy local food. He has been avid in teaching Swahili too! Overall, I am extremely impressed with what Nyange had delivered and hope you will find the same.
Liz B
Liz B
2022-08-03
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Great safari experience for both a solo female traveler & honeymooners! I have now gone on safari with Nyange Adventures twice, and I had an amazing experience each time. I strongly recommend using Nyange for any Tanzania safari. I first went in 2018 as a solo, female traveler to Tarangire Park & Ngorongoro Crater, and had a great time with a knowledgeable guide and comfortable tented camp. When my husband and I had the opportunity to go back to Tanzania for our honeymoon in 2022, I immediately contacted Nyange Adventures. Amina set up a great, personalized safari itinerary for us to go to Serengeti Park and Ngorongoro Crater. We stayed at great, mid-range accommodations (Tortilis Camp in Serengeti was one of the best places I've ever stayed in my life), and our guide, Kelvin, was amazing. He was friendly, knowledgeable, funny, and helpful, and we left as good friends. I also love that Nyange Adventures is a locally owned Tanzanian company--so many of the other tour operators are based in other countries, so your tourism dollars don't stay in Tanzania. Not so with Nyange, which is owned by and employs Tanzanians. As both a solo female traveler and again as honeymooners, I felt safe, well-cared for, respected, and had an absolutely incredible time. Plus, we saw all of the Big 5 (and a rhino baby, to boot!)! If my husband or I ever have a chance to go back to Tanzania, we'd surely contact Nyange Adventures again.
Michelle F
Michelle F
2022-07-30
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Sehr schöne und gute Safari Sehr schöne Safari, super organisiert, unser sehr lieber Guide Jimi war sehr professionell und das Essen war auch sehr reichlich und gut. Also zusammengefasst, sehr gut!
Imelda P
Imelda P
2022-06-13
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Great game, great guide, great time, old soggy tents ! Family of four - we extended the standard 4 day tour to 5 days (extra day in Serengeti). First day in Tarangire was amazing: zebra, giraffe, elephants, wildebeest everywhere and Baobabs. Campsite ok. Warm showers and power avail. Goddy the cook made delicious dinner, inc lovely fresh fruit. Drive to Serengeti not as long as we’d anticipated. Lovely to actually spend 2 nights in same place. Sadly weather wet and tents leaked significantly that night. Our tent also had broken zip which thankfully we managed to sort out to stop mosquitoes getting in, and were phenomenally smelly. I slept with nose in shirt!. Bed mats were basic and hard to sleep first night (we are 50 somethings/ rather cronky). Had been sent photo of thicker mats so disappointed. Ngorogoro camp site exciting with giraffe, buffalo, screeching tree hyrax (who knew such small cycle things could scream like that!) and zebras munching around tents/ en route to midnight toilet stop. At end of trip we had managed to see all the big five ( rhino only viewed from viewpoint in crater rim with good zoom though), watched 2 giraffe play “neck fighting”, hippos getting chopsy at pool by lunch spot, had an exciting time skidding around in the mud (Johnny our fabulous guide cool as a cucumber manoeuvred out of the rut eventually), saw bunch of lionesses chomping on a zebra and fending off a jackal. Johnny and Goddy also very helpful assisting us with minor issues (and soggy tent cleaning!), ever smiling and informative.
Elise v
Elise v
2022-06-12
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Amazing experience with a dreamteam Really enjoyed the 8 days Lemosho route with Nyange adventures and especially with our guides Robert and Herick. They really do anything to make sure that you manage the summit. They take your camera's and make photo's of you and the nature and scenery which is really nice because you just keep focussing on walking and climbing and forget taking pictures. Food is really good and every team member is professional and makes sure that you really enjoy the climbing. Lots of laughing and nice stories included. The guides are also very professional when it comes to health care. They check how you feel all the time and make you feel safe. Really recommend Nyange adventures for climbing the Kilimanjaro!
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guilhermedb
2022-05-15
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Best experience in Safaris in Tanzania The best description for Nyange is the slogan they use 'Come as a client leave as a friend'. Very well organized agency, all the logistics work perfectly, the experience provided is incredible, we can see in the details how everything is designed to make the unforgettable experience. All the staff and guides, are very friendly and make the experience even better. Thank you Praise, Ian and Living for the amazing days in Tanzania. We recommend the agency to everyone looking for tours in Tanzania.
Nicholas S
Nicholas S
2022-05-14
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Nyange for Kili is a no brainer I can’t recommend Nyange Adventures enough to anyone wanting to tackle Kilimanjaro!!! It was my first time not only solo travelling but also visiting the continent of Africa so I was a little nervous at first. The team at Nyange did an amazing job from keeping contact with me right up until my arrival , to making sure I get to the airport to leave on time. They answered all of my questions quick and was eager to tackle any challenge I had for them. An example of that is my checked bag had to be left in Amsterdam when I arrived in Moshi thus leaving a lot of my équipement behind. The team at Nyange not only made sure I had all of the equipment I needed for the trek, but also arranged for my stuff to be brought to me on the mountain during my trek. The equipment used was well on par, if not better I find than other operators I saw , and my guide (Robert) did amazing at guiding me to the summit and making this an unforgettable experience. The driver (Living) also did an amazing job at welcoming me into Tanzania as a first interaction and made me feel right at home back in Canada.
Abdulelah
Abdulelah
2022-05-12
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One of the best experiences Our experience was amazing and Alan (our guide) was fantastic and very knowledgeable about the history of the land, tress and animals. Thanks Alan for answering our endless questions lol. And thanks Amina for coordinating everything and making sure we get the best out of this experience. I would recommend 2 days in Serengeti, 1 Ngorongoro and 1 in Arusha (and visit the waterfall in Arusha).
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