Kilimanjaro via Shira route
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Africa’s highest mountain, five different vegetation zones
Pickup from your accommodation in Moshi and drive to Londorossi Gate for registration formalities and equipment preparation
Proceed with the drive further to reach Shira’s starting point
Initiate the hike through shrubs and giant heather which eventually leads to Simba Camp
Have rest upon arrival while waiting for dinner to be served
Climb through the grassy moorland and volcanic rock formations while approaching the Shira plateau
The path cross over Shira Cathedral, a huge buttress of rock surrounded by steep spires and pinnacles
Have lunch enroute and continue climbing to reach Shira 2 Camp in the evening
An overnight stay at the camp
Climb out of the Shira Plateau through the ‘Garden of the Senecios’ to approach Lava tower
This is mainly meant for acclimatization which allows your body getting used to high altitude and lower oxygen levels
Reach the tower in the afternoon for lunch and some rest
Descend down to reach Barranco Camp in the late afternoon
Dinner and sleep at the camp
Elevation: 3850m/12,600ft to 4000m/13,000ft
Walking Time: 5-6 hours
Descend down the base of great Barranco wall for a steep climb up the 900 ft cliff
Proceed walking through hills and valleys approaching Karanga valley
Another short hike leads to Karanga camp for an overnight stay
Climb out of Karanga valley to the junction connecting with Mweka trail
Continue hiking to reach the final destination at Barafu camp. At this point, the summit view is clear and can be seen from different positions
Upon arrival, have much rest and drink lots of water as to prepare your body for the next day It’s recommended to sleep early by 07:00 pm
From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. Once at Uhuru Peak you have reached the highest point of the continent of Africa, meaning top of the Kilimanjaro.
From the summit we begin our descent by continuing straight down to the Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You may want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. We arrive at Mweka Camp and enjoy our last evening on the mountain.
Elevation: 4700m/15,350ft to 5895m/19,340ft
Down to 3090m/10,150ft
Distance: 5km/3mi up / 13km/8mi down
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours up / 5-6 hours down
Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
Wake up around 11:30 pm for a hot drink and some snacks. Proceed by putting on trekking gears
Leave the camp by torchlight in the final pursue of the summit
Climb from the alpine desert into the volcanic scree as noticing the sudden drop of temperature
The steep climb with short breaks in between leads to Stella point (5756 m) to arrive in time for sunrise
Get time for a little break before making a final round trip to Uhuru peak (5895 m)
Get time for photographs while feeling accomplished standing at the roof of Africa
Proceed with descending down the mountain which is quite fast. The trail finally leads to Mweka camp (3100 m) to arrive in the evening
An overnight stay at the camp
Have a hot breakfast and initiate the hike walking through the forest to reach Mweka gate
Get awarded with certificates upon the level reached. Green certificates are awarded to hikers who reached Stella and golden ones to those who reached Uhuru
Show appreciation to the crew (guide, porters and cooks) by tipping them
Drive back to Moshi to previous accommodations or airport for departure
This tour can be arranged based on clients budget plan
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