6 Days: Shira Route

This route approaches Kilimanjaro from the west and then joins the Machame route. Shira route is for people who are more confident in their ability to hike in difficult terrain.

DAY 1; Moshi – Shira Gate – Shira Camp [3850 m].

The drive from Moshi to the trail head takes about 3 hrs. We hike through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge reaching to Shira Camp 2. Dinner and Overnight at the camp.
Hiking distance ; 8 km in 4- 5hrs.

DAY 2; Shira Camp 2 –LavaTower – Barranco Camp [4000 m].

From the Shira plateau we continue to the east passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, the direction changes to the South East towards Lava tower [ 4650m]. We continue down to the Barranco Camp. Dinner and Overnight at the Camp.
Hiking Diastance; 10 km in 5-6 hrs.

DAY 3; Barranco Camp – Karanga Camp [4050m].

After breakfast, leave the Camp and climb on a steep ridge the great Barranco wall. Continue trekking on a series of hills reaching to Karanga Camp. Dinner and Overnite at the camp.
Hiking Distance ; 4km in 3-4 hrs.

DAY 4; Karanga Camp-Barafu Camp [4700 m].

Leave the Camp to Barafu Camp completing the South Circuit. From this Camp, it offers views of the Summit from many different angles. Dinner and Overnight Camp.
Hiking Distance; 4 km in 3-4 hrs.

DAY 5; Barafu Camp – Uhuru Peak [5895m] – Mweka Camp [3090 m].

Wake up at midnight, have a simple breakfast and start trekking towards the summit. This is the most mentally and physically Challenging portion of the hike. After trekking for some Hours, you’ll reach at Stella point on the Crater rim. There you’ll enjoy the magnificent Sunrise. After a little rest from Stella point, continue towards Uhuru peak for about an hour. Once at the Summit, you have reached the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and in the continent of Africa. After taking some Photos , start descending down passing Barafu Camp for lunch continuing to Mweka Camp for dinner and Overnight.
Hiking ascent Distance; 5 km in 7-8 hrs.
Hiking descent Distance; 13 km in 5-6 hrs.

DAY 6; Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate [1680m] – Moshi Town.

Leave the Camp after having breakfast hiking down through tropical forest reaching Mweka gate in about 3-4 hrs and a distance of 10 km. Sign out of the park and be given certificate of achievement. Board your vehicle on your onward destination or hotel in Moshi town.

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