NCA 13 – Kilimanjaro Shira Route 8 Days Climbing

Northern Circuit Adventure TanzaniaShira Route:
The Shira route approaches Kilimanjaro through forest and moorland from the west, crossing the caldera of Shira volcano and explores the rock formations of the plateau, before traversing beneath the southern icefields of Kibo. We make our final ascent by the Barafu route. The eight-day itinerary gives maximum possible acclimatisation and also gives us plenty of time to enjoy the magnificent scenery. The views of Kibo in the sharp light of morning and early evening are often stunning and the Lent Hills, close to the western flank of the summit cone, are very rarely visited. Shira is a little-used approach route with time to enjoy this unspoilt wilderness, before the convergence with other routes in the later stages of the trip.

Arrival: You will meet and greet with one of our office representatives at Kilimanjaro or Arusha Airport or from the shuttle bus shuttle terminal and he will drive to the Lodge/Hotel where your safari start and stays with bed & breakfast.

Shira 1

Day 1: Shira One Campsite:
After breakfast, we take ride to Londorossi National Park Gate in order to complete the necessary registration formalities before we drive a short distance to Shira Gate (9,200 ft) where we begin our trek. We continue climbing steadily on foot through shrub forests and stands of giant heather to reach the rim of Shira Plateau (11,000 ft). The views across the surrounding plains open up as we approach our first camp, Shira one Camp (11,600 ft). It takes about 4–5 hours walk.

Lshira

Day 2: Shira Two Campsite:
Today is an easy day to help acclimatization and to explore the grassy moorland and volcanic rock formations of the plateau. We walk to the summit of Shira Cathedral (12,300 ft), a huge buttress of rock surrounded by steep spires and pinnacles. There is a tangible sense of wilderness here, especially when the afternoon mists roll in. From our camp near Shira Hut (12,600 ft), we take in the unforgettable views of Mount Meru as she floats among the clouds. It takes about 4–5 hours walk.

Moir Hut

Day 3: Moir Hut:
The morning walking is a steady climbing away from the moorland of Shira Plateau to reach the broad upland desert beneath the Lent Hills with expansive views in all directions. After having lunch in our camp close to Moir Hut (13,800 ft), there is an option of a more strenuous afternoon walking to reach the summit of the Lent Hills (15,400 ft). We can explore the area beneath the Northern Ice fields, a remote place rarely visited by tourists with unusual views of Kibo Peak. Few visitors get to this remote corner of Mount Kilimanjaro. It takes about 5–6 hours walk.

Day 4: Lava Tower:
Let us enjoy a morning of gentle ascent and panoramic views, walking on lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. After lunch at our campsite based in Lava Tower (14,900 ft), there is a steep but spectacular afternoon walking on the rocky lower slopes of the Western Breach on Mount Kilimanjaro. This afternoon excursion is highly recommended especially for acclimatization purposes and for the superb views of hanging glaciers on both sides of the Breach. It takes about 5–6 hours walk.

Baranco hut

Day 5: Barranco Hut:
A steep descent into the bottom of Barranco Valley (12,800 ft) leads us to the famed Barranco Wall and its steep climbing. At the top the undulating trail crosses the flanks of Kibo Peak with superb vistas of the Southern Ice fields. The terrain is volcanic scree with pockets of vegetation in sheltered hollows and a powerful sense of the mountain wilderness. Our next campsite will be Karanga Campsite (13,100 ft), the last water point on the approach to Mount Kilimanjaro Summit. It takes about 5–7 hours walk.

Day 6: Barafu Hut:
After morning breakfast, we all follow an easy path on compacted scree with wide views that gains altitude unrelentingly to reach Barafu Hut (14,800 ft) for lunch. There is a short acclimatization hike to the plateau at the bottom of the southeast valley (15,700 ft). The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the early morning final ascent. It takes about 4–5 hours walk.

Uhuru Peak Day 7: Uhuru Peak (Summit) – Mweka Camp:
We will start our ascent by torchlight about 1:00am so that we can be up on the crater rim by sunrise. The steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well–graded Zig–Zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to Stella Point (18,800 ft), in about five or six hours. We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi Peak. For those who are still feeling strong can make the two hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (19,345 ft) passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Barafu Hut is surprisingly fast and after some refreshments, we continue to descend to reach our final camp, Mweka Camp (12,500 ft). It takes about 11–15 hours walk.

Day 8: Mweka Gate – Moshi Town or Arusha Town:
After breakfast, proceed with a sustained descend on a well constructed path takes us through a lovely tropical forest alive with birdsong and boasting lush undergrowth with considerable botanical interest. Our route winds down to Mweka National Park Gate (5,400 ft) and on through coffee and banana farms to Mweka Village where you will meet your driver and he will drive to Moshi or Arusha town and drop off at your Lodge/Hotel.

Price Includes:
All Park entry fees – All Park Camping fees/Hut fees
Pick up from the Airport
Guide/assistant guide/Porters
Overnight at the Hotels/Lodge/Tented Camps/Campsites according to the program
Chef/Meals as per the above itinerary
Park commission fees
Transport to and from the gate
Complimentary bottled drinking water 1.5 litter per person per day during on safari
1 night free Hotel accommodation on your arrival in Arusha with bed & breakfast
Tents/Sleeping mats/Sleeping bags.
1 night free Hotel accommodation on your arrival in Arusha with bed & breakfast
Tents/Sleeping mats/Sleeping bags.

Price not includes:
International flights & Domestic flight
Fees for passport, visas, immunizations and insurance
Tips for staff such as guides/Chef & porters.
Expenses of personal nature (like souvenirs)
Climbing gears.

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