The Shira route is great for those who like to trek far from the beaten track, but as she starts as a dizzyingly high altitude she isn’t recommended for first time climbers. The serene Shira Route allows you to set off on a high note and takes a relatively direct route to the summit. It has a stable climb rate throughout the glorious scenery of the Shira, comprising poetic forests and sweeping desolate moorlands.
DAY 1: Kilimanjaro International Airport To Arusha Touch down at the Kilimanjaro International Airport where your own personal driver will be waiting to greet you. Let your driver whisk you away to your chosen hotel in the bright and bustling city of Arusha – gateway to Tanzania. Arusha is the beating heart of the wild – the last port of civilization before heading out into dense jungles and rich savannah plains. The markets of Arusha burst with color, and throng with locals picking up their weekly wares. The numerous cafes sell dark and deliriously good coffee from the plantations, and close by the infamous National Park lures visitors in to explore her evocative Maasai culture and exotic flora and fauna. In the evening you will enjoy a quick briefing which will be conducted by professional Bush 2 City Mountain Guide about your trekking, and to ensure if you are ready for climbing.
DAY 2: Trekking from Moramu Hill to Shira 1 Camp After breakfast from your lodge, depart and head to Londorossi Gate a starting point to your trek to Mount Kilimanjaro. Upon arrival at the gate, you will proceed with registration formalities,followed by having lunch at the gate since will arrive in the mid afternoon. After that, you will have a short drive inside the park to the point known as Moramu Hill where you will set off by foot toward Shira 1 Camp the place where you’re expected to spend your first night on the mountain. The walk itself will cover a distance of about 4km which equals two 2 hours and rise up to an altitude of 3360 meters from 2240 meters above sea level.
DAY 3: Trekking from Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp Today we follow a relaxed path to the summit of Shira Cathedral before attainment the next camp at Shira Hut. As this camp is quite bare, it can be considerably colder than the prior night, with temperatures dropping to well below freezing.
DAY 4: Trekking from Shira 2 Camp to Moir Camp Today, you will climb to an altitude of 4180 meters, and you’re expected to spend 2 good hours of the walk until you reach the camp. The route today will take you to the south-eastern side of the Mountain where from there you will have the breathtaking view of savannah desert as you continue to climb toward Moir Camp situated at an alpine zone. Upon arrival at the camp, you will have time to relax and acclimatize by walk to the summit of Lent Hill which is situated at an altitude of 4650 meters, in order for your body to cope with the change in attitudes as you continue to go up.
DAY 5: Trekking from Moir Hut to Lava Tower Camp Today’s, walk will take you on a gentle ascent and panoramic views. Then you traverse to the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the Lava Tower and the final section of the Western Breach and after hot lunch the bottom of the Lava Tower at an altitude of 4,600 meters, you then descend to the bottom of the Great Barranco valley at an altitude of 3,900 meters. You will cover the total distance of 5km that will take you approximately 3 hours to complete the entire section. In the afternoon you will have a chance to acclimatize again by walk to Arrow Glacier that will take you 2 hours. After a long of walk your expected to arrive at the camp late in the evening in time for your dinner and overnight.
DAY 6: Trekking from Lava Tower Camp to Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp Today after breakfast, you will depart from Lava Tower Camp and set off to Karanga Camp where you will spend your overnight via Barranco Camp. Your expected to cover about 7 km, that will take you up to 7 hours of good walking. At the beginning, the walk will be a bit tough and challenging as you have climb up near the free stand wall also known as Barranco Wall also referred to as “Breakfast Wall” since you will start climbing it soon after having breakfast. But when manage to reach the top you, will enjoy the magnificent and one of the kind view of the Heim Glacier, and after a bit of rest you will descend to the gully below into Karanga Valley which is very cold, before proceed to a zigzag climb that will finally take you to Karanga Camp where you will spend you night and dinner.
DAY 7: Trekking from Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp Today you will ascend about 500 meters, and covers the total distance of 5 km of walk and expected to spend 4 hours before reaching the Barafu Camp in time for your hot lunch in the afternoon and overnight. The trail today will take you through climbs that will require a steady walk, as you will path through the rocky and barren landscape, during the walk you will enjoy a beautiful scenery of Decker and Kersten glaciers that will be visible from a distance. Upon arrival at the camp, you will be required to go to bed a bit early in order for your body to have enough rest and prepare for the summit day the next day as you will be required to work up very early in the morning.
DAY 8: Trekking from Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak (Summit) to Mweka Camp Wake up beforehand midnight in the shelter of darkness and begin a steep climb over loose volcanic scree that has some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take you to the rim of the main crater, Stella Point, at 5,735 meters. You will rest there for few minutes to relish the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling good can continue slowly to make the two hours round trip from here along the crater rim to main Uhuru Peak 5,895 meters, which is the highest point in Africa. After a few minutes to celebrate and enjoy your accomplishment by taking pictures with the guide and friends, you will then descend to Barafu camp fast, and followed a stop at Barafu Camp for some refreshment, before set off again and continue to descend to reach Mweka Camp for your dinner and overnight.
DAY 9: Trekking from Mweka Camp toMweka Gate A gentle walk takes you down from Mweka Camp at an altitude of 3730 meters and descend through the rainforest to Mweka gate to an altitude of 1660 meters. The walk itself will take about 6 hours and covering approximately 13km. You will feel more relief from the reduction of the height and the satisfaction of reaching the summit. After your descent the whole group will gather to congratulate you. Lastly we will present you with your commemorative certificate in our office, and transfer back to the hotel.
DAY 10: Departure Rest in the hotel and transfer to the airport. Note: Hotel check-out is at 10:00 am, an in case you need a late check-out because of an evening flight, there is the option to extend your hotel stay for an extra fee.