9 Day Mt. Kilimanjaro Trekking – Shira route
Day 1: Arrival Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport, there will be a private transfer waiting at the airport to pick up you to the hotel of your choice, and then our guide will give a short climb briefing and equipment check. Dinner and overnight at Arusha Town Day 2: Shira one camp after breakfast at the hotel in Arusha, we drive through the rural countryside to the Londrossi Gate for park registration formalities then we drive a short distance on a steep track through farmland and plantations to the starting of Shira Route. We start our ascent along with the shrub forests the trail climbs steadily with wide views of the Kibo Icefield to reach the rim of the Shira Plateau. Londrossi Gate to Shira One Camp (3550 m): 4 - 5 hours walking. Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) and Accommodation (camping) at Shira One camp Day 3: Shira hut we follow the easy path to the summit of Shira Cathedral before reaching the next camp at Shira Hut. As this camp is quite exposed, it can be substantially colder than the previous night, with temperatures dropping to well below freezing. Shira Camp One to Shira Hut (3,840 m): 4 - 5 hours walking. Day 4: Moir hut in the morning we cross-part of the plateau through lush of heather and moorland then into high Savannah desert before reaching moir hut in the alpine zone. For extra acclimatization one can take walk around for the higher lands around the camp; the views are superb. Lunch will be served at Fisher camp. The afternoon will be the acclimatization walk up onto the Lent Hills at 4,700 meters. Shira Hut to Moir Hut (4,200m): 3 - 4 hours walking. Day 5: Barranco valley we traverse 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 (4,600 m.) we descend to the bottom of the Great Barranco valley. Moir Hut to Barranco valley (3,900 m.): 5 - 7 hours walking. Day 6: Karanga camp A steep climb up the eastern wall leads us just below the Heim Glacier, where we may have some spectacular views of Kilimanjaro. We then take a steep exit up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo. The trail continues down into the alpine desert of the Karanga Valley, finally, we have a steep climb up to Karanga Camp. Barranco Valley to Karanga camp (4,000 m): 4 - 5 hours walking. Day 7: Barafu camp We take the Traverse Route that takes up the Barafu Ridge then we walk up quite slowly to the final camp before your last ascent day to the summit. This day is better to spend more time relaxing in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night. Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp (4,600 m): 3 - 4 hours walking. Day 8: Summit to Mweka camp Early midnight we will begin a steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zigzags and a slow but steady pace will take us to the rim of the main crater, Stella Point, at 5,735m. We will rest there for a few minutes to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Then we will continue slowly to make the two hour round trip to the highest point in Africa (5,895 m). After a few minutes of celebrating your accomplishment, we descend to back and we stop at Barafu Camp for some refreshment, we continue to descend to reach Mweka Camp. Day 9: Mweka Gate to Arusha A gentle walk down through the rainforest to Mweka gate, you will receive a certificate for successful climbing, and then after lunch, we drive back to your hotel Arusha Town. You can spend another day exploring Arusha town or other cultural excursions.