The Shira Route is very similar to the
Lemosho Route, except that it starts at an already high altitude of
11,800ft/3600m on the Shira Plateau. This can make it slightly more
difficult to acclimate properly. The route merges with the Machame route
and follows the Southern Circuit. We offer 6, 7 and 8 day treks on
Shira route, and recommend 7 or 8 days. This is a nice route, but we
prefer Lemosho as it starts lower and you will get to experience the
rain forest on the ascent.
Register at Londrosi gate and continue driving up to Moram
(11,800ft/3,600m), the trek starts on the Shira plateau for a flat and
short hike to Shira 1 Camp (11,800ft/3,600m). Duration 2hrs.
Day 02: After breakfast leave Shira 1 Camp for a gradual climb to Shira
2 camp (12,500ft/3,810m) overlooking the Shira Plateau. Most of the
hike is through heather climate zone. Enjoy the wonderful sunset from
the mess tent with Mt. Meru in the distance. Duration 2hrs.
After breakfast, leave Shira behind and head up towards the Lava
Tower(15,190ft/4,630m) where we will have lunch before descending into
the Barranco Valley(13,045ft/3,976m) for camp. Enjoy the amazing sunset
on Kibo and the Great Barranco Wall. Duration 5-6 hrs.
After breakfast, leave Barranco camp and scramble up the spectacular Barranco Wall.
Once over the wall, it is an undulating walk to Karanga
Camp(13,100ft/3,995m)Enjoy the views of Kibo above and the plains below,
can see Moshi Town far below. Duration 4-5 hrs
After breakfast head upwards towards the final camp at Barafu(15,330ft/4,673m). This day is steep but short and you
will have a hot lunch. Enjoy the short day, as you will wake around 11
pm to leave for the summit. Mawenzi dominates the view from Barafu.
Wake at 11pm to get ready for summit attempt. Hike upwards on very steep
trail in the dark, reaching Stella point(18,958ft/5,745m) after ~6hrs
at dawn. Continue on the more gradual incline to Uhuru Peak
(19,341ft/5,895m), 1hr from Stella point. After pictures and
congratulations, head back down to Barafu for 2-3 hrs rest and lunch
before continuing down to Mweka camp (10,065ft/3,068m). Duration
Final day on the mountain, head from Mweka Camp down through the forest
to Mweka gate(5,380ft/1,640m) for certificates. Congratulations, you
made it! Duration 2-3hrs.
INCLUDED: All park entry fees, rescue fees, transport to/from the gate, food, drinking water, tents, guide,cook and porters.
NOT INCLUDED: Sleeping bag, tips for your guide,cook and porters and other personal things of nature.