7 Days Shira Route

7 Days Shira Route

Routes Overview

The Shira course crosses the whole Shira Plateau from west to east in a charming, somewhat level climb.

Then, at that point, the course navigates under Kilimanjaro's Southern Ice Field on a way known as the Southern Circuit before summiting from Barafu.

Plummet is made through the Mweka course.

Timeless Dream Travels offers Shira as a seven or multi-day private ascension.

The multi-day variety adds a stay at Moir Hut on day three preceding going to Barranco Camp on day four.

Extras surcharge

Pre climb or post-climb accommodation

Extra single tents for camping routes not already included

Pre climb briefing in Arusha / out of Moshi and Arusha / out of Moshi gate transfers

Additional emergency oxygen cylinders (or any emergency cylinders for Mt Meru STTK15,15+1)

Comfort upgrades such as a portable toilet (excluding STTK16, K16+1), bed, larger tent, upgraded menu, celebration items, etc.

Airport or private / non-group gate transfers and out of Moshi transfers

Domestic flights

Day trips

Flying Doctors Emergency Evacuation membership

Extra guides or porters

Personal mountain equipment such as sleeping bags, walking poles, duffel bags, etc.

Additional day for acclimatization (for STTKX)

Tour Itineraries


Direct arrival to Moshi. Pre-climb briefing on trek (time to be confirmed).

  • Approx driving distance: None
  • Approx. trekking time: None
  • Approx. trekking distance: None
  • Start altitude: None
  • End altitude: None
  • Highest Altitude reached: None
  • Altitude gain: None Meals included: None

Day 1 - Londorosi Gate to Shira 1 Camp

Drive from Moshi to Londorosi park gate for registration, you will then be driven to Morrum Barrier at a high altitude of 3720 metres. Start your hike into the heather and moorland zone.

  • Driving Distance: 3-4hours
  • Trekking time: 2-3hours
  • Trekking distance: 7km
  • Start altitude: 18000m
  • End altitude: 3530m
  • Highest Altitude: 3530m
  • Altitude gain: 1705m
  • Meals included: Lunch, dinner

Day 2 - Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp

A slow-paced hike across the Shira Plateau through the heather and moorland.

  • Trekking time: 3-5hours
  • Trekking distance: 6km
  • Start altitude: 3505m
  • End altitude: 3900m
  • Highest Altitude: 3900m
  • Altitude gain: 395m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 3 - Shira 2 Camp to Barranco Camp

Continue through the heather and moorland, crossing scree slopes and a river valley.

  • Trekking time: 7-8hours
  • Trekking distance: 10km
  • Start altitude: 3900m
  • End altitude: 3960m
  • Highest Altitude: 4630m
  • Altitude gain: 730m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 - Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

This day is designed for acclimatization. Today you will conquer the Great Barranco Wall with the view of the Heim glacier on the top. The trail winds down to Karanga Valley. You will then proceed with a steep climb to Karanga Camp.

  • Trekking time: 3-5 hours
  • Trekking distance: 6km
  • Start altitude: 3960m
  • End altitude: 4040m
  • Highest Altitude: 4257m
  • Altitude gain: 297m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5 - Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

Today your trek involves a steep climb where you may have a spectacular view of Kibo peak is cloudless. You will then proceed with your trek on the empty and dry landscape to Barafu Camp. You will arrive at the camp early, have a good rest before your summit trek around midnight.

  • Trekking time: 3-4hours
  • Trekking distance: 4km
  • Start altitude: 4040m
  • End altitude: 4640m
  • Highest Altitude: 4640m
  • Altitude gain:600m
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6 - Barafu Camp to Mweka Camp

Around midnight begins a steep climb over loose volcanic scree. A slow and steady pace will take you towards Stella point, take a short rest at Stella point (5685m), proceed with your ascent to Uhuru peak (5895m). You will probably encounter snow on your way to the peak. While at Uhuru peak you may have a great view of the Crater rim if cloudless. Spend few minutes on the top of the mountain and then descend back to Barafu Camp for a short rest before you proceed to Mweka Camp to wind up your day.

  • Trekking time: 14-18hours
  • Trekking distance: 19km
  • Start altitude: 4640m
  • End altitude: 3080m
  • Highest altitudes: 5895m
  • Altitude gain: 1255m
  • Altitude loss: 2815m
  • Driving time:45minutes
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7 - Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate to Moshi

Today is the final day on the mountain; enjoy your breakfast before descending to Mweka gate passing through the forest zone. Upon arrival at the gate complete park formalities and tipping ceremony with your support team. Our driver will then transfer you to Moshi.

  • Trekking time: 3-4hours
  • Trekking distance: 10km
  • Start altitude: 3080m
  • End altitude: 1630m
  • Altitude loss: 1450m
  • Driving time:45minutes
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Trip Included

  • All taxes and VAT applicable
  • All National Park conservation, park entry, camping or hut and rescue fees as applicable
  • Trained, certified, and experienced English-speaking mountain guide
  • 1 x luggage porter carrying luggage of 15kg per person for Kilimanjaro / 12kg per person for Meru
  • Specialist tent crew to service and set up campsites
  • Trained and experienced personal mountain cook and waiter
  • All meals on the mountain and eating utensils, cutlery, bowls, cups, etc.
  • Pre-climb briefing and equipment check with the guide/tour consultant in Moshi
  • 1 x transfer from a Moshi based lodge to park gates per group
  • 1 x transfer from park gates to a Moshi based lodge per group
  • Crew transportation for remote gates (Londrossi / Rongai)
  • Luggage storage while on trek
  • Boiled drinking water on trek (from 1st hut/camp onwards)
  • 1 Emergency oxygen cylinder per group (excluding STTK15 and K15+1, Mt. Meru) and first aid kit
  • Twice daily health checks with guides and a high-grade medical oximeter
  • Hand washing station, sanitizers, and small personal washbasin at campsites
  • Shared public toilet facilities at huts or public campsites
  • 1 x approx. 100Ltr rubberized hold all bag/packsack
  • Basic sleeping mattress per person (provided by the park for hut routes
  • Shared use of Mountain huts (sharing) or Four season tents (sharing for even-numbered groups + 1 single tent for odd numbers), chairs, tables, dining tent for camping routes
  • Private portable toilet (inc. toilet, toilet tent, porter to carry / clean, toilet rolls)

Trip Excluded

  • Tips / gratuities
  • Beverages such as soft drinks, alcohol, etc.
  • International flights
  • Insurance
  • Visas
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Water on the first day of the trek
  • Metal & hard plastic water bottles, water bladders, etc. (note: soft plastics are not permitted on the mountain)

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Shira 1 Camp

Shira 1 Camp

Shira 2 Camp

Shira 2 Camp

Barranco Camp

Barranco Camp

Barafu Camp

Barafu Camp

Mweka Camp

Mweka Camp

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