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22 Jan - 03 Feb
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There are many possible slight variations to the Shira route, so don't be surprised if you see an intinerary that mentions different camps and different heights.In fact, many agencies call the Lemosho Route Shira Route, because it also crosses the Shira Plateau. The itinerary below describes a six night/seven day Kilimanjaro climb on the Shira Route.Like Machame this trek can be shortened if you skip the night in the Karanga Valley and instead walk straight from the Barranco Huts to the Barafu Huts in one day. It can be shortened more by driving instead of walking the first day and skipping the first camp.The trek can be extended by adding an extra night at Moir Huts for acclimatisation.For experienced mountaineers there is also a challenging and dangerous specialist version via the Western Breach.

(Note: altitudes and distances are approximations. Different sources will give you different numbers.)

Starting Point: Londorossi Gate (2100 m/6900 ft)

Duration: 6 Days

Day 1:

Arusha- to Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Camp

Your day starts early with a briefing, followed by breakfast and an hour drive from Moshi to Umbwe Village (1,490 m/4,890 ft) where your guides and porters pack your equipment and supplies, and give you a lunch pack. You start your ascent at the small Umbwe Gate just above the village and follow a gentle winding vehicle track for an hour to a signboard that announces the small steep Umbwe trail. The introduction is over, and you now climb up for several hours through a dense forest of rubber trees and giant fig trees. In places, you must scamper up steep sections of roots and rock. The Umbwe Camp is in the forest, and there are some caves nearby. You will be greeted here with a graciously served hot meal.

Day 2:

Umbwe Camp to Barranco Camp

Your day starts early with a steaming cup of tea or coffee. After breakfast, you will climb steeply through thinning forest glades to Giant Erica, Heather, and drier air. You continue up a ridge that drops steeply on both sides, and hopefully, the clouds will part to reward you with a view of Uhuru Peak looming overhead. After lunch, you enter a zone of giant groundsels (Scenario Kilimanjaro) that seem to guard the heights, and this garden is one of Kilimanjaros special treasures.

Day 3:

Barranco Camp (3,900 m/12,800 ft)

Extra Day for Acclimatization. Adding this day will ease your effort, and amplify your acclimatization.

Day 4:

Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

After breakfast, we continue up a steep ridge to the great Barranco Wall, and then you climb this imposing obstacle, which turns out to be easier than it looks. Topping out just below the Heim Glacier, you can now appreciate just how beautiful Kilimanjaro really is. With Kibo's glaciers soaring overhead, you descend into the lush Karanga Valley to the Karanga Valley campsite. From the camp, you can look east and see the jagged peaks of Mawenzi jutting into the African sky. After a hot lunch in camp, your afternoon is at leisure for resting or exploring. This short day is very important for your acclimatization, since your summit push is about to start. Scramble easily to the top of the Great Barranco and then a traverse over screes and ridges to the Karanga Valley campsite (3h, 4000m.), beneath the icefalls of the Southern Glaciers.

Day 5:

Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

In the morning, you hike east over intervening ridges and valleys to join the Mweka Route, which will be your descent route. Turn left toward the mountain and hike up the ridge through a sparse landscape for another hour to the Barafu Hut where you will receive a hot lunch. The last water on the route is in the Karanga Valley; there is no water at Barafu Camp, even though Barafu is the Swahili word for ice. The famous snows of Kilimanjaro are far above Barafu Camp near the summit of the mountain. Your tent will be pitched on a narrow, stony, wind-swept ridge, so make sure that you familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents. Prepare your equipment and warm clothing for your summit climb, and drink a lot of fluids. After an early dinner, go to bed for a few hours of precious sleep.

Day 6:

Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate to Moshi

After a well-deserved breakfast, it is a short, scenic, 3-hour hike back to the park gate. Don't give your porters any tips until you and all your gear have reached the gate safely, but do remember to tip your staff at the gate. At Mweka Gate, you can sign your name and add details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Climbers who reached Stella Point are issued green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak receive gold certificates. From the Mweka Gate, you will continue down to the Mweka Village, possibly a muddy, 3 km, 1 hour hike if the road is too muddy for vehicles. In the Mweka Village you will be served a delicious hot lunch after which you are driven back to Moshi for an overdue hot shower and comfortable night at your hotel in Arusha.

LUXURY PRIVATE SAFARI BY 4X4 JEEP LANDCRUISER WITH LUXURY LODGE,HOTELS AND CAMPS.

NO. OF PERSONS PRICE IN US $ ACCOMMODATION
1 6800 Single
2 8800 1 Double
3 10800 1 Triple
4 12800 2 Double
5 14800 1 Double & 1 Triple
6 16800 3 Double or 2 Triple

STANDARD PRIVATE SAFARI BY 4X4 JEEP LANDCRUISER WITH STANDARD LODGE, HOTELS AND CAMPS.

NO. OF PERSONS PRICE IN US $ ACCOMMODATION
1 5800 Single
2 7800 1 Double
3 9800 1 Triple
4 11800 2 Double
5 13800 1 Double & 1 Triple
6 15800 3 Double or 2 Triple

BUDGET PRIVATE SAFARI BY (MINI VAN) WITH BUDGET LODGE, HOTELS AND CAMPS.

NO. OF PERSONS PRICE IN US $ ACCOMMODATION
1 5800 Single
2 7800 1 Double
3 9800 1 Triple
4 11800 2 Double
5 13800 1 Double & 1 Triple
6 15800 3 Double or 2 Triple
Include
  • Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees
  • 18% VAT on tour fees & services
  • Accommodation in wooden cabins on the mountain
  • -29C Extreme Limit Sleeping Bags
  • Double layered Sleeping Mats
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain>
  • Katadyn filtered water throughout the trek
  • Pre & Post Trek accommodation at the Weru Weru River Lodge (or alternative) on Bed & Breakfast Basis
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)
  • 10% discount on meals at selected restaurants in Moshi Town
  • Tree donation in support of our environmental conservation projects
  • 2- way shared airport transfers (for private transfers it costs $20 extra per vehicle.
Not Include
  • Tips
  • Laundry Services & Items of personal nature
  • Add-on tours & activities

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