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7 Days Trekking Mount Kilimanjaro Via Shira Route.

The Shira route, also known as the Shira Plateau route, is a variation of the Lemosho route that starts at a higher elevation. Here's a itinerary for the Shira route, typically completed in 7 days:

 

Day 1: Arrival in Tanzania

  • Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport.

  • Transfer to hotel in Moshi.

  • Attend a pre-climb briefing with your trekking company.

  • Final gear check and preparation.

Day 2: Machame Gate to Machame Camp

  • Drive to Machame Gate (1-2 hours).

  • Complete park formalities at the gate.

  • Begin trekking through the rainforest.

  • Reach Machame Camp at around 3,000 meters.

  • Trekking time: 5-6 hours.

Day 3: Machame Camp to Shira 2 Camp

  • Ascend through heath and moorland.

  • Reach Shira 2 Camp at around 3,850 meters.

  • Trekking time: 4-6 hours.

Day 4: Shira 2 Camp to Lava Tower and descend to Barranco Camp

  • Hike to Lava Tower (4,600 meters) for acclimatization.

  • Descend to Barranco Camp at around 3,950 meters via the Southern Circuit.

  • Trekking time: 6-7 hours.

Day 5: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

  • Climb the Barranco Wall.

  • Trek through valleys and ridges.

  • Arrive at Karanga Camp at around 3,995 meters.

  • Trekking time: 4-5 hours.

Day 6: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

  • Traverse through alpine desert terrain.

  • Ascend to Barafu Camp at around 4,600 meters.

  • Prepare for the summit push.

  • Trekking time: 3-4 hours.

Day 7: Summit Day - Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak, then descend to Mweka Camp

  • Start early morning summit attempt (around midnight).

  • Reach Stella Point (5,685 meters) and continue to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters).

  • Descend to Mweka Camp at around 3,100 meters.

  • Trekking time: 11-15 hours.

Included:

  1. Airport Transfers

  2. Accommodation

  3. Meals

  4. Park Fees

  5. Guides and Porters

  6. Safety Equipment

  7. Trekking Gear

  8. Climb Certificate

Excluded:

  1. International Flights

  2. Visa Fees

  3. Personal Expenses

  4. Travel Insurance

  5. Gear Rental

  6. Additional Activities

  7. Alcoholic Beverages

  8. Gratuities

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