Kilimanjaro Shira Route Program

Day 1 - Lemosho/Forest Camp

Departure towards West Kilimanjaro region. Once arrived in the small village of Boma N'Gombe, we branch off towards Sanya Juu. In Londorossi, we meet the team of guides and porters, then start our hike via Lemosho. Trek through a relatively dry forest (compared to the more humid slopes of Machame and Umbwe). We set up camp at Mti Mkubwa (the big tree in Kiswahili), night at Forest Camp (2900 m).

Day 2 - Forest Camp/Shira Camp

We are slowly leaving the forest behind to enter a grass savannah, volcanic rocks, heather and falling lichen. We will meet the first signs of the afro-alpine flaura, above 3400 m, with a few groundsels. We reach the Shira Plateau towards the end of the day, with a fantastic view of the breach and the western slopes of Kibo Mount. Night at Shira Camp (3610 m).

Day 3 - Shira Camp/Fisher's Camp

Day allocated to the exploration of the Shira Plateau ; we cross the plateau, and depending on the group's fitness, may go until the needles and the cathedral. We do not climb much during this day, which contributes to a good acclimatisation. Night at Fisher's Camp (3800 m).

Day 4 - Fisher's Camp/Barranco

We now leave the Shira camp site, heading for the Kibo. The climb is steady until the Lawa Tower Pass at 4570 m. The descent to Barranco Camp brings us on the edge of a huge canyon, The Grand Barranco, in which giant groundsel, irrigated by a multitude of small waterfalls grow tremendously well. Camp set at 3940 m. 6h hike.

Day 5 - Barranco/Barafu

6 hours hike are required to reach Barafu Camp at 4550 m. We are climbing again the great Barranco wall without problem. After a long trek up and down the Kili slopes and a lunch break in Karanga Valley, we climb a moraine up to the Barafu Camp. On our right the Majestic Mawenzi, and above our heads, our objective, the Kibo. Night in camp.

Day 6 - Barafu/Uhuru Peak/Mweka

We start around midnight. Temperatures are freezing between -10 and - 15° C. We follow the slopes until the feet of the glaciers Ratzel and Rebman, between which we go. The slope is steep. The atmosphere is unreal between all these suspended glaciers. After 6h hike, with the first sun rays we reach the edge of the crater between the Stella et Hans Meyer Peaks. We need another half hour to one hour to reach the summit, Uhuru Peak (5895 m). Then 1h to get back to Stella Stella Point and 1h30/2h for Barafu Camp.

There it is advised to rest and drink, then head back down to Mweka Hut, that we will reach in the afternoon, after 3 to 4 hours trek. Night in camp.

Day 7 - Mweka gate/Arusha

Direct descent to the Park gates. 5 to 6h descent. Return to Mweka Gate where a certificate will be handed to you. Transfer to Arusha, for a well-deserved shower.

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