Shira 7 Days Climb

Itinerary Highlights

Length: 7 days

Destination: Kilimanjaro

Major Attractions: Vegetation zones, Mt Kilimanjaro, Uhuru peak

Guiding Language: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian

Starting point: Moshi

Ending point: Moshi

Route info: Shira is the little used trail and less favorable due to the high altitude of its starting point

Packing list: hiking trousers, warm socks, winter jackets, long sleeve shirts, trekking socks, digital camera, binoculars, mosquito repellents, sunhat, toiletries, sunglasses with ultra violet radiation filtering etc


Day 1: Shira Gate (3600 m) To Simba Camp (3600 m)

Distance: 4 km / 2 miles

Trekking time: 1-2 hours

Zone: Hearth

Pick up from your hotel in Moshi and drive to Shira gate to initiate the climb by completing all entrance formalities. Start hiking through the shrubs and giant heather where the trail takes you to Simba Camp. Spend the night at the camp in preparing for the next day.

Day 2: Simba Camp (3600 m) To Shira 2 Camp (3850 m)

Distance: 6 km / 4 miles

Trekking time: 2 hours

Zone: Hearth

An easy day where you explore the grassy moorland and volcanic rock formations on the beautiful Shira plateau. Proceed walking across Shira Cathedral, a huge buttress of rock surrounded by steep spires and pinnacles. The path finally leads to Shira 2 Camp. Have rest at the camp while waiting for dinner to be served.

Day 3: Shira 2 Camp (3850 m) To Lava Tower (4630m) To Barranco Camp (3970)

Distance: 10 km / 6 miles

Trekking time: 6-8 hours

Zone: Alpine desert

Trek from the Shira Plateau through the ‘Garden of the Senecios’ while approaching Lava Tower meant for acclimatization. Have lunch at Lava tower and some rest before descending to Barranco Camp. Hot meal and sleep at the camp.

Day 4: Barranco Camp (3970) To Karanga Camp (4040m)

Distance: 5 km / 3 miles

Trekking time: 4-5 hours

Zone: Alpine Desert

Spend another day acclimatizing to climb the Great Barranco Wall of 900 ft cliff. Take a walk across a series of hills and valleys into the Karanga Valley taking you to Karanga Camp. This is where you will set camp for an overnight stay.

Day 5: Karanga Camp (4040m) To Barafu Camp (4670 m)

Distance: 4 km / 2 miles

Trekking time: 4-5 hours

Zone: Alpine Desert

Trek out of Karanga valley following the path intersecting Mweka trail. The trail passes through the rocky section to finally arrive at Barafu Camp. Have an early dinner and retire to bed by 7:00 in preparing for the final summit.

Day 6: Ascend Summit At Uhuru Peak

Distance: 18 km / 11.2 miles

Trekking time: 13- 15hours

Zone: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

Be awake by around 23:00 hours for a hot drink + snacks and putting on the necessary trekking gears. By torchlight, leave camp and start climbing through the volcanic scree to reach Stella Point (5685m) by sunrise. Spend some time resting and enjoying the view before making the final round trip to reach Uhuru peak (5895m). Take photographs at the summit while feeling accomplished standing at the highest point in Africa. Start descending down the mountain to finally reach Mweka hut in the evening.

Day 7: Mweka Camp (3100 m) To Mweka Gate (1980 m)

Distance: 10 km / 6 miles

Trekking time: 3-4 hours

Zone: Rainforest

This is the last day that hikers go for a short walk, towards Mweka gate. Upon arrival, climbers get awarded. For those who reached Stella point receive green certificates while those who reached Uhuru peak receive golden certificates. Go for a drive back to the hotel for rest and much celebrations or to the airport for departure.

End of tour!

Price Includes:

All park entry fees.

Pickup to and from airport.

All safari inclusive packages.

Hot air Balloon Tour.

4WD vehicle with open roof.

3 proper meals a day + tea/coffee+ snacks.

Accommodation facilities.

Professional tour guide with extensive knowledge.

Price Excludes:

Tanzanian Visa.


Items of personal nature.

Extended tours.


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