9 DAYS KILIMANJARO TREKKING
- SHIRA ROUTE -
9 Days/8 Nights Kilimanjaro Trekking - Shira Route
DAY 01 & 02 - Montane Forest
DAY O3 - Montane Forest – 9,000 Ft
After driving approximately one and a half hours to the Kilimanjaro National Park forest edge we walk about three hours through the undisturbed forest to our camp for the night. With luck you will be able to see Colobus monkeys and signs of elephant and other forest wildlife on your walk to the camp.
DAY O4 - Shira Plateau West Side – 11,300 Ft
Taking our time walking through the forest will help us spot some of the plentiful game and bird life. The day’s hike will take us up through the Montane Forest and the Hagenia forest zone. You will see the unique environmental differences that characterize these equatorial zones.
DAY O5 - Shira Plateau East Side Moir Camp – 13,900 Ft
Our hike today will be about 4 hours across the Shira Plateau, a World Heritage Site, and one hour up the western slope of the Kibo Massif. Camp will be in the upper heath zone in full view of the Western Breach.
DAY O6 - Lava Tower – 14,300 Ft
Today we will hike approximately 6 hours to camp just under Lava Tower, a 300 foot high volcanic lava plug that juts out of the side of the mountain. This will be our first introduction to the alpine zone, with the only plant life being the hardiest of grasses and lichens. We will have a spectacular view of our final ascent route up the Western Breach.
DAY O7 - Arrow Glacier – 16,000 Ft
With the Western Breach ascent route in full view we will spend 2 hours climbing to the base of the route where we will camp near Arrow Glacier. An afternoon hike further up the route before relaxing in the camp will help our acclimatization and improve our performance the following day.
DAY O8 - Crater Camp – 18,500 Ft
We will wind our way up the Western Breach non-technical climbing route for about six hours to the crater rim of the main Kilimanjaro summit massif. Those who still have the energy can explore the inner crater and the ash pit before moving to our highest camp on the crater floor. This spectacular high camp is next to the Furt wrangler Glacier with stunning views westward toward Mount Meru and the setting African sun.
DAY O9 - Summit Day And Mweka Camp – 10,500 Ft
We will start our ascent to the summit (19,340′) early enough in the morning to be on the summit by 10:00 am. This final ascent is only 800 feet and can be undertaken after sunrise and a leisurely breakfast. This is quite a contrast to the 3,000 foot slog required to summit via all the other ascent routes on Kilimanjaro. After taking in the view from Uhuru Peak we will begin the long descent to Barafu Hut and down to our final camp near Mweka Hut.
DAY 1O - Descend And To Arusha
The 4,500 foot descent to the Park Gate and pick-up takes three to five hours. We will have our lunch at the gate and say goodbye to our mountain staff before heading to the hotel near Arusha, then a farewell dinner and either overnight or a day room and departure. Extend your Tanzanian vacation with Endito Nagol Adventures on safari, walking safari or other adventures.
1st Night accommodation in Arusha
All camping equipment (including tents, mattress, sleeping bags, & pillows)
private mountain guide
first aid kit
Kilimanjaro National Park Fees & camping fees
All Government Tax.
What’s Not Included?
Other trekking gears
Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees and other personal items)
Our climbing itineraries are crafted in a way that ensures the smoothest acclimatisation transition.