Shira route
Climb Kilimanjaro on the Shira Route

Shira route - Kilimanjaro - 5/6 days

This route is usually only offered to 4,000m acclimatized climbers, who have climbed either Mount Kenya or Mount Meru already. We go by 4 × 4 vehicles to Shira Hut, at 3850 m, and always keep an eye on weather conditions. It’s because of this fast lift uphill that previous acclimatization to height is needed. This route joins to Machame route in Shira Camp. The approach to the top is via Stella Point and descent via Mweca Camp.
  • Day 1: Moshi – Shira Gate (1.830m) – Shira Camp 2 (3.840m)
  • Day 2: Shira Camp – Lava Tower (4.630m) – Barranco Camp (3.860m)
  • Day 3: Barranco Camp – Barafu Camp (4.600m)
  • Day 4: Barafu Camp – Uhuru Peak (5.895m) – Mweka Camp (3.100m)
  • Day 5: Mweka Camp – Mweka Gate (1.980m) – Moshi
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  • When to go: The best time to climb Kilimanjaro from the climatological point of view is during the warmest and driest months (January, February and September). June, July and August are also good months, although the weather may be more variable. On the other hand, one must bear in mind that it is at this time is when we find more mountaineers. Machame usually presents an intermediate influx situation, specifically during those periods of higher attendance.
  • Climate: One of the main reasons for not successfully completing the ascent of Kilimanjaro is the so-called "altitude sickness" that may occur in some people when climbing heights 3,500m above sea level, without allowing time to your body to adapt. To prevent the possible effects of altitude, we recommend that hikers extend their trip by an extra day. This acclimatization day is invested in taking several walks up and down, thereby accustoming the body to height. Another possibility for a good acclimatization is to do the Mont Meru climb (4,566m) before climbing Kilimanjaro.
  • Luggage: It should be noted that porters carry 15 Kg at the most. In case of excess baggage, another porter must be hired, which means an extra cost for the client. This usually happens on very special cases, the extra baggage not necessary for the ascension can be left in the hotel. List of recommended materials to be necessary to be taken on the ascent. Click here for the full list of clothing, equipment and essential documentation.

It includes:

  • Transportation from the airport or hotel
  • Entrance fee to the Kilimanjaro National Park according to the length of the route
  • Professional English or Spanish speaking guide
  • Porters and cook
  • Three daily meals and water
  • Tents and mats
  • Oxygen bottle and pulse oximeter for the group

Excludes:

  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Does not include travel insurance
  • Visa or visa fees
  • Gratuities (approximately 10% of the price)

Optional:

  • Accommodation in Moshi
 

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