Climb Kilimanjaro Shira Route
This blog Climb Kilmanjaro Shira Route, and our next blog Climb Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route and Northern Circuit, will focus on the western approaches for Kilimanjaro Climbs. These routes are without doubt the most successful in taking climbers to the summit.
The wild side of Shira Plateau on Kilimanjaro
A brief overview of four Kilimanjaro climbing routes: Kilimanjaro Shira Route 8 days, Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 9 days, Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 8 days and the Kilimanjaro Northern Circuit
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Kilimanjaro Shira Route – Eight Days Kilimanjaro Climb
Shira8 – This open group climb is the most competitively-priced and this route has a very high success rate in reaching the summit. Departures run every week through the climb seasons. Shira Route runs parallel to the well-established Lemosho route.
Shira Eight Days Climb starts on the west of the Kilimanjaro massif. Like Lemosho the Shira approach is widely considered to be among the most scenic routes up Kilimanjaro, with plenty of opportunity for wildlife viewing.
Shira8 commences on a 4WD track through tree plantations and heath, from where the route commences on foot through The Barrier and onto Shira Plateau. The advantage of taking Shira is that a visit to the north flank of Kilimanjaro may be included within an eight days programme. As the trail crosses Shira Plateau to Moir Hut and the Lent Group there are good chances of spotting the shy eland (an antelope that has grown long coats especially to deal with the cold Kilimanjaro nights) as well as the occasional buffalo coming to lick minerals from the natural caves high on the slopes of Kilimanjaro. From the airy viewpoint of the Lent Group (15,400ft. /4,700mts.) you can look down onto the plains of Kenya to the north of Kilimanjaro.
After this fabulous excursion to the north west of Kilimanjaro, Shira Route continues to the Barafu Ridge approach to the summit on the south flank.
The descent from the summit takes you down through the Mweka rain forest.
Gane and Marshall is a company with 24 years of experience organising Kilimanjaro Shira Route and other Kilimanjaro climbs.
This lovely image of me with a group was taken on the wild and remote Shira route in the mid-nineties – not much has changed (except the hair styles!)
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Our next Blog will feature Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route and Northern Circuit… coming soon.