Kilimanjaro Shira Route (8 Days)

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Kilimanjaro Shira Route (8 Days)

PRIVATE DEPARTURES ONLY | An eight day Kilimanjaro trek commencing in the west, crossing Shira Plateau, and going for the summit via Barafu Route and Stella Point. The descent is via Mweka Route. We offer regular small group departures commencing in Arusha most Fridays during the climbing seasons.

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Arrive Arusha (1 night, Ilboru Lodge)

    On arrival at the airport, you will be met by our driver/guide and transferred to Ilboru Safari Lodge for one night (half-board).

  2. Day 2: Start the 8 Day Shira Route, Kilimanjaro

    The Shira route approaches Kilimanjaro from the west, taking you through forest and open moorland, crossing the caldera of Shira volcano and exploring the rock formations of the plateau, before traversing beneath the Southern icefields of Kibo. We make our final ascent via the Barafu route.

  3. Day 3: To Shira Hut

    Today’s trek is an easy one, intended to help with acclimatisation and allow us time to explore the grassy moorland and the volcanic rock formations of the plateau.

  4. Day 4: To Moir Hut

    We explore beneath the Northern Icefields, an area almost totally unvisited, and from where on a clear day you can expect impressive views of Kibo.

  5. Day 5: To Lava Tower

    A morning of gentle ascent and panoramic views, as we trek on lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach.

  6. Day 6: To Karanga Camp

    Today begins with a steep descent to the floor of the Great Barranco Valley, enclosed within towering cliffs.

  7. Day 7: To Barafu Camp

    We leave the Karanga Valley this morning, following an easy path on compacted scree, and gaining altitude rapidly as we approach Barafu campsite (4,680m).

  8. Day 8: Summit night

    We start our ascent by torchlight just after midnight so that we can be up on the Crater rim by sunrise. The steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zigzags.

  9. Day 9: Descend Kilimanjaro (1 night, Ilboru Safari Lodge)

    A sustained descent on a well-trodden path through tropical rainforest to the National Park gate at Mweka (1,650m), and then on to Mweka village. [3-5 hours walking].

  10. Day 10: Departure

    This morning is spent at leisure at Ilboru Lodge, unless you are continuing onto a safari or beach extension.

Price guide

Private climb rate based on a group size of 4 or more. Please see rates chart for full details. We do not currently offer our 8-day Shira route climb as a fixed departure.

10 days from £2775pp


10 days from £2775pp

A successful Kilimanjaro summit climb

A quick note of thanks for what was a superb, once in a lifetime experience, very well organised and executed.


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