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Climbing Kilimanjaro in 7 days via the Shira Route

Join a certified mountain guide for this scenic and exciting 7-day trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro via the Shira Route. Enjoy incredible views of the mountain's varied landscapes en route to the top of one of the world's Seven Summits.

Mountain RangeEast African Mountains
Duration7 days
Offer period
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate

Highlights

  • Enjoy the stunning scenery on and around Mount Kilimanjaro.

  • Watch the sunrise over Kilimanjaro's massive glaciers.

  • Climb to the top of one of the world's Seven Summits.

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Towering to 5,895  meters in elevation, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa and the easiest of all the Seven Summits to climb!

Combined with its stunning and diverse scenery, it’s not a mystery why 30,000 visitors climb the mountain each year. Heading on a 7-day trek via the Shira Route is among the best ways to experience this enchanting part of the world!

The adventure begins right away, after we pick you up in Moshi. From here, we will transfer into the park and begin trekking through shrubs and heath to our first camp.

As the days progress, we will continue to approach Kilimanjaro via the Southern Circuit. Along the way, we pass through moorlands, verdant valleys and volcanic terrain. As we go, we’ll get to see interesting volcanic rock formations, a unique subtropical forest and enjoy incredible views of Kilimanjaro.

The highlight of the trip will come toward the end: summit day. Waking up at midnight, we will climb in between two massive glaciers until we reach Stella Point. From here, we will enjoy a truly sublime sunrise over East Africa.

We will continue on to the Uhuru Peak and celebrate reaching the highest point on the Kilimanjaro massif!

After awhile spent up here, we will spend the next day and a half descending back to the gate and returning to Moshi.

So what are you waiting for? Book now for this unforgettable 7-day ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro via the stunning Shira Route!

If you like the look of this trip then we think you may also enjoy our 8-day tour of the Serengeti and Zanzibar, also in Tanzania!

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Meeting point

We will provide transport from Kilimanjaro Airport or your hotel in Moshi to the start of the trip.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Shira Gate to Simba Camp

We will depart from Moshi and cross into Kilimanjaro National Park at Londrossi Gate. After arriving at the trailhead, the trek begins with a short hike to Simba Camp.

Distance: 4 km/2 miles
Hiking Time: 1-2 hours

Day 2: Simba Camp to Shira 2 Camp

We will have a fairly easy day in order to help us acclimatize, ascending through moorland and volcanic rock formations until we reach Shira 2 Camp.

Distance: 6 km/4 miles
Hiking Time: 2 hours

Day 3: Shira 2 Camp to Lava Tower

We will continue to ascend toward Kilimanjaro, hiking up a steep ridge and arriving at Lava Tower, before descending into the beautiful Barranco Valley, where we will spend the night.

Distance: 10 km/7 miles
Hiking Time: 6-8 hours

Day 4: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

We start the day by ascending up out of the valley and climbing a steep and non-technical cliff (nearly 275m/900ft). From here, we will continue to hike uphill until we reach the Karanga Valley, into which we will descend and spend the night.

Distance: 5 km/3 miles
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Day 5: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

We will complete the Southern Circuit around Kilimanjaro as we meet up with the Mweka Trail, before continuing on to the Barafu Hut. From here, we will enjoy some great views of Mawenzi and Kibo peaks, before turning in early.

Distance: 4 km/2 miles
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours

Day 6: Summit day

We will wake up at around midnight and begin our ascent to the summit, climbing between two glaciers before arriving at Stella Point for the sunrise.

From here, we will continue on to the top of Uhuru Peak (the highest on Kilimanjaro) and spend some time on the roof of Africa.

We will spend the rest of the day returning to Mweka Camp.

Distance: 17 km/10 miles
Hiking Time: 11-14 hours

Day 7: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

We will spend the last day of the trek hiking back out to Mweka Gate and then transferring to the hotel in Moshi.


Equipment you will need to bring

Sunglasses

Water bottle


About the guide

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Welcome to Orongai African Safaris, our company, located right in the heart of Arusha, has a team of experienced, professional and dedicated guides. The whole team and entire staff at Orongai African Safaris is made up of natives who know Africa, Tanzania in particular by their fingertips. They have taken naturalist courses and are excellent game spotters. In addition they speak excellent English and some of them speak a couple of foreign languages.

All our 4×4 safari vehicles are custom-made for the rugged terrain of African roads in order to withstand the harsh terrain while offering game-viewing comfort. In addition they are fitted with HF radio communications and all passengers are guaranteed comfortable window seats.


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