Shira Route starts from western side of the mountain and can be accessible from Moshi to Shira ridge. It can be covered within 6 to 7 days, for better Acclimatization profile, you can extend it to complete within 8 days.

The identical route Shira is practically similar to the Lemosho route. Because Shira Route was the original trail before Lemosho was created. It starts at 3,600 meters which is not ideal for many travelers. Altitude sickness is very common over there. The route approaches the mountain from the west & considered as the oldest.

You must enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi before pushing to the summit of Uhuru Peak. And trek to the summit of Shira Cathedral, Plateau, & caves. If you’re an accomplished hiker then this route offers you a chance to make your year remember. And hike to Kilimanjaro along the Shira route would fulfil your bucket list.

The Journey must not stop here because Shira contains many spectacular destinations for the visitors. You must visit the Lava Tower, Karanga, Barafu, and Mweka Gate. In the region of beautiful forest & land, while watching the sunrise & sunset, you can have your meal with your favorite person or friends. Before the summit, you can take rest and spent some time at Lent Hills, while enjoying the morning view.

  • Londorosi Gate (2,250m)- Shira 1 Camp (3505m)

    Distance: 3km

    Environment: Heather and Moorland

    Time: 1 to 2 hours

    After breakfast, you will be collected from your hotel in Moshi and transferred to Londorosi gate which takes about 3 hours, where you will complete Kilimanjaro National park entry formalities. Afterwards continuedrive for 1 hour to Morum Barrier Gate. Where you will have your lunch. Thereafter you begin your 1 to 2 hours trekking through heather and moorland to the first camp. You will find that the views over to Kibo across the Plateau are breathtaking. Dinner and Overnight at Shira 1 camp.

  • Shira 1 Camp (3,500m) - Shira 2 Camp (3,900m)

    Distance: 7km

    Environment: Moorland

    Time: 4 to 5 hours

    On this day, you’ll get to cross the Shira Ridge by traversing its rocky ground, low grasses, and shrubs. You’ll find that the walking is much more easy and leisurely as the terrain is comparatively flatter. You’ll enjoy the views of the Great Rift Valley and nearby Mount Meru. The giant Lobelias which are distinctive in this area dot the moor landscape. Walking for few more hours will get you to Shira 2 Camp where evening meal will be served and you’ll have your overnight stay.

  • Shira 2 Camp (3,900m) - Lava Tower (4,640m)-Barranco Camp (3,960m)

    Distance: 12km

    Environment: Semi desert

    Time: 6 to 8 hours

    From Shira 2, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we ascend further, our direction will change to the south east and we’ll head towards the Lava Tower which is also known as “Shark’s tooth.” After making it to the tower, we’ll come across a second junction which will lead us further to the Arrow Glacier at an altitude of 16,000 ft. From here we’ll descend down to 13,000 ft and reach the stunning Barranco camp. Dinner and overnight at this camp. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

  • Barranco Camp (3,960m) - Karanga Camp (4,035m)s

    Distance: Distance: 7km

    Environment: Moorland

    Time: 4 to 5 hours7km

    Environment: Alpine Desert

    Today the Barranco Wall stands before you to conquer. Some stages will require you to use your hands for a better grip, but no actual climbing is necessary and your guide will be with you every step of the way to provide a helping hand. The route with its numerous ascents and descents allow you a chance for further acclimatization, before reaching the mountain ridge. Walking along the ridge you can take in the beautiful landscape with its stunning contrasts of desert and vegetation, before finally reaching the cloudy Karanga Camp. Your trek will take between 4 to 5 hours, leaving more than enough time to rest and play a game of rummy.

  • Karanga Camp (4,035m) to Barafu Camp (4,640m)

    Distance: 6km

    Environment: Alpine desert

    Time: 3 to 4 hours

    You’ll be awakened with the sunlight dancing off the summit of Kibo. After having your morning breakfast, you’ll set off to today’s destination, Barafu Camp. Much of the time today will involve walking through the dry deserted terrain of the mountain with Kibo present on your left side. After trekking continuously for 3 to 4 hours, you’ll reach Barafu Camp and have an early dinner and overnight. The main highlight of your trip is just few miles away.

  • Barafu Camp (4,640m) - Uhuru Peak (5,895m) -Mweka Camp (3,100m)

    Distance: 20 km

    Environment: Alpine desert/stone scree/ice-capped summit/Montane forest

    Time: 14 to 16 hours

    After sipping some hot tea with some snacks, you’ll start trekking at around midnight. With aid from torchlight, you’ll climb the heavily screed surface of Kibo. Ascending for 5 to 7 hours in the dark will lead you to Stella Point. Trekking for another 1 or 2 hours along the crater ride will take you to Uhuru Peak which is the summit at 5,895 meters. This point is known as the roof of Africa and from here, you’ll get to experience Kilimanjaro and all its glory and enjoy a 360° view over the landscape. After taking pictures and celebrations, you’ll descend down the same route. Shortly before midday, you’ll arrive at Barafu Camp for your lunch. After having a warm meal and a break of few hours, you’ll head towards Mweka Camp at 3,100 meters where you’ll have your dinner and well-earned rest.

  • Mweka Camp (3,100m) - Mweka Gate (1,630m) -Moshi

    Distance: 8 km

    Environment: Montane forest

    Time: 3 to 4 hours

    The final ascend of your amazing Kilimanjaro trekking adventure begins after breakfast with a traditional farewell ceremony from the mountain crew. Then a gentle 3 to 4 hours’ descent through the rainforest continues to Mweka Gate, where your transferring driver will be waiting for you. He will take you back to the Hotel in Moshi and after a warm shower, the rest of the day is free to rest, relax at the pool or celebrate your achievement.

What's Included & Exclude ?


  • Pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro International Airport.

  • Pre & Post Trek accommodation at the standard hotel in Arusha/Moshi

  • Transfers to/from the mountain gates.

  • Expert guides, cook, assistant guides, and porters.

  • Three meals a day during the climb.

  • Bottled water on the first day of the climb boiled and filtered on the mountain.

  • Entry fees, Camping fees, rescue fees and crew fees.

  • Mountains 4 Season sleeping tents double occupancy.

  • Sleeping mattress, foam.

  • Mess tent, table, chairs and lanterns.

  • Oxygen tank in case of emergency.

  • Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent.

  • Crew salaries (Guides, cook and porters).


  • Alcohol

  • Tips (see tips guidelines)

  • Items of a personal nature

  • Gamow Bag is extra

  • Local Tanzanian Mountaineering Doctor for hire

  • Tips and gratuities

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