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8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Shira Route

The Shira trail is one of the two longer Kilimanjaro climb routes that start on the western side. The 8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Shira Route is a little used trail that begins near Shira Ridge. 8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Shira Route is nearly identical to the Lemosho route. In fact, Shira was the original route and Lemosho is the improved variation. Although Shira is a varied and beautiful route, it is less favorable than its successor due to the relatively high altitude of Shira’s starting point, which is accessed quickly by vehicle. It is possible that climbers will experience some altitude related symptoms on the first day while camping at 11,800 feet.

8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Shira Route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the west, beginning with a long drive from Moshi to Shira Ridge. The vehicle bypasses the rain forest zone and the hiking trail begins on Shira Ridge. The Shira route crosses the entire Shira Plateau from west to east in a pleasant, relatively flat hike. Then the route traverses underneath Kilimanjaro’s Southern Ice Field on a path known as the Southern Circuit before summiting from Barafu. Descent is made via the Mweka route.

8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Shira Route

8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Shira Route starts at 3,600 meters and is therefore not ideal for trekkers who have little or no experience of high altitude trekking. The Shira Route is practically identical to the Lemosho Route. In fact, Shira was the original route before Lemosho was created to improve the route start point. Whereas Lemosho Route starts at the Londorossi Gates, the Shira Route bypasses this and begins further north and higher up at the Shira Gate. On the first day hikers trek from Shira Gate to Simba Camp which is at a very similar altitude, allowing trekkers to acclimatize before joining the Lemosho Route on day two at Shira Camp 2. The high starting point is however a major negative for this route and some trekkers experience altitude sickness from day one as their bodies haven’t had enough time to acclimatize.

Service Summary
8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Shira Route
Service Type
8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Shira Route
Provider Name
Claudious Tours,
Arusha,Tanzania,Africa-00100,
Telephone No.+254714729600
Area
Mount Kilimanjaro
Description
The 8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Shira Route is a little used trail that begins near Shira Ridge. 8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Shira Route is nearly identical to the Lemosho route. In fact, Shira was the original route and Lemosho is the improved variation.

8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Shira Route

Location: The Shira route can be accessed from Moshi to Shira Ridge, where the trail starts on the western side of the mountain.
Height: The Shira route reaches the summit of Kilimanjaro at the Uhuru peak, reaching a height of 5,895 metres (19,341 feet).
Duration: The Shira route can take anywhere between 7-8 days. An extra day on the mountain will, of course, cost more, but this means your chances of success in reaching the summit will be much greater.
Trail conditions: The trail itself offers a diverse route with varied terrain and starts at a relatively high altitude. During your hike, you will cross through grassy moorlands and volcanic rocky sections.

Itineraries

Day 1

Our first camp is in the centre of the plateau at “Shira One” (3,550 m.). [2 - 3 hours walking]

After completing the necessary registration formalities at Londorossi National Park gate, we drive up a steep track within the national park to reach Shira Barrier (3,300m) where the walk begins. We continue on foot onto the Shira Plateau with excellent views across to the main summit.

Day 2

We walk to the summit of Shira Cathedral (3,750 m.)

An easy day to help acclimatization and to explore the grassy moorland and the volcanic rock formations of the plateau. We walk to the summit of Shira Cathedral (3,750 m.), a huge buttress of rock surrounded by steep spires and pinnacles. There is a tangible sense of wilderness here (especially when the afternoon mists come in!) and the views from our camp near Shira Hut (3,840 m.) of Mt. Meru floating on the clouds are simply unforgettable. [4-5 hours walking]

Day 3

Shira Hut (3,840 m.) - Little Lent Hill at 4,375m [3-6 hours walking]

We explore beneath the Northern Icefields, an area almost totally unvisited by tourists and with unusual views of Kibo. The morning walk is a steady climb away from the moorland of Shira Plateau to reach the broad upland desert beneath the Lent Hills, with expansive views in all directions. After lunch in our camp close to Moir Hut (4,200 m), there is the option of a more strenuous afternoon walk to reach the summit of the Little Lent Hill at 4,375m. Few visitors get to this remote corner of Kilimanjaro. [3-6 hours walking]

Day 4

Little Lent Hill at 4,375m - Lava Tower campsite (4,550 m) [3-6 hours walking]

A morning of gentle ascent and panoramic views, walking on lava ridges beneath the glaciers of the Western Breach. After lunch at our Lava Tower campsite (4,550 m), there is a steep and spectacular afternoon walk on the rocky lower slopes of the Western Breach to reach the ruins of the old hut at Arrow Glacier (4,800 m). This afternoon excursion is highly recommended both for acclimatization purposes and for the superb views of hanging glaciers on both sides of the Breach. [3-6 hours walking]

Day 5

Lava Tower campsite (4,550 m) - Karanga (4,000 m) [5-7 hours walking]

A steep descent into the bottom of the Great Barranco valley (3,900 m), sheltered by towering cliffs and with extensive views of the plains far below. A short climb up the famed Barranco Wall leads us to an undulating trail on the south-eastern flank of Kibo, with superb vistas of the Southern Icefields. The terrain is volcanic scree, with pockets of vegetation in sheltered hollows, and a powerful sense of mountain wilderness. Our next camp is at Karanga (4,000 m), the last water point on the approach to the summit. [5-7 hours walking]

Day 6

Karanga (4,000 m) - Barafu campsite (4,600 m) [3-5 hours walking]

We follow an easy path on compacted scree with wide views that gains altitude unrelentingly to reach the Barafu campsite (4,600 m) for lunch. There is a short acclimatization walk to the plateau at the bottom of the South-East valley (4,800 m). The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night. [3-5 hours walking]

Day 7

Barafu campsite (4,600 m) - Uhuru Peak (5,896 m), [11-15 hours walking]

We will start our ascent by torchlight about 1 a.m. so that we can be up on the Crater rim by sunrise. The steep climb over loose volcanic scree has some well-graded zig-zags and a slow but steady pace will take us to Stella Point (5,735 m), in about five or six hours. We will rest there for a short time to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the two hour round trip from here along the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,896 m), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area. The descent to Barafu is surprisingly fast, and after some refreshment, we continue to descend to reach our final campsite (3,800 m) Millennium. [11-15 hours walking]

Day 8

Uhuru Peak (5,896 m), - National Park gate at Mweka (1,650 m) [4-6 hours walking]

A sustained descent on a well-constructed path through lovely tropical forest alive with birdsong and boasting lush undergrowth with considerable botanical interest. Our route winds down to the National Park gate at Mweka (1,650 m). Here we sign out from the national park before walking on for a further 15 minutes through coffee and banana farms to Mweka village where our vehicle awaits. The shower, the beer, and the swimming pool are tantalizingly close! [4-6 hours walking]
8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Shira Route Includes

Meet and greet service, Assistance at the airport on arrival, Mountain guide and porters, Emergency evacuation insurance, Transfer as specified, All park fees, Camping fees/Hut fees and rescue fees, All pre and post climb accommodation as mentioned from the itinerary, 2 nights Accommodation in town, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinners on the mountain,

Service Summary
8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Shira Route
Service Type
8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Shira Route
Provider Name
Claudious Tours,
Arusha,Tanzania,Africa-00100,
Telephone No.+254714729600
Area
Mount Kilimanjaro
Description
The 8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Shira Route is a little used trail that begins near Shira Ridge. 8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Shira Route is nearly identical to the Lemosho route. In fact, Shira was the original route and Lemosho is the improved variation.
8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Shira Route Excludes

International flight, Visas, Airport tax– but it can be paid direct by client(s), Driver guide, Tips, Climbing gears – if required it can be hired locally, Sleeping bags, Walking sticks, Drinks, Personal travel and Baggage insurance, Telephone bills, Laundry and any items of personal nature.

Medical equipment which can be rented well in advance for the following costs: US$ 250 per group for hyperbaric chamber, US$ 210 per group for an emergency oxygen cylinder and US$ 140 per group for a stretcher. Please note these prices include a porter to carry the equipment.

Portable toilets: If you are concerned about using public toilets, a portable toilet is available for an extra US$ 110 per person or US$ 180 per group. This service must be confirmed at the time of booking.

Additional Remarks about your travel to Tanzania:

We may have to re–route the itinerary or accommodation in similar hotels or lodges in case we don’t availability.

Price for domestic fights, airport taxes and park /entry fees can change without prior notice. Our guests should be aware that this will be beyond our control and any increase levied will be passed to you.

Passenger travel information:

Passenger should bring only soft sided bags on safari while duffle bags and bigger backpacks are suitable for the Kilimanjaro climbing as well as for Mount Meru climb.

All passengers must have identification card or international passport with them for internal flights.
Luggage for internal flights is strictly limited 15 kilograms per person including hand luggage. Any excess baggage will be changed by the airline company during check–in.
All passengers landing in Tanzania may be asked to present a valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate.

Service Summary
8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Shira Route
Service Type
8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Shira Route
Provider Name
Claudious Tours,
Arusha,Tanzania,Africa-00100,
Telephone No.+254714729600
Area
Mount Kilimanjaro
Description
The 8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Shira Route is a little used trail that begins near Shira Ridge. 8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Shira Route is nearly identical to the Lemosho route. In fact, Shira was the original route and Lemosho is the improved variation.

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Service Summary
8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Shira Route
Service Type
8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Shira Route
Provider Name
Claudious Tours,
Arusha,Tanzania,Africa-00100,
Telephone No.+254714729600
Area
Mount Kilimanjaro
Description
The 8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Shira Route is a little used trail that begins near Shira Ridge. 8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Shira Route is nearly identical to the Lemosho route. In fact, Shira was the original route and Lemosho is the improved variation.
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A1: Practically all our safaris are customized to individual groups according to bookings making them individual group safaris however there are instances when one wishes to join a group; in those cases we can make such an arrangement for our client depending on seat availability and date of travel. For those joining groups we would normally suggest the 3 Days Masai Mara Safari, 4 days Maasai Mara and Lake Nakuru Tour, 2 Days and 3 Days Tsavo Tour and overnight trips to Mount Kenya as these are popular trips that run every other day.

A2: On off-road trips we use 4x4 wheel drive vehicles depending on the size of the group and tour cost. For one or two individuals we use smaller SUVs unless clients specifically require larger vehicles like those who are on photographic or birding tours where we use the larger Toyota Land cruiser or the Land Rover. All the vehicles for game viewing have pop-up roofs to facilitate better game sighting, viewing and photography. Clients on a “shoe-string budget” might get a better deal when we provide them with minibuses that seat eight with open hatches for better game viewing.

A3: Safaris can be undertaken in East Africa throughout the year with the best seasons being during the warmer seasons when the sun is at the equator mainly between December to February and July to September. The other months are cooler with tropical storms sometimes ruining the game viewing, mountain climbing or beach holidays. The prices at these low hotel occupancy seasons however results in bargains for the traveler as we are able to offer rates that are lower to compensate for the reduced hotel prices.

Kenya enjoys a mild tropical climate. The average annual temperature for the capital city, Nairobi (altitude 4,980 feet) is 77ºF maximum and 56ºF minimum. The coastal town of Mombasa (altitude 50 feet) is 86ºF maximum and 73ºF minimum. There is plenty of sunshine all the year round and summer clothes are worn throughout the year. However, it is usually cool at night and early in the morning. The long rains occur from April to June and short rains from October to December. The rainfall is sometimes heavy and when it does come it often falls in the afternoons and evenings. The hottest period is from February to March and coolest in July to August.

A7: Yes, visitors require a visa to enter Kenya. For details, please consult the Kenyan Embassy or Consulate nearest to you or alternatively apply for a visa online by logging onto: http://www.evisa.go.ke/evisa.html

A8: A health certificate is not a requirement for travel to Kenya unless traveling from a Yellow Fever zone. It is highly recommended that travelers to Kenya take precautions against Malaria starting a few weeks before travel and continuing with your prophylaxis a few weeks after travel to be on the safe side ( please remember that prevention is better than cure ). Please consult your doctor prior to departure.

A9: East Africa is no different from any other place in the world. However the usual precaution should be observed. Avoid displaying expensive possessions; walking through unlit urban areas at night, and follow the guide's instructions in the bush. It is also recommended that you leave valuables and airline tickets in the hotel's safe.

A10: The official currency is the Kenya Shilling. Visitors to Kenya can exchange foreign currency at banks or authorized hotels and Foreign Exchange Bureaux. Most international currencies are easy to exchange in Kenya. Travelers cheques are widely accepted, and many hotels and restaurants accept credit cards. Most Banks in Kenya are equipped to advance cash on major international credit cards. There are no restrictions on the amount of foreign currency that can be brought into Kenya. Anyone wishing to take more than Kenya Shillings 500,000 out of the country will require written authorization from the Central Bank.

Tanzania and Uganda also accept foreign currency and credit cards but to a lesser extent. Please convert most of your currency in the major urban areas into the local shillings (the exchange rates are better in the cities) as doing so in the rural areas offer veritable challenges and this might create hurdles for the traveler.

English is the “language of communication” in East Africa. It is widely spoken in hotels, restaurants and visitor establishments. Swahili is East Africa’s national language. A little Swahili goes a long way in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, especially in the rural areas. It is worth learning a little, and most locals are thrilled to hear visitors attempt to use any Swahili at all. For example, “Jambo” means hello and is often the first word learnt by visitors to Kenya.

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Service Summary
8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Shira Route
Service Type
8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Shira Route
Provider Name
Claudious Tours,
Arusha,Tanzania,Africa-00100,
Telephone No.+254714729600
Area
Mount Kilimanjaro
Description
The 8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Shira Route is a little used trail that begins near Shira Ridge. 8 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking Shira Route is nearly identical to the Lemosho route. In fact, Shira was the original route and Lemosho is the improved variation.

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