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.

Day 1: This is the day of travel. You are departing from your home destination to Africa                            

Day 2 –  Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).

After all custom formalities, you will appear at the arrival area where you will meet Active Kili Top driver who is a professional holding a sign board with your booking names in the list.  After checking that you have all your luggage and belongings, the driver will take you with your group and transfer you to the lodge. Dinner and overnight at Green Mountain Lodge

Day 3: Acclimatization day at Arusha.

This day is designed for your trip briefing and gear check and also recovering from Jet Lag. The Guide will check your gears in the morning after breakfast to make sure you all have proper and all the climbing equipment needed. After lunch you will have time to visit Arusha town on walking from your Hotel or you can use Vehicles. You are back to the Hotel later in the evening for more   relaxation or go for a swimming pool for all who will be interested

Day 4: Shira 1 Camp

After breakfast in the chattering at Green Mountain Lodge, we start a drive to Shira and walk through the forest and into the Hagenia zone, where the vegetation begins to thin out as we approach the Shira Plateau. Shira is one of the three craters of the Kilimanjaro volcanic massif, the others being Mawenzi and Kibo and from our camp we have great views of the Shira needles and the distant form of the Mount Meru. Dinner and overnight at Shira Camp 3500m (BLD)

Day 6:  Moir Hut

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 Lent Hills (4,700 m). Few visitors get to this remote corner of Kilimanjaro. [3-6 hours walking]   

Day 7 : Baranco camp

After breakfast, we continue walking east and the looming form of the Kibo massif ahead. Shortly after the junction from where the Kibo North Circuit turns off, the route crosses a wide valley. From here the lava tower can be seen, which is also called the Shark Tooth. South to the glacier streams and, shortly before the Tower, we turn off towards Barranco Camp situated at 13,000ft/ 3,900m, 5-6 hrs.

Day 8: Karanga Camp

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 Camp (4,000 m), the last water point on the approach to the summit. [5-7 hours walking] Dinner and overnight at Karanga Camp (BLD)

Day 9: Barafu

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] Dinner and overnight at barafu Camp (BLD)

Day 10: Summit / Mweka Camp  

Thanks to our careful acclimatization and slow ascent to this final camp, we are closer to the summit than any of the other climbers and do not have a grueling final day with only a final two hour hike to the crater summit and a ten minute final stretch to Uhuru Summit 5895m, the Roof of Africa. Arriving at the summit for sunrise, we are captivated by the sweeping vistas in all directions, applauding the sheer magnitude of our achievement before we start our descent After a thrilling scree run for two hours, we follow the Mweka descent path, feeling the air thicken as we descend, as we reach Mweka Camp after a tiring but rewarding seven hour trek and descent. Here we celebrate our achievements amidst the thick forest reliving one of the definitive moments of our life.  Dinner and overnight at Mweka Camp 3080m (BLD)

 Day 11:  Mweka gate.

After breakfast then we continue to go down to Mweka gate 1630m where you  re  register and sign out: .  This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Stella Point are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak receive gold certificates. Lunch will be saved at a selected spot and staffs will say goodbye by singing the songs of congratulation for a successful climb. After lunch we are going to  be transferred to Kia lodge where  day room are reserved for shower, re-pack and early dinner  before transferring  to the airport for international flight back home. The drive from Kia Lodge is 5minuteds only.

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