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Shira 7 Day Kilimanjaro Trekking

Itinerary Highlights


Duration: 7 days


Category: Kilimanjaro trekking

Destination: Kilimanjaro via Shira route


Start in: Moshi


End in: Moshi


Essential items:

Hiking boots, long sleeve shirts, fleece jacket, cotton pants, digital camera, warm trekking socks, sun hat, day pack

Tour guide languages:

English, French, Spanish, German, Italian


Major attractions:

Africa’s highest mountain, five different vegetation zones



Day 1: Shira Gate (3600 m) To Simba Camp (3600 m)
  • Pickup from your accommodation in Moshi and drive to Londorossi Gate for registration formalities and equipment preparation
  • Proceed with the drive further to reach Shira’s starting point
  • Initiate the hike through shrubs and giant heather which eventually leads to Simba Camp
  • Have rest upon arrival while waiting for dinner to be served
Day 2: Simba Camp (3600 m) To Shira 2 Camp (3850 m)
  • Climb through the grassy moorland and volcanic rock formations while approaching the Shira plateau
  • The path cross over Shira Cathedral, a huge buttress of rock surrounded by steep spires and pinnacles
  • Have lunch enroute and continue climbing to reach Shira 2 Camp in the evening
  • An overnight stay at the camp
Day 3: Shira 2 Camp (3850 m) To Lava Tower (4630m) To Barranco Camp (3970)
  • Climb out of the Shira Plateau through the ‘Garden of the Senecios’ to approach Lava tower
  • This is mainly meant for acclimatization which allows your body getting used to high altitude and lower oxygen levels
  • Reach the tower in the afternoon for lunch and some rest
  • Descend down to reach Barranco Camp in the late afternoon
  • Dinner and sleep at the camp
  • Elevation: 3850m/12,600ft to 4000m/13,000ft
  • Distance: 10km/6mi
  • Walking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Semi-desert
  • Meals: BLD
Day 4: Barranco Camp (3970) To Karanga Camp (4000 m)
  • Descend down the base of great Barranco wall for a steep climb up the 900 ft cliff
  • Proceed walking through hills and valleys approaching Karanga valley
  • Another short hike leads to Karanga camp for an overnight stay
Day 5: Karanga Camp (4000 m) To Barafu Camp (4673 m)
  • Climb out of Karanga valley to the junction connecting with Mweka trail
  • Continue hiking to reach the final destination at Barafu camp. At this point, the summit view is clear and can be seen from different positions
  • Upon arrival, have much rest and drink lots of water as to prepare your body for the next day
  • It’s recommended to sleep early by 07:00 pm


From Stella Point, you may encounter snow all the way on your 1-hour ascent to the summit. Once at Uhuru Peak you have reached the highest point of the continent of Africa, meaning top of the Kilimanjaro.


From the summit we begin our descent by continuing straight down to the Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You may want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. We arrive at Mweka Camp and enjoy our last evening on the mountain.

  • Elevation: 4700m/15,350ft to 5895m/19,340ft
  • Down to 3090m/10,150ft
  • Distance: 5km/3mi up / 13km/8mi down
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours up / 5-6 hours down
  • Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
  • Meals: BLD
Day 6: Ascend To Uhuru Peak (5895 m)
  • Wake up around 11:30 pm for a hot drink and some snacks. Proceed by putting on trekking gears
  • Leave the camp by torchlight in the final pursue of the summit
  • Climb from the alpine desert into the volcanic scree as noticing the sudden drop of temperature
  • The steep climb with short breaks in between leads to Stella point (5756 m) to arrive in time for sunrise
  • Get time for a little break before making a final round trip to Uhuru peak (5895 m)
  • Get time for photographs while feeling accomplished standing at the roof of Africa
  • Proceed with descending down the mountain which is quite fast. The trail finally leads to Mweka camp (3100 m) to arrive in the evening
  • An overnight stay at the camp
Day 7: Mweka Camp (3100 m) To Mweka Gate (1640 m)
  • Have a hot breakfast and initiate the hike walking through the forest to reach Mweka gate
  • Get awarded with certificates upon the level reached. Green certificates are awarded to hikers who reached Stella and golden ones to those who reached Uhuru
  • Show appreciation to the crew (guide, porters and cooks) by tipping them
  • Drive back to Moshi to previous accommodations or airport for departure

Price & Accommodation Options


  • This tour can be arranged to accommodate your budget plan

Mount Kilimanjaro Includes

  • Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents
  • 2 Nights accommodations
  • Professional, experienced mountain guides
  • All Park fees
  • Rescue fees
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Arrival and Departure transfers
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
  • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs:
  • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • Crisis management and safety procedures
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters
  • Sleeping Mattress
  • Emergency Evacuation by Flying Doctor Society of Africa


  • Tanzania Visa, amount varies depending on your country of origin
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Meals not listed above
  • Optional Tours (safari after your climb, etc)
  • Tips and any items of a personal nature



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