Trek Mountain Kilimanjaro via Shira Route.

Mount Kilimanjaro or just Kilimanjaro, with its three volcanic cones, Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira, is a dormant volcano in Tanzania.

Elevation: 5,895 m

Location: Kilimanjaro Region, north east TanzaniaLast eruption: Between 150,000 and 200,000 years ago

First ascenders: Ludwig Purtscheller, Hans Meyer


Total Duration: 6 days

Day 1 : Gate, trek to Shira 2 Camp

  • Itinerary steps: 1
  • Habitat: Montane ForestThe drive from Moshi to the trailhead takes about 3 hours. We hike through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. At lower elevations, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach the Shira Camp. Overnight at Shira 2 Camp.
  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation not included

Day 2 :


  • Itinerary steps: 1
  • Habitat: Semi-desertFrom the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth” (elev 4650m/15,250ft). Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which goes to the Arrow Glacier. We now continue down to the Barranco Camp. Although you end the day around the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day. Overnight at Barranco Camp.
  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation not included

Day 3 :


  • Itinerary steps: 1
  • Habitat: Alpine DesertAfter breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. Overnight at Karanga Camp.
  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation not included
Day 4 :


  • Itinerary steps: 1
  • Habitat: Alpine DesertWe continue up to the Barafu Camp. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day. An overnight at Barafu Camp.
  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation not included

Day 5 :


  • Itinerary steps: 1
  • Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summitVery early in the morning (midnight to 2 am), we continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers. You head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. At Stella Point you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit.

    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 on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa!

    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. An overnight at Mweka Camp.

  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation not included
Day 6 :


  • Itinerary steps: 1
  • Habitat: ForestAfter breakfast we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy).

    From the gate, continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 30 minutes). You now drive back to Moshi for a long over due hot shower, dinner and celebrations!! Overnight in Bristol Cottage.

  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation not included


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Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees

18% VAT on tour fees & services

3 Season mountain tents -29C

Extreme Limit Sleeping Bags

Double layered Sleeping Mats

Transportation to & from the mountain gate

Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters

3 meals daily while on the mountain Katadyn filtered water throughout the trek

Pre & Post Trek accommodation

Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association of Tour Operators (KIATO)

10% discount on meals at selected restaurants in Moshi Town

2 – way shared airport transfers (for private transfers it costs $20 extra per vehicle)

Supplemental Oxygen & Pulse Oximeter


Flights Tips to mountain

crew Items of a personal nature

Laundry Services

A doctor for the group

Portable flush toilet with a toilet tent is extra (US$150 per toilet + toilet tent)

Published by hillbornorganiccoffee

Hillborn Organic Coffee is a Community Organizations owned business located in Moshi, Tanzania. Our fun team, knowledgeable and experienced guides specialize in various types of tours. We have thorough knowledge of the region and provide the best experiences. Whether on a budget or wanting something more luxurious, Hillborn Organic Coffee will provide you with a trip of a lifetime.

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