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Kilimanjaro Climb Package - Shira 7 Day Route

Has good scenery, traffic not so high, It has the highest starting point require additional acclimatization, nearly identical to the Lemosho route, it has good rainforest section with wildlife spotting opportunities. Accommodation is in tents.

 

 

    Day 1

KILIMANJARO AIRPORT | MOSHI  

 

Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, pick up and transferred to the Springlands Hotel or similar for overnight bed and breakfast.

 

 

    Day 2

MOSHI  |  SHIRA PARK GATE  |  SHIRA CAMP

Altitude: 2,800 m -  3,840 m

Hiking distance: 6 km
Hiking time: 4-5 hours

 

After breakfast and a briefing from your guide, leave Moshi and drive to Londorossi National Park Gate in order to complete the necessary registration formalities before we drive a short distance to Shira Gate (9,200 ft) where we begin our trek. . Begin hiking, and enter the rainforest immediately. Your walk through the rainforest is on a winding muddy trail up a ridge. At these lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy, so gaiters and trekking poles will help. Stop halfway for lunch, and reach the Shira Camp in the afternoon. Unpack, rest, and have some tea or coffee.

 

 

    Day 3

SHIRA CAMP |  LAVA TOWER  |  BARRANCO CAMP

Altitude: 3,840 m –   3,960 m

Hiking distance: 11 km
Hiking time: 7–8 hours

 

The route now turns east into a semi desert and rocky landscape surrounding Lava Tower, where you reach an altitude of 4630m after about a 5 hours walk. Lunch is served in a designated area before ascending the rocky scree path to Lava Tower (4630m). Definitely the toughest day so far. It is normally around this point, where for the first time, some climbers will start to feel symptoms of breathlessness, irritability and headaches. After lunch, you descent again by almost 680m to the Barranco camping area and after reaching the high altitude of 4600m at Lava Tower, the true acclimatisation benefit of this day becomes clear. This descent to Barranco camp takes about 2 hours and offers great opportunities to take some beautiful photographs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. The camp is situated in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while you wait for the preparation of your dinner and overnight at Barranco Camp.

 

 

    Day 4

BARRANCO CAMP  |  KARANGA CAMP

Altitude: 3,960 m –   4,035 m

Hiking distance: 5 km
Hiking time: 5 hours

 

After breakfast we leave Barranco camp, hiking up Barranco Wall which takes about an hour. Continue to  Karanga Camp with numerous ascents and descents. Enjoy an afternoon acclimatization hike.

 

 

    Day 5

KARANGA CAMP

Acclimatization Day

 

After breakfast enjoy a acclimatization hike toward Barafu Camp. Later return to Karanga Camp for dinner & overnight. This offers you excellent acclimatization offering you even higher chances of reaching the summit.

 

 

    Day 6

KARANGA CAMP  |  BARAFU CAMP

Altitude: 4,035 m –   4,640 m

Hiking distance: 5 km
Hiking time: 5 hours

 

Totally exposed to the ever-present gales the tents are pitched on a narrow, stony, and dangerous ridge. Make sure that you familiarise yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents. The summit is now a further 1345m up and you will make the final ascent the same night. Prepare your equipment, ski stick and thermal clothing for your summit attempt. This should include the replacement of your headlamp and camera batteries and make sure you have a spare set available as well. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask. Go to bed at round about 19h00 and try to get some precious rest and sleep for not more than 5-hours.

 

 

    Day 7

BARAFU CAMP  |  SUMMIT  | MWEKA CAMP

Altitude: 4,640 m –   5, 895 m – 3,090 m

Hiking distance: 17 km
Hiking time: 15+ hours

 

You will rise around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night. You will head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This 6-hour walk to Stella point is for many climbers, mentally and physically the most challenging on the route. At Stella Point (5685m) you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you will normally encounter snow all the way on your 2-hour ascent to Uhuru Peak. The time you will spend on the summit will depend on the weather conditions. Do not stop here for too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue. Enjoy your accomplishment and a day to remember for the rest of your life. The walk back to Barafu from the summit takes about 3 hours. Here you will have a well-earned but short rest and collect the rest of your gear, before heading down to Mweka Camp for dinner and overnight.

 

 

    Day 8

MWEKA CAMP  |  MWEKA PARK GATE  |  MOSHI

Altitude: 3,090 m –   1,650 m

Hiking distance: 10 km
Hiking time: 4-5 hours

 

After Breakfast, From the Mweka Gate, you will continue down into the Mweka village, normally a muddy and long hour walk. In the Mweka village drive to Springlands Hotel and you will be served a delicious hot lunch and a long overdue hot shower. Overnight in Springlands Hotel. It is recommended and tips are highly appreciated at the end of their trip. Tips can be given to the guide at Springlands Hotel. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates . Those climbers who reached Stella Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates.

 

 

    Day 9

MOSHI  |  KILIMANJARO AIRPORT

 

After an early breakfast, transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for your departure flight back home.

 


 

NOTES:

·       1 Person rate (private climb) is based on a single climber with his/her mountain crew

·       1 Person rate (join other climbers) – this rate is subject to ZARA being able to confirm that it is possible to join other climbers

·       11th Person rate – every 11th person in a group will qualify for this discounted rate (In order to qualify for this rate people need to book together as a group).

·       All climbing rates quoted are based on a per person rate.

 

 

 

 

INCLUDED:

·       Two nights accommodation at the Springlands Hotel in Moshi  (before and after the climb)

o   First night includes breakfast

o   Last night includes dinner with a choice of 1 drink (soda or beer) & breakfast

·       Return transportation from Moshi to/from the starting/finishing point on the mountain

·       Qualified guides with mountain crew

·       National park fees

·       Tents and sleeping mattresses

·       Cutlery / Crockery / Eating utensils

·       Mess tent (for dining) / Mini camping chairs / Tables / Candles

·       Rescue fees

·       Pulse oximeters

·       First aid kit

·       Guides, porters, cook, waiter salaries

·       Boiled water on the mountain

·       All meals on the mountain (breakfast, lunch & dinner)

·       Guides, porters, waiter, cook accommodation and entry fees on the mountain

 

EXCLUDED:

·       Single rooms supplement at Springlands Hotel (except on the 1 person rate)

·       Airport transfers

·       Guides, Porters, Cook & Waiters tips

·       Meals and drinks not specified

·       Gear for your climb

·       Items of personal nature

·       Additional nights beyond the two standard hotel nights included

·       Visas

·       Emergency oxygen

 

 

 

 

Details

Has good scenery, traffic not so high, It has the highest starting point require additional acclimatization, nearly identical to the Lemosho route, it has good rainforest section with wildlife spotting opportunities. Accommodation is in tents.

 

 

    Day 1

KILIMANJARO AIRPORT | MOSHI  

 

Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, pick up and transferred to the Springlands Hotel or similar for overnight bed and breakfast.

 

 

    Day 2

MOSHI  |  SHIRA PARK GATE  |  SHIRA CAMP

Altitude: 2,800 m -  3,840 m

Hiking distance: 6 km
Hiking time: 4-5 hours

 

After breakfast and a briefing from your guide, leave Moshi and drive to Londorossi National Park Gate in order to complete the necessary registration formalities before we drive a short distance to Shira Gate (9,200 ft) where we begin our trek. . Begin hiking, and enter the rainforest immediately. Your walk through the rainforest is on a winding muddy trail up a ridge. At these lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy, so gaiters and trekking poles will help. Stop halfway for lunch, and reach the Shira Camp in the afternoon. Unpack, rest, and have some tea or coffee.

 

 

    Day 3

SHIRA CAMP |  LAVA TOWER  |  BARRANCO CAMP

Altitude: 3,840 m –   3,960 m

Hiking distance: 11 km
Hiking time: 7–8 hours

 

The route now turns east into a semi desert and rocky landscape surrounding Lava Tower, where you reach an altitude of 4630m after about a 5 hours walk. Lunch is served in a designated area before ascending the rocky scree path to Lava Tower (4630m). Definitely the toughest day so far. It is normally around this point, where for the first time, some climbers will start to feel symptoms of breathlessness, irritability and headaches. After lunch, you descent again by almost 680m to the Barranco camping area and after reaching the high altitude of 4600m at Lava Tower, the true acclimatisation benefit of this day becomes clear. This descent to Barranco camp takes about 2 hours and offers great opportunities to take some beautiful photographs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall. The camp is situated in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which should provide you with a memorable sunset while you wait for the preparation of your dinner and overnight at Barranco Camp.

 

 

    Day 4

BARRANCO CAMP  |  KARANGA CAMP

Altitude: 3,960 m –   4,035 m

Hiking distance: 5 km
Hiking time: 5 hours

 

After breakfast we leave Barranco camp, hiking up Barranco Wall which takes about an hour. Continue to  Karanga Camp with numerous ascents and descents. Enjoy an afternoon acclimatization hike.

 

 

    Day 5

KARANGA CAMP

Acclimatization Day

 

After breakfast enjoy a acclimatization hike toward Barafu Camp. Later return to Karanga Camp for dinner & overnight. This offers you excellent acclimatization offering you even higher chances of reaching the summit.

 

 

    Day 6

KARANGA CAMP  |  BARAFU CAMP

Altitude: 4,035 m –   4,640 m

Hiking distance: 5 km
Hiking time: 5 hours

 

Totally exposed to the ever-present gales the tents are pitched on a narrow, stony, and dangerous ridge. Make sure that you familiarise yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents. The summit is now a further 1345m up and you will make the final ascent the same night. Prepare your equipment, ski stick and thermal clothing for your summit attempt. This should include the replacement of your headlamp and camera batteries and make sure you have a spare set available as well. To prevent freezing it will be wise to carry your water in a thermal flask. Go to bed at round about 19h00 and try to get some precious rest and sleep for not more than 5-hours.

 

 

    Day 7

BARAFU CAMP  |  SUMMIT  | MWEKA CAMP

Altitude: 4,640 m –   5, 895 m – 3,090 m

Hiking distance: 17 km
Hiking time: 15+ hours

 

You will rise around 23h30, and after some tea and biscuits you shuffle off into the night. You will head in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. This 6-hour walk to Stella point is for many climbers, mentally and physically the most challenging on the route. At Stella Point (5685m) you will stop for a short rest and will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting). From Stella Point, you will normally encounter snow all the way on your 2-hour ascent to Uhuru Peak. The time you will spend on the summit will depend on the weather conditions. Do not stop here for too long, as it will be extremely difficult to start again due to cold and fatigue. Enjoy your accomplishment and a day to remember for the rest of your life. The walk back to Barafu from the summit takes about 3 hours. Here you will have a well-earned but short rest and collect the rest of your gear, before heading down to Mweka Camp for dinner and overnight.

 

 

    Day 8

MWEKA CAMP  |  MWEKA PARK GATE  |  MOSHI

Altitude: 3,090 m –   1,650 m

Hiking distance: 10 km
Hiking time: 4-5 hours

 

After Breakfast, From the Mweka Gate, you will continue down into the Mweka village, normally a muddy and long hour walk. In the Mweka village drive to Springlands Hotel and you will be served a delicious hot lunch and a long overdue hot shower. Overnight in Springlands Hotel. It is recommended and tips are highly appreciated at the end of their trip. Tips can be given to the guide at Springlands Hotel. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates . Those climbers who reached Stella Point (5685m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates.

 

 

    Day 9

MOSHI  |  KILIMANJARO AIRPORT

 

After an early breakfast, transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for your departure flight back home.

 


 

NOTES:

·       1 Person rate (private climb) is based on a single climber with his/her mountain crew

·       1 Person rate (join other climbers) – this rate is subject to ZARA being able to confirm that it is possible to join other climbers

·       11th Person rate – every 11th person in a group will qualify for this discounted rate (In order to qualify for this rate people need to book together as a group).

·       All climbing rates quoted are based on a per person rate.

 

 

 

 

INCLUDED:

·       Two nights accommodation at the Springlands Hotel in Moshi  (before and after the climb)

o   First night includes breakfast

o   Last night includes dinner with a choice of 1 drink (soda or beer) & breakfast

·       Return transportation from Moshi to/from the starting/finishing point on the mountain

·       Qualified guides with mountain crew

·       National park fees

·       Tents and sleeping mattresses

·       Cutlery / Crockery / Eating utensils

·       Mess tent (for dining) / Mini camping chairs / Tables / Candles

·       Rescue fees

·       Pulse oximeters

·       First aid kit

·       Guides, porters, cook, waiter salaries

·       Boiled water on the mountain

·       All meals on the mountain (breakfast, lunch & dinner)

·       Guides, porters, waiter, cook accommodation and entry fees on the mountain

 

EXCLUDED:

·       Single rooms supplement at Springlands Hotel (except on the 1 person rate)

·       Airport transfers

·       Guides, Porters, Cook & Waiters tips

·       Meals and drinks not specified

·       Gear for your climb

·       Items of personal nature

·       Additional nights beyond the two standard hotel nights included

·       Visas

·       Emergency oxygen