Shira entices those adventure travellers who like the idea of a more remote route on the mountain. There is a good amount of forest to trek through, and across moorlands to the caldera of Shira volcano. Expect to see intriguing rock formations, the icefields of Kibo, all this before we meet the main route up to Stella Point and then we go along to the summit of Kili at 5,895m.
We have devised an 8 day itinerary for this route. This timeframe gives you the best opportunity to acclimatise well, enjoy the experience, and with the acclimatisation gained, you will have the best chance of standing on the summit of Kili.
(Shorter itineraries are possible (by 1-2 days). However, we want you to have appropriate acclimatisation in order to give you the best chance to summit, and take in your whole experience at a comfortable and safer pace.)
This trip involves challenging, long, trekking days at a slow place, on uneven terrain, with some hills, carrying a backpack weighing around 8-12 kg. Therefore, you want to have a good level of fitness, with cardiovascular exercise and own-body weight type exercises (or similar) at least 4 times per week for the period of around 4-6 months before this trip. Training on uneven terrain is recommended.
View the printable version of the short itinerary and detailed trip notes here.
Day 1Arrive Kilimanjaro Airport to Hotel (850m)
Day 2Drive and trek to Shira 1 (Simba cave) camp (3,550m) (Drive, plus 1-2hrs)
Day 3Trek to Shira 2 camp (3,840m) (2-3hrs)
Day 4Trek to camp near Moir Hut (4,200m) (3-4hrs)
Day 5Trek to Lava Tower (4,550m) (2-3hrs)
Day 6Trek to Karanga (4,000m) (3-5hrs)
Day 7Trek to Barafu (4,600m) (3-4hrs)
Day 8To the summit, the return to Millenium Camp (3,800m) (12-14hrs)
Day 9Trek down to Mweka gate, drive to Arusha (3-5hrs, plus drive)
Day 10Depart for home, or Wildlife Safari starts! (850m)
Note: Daily walking hours include a lunch break, and regular rest breaks.