Kilimanjaro - Shira Route

Trip Overview

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.)

Why join with Expedition Base?

When it comes to mountaineering expeditions, for any peak, we are known for our sound strategy, strong leadership and well-resourced approach to our expeditions. The mountains are fun and full of wonderful experiences. But, we also recognise that they also carry with them risk. For that reason, we approach the mountains on the basis of ‘safety first’. With safety as our first focus, fun and amazing experiences will follow. Few companies offer logistics as good as ours for a reasonable price point. Our goal is to put our clients in the best position for success, whatever their personal goal in the mountains may be. Our guides are some of the best in the business, with experience on a wide range of peaks from small, right up to the 8,000m peaks, many with multiple summits on the 8,000m peaks. We see strong leadership as critical to success on the world’s highest peaks and we can offer that leadership here at Expedition Base – and not all companies can. We offer the level of services historically offered by leading western companies, but without costly western overheads. In the mountains, your safety is our prime importance. We know our clients value our commitment to them and with that flows a great experience.

Trip Facts

  • Price starts from

    USD 2,990

  • Challenging Trekking


    Challenging Trekking

  • Duration

    10 Days, 9 Nights

  • Trek Duration


  • Activity

    Trekking, 5,000m+

  • Max. Altitude


  • Destination


  • Trip Start


  • Trip End


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Difficulty level

Challenging Trekking

Challenging Trekking

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.

Trip Notes

View the printable version of the short itinerary and detailed trip notes here.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Kilimanjaro Airport to Hotel (850m)

Day 2

Drive and trek to Shira 1 (Simba cave) camp (3,550m) (Drive, plus 1-2hrs)

Day 3

Trek to Shira 2 camp (3,840m) (2-3hrs)

Day 4

Trek to camp near Moir Hut (4,200m) (3-4hrs)

Day 5

Trek to Lava Tower (4,550m) (2-3hrs)

Day 6

Trek to Karanga (4,000m) (3-5hrs)

Day 7

Trek to Barafu (4,600m) (3-4hrs)

Day 8

To the summit, the return to Millenium Camp (3,800m) (12-14hrs)

Day 9

Trek down to Mweka gate, drive to Arusha (3-5hrs, plus drive)

Day 10

Depart for home, or Wildlife Safari starts! (850m)

Note: Daily walking hours include a lunch break, and regular rest breaks.

Package Details


  • 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches & 9 dinners (meals are shown as B/L/D)
  • Accommodation in 3 star hotel in Arusha, twin-share
  • 7 nights camping, tents twin-share
  • Experienced mountain guides, western & local, experienced cook
  • Portering for carrying of team and personal equipment
  • Park entrance fees (valued at approx. $1,100)
  • All team camping & cooking equipment on the climb (though, bring your own sleeping bags and mats as these are excluded)
  • Team medical kit
  • Emergency oxygen

Meet Our Expert Team

No matter what the enquiry, our commitment to exceptional service ensures that a helpful and knowledgeable staff member is on hand to assist you whenever the need arises.

Lakpa Sherpa

Managing Director

Lhakpa Gelu Sherpa


Chris Jensen Burke


Chhiring Sherpa


Jangbu Sherpa


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