This route starts at an altitude of 11600ft/3500m and should only be attempted by trekkers who are already acclimatized or know from previous experience that they can tolerate altitude. From the trailhead the trail heads east across the centre of the Shira Plateau, where it is often likely to spot big game, such as elephant and buffalo. The route then joins up with the Machame Route at Shira Camp and approaches the summit via Stella Point descending via Mweka Camp.
Price inclusions. All transfers in non-private hotel shuttle bus; 3 meals per day on the mountains; treated drinking water; accommodations as described in the itinerary; all entrance fees; camping fees; all mountain equipment; cook; guide; porters; rescue fees; complimentary dinner with one drink (beer or soft drink) at Springlands Hotel on the last night.
Other inclusions. N/A
Day 1 – Moshi
Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport and non-private hotel shuttle bus transfer to Springlands Hotel for overnight.
Day 2 – Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree) Camp
Breakfast at Springlands Hotel . Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Gate at Londorossi for the first section of the climb through the lush forest to reach Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree) Camp close to the gate at 9000ft/2750m taking 4 to 5 hours. Overnight Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree) Camp.
Day 3 – Shira One Camp
Continue through the forest on to the Shira Plateau to reach Shira One Campsite at 12,500ft/3800m for overnight camp taking 5 to 6 hours. Overnight Shira One Camp.
Day 4 – Shira Two Camp
Continue hike east across the Shira Plateau past the Shira Cathedral towards Shira Two Camp. We only gain 330m in elevation – this allows us to acclimatize slowly to the altitude. The views of the plateau are nothing less than spectacular. Overnight at Shira Two Camp.
Day 5 – Barranco Camp
Heading eastwards, continue ascending through the dry landscape before reaching Barranco Campsite at 13,000ft/3900m for overnight camp taking 5 – 7 hours. Overnight Barranco Camp.
Day 6 – Barafu Camp
The path climbs steeply out of the Barranco Valley, crosses the Karanga Valley, then turns north to reach Barafu Campsite at 15500ft/4600m for overnight camp taking 3 to 4 hours. Overnight Barafu Camp.
Day 7 – Mweka Camp
A long day and an early start to reach the crater rim at Stella Point in time for sunrise. Continue on to Uhuru Peak 19340ft/5896m the highest point in Africa. Descend to Mweka Campsite at 10,000ft/3000m for overnight camp taking 6 to 8 hours descent. Overnight Mweka Camp.
Day 8 – Moshi
Descend through the forest to the park gate at Mweka Wildlife College taking 3 to 4 hours to be met and transferred to Springlands Hotel for overnight.
Day 9 – Depart
Breakfast at Springlands Hotel. Departure as per plan.