Itinerary Highlights

  • Duration in days: 6
  • Itinerary Category:  Kilimanjaro Trekking
  • Destinations:  Kilimanjaro via Shira route
  • Major Attractions: Kilimanjaro mountain
  • Guiding Language: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian
  • Start point: Moshi
  • End point: Arusha
  • Essential items: Digital Camera with enough memory space and extra batteries, binoculars, light clothes, safari boot, mosquito repellents, sunhat, sunglasses with ultra violet radiation filtering etc
  • Additional information: guidance and support offered by cookers, guides and porters while on the mountain

Itinerary Description By Day

Day 1: Drive to Shira Gate, Trek to Shira 2 Camp

  • The drive from Moshi to the trailhead takes about 3 hours to Shira Gate
  • Perform registration formalities at Shira Gate
  • Then 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
  • Have dinner and overnight stay at Shira 2 Camp

Day 2: Trek from Shira 2 Camp to Lava Tower then to Barranco Camp

  • From 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
  • Have dinner and overnight stay at Barranco Camp

Day 3: Trek from Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

  • After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue trekking on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley
  • The junction which connects with the Mweka Trail
  • Have a rest at Karanga Camp
  • Have dinner and overnight stay at Karanga Camp

Day 4: Trek from Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

  • We continue trekking 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.

Day 5: Trek from Barafu Camp to Summit, down to Mweka Camp

  • Very 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.

Day 6: Trek down from Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate then drive to Moshi

  • After 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 you
  • From the gate, continue another hour to Mweka Village
  • A vehicle will meet you at Mweka gate to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 30 minutes)


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