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Shira Plateau Route


Shira Plateau Route Kilimanjaro

The 7-Day Shira Plateau Route Kilimanjaro Trek is a challenging and direct ascent to the “Roof of Africa.” Beginning at the Shira Gate, it quickly takes you into the alpine desert zone. This route offers fewer crowds and a unique perspective of Kilimanjaro’s dramatic formations. The rapid ascent requires excellent acclimatization and is suitable for experienced trekkers. Highlights include the vastness of the Shira Plateau and the challenging climb to Uhuru Peak. After reaching the summit, you’ll descend to Mweka Camp. This route is celebrated for its stunning and varied landscapes, making it an ideal choice for seasoned adventurers. Book Shira Plateau Route Kilimanjaro today


Day 1: Londorosi Gate to Shira 1

Embarking on an exhilarating trek, journey from Londorosi Gate to Shira 1. The trail unfolds through lush rainforests, offering glimpses of diverse flora and fauna. Ascend through the captivating Shira Plateau, an expansive high-altitude moorland. Marvel at the changing landscapes, from dense vegetation to open heath, providing a prelude to the challenging but rewarding days ahead. As you reach Shira 1, situated at approximately 3,500 meters, the panoramic views of Mount Kilimanjaro’s towering peaks become a breathtaking reality. Relish the camaraderie of fellow trekkers and anticipate the adventures awaiting in this remarkable alpine environment.

Day 2: Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp

As you leave Shira 1 Camp, the trail continues through the alpine desert. The distance covered on this day is approximately 5 kilometers, leading you to Shira 2 Camp, situated at an altitude of about 3,850 meters. The vastness of the Shira Plateau and the dramatic views of Kilimanjaro’s volcanic formations create a captivating setting.

Day 3: Shira 2 Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

Today’s trek brings a unique combination of challenges and captivating landscapes. You’ll ascend to Lava Tower, reaching an elevation of approximately 4,600 meters, contributing significantly to your acclimatization. Afterward, you’ll descend to Barranco Camp, located at around 3,960 meters. The day’s distance is roughly 10 kilometers.

Day 4: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

Your journey continues with an ascent of the Barranco Wall, a thrilling and memorable climb. After conquering the wall, you’ll trek to Karanga Camp, perched at an altitude of about 4,035 meters. The day’s hike covers approximately 6 kilometers.

Day 5: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

You’ll make your way to the Barafu Camp, the last stop before the summit attempt. The campsite is situated at an elevation of approximately 4,600 meters. This day’s trek is around 4 kilometers and provides an opportunity for rest and preparation.

Day 6: Summit Day – Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak and back to Mweka Camp

Shira Plateau Route Kilimanjaro Trek is the most challenging and rewarding day of your trek. Your summit attempt begins in the early hours, with a steep and strenuous ascent to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa, just before sunrise. After celebrating your achievement, you’ll descend to Mweka Camp, nestled at an altitude of about 3,100 meters. This is a long and demanding day, covering a total distance of roughly 18 kilometers.

Day 7: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate

The final day of your 8-day Shira Plateau Route Kilimanjaro Trek takes you from the Mweka Camp to the Mweka Gate, descending through the lush rainforest zone. The journey spans about 10 kilometers, offering a different perspective of the mountain. Upon reaching the Mweka Gate, you’ll receive your summit certificates and express your gratitude to your dedicated guides and porters.

The 8-Day Shira Plateau Route Kilimanjaro Trek offers a direct and demanding ascent to Kilimanjaro’s summit, providing stunning alpine desert landscapes and rapid elevation gain. Proper acclimatization, physical preparation, and experienced guides are essential for a safe and memorable climb.


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