Length: 7 Days

Category: Trekking

Destination:  Kilimanjaro via Shira Route

Major Attractions: Kilimanjaro mountain, Africa’s highest mountain

Tour Guides Language: English

Starting Point: Moshi

Ending Point: Moshi

Route Accessibility: It approaches the mountain from west side through Shira ridges. Less people use this route since it doesn’t provide much acclimatization time. Descent is done through Mweka route.

Additional info: It provides guides, porters and cooks for the guidance and assistance while on the mountain.

Day 1: Londorisi Gate To Shira Hut 1 (3610M)

Transfer from your accommodation in Moshi and drive to Londorisi gate for registration processes and trekking preparations. After signing in the gate you are being taken by car until you reach starting point then you will start walking towards the shira 1.Start hiking “pole pole” through shrubs and giant heather to arrive at shira hut 1 in the evening and drink enough water. Dinner and overnight stay at the campsite.

  • Distance: 3 Kilometers.
  • Time: 2 Hours walking.
  • Zone: Moorland.

Day 2: Shira Hut 1 (3610M) To Shira Hut 2 (3850M).

Climb onto the moorland zone while approaching the volcanic rock formations on shira plateau. The path passes through shira cathedral 3872M for acclimatization which finally leads to shira hut 2.Dinner and overnight stay at the campsite.

  • Distance:10 Kilometers.
  • Time:5 Hours walking.
  • Zone: Moorland.

Day 3: Shira Hut 2 (3850M) To Lava Tower (4600M) To Barranco Hut (3900M).

Start by ascending towards Lava tower which provides an extra day for acclimatization. Have some rest and time for lunch while at the tower. Descend down “polepole” and proceed with the trail to reach at baranco hut for an evening arrival. Dinner and overnight stay at the campsite

  • Distance: 10 Kilometers.
  • Time: 7 Hours walking.
  • Zone: Moorland.

Day 4: Baranco Hut(3900M) To Karanga Hut(3995M).

Descend down to the base of baranco wall and proceed with passing through series of hills leading to karanga valley. The trail reaches out to karanga hut which is a shorter day for acclimatization. Dinner and sleep at the campsite.

  • Distance:6 Kilometers.
  • Time:4 Hours walking.
  • Zone: Alpine desesrt.

Day 5: Karanga Hut (3995M) To Barafu Hut (4673M)

Trek out the karanga hut to the junction connecting with mweka trail. Continue hiking to reach the final destination at barafu hut.Take some rest of the evening off while preparing for the summit. Sleep as early as 07:00pm for the summit and have early dinner too.

  • Distance: 4 Kilometers.
  • Time: 3 Hours walking.
  • Zone: Alpine desesrt.

 Day 6: Ascend To Uhuru Peak (5895M)

Wake up around 11:00pm for adding more warm clothes and head lamp. Leave the campsite and start summiting by midnight into the glacial zone. The path leads to Stella point 5756M,have time for pictures while take a short rest for hot tea or drinking water. However for those who interested can take a round trip along the crater rim to reach Uhuru Peak 5896M.For climbers who have experienced AMS are advised to start to descend. Proceed by descending from the summit “pole pole” for 3 hours till to the base camp again and have a short rest for 2 hours before lunch. Wake up after a short rest, have some brunch, start to repack all the staffs  and start to descend down to mweka hut.

  • Distance: 5 Kilometers.
  • Time: 6/7 Hours walking.
  • Zone: Alpine/Glacial zone.

Day 7: Mweka Hut (3100M) To Mweka Gate (1640M).

After a hot breakfast, continue hiking through the beautiful rain forest to arrive at mweka gate. Get awarded with certificates whereby golden certificates are given to hikers who reached at Uhuru peak and green certificates for Stella point hikers. Retreat back to mweka village for a drive to Moshi town for resting or airport for a flight back at home .“Normally tipping can be done to the last campsite or at the certain gate”.

  • Distance: 10 Kilometers
  • Time: 3 Hours walking.
  • Zone: Rain forest.


  • Pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro International Airport.
  • Pre & Post Trek accommodation.
  • Park fees, camping fees, rescue fees,18% VAT on tour fees & services which cost nearly 55% of the total cost charged.
  • 4 Season mountain tents.
  • Sleeping mats and oxygen tank.
  • Transportation to & from the mountain gate
  • Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
  • 3 meals daily while on the mountain
  • Filtered water throughout the trek
  • Fair wages for the mountain crew as approved by the Kilimanjaro National Park Authority (KINAPA), Kilimanjaro Association for the Tour Operators (KIATO).

Not Included:

  • Flights.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Laundry Services.
  • A doctor for the group.
  • Tipping for the mountain crew.

Tipping on the mountain is recommended for group sharing as following:

  • Guide:$20/guide/day
  • Cook:$15/day
  • Porters:$10/porter/day