A better option than the traditional Shira Route – giving you more time to enjoy the forest section, ascent more gradually and acclimatise good en route to Uhuru Peak. A good choice for improving your chance of reaching the summit!
Day 1 - Arusha to Lemosho Glades to Big Tree Camp You will be picked up after breakfast at your accommodation, then transported to the Lemosho Glades for an early starts of your Kilimanjaro Adventure. From the trailhead you have a 7 km walk, during the 2 to 3 hours you’ll head through a stunning forest full of life. Accompanied by an armed park ranger due to Buffaloes in the area, you will arrive at Mti Mkubwa – Big Tree Camp for your first night tenting on the mountain.
Day 2 - Big Tree Camp to Shira 1 Camp After breakfast you hike to Shira 1 camp. The trek takes approximately 4 to 5 hours ascending smoothly and gently as the forest thins, and you emerge on the heath/moorland zone, amongst giant heathers. You will have a rest, and lunch about halfway, then the gradient increases, the path crests the rim of the Shira Plateau before reaching the camp. Dinner and overnight in tents at Shira 1 camp, 3,600m above sea level.
Day 3 - Shira 1 Camp to Shira 2 Camp From the edge of the Shira Ridge, the path takes you south-easterly across the plateau. You head directly into the sun and directly towards the mass of Kibo. The walk over this part of Kilimanjaro is gentle, and you meet the path of the Shira route 4 km before the Shira 2 Camp, where you spend the night at 3,850 m.
Day 4 - Shira 2 Camp to Barranco Camp From Shira, a scenic day to Barranco camp in an average hiking time of 6 hours. We can choose to pass “The Lava Tower” and the Arrow glacier, altitude 4,876m. We descend to Barranco campsite for our fourth overnight on Kilimanjaro, 3,860 m above sea level.
Day 5 - Karanga Valley camp to Barafu Camp. After breakfast we leave the Karanga valley and head towards the junction which connects with the Mweka trail. We hike to Barafu (Barafu mean ice in Swahili, be ready for low temperatures!) camp where we set up camp. This day’s walk is about 5 hours. Dinner and overnight at the campsite, altitude 4.600m with the possibility of sighting both Mawenzi and Kibo peaks. Early bedtime to prepare for the night ascent to the top!
Day 6 - Barafu Camp to Mweka via Stella Point and Uhuru Peak. We rise early (around midnight) and head for Stella Point altitude 5,745m on our way to the summit Uhuru Peak (Uhuru means Freedom in Swahili) which is 5,895m above sea level. This part of the hike takes about 6 hours. From the summit we descend to the Mweka hut campsite, 3,100m above sea level. This part of the descent takes about 5 hours. Dinner and the last tenting night at the campsite.
Day 7 - Mweka Gate to Arusha. After breakfast, we descend to the Mweka Park Gate in an average hiking time of 4 hours at the gate the successful climbers who have reached the peak will be given the certificates proving their successful achievement of reaching the top! Then we will transport you to your next accommodation.