7 Days Kilimanjaro Shira Route Climbing Itinerary

7 Days Kilimanjaro Shira Route Climbing Itinerary: An Adventure of a Lifetime

Welcome to Lyimo Expeditions, your ultimate guide to a thrilling adventure on Mount Kilimanjaro! If you’ve ever dreamt of conquering the highest peak in Africa, the Shira Route offers an exhilarating path to the summit. In this detailed 7-day itinerary, we take you through the scenic beauty and challenges of the Shira Route, ensuring a memorable and safe journey to Uhuru Peak. Ready to embark on this adventure? Book your Tanzania tours and safaris with us today at info@lyimoexpeditionskilimanjaro.com or call us at +255718442953. Let’s dive into the adventure!

Day 1: Arrival in Moshi

Welcome to Tanzania!

Your adventure begins as you arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport. Our Lyimo Expeditions team will warmly welcome you and transfer you to your hotel in Moshi, the vibrant gateway town to Mount Kilimanjaro. Take the rest of the day to unwind, meet your guide, and prepare for the exciting journey ahead. We’ll conduct a briefing to ensure you’re well-prepared for the climb. Enjoy a restful night because tomorrow, the adventure begins!


  • Warm welcome and transfer to hotel.
  • Pre-climb briefing and gear check.
  • Explore the charming town of Moshi.

Day 2: Moshi to Shira One Camp (3,500m)

The Journey Begins!

After a hearty breakfast, we depart Moshi and drive to Londorossi Gate for registration. Here, your journey kicks off with a scenic drive to the trailhead. The trail starts at the Shira Plateau, one of Kilimanjaro’s oldest and most scenic routes, offering breathtaking views right from the start.

The hike today is relatively easy, providing ample time to acclimatize. As you trek through the picturesque heath and moorland, you’ll be mesmerized by the diverse flora and fauna unique to this region. We reach Shira One Camp in the late afternoon, where you’ll settle in, have a delicious dinner, and rest for the night.


  • Scenic drive to Londorossi Gate.
  • Trek through the Shira Plateau.
  • Overnight at Shira One Camp.

Day 3: Shira One Camp to Shira Two Camp (3,850m)

Into the Wilderness

Fuel up with a nourishing breakfast, then lace up your boots as we continue our trek across the Shira Plateau. The terrain shifts from heathland to moorland, offering expansive views of the mountain and surrounding landscapes. Keep your camera ready for stunning shots of the Kibo Peak and Mount Meru in the distance.

Today’s trek is moderate, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the beauty of the plateau. By the time we arrive at Shira Two Camp, you’ll have gained a deeper appreciation for Kilimanjaro’s diverse ecosystems. Enjoy a warm meal, share your day’s experiences with fellow climbers, and rest up for the next stage.


  • Trek across the expansive Shira Plateau.
  • Stunning views of Kibo Peak and Mount Meru.
  • Settle at Shira Two Camp.

Day 4: Shira Two Camp to Barranco Camp (3,950m) via Lava Tower (4,600m)

Acclimatization Day

Today is a significant day for acclimatization as we ascend to the impressive Lava Tower at 4,600 meters before descending to Barranco Camp. The trek to Lava Tower is challenging but rewarding, passing through the alpine desert zone. This route helps your body adapt to the altitude, increasing your chances of reaching the summit.

After lunch at Lava Tower, we descend to Barranco Camp, nestled in a valley beneath the Western Breach and Great Barranco Wall. The descent offers a chance to acclimatize further and enjoy the unique Senecio forest. Barranco Camp is one of the most beautiful camps on Kilimanjaro, offering spectacular sunset views.


  • Challenging trek to Lava Tower for acclimatization.
  • Descent to the scenic Barranco Camp.
  • Unique flora and stunning sunset views.

Day 5: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp (4,035m)

The Great Barranco Wall

Brace yourself for an exciting day as we tackle the Great Barranco Wall, also known as the “Breakfast Wall” because of the early start. This seemingly intimidating wall is a non-technical climb, and our experienced guides will assist you every step of the way. Once at the top, you’ll be rewarded with incredible panoramic views.

The trail then undulates through the alpine desert, leading us to Karanga Camp. This shorter day is crucial for acclimatization, offering plenty of time to rest, hydrate, and prepare for the final ascent. Enjoy a nourishing dinner and soak in the remarkable views of Kilimanjaro’s southern glaciers.


  • Climb the Great Barranco Wall.
  • Panoramic views from the top.
  • Acclimatization at Karanga Camp.

Day 6: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp (4,640m)

Final Ascent Preparation

Our trek today leads us to Barafu Camp, the base camp for the final ascent to Uhuru Peak. The route takes us through the desolate alpine desert, with magnificent views of the summit ridge. Upon reaching Barafu Camp, you’ll feel the exhilaration of being so close to the top.

After an early dinner, it’s time to rest because we’ll be starting our summit attempt around midnight. Ensure all your gear is ready and get some sleep – the next 24 hours will be the most challenging and rewarding part of your journey.


  • Trek through the alpine desert to Barafu Camp.
  • Final preparations for the summit.
  • Early rest for the midnight ascent.

Day 7: Barafu Camp to Summit (5,895m) to Mweka Camp (3,100m)

Summit Day!

The climax of your Kilimanjaro adventure is here! We start the climb to the summit at midnight, trekking through the darkness with headlamps illuminating the way. The trail is steep and challenging, but as you ascend, the horizon will begin to glow with the first light of dawn – an awe-inspiring sight.

Reaching Stella Point at 5,739 meters is a significant achievement, but the journey isn’t over. From here, we push on to Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. Standing at 5,895 meters, revel in your accomplishment and take in the breathtaking 360-degree views.

After photos and celebrations, we begin our descent to Mweka Camp, passing through Barafu Camp for a short rest. The descent is long but rewarding, and you’ll appreciate the lower altitude and warmer temperatures at Mweka Camp. Enjoy a well-deserved dinner and a good night’s sleep.


  • Midnight summit attempt.
  • Sunrise at Stella Point.
  • Reaching Uhuru Peak, the Roof of Africa.
  • Descent to Mweka Camp.

Day 8: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate (1,640m)


After breakfast, we make our final descent through the lush rainforest to Mweka Gate. This descent is a great time to reflect on your incredible journey and enjoy the vibrant flora and fauna. At Mweka Gate, you’ll receive your summit certificate – a testament to your perseverance and achievement.

Our team will transfer you back to Moshi, where you can celebrate your success with a hot shower and a comfortable bed. Share your experiences with fellow climbers over a farewell dinner, and savor the memories of your Kilimanjaro adventure.


  • Final descent through the rainforest.
  • Receive your summit certificate.
  • Celebration and farewell dinner in Moshi.

Ready for Your Kilimanjaro Adventure?

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro via the Shira Route is an experience like no other, offering breathtaking landscapes, unique wildlife, and the ultimate challenge of reaching Africa’s highest peak. At Lyimo Expeditions, we are dedicated to making your journey safe, enjoyable, and unforgettable.

Ready to take on this adventure? Book your Tanzania tours and safaris with us today! Contact us at info@lyimoexpeditionskilimanjaro.com or call us at +255718442953. Let’s make your dream of conquering Kilimanjaro a reality!

Why Choose Lyimo Expeditions?

  • Experienced Guides: Our guides are seasoned professionals with extensive knowledge of Kilimanjaro’s routes and safety protocols.
  • All-Inclusive Packages: Our packages cover everything from airport transfers and accommodations to meals and permits.
  • Safety First: We prioritize your safety with regular health checks, acclimatization strategies, and emergency support.
  • Sustainable Tourism: We are committed to responsible tourism practices that benefit local communities and preserve the environment.

Let Lyimo Expeditions be your trusted partner on this incredible journey. Climb with us and create memories that last a lifetime!

Contact Us:

Email: info@lyimoexpeditionskilimanjaro.com
Phone: +255718442953

Book your adventure today and let’s conquer Kilimanjaro together!

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