7 Days/6 Nights Shira Route – Short & Gentle

Day 01:

Register at Londorossi gate and continue driving up to Moram (11,800ft/3,600m), the trek starts on the Shira plateau for a flat and short hike to Shira 1 Camp (11,800ft/3,600m). Duration 2hrs.Descent_small

Day 02:

After breakfast leave Shira 1 Camp for a gradual climb to Shira 2 camp (12,500ft/3,810m) overlooking the Shira Plateau. Most of the hike is through heather climate zone. Enjoy the wonderful sunset from the mess tent with Mt. Meru in the distance. Duration 2hrs.

Day 03:

After breakfast, leave Shira behind and head up towards the Lava Tower(15,190ft/4,630m) where we will have lunch before descending into the Barranco Valley(13,045ft/3,976m) for camp. Enjoy the amazing sunset on Kibo and the Great Barranco Wall. Duration 5-6 hrs.

Day 04:

After breakfast, leave Barranco camp and scramble up the spectacular Barranco Wall. Once over the wall, it is an undulating walk to Karanga Camp(13,100ft/3,995m)Enjoy the views of Kibo above and the plains below, can see Moshi Town far below. Duration 4-5 hrs

Day 05:

After breakfast head upwards towards the final camp at Barafu(15,330ft/4,673m). This day is steep but short and you will have a hot lunch. Enjoy the short day, as you will wake around 11 pm to leave for the summit. Mawenzi dominates the view from Barafu. Duration 4hrs

Day 06:

Wake at 11pm to get ready for summit attempt. Hike upwards on very steep trail in the dark, reaching Stella point(18,958ft/5,745m) after ~6hrs at dawn. Continue on the more gradual incline to Uhuru Peak (19,341ft/5,895m), 1hr from Stella point. After pictures and congratulations, head back down to Barafu for 2-3 hrs rest and lunch before continuing down to Mweka camp (10,065ft/3,068m). Duration 13-14hrs

Day 07:

Final day on the mountain, head from Mweka Camp down through the forest to Mweka gate(5,380ft/1,640m) for certificates. Congratulations, you made it! Duration 2-3hrs.