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Ethical Kilimanjaro via Shira Route 6 Days

The Shira route is a path that approaches Kilimanjaro from the west, and is nearly identical to the Lemosho route. In fact, Shira was the original route and Lemosho is the improved variation. While Lemosho starts at Londorossi Gate and treks through the rain forest to Shira 1 Camp, the Shira route bypasses this walk by using a vehicle to transport climbers to Shira Gate, located near the Shira Ridge.On the first day on the mountain, climbers begin their hike from 11,800 feet (3,600 m) and spend their first night at the same elevation at Simba Camp. Then, the route merges with Lemosho at Shira 2 and follows the southern circuit route, traversing beneath the Southern Icefields before summiting from Barafu. Descent is made on the Mweka route.Although Shira is a varied and beautiful route, Lemosho is recommended over Shira due to the high altitude of Shira’s starting point. It is possible that climbers will experience altitude related symptoms on the first day due to failed acclimatization. Climbers using Shira should be confident of their ability to acclimatize.

  • Spend 2 nights at Moshi Town.
  • 6 Days Treks through the Kilimanjaro National Park via Shira Route.
  • A Panoramic view of Shira Plateau.

Arrive at the Kilimanjaro International Airport. You will be met by our guide at the Airport and transferred to the hotel in Moshi.

Accommodation: Panama Garden Resort

Room plan: Double Occupancy

Meal Plan: Bed and Breakfast.


We depart Moshi for Londorossi Gate, which takes about 4 hours; we will complete entry formalities while guides and porters prepare equipment. After registration, you continue driving into the National Park via the 4×4 access road through the forest till the Morrum Barrier, where you begin your trek. You may encounter some wild animals on your drive today in the forest reserve. Your hike today is relatively gentle and at a slow pace through the heather and moorland zone towards the Shira Plateau until your first campsite.

Elevation: 11,800 ft to 11,800 ft

Distance: 4 km

Hiking Time: 1-2 hours
Habitat: Heath

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Accommodation: Shira 1 Camp 

Room plan: Double Occupancy (2 people will share 1 tent)


Today is a fairly easy day to help with acclimatization. We begin by exploring the grassy moorland and volcanic rock formations on the plateau. Then we take a scenic path to the Shira Cathedral, a huge buttress of rock surrounded by steep spires and pinnacles, before settling at Shira 2 Camp.

Elevation: 11,800 ft to 12,500 ft

Distance: 6 km
Hiking Time: 2 hours
Habitat: Heath

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Accommodation: Shira 2 Camp

Room plan: Double Occupancy (2 people will share 1 tent)



We continue to the east up a ridge and then head southeast towards the Lava Tower – a 300 ft tall volcanic rock formation. We descend down to Barranco Camp through the strange but beautiful Senecio Forest to an altitude of 13,000 ft. Although you begin and end the day at the same elevation, the time spent at higher altitude is very beneficial for acclimatization.

Elevation: 12,500 ft to 15,190 ft
Distance: 7 km
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

Elevation: 15,190 ft to 13,044 ft
Distance: 3 km
Hiking Time: 2-3 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Accommodation: Barranco Camp

Room plan: Double Occupancy (2 people will share 1 tent)



We begin the day by descending into a ravine to the base of the Great Barranco Wall. Then we climb the non-technical but steep, nearly 900 ft cliff. From the top of the Barranco Wall we cross a series of hills and valleys until we descend sharply into Karanga Valley. One more steep climb up leads us to Karanga Camp for lunch.We leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the rocky section to Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest and enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are viewable from this position.

Elevation: 13,044 ft to 15,331 ft
Distance: 9 km
Hiking Time: 4-9 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Accommodation: Barafu Camp
Room plan: Double Occupancy (2 people will share 1 tent)


Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. Near Stella Point (18,900 ft), you  will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.

From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch. The trail is very rocky and can be quite hard on the knees; trekking poles are helpful. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon. Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.

Elevation: 15,331 ft to 19,341 ft

Distance: 5 km
Hiking Time: 7-8 hours
Habitat: Arctic

Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp

Elevation: 19,341 ft to 10,065 ft
Distance: 12 km
Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Accommodation: Mweka Camp
Room plan: Double Occupancy (2 people will share 1 tent)


On our last day, we continue the descent to Mweka Gate and collect the summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. From the gate, we continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet us at Mweka Village to drive us back to the hotel in Moshi.

Elevation: 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft
Distance: 10 km
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation: Panama Garden hotel on bed and breakfast basis
Room plan: Double Occupancy (2 people will share 1 tent)


We will transfer you from the hotel to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) where you will fly back home. If you will have more time you can extend your tour to wildlife safari in northern circuit to Serengeti and Ngorongoro or Zanzibar, but additional cost will be required.

Meal Plan: Breakfast,

  • 2 ways transfer to and from Kilimanjaro airport.
  • Tanzania 18% VAT on tourism activities and park fees.
  • The Adequate and appropriate number of guides, porters, and cooks for your Trek.
  • Government taxes.
  • All park fees, camping fees, rescue fees, and team fees.
  • Transfers to and from the route gate(s) (2 transfers).
  • Sleeping mattress pad(s), dining tent(s), sleeping tent(s), and crew‟s equipment–Dining tent and sleeping tent for Kilimanjaro trek.
  • 2 nights in a hotel in Moshi on a Bed & Breakfast basis and Double Occupancy (1 night before trekking & 1 night after trekking).
  • 3 full fresh meals daily. We provide fresh food on the mountain in plentiful and well prepared by skilled professional cooker (we also
    consider your choice of food that you would prefer -Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian). Menu especially designed for climbers.
  • Hot drinks on the mountain and Hot water for washing will be provided every day on the mountain.
  • 3-4 liters of mineral (per Climber) provided daily during the climb.
  • Portable toilets for the trek with the tent for Kilimanjaro trek.
  • Emergency evacuation is covered by a Kili MedAir helicopter, but the climber must have insurance that covers up to 6000 meters above sea level.
  • Carbon Offset.
  • Hotel accommodation includes storage facilities for excess luggage during hikes.
  • Kilimanjaro National Park rescue fees (Kilimanjaro Rescue Team).
  • Chief guide carries a Pulse Ox meter, used to take blood-oxygen level readings of clients twice a day.
  • Forest fee.
  • Emergency oxygen (for use in emergencies only – not as summiting aid).
  • Basic first aid kit (for use in emergencies only).
  • Salaries for the mountain support crew, as per required by MINISTRY OF TOURISM AND NATURAL RESOURCES and KPAP.
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as hot drinks on the mountain.
  • Porter to carry your duffel bag, with a maximum weight of 15kg / 32 lbs, from one camp to the next camp.
  • Kilimanjaro National Park certificate for your successful summit attempt.

  • Visa fee (50 US$ /100 US$ for American or Irish Passport holders – to be paid upon arrival).
  • Tips.
  • Drinks and beverages in Hotel.
  • Personal hiking/trekking gear – you could rent some of the gear in Tanzania.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Snacks or Energy Bar.
  • Personal Medicine.
  • Water Purifying Tablets.
  • Meals and drinks not specified.
  • Sleeping bag rental, Mountain Hardware  Lamina™ -20F/-29C, per trip $50.
  • Extra porter(Personal porter), for excess gear, costs $30 per day.
  • Trekking poles rental, telescopic, cost $20 per trip.
  • Single Supplement(Single Tent and Single Room) for the trip cost $250 per person.
  • Extra night at the hotel costs $90 for Double Occupancy, $70 for single occupancy  on the bed and breakfast basis.
  • Guide – $15 to $20 per day.
  • Assistant Guide – $10 to $15 per day.
  • Cook – $10 to $15 per day.
  • Porters – $6 to $10 per day per porter.

All Our Kilimanjaro Prices are in US Dollar

On Kilimanjaro National Park

  • An adult aged 16 years old and above.
  • The Child is aged from 5-15 years old.

We offer the Kilimanjaro climb as a Private Climb or Group Climb.


Below are the 6 days Shira Route Group Climb Price

For 6 days, the Shira route with 2 nights at a hotel (1 night before the climb and 1 night after the climb)
For a Group Climb, the price will be $2550 per adult sharing (Double Occupancy)
For a Group Climb, the price will be $2050 per child sharing (Double Occupancy).


Below are the 6 days Shira Route Private Climb Price

For 6 days, the Shira route with 2 nights at a hotel (1 night before the climb and 1 night after the climb)
For a Private Climb, the price will be $3050 per adult sharing(Double Occupancy).
For a Private Climb, the price will be $2550 per child sharing (Double Occupancy).


Single supplement during the climb (single room and single tent) will cost $250 per person extra for both private climb and group join the climb.

We are doing ethical climbs and responsible Trekking; we believe the tourism the industry has an obligation and a great opportunity to protect the world‟s natural
habitats, cultural heritage sites, and communities. We actively promote environmental sustainability and social responsibility.
We are not doing cheap Climb, cheap climb means we are doing tourism while exploiting our Porters who are the ones who make Kilimanjaro trek possible for the vast majority of climbers, and who do all the heavy lifting. Fair and ethical treatment of our porters (crew) is one of the important priorities of Eco Africa Climbing when we do climb. We are proud to be a Partner of the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP). Please contact ([email protected]) to confirm this.
KPAP raises public awareness regarding the proper treatment of porters on Kilimanjaro and assists climbing companies with implementing procedures that
ensure fair and ethical treatment of their porters. Every of our climb is audited by KPAP to ensure crewmembers are provided proper salaries, tips procedure, food, equipment and sleeping conditions.