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SHIRA ROUTE SUMMARY - KILIMANJARO

Is Shira The Best Trek Route For Kilimanjaro? Scroll Down For Details..

SHIRA ROUTE EXPERIENCE ON KILIMANJARO

The Shira Route is used by very few mountain visitors who climb Kilimanjaro. It has been largely replaced by the Lemosho Route, which is almost identical, but starts lower down. It is mainly used for quick access for rescue work and for hardy climbers who especially request this route for its isolation, having previously acclimatized to 4565 meters on Mount Meru with Uhuru Trails by AfricanMecca. A long approach drive to the west with stunning views of the epic highlands brings you to Shira Gate at 2250 meters. This is where you start your trek till you reach 3050 meters in remote heathland, but the trail can become impassable in wet weather. You need some previous acclimatization to begin at this height. It is a tough seven-day climb, with a high possibility of early altitude sickness since you start high and camp at Forest Camp at the same height on the first night. Shira has a low summit success rate as being one of the shortest routes up and down the summit (56 kilometers) though we always offer it with an extra acclimatization day to increase your probability.

The trail crosses many different speckled zones: over the Shira Plateau through heath with giant heathers, to alpine sections with bizarre plant life which gradually shrinks from five-meter columns of daisy-flowered giant groundsel and three meter high fasciated lobelias, to flowering bulbs, gladiolus, red-hot pokers, tussocky white everlasting flowers, and deep blue gentians. The plants have adapted to extreme climactic conditions, with searing sunlight by day and freezing temperatures by night. Your enjoyment of this unique Tanzanian mountain holiday depends on your adaptation to camping in such variable weather. Meals are served in a mess tent or on a blanket outdoors if you prefer the African sky view. Joining other trails at Barranco gives you the chance of extra acclimatization exploring the fantastic scenery, lava towers, and steep ridges leading to the daunting Barranco Wall. There are views of the dangerous but fascinating Western Breach with its glaciated rock ramparts and breathtaking sunsets. Onward to Karanga Camp for an intentional acclimatization day, Barafu and finally your summit assault, the most difficult part of which is a grueling scree switchback between Ratzel and Rebmann glaciers to Stella Point at 5685 meters where you may rest to watch a spectacular sunrise far above the rest of Africa. A gentle but slow summit trek and exhilarating scree slide descent through Mweka completes your day of outstanding achievement.

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Lemosho is a very beautiful, isolated, 70 kilometer trail traversing from the west, through dense forest still rich in life, crossing the scenic heathland of the Shira Plateau all the way south and then east towards Barafu. Read More On Lemosho

Rongai starts from the Tanzanian village of Nale Moru on the lower farming slopes before leading up to a pine forest. The route begins in the north, approaching by a more remote route than the others. Read More On Rongai

Machame covers around 62 kilometers from its gate in the south to the summit, via a number of different habitats and stunning viewpoints, returning along the steep Mweka descent trail. Read More On Machame

Marangu is one of the more popular, first-born, shorter-timed routes utilized by uninformed holiday trekkers in Africa who are on a low budget, and those mislead by its “easy” reputation. Read More On Marangu

Shira is used by very few mountain visitors who climb Kilimanjaro. It has been largely replaced by the Lemosho Route, which is almost identical, but starts lower down. It is mainly used for quick access for rescue work. Read More On Shira

Umbwe is a precarious, steep and short distanced trail. Only seriously fit, experienced climbers should attempt this test of mental and physical endurance, which is seriously life-threatening without previous acclimatization. Read More On Umbwe

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It must be clearly understood that Mount Kilimanjaro is a dangerous environment where climbers are risking their lives. One person in every thousand (0.1%) will die on the mountain and more than half of these deaths could be preventable.

SAFETY EQUIPMENT GUIDE
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SAFETY EQUIPMENT GUIDE

Kilimanjaro kills those climbers who go beyond their sensible limits. We have an enviable safety record because its leaders do not waste time on technological fixes on high altitude, but get sick and injured trekkers off the mountain without delay.

KILIMANJARO HIGH ALTITUDE GUIDE
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KILIMANJARO HIGH ALTITUDE GUIDE

The general impression is that a climbing tour of Kilimanjaro is an easy mountaineering option, since the 5895 meter mountain has been successfully climbed by hardy children and by octogenarians. It is not. It is a perilous undertaking.

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EAST AFRICA SAFARI TRIP IDEA FOR MOUNT KILIMANJARO IN NORTHERN TANZANIA

When visiting Mount Kilimanjaro National Park, we recommend combining it with your Northern Tanzania safari to Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti (wildebeest migration). End your trip with a Swahili cultural tour and beach holiday in Zanzibar.

You may optionally extend out to offbeat parks in Southern and Western Tanzania such as Selous, Ruaha or Katavi ending with a chimpanzee trekking safari at Gombe or Mahale by the relaxing Lake Tanganyika.

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