7-Day Shira Plateau Trekking Journey
Embark on an exhilarating 7-day adventure with Kilimanjaro’s Western Ascent, the Shira Plateau Climb. This route is tailored for acclimatized individuals or those with prior high-altitude hiking experience. Starting at a higher elevation, it offers breathtaking aerial views and showcases the unique Shira Plateau landscapes. From challenging terrain to stunning vistas, this journey ensures an extraordinary Kilimanjaro experience.
Trekking Day-by-Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrival in Moshi
Arrive in Moshi, the starting point of your journey. Settle into your accommodation and meet your experienced guides who will accompany you throughout your climb. Use this time to relax and prepare for the challenging days ahead.
Day 2: Machame Gate to Shira 2 Camp
Begin your ascent with a drive to Machame Gate and then hike through lush rainforests. As you gradually gain elevation, observe the changing scenery and diverse plant life. Reach Shira 2 Camp, located on the scenic Shira Plateau, where you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding peaks.
Day 3: Shira 2 Camp to Lava Tower and Barranco Camp
Embark on a challenging day as you trek towards Lava Tower, a prominent volcanic formation. The higher altitude helps with acclimatization. Take in the dramatic scenery before descending to Barranco Camp, nestled in the picturesque Barranco Valley. Marvel at the stunning views of the Great Barranco Wall.
Day 4: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
Conquer the Great Barranco Wall, an exhilarating climb that rewards you with remarkable vistas. Descend into the Karanga Valley, where you’ll find Karanga Camp. This intermediate campsite offers a chance to relax and acclimatize while surrounded by breathtaking landscapes.
Day 5: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
Continue your ascent, traversing various terrains, including alpine deserts and rocky landscapes. Arrive at Barafu Camp, the base for your final summit attempt. Take in the awe-inspiring views of the night sky and Mount Kilimanjaro’s glaciers before resting for the night.
Day 6: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak and Mweka Camp
Embark on an exhilarating midnight summit bid to reach Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa. Witness the breathtaking sunrise from the summit and celebrate your incredible achievement. Descend to Mweka Camp, where you can rest and reflect on your journey.
Day 7: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate and Departure
Complete the final leg of your descent through Kilimanjaro’s lush rainforests. Admire the vibrant vegetation and bid farewell to the majestic mountain as you reach Mweka Gate. From there, transfer back to Moshi, where you can reflect on your unforgettable adventure.
End of Trekking
- Airport transfers
- Accommodation as per itinerary
- Park fees and permits
- Professional mountain guides and porters
- Meals during the trek
- Personal trekking equipment.
- Tips and gratuities.
- Personal expenses.
- Travel insurance.