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Highlights:Visit Moshi, Kilimanjaro.Takes you to Kilimanjaro's true summit, Uhuru Peak and you can start your trek any day of the year! The Shira Route traverses the large Shira Plateau to join the Machame Route.
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The Shira Plateau west of Kibo is the remains of Kilimanjaroâ€™s first volcano. Mawenzi erupted second, and finally, supported by its neighbors, Kibo rose to its great height between Shira and Mawenzi. Older and more eroded than Mawenzi, the Shira Plateauâ€™s ridges and moorland comprise one of Kilimanjaroâ€™s most scenic areas. The drive to Shira offers magnificent views of the Great Rift Valley, Mount Meru, and Longido, and the plateauâ€™s parasitic cones extend north of the road, rising from from plain to plateau. The vegetation changes along the route are striking. The plateau is grassland, heath, and moor, with senecios up to 10 meters high in valleys near the cone. You can see Elands on the plateau, and you may see signs of buffaloes, leopards, and other animals. The Shira Cone rises 200 meters above the plateau, and west of the cone is Shira Ridge, a steep rough rise reaching almost 400 meters above the plateau. The southern ridge of the Shira Plateau has two dramatic peaks called Cathedral and the Needle. The road to Shira is only accessible by 4-wheel-drive vehicles and can become impassable during wet periods. The Shira Route traverses the plateau to join the Machame Route.
Today guests will arrive, be met at the airport, and transferred to their hotel in Moshi for an overnight stay.
Standard Hotel: Springlands Hotel
Moshi - Shira Gate - Shira Camp (118 km)
After breakfast and a briefing from the guide, we will leave Moshi and drive several hours to the Shira Gate on the western side of Kilimanjaro to register with the national park. We will then begin our hiking excursion in the rainforest. At low elevations the trail up the ridge can be wet and muddy but gaiters and trekking poles will help. Halfway through the hike, we will stop for lunch. In the afternoon, we will arrive at the final destination of the day, Shira Camp, where we will unpack, rest, enjoy tea or coffee, and eat dinner at around 7:00pm.
Shira Camp - Lava Tower - Barranco Camp
After breakfast, we will hike east up a steepening path above the highest vegetation toward Kilimanjaro. After several hours, we will reach the prominent landmark called Lava Tower. After a lunch stop near Lava Tower, we will descend for 2 hours to the lower cliffs of the Western Breach and Breach Wall, before arriving at Barranco Camp where we will eat dinner and spend the night.
Barranco Camp - Karanga Camp
After breakfast, we will continue up a steep ridge to the great Barranco Wall and arrive just below the Heim Glacier. From here we can truly appreciate Kilimanjaro's natural beauty. With Kibo's Glaciers soaring overhead, we will descend into the lush Karanga Valley Campsite. From the camp, we can look east and see the jagged peaks of Mawenzi jutting into the African sky. After a hot lunch at camp, we will have free-time to rest or explore the surrounding area. After two long days hiking, this short day is very important for acclimatization, since we will embark on summit push the following day.
Optional: Extra Day Guests can add an extra day to their trek by staying at Barranco Camp for two nights. Guests will hike to the Karanga Valley Camp on Day 5, the Barafu Camp on Day 6, the summit on Day 7, and finish the descent on Day 8. Adding this day will ease effort, and amplify your acclimatization.
Karanga Camp - Barafu Camp
In the morning, we will hike east over intervening ridges and valleys to join the Mweka Route, which will be the descent route. After hiking up the ridge through a sparse landscape for another hour, we will receive a hot lunch at the Barafu Hut. The last water on the route is in the Karanga Valley; there is no water at Barafu Camp, even though Barafu is the Swahili word for "ice." The famous snows of Kilimanjaro are far above Barafu Camp near the summit of the mountain. We will pitch a tent on a narrow, stony, wind-swept ridge.
**It is essential that guests familiarize themselves with the terrain before dark to avoid accidents. Additionally, guests should prepare equipment and wear warm clothing for the summit climb, and drink plenty of fluids.
After an early dinner, we will have the chance to relax and enjoy a few hours of precious sleep.
Barafu Camp - Uhuru Peak - Mweka Camp
After a breakfast of tea and biscuits, we will begin the 6-hour climb to the summit at approximately 11:30 p.m. Heading northwest, through heavy scree between the Rebmann and Ratzel Glaciers, we will arrive at the most challenging portion of the route at Stella Point. Here, we will stop for a short rest and a chance to see a breathtaking sunrise. From Stella Point, we journey to the top of Marangu Route to Uhuru Peak. At the top of the summit, we can take in the surrounding scenery, and enjoy a deep sense of satisfaction and personal accomplishing from the mountain tops.
After the 3-hour descent from the summit back to Barafu Camp, we will take a short rest and collect our gear before hiking into the forest to Mweka Camp. Located in the upper forest, we can expect mist or rainfall in the late afternoon. Dinner and washing water will be prepared and we can purchase drinking water, soft drinks, chocolate and beer at the camp office. We will spend the night at Mweka Camp.
Mweka Camp - Mweka Gate - Moshi
After a well-deserved breakfast, we will take a 3-hour hike back to the Mweka Gate. Here we will have an opportunity to sign their name and add details to the park register, and successful climbers will receive summit certificates. Climbers who reached Stella Point will be issued green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak will receive gold certificates. From the Mweka Gate, we will continue down to the Mweka Village (if the road is deemed too muddy for vehicles, we will be required to hike 1-hour to Mweka Village). Here, we can enjoy a hot lunch. Finally, we will be driven back to their hotel in Moshi where we can enjoy an overdue hot shower and comfortable accommodations for the evening.
Note: Guests are encouraged to wait until all of their gear has arrived at the Mweka Gate before tipping park staff.
More»Moshi, in the very northeast of Tanzania, sits on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa and a dormant volcano. Many hikers and climbers stay in Moshi before exploring the famous mountain on which is resides.«Less
Today guests will depart from Moshi. Please see "Departure and Return" for more detailed information regarding pickup and drop-off times and locations.
2 Nights accommodation at Springlands Hotel - Bed & Breakfast Basis
Accommodation on the mountain (Three-man mountain tents used for two people only on all routes except for Marangu Route as accommodation is in huts.) Stools, a mess tent and hot water for washing are provided on the mountain.
Transport from Moshi at Springlands hotel to the Starting point of the mountain and return to Moshi at Springlands hotel
Tour guide service (English, Spanish, French, and German speaking guide available)
Air travel, country entry or departure fees, airport porter fees, visas, phones, valet, all items of a personal nature and beverages and food unless otherwise stated.
Transfer from and to Kilimanjaro Airport ($25/ per person, one-way)
Transfer from Arusha per private car hire ($100 one-way)
Gratuities for tour guide and porters
Airport Transfer: Airport transfers available at an extra cost. From JRO to Springlands hotel we charge US $25 per person per one way.
Food: The staple foods in Tanzania are meats, starches, and fruits. Some western foods are difficult to find locally (herbal tea, soy products, specialty items). You may want to bring some of the items with you as well as comfort foods (like chocolate), and high-energy foods (Power bars, Gatorade, etc.). Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and afternoon tea are provided on the trek. All meals will have some sort of fruit like bananas, oranges, papayas, and watermelon. Most meals will also have a selection of hot drinks like instant coffee, tea, and hot chocolate.
Vegetarian and other special diets can be accommodated. Please let us know ahead of time and remind your guide during your trek briefing. Protein options may be minimal on a vegetarian diet, so you may want to bring protein supplements.
Because of the exercise and high altitude, you is recommended that you drink at least 3 liters of water a day. The porters will purify water for you at each camp. Altitude may diminish your appetite, but it is very important to keep eating.
At your Moshi or Arusha hotel, only breakfasts are included. Lunches and dinners are available at an extra charge.
Money: The local currency is Tanzanian shillings. U.S. dollars, Euros, and credit cards may be accepted by larger stores and hotels, but the exchange rate is better with shillings. ATM's are only available in larger towns like Moshi and Arusha. Most people bring the bulk of their money in travelers cheques, but will also bring some cash including smaller bills. For travelers cheques, there is often a $1/cheque fee, and the exchange rate is better for $100 cheques. When you exchange money, be sure to get some smaller bills as change is not always available.
A local guide is required to hike Kilimanjaro. We have guides that speak English, Spanish, French and German. Porters will also go on the trip to carry your luggage, food, and other equipment. You will only have to carry a day pack with your daily essentials.
Gratuities: You will want to hand out tips for guides and porters on Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru at camp the morning of the last day of the trek. You can use U.S. dollars, Euros, TZ shillings, or a combination of these. It helps if you have small bills to tip everyone individually. The typical tip is $20/day for guides, $10-15/day for assistant guides and $10/day for cooks, $8-10/porter/day for porters. This is from the whole group, not per hiker. Expect 1 guide per 8 hikers, 1 assistant guide per 3 hikers, and 1 cook per 8 hikers. Porters as follows:
2 porters per hiker on the 5-day Marangu Route (minimum of 4 porters)
3 porters per hiker on a 6 or 7-day trek (minimum of 5 porters)
4 porters per hiker on the 8-day Lemosho Route (minimum of 8 porters)
Sometimes extra porters are required based on the weight of the luggage.
Budget $250-350 per hiker for tips for the entire climb.
Gifts: Guides and porters also appreciate your warm clothing, shoes, and packs. You may want to bring some older clothing items just for this purpose.
Celebration: You are also welcome to invite your guides back to the Springlands Hotel for drinks and/or dinner (on you) as a thank-you in addition to their tip.
Expectations Tips should not be dependent on whether you summit or not, but rather whether they were professional and had your best interests in mind.
Recommended Gear List: Kilimanjaro Climber's packing list notes as follows:
The pack that the porters carry is limited to 15 kg (35 pounds). Overweight or extra luggage will require an extra porter at $5/day
Store electronics in sealed water-proof bags (double sealed if possible)
Wrap clothing in plastic bags
In the day pack, take along water, sunglasses, camera, binoculars, rain pants, and jacket at a minimum.
Add any other items you might need during the day, since you may not see your porters until the end of the day.
You may want to bring some older items of warm clothing as gifts for your guides and porters or donations to the Mount Kilimanjaro Porters Society.
You can leave extra luggage in a locked storage room at the Springlands Hotel for no charge.
You can leave valuables in a safe deposit box at the Springlands Hotel for $1/day.
Day pack, for you to carry
Large duffel bag or backpack, for porters to carry
Clothing You want your inner layer to be wicking - no cotton. Your next layer should be insulating and warm, and your top layer should be water proof but breathable. You will need clothes for hiking during the day, lounging in the evening, and for sleeping. Layers are important as temperatures vary greatly. Kilimanjaro may be near the equator, but it gets cold up there!
Shorts, for first and last day only
Pants, for hiking and for lounging in the evenings
Short-sleeved or t-shirts
Long-sleeved shirts, for hiking and for lounging in the evenings
Fleece jacket or wool sweater
Down jacket or ski parka (for temperatures well below freezing plus wind)
Rain jacket, needed in hot rainforest and cold snow
Rain pants, needed in hot rainforest and cold snow
Sport bras, for women
Cold Weather Accessories
Mittens and/or gloves (waterproof, one thin pair, one thick pair that can be layered)
Wool or pile hat
Balaclava or neck gaitor
Hand and foot warmers (chemical activated)
Be sure to break in your shoes before the hike!
Trekking shoes for hiking during the day, preferably warm, waterproof, and with ankle-support - not too light and not too heavy
Tennis shoes or sandals for lounging in the evening
Hiking socks for warmer conditions
Wool socks for colder conditions
Sock liners to wick away moisture
Sleeping bag (Rated -25 degrees C/-10 degrees F or colder is recommended)
Sleeping pad and repair kit
Tents are supplied by us at no charge
Foam sleeping pads are provided by us at no charge (Thermarest is highly recommended, however)
Water bottles and Camelback (2-3).
Get 3 liters of bottled water before the trip (available at the Springlands Hotel). Your guides will boil water for you along the route, or use steripens for water sanitation.
To prevent water from freezing on summit day, keep your water source inside your jacket. For Camelbacks, blow air back into the bladder after each sip and drink often.
Gatorade or other drink mix helps with taste and minerals.
Water filter or iodine purification tablets
Sun hat with brim
Money ($400 or more in cash and/or travelers cheques, including some small U.S., Euro, or Tanzanian bills)
Ski or trekking poles
Headlamp or flashlight
Camera, film, tripod; Video camera, tapes
Batteries. Bring extra sets for headlamp/flashlight and camera as cold weather shortens their life
Notebook, journal, pencil, and pen
Energy bars, hard candy, snacks, and comfort foods
Playing cards, games, books, frisbee, football, kite
Chocolate or pens for village children, momentos for guides, porters, and other climbers
Umbrella, particularly useful in the rainy season, can be purchased in the market for around $2
Plastic bags and zip-lock bags for waterproofing
Salt, pepper, and spices for bland food
Calculator (for currency conversion)
Swim suit for hotel swimming pool
Toilet paper (and baggie to carry used paper while on trail)
Small towel, soap
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Handi-wipes (moist towelettes for cleaning)
Glasses, contacts, solution (take contacts out each night to prevent blurred vision)
Yellow fever certificate
Cash, travellers cheques, credit cards
Make copies of passport, TZ visa, airline tickets/schedule, and travellers cheques numbers.
Leave a copy with someone at home and put a copy in a separate place in your luggage.
Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, or Aspirin
Sunscreen (SPF 15+)
Lip balm with sunscreen
Disinfectant, Antiseptic cream
Bandages and tape
Melatonin (1-3mg) or other sleep aid
Malaria pills (talk to your doctor)
Antibiotics (talk to your doctor)
Prescription drugs (talk to your doctor)
Diamox (talk to your doctor)
Gifts for Guides, Porters, Locals
Any warm clothing
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