Kilimanjaro Shira Route

Just got back from Mt. Kilimanjaro with my son (we both made it to the peak) and the experience exceeded my expectations in every regard. It was better that I had hoped for and I want to thank you very much for all the assistance, hand holding, and help before the trip. I had never done anything like this, but I can't wait to try it again.

Kurt Welton | USA

Twin Peaks

An ascent on the remote routes of East Africa's 'twin peaks' (Mt Kenya and Mt Kilimanjaro) provides a challenge for seasoned trekkers. Add the prolific wildlife and rich diversity of flora for which this region is renowned and this trek becomes one not to miss. Our traverse of Mt Kenya ascends via the lesser known Chogoria Route with fine alpine walking that ensures we are well prepared for an exhilarating circuit of the summit peaks including Point Lenana (4985m). Transferring to Tanzania we prepare for our climb on Kilimanjaro. We aim to climb the less-frequented and challenging Shira Route, following rough trails through dense forest to moorlands characterised by giant lobelia. From the wilderness of the Shira Plateau we commence our climb to the top from underneath the Southern ice fields. From the summit of Kilimanjaro (5895m) we savour one of the best sunrises in the world.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 Join Nairobi
DAY 2 Drive to Mt Kenya National Park
DAY 3 Ascend Mt Kenya via Lake Ellis (3500m)
DAY 4 Lake Michaelson (4000m)
DAY 5 Simba Tarn (4560m)
DAY 6 Ascend Point Lenana (4985m), descend via Mackinders Valley to Old Moses Camp
DAY 7 Descend Sirimon Valley to base and transfer to Nairobi
DAY 8 Transfer to Arusha
DAYS 9/11 Ascend from Londorossi via Shira Route, Shira Cave and Karanga Valley (3900m)
DAY 12 Barafu Campsite (4600m)
DAY 13 Ascend to Uhuru Peak (5895m), descend to Millenium Camp (3800m)
DAY 14 Descend to Mweka Village, transfer to Arusha
DAY 15 Transfer to Nairobi where trip concludes

traveller reviews

MOST MEMORABLE PART: Climbing up to Kilimanjaro in the middle of the night under thousands of stars.

C. Ozenc Istanbul, Turkey

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Trip Code: TWP
Trip Grading: Challenging
Duration:  15 days
Activities:  Trekking
Next Trip:  17 June 2017
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price: £3,590.00 GBP

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