Shira II - Shira Hut, Tanzania

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Duration

6 days

Start Time

08:30 AM

Pick up not included

Language

English , German , French , Italian

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Hi, I'm Dodo Group Tanzania

Hello. Dodo Group is a tour company which is based in Moshi, Tanzania where the majestic Pride of Africa (Mount Kilimanjaro) is located. Being in the market for quite some time, we believe we have the experience, the knowledge, and enthusiasm to make your tour a pleasant one. We have reasonable prices, state of the art camping equipment, excellent tour guides (who are highly proficient in English to make you feel totally at home), and organized trips. SAFETY & QUALITY types of equipment Our clients’ safety is our main goal, we follow strict working procedures and rules. ZANZIBAR BEACH HOLIDAY An archipelago off the coast of Mainland Tanzania, Zanzibar is the perfect beginning (or ending) to a Tanzanian adventure. You can enjoy the waters and the sunshine while lounging in the white sands. HELICOPTER TOUR DODO GROUP introduces an exclusive and luxury hero flight service in Tanzania to quickly fly down tourists from the summit to their designated area. Who wouldn’t want to get a shower after spending days on the mountain? 24/7 ON-SAFARI SUPPORT We do our utmost to ensure that your holiday runs as smoothly as it possibly can. OUR BEST PRICE PROMISE & VALUE You will always get the best value with us, in one complete tailor-made itinerary.
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Overview

The Shira route was the original western route before the Lemosho route was introduced to improve on the starting point at Shira gate which is at 3600m and too high for those who are not yet acclimatized. The rest of the route is the same as any other southern circuit approach (Machame, Lemosho) and crosses the Shira plateau and Barranco wall to the summit via Barafu / Stella point. Shira can be a great option for technical climbers who are acclimatized and will summit via the Arrow glacier / Western breach to reach the summit. You can also detour from the busier southern circuit to the northern circuit however most start at Londrossi / Lemosho gate for this option. For non-experienced climbers we do not recommend this route however if preferred, a minimum of 7 days will maximize your chances of reaching the summit. It is possible to complete in 6 however the acclimatization is extremely low and only for the seasoned trekker. Any Extra Day additional cost of $275 will applied.

Pick Up Point

At guest hotel

Day 1 of Tour

Arrival

Our Driver will Pick you from the Airport (KIA), Drive to the preferred Hotel in Moshi for Briefing, Orientation, Equipment Check, Dinner, and Overnight.

Day 1: Drive to Kilimanjaro National Park Shira Gate, Hike to Shira 2 Camp (LD)

The drive from Moshi to the trailhead takes about 3 hours. We hike through the rain forest on a winding trail up a ridge. At lower elevations, the trail can be muddy and slippery. Gaiters and trekking poles are a good idea here. We continue a short distance until we reach the Shira Camp.

  • Elevation: 1830m/6000ft to 3850m/12,600ft
  • Distance: 8km/5mi
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Montane Forest
What is included in your Tour Today?

Food

Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, and Non-Vegetarian Available

Snacks
Appetizers
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Dessert
Tasting menu

Tickets

All Entrance and Park fees Included

Entrance fee
Accommodation Details

Type

Camping

Name

Shira 2 Camp

Rating

    Unrated

Address

Shira 2 Camp Kilimanjaro

Website

Notes

Camping

Day 2 of Tour

Day 2: Hike Shira 2 Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp

From the Shira Plateau, we continue to the east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo. As we continue, our direction changes to the South East towards the Lava Tower, called the “Shark’s Tooth” (elevation 4650m/15,250ft). Shortly after the tower, we come to the second junction which goes to the Arrow Glacier. We now continue down to the Barranco Camp. Although you end the day around the same elevation as when you began, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.

  • Elevation: 3850m/12,600ft to 4000m/13,000ft
  • Distance: 10km/6mi
  • Walking Time: 5-6 hours
  • Habitat: Semi-desert
What is included in your Tour Today?

Food

Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, and Non-Vegetarian Available

Snacks
Appetizers
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Dessert
Tasting menu

Tickets

All Entrance and Park fees Included

Entrance fee
Accommodation Details

Type

Camping

Name

Barranco Camp

Rating

    Unrated

Address

Barranco Camp

Website

Notes

Camping

Day 3 of Tour

Day 3: Hike Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

After breakfast, we leave Barranco and continue on a steep ridge up the Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail.

  • Elevation: 4000m/13,000ft to 4050m/13,250ft
  • Distance: 5km/3mi
  • Hiking Time: 34 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
What is included in your Tour Today?

Food

Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, and Non-Vegetarian Available

Snacks
Appetizers
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Dessert
Tasting menu

Tickets

All Entrance and Park fees Included

Entrance fee
Accommodation Details

Type

Camping

Name

Karanga Camp

Rating

    Unrated

Address

Karanga Camp

Website

Notes

Camping

Day 4 of Tour

Day 4: Hike Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

We continue up to the Barafu Camp. You have completed the South Circuit, which offers views of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for the summit day.

  • Elevation: 4050m/13,250ft to 4700m/15,350ft
  • Distance: 4km/2mi
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert
What is included in your Tour Today?

Food

Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, and Non-Vegetarian Available

Snacks
Appetizers
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Dessert
Tasting menu

Tickets

All Entrance and Park fees Included

Entrance fee
Accommodation Details

Type

Camping

Name

Barafu Camp

Rating

    Unrated

Address

Barafu Camp

Website

Notes

Camping

Day 5 of Tour

Day 5: Hike Barafu Camp to Summit, down to Mweka Camp

Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa! From the summit we begin our descent by continuing straight down to the Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch. You may want gaiters and trekking poles for the loose gravel going down. We arrive at Mweka Camp and enjoy our last evening on the mountain.

  • Elevation: 4700m/15,350ft to 5895m/19,340ft
  • Down to 3090m/10,150ft
  • Distance: 5km/3mi up / 13km/8mi down
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours up / 5-6 hours down
  • Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, DinnerBudget Accommodations: Mweka Camp

What is included in your Tour Today?

Food

Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, and Non-Vegetarian Available

Snacks
Appetizers
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Dessert
Tasting menu

Tickets

All Entrance and Park fees Included

Entrance fee
Accommodation Details

Type

Camping

Name

Mweka Camp

Rating

    Unrated

Address

Mweka Camp

Website

Notes

Camping

Day 6 of Tour

Day 6: Hike Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate, drive to Moshi

After breakfast, we continue the descent down to the Mweka Park Gate to receive your summit certificates. At lower elevations, it can be wet and muddy. Gaiters and trekking poles will help. Shorts and t-shirts will probably be plenty to wear (keep rain gear and warmer clothing handy). From the gate, continue another hour to Mweka Village. A vehicle will meet you at Mweka village to drive you back to your hotel in Moshi (about 30 minutes). Don’t forget to tip your guides and porters.

  • Elevation: 3090m/10,150ft to 1680m/5500ft
  • Distance: 10km/6mi
  • Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Habitat: Forest
What is included in your Tour Today?

Food

Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, and Non-Vegetarian Available

Snacks
Appetizers
Breakfast
Lunch

Tickets

All Entrance and Park fees Included

Entrance fee
Accommodation Details

Type

Hotel

Name

Patmos Hotel

Rating

Address

Soweto Moshi

Website

Notes

Nice and Clean hotel with Ace, Hot Shower, Bar, Restaurant and Garden

Good to know

Technical Clothing 1 -Waterproof Jacket, breathable with hood 1 -Insulated Jacket, synthetic or down, warm 1 – Soft Jacket, fleece or soft-shell 3 -Long Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric 1 – Short Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric 1 – Waterproof Pants, breathable (side zipper recommended) 2 -Hiking Pants 1 – Fleece Pants 1 – Shorts (optional) 1 – Long Underwear, moisture-wicking fabric 4 – Underwear, moisture-wicking fabric recommended 3 – Sports Bra (women) Headwear 1 -Brimmed Hat, for sun protection 1 – Knit Hat, for warmth 1 – Balaclava or Buff (recommended) Handwear 1 -Gloves, warm (waterproof recommended) 1 – Gloves, light Footwear 1 -Hiking Boots or Shoes, warm, waterproof 4 -Socks, wool or synthetic 1 -Gaiters, waterproof (optional) Accessories 1 -SunglassesSunglasses or Goggles 1 – Backpack Cover, waterproof (optional) 1 -Water Bottle(Nalgene, 32 oz.) 1 – Water Bladder (Camelbak type, 3 liters) 1 – Towel, lightweight, quick-dry (optional) 1 – Pee Bottle, to avoid leaving tent at night (recommended) Stuff Sacks, Dry Bags or “Ziploc”-Type Plastic Bags, to keep gear dry and separate. Note that there is a general ban on plastic bags in Tanzania, however, Ziploc-type bags for toiletries are permitted for tourists. Paperwork Trip Receipt Passport Visa (available at JRO) Immunization Papers Insurance Documents Equipment 1 -Sleeping Bag, warm, four seasons* 1 – Camp Pillow, inflatable (optional) 1 -Trekking Poles, collapsable (highly recommended)* 1 -Head Lamp, with extra batteries 1 -Duffel Bag, 70L-90L capacity, for porters to carry your equipment 1 -Daypack, 30-35L capacity, for you to carry your personal gear *maybe rented on location Other Toiletries Prescriptions Sunscreen Lip Balm Insect Repellent, containing DEET First Aid Kit Hand Sanitizer Toilet Paper Wet Wipes (recommended) Snacks, light-weight, high calorie, high energy (optional) Electrolytes, powder, or tablets (optional) Camera, with extra batteries (optional) The most common mistake that climbers make is that they over pack and bring way too much gear. Be selective in what you take with you. Please note that our porters are limited to carrying 33 lbs (15 kgs) of your personal belongings. Everything the porters will carry for you between campsites should be placed into the duffel bag, including the sleeping bag, but it is OK to pack the sleeping bag separately if necessary. If you rent a sleeping bag from us, note that the bag weighs 5 lbs 6 oz. and this weight does count against the 33 lb limit. Our porters will place your duffel bag and sleeping bag into a large, sturdy, waterproof bag with a roll-top closure. If you have excess weight, you will be required to hire an additional porter. It is rare to require an extra porter and should happen only in special cases, such as for carrying extensive photography equipment. You are expected to bring everything you need, though we do rent warm sleeping bags and trekking poles on location. All extra luggage, items you will not use on your climbs, such as safari clothing, gear, and equipment, can also be safely stored at the hotel. Plastic, recyclable water bottles are not allowed in the park, due to past problems with litter. So water should be carried in Nalgene bottles, water bladders, or similar devices. You should be able to carry 3-4 liters of water with you at all times. Please do not bring alcohol. It is illegal to have alcohol in the park. Our staff will not carry it for you. Besides, drinking and high altitude do not mix well. Checked luggage on airplanes can get lost or delayed on the way to Tanzania. You should prepare for this possibility by wearing or carrying on the items that are essential to your Kilimanjaro climb. While most clothing, gear, and equipment can be replaced in Tanzania prior to your climb, there are some things that you should not replace. Dodo Group Tanzania Limited, recommends that you wear one complete hiking outfit on the plane, including a long sleeve shirt, hiking pants, underwear, socks, and hiking boots. In your carry on baggage, you should bring your backpack, waterproof jacket and pants, insulated jacket, fleece pants, snacks, toiletries, medications, camera, and all paperwork. Airline regulations do not allow you to carry trekking poles on the plane. Make sure you do wear/carry your hiking boots; wearing a different pair of boots on your climb will likely cause blistering. If your baggage is lost or delayed, please notify us immediately upon your arrival so we can assist you in assembling the necessary gear. We will take you to local, independently owned rental gear shops in Moshi. Note that these shops generally carry second-hand items that may not be up to Western standards. Dodo Group Tanzania Limited, cannot guarantee the fit, quality, or functionality of items found in local shops. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to carry on the most important pieces of gear as noted above. We will make reasonable attempts to deliver delayed luggage to you on the mountain. All additional expenses that are incurred by us while resolving lost or delayed luggage problems must be reimbursed locally.

Important Information

Minimum age

9-90

Activity level

Extreme

Additional requirements

Cost Covers: Pre & Post Trek accommodation Professional mountain guides, cooks, and porters Transportation to & from the mountain gate Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees 18% VAT on tour fees & services Double layered Sleeping Mats 3 meals daily while on the mountain Filtered water throughout the trek Portable toilets and toilets tents Hot Water For Washing Purpose Pick up and drop off at Kilimanjaro international airport. Cost does not Cover: International flights Tips to mountain crew Cost of Visas. Insurance fees Bank transfer charges & card payments processing fee. Expenses belong to person nature e.g Drinks not included on the meal plans, personal purchases, Laundry, etc.

Cancellation Policy

Moderate

Cancel up to 14 days before Tour Starting time and get 50% refund

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