Shira 7 Day Route

Day 1:  PRE-CLIMB ORIENTATION
After a leisurely breakfast, you will meet your Mountain Guides and group leaders where they will discuss the climb program, mountaineering and group expectations, hazards on the mountain, sickness prevention, etc.  The guides will also answer any questions you may have about the climb.  They will also do an equipment and gear check on each climber to make sure you are prepared and have everything you need for the climb.  After pre-climb orientation the day is yours to relax and get well rested before beginning the climb tomorrow. 
Overnight: At a lodge in Arusha
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 2:  DRIVE FROM ARUSHA TO THE SHIRA TRAILHEAD
(Day 1 on Mountain)
After breakfast, your driver and mountain guide will pick you up and drive you to the Shira Gate where you will check in, register and begin your hike.  You will enjoy lunch before you begin hiking though the Rainforest before entering the Upper Moorlands as you make your way to Shira II Camp for overnight.
Starting Elevation: 11,800 ft (3,597 m)
Ending Elevation: 12,500 ft (3,810 m)
Distance Hiked: 6.2 miles (10 km)
Approximate Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3:  HIKE FROM SHIRA II CAMP TO BARANCO HUT CAMP
(Day 2 on Mountain)
After breakfast, you continue hiking through the Upper Moorlands before entering into the Alpine Dessert climate zone. You will enjoy lunch at Lava Tower (15,092 ft/4,600 m) before continuing your hike down to Baranco Hut Camp. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day.
Starting Elevation: 12,500 ft (3,810 m)
Ending Elevation: 12,795 ft (3,900 m)
Distance Hiked: 6.2 miles (10 km)
Approximate Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4:  ACCLIMATIZATION DAY
(Day 3 on Mountain)
After breakfast, you will spend the day doing some acclimatization hikes on in and around Baranco Camp and also allowing plenty of time for resting.  This day is intended to ease your efforts and amplify your acclimatization.
Starting Elevation: 12,795 ft (3,900 m)
Ending Elevation: 12,795 ft (3,900 m)
Distance Hiked: 1.25 miles (2 km)
Approximate Hiking Time: 1-2 hours
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5:  HIKE FROM BARANCO CAMP TO KARANGA CAMP
(Day 4 on Mountain)
After breakfast, you will continue your hike with a scramble up “The Great Baranco Wall” using your hands in spots to help you maneuver around the rocks and boulders.  You will arrive at Karanga Camp for lunch, and a much-needed rest before embarking on an afternoon acclimatization hike, returning to camp in time for dinner.
Starting Elevation: 12,795 ft (3,900 m)
Ending Elevation: 13,107 ft (3,995 m)
Distance Hiked: 3.5 miles (5.5 km)
Approximate Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6:  HIKE FROM KARANGA CAMP TO BARAFU HUT CAMP
(Day 5 on Mountain)
After breakfast, you will continue your hike through the Alpine Dessert with views of Kibo’s glaciers as you hike.  You will also be able to see Heim, Kersten and Decken glaciers.  You will arrive at camp for lunch and will spend the afternoon resting and sleeping to re-gain as much energy as you can.  You will wake at 11pm to get ready for your hike to the summit.
Starting Elevation: 13,107 ft (3,995 m)
Ending Elevation: 15,331 ft (4,673 m)
Distance Hiked: 2 miles (3.5 km)
Approximate Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7:  HIKE FROM BARAFU HUT CAMP TO THE SUMMIT TO MWEKA HUT CAMP
(Day 6 on Mountain)
After a small snack and the clock striking midnight, you will begin your ascent up the summit.  You will hike via headlamps through the Arctic climate zone.  You will pass through Stella Point at 18,885 feet (5,756 m) before continuing on for another 45 minutes to Uhuru Peak, “The Roof of Africa” at 19,341 feet (5,895 m).  Once you have celebrated this great accomplishment, you will begin your descent down the mountain.  You will stop of lunch and a short rest at Barafu Hut camp before proceeding down the mountain to Mweka Hut Camp.
Starting Elevation: 15,331 ft (4,673 m)
Ending Elevation: 10,171 ft (3,100 m)
Distance Hiked: 10.5 miles (17km)
Approximate Hiking Time: 12-16 hours
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8:  HIKE FROM MWEKA HUT TO THE MWEKA GATE AND RETURN TO ARUSHA
(Day 7 on Mountain)
After breakfast, you will continue your hike down the mountain arriving at the Mweka exit gate.  Upon your arrival, you will enjoy lunch and a short award ceremony where you will receive your certificate for successfully climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. You will sadly say good-bye to your climbing crew at this time and meet your driver who will drive you back to Arusha where you will enjoy a nice hot shower and time resting and relaxing.
Starting Elevation: 10,171 ft (3,100 m)
Ending Elevation: 5,380 ft (1,640 m)
Distance Hiked: 6.5 miles (10 km)
Approximate Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
Overnight: At a lodge in Arusha
Included Meals: Breakfast, and Lunch

Day 9:  BEGIN NEXT DAY ACTIVITIES OR FLY BACK HOME
If you are continuing on for a safari, you will begin the day per what is on your itinerary.  If you are proceeding onto another destination, you will continue on with those plans, and if you are returning home, depending on your flight time, you may be able to spend some time in Arusha before you catch your flight back home with great memories of a huge accomplishment to share with your family and friends.
Included Meals: Breakfast

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