Why this itinerary?
A short 3 day trip to ramble over the Shira Plateau. For those that want just a taste of high altitude and Kilimanjaro, this is the itinerary.
Starting on the Western side this trip ascends through the Lemosho glades and onto the Shira plateau. 1 night is in the forest and the second on the Shira plateau at over 2500 meters.
Lemosho forest, the Juniper forest, the Shira pleateau with stunning views of Kibo, walking across the Shira plateau, 4 different vegetation zones.
Itinerary in full
DAY 1- FOREST CAMP
You are met at the hotel and depart towards West Kilimanjaro. Formalities are completed at Londorossi gate before driving to the Lemosho trail head where the hiking begins. Verdant forest and glades typify the day’s hiking and signs of wildlife such as elephant are quite common. In the late afternoon you arrive in camp to relax before dinner. Dinner and overnight Forest Camp alt 2,860m,9,383ft (lunch – dinner)
DAY 2-SHIRA 1 CAMP
After breakfast you depart through Podocarpus forest and ascend through firstly Juniper forest and then the heath zone. Lunch is taken on route and by mid afternoon as you breach the Shira Plateau, you soon arrive in camp. Overnight Shira 1 Camp alt 3,560m,11680ft (breakfast – dinner – lunch)
DAY 3- OUT
This morning you hike towards Murram gate before descending down towards Londorrosi gate. The hike takes around 4 to 5 hours and picnic lunches are provided at the gate before you transfer to onward arrangements (note transfer to Arusha is around 3 hours, transfer for West Kilimanjaro airstrip is around 40 minutes).
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