High Altitude Ramble - 5 Days
(K5L)


WHY THIS ITINERARY?

Kilimanjaro has many beautiful regions, none more so than the Western side and Shira Plateau. This itinerary is perfect for those that do not want to summit Kilimanjaro, rather enjoy its different vegetation and wilderness zones as well as being in the unique high altitude environment.

DESCRIPTION

Starting on the western side, this trip ascends through the Lemosho glades and on to the Shira Plateau. Over the next 5 days, more time can be spent near the Kibo Massif around Moir Hut exploring areas rarely seen by other hikers before heading back down the Londorossi trail.

HIGHLIGHTS

Lemosho forest, the Juniper forest, the Shira pleateau with stunning views of Kibo, walking across the Shira plateau, 4 different vegetation zones. Hiking into thin air.

 

ITINERARY

 

DAY 1 - KILIMANJARO FOREST

START - 7,380FT / 2250M
END - 9,385FT / 2860M
DISTANCE - 3 MILES / 5KM
TIME - 7 HRS

From Arusha we set out in vehicles to the starting point of the Lemosho Trail. Here you meet the rest of your crew and set of at a leisurely pace into Afromontane forest. Lunch is taken on trail and camp is reached mid afternoon. Overnight at Forest Camp.

DAY 2 - SHIRA 1

START - 9,385FT / 2860M
END - 11,680FT / 3560M
DISTANCE - 4 MILES / 7KM
TIME - 7 HRS

From the forested slopes of Lemosho you ascend through Podocarpus and Juniper forest and break out of the forest on to the heath zone and the Shira Plateau. Lunch is taken on trail and you arrive in camp mid afternoon. Overnight at Shira 1 Camp.

DAY 3 - SHIRA 2

START - 11,680FT / 3560M
END - 12,631FT / 3850M
DISTANCE - 6 MILES / 9.7KM
TIME - 4-6 HRS

At over 3500 meters the Shira Plateau represents a unique high altitude environment. Today you set off with your guides and trek to some of the more remote areas of the plateau. A picnic lunch is taken with you and, for the more adventurous, our guides can even lead you up in to the alpine zone before returning to camp in the afternoon. Overnight Shira 2 Camp.

DAY 4 - MOIR CAMP

START - 12,631FT / 3850M
END - 13,451FT / 4099M
DISTANCE - 6 MILES / 9.7KM
TIME - 4 HRS

This morning there is a relatively short morning's hike to Moir Hut. After lunch there is time to head out an explore the area, something only a handful do on “regular” Kilimanjaro trips. Dinner and overnight Moir Camp.

DAY 5 - MORUM BARRIER & OUT

START - 13,451FT / 4099M
END - 7,349FT / 2240M
DISTANCE - 6 MILES / 9.7KM
TIME - 4-5 HRS

This morning you hike towards Murram gate before descending down towards Londorossi 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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