Shira 7 Day via Stella Point
(S7S)

Why This Itinerary

A variation on the Lemosho 7 day, this route starts straight on to the Shira Plateau at Morrom Barrier in stead of Lemosho Trail Head. By night 2 you rejoin the Lemosho 7 day route.

Description

A seven day ascent to the roof of Africa. Starting at Murram Barrier on the north western side of Kilimanjaro this trek cuts out a day at Lemosho and starts right on the Shira Plateau. It joins the Machame route above Shira 2 Camp on day 3 and circumnavigates Kibo to the south before summiting from Barafu via Stella Point. Descent is via the Mweka route.

Highlights

Kilimanjaro! Afromontane forest, Shira plateau, glacial valleys and alpine desert, views of Mawenzi, ascent of Kibo and possible views of Kibo caldera and ash pit. Glaciers and the roof of Africa!

 

Itinerary

 

In Brief

Hike Distance - 38miles / 61.1 km
Vertical Gain - 10,131ft / 3089m
Drop - 16,430ft / 5009m
Trekking Time - 39 hours

 

In Detail

DAY 1 – SHIRA 1

START - 12,205FT / 3720M
END - 11,680FT / 3560M
DISTANCE - 2 MILES / 3.2KM
TIME - 2 HRS

From Arusha we set out in vehicles to Londorossi gate to sign into the park and then transfer up to Murram Barrier to start hiking at around 3,400 m amsl. Lunch is taken either at the gate or at Murram and then the trek heads to camp crossing 2 seasonal steams. You arrive in camp mid-afternoon. Overnight Shira 1 Camp.

DAY 2 – SHIRA 2

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

After a relatively long hike and significant altitude gain, today is a short day and you arrive in Shira 2 camp in time for lunch. A good day for acclimatisation with the option of an afternoon walk with your guides. Overnight Shira 2 Camp.

DAY 3 – BARRANCO CAMP

START - 12,631FT / 3850M
END - 12,828FT / 3910M
DISTANCE - 6 MILES / 10KM
TIME - 6 HRS

Today is a walk high sleep low day. You ascend into alpine desert and for those that are feeling strong you can even head up to Lava Tower before descending to Barranco camp. Lunch is taken as a picnic lunch on route. This is long day but pays dividends later on - great acclimatisation day! Overnight Barranco Camp.

DAY 4 – KARANGA CAMP

START - 12,828FT / 3910M
END - 13,450FT / 4100M
DISTANCE - 3 MILES / 5KM
TIME - 4 HRS

From Barranco Camp, famous for its giant groundsels (Senecio species), you ascend the Barranco Wall and hike glacial valleys to Karanga Camp. Today is a relatively short day hiking and lunch is taken at Karanga camp. In the afternoon a walk can be taken with your guides for great views of the southern walls of Kibo and deep glacial valleys. Overnight Karanga Camp.

DAY 5 – BARAFU CAMP

START - 13,450 / 4100M
END - 15,100FT / 4602M
DISTANCE - 2.2 MILES / 4KM
TIME - 3 HRS

Today is another half day ascending to Barafu Camp. Once again lunch is taken in camp allowing plenty of time to relax before the summit bid. Desolate alpine desert and, at times, strong winds rip over this camp; yet in the evening splendid views of Mawenzi are the norm. A relatively early dinner is taken before heading to rest for the evening. Overnight Barafu Camp.

DAY 6 - KILIMANJARO SUMMIT / MWEKA CAMP

START - 15,100FT / 4602M
END - 10,171FT / 3100M
DISTANCE - 10 MILES / 16KM
TIME - 14 HRS

Most people depart just before midnight for the final summit bid. Patience and persistence are the name of game to reach the summit (Uhuru Peak: 19341ft, 5895m) and by dawn as the first rays of light start to appear, most arrive near the rim. Ascending via Stella Point (Alt: 18,865ft, 5750m) affords a relatively short final section to Uhuru Peak, the Roof of Africa! What goes up must come down and your goal today is to reach Mweka Camp before dusk. Overnight Mweka Camp.

DAY 7 – ARUSHA

START - 10,171FT / 3100M
END - 5,900FT / 1798M
DISTANCE - 6 MILES / 10KM
TIME - 3 HRS

After breakfast you descend once again through afromontane forest and around midday, after saying farewell to your crew, you are picked up and transferred back to your lodge for a well deserved shower!


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