The Shira Plateau - 4 Days
(KL4)


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 while not reaching the same altitude as the High Altitude Ramble.

DESCRIPTION

Starting on the western side, this trip ascends through the Lemosho glades and onto the Shira Plateau. There are then options to hike either up towards Moir or across the Shira Plateau towards the Shira Cathedral before descending back down to Murrum Barrier.

HIGHLIGHTS

Lemosho Forest, the juniper forest, the Shira Plateau with stunning views of Kibo, walking across the Shira plateau, 4 different vegetation zones.

 

ITINERARY

 

DAY 1 - FOREST CAMP

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 1

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

Today is all about you. There is no camp you have to get to and thus you can make today as short or as long as you desire. There is much to explore on the plateau in areas that are rarely visited by any other hikers as it is away from the usual paths. A picnic lunch is taken with you, which can be taken on some remote viewpoints. Your guide will lead you as far as you want to go before returning to the camp.

DAY 4 - MURRAM BARRIER & OUT

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

An easy morning to finish off as you hike to Murram Barrier Gate where you are picked up and transferred to your onward arrangements with a packed lunch (note transfer to Arusha is around 3 hours, transfer for West Kilimanjaro airstrip is around 40 minutes). 


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