Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro 1 Day Shira Route

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Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro 1 Day Shira Route

This 1 Day Kilimanjaro Hike to Shira Plateau is a short trek geared for people who like to trek but reaching the summit isn’t a “must-do”, and allows one to experience the excitement of hiking on the highest peak on the African continent.

Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro 1 Day Shira Route is best suited for guests who are staying in hotels, lodges, and camps located in West Kilimanjaro. Some of these lodges include Shumata Camp, Ndarakwai Camp, Kambi ya Tembo, and House of West Kili Lodge.

Hiking to the Shira Plateau offers a different perspective of the mountain with stunning views of Kibo Peak (weather permitting) it’s also a great spot for taking photos. This day hike to the beautiful Shira Plateau begins at 3,407m and takes you through the shrub steppe on the lower slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

You’ll hike for approximately 2 to 3 hours, with a little elevation gain to 3,610m, to Shira Base Camp which is used by people trekking the world’s tallest freestanding mountain. You’ll have your picnic lunch there and you can watch the hustle and bustle of guides, porters, cooks, and clients arriving and setting up camp for the night. In the early afternoon, you’ll hike back to the vehicles for your return trip to Moshi or Arusha.

Shira Plateau is a tact of moorland roughly 5 miles across in each direction; level on the west where it abuts the Shira Ridge, titled upwards on the east where its gradually steepening slope merges into those of Kibo which can be seen at a very close range on a clear day.

It lies in general between 11,500 and 13,500 feet. Ascending to this height one encounters the rich vegetation and tree-dancing colobus monkeys. There are carcasses of eland and elephants higher on the mountain proving that these larger animals are occasional visitors. 

If you don’t have the budget to make it to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, why not explore the base of the mountain on this Arusha day hike?

Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro 1 Day Shira Route Itinerary

The day starts early from your lodge than an hour’s drive through the rich agricultural area at the base of the mountain, this varies from hand-tilled small holdings to large commercial farms before giving way first to plantation forest and finally to indigenous forest.

After the paperwork at the Londorosi gate (Kilimanjaro National Park Western Gate), the road climbs more steeply up a rough track moving quickly through the different layers of vegetation from thick mountain forest where you can look out for Colobus Monkeys in the trees.

Your hike through the beautifully rugged landscape of Shira Plateau starts at 3,500 m above sea level. Along different trails and accompanied by a ranger, you can enjoy views of Kibo, Kilimanjaro’s highest peak, and its northern glaciers, when the weather permits.

The vast plains of neighboring Amboseli National Park in Kenya and the deep gorge of the Simba River contrast the views of the world’s highest free-standing mountain. When you reach the northern rim of Shira Crater, take a quick stop at different observation points and see the volcanic cones dotting the landscape below.

Hike at your own pace and enjoy a picnic lunch under the open sky along the way. It’s a moderate hike and you don’t need to be an athlete to be able to enjoy it. However, at 3,500m the air is thinner, so pace your step, enjoy the untouched landscapes and the presence of the mighty Kilimanjaro.

Spend the day trekking in the park-approximately 3 hours or more. The guide will carry trail food and a picnic lunch.

Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro 1 Day Shira Route Prices

Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro 1 Day Shira Route Rates Includes:

Price per person + All park entry fees into Mt Kilimanjaro National Park + Guided Day Hike to Mt Kilimanjaro which includes a Picnic lunch Box + Pickup from your hotel in Arusha, or any hotel west of Kilimanjaro and transfers to the base of Mount Kilimanjaro and Drop-off to your hotel & Professional English speaking guides. All are experts in African wildlife, culture, and tour guiding, many of who speak other European languages

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* Lunch box with sandwiches, chocolate, groundnuts, biscuits, fruits, juice, boiled egg, piece of cake
* Warm and waterproof equipment and a pair of stout walking boots are needed as in some areas the ground can be soft
* Each hiker needs a small rucksack to carry water, warm clothes, and full waterproofs – the weather can change incredibly quickly as clouds swoop down from the summit depending on the time of the year. You don’t need hiking boots for this Kilimanjaro day trip. However, we recommend closed shoes such as trainers.
* All our guides are charming, friendly, and well trained which will ensure you enjoy every step of your trek. N.B. if you need a guide who speaks your language fluently this can also be arranged at an extra fee

Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro 1 Day Shira Route Rates Do Not Include:

* Laundry
* Tips or gratuity
* Travelers Insurance
* Communication charges
* Visas, international airfares, and airport taxes; meals
* Sightseeing not included in the package; optional activities
* Personal expenses such as transfers to/ from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)

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