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MOUNTAIN KILIMANJARO CLIMBING VIA SHIRA ROUTE 9 DAYS

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The Shira route is a path that approaches Kilimanjaro from the west, and is nearly identical to the
Lemosho route. In fact, Shira was the original route and Lemosho is the improved variation.While
Lemosho starts at Londorossi Gate and treks through the rain forest to Shira 1 Camp, the Shira route
bypasses this walk by using a vehicle to transport climbers to Shira Gate, located near the Shira Ridge.On
the first day on the mountain, climbers begin their hike from 11,800 feet (3,600 m) and spend their first
night at the same elevation at Simba Camp. Then, the route merges with Lemosho at Shira 2 and follows
the southern circuit route, traversing beneath the Southern Icefields before summiting from Barafu.
Descent is made on the Mweka route. Although Shira is a varied and beautiful route, Lemosho is
recommended over Shira due to the high altitude of Shira's starting point. It is possible that climbers will
experience altitude related symptoms on the first day due to failed acclimatization. Climbers using Shira
should be confident of their ability to acclimatize. Shira is offered as a seven to eight day private climb.
The eight day variation visits Moir Hut on day three, and continues to Lava Tower on day four. However,
overall Shira is not recommended.

 

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DAY 1: Arrive in Tanzania
Arrive anytime at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), there will be a pick up private transfer waiting
to Stella Maris hotel in Moshi. All airport transfers are the part of the package, no extra fee is required.
We will gather in the evening for a pre-climb briefing and an equipment check. We will also confirm you
have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance.

 

DAY 2: Shira Gate to Simba Camp
We depart Moshi for Londorossi Gate, which takes about 4 hours; here we will complete entry formalities
while guides and porters prepare equipment. We then continue to drive up a steep path to the Shira Gate
where we will begin the hike. The trek starts through shrubs and giant heather until we reach Simba
Camp. Elevation: 11,800 ft to 11,800 ft Distance: 4 km Hiking Time: 1-2 hours Habitat: Heath.

 

DAY 3: Simba Camp to Shira 2 Camp
Today is a fairly easy day to help with acclimatization. We begin by exploring the grassy moorland and
volcanic rock formations on the plateau. Then we take a scenic path to the Shira Cathedral, a huge
buttress of rock surrounded by steep spires and pinnacles, before settling at Shira 2 Camp.
Elevation: 11,800 ft to 12,500 ft , Distance: 6 km, Hiking Time: 2 hours, Habitat: Heath.

 

DAY 4: Shira 2 Camp to Lava Tower
We continue to the east up a ridge and then head southeast towards the Lava Tower – a 300 ft tall
volcanic rock formation. We descend down to Barranco Camp through the strange but beautiful Senecio
Forest to an altitude of 13,000 ft. Although you begin and end the day at the same elevation, the time
spent at higher altitude is very beneficial for acclimatization.
Elevation: 15,190 ft to 13,044 ft, Distance: 3 km, Hiking Time: 2-3 hours, Habitat: Alpine Desert.

 

DAY 5: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
We begin the day by descending into a ravine to the base of the Great Barranco Wall. Then we climb the
non-technical but steep, nearly 900 ft cliff. From the top of the Barranco Wall we cross a series of hills
and valleys until we descend sharply into Karanga Valley. One more steep climb up leads us to Karanga
Camp. This is a shorter day meant for acclimatization.
Elevation: 13,044 ft to 13,106 ft, Distance: 5 km, Hiking Time: 4-5 hours, Habitat: Alpine Desert.

 

DAY 6: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
We leave Karanga and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail. We continue up to the
rocky section to Barafu Hut. At this point, you have completed the Southern Circuit, which offers views
of the summit from many different angles. Here we make camp, rest and enjoy an early dinner to prepare
for the summit day. The two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are viewable from this position.
Elevation: 13,106 ft to 15,331 ft, Distance: 4 km, Hiking Time: 4-5 hours, Habitat: Alpine Desert.

 

DAY 7: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak
Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally
and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be
extreme. We ascend in the darkness for several hours while taking frequent, but short, breaks. Near Stella
Point (18,900 ft), you will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see
coming over Mawenzi Peak. Finally, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro
and the continent of Africa.
From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site,
stopping at Barafu for lunch. The trail is very rocky and can be quite hard on the knees; trekking poles are
helpful. Mweka Camp is situated in the upper forest and mist or rain can be expected in the late afternoon.
Later in the evening, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-earned sleep.
Elevation: 15,331 ft to 19,341 ft, Distance: 5 km, Hiking Time: 7-8 hours, Habitat: Arctic
Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp, Elevation: 19,341 ft to 10,065 ft, Distance: 12 km, Hiking Time: 4-6 hours,
Habitat: Rain Forest.

 

DAY 8: Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate
On our last day, we continue the descent to Mweka Gate and collect the summit certificates. At lower
elevations, it can be wet and muddy. From the gate, we continue another hour to Mweka Village. A
vehicle will meet us at Mweka Village to drive us back to the hotel in Moshi.
Elevation: 10,065 ft to 5,380 ft, Distance: 10 km, Hiking Time: 3-4 hours, Habitat: Rain Forest
 

DAY 9: Departure day in Tanzania
We will transfer you from the hotel to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) where you will
fly back home.If you will have more time you can extend your tour to wildlife safari in northern
circuit to Serengeti , Ngorongoro, Tarangire, Manyara and Zanzibar, but additional cost will be
required.

                            

Our standard package includes the following:

  •  2 transfers to and from the Kilimanjaro airport.
  • Tanzania VAT on tourism activities and park fees.
  • Adequate and appropriate number of guides porters, and cooks for your group.
  • Government taxes.
  • All park fees, camping fees, rescue fees and team fees.
  • Transfers to and from the route gate(s) (2 transfers).
  • Sleeping mattress pad(s), dining tent(s), sleeping tent(s), and crew’s equipment– Dining tent and sleeping tent not applicable on the Marangu route as all meals are served at the camps in designated dining halls.
  • 2 nights in a hotel in Moshi on a Bed & Breakfast basis (1 before trekking & 1 after trekking)
  • 3 full fresh meals daily. We provide fresh food on the mountain in plentiful and well prepared by skilled professional cooker (we also consider your choice of food that you would prefer - Vegetarian and Non Vegetarian). Menu especially designed for climbers.
  • Hot drinks on the mountain and Hot water for washing will be provided everyday on the mountain.
  • 3-4 liters of mineral (per Climber) provided daily during the climb.
  • Portable toilet for the trek.
  • Emergency evacuation cover with AMREF Flying Doctors.
  • Hotel accommodation includes storage facilities for excess luggage during hikes.
  • Kilimanjaro National Park rescue fees (Kilimanjaro Rescue Team).
  • Chief guide carries a Pulse Oximeter, used to take blood-oxygen level readings of clients twice a day.
  • Emergency oxygen (for use in emergencies only – not as summiting aid)
  • Basic first aid kit (for use in emergencies only).
  • Salaries for mountain support crew, as per required KINAPA.
  •  Breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as hot drinks on the mountain.
  • Porter to carry your duffel bag, with maximum weight of 15kg / 32 lbs, from one camp to the
    next camp.
  • Kilimanjaro National Park certificate for your successful summit attempt.

 

Excluded from Standard Package rates:

  • Flights and airport taxes.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Compulsory tips for guides, porters and cook (average tip is anything from US$250 toUS$ 350 per hiker – depending on the number of days and number of hikers in the group,as well as the route chosen).
  • Entry visa for Tanzania (US$50 per passport holder for most nationalities / US $ 100 per visa for USA passport holders) .
  • Health requirements (Yellow Fever – only compulsory if you travel to Tanzania via a Yellow Fever infected country, Meningitis & Hepatitis A remains optional, but comes recommended).
  • Optional but highly recommended travel and medical insurance.
  • Personal hiking/trekking gear – you could rent some of the gear in Tanzania.
  • Snacks, personal medicine and water purifying tablets.
  • Meals and drinks not specified.
  • Tips for guides, porters and cook (this is a guide to tipping on the mountain http://www.kiliporters.org/tipping_recommendations.php.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

 
Please read the following terms and conditions. They limit our liability and outline the conditions under which your tours will operate. Acceptance of tour documents represents an acceptance by the customer of the terms and conditions as follows:
1.Reservations: A deposit of 30% of the total tour price is due at the time of making your reservation. The balance is due no later than 30 days prior to departure. We reserve the right to cancel any reservations for which the total fare has not been paid by the due date. In such cases the deposit paid will be forfeited. Only upon receipt of all deposits from all parties travelling will the tour be confirmed. All items included within a proposed itinerary are subject to availability at the time of deposit receipt.
2.Cancellations Charges:
         The following cancellation charges will apply:
        32+ days prior to departure – 25% of tour price
         8 – 32 days prior to departure – 50% of tour price
      7 days or less to departure – 100% of tour price
Please note that in cases where bookings have been made for external services such as accommodation, the cancellation charges incurred are the responsibility of the client. Please ensure that you are aware of such external bookings when making a reservation with us. Cancellations must be done in writing via email.
3.Alterations of Tours/Safaris by Client: We do not charge an administrative fee for changes you make to an itinerary prior to due date of full payment. We will do our utmost to make changes as you request but we cannot guarantee that this will be possible as changes are subject to availability. If the client wishes to make changes after the payment has been received in full, we cannot give guarantees that this will be possible. Some changes in itinerary may be subject to surcharge. Once the proposal is confirmed and we have made firm bookings on your behalf, we reserve the right to refuse to make alterations to the itinerary.
4.Alterations of Tours/Safaris by Company: Prices quoted are based on costs and exchange rates at time of compilation of quote. A surcharge may be necessary should there be significant changes in the following circumstances: (a) Transportation costs including the cost of fuel. (b) Dues, taxes (including road taxes and tolls) or levies charged by the governments or their agencies. (c) Exchange rate
We reserve the right to vary, modify or cancel any itinerary, either part or wholly. If this is necessary, we will substitute alternative arrangements of comparable value, or at our discretion provide a full refund.
5.Weather Conditions: Under no circumstances can we be held responsible for weather conditions, nor can any ticket be cancelled or amended by you at any time on the basis of weather conditions.
6.Tour Prices: All tour prices quoted include transportation, accommodation, meals and entrance fees, as stipulated in our itineraries. Prices advertised on the site are subject to change, and will only be fixed upon payment of the deposit.
7. Passport – Visas: Please check with a local Travel Agent regarding requirements for passport and visas. Generally a tourist visa will be required for visits to the country of no longer than 3 months. Requirements and prices vary by country.
8. Health Documents: It is strongly advised that you consult your doctor or local health department at least 8 weeks prior to departing your country of origin. Yellow Fever cards may be required at a port of entry to Tanzania.
9.Responsibility: We reserve the right to make, with or without notice, alterations to, accommodation, meals, vehicles, schedule, or planned route should the need arise. Every effort will be made to consult and inform the client of any such changes prior to the beginning of the tour.
10. Luggage: Luggage is limited to 15 kg per person.
11. Insurance: Insurance is not included and it is, therefore, strongly recommended that you obtain personal travel and medical insurance policy before departing your country.
12. Liability: We do not accept liability for injury, damage of personal property, loss of personal property, accident, delay, or irregularity caused by either defect in any vehicle the actions of any persons associated with the tour, accommodation, establishment, or employees.

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE

 
Travel insurance is required to participate on this trip.
Trip deposits are non-refundable and balance payments are only partially refundable. Therefore, it is prudent for you to protect your investment against trip cancellation, interruption, delays and unforeseeable expenses. Standard travel insurance provides coverage for:

Trip cancellation
• Trip interruption
• Missed connection
• Travel delay
• Baggage delay and personal items lost
• Hurricane and weather
• Employment layoff
• Pre-existing medical conditions
• Emergency medical
• Medical evacuation and repatriation
• Financial default
• Terrorism

At a minimum, the insurance should protect you against trip cancellation and trip interruption, should you need to cancel your trip due to circumstances such as training injuries or sickness or emergencies. Ideally, insurance should cover high altitude trekking (not to be confused with "mountaineering" or "mountain climbing" which most insurance will not cover) and all medical and repatriation costs.

 

VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR TANZANIA

Most travellers require a travel visa to visit Tanzania. While travel visas can be obtained at the

airport upon arrival, we recommend getting your visa ahead of time to avoid waiting in line.
You can obtain your visa through  sherpa .
Simply download the app and use our referral code    
‘ eco-africaclimbing ’ .
Your passport must be signed with at least six months of validity when you enter Tanzania.
Additional documentation (i.e. proof of vaccination) may also be required based on where you are travelling from.

To apply for a Tanzanian Visa you will need:

Original, signed passport with at least six months of validity

Letter of Invitation , which includes the host organization, passport details, travel dates,

description of activities, and length and location of stay (must be signed)

Trip Itinerary , including entry and exit flight information under the traveller’s name

Hotel Reservations under the traveller’s name.

Two passport-type photos

Citizens who MUST obtain their visa before departure:
Afghanistan, Azerbaijan,  Bangladesh,  Chad, Djibouti,  Ethiopia,  Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea,  Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,  Lebanon,  Mali, Mauritania, Niger,  Palestine, Senegal, Somalia,  Sierra Leone, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and  Sri Lanka.

 

Citizens who do not require a visa:
Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados,
Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Dominica,
Falkland Islands, Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guernsey, Guyana, Hong Kong,
Jamaica, Jersey, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia,
Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Rwanda, Samoa, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa,
Swaziland, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia,and Zimbabwe.

Vaccinations:
You’ll need proof of the Yellow Fever vaccination if you are a citizen (or travelling from) these
countries:
Angola, Argentina, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central
African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo,
Côte d’Ivoire, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana,
Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Panama,
Paraguay, Peru, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Suriname, Togo,
Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, and Venezuela.

 

PACKING LIST

What Gear Do I Need to Bring?
You are responsible for bringing personal gear and equipment while communal equipment (tents, food, cooking items, etc.) is provided. Below is a gear list of required, recommended and optional items to bring on your climb.
 
Technical Clothing
   1 - Waterproof Jacket, breathable with hood
   1 - Insulated Jacket, synthetic or down
   1 - Soft Jacket, fleece or soft-shell
   2 - Long Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric
   1 - Short Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric
  1 - Waterproof Pants, breathable (side-zipper recommended)
  2 - Hiking Pants
  1 - Fleece Pants
  1 - Shorts (optional)
  1 - Long Underwear (moisture-wicking fabric recommended)
  3 - Underwear, briefs (moisture-wicking fabric recommended)
  2 - Sport Bra (women)
 
Headwear
  1 - Brimmed Hat, for sun protection
  1 - Knit Hat, for warmth
  1 - Balaclava, for face coverage (optional)
  1 - Bandana (optional)
 
Handwear
  1 - Gloves, warm (waterproof recommended)
  1 - Gloves, thin
 
Footwear
  1 - Hiking Boots, warm, waterproof, broken-in
  1 - Gym Shoes, to wear at camp (optional)
  3 - Socks, wool or synthetic
  3 - Sock Liners, tight, thin, synthetic, worn under socks to prevent blisters (optional)
  1 - Gaiters, waterproof (optional)
 
Accessories
   1 - Sunglasses or Goggles
   1 - Backpack Cover, waterproof (optional)
   1 - Water Bottle (Nalgene, 32 oz.)
   1 - Water Bladder (Camelbak type, 3 liters)
   1 - Towel, lightweight, quick-dry (optional)
   1 - Pee Bottle, to avoid leaving tent at night (recommended)
   Stuff SACKS, Dry Bags or Plastic Bags, various sizes, to keep gear dry and separate
 
Equipment
   1 - Sleeping Bag, warm, four seasons*
   1 - Trekking Poles, collapsable (highly recommended)*
   1 - Head lamp, with extra batteries
   1 - Duffel bag, 50-90L capacity, for porters to carry your equipment
   1 - Daypack, 30-35L capacity, for you to carry your personal gear
*MAY BE RENTED ON LOCATION
 
 
Other
   Toiletries
   Water purifier tablets
   Prescriptions
   Sunscreen
   Lip Balm
   Insect Repellent, containing DEET
   First Aid Kit
   Hand Sanitizer
   Toilet Paper
   Wet Wipes (recommended)
   Snacks, light-weight, high calorie, high energy (optional)
   Electrolytes, powder or tablets (optional)
   Camera, with extra batteries (optional)
   Paperwork
   Passport
   Visa (available at JRO) or you can obtain your visa through  sherpa ,simply download the app and use our referral code    ‘ eco-africaclimbing ’ .
   Immunization Papers
   Insurance Documents

 

The most common mistake that climbers make is that they over pack and bring way too much gear.
Be selective in what you take with you. Please note that our porters are limited to carrying 33 lbs (15 kgs) of your personal belongings. Everything the porters will carry for you between campsites should be placed into the duffel bag, including the sleeping bag, but it is OK to pack the sleeping bag separately if necessary.
Our porters will place your duffel bag and sleeping bag into a large, sturdy, waterproof bag with a roll-top closure.
If you have excess weight, you will be required to hire an additional porter.
Plastic, recyclable water bottles are not allowed in the park, due to past problems with litter. So water should be carried in Nalgene bottles, water bladders, or similar devices. You should be able to carry 3-4 liters of water with you at all times. Please do not bring alcohol. It is illegal to have alcohol in the park. Our staff will not carry it for you. Besides, drinking and high altitude do not mix well.
Checked luggage on airplanes can get lost or delayed on the way to Tanzania. You should prepare for this possibility by wearing or carrying on the items that are essential to your Kilimanjaro climb. While most clothing, gear and equipment can be replaced in Tanzania prior to your climb, there are some things that you should not replace.
Eco- recommends that you wear one complete hiking outfit on the plane, including a long sleeve shirt, hiking pants, underwear, socks, and hiking boots. In your carry on baggage, you should bring your backpack, waterproof jacket and pants, insulated jacket, fleece pants, snacks, toiletries, medications, camera and all paperwork. Airline regulations do not allow you to carry trekking poles on the plane. Make sure you do wear/carry your hiking boots; wearing a different pair of boots on your climb will likely cause blistering.
If your baggage is lost or delayed, please notify us immediately upon your arrival so we can assist you in assembling the necessary gear. We will take you to local, independently owned rental gear shops in Moshi. Note that these shops generally carry second-hand items that may not be up to Western standards. Eco- cannot guarantee the fit, quality or functionality of items found in local shops. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to carry on the most important pieces of gear as noted above. We will make reasonable attempts to deliver delayed luggage to you on the mountain. All additional expenses that are incurred by us while resolving lost or delayed luggage problems must be reimbursed.

Route

  1. Shira