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Rongai Route

The Shira Path is a little-used path that starts near Shira Ridge. It is approximately equal to the Lemosho path. In fact, Shira was the original way and Lemosho is the upgraded dissimilarity. Even though Shira is a speckled and beautiful way, it is less promising than its inheritor due to the comparatively high highness of Shira’s opening point, which is accessed rapidly by car. It is likely that hikers will experience some height connected symptoms on the first day while camping at 11,800 feet.
The way approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the west, opening with a long drive from Arusha to Shira Ridge. The vehicle sidesteps the rain forest region and the climbing trail starts on Shira Ridge. The Shira way signs the entire Shira Highland from west to east in a lovely, moderately flat hike. Then the way crosses beneath Kilimanjaro’s Southern Ice Field on a trail identified as the Southern Circuit before summiting from Barafu. Ancestry is made through the Mweka way.
Top Kilimanjaro® gives Shira as a seven or eight-day private hike. The eight-day distinction adds a stay at Moir Hut on day three before moving to Barranco Camp on day four.
Rongai Gate to Rongai Cave
Elevation: 6,398 ft. to 9,300 ft.
Remoteness: 8 km/5 miles
Climbing Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest
We drive from Arusha to Marangu Entrance for permits before taking a short transfer to the Rongai Entrance trailhead. The path winds through corn and potato fields and then hikes gently through the forest which is homebased to a diversity of wildlife, counting the black and white colobus monkey.
Rongai Cave to Second Cave
Elevation: 9,300 ft. to 11,300 ft.
Remoteness: 6 km/4 miles
Climbing Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Heath
Second Cave to Kikelewa Cave
Elevation: 11,300 ft. to 11,811 ft.
Remoteness: 6 km/4 miles
Climbing Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Heath
We start this a.m. with a steady slope up to Second Cave. We continue hiking through heath, leaving the main track for a smaller path towards the sharp peaks of Mawenzi, before lastly arriving at Kikelewa Cave for the night.
Mawenzi Tarn to Mawenzi Ridge
Elevation (ft.): 14,160 ft. -14,400 ft.
Remoteness: 2 km/1 miles
Climbing Time: 1-2 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
Mawenzi Ridge to Mawenzi Tarn
Elevation (ft.): 14,400 ft. -14,160 ft.
Remoteness: 2 km/1 miles
Climbing Time: 1-2 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
This is an additional day meant for adaptation and can be spent day climbing on Mawenzi Ridge. The unique scenery offers inspiring sights of Kibo and Mawenzi. After spending a few moments discovering the area we head back to Mawenzi Tarn for camp.
Marwenzi Tarn to Kibo Hut
Elevation (ft.): 14,160 ft. to 15,430 ft.
Remoteness: 8 km/5 miles
Climbing Time: 5-6 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
We hike slowly, then cross the lunar desert of the “Saddle” in the mid of the Mawenzi and Kibo. Our camp, Kibo Hut, sits at the lowermost of the Kibo crater wall. Once here we break, enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the summit day.
Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak
Elevation (ft.): 15,430 ft. to 19,341 ft.
Remoteness: 6 km/4 miles
Climbing Time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Arctic
Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut
Elevation (ft.): 19,341 ft. to 12,250 ft.
Remoteness: 16 km/10 miles
Climbing Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Heath
Very early in the a.m. (around night time), we start our push to the summit. This is the most cerebrally and bodily challenging portion of the walk. The wind and cold at this advancement and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for some hours while taking regular, but short, pauses. At Gilman’s point (18,600 ft), you will be pleased with the most splendid sunrise you are ever likely to spot coming over Mawenzi Peak. Lastly, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.
After spending a few moments taking in the plains of Africa and your achievement, we incline to Horombo Hut. Later in the nightfall, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-deserved siesta.
Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak
Elevation (ft.): 15,430 ft. to 19,341 ft.
Remoteness: 6 km/4 miles
Climbing Time: 6-8 hours
Habitat: Arctic
Uhuru Peak to Horombo Hut
Elevation (ft.): 19,341 ft. to 12,250 ft.
Remoteness: 16 km/10 miles
Climbing Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Heath
Very early in the a.m. (around night time), we start our push to the summit. This is the most cerebrally and bodily challenging portion of the walk. The wind and cold at this advancement and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for some hours while taking regular, but short, pauses. At Gilman’s point (18,600 ft), you will be pleased with the most splendid sunrise you are ever likely to spot coming over Mawenzi Peak. Lastly, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.
After spending a few moments taking in the plains of Africa and your achievement, we incline to Horombo Hut. Later in the nightfall, we enjoy our last dinner on the mountain and a well-deserved siesta.
Park fees, camping fees & rescue fees
VAT on tour fees & services
Transportation to & from the mountain gate
Professional mountain guides, cooks and porters
3 meals daily while on the mountain
Filtered water throughout the trek
Pre-& Post trek accommodation at Arusha
2 Way private airport transfers
Tips to mountain crew
The safari and tour prices below include
Hotel/lodge accommodation for the duration safaris
Animal tours according to your itinerary preferences
Private 4-wheel drive vehicle with a roof hatch
Professional safari and tour guide / driver
All national park fees
All meals on the safari
Extras and personal expenses
International flights and corresponding taxes
Optional activities not outlined on the itinerary
Tips to mountain crew
Items of a personal nature
Laundry Services
A doctor for the group
Travel insurance
Tips and gratuities
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