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Umbwe 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.
Umbwe Gate to Umbwe Camp
Elevation: 5,249 ft. to 9,514 ft.
Remoteness: 11 km/7 miles
Climbing Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Heath

The day starts with a 50-minute drive to Machame Entrance where registration procedures will be done. We then transfer through villages and coffee and banana farms to Umbwe Entrance. The path soars abruptly on a forestry trail which winds up the thick rain forest. The trail narrows and steepens as we ascend the ridge between two rivers enclosed by vast trees. Umbwe Camp is balanced between trees and thick vegetation.

Umbwe Camp to Barranco Camp
Elevation: 9,514 ft. to 13,044 ft.
Remoteness: 6 km/4 miles
Climbing Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Heath
The second day of the hike follows pebbly ground with sparse vegetation and straggly, moss-covered trees. As we gain advancement, sights of Kilimanjaro can be perceived. The trail compresses as we approach Barranco Valley. From Umbwe ridge, the path slopes to Barranco Camp through the strange but lovely Senecio Forestry
Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
Elevation: 13,044 ft. to 13,106 ft.
Remoteness: 5 km/3 miles
Climbing Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
We start the day by plunging into a gully to the base of the Great Barranco Wall. Then we hike the non-technical but steep, approximately 900 ft crag. From the upper of the Barranco Wall we cross a sequence of hills and valleys until we incline sharply into Karanga Valley. One steeper hike up leads us to Karanga Camp. This is a shorter day meant for adaptation.
Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
Elevation: 13,106 ft. to 15,331 ft.
Remoteness: 4 km/2 miles
Climbing Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert
We leave Karanga and knockout the intersection which connects with the Mweka Track. We continue up to the stony section to Barafu Hut. At this point, you have done the Southern Circuit, which offers sights of the summit from several different approaches. Here we make camp, break and enjoy an early dinner to prepare for the high-level meeting day. The two summits of Mawenzi and Kibo are on view from this position.
Barafu Camp to Uhuru Peak
Elevation: 15,331 ft. to 19,341 ft.
Remoteness: 5 km/3 miles
Climbing Time: 7-8 hours
Habitat: Arctic
Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp
Elevation: 19,341 ft. to 10,065 ft.
Remoteness: 12 km/7 miles
Climbing Time: 4-6 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest
Very early in the a.m. (around night-time), we commence our push to the meeting. This is the most emotionally and bodily challenging portion of the hike. The wind and cold at this advancement and time of day can be thrilling. We climb in the darkness for some hours while taking regular, but short, breaks. Near Stella Point (18,900 ft), you will be pleased with the most splendid sunrise you are ever probably to spot coming over Mawenzi Top. Lastly, we arrive at Uhuru Peak- the uppermost point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa.
From the high-level meeting, we now make our ancestry continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp place, ending at Barafu for lunch. The path is very stony and can be quite tough on the knees; hiking poles are obliging. Mweka Camp is located in the higher forest and mist or rain can be anticipated in the late afternoon. Later in the nightfall, we enjoy our last feast on the mountain and a well-deserved siesta.
Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate
Elevation: 10,065 ft. to 5,380 ft.
Remoteness: 10 km/6 miles
Climbing Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest
On our final day, we continue the ancestry to Mweka Entrance and gather the summit certificates. At lower advancements, it can be rainy and muddy. From the entrance, we continue another hour to Mweka Village. A car will meet us at Mweka Village to get-us-and-go back to the hotel in Arusha.
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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