We will reach life-changing elevations and climb Africa’s most magnificent and storied summit, Mount Kilimanjaro. This incredible, bucket-list trek will have participants attempting to climb the highest peak in Africa, every step making a difference for our partnering charity, Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust.
We utilize experienced local guides as well as porters to carry our gear, cook, and handle all the duties while you hike with a small pack by day and relax in camp by night. We will be climbing the Lemosho - Shira Route, one of the most scenic trails on Kilimanjaro. Our goal is for everyone to make it to the summit, but it's the process and the charitable impact that make it transforming. Because of that, every step attempted is celebrated!
Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa and the largest free-standing mountain on the planet. Most fit and determined adventurers can reach the summit with the assistance of guides and porters and require no technical climbing skills.
Overview of the Lemosho - Shira Route
The Lemosho - Shira route is preferred by most climbers. It is a longer route, allowing climbers to acclimatize more readily to the altitude. This extra time increases enjoyment and your chances of summiting. Lemosho - Shira Route is also one of the more scenic routes up Kilimanjaro and does NOT require a midnight summit ascent. A day time summit is much preferred as climbers avoid the crowds at the summit.
7 DAY LEMOSHO - SHIRA ROUTE
Day 1 Londorossi gate to Mt. Mkubwa. Climbers are taken to the gate at 1,800 meters (5,905 ft.) at the entrance to the forest for entrance formalities and then to the trailhead at Lemosho Glades. From here, there is a three to four hour walk, ascending quite steeply through the forest, until a camp is made in a clearing in the forest dominated by a large tree – Mt. Mkubwa.
Day 2: Mt. Mkubwa to Shira 1. Continue climb to the moorland above the forest, then detour northwards around the Shira ridge before dropping down onto the Shira plateau. Camp is made by a stream at Shira One campsite. Total time is about six hours.
Day 3: Shira 1 to Shira hut. The trail continues across the plateau towards Kibo. After about two hours, the edge of the plateau is reached, and the path climbs up for about 40 minutes to Shira hut at 3,800 meters (12,467 ft.). Total time is about three hours if the direct route is taken. An additional option that is afforded us is the opportunity to branch off the trail and climb Shira Cathedral and Shira Needle, the imposing hills on the southern side of the plateau, and to look down the Machame ridge from their tops. It is also possible to visit Cone Place, the center of the extinct Shira volcano, and to look from there at the highest parts of the Shira plateau - Johnsell Point and Klute Peak on the western Shira ridge.
Day 4: Shira hut to Lava Tower hut. The path continues directly up the ridge towards Kibo and to Lava Tower hut at 4,600 meters (15,091 ft.). The hut is so called because of a tower of lava nearby. Total time is about four-five hours. Shortly before reaching Lava Tower hut, a path leads off to the right which goes along the Kibo South Circuit to Horombo hut. From this point to Horombo hut takes a good four-five hours more.
Day 5: Lava Tower hut to Arrow glacier hut. Cross a stream and climb a steep boulder-strewn path to a small plateau directly beneath Kibo’s western breach. This is where the Arrow glacier camp site is located, at 4,850 meters, (15,912 ft.) the highest camp site on Kilimanjaro below the crater. This walk may only take one hour, and the rest of the day is spent exploring the big Breach glacier close to the camp site, admiring the magnificent views of the western breach and the Breach Wall towering over the camp site, and resting in preparation for the next day’s efforts.
Day 6: Arrow glacier hut to the top. Leaving the camp very early in the morning, climb the slope behind the hut, continuing up through cliffs of rock. This is the Arrow Glacier - not much glacier left. Eventually reach a ridge like a staircase and scramble up onto the crater floor. From the camp, this part will take about six hours, and the crater floor is about 5,700 meters (18,700 ft.) at this point. It is then about one and one-half hours to Uhuru Peak 5,895meters (19,341 ft.). Then descend via Barafu hut (one-two hours from Stella point), and then continue for another three or four hours to Mweka hut.
Day 7: Descend to Mweka gate. Receive summit certificates. Say farewells to all our guides, chefs, and porters. Caravan back to Arusha and to our hotel for a trekking dinner celebration.