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10 Days Trekking tour itinerary for Arusha & Mount Kilimanjaro: Trek On Shira For A Successful Trek To Africa's Highest

Arusha, Mount Kilimanjaro

Mountaineering Tour
Trekking Tour
Climbing Tour

Traverse the Shira Route to the highest mountain of Africa while taking in the majestic views along the route. Let nature treat you and make this trek worthy of all the hard work that you put into a successful hike up with your expert guides. 

DAY 01


  • Stay at the Arusha Safari Lodge, which is a beautiful Hotel located on the lower slopes of Mount Meru and is a perfect place to prepare you for the adventure.

  • Gather in the evening at 5:30 pm for a pre-climb briefing and an equipment check. Confirm you have the appropriate mandatory medical coverage and travel insurance.

Dinner and overnight at Arusha Safari Lodge: Bed, dinner and Breakfast-included.

DAY 02


  • After breakfast at the hotel in Arusha, drive approximately 2 hours through the rural countryside to the Londrossi Gate. For the necessary park registration formalities at the Londorossi National Park gate, drive a short distance on a steep track through farmland and plantations to the starting of Shira Route. 

  • Start your ascent along with the shrub forests with your Mountain guide as the trail climbs steadily with wide views of the Kibo Icefield to reach the rim of the Shira Plateau.

Londrossi Gate to Shira One Camp (3550 m): 4-5 hours walking

DAY 03


  • Today, follow an easy path to the summit of Shira Cathedral before reaching the next camp at Shira Hut. As this camp is quite exposed, it can be substantially colder than the previous night, with temperatures dropping to well below freezing.

Shira Camp One to Shira Hut (3,840 m): 4-5 hours walking.

DAY 04


  • In the morning, cross-part of the plateau through lush heather and moorland. Then, into expensive high Savannah desert before reaching more hut in the alpine zone. For extra acclimatization, one can take a walk around for the higher lands around the camp; the views are superb. Lunch will be served at Fisher camp. 

  • Take an acclimatization walk up onto the Lent Hills, the summit of which is at 4,700 meters in the afternoon.

Shira Hut to Moir Hut (4,200m): 3-4 hours walking.

DAY 05


  • Today, walk on a gentle ascent and enjoy panoramic views. Traverse the southwest side of Kilimanjaro, passing underneath the Lava Tower and the final section of the Western Breach and after a hot lunch, the bottom of the Lava Tower (4,600 m.).

  • Descend to the bottom of the Great Barranco valley (3,900 m.).

Moir Hut to Barranco valley (3,900 m.): 5-7 hours walking.

DAY 06


  • A steep climb up the eastern wall will lead you just below the Heim Glacier, where you may have some spectacular views of Kilimanjaro. Then, take a steep exit up the Great Barranco Wall, which divides us from the southeastern slopes of Kibo, the trail continues down into the alpine desert of the Karanga Valley. Finally, have a steep climb up to Karanga Camp.

Barranco Valley to Karanga camp (4,000 m): 4-5 hours walking.

DAY 07


  • Today, take the Traverse Route that takes you up the Barafu Ridge, walk up quite slowly to the final camp before your last ascent day to the summit. The remainder of the day is spent relaxing in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night. 

Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp (4,600 m): 3-4 hours walking.

DAY 08


  • Wake up before midnight in the cover of darkness. Begin a steep climb over loose volcanic scree that has some well-graded zigzags but a steady pace will take you to the rim of the main crater, Stella Point, at 5,735m. Rest there for a few minutes to enjoy the sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling good can continue slowly to make the two hour round trip from here, along the crater rim to the main peak (5,895 m), which is the highest point in Africa.

  • After a few minutes to appreciate your accomplishment, descent to Barafu is amazingly fast, and stop at Barafu Camp for some refreshment.

  • Continue to descend to reach Mweka Camp.

Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Camp (3100 m): 13-15 hours walking.

DAY 09


  • Take a gentle walk that takes you down through the rainforest to Mweka gate. Successful climbers will receive their summit certificates.

  • After lunch, drive back to Arusha Safari Lodge.

Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate: 3-5 hours walking.

Dinner and overnight at Arusha Safari Lodge: Bed, dinner, and Breakfast-included.

DAY 10


  • After saying bye to your team of guides, then take a private departure transfer, which is included from Arusha to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) for your flight unless you have an option to have a short safari or any other option.

  • 2400 USD Per Adult , 1200 USD Per Child
  • Tanzania VAT on tourism activities and park fees

  • Return transfers Kilimanjaro airport to Arusha and Arusha to Kilimanjaro airport

  • Hotel Lodging the night before and the night after the climb, with dinner and breakfast included (double occupancy)

  • With bed dinner and breakfast

  • Transfer from your hotel to starting point for your climb, and return to your hotel after your climb

  • Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food

  • All Kilimanjaro National Park gate fees, camping fees, and climbing permits.

  • Kilimanjaro National Park rescue fees (Kilimanjaro Rescue Team)

  • Emergency Oxygen (for use in emergencies only – not as summiting aid)

  • Basic first aid kit (for use in emergencies only)

  • Qualified mountain guide, assistant guides, porters and cook

  • Salaries for the mountain crew as per guidelines set by the Kilimanjaro National Park

  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as hot drinks on the mountain

  • Camping equipment (tents, camp chairs, tables & sleeping mattress

  • Water for washing up daily

  • Porter to carry your duffel bag (max weight 15kg / 32 lbs) from one camp to the next camp.

  • Kilimanjaro National Park certificate for your successful summit attempt

  • A comprehensive Climbing Kilimanjaro travel info pack

  • Flying Doctor Service

  • Flights and airport taxes

  • Items of a personal nature

  • Compulsory tips for guides, porters and cook (average tip is anything from US $ 230 to US $ 300 per hiker – depending on the number of days / how many hikers in the group and route chosen)

  • South African passport holders do NOT require a visa for Tanzania, however, most other nationalities require a visa for Tanzania

  • Health requirements (Yellow Fever compulsory if travelling to Tanzania recommended)

  • Highly recommended travel and medical insurance.

  • Personal hiking/trekking gear – we can rent some of the gear from our equipment store in Tanzania

  • Optional, but highly recommended Portable toilet

  • Snacks, personal medicine, and water purifying tablets

  • Meals & drinks not specified and snacks.

  • All airport transfers are the part of the package, no extra fees are required


  • Normally March, April, and May are the months with long rains and should be avoided.

  • November is usually short rains but it does not often rain all the days so Climbing is possible.

  • The best Months for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro are January, February and also August and September.

  • July can be colder and November to December can be wet.

  • January to February is the warmest months, almost clear of clouds each evening and morning.

  • The success rates with our guides are outstanding compared to the overall success rates for all climbers who attempt to reach the top.


Arusha, Mount Kilimanjaro

Mountaineering Tour
Trekking Tour
Climbing Tour

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