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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 10 people
Destination(s): Tanzania  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking  
Season: July - February
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1675 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 4000 US Dollar (USD)

This lesser used route starts at Londorosi gate and heads eastwards across the grasslands of the Shira Plateau. There are often sightings of game, such as elephant and buffalo on the plateau. Further along the route then joins up with the Machame Route at Shira Camp and approaches the summit via Stella Point. Following the same descent back down the mountain via Mweka Camp. Because of the high altitude (3500m) that this trail starts at, it should only be attempted by trekkers who are already acclimatised or who know from previous experience that they can tolerate altitude.

Available Tour Dates:
- July - October
- December - February.

Tour Highlights:
- Route through lush montane forests
- Traversing Shira Plateau
- Crossing the Great Barranco Valley
- Sunrise at Stella Point looking up to Uhuru Peak
- Summiting Africa’s highest peak.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive at your hotel in Moshi in time for an early evening pre-climb briefing on the trek. After dinner make final preparations before getting a comfortable night’s rest.

Day 2: Transfer to the western end of the Kilimanjaro National Park to Londorossi Gate for the start of the trek. The first section of the climb takes you through the lush forest to reach the Forest Gate. The first night is spent at Forest Campsite which is just past the gate at an altitude of 2750m. Total hiking time: 4-5 hours.

Day 3: Leaving the Forest Campsite, continue through the forest and up onto the Shira Plateau to reach Shira Campsite where you’ll be staying overnight. Total hiking time: 5-6 hours.

Day 4: Leaving Shira Campsite, the trail climbs gradually towards Kibo. Passing the Lava Tower and Western Breach, you drop down scree slopes and cross a stream. Continue along the ridge passing the Great Barranco Valley to get to the overnight stop, Barranco Campsite which is located at 3950m. Total hiking time: 5-7 hours.

Day 5: Crossing the floor of the Great Barranco Valley, continue up the steep climb up Barranco Wall and on to the Karanga river which is the last high altitude water point on this route. After a short rest hike through two shallow valleys before a steep climb over rocky slabs to reach Barafu Campsite at 4600m. Total hiking time: 8-9 hours.

Day 6: A very early start for the summit - Uhuru Peak the highest point in Africa lies at an altitude of 5896m. The ascent takes 6 to 7 hours, reaching Stella Point at sunrise and continuing on to Uhuru Peak just after dawn. Descend retracing your steps back to Barafu Campsite and then hike down the steep path to Mweka Campsite located at 3000m on the edge of the forest. Overnight: Mweka Camp. Total hiking time: 5-7 hours.

Day 7: The last day takes you on a steep path through the forest to the park gate at Mweka Wildlife College. If it’s been raining the path can be very muddy but normally takes 3 to 4 hours to hike down. At the gate you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Moshi where you will stay overnight.

Day 8: The tour ends after breakfast.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

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