7 Days Shira Route

Introduction

This track provides an access route for 4WD vehicles to within 1 hour of the Shira Hut. The Shira Plateau is very beautiful with good views of the Western Glaciers. There are several fine minor summits to be climbed; the Shira Needle can be gained by a scramble and provides a nice viewpoint.

Starting Point: Londorossi Gate (2100 m/6900 ft)

Duration: 6-7 days

From

Per Person Sharing

Day 1 – Londorossi Gate/Shira trail head – River Camp (~3050 m/~10000 ft)
Walking distance: 7 km/4.4 miles
Walking time: 4 hours
Altitude gain: ~950 m/~3100 ft

Day 2 – River Camp – Shira Huts (3850 m/12630 ft) via Shira Cathedral
Walking distance: 12 km/7.5 miles
Walking time: 6-8 hours
Altitude gain: 800 m/2630 ft

Day 3 – Shira Huts – via Lava Tower (4640 m/15220 ft) – Barranco Huts (3985 m/13070 ft)
Walking distance: 9 km/5.6 miles
Walking time: 6-8 hours
Altitude gain: 135 m/440 ft (790 m/2590 ft to Lava Tower)

Day 4 – Barranco Huts – Karanga Camp (4040 m/13255 ft)
Walking distance: 5.5 km/3.5 miles
Walking time: 4-5 hours
Altitude gain: 55 m/185 ft

Day 5 – Karanga Camp – Barafu Huts (4680 m/15360 ft)
Walking distance: 3.5 km/ 2.2 miles
Walking time: 4-5 hours
Altitude gain: 640 m/2105 ft

Day 6 – Summit attempt via Stella Point (5752 m/18871 ft) to Uhuru Peak (5895 m/19340 ft) and descent to Millenium Camp (3820 m/12530 ft) (or to Mweka Hut)
Walking distance: 5 km/3 miles ascent + 10 km/6.2 miles descent
Walking time: 5-6 hrs + 1-2 hours up, 5-6 hours down (the overall walking time may vary from 10 – 16 hours)
Altitude gain: 1072 m/ 3511 ft (Stella Point) or 1215 m/3980 ft (Uhuru Peak)
Descent: 2075 m/6810 ft

Day 7 – Millenium Camp – Shira Gate
Walking distance: 20 km/12.5 miles
Walking time: 5 hours
Descent: 1990 m/6530 ft

Cost quoted will include:

  • Transport to and from mountain gates.
  • All parks entry fees.
  • 1Night Complementary at Mvuli Hotel based on Bed and Breakfast
  • All camping fees.
  • Rescue fees.
  • Airport transfers
  • Guide and porters fees.
  • Guide and porters salaries.
  • All accommodations on the mountain based on three meals a day.
  • Cook and all kitchen utensils.

Excludes:

  • International and domestic flights (we can arrange on request)
  • Accommodation on the last day after climb (book with us)
  • Tips, drinks and all items of personal nature
  • Hard and soft drinks and tips
  • Sleeping bags but we can provide for hire on request.
  • All Mountain Gears (we can arrange hire of this)

NOTE: We do not place groups together. This way you are ensured the full attention of our guide, but with the added knowledge of our guides’ experiences. It also means that we can start the climb on the day you prefer.