Mt Kilimanjaro Climb via the Shira Route, 10 days $2,785
The climb approaches the mountain from the west over the Shira Plateau, giving a much more wilderness experience than most routes up this popular mountain, and with visits to the little-used Shira Cathedral, Moir Valley and Lent Hills. This is a fully portered climb, using the African Walking Company, whose excellent and experienced mountain guides, cooks and mountain equipment all make a huge difference to your climb. Sleeping in mountain tents, and eating good food in a mess tent, and with extra nights on the mountain and acclimatisation hikes built into the itinerary, all increase your chances of a successful summit.

The Shira Route is considered a more challenging route than others, with longer on the mountain and more ascents and descents before the summit attempt, but for experienced hill-walkers looking for a route that is ‘off the beaten track’, this is our recommended route.

Day 1. Arrive in Arusha to your lodge for a climb briefing and dinner.

Day 2. Driven to Kilimanjaro and start your trek. Nights in mountain tents, walking from 3 to 7 hours a day.

Day 8. Summit day and then down the moutain via the Mweka Route, overnight final camp.

Day 9. Walk though the moorland and beautiful forest to Mweka Gate. Driven back to Arusha and your lodge.
Day 10. Trip ends after breakfast, safari and beach options or to Airport for flight home.

Cost : $2,785 per person sharing, based on minimum group size of four.

Includes all park fees, camp fees, mountain rescue fees, guides, porters, camp equipment and food. Scheduled group departures every Friday except in March, April, May and November.