Shira Profile

Shira Profile

The Shira route is another path that approaches Kilimanjaro from the west, and is nearly identical to the Lemosho route. In fact, Shira was the original route and Lemosho is the improved variation. While Lemosho starts at Londorossi Gate and treks through the rain forest to Shira 1 Camp, the Shira route bypasses this walk by using a vehicle to transport climbers to Shira Gate, located near the Shira Ridge.

Therefore, on the first day on the mountain, climbers begin their hike from 11,800 feet (3,600 m) and end at Shira 2 Camp, 12,500 feet (3,810 m). The remainder of the route is follows the southern circuit route, traversing beneath the Southern Icefields before summiting from Barafu.

Although Shira is a varied and beautiful route, Lemosho is recommended over Shira due to the high altitude of Shira's starting point. It is possible that climbers will experience altitude related symptoms on the first day due to failed acclimatization. Climbers using Shira should be confident of their ability to acclimatize.