Kilimanjaro Shira Plateau
To climb Mount Kilimanjaro is on many a bucket list – but for a flavor of the mountain, how about a day hike? The highest mountain in Africa, Kilimanjaro is 5,985m, and it can take around a week to climb to the summit, but head for the less-visited western side and it’s possible to do a one-day excursion, with some hiking.
Meet our professional tour guide at your hotel in Moshi, depart with your guide after an early breakfast for the drive to Kilimanjaro National Park, the journey will take 2-2½ hours to the gate.
You will be driven to the western side of the mountain and up through the forests to the Londorossi Gate, at an altitude of 2,100m, where the hike begins. The ascent is over 1,000m, moving steadily up through tropical montane forests, home to a variety of animals and birdlife. With the help of your guide, you may spot colobus monkeys, crested turacos and more. As well as being the less-visited side of the mountain, these western regions are known to be frequented by big game from Kenya’s Amboseli National Park, which neighbours Kilimanjaro National Park. It is not uncommon to hear elephants rumbling through the forest; you may even catching sight of them through the trees.
Your hike takes you up to the vast Shira Plateau, at 3,400m, a 500,000-year-old volcanic caldera that is now a World Heritage Site. You can stop for lunch here, or continue on to Shira 1 Camp, Lion Gorge and the foothills of the Shira Pinnacles. Kilimanjaro’s iconic snow-covered table top, Kibo Peak, should be visible from here, as well as neighbouring glaciers.
For those with limited fitness or mobility, it is possible to drive all the way up to the Shira Plateau and then gently explore the surrounding areas on foot. Reasonable levels of fitness would be ideal for the longer hike.
Then, at the end of the day, most walkers are driven the full way back to their accommodation, allowing you to make the most of your time on the mountain.
- All National Park and Forest fees +VAT18%
- Great picnic lunch.
- Professional & Friendly Mountain guide.
- 3lts of mineral water per/person.
- Private transport from & to your Accommodation
- Travel insurance, Medical & Evacuation insurance
- All personal items for trip.
- Tipping for your guide after trek
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