Above all, at Urth Expedition, we strive to have our porters treated well. Because of this, we are members of the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP). KPAP recognizes the value of the demanding labor these porters perform. They are committed to improving the working conditions of the porters on Kilimanjaro. We are also members of the International Mountain Explorers Connection (IMEC). IMEC has instituted a Partnership for Responsible Travel Program based on the Proper Porter Treatment Guidelines established by the Kilimanjaro stakeholders.

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Shira Route

Shira Route starts at 3,600 meters and is therefore not ideal for trekkers who have little or no experience of high altitude trekking. The Shira Route is practically identical to the Lemosho Route. In fact, Shira was the original route before Lemosho was created to improve the route start point. Whereas Lemosho Route starts at the Londorossi Gates, the Shira Route bypasses this and begins further north and higher up at the Shira Gate. On the first day hikers trek from Shira Gate to Simba Camp which is at a very similar altitude, allowing trekkers to acclimatise before joining the Lemosho Route on day two at Shira Camp 2. The high starting point is however a major negative for this route and some trekkers experience altitude sickness from day one as their bodies haven’t had enough time to acclimatise. After Shira Camp 2 the route joins the Machame Route via Lava Tower, and then descends to the Barranco Camp via the Southern Circuit (see map below). Like the Machame, Umbwe and Lemosho Route, ascent to Uhuru Peak is made via Barafu Camp and up the southern slopes of Kibo. Descent is via the Mweka Route.



• This route is the same as Lemosho, except Shira offers a higher start point and therefore poorer acclimatisation.

• It is a route that we wouldn’t recommend for those who have little or no experience of high altitude trekking because of it’s high start point.

Sample Trip Itinerary

Starting at $2845./person*

This page does not provide a detailed day-by-day route itinerary as this can be read on the Lemosho Route, which is identical apart from a different start point and first day trekking.

What’s Included

  • Transfers to and from the Airport

  • 2 nights B&B accommodation of the trek per booking

  • Kilimanjaro Park fees and permits

  • Certified , English-speaking Wilderness First Responder Guides

  • Transfers to and from the Kilimanjaro National Park

  • All camping equipment

  • Kilimanjaro Rescue fee

  • Porters, cooks and assistant guides

  • 3 meals per day and purified water ( 1.5 liter per person per day)


Prices are per adult when sharing accommodations with another adult.

* The final price for your package will vary depending on how many people are in your travel group and also the specific dates of your trip.
We make a big effort to offer the best possible prices, which depend upon many factors like the constantly changing prices of gas and park fees, etc. 



For more details about our itineraries or questions about building a custom private tour to climb mount Kilimanjaro, please contact us.

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