The Shira route is very similar to the Lemosho route and is in fact the older route of the two. The unique thing about Shira is the first section is tackled by vehicle all the way up to Shira Gate (3,600m) which is quite near the Shira Ridge.
The altitude of the gate increases the risk of climbers getting altitude sickness because of the quick ascent by vehicle. This makes this Mount Kilimanjaro route quite tough to tackle seeing that it in additional to the high altitude start, the route is long and has some steep sections.
The route takes minimum 6 days to tackle but ideally you want to do it in at least 7 days. There is an 8 day variation of the route that takes climbers through Moir Hut while the 6 and 7 day variations bypass Moir Hut. The end of the first day sees climbers spend the night at Simba Camp (3,600m). The second day the climbers make their way to Shira 2 Camp.
Scenically this is a very beautiful route with stunning vistas from the Shira valley and it traverses the entire Southern circuit joining onto the Machame route where the crowds pick up. The descent trail takes climbers out through Mweka Gate.
Shira is ideal for those who are confident in their ability to acclimatize well and are significantly physically fit to walk for long periods on varied terrain including steep slopes.
Just like the Umbwe route, We do not recommend this package for climbers. Instead it will be wise to go the Lemosho trail and get the benefit of time to acclimatize as well as experience the beautiful rain forest.
You can view the Lemosho Route Itinerary to get the details of the Lemosho Route.