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The Shira Two Camp (Campsite) of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania

This camp is located along the Lemosho Trail and the Shira route. As you ascend towards the summit along these trails, this is the third route you will encounter and you can rest here or spend a night here depending on your itinerary.

The camp gets its name from the famous Shira Plateau and it also has a resemblance in name with the previous camp site (Shira 1 camp site)

The camp just like the previous one has no permanent structures and you will have to carry your own tent and pitch it at the designated camping area.

There is just one structure which is the ranger’s hut but also doubles as the administrative office.

The camp site has solar powered toilets that are a bit modern but due to the unreliability of the water here, there are also the old fashioned pit latrines that you can use just in case the other ones are not working.

The pit latrine is also safe and clean.

The Shira Route

This route is one of the routes that are used in hiking the Kilimanjaro Mountains. It starts at above 3,600 meters above sea level. This makes this real not ideal for inexperienced hikers.

This route is a bit similar to the Lemosho route. It was actually the route on this side of the mountain before the Lemosho was created to help mostly the inexperienced hikers.

Unlike the Lemosho route that begins from the Londorossi gate in the Kilimanjaro forests, this Shira option begins form a bit further north and a bit higher on the Shira gate.

The trekkers start from the Shira main entrance to the Simba Camp on day one which is almost the same altitude.

This allows the hikers to familiarize with the high altitude before they join the Lemosho trail on the second day.

The fact that this route starts at a higher altitude is a disadvantage for several hikers as they don’t have enough time to acclimatize and several of them will suffer from altitude related sickness on the first few to days.

It’s after the route joins the Lemosho on day two that we join Machame trail on the next day. We join this via the Lava Tower and then slope a bit to the Barranco Camp through the Southern Circuit.

Like most of the other routes like Umbwe and Lemosho, we ascend to Uhuru peak through the Barafu Camp and then to the southern Slopes of the Kibo Peak.

We shall then descend through the Mweka route. This circuit will usually take between six and eight days to complete.

The Shira Plateau

This area stretches for about 13km and is west of the Kilimanjaro Mountain. It’s about 3800 meters above sea level and is one of the world’s highest Plateaus.

This plateau is believed to have been formed about 500,000 years ago.

It is believed to have been a caldera that eroded over time to eventually form a plateau on the bases of a volcanic pit.


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