Family outside Shira Base Camp sign hiking one day to Shira Plateau on Mount Kilimanjaro

When most people consider a one day trek up Mount Kilimanjaro, they usually think about doing the rainforest hike located on the Marangu trail.

However, very few people know that it’s now possible to hike to the Shira Plateau which offers a different perspective of the mountain. With stunning views of Kibo Peak (weather permitting) it’s also a great spot for taking photos.

This day hike to the beautiful Shira Plateau begins at 3,407m and takes you through the shrub-steppe on the lower slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro. You’ll hike for approximately 2 to 3 hours, with a little elevation gain to 3,610m, to Shira Base Camp which is used by people trekking the world’s tallest freestanding mountain.

You’ll have your picnic lunch there and you can watch the hustle and bustle of guides, porters, cooks and clients arriving and setting up camp for the night. In the early afternoon, you’ll hike back to the vehicles for your return trip to Moshi or Arusha.

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Our Package Includes:

  • Transport to/from the gate
  • Entrance fees
  • Rescue fee
  • Professional guide
  • Picnic lunch boxes
  • Drinking water

Not included: 

  • Personal items (e.g. camera, insurance, visa etc…)
  • Alcoholic drinks or sodas
  • Tips for your driver/guide

Suggestions on things to bring: 

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Rain gear
  • Warm fleece
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Energy snacks

If you’re interested in getting a taste of trekking on Mount Kilimanjaro without climbing to the top, contact us today about organising this tour.