DAY 4 - Shira Caves Camp 3,850m - 6-7 hours / 5km
This morning we begin our first full day trekking, where we will gain over 1000m in height. It’s a tough day, but it’s a great way to kick start the process of acclimatisation. Shortly after departing camp we will notice a change in our surroundings as we enter the Moorland zone, characterised with shrub like trees and unique flora. Today includes moderate to steep, and sustained, slopes up onto the Shira Plateau, ascending along a broad ridge with ever increasing spectacular views. A slow and steady ascent allows for our bodies to acclimatise to the higher altitude, so we allow plenty of time for breaks to ensure everyone remains well fed and hydrated. Upon reaching the Plateau it is just a short 2-30 minute walk to our second camp. The terrain and views on the Shira Plateau are again markedly different as we have now ascended into the High Alpine Desert zone. Today is a tough day, but our local Kilimanjaro crew will have camp ready, and fantastic food cooked for us for dinner.
Meals: B, L, D