Walking distance: approximately 14 km
Duration: approximately 7-8 hours
Altitudes Big Tree Camp (2780m) – Shira Camp 2 (3900m)
Vegetation zone: Ascent in heath – moorland
After breakfast in the morning you leave the Mti Mkubwa camp. Already after 30 minutes, the nature transformed into a heath and moorland. If the weather is good you will have wonderful views over Mount Meru.
You will be gaining a lot of altitudes today as you make your way through heather moorlands while negotiating some steep sections to reach the Shira Plateau. The terrain is characterised by grassy moorlands Erica plants, Philippia bushes and volcanic rocks covered with lichen beards. As you continue ascending you will reach the Shira ridge and then have lunch at Shira Camp 1. From there it’s another 400m across the moorland before you reach Shira camp 2; where you will enjoy the panoramic views of Kibo and the northern ice field. You can also take an acclimatization walk to the picturesque Shira Cathedral before returning in time to the camp for dinner and overnight.