Shira Route is a little used trail that begins near Shira Ridge, amd it is nearly identical to the Lemosho route. Actually, Shira route was the original route of the Western side of Kilimanjaro, and Lemosho is the improved variation of the same.
Shira is a varied and absolutely beautiful route, but it is less favorable due to the relatively high altitude of its starting point, which is accessed quickly by vehicle. It is possible that climbers could experience some altitude related symptoms on the first day while camping at 11,800 feet.
The route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the west, beginning with a long drive from Moshi to Shira Ridge. The vehicle bypasses the rain forest zone and the hiking trail begins on Shira Ridge.
The Shira route crosses the entire Shira Plateau from west to east in a pleasant, relatively flat hike. Then the route traverses underneath Kilimanjaro’s Southern Ice Field on a path known as the Southern Circuit before summiting from Barafu. Descent is made via the Mweka route.