Crossing the Shira plateau on Kilimanjaro day 3 Lemosho route is one of the easier days on the Kilimanjaro climb. This day is designed to make a short jump in altitude from 3,500m/ 11,483ft. to 3,800m/ 12,467ft. Giving you another day to acclimatize as best you can around the critical acclimatization height of 3,500m/ 11,482ft. before pushing higher.
Day 3 is an easy walk across the Shira Plateau. The massive benefit on the Lemosho route is crosses the medical evacuation road that runs right across the Shira Plateau between Shira camp 1 and Shira camp 2. If you needed to get off the mountain quickly because of altitude related issues this route can get you down the mountain fast in a vehicle and major plus in picking a climbing route on Kilimanjaro.
You will be sleeping at this new height of 3,800m/ 12, 467ft. If you are staying well hydrated, eating and sleeping this is a great sign that you are performing well at altitude. If you did need to descend the mountain it is still easy to do so from this height.
The walk across the plateau is easy and we take a nice relaxed walk into Shira camp 2 and arrive at lunch time. This gives you a chance to rest, re-hydrate, sleep or hang out and keep acclimatizing. You can take a short walk a little higher to 3,900m/ 12,795ft. to give added acclimatization and come back down into Shira camp 2.
As you can see in the video, the route today is relatively flat as we cross the Shira plateau. We make the short jump in altitude of 300m/ 984ft. Kilimanjaro is made up of three volcano’s Shira, kibo (the summit) and Mawenzi. We first pass Shira volcano and we get an amazing sunset here at Shira camp 2. As we make are way around Kilimanjaro we see Mawenzi on the east side of Kilimanjaro where the Rongai route heads up Kilimanjaro.
As the sun sets in Shira camp 2 we get great views of the Shira plateau, Shira Cathedral, out across the African plains toward Mt. Meru in the distance. We will be looking back towards our hotel in Arusha and shows you how far you have come in 3 days.
Kilimanjaro is under estimated each year. 50% of people fail to make the summit. Climbing Kilimanjaro comes down to how you adapt to the lack of oxygen. Your body needs time to get used to the low levels of oxygen in the atmosphere. If you move too high too fast your body will react poorly. CLICK HERE for altitude issues and how you need to acclimatize properly. You will get headaches, possible vomiting, fatigue, dizziness. This will stop you from going higher. It’s doesn’t matter how fit you are. You need 8 days to give Kilimanjaro the respect it deserves and give yourself the best chance at making the summit. We have a 98% success rate on our 8 day climbs up Kilimanjaro.
Remember climbing Kilimanjaro and big mountains is all about the altitude and how you adapt to that lack of Oxygen. Be smart, be safe and only climb Kilimanjaro in 8 days.