Shira 1 campsite

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Altitude: 3510 m.a.m.s.l.

The Shira 1 campsite is an overnight camping area as well as a resting point that is located along the Lemosho trekking route of mount Kilimanjaro. Used exclusively during the ascent, it is the second campsite used while on the route, and is normally reached late in the afternoon of the second day.

Shira 1 campsite doesn't have any built up accommodation, thus requiring all people using the campsite to have their own tents. The only house onsite is a solar powered wooden cabin at the western end that is for the camp's resident ranger. All toilets are unisex "long drop" pit latrines that are housed in small wooden shacks and can be found at different locations on the camp's perimeter. The name Shira comes from its location on the Shira plateau, one of the three peaks of the mountain.

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Location of Shira 1 campsite

Shira 1 campsite is located on the Shira plateau, on the western end of mount Kilimanjaro, from which it also gets its name. There are two other campsites that share the same name, namely the Shira 2, and Shira cave campsites, both of which are located within close proximity to each other. The Shira 2 campsite serves as the next stop point for people on the Lemosho route (people at the campsite), while the previous campsite would be the Mti mkubwa campsite.

The shira 1 campsite is also located in the heath region of the mountain, with rainfall levels second only to those of the rain forest and high winds blowing through what is mostly open grounds.

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