In fact, Shira was the original Mount Kilimanjaro climb route and Lemosho is the improved variation on this route.
Whilst Lemosho route starts at Londorossi Gate and treks through the rain forest to Shira 1 Camp, the Shira Route bypasses this walk, using a vehicle to transport climbers to Shira Gate, located near the Shira Ridge.
On the first day on the mountain, climbers begin their hike from 11,800 feet (3,600 m) and spend their first night at the same elevation, at Simba Camp. Then, the route merges with Lemosho at Shira 2 and follows the southern circuit route, traversing beneath the Southern Ice Fields before summiting at Barafu. Descent is made on the Mweka Route.
Although Shira is a varied and beautiful route, Lemosho is recommended over Shira due to the high altitude of Shira’s starting point. It is possible that climbers will experience altitude related symptoms on the first day due to failed acclimatization. Climbers using Shira should be confident of their ability to acclimatize.