Dancing after a successful climb. Jeffrey Demmon photo
Dining Mountain Madness style. Wes Krause photo
Lake Manyara. Wes Krause photo
Success! Stephanie Boettner photo
Near crater camp with summit on right. David Bates photo
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Kilimanjaro Shira Plateau Climb


The Route: Lemosho trek approach to the Shira Plateau & Western Breach
Safari Option: Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti
Elevation: 19,340 feet / 5895 meters


+90% Summit Success!

Join Mountain Madness on this once in a lifetime guided climb up Mount Kilimanjaro- the roof of Africa! On this trekking ascent of Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa and one of the Seven Summits, you will enjoy first class style the entire way! Our seldom-traveled route requires no technical experience. Participants need to only be in great physical shape and have the desire to stand on the summit of Kilimanjaro.

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Trip Highlights
  • Most comprehensive service based on 30 years of service (more...)
  • Starting your adventure in Arusha National Park (more...)
  • Private safari camps, exclusive to your group (more...)
  • Solitude on a route pioneered by Scott Fischer (more...)
  • Singing and dancing with your Tanzanian guides (more...)
  • Exploring the crater and a 1-2 hour summit climb (more...)
  • Gourmet food service on the mountain! (more...)

Other African Extensions: Serengeti: Walk on the Wild Side, Zanizbar, or Mount Meru

Check out two Seven Summits in 19 days round trip from the US: Elbrus/Kilimanjaro Combo

Africa is a diverse continent that will enchant and delight the adventurer in everyone. Our success rate is high: more than 90% of all Mountain Madness clients summit Kilimanjaro! Our route takes us up the Western Breach via the Shira Plateau, a route pioneered by Mountain Madness founders Scott Fischer and Wesley Krause. Krause eventually moved to Tanzania and since the early 1980’s has been overseeing Mountain Madness operations on Kilimanjaro. He has played a key role in the certification and training of our guides and providing seamless services for our groups.


Wes Krause introduction to Kilimanjaro with Mountain Madness

The Shira Plateau Western Breach is the best non-technical route on the mountain. Our summit day is only a 1-2 hour hike from our last camp.  Along the way you will enjoy  fine mountain dining and comfortable camps throughout the climb. Porters carry your equipment, set up your tent and assure your  comfort. All these factors combine to maintain our high success rate. After the climb, we stay at the comfortable Moivaro Lodge where you can relax, swim in the pool, and enjoy a celebratory dinner surrounded by the beautiful Tanzanian landscape.


Lemosho trek approach to Shira Plateau & Western Breach

The safari portion of the trip will allow us to experience the beautiful landscape and wildlife of Tanzania with our highly knowledgeable Tanzanian guides. Rather than staying crowded, busy lodges your safari will be in private luxury camps accesible to only our groups. Here you enjoy exquisite food  and relax in the evening with a glass of wine listening to the wild Africa under a star-studded sky. And it's not all about animals; you'll enjoy a visit with our Maasaai friend Ole Dorop and his family.




Video for Classic Safari

Once on safari your driver guides’ expertise will make your journey not only enjoyable, but educational as well. We travel in Land Cruisers equipped with many windows to ensure that everyone has a great view of the spectacular landscape and animals of Africa. It all starts with the diverse aquatic ecosystems found in Lake Manyara, and then the Ngorongoro Conservation Area always proves to be a wonderful location for viewing rhinoceros, zebra, elephants, lions, and wildebeests. Add a couple of days and you'll enjoy the wildlife viewing in Serengeti.


Video from MM Client Patrick Moran of his 2017 Kilimanjaro climb with his father.