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  • K i l i m a n j a r o | S a f a r i s | Z a n z i b a r

  • Over 30 years experience: since 1984!

    Family owned: involvement of 3 generations

    World class tour partners

    Ideally located at the foot hills of Kilimanjaro

    Own base hotel: Mountain Inn

    We dont believe in out sourcing

    Professional staff

    Hand-picked, tried & tested high quality equipment and vehicles

    Variety of tours: tailor-made and scheduled departures

    Responsible sustainable tourism

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  • The year 2014 marks a 30 year celebration for Shah Tours & Travels Ltd., of assisting thousands from around the world in reaching the roof top of Africa and exploring the vast planes of Serengeti, Ngorongoro and much more!

    The journey for the company has been like a trek up Kili-manjaro! Since 1984, we have taken the necessary steps, through three different generations: the best of the past, present and future; to reach a larger goal that has earned us a reputation of being one of the most experienced, fully licensed and reliable tour operators in Tanzania. Nevertheless, we know that the journey does not end at the top of the mountain; you have to make your way back down! Similarly this means that we will continue to strive in providing the topmost services including customised, tailor-made tours and scheduled group departures, by improving with the current times and ongoing demands. In turn our travel partners worldwide can rest assure that our guests have the most remarkable time experiencing this beautiful country with us.

    This brochure serves the reader an overview of the services we offer and information for your perusal. For further details please do not hesitate to visit our website:

    G E T T O K N O W S H A H T O U R S

    Harshit Shah Remee Shah RoperiaManaging Director Marketing Manager


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    T A N Z A N I A N A T I O N A L P A R K S

    Mount Kilimanjaro1 Arusha NP2 2 Serengeti NP3

    Ngorongoro Crater4

    Tarangire NP5

    Lake Manyara NP6

    Ol Doinyo Lengai7

    Maasai Village8Zanzibar9Lake Chala10Olduvai Gorge11


    LegendUNESCO protected areaNational ParkGame reserve

    2015 by

    Mount Meru


  • M O U N T A I N I N N

    Mountain Inn (Lodge): Our base hotel where all our tours commence is ideally situated at the foothills of Kilimanjaro making it one of the top accommodations nestled away in Moshi town. Including the following services perfect for trekkers and safari visitors:

    I M P O R T A N T I N F O R M A T I O N :

    26 fully-furnished, en-suite, spacious rooms

    Single, double, twin & triple mosquito-netted rooms

    Restaurant: multi-cuisine incl. Continental, East African and Indian

    Fully stocked bar

    Massage, swimming and sauna (the only hotel with one in town!)

    Mountain and safari equipment rental store

    Curio | souvenir shop

    Safe and luggage storage room

    Room service

    Laundry service

    Wi-Fi connection and STD | ISD telephone services


  • Kilimanjaro overview: 5895 metres tall stands the highest free-standing mountain in the world and the tallest in Africa; Mount Kilimanjaro! The two main peaks include Kibo, which is the higher one out of the two and set as the main goal for most trekkers from around the world; and secondly, Mawenzi with its jagged points and pinnacles. Although Kilimanjaro lies three degrees south of the equator, one can encounter varieties of vegetation ranging from the forest, heather and moorland, alpine desert to the snow. The beauty of this mountain is that anyone can climb it without requiring any technical equipment or mountaineering expertise. The mountain offers six main ascent routes, including Marangu, Machame, Lemosho, Shira, Rongai and Umbwe; and two key descent routes: Mweka and Marangu.

    The crew: we believe in providing the best mountain support team and are fortunate to have some of the most experienced and knowledgeable staff, including most guides that have been with us for more than 12 years; two of which have been with us for 25 years and have climbed Kilimanjaro more than an unimaginable number of 1000 times! In over 30 years of operation, our clients have never got to the point of having severe health incidents on Kilimanjaro, which reveals the fact that the safety of our clients is paramount!

    Equipment: we utilise some of the highest quality items and brands including our four-season Hilleberg and Vaude tents, Snugpak four-season sleeping bags, Black Diamond walking poles and more. This aids in the probability of reaching Uhuru peak we feel, as the last thing you would want is poor equipment to let you down!

    Best time to climb: December to March (mid-month) and June (mid-month) to October (end)

    Age restriction: minimum age = 12 years (for younger indivi-duals please contact us)


  • Marangu route, commonly known as the Coca Cola route due to its popularity is to date one of the most selected and utilised route choices. A misconception of Marangu route being the easiest option has been widely assumed; however do not underestimate any route on the mountain! This idea may have developed for several reasons such there being a well defined path where obstacles have been modified to be more climber-friendly in comparison to other routes with no scrambling

    Accommodation: this is the only route with overnights in wooden hut accommodation (built in the 1980s). Remember if you wish to book this route, availability of space in huts has to be checked and pre-booked with a non-refundable deposit. We highly recommend trekkers to have 4 season sleeping bags during overnights.

    Ascent and descent: same

    Length: this route can be trekked within a minimum of 5 days in total, making it one of the shortest routes available, however an additional day for acclimatisation is highly recommended.

    I M P O R T A N T I N F O R M A T I O N :

    Price: lowest priced route in comparison to the others.

    Success rate: for the summit is one of the lowest which could be for a number of reasons, including lack of acclimatisation due to the fast ascent or the routes reputation of being easy may appeal to those with less experience and training.

    Acclimatisation: poor acclimatisation, known to be one of the routes with the least altitude acclimatisation

    Level: beginners intermediate

    People traffic: very high

    required. Or could this false impression be due to the ease for tour operators to organise the trip without requiring equipment such as mountain sleeping and eating tents, is anyones guess. Nevertheless, from the minimum 5 days required to complete this trek, we would highly recommend all to add an additional day for acclimatisation making it a 6 day trek; bearing in mind that even though this may increase the climbers chances of reaching the summit, the majority of them do not.

    M A R A N G U R O U T E

    7 days - 6 nights (on trek: 5 days - 4 nights)Day Itinerary Trekking

    timeDistance Altitude


    1 Mountain Inn [D]: Pre-climb preparation & briefing on trek

    2 Marangu Gate (1860 m) - Mandara Hut (2720 m) [B,L,D] 3-4 h 7 km 860 m Montane forest

    3 Mandara Hut (2720 m) - Horombo Hut (3720 m) [B,L,D] 5-6 h 11 km 1000 m Montane forest, heather & moorland

    4 Horombo Hut (3720 m) - Kibo Hut (4700 m) [B,L,D] 5-6 h 12 km 1195 m Heather & moorland alpine desert

    5 Kibo Hut (4700 m) - Summit (5895 m) - Horombo Hut (3720 m) 12-16 h 21 km 1195 m Alpine desert, snow, heather & moorland

    6 Horombo Hut (3720 m) - Marangu Gate (1860 m) [B, D] 5-6 h 12 km - Heather & moorland, montane forest

    7 Mountain Inn [B]

    8 days - 7 nights (on trek: 6 days - 5 nights): recommended additional day

    4 Horombo Hut (3720 m)Zebra Rocks (3980 m) / Mawenzi Saddle (4350 m) [B,L,D]

    3-4 h 5-8 km 260 m | 630 m

    Heather & moorland, alpine desert

    Itinerary code = STTK1:

    Itinerary code = STTK1+1


  • You would normally hear many mountain guides suggesting that this is one of the best routes to take due to the chances of reaching the summit and in recent years it has become one of the most popular trails for many trekkers. The route is known to be physically more demanding in comparison with the Coca cola route, hence its nickname the Whiskey route. The climb typically lasts for a minimum of 6 days (one day longer than the minimum for Marangu route) and the success rate for summiting

    Accommodation: overnights at campsites in Hilleberg | Vaude, four-season, 2 person tents.

    Ascent and descent: Ascent via Machame route, descent via Mweka route

    Length: this route can be trekked within a minimum of 6 days in total, however an additional day for acclimatisation

    is highly recommended.

    I M P O R T A N T I N F O R M A T I O N :

    Price: mid-range (higher priced compared to Marangu due to a larger number of porters required to carry additional equipment e.g. tents, and longer trek)

    Success rate: high

    Acclimatisation: very good

    Level: intermediate

    People traffic: very high

    appears significantly higher in terms of percentage. This could be due to the great acclimatisation it provides or maybe it is an indication that a larger number of experienced and well-trained individuals are attracted to this route. The chances of reaching Uhuru peak increase with a r