Today we will trek across the Shira Plateau toward Kibo’s snow covered peak. Shira was the first of the three volcanoes that make up Mt. Kilimanjaro. Through reconstructive modeling and lava flow studies, it is believed that Shira once reached 5400 meters high. Eventually the Shira volcano collapsed leaving a caldera that was later filled with lava flows from Kibo. Today, we are left with many distinct landmarks including the Shira Ridge, the Shira Cathedral, and the Shira Plateau. As we approach Kibo, we will leave the busy southern circuit trail and head north to the Moir Camp.