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kilimanjaro1Route Climbed: Western Breach Date Climbed: February 19, 2005  Sucess!


Had originally planned to climb Machame route with an extra acclimatization day at Karanga Valley. Our guide suggested we go Western Breach instead and I am glad we decided to change. We had a very easy climb with stops at Machame Camp, Shira Camp, Lava Tower Camp, Arrow Glacier Camp and Crater Camp. I had some reservations about this route gaining altitude too rapidly, but we did acclimitization hikes every day from Shira Camp on and had no problems with acclimatization. Reaching the summit from the last camp was only about an hour, and we avoided the long, cold windy night climb from Barafu. There were 3 groups at our Crater Camp- 21 climbers in all and all 21 made the summit. On descent we met several climbers at Stella Point coming up from Barafu that were really struggling and some that just didn't make it. I didn't initially expect to be a fan of the Western Breach Route, but now I am sold on it. A great trip and great support from the guides and porters from Good Earth Tours.
Posted Mar 1, 2005 11:42 am

ThadRoute Climbed: Machame Date Climbed: February 6th 2005  Sucess!
Made it all the way to Uhuru with 6 of our original 7. Clear night, clear sunrise. My father's 3rd summit and my mom's first (she is 60 and a recent breast cancer survior). A really special trip!

We used Tropical Trails based out of Arusha. Thanks Ramson, Godbless, Eugene, & Charles (Charles made us fish fry at Shira...FISH FRY!!!)

I would go with Ramson and crew again in a second.
Posted Feb 18, 2005 4:02 pm

NelsonRoute Climbed: Machame Date Climbed: January 19, 2005


My wife and I reached Uhuru Peak at 6:15 AM, after climbing the 4,000 feet from Barafu Camp in exactly 6 hours. We felt great, absolutely no problems. On the summit push we blasted past several groups of younger people, which I attribute to spending an extra night acclimatizing at Karanga Camp.

I was pleased with our choice of the Machame Route, after some outfitters tried to convince us to use the Western Breach or Rongai. From what I saw and heard I think Machame is the way to go.

Our outfitter, Tanzania Adventure did an outstanding job for us, from start to finish, including a 2-week wildlife safari and a week on Zanzibar. Our mountain guide Maiko and the rest of the staff were awesome. Of course, we could not have done it without them.

A fantastic trip on a fantastic mountain.
Posted Feb 12, 2005 2:52 pm

edouetRoute Climbed: Machame Route Date Climbed: January 21st, 2005  Sucess!
After summiting Mt Meru a few days earlier, my acclimatization was good enough to allow me to reach Uhuru Peak, and to enjoy it with a nice sunrise.

Fully crowded anyway, it looked like the top of an easy 10,000Ft peak in the Pyrénées!

Thanks to all the staff ( Company Manager, Guide, Cook, Porters ) to help me to fulfill this dream, walking on the top of Kilimanjaro.

Posted Feb 8, 2005 1:32 pm

Luka ZnidarcicRoute Climbed: Western Breach Date Climbed: December 2003  Sucess!

Luka Znidarcic

Probably the most amazing experience of my life. The hike is relatively easy until the western breach. Class 3 scrambling at 18,000ft is quite fun however! The entire trip went smoothly. Mountain Madness is certainly one of the top guiding companies around.
Posted Jan 26, 2005 8:03 pm

maxczRoute Climbed: Machame and Arrow Glacier Date Climbed: February 1997  Sucess!
Started along the Machame Route but then had the third camp at Lava Tower, from which we set off at 1am for the summit. Ascended via Arrow Glacier with only one torch (the other one stopped functioning after 10 minutes), had trouble finding our way, and ran out of water. Utterly exhausted, because insuffciently acclimatised, we reached the summit around 9:30am. Descended via Mweka route all the way down without another camp. In all we completed the climb in 3 days and 2 hours, which is not to be recommended at all. Take more time, it will be a less dangerous much nicer experience.
Posted Jan 18, 2005 6:24 pm

NadiosRoute Climbed: Marangu Date Climbed: 2004 12 10  Sucess!


I didn't like the idea of starting in the middle of the night, so I left Kibo hut at 02:30. My guide and climbing friend was affected by altitude (I was fully acclimatized), so I left them behind before Gilian's point. Foggy and windy. Arrived at Uhuru peak at 07:55. Sad to be at the summit alone. No one to share the happiness with.
Posted Dec 18, 2004 12:48 pm

Brice NeugebauerRoute Climbed: Machame Date Climbed: 12 October 2003  Sucess!

Brice Neugebauer

Five days is really too short of time to properly acclimate on this trip, making for a difficult summit day. If you want a more enjoyable trip I would highly recommend adding a couple of days to the "standard" itinerary.
Posted Dec 14, 2004 4:42 am

straylightstudiosRoute Climbed: Marangu Date Climbed: Dec. 10th 2004  Sucess!
I started 6.15 am and reached the summit at 9.50 am

from Kibu hut. The ascent was quick and comfortable

with stabile weather conditions. The sun peeked out

a few times, but the summit approach from Gillan's point was a little chilly. It took me just below 6 hours for the whole climb (up and down) which was the inital plan. Of our group of 3 people all of us made it.

This is the summary of our separate climbs:

Corax - Started 06.15. Summited 09.05. He stayed

approx. 1 hour on the summit before desc-

ending. Reached Kibu hut 11.05

Nadios - Started 02.30 Summited 07.55. She stayed

approx. 10 minutes on the summit before

descending. Reached Kibu hut around 10.

Straylightstudios - Started 06.15. Summited 09.50.

I stayed approx. 10 min on the summit

before descending. Reached Kibu hut 11.45.

We took a deciscion not to go with any porters or cooks on the approach march nor the climb itself. A single guide accompanied us because of park regulations forced us to do so. Our permit allowed us to spend a total of 4 days in the park to make a summit bid.

The total amount that we spended on park fees and guide was $1080 for 3 people compared to regular fees of approx. $700 per person.

Posted Dec 11, 2004 10:20 am

JanGRoute Climbed: Umbwe to Western Breach Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2002  Sucess!


Highest summit ever for me. I had been forewarned about the risk of death from altitude sickness especially at my not-too young age of 56. We spent one week mountaineering at high altitude in the Alps to become better acclimatized prior to our long trek to almost 6000m. Fortunately we did not have any major high altitude problems (details provided in Trip Report).

It is unfortunate that so many trekkers are discouraged from trying the Umbwe route because there are no technical difficulties during the climb. Moreover, the landscape is much more dramatic and memorable than anything seen on the Marangu route.
Posted Nov 19, 2004 10:00 pm

HeyItsBenRoute Climbed: Machame Date Climbed: September 6, 2004  Sucess!


7 day Machame route climb. Great experience! Tanzania is beautiful, and the people are incredible.
Posted Nov 10, 2004 3:54 pm

MhtrussellRoute Climbed: Rongai Date Climbed: 5 November 2004  Sucess!
Nobody told me about the fantastic views of the glacier and the crater from the top - only about how hard it would be!
Posted Nov 9, 2004 5:57 pm

ChuckORoute Climbed: Arrow Glacier Date Climbed: apr 2000  Sucess!


Great climb. My altitude P.R., then and now. Fresh snow on summit day made the climb challenging. 15hour summit day, worked me pretty hard. Loved it!
Posted Oct 12, 2004 10:39 pm

praveenbhatiaRoute Climbed: Machame Date Climbed: Sept 28 2004  Sucess!
Reached the summit (Uhuru) at 7:30 am. The summit climb was long and tough - was a full moon night. Wonderful experience.
Posted Oct 8, 2004 5:57 pm

mposnerRoute Climbed: Machame Route Date Climbed: August 1, 2004  Sucess!


Great climb. Summit day was long. Went with Alpine Ascents. You can check out my journal and pictures at:



Posted Sep 9, 2004 9:38 pm

climbhighsleeplowRoute Climbed: Western Breach Date Climbed: July 20, 2004  Sucess!
Our group of 4 reached the summit in bright sunshine after spending the night camping on the crater rim next to the glacier. It was my 2nd time at the summit! The first time was via Machame. This time via the Western Breach - which is much more impressive than Machame. The hike to the actual ashpit was the highlight of my trip! Special thanks to the rest of the team (Tom, Nina & Adria) and to Wilbert and our outstanding F&S Kiliwarrior crew - www.go-kili.com
Posted Sep 1, 2004 8:27 pm

akclimbingRoute Climbed: Machame-Arrow-Glacier-Western Breech up / Mweka down Date Climbed: January 22 2004  Sucess!


1 st . day Machame gate - Machame camp

2 nd Machame camp - New Shira camp

3 d New Shira C. - Arrow-Glacier camp

4 th Arrow Glacier -camp - summit - Mweka camp

5 th Mweka camp - Mweka gate

Absolutely fantastic trip, best weather conditions, snow and ice above 4700m. From Uhuru-peak fantastic view over the snow-covered crater-plateau.

Thanks to our guides G. Stelzig from Mitterberg / Austria and our african guides William and Arbogast.

All 12 members of the group reached the summit.
Posted Aug 17, 2004 5:06 pm

k2linkRoute Climbed: Machame/Western Breach Date Climbed: July 15-21, 2004


David Link & David Deffner reached Uhuru Peak on July 19 at 8:00 am, after climbing the Arrow Glacier/Western Breach route from Lava Tower. The weather was exceptionally fine, and we had minimal problems with altitude sickness. Our guide Peter Mato, was excellent, and we'd recommend him wholeheartedly. David & David's Excellent Kilimanjaro adventure was "Extreme Team Pole Pole!"
Posted Aug 3, 2004 8:59 pm

tahoeberneRoute Climbed: Rongai Date Climbed: July 6, 2004  Sucess!


Our group--ages 53 to 62--of seven from the United States took six days to ascend the peak, and two days down the Marungu Route. Other than headaches and one member with mild pulmonary edema, we all successfully summited. Dry, mild weather comforted our ascent.
Posted Jul 31, 2004 1:17 am

Peter EliassenRoute Climbed: Machame Date Climbed: August 19, 2002  Sucess!

Peter Eliassen

What an experience...the 7-day route is so beautiful.
Posted Jul 22, 2004 3:53 pm

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