Great climb. Summit day was long. Went with Alpine Ascents. You can check out my journal and pictures at:
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
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.
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!"
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.
What an experience...the 7-day route is so beautiful.
Went with Alpine Ascents International. It was a very well prepared trek, I would recommend it to anyone. A real nice walk, with the summit day being the only substantial challenge. Carry some coin to buy some beer at the Mweka hut on the way down. From what I remember, Safari Lager is the way to go.
It was nice, but with a cold wind at the top!
On the mountain for 7 days (decided to take an extra day for better acclimatisation). Dry night and a clear sky during our summit attempt. Left Barufu at 0.30 am and reached the summit (Uhuru Peak) at 7.15 am.
Easy climb. Walked slowly avoiding many stops for resting (because of the cold wind). On the summit together with my wife (and climbing partner) Astrid, CJ and Macho. Great views!
We spent 7-days on the mountain, our first 3 were dry & warm. The last 4-days was a mixed bag! We had rain 2-days, followed by 2-days of snow. This made conditions on the Western Breach difficult without ice axe nor crampons. Because many of the rocks that needed to be overcome, had a thin coat of ice on them. Besides all the new snow & iced-over rocks, we had snow falling with high winds, which made visability poor. After finally reaching the summit, taking a few pictures & having a warm cup of tea, we descended via the Mweka Route.
Spent a fantastic 6 days on the mountain, although the weather was rather rainy. Happily we had a dry night for the summit attempt, with a full moon. Got very well till about 150 metres below Stella point. Then it became hard and when I reached Stella Point I was actually suffering from AMS (maybe because I refused to take Diamox for the trip in order to climb the mountain by fair means). Went on to Uhuru Peak anyway, which I reached at about 07.30 with a little help from the guide.
All the three of our expedition reached the summit.
Nalemuro is on the North side. Overall the ascent and the descent took 5 days.
Did a successful attempt to Uhuru peak and was actually the first one on the top of all people that day.
Group organized by Warren Storkman, the Great Babu. For details, see TR by S. Eckert on climber.org.
1st day : Machame Gate - Machame Hut (2980 m) : nice new path - a bit dusty (no mud)
2d day : Machame Hut - Shira Hut (3840 m)
3th day : Shira Camp - Barranco Hut (3950 m). Climbed the Lava Tower (4630 m).
4th day : Barranco Hut - Karanga Valley (4020 m)
5th day : Karanga Valley - Barafu Hut (4550 m)
6th day : Barafu Hut - Uhuru Peak (5895 m) - Mweka hut (3100 m)
7th day : Mweka Hut - Mweka Gate.
On summitday, we started 30 mn after midnight. Climbing at individual pace, two of us (and head guide) reached Uhuru peak about 30 minutes before sunrise (did not have watch but think sunrise was around 6:30). Other 3 arrived within the following 2 hours, so I spent a total of 4 hours above Stellar point. One had to turn around just before Stellar point and was helped all the way down same day (she had been feeling bad for a couple of days and should in hindsight not have attempted to summit. Felt fine next day).
Can highly recommend our tour-organizer TropicalTrails and in particular head guide Kapanya Kitaba: www.eastafricanadventures.com/
We climbed via Marangu Route because of the success rate of 87% to Gillman's point and 70% to Uhuru Peak from this route. We did the six day trip to allow for aclamatization. We are from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (elevation 50 ft.); therefore, we needed time to aclamatized. However, on summit day we reached Uhuru Peak in 5:38 from Kibo Hut.
I strongly recommend the Marangu Hotel. They have been organizing trips since 1932. They are experienced, very well organized and reputable. If you do use them, please request the guide team of John and Asseri. They will take great care of you and do everything possible to make sure you reach the summit.
We hiked the Machame Route in 8 days in order to permit a good acclimatation.
1st day : Machame Gate - Machame Hut (2980 m) : muddy but practicable path in the rain forest.
2d day : Machame Hut - Shira Hut (3840 m)
3d day : stay at Shira Hut and ascent of the Shira Cathedral (3895 m).
4th day : Shira Camp - Barranco Hut (3950 m). We climbed on the top of the Lava Tower (4630 m).
5th day : Barranco Hut - Karanga Valley (4020 m)
6th day : Karanga Valley - Barafu Hut (4550 m)
7th day : We started 20 mn after midnight to the summit. We reached Stella Point 10 mn before sunrise at 6 h 10 and Uhuru Peak at 6 h 45. The same day we walked down to Mweka Hut (3100 m).
8th day : Mweka Hut - Mweka Gate.
Our whole group of 8 persons reached Uhuru Peak.
Fatastic hike ! Unforgettable !
Unbelievable Trip. Only signing this site now cause i just found out about it.
We had a week to adjust to some altitude due to us being on Safari before we climbed. We did a warm up climb during that time at Empakai Crater.
Either way, the climb was difficult at times, but that mainly had to do with dealing with the altitude. The summit day was tough...starting at 11:30pm and finally summating at 7am. One gets re-energized at Stella Point. Reach that point at sunrise.
Our Entire group made it to the summit (7 of us).
We had an unbelievable guides...here is the name of the company that took us:
+255 27 2544063/2501325
Recommend this climb to everyone...it is fantastic.
My first experience with high altitude, was lucky not have any problems (didn't bother with Diamox or anything like that, but had an extra acclimatisation day in Karanga Valley).
Summit day was tough, a long steep slog made harder by the cold and noticeably thinner air, but well worth it. Once Stella Point was reached (at sunrise - beautiful, but unfortunately didn't get a photo), the last hour to Uhuru was no problem at all. Going down on the loose scree was fun - pretty knackering, but the satisfaction saw me through the rest of the day.
After all that, those beers at Mweka Camp were much appreciated!
For the record, out of our group of 21, 19 got to Stella Point and 14 made the summit.
Summited in five days. Monsoon arrived a little early this year, so we encountered cold, rain and snow most days. Summit morning brought perfect weather. Reached the summit at 5:30 am from Barrafu Hut.
A nice trip. The Arrow Glacier is more or less gone. The route was steep, but not really difficult or dangerous. A few scrambling sections near the crater rim were nice but not very exposed. The lokal guys did a good job carrying gear, talking friendly and making better food than I usually eat at home.
I did not camp in the crater but instead walked directly from Shira Plateau to the summit with a few hours of rest at Arrow Glacier camp. This saves the porters a lot of gear-carrying.
Regards Bjørn Revil