Reached the summit at Gilman's Point (5700m), about 200m short of the true summit at Uhuru Point. Had to turn back due to severe altitude sickness.
Great weather, and absolutely terrific pair of guides....Milton and Dickson from Zara Travel.
It was a beautifull trip. Sometimes we had some bad weather but in general it was nice and sunny. I didn't make it to the top and had to wait for my girlfriend in the Barafu (last) camp. Although I didn't make it , it meant a lot to be there. The beautifull scenery and every morning a cup of coffee on the mountain :-).
For sure I'll be back one day and hope to be more lucky.
Maybe see you out there somewhere.
Reached Uhuru for the 2nd time in 2 years, and despite snow & poor visibility, felt just as proud as I did the first time. This time, climbed with my 16 year old son. Marangu was pleasantly unlittered, compared with Machame 2 years ago.
Unbelievable experience. I was 53 and my sister-in-law was 60 when we went up. We had never been on any kind of mountain trek before. Hard work and more so during the long rain season! Am going again this July when I hope to have some views!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
7 day Machame route climb. Great experience! Tanzania is beautiful, and the people are incredible.
Nobody told me about the fantastic views of the glacier and the crater from the top - only about how hard it would be!
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!
Reached the summit (Uhuru) at 7:30 am. The summit climb was long and tough - was a full moon night. Wonderful experience.
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