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
Had great weather all 6 days on the mountain. First of my Seven Summits...
Great hike, good weather, good company. Did it in seven days (extra night in Karanga Valley in between Baranco and Barafu). I'd never been over 14,500 feet, so didn't know what to expect. Never had any altitude symptoms; didn't take diamox. Hike is a slow dance until summit night, which really wasn't all that grueling either, just cold and windy. Climbed Lava Tower, which offered a few technical but not at all exposed moves. Monsoon has apparently arrived early this year, but we had good weather with just a bit of rain.
A beautiful climb because every day the terrain is different. The last day to the summit was hard in my experience and the scree is quite steep. See for the route description the 'Arrow Glacier Route' under 'Routes'. More information at: www.climbingtours.net
Muddy and rainy all the way, except for summit day. No one we consulted there would confirm that we had just been unlucky. Avoid December/Christmas if you are thinking of climbing this mountain.
Nevertheless, an experience that can only be mitigated, not spoiled, by inclement weather.
Fantastic nature and nice trip. My first high altitude experience. It wasn't so bad, although we didn't do much aclimatisation. Very nice weather all five days we spent in Kilimanjaro park.
A great trip. Can you believe we did this for our honeymoon?
November is the "short" rainy season: we got soaked!! If I have one tip - it is to make sure that your bags, including day packs, are 100% waterproof. Once stuff is wet, it is impossible to get things dried out. Another problem with this time of year is that it is cloudy almost all the time - so you get only the occasional glimpse of the mountain on the way up and miss out on some spectacular views. On the positive side of this season - we had the mountain to ourselves - there was only one other person on the machame route with us (Hello Morat!) and he took an extra acclimatisation day, so we had the summit trek to ourselves and we only saw one person come up the Marangu route too....
I started feeling the altitude as early as Shira Hut - I lost appetite and had a headache - but felt mostly ok from then on. Otherwise, I didnt have too many problems.
I really enjoyed the scramble up from Barranco - its reputation as "breakfast" is exaggerated....!
The last day is truly a slog and the last couple of hundred meters up to Stella Point (once you can see it) seem to take forever. You realise how difficult it is when you see your guides struggling! My wife was a legend - she had so much determination to get up there - and despite being sick (dont eat too much at the final meal!) made it all the way to Uhuru.
The sunrise from Stella Point is sensational. My biggest regret is that I didnt have the energy to get he camera out to capture it.....!
The way down was horrible. I was too tired to descend quickly down the scree without worrying I was going to hurt myself. From Barafu to Rau camp is easy, but from Rau camp to the gate through the forest was almost unpassable because it had rained so much - it took us a whopping 6.5 hours to squelch our way through!
In summary: brilliant to have done it!!
Climbed with forty-odd others raising money for Downside Up, a Moscow-based charity for children with Down's Syndrome. Great success: all but a couple got to the summit ridge, 14 of us got to Uhuru. Raised over £40,000 for the Russian children. Beautiful climb.
We used the Rongai Route with Exodus and the African walking company. A beautiful and quiet trail from the north side. We were the only group on that side of the mountain. Take your time, it's not a race, success is to reach the top and come back alive. Very easy as long as you're determined, focused and walking slow. The summit day is exhausting, 11 hours from kibo and back, then another 3 hours to Horombo. Have heart...
Very cold, windy, snowing and sleeting....fantastic views......loved it.
This has nothing to do with climbing, but for some reason you've got to have been there