Kilimanjaro Climber's Log

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Huberschwiller - Oct 3, 2003 1:42 pm

Route Climbed: Machame Route Date Climbed: 25 september 2003  Sucess!

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 !

jonahcreed - Jul 15, 2003 6:29 am

Route Climbed: Machame Date Climbed: March 2001  Sucess!

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 is the name of the company that took us:

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Recommend this climb to is fantastic.

Attic Tony

Attic Tony - Jul 1, 2003 11:01 am

Route Climbed: Machame Date Climbed: 22nd June 2003  Sucess!


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.

Paul Spraycar - Jun 29, 2003 4:01 pm

Route Climbed: Machame Route Date Climbed: February 14, 2003  Sucess!

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.


panda- - Mar 27, 2003 3:05 pm

Route Climbed: Arrow Glacier Date Climbed: 23 July 2001  Sucess!

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

cuprina - Mar 4, 2003 9:04 pm

Route Climbed: Machame / Mweka Date Climbed: Jan 10, 2003  Sucess!

Had great weather all 6 days on the mountain. First of my Seven Summits...

scotchhooligan - Mar 3, 2003 12:54 pm

Route Climbed: Machame Date Climbed: February 2003  Sucess!

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.


erik_ravenstijn - Mar 2, 2003 9:35 am Date Climbed: Jan 30, 2003

Route Climbed: Arrow Glacier Route (Western Breach) Date Climbed: 30-01-2003

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:

Gord Boston

Gord Boston - Feb 5, 2003 8:54 pm

Route Climbed: Machame Date Climbed: Dec. 26/03  Sucess!

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.


Liga - Jan 29, 2003 8:27 am

Route Climbed: Machame Route Date Climbed: January 2, 2002  Sucess!

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.

damodamodamo - Dec 11, 2002 10:10 am

Route Climbed: Machame Date Climbed: 24th November 2002  Sucess!

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!!

Charles Garrett - Dec 6, 2002 9:57 am

Route Climbed: Marangu Date Climbed: November 1997  Sucess!

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.


richardpattison - Nov 21, 2002 6:47 am

Route Climbed: Rongai Route Date Climbed: Thursday 24th February 2000  Sucess!

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...


mountainjim - Oct 31, 2002 5:57 am

Route Climbed: Marungu Route Date Climbed: 28 November 2001  Sucess!

Very cold, windy, snowing and sleeting....fantastic views......loved it.


Pieter_1976 - Oct 22, 2002 9:32 am

Route Climbed: Machame Date Climbed: august 26 2002  Sucess!

This has nothing to do with climbing, but for some reason you've got to have been there


happecamper - Jul 31, 2002 11:36 am

Route Climbed: Machame Date Climbed: July 5-12, 2002  Sucess!

Day 1: Machame Gate to Machame Hut camp - heavy and thick mud, water puddles on trail, gaiters needed.

Day 2: Machame to Shira camp - warm and sunny, no mud.

Day 3: Shira to Barranco camp - warm and sunny all the way, cool at night.

Day 4: Barranco to Karranga camp - cool, windy and sunny on trail, cold at night.

Day 5: Karranga to Barafu camp - cool, windy and sunny on trail, cold at night.

Day 6: Barafu to Uhuru Peak - very cold from 12AM to sunrise, no clouds, no snow on trail.

Day 6: Uhuru Peak to Rau camp (Mweka alternate) - cool with light hail at Barafu.

Day 7: Rau to Kidea Village gate: light to medium mud until 4x4 trail, warm and sunny.

All six members of our group made the summit on our first attempt. The extra day at Karranga camp ensured no one got altitude sickness and it gave us extra rest on the days before summit. Highly recommend Thank you Julius, Elias and Remy.


Drazil - Jun 27, 2002 12:14 pm

Route Climbed: Londorossi Date Climbed: September 2001  Sucess!

Africa was magical. An amazing time all around.

My travel partner Dave and I took the less traveled route which offered beautiful vistas and the feeling of utter isolation from the rest of the world. Just us and the mountain!

The Londorossi Route : Lemosho - Shira 2 - Shira 1 - Moir Hut - Arrow Glacier - Western Breach - Uhuru Peak - Rau Camp - Kedia Gate (Mweka Alternate)

We did not come across a soul till we summited at 6:35 AM on 09-Sept-02, to the most spectacular sights! Breath taking (and not just due to the altitude!) The sun was just rising, the glaciers were aglow. Standing there, the highest point on the continent, high above the clouds ... difficult to explain all the surging emotions. We made it and I have now fallen in love with the mountains.

Our guides and porters were incredible, without whom Dave and I could never have made the trek. All arranged with the expert help of Desmond and Seamus of the Marangu Hotel in Moshi .

A trek I highly recommend to anybody with a sense of adventure and who enjoys the incredible beauty and splendor of Nature!

Happy Adventures,


Marcel van der Wal

Marcel van der Wal - Jun 25, 2002 9:07 am

Route Climbed: Machame Date Climbed: april 2002  Sucess!

Extremely bad weather. Rain all along and a severe snowstorm on the topday. I strongly advise not to climb during the rainseason, Machame is considered the most scenic route but we didn't see a thing for we walked in thick clouds all the way up. Good thing though was that there was nobody else on the mountain at all.



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MoT - Mar 25, 2002 12:13 pm

Route Climbed: Machame / Barafu / Mweka Alternative (Rau) Date Climbed: 09th September 2001  Sucess!

My first experience with high altitude - started a love affair with the mountains. Should be an easily attainable summit provided you pace yourself and hydrate yourself. The Machame Route gives spectacular views of the mountain. Our version took us via Barranco Hut, above the Karranga Valley (normally this variant goes down into and across it) and on to Barafu Hut. After the summit we returned via Barafu and went to the new Rau campsite.

No technical climbing involved - but hard going all the same for a first timer!

My account of the climb can be found at


eza - Mar 16, 2002 2:57 am Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2001

Route Climbed: Marangu

We had quite an unfortunate day, for a member of our party suffered from acute mountain sickness and was falling asleep between Kibo Hut and Hans Meyer's Cave. Moreover, it was extremely cold and windy. When our sick friend started vomiting it became clear that the right thing was to take her down. Nevertheless, the two remaining members of the group did reach Uhuru Peak. That makes 50% of us in the summit, I suppose it's not such a bad figure.

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