Rainy and snowy week but fortunately summit day was not too bad. The Machame route in six days is doable but offers less acclimatization. In retrospect I would have done it in seven days.
We did 7 days Machame route with Tanzania Joy Tours. I would highly recommend this company because all of us were very satisfied with the service provided by them. The porters and the guides were very helpful and the price we paid was very reasonable.
Great trip, up and down in 4 days so had time to enjoy rest of Tanzania
Took the Lemosho Route, which gave us seven days to acclimatize before summit day. Nine of us got to the top. Great group and great hike, even if we summitted Kibo in clouds and sleet. And outstanding guides -- Bwenje, Edward, Charles and Polite -- who were determined to get this gang of 60-year-olds to the top.
Birthday hike via Marangu (had only 4.5 days in Africa), crazy trip, beautiful summit, super cold, and met lots of interesting people.
Great guides from Destination Tanzania Safaris (DeTaSa). Began the Shira Plateau route 9/7/15 from Lemosho Glades Trailhead, headed for the Western Breach and final night at Crater Camp. Fatal rockslide in the Breach one day ahead of us closed the route and forced a detour around the mountain: Lava Tower Camp to Barafu Huts via the Southern Circuit. Long, cold slog from Barafu on Summit day.
Really nice trip up the Machame route with Zara tours which I would highly recommend (along with Salim Zimbwe as our guide). Very enjoyable.
After two rainy (and one sunny day) we started our ascent to Kilimanjaro on 10th February at midnight.
Perfect clear night, with plenty of stars was great sign. After 8 hours we were at top of Africa. Amazing feeling and something you remember all your life.
Rolled the dice at the end of the long rains and won: nothing but blue skies and climbed in 5 days with three new friends from Denmark. Mndeme and co from Zara took great care of us. Unforgettable experience.
Did the Marangu route in 5 days to the summit. It was awesome. Details are listed in my blog below:
Climbed with Zara Tours (highly recommend them) followed by 5 day Safari including 2 days in Serengeti (the best 2 days, others pale in comparison). Was at the peak for sunrise.
Worried the clouds would have blocked the view and that the high winds would make things miserable. Fortunately summit day was clear and not windy. Made it to Uhuru at 0700.
First 5k+ summit. Climbed with friends and Christal Zoo guides, then a great safari in Tarangire and Serengeti. Our guides were great, going "pole pole" and acclimatizing our party well with side trips to the lava tower and Barranco wall. 6AM summit was a cold, windy one.
Great trip with National Geographic Adventures. 17 in the group, all 17 reached the summit. The ascent took 6 days, the descent 2. Great weather, great support.
Climbed with the whole family. My brother was the youngest (at least legally to summit) as he summited on his birthday at age 11, which was the youngest age allowed to climb (at least at the time)
Arranged the climb within 2 hours after arriving in Moshe from Nairobi. Originally I was quoted $695 for a 3-day climbing package on Marangu (gate to Horombo, Horombo to Kibo, Kibo to summit to gate). I doubt the agent believed I would be able to actually make it. Shortly after paying, the agent realized that the park requires payment for at least 5 days so the fees increased to $1000+. He tracked me to my hotel and I paid the balance.
Pick up from hotel at 8:45am and drive to Marangu gate. Registration at the entrance took some time, then I finally started the leisurely hike up to Mandara and eventually arriving at Horombo. Despite every team is required to have their own cook, it seems there is a single kitchen because all the guests had basically the same meal (which was ample and tasty). There was some difference in condiments and side dishes such as fruits.
I was feeling good so when I left camp I thought I might skip Kibo and go straight for the summit. I actually went off trail and made straight for Barafu camp, which is on the Machame trail, where I had lunch. I arrived at 5pm so it took less than 4 hours to the summit (Barafu-Uhuru) and an extra one hour down to Kibo.
Easy day from Kibo back out to Marangu gate. I was hoping to take a different route off the mountain but it was against the regulations. I'd already been reprimanded for taking a route that 'was not on my itinerary' and 'climbing without a guide', so I figured I should behave at least one day while I was on the mountain. Besides, Marangu is actually very scenic as it gradually ascends thru the montaine forest, moorland and alpine desert, etc.
Did the climb in 5 days/4 nights. Started from the Kibo huts at midnight and made the summit at 6 AM in the dark with my guide John from Zara tours. It was cold & windy at the peak, so only stayed for about 5 minutes. Hiked back down to the Mandara huts and crashed early. Easy walk out the following morning back to the Marangu trailhead.
Went with seven friends and Kilimanjaro Brothers. Stayed in Moshi and went via the Machame Route. Made me respect altitude a lot more as while I escaped with only headaches I saw a lot of people puking, not able to sleep and just generally feeling shit.
I would go back to Tanzania in a heartbeat!
All thanks goes to Zara Tours and my wonderful hiking companions: Greg, Kelly, Santosh, and Mara. Go team "Loco".