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Mweka Gate: 5,500-ft/1,676-m • 4-5 hours
Moshi: 3,000-ft/914-m • 30 minute drive
In the morning we have a 3-4 hour walk down to the gate, where the Tusker vehicles meet us and take us back to the hotel and a well-earned shower.
10,400-ft/3,170-m • 8-9 hours
After breakfast, we can take a short hike up to the Ashpit, where fumaroles are evidence of Kilimanjaro's dormant volcanic state. We then head downhill to Mweka Camp, where we enjoy our last night on Mount Kilimanjaro.
Summit: 19,340-ft/5,895-m • 9 hours
Crater Camp: 18,700-ft/5,600-m • 2 hours
We repack our gear, taking only what we'll need for the summit push. Today's the toughest day, with the most stunning views of Mawenzi, the Kibo Saddle and the plains below. We slowly wind our way up over the rocky outcrops and through the scree until we reach the rim of the crater. After lunch on the rim, we make our push to the SUMMIT. The view from the summit is dramatic. The weather and effects of altitude will determine how long we stay here. After our summit celebration we descend to our crater camp for overnight facing the amazing Furtwangler Glacier. We spend the remainder of the day taking it easy, and enjoying camp at the highest sleeping altitude.
From Glen & Gordon's better halves: "Heard from the guys this morning and they made it! They were in good spirits and reported NO injuries! They were even going to make it "down" in 1 day rather than 2! They are more than ready for a warm shower and clean clothes!!! We're so proud of them!!!" We second that - we're so proud of their Climb for The Shelter!
14,950-ft/4,556-m • 3-4 hours
It's all uphill to the rocky, craggy slopes at Barafu camp. Barafu means "ice" in Swahili, and it is extremely windy and cold at this altitude. There is a buzz of excitement in the air, as we anticipate our toughest day just ahead. The clouds move in an out, revealing the eroded peak of Mawenzi, painted with colors of the African sun.
13,200-ft/4,023-m • 4-5 hours
After breakfast, our big challenge is to hike up the Barranco Wall, a 500 -ft lava flow. It's not a technical wall, but challenging nonetheless. Once on top of the "wall", the climb becomes easier and extremely beautiful with fantastic views of the crags and crevasses of the jagged peaks of Kibo on your left. Lastly we descend into the Karanga Valley and up the other side, for our overnight camp. The sunsets here are truly spectacular.
13,200-ft/4,023-m • 4-5 hours
After breakfast, we start climbing toward Lava Tower lower camp, at 14,950-ft/4,556-m, where we stop for lunch, allowing our bodies to acclimatize. We descend down through the Giant Senecio forest to Barranco Camp, which is beautifully set up on a ridge at the foot of the Barranco Wall. This is where the Machame and Lemosho routes converge, so we meet other climbers ascending the Machame Route.
13,650-ft/4,160-m • 7-8 hours
After breakfast we hike east across the Shira Plateau past the Shira Cathedral towards Moir camp, tucked away at the end of a huge gorge, at the foot of a giant lava flow. We enjoy a hot lunch at Fisher Camp, which is only a couple hours from our destination.
11,500-ft/3,505-m • 7-8 hours
After breakfast we leave the glades, and start the climb towards the heath and moorland zone. A couple hours after lunch we cross into the Shira Caldera, a high altitude desert plateau, very different from the rain forest. Shira is the third of Kilimanjaro's volcanic cones, and is filled with lava flow from Kibo Peak. Weather and volcanic action have decimated the crater rim. Today is our first close views of Kibo - the summit of Kilimanjaro.
9,170-ft/2,795-m • 3-4 hours
We enter Kilimanjaro National Park and check in at the Londorossi Gate located on the western side of Kilimanjaro. Our trek today is along a little used track through the montane forest. In places the vegetation is so untouched that it grows right across the trail. The flora and fauna are richer here than on the other more popular routes through the rain forest. Our first camp is in the rain forest at Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree).