Kilimanjaro Climb

Situated south of the Equator in Tanzania, and standing at 5,895m, Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain and the highest ‘free standing’ mountain in the world.  Huge permanent glaciers flow down from the summit, and spectacular views and beautiful ice formations are the reward for the successful trekker, along with the satisfaction of conquering this mighty peak. mini.jpg
Mount Kilimanjaro is not for the faint-hearted!  The mountain will test you to your limits, both mentally and physically. The main problems encountered are altitude sickness, freezing temperatures and lack of oxygen. Guides and porters assist climbers up the mountain by day, and nights are spent in alpine tents on the slopes.

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There are several established hiking routes up the mountain and we will climb Machame route, one of the more scenic routes. The highest point is Uhuru Peak on the volcano Kibo, which has a 1.5mile crater at the top.  Our itinerary includes an overnight stay at Crater Camp alongside the Furtwängler Glacier, where temperatures can drop below -20C.

The Kilimanjaro Climb will start in early September and The Lonely Road Challenge Team will spend 9 days on the mountain:

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DAY 1
Depart Moshi for Machame Gate – set off walking through rainforest into heather moors – overnight at Machame camp (3,000m) where temperatures will drop to freezing

DAY 2
Walk to the Shira Plateau – overnight at Shira Main Camp (3,800m)

DAY 3
Acclimatisation day spent walking out to the Shira Needles – overnight at Shira Main Camp (3,800m)

DAY 4
Important acclimatization day - "walk high, sleep low".  Walk past Lava Tower, starting at 3,800m going up to 4,500m and descending to Baranco Camp at 3,900m

DAY 5
Keep traversing eastwards on the mountain - lots of "up and down" to aid acclimatisation – hard on knees. Overnight at Karanga Valley Camp (4,100m)

DAY 6
Steady uphill – this is the closest we get to ‘climbing’ - overnight at Barafu Camp (4,600m)

DAY 7
Long, hard day ascending to the crater rim at Stella Point.  Descend into the crater - overnight at Crater Camp (5,500m) – very cold night with temperatures dropping to -15/-20C.

DAY 8
Summit Uhuru Peak (5,895m) and descend to Mweka Camp (3,100m)

DAY 9
Descend through the rain forest and transfer to Moshi for a hot shower!

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Wild Frontiers is organising and leading The Lonely Road Challenge climb on Mount Kilimanjaro.

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