Wichtige Info zu Ihrer Kilimandscharo Besteigung

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Kilimandscharo Tipps & Infos
Faces of Kilimanjaro – The Real Conquerors

This is Maphlombe, brilliant Kilimanjaro porter

 

Der Kilimandscharo ist mit seinen 5895m der weltweit höchste frei stehende Berg und liegt inmitten des Kilimandscharo Nationalparks, angrenzend an Tansania und Kenia.

Die Besteigung des “Dach Afrikas” ist ein einzigartiges Erlebnis und alle die Willenskraft und Ausdauer mitbringen können diesen Berg “erobern”!

Kilimandscharo ist aufgrund seiner nicht-technischen Routen sehr beliebt. Der Aufstieg kann jedoch in einigen Bereichen relativ steil sein. Die Wege und Pfade sind eindeutig gekennzeichnet und gut gepflegt. Das Gehtempo ist immer langsam und haben dadurch die Möglichkeit die atemberaubenden und ständig wechselnden ökologischen Zonen zu genießen.

Ihr Team von Köchen, Trägern und Bergführern stellen sicher das Ihre Expedition so angenehm wie möglich abläuft. Sie kümmern sich um die Verpflegung, Lager Auf- und Abbau und um Ausrüstung.

Wetter & Klima

Durch die Nähe zum Äquator sind die Temperaturen ziemlich dieselben das ganze Jahr hindurch. Eine Besteigung des Kili ist zu jeder Zeit des Jahres möglich. Es gibt nur mehr Regen während der Monate Februar bis Mai und November, Dezember. Juni / Juli und August bis Oktober sind sehr beliebte Monate, da sich das Wetter am Berg von seiner schönsten Seite zeigt. Der Januar ist der “wärmste” Monat und wird von vielen Bergsteigern in Verbindung mit Neujahr ausgesucht.

Egal welchen Monat Sie aussuchen, es wird immer einen Mix aus tropischen (am Fuße) und eisigkalten Nächten (über 3500m) geben. Wichtig ist eine gute Ausrüstung.

Training

Der Kilimandscharo ist technisch nicht anspruchsvoll und erfordert keine spezielle Alpinausbildung. Jedoch darf man den Berg nicht unterschätzen und man muss sich richtig vorbereiten, um Enttäuschungen zu vermeiden. Wir empfehlen eine 12-wöchige Trainingsphase, die viel Wandern und Laufen beinhaltet. Die Bergschuhe sollten auch gut eingelaufen werden.

Zusätzlich ist jede Form von Sport, ob es joggen, Rad fahren oder schwimmen ist, förderlich für Ihre allgemeine Bergfitness. Sprechen Sie bitte zuerst mit Ihrem Hausarzt.

Tägliche Routine am Berg

Der tägliche Ablauf verläuft fast gleich, wird jedoch vom Bergführer je nach Witterungsbedingungen entschieden.

Normalerweise werden Sie um 7 Uhr geweckt. Danach haben Sie ausreichend Zeit für ein ausgiebiges Frühstück, bevor die nächste Bergetappe ansteht. Am Vormittag laufen Sie ungefähr 3-4 Stunden, danach gibt es leckeres Mittagessen. Die Ankunft im nächsten Lager ist gegen 17 Uhr. Abendessen wir ungefähr um 19 Uhr serviert.

Die Gipfelbesteigung zum Uhuru Peak beginnt um 23 Uhr.

Der Bergführer und sein Assistent haben zusätzlich jeden Tag noch ein Briefing, in dem der Ablauf noch einmal besprochen wird.

Essen & trinken

Bei den meisten Kilirouten (außer Marangu) wird Ihre Verpflegung von den Portern getragen und vom Küchenchef  frisch zubereitet.  Sie erhalten ein warmes Frühstück, tägliche Snacks, Süßigkeiten und Früchte, ein warmes Mittagessen und ein dreigängiges Abendmenü. Tee, Kaffee, heiße Schokolade und Wasser gibt es zu jeder Mahlzeit. Das Wasser kommt aus den Quellen des Kilimandscharo und wir empfehlen Wasserreinigungstabletten, die man in jeder Apotheke erwerben kann.

Bemerkung: Vegetarische Verpflegung ist möglich, muss jedoch im Vorhinein bekannt gegeben werden.

Trinkgelder

Die Crew spielt eine Schlüsselrolle bei Ihrer Kilimandscharotour und das sollte richtig honoriert werden.

Wir sind auch Unterstützer des Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project – www.kiliporters.org . Damit wird gewährleistet, dass die Träger eine entsprechende Ausrüstung haben und fair bezahlt werden. Alle die bei uns buchen ersuchen wir, wenn möglich, Bergschuhe /  Ausrüstung, die man bei uns nicht mehr trägt, mit nach Tansania zu nehmen. Man kann den Jungs keine größere Freude machen!

Die Bergführer sind alle registriert und trainiert in allen Belangen von Sicherheit, Erste Hilfe, Flora, Fauna und Geschichte des Kilimandscharo.

Trinkgelder

Das sind Minimum Trinkgelder empfohlen durch KPAP.  Diese Trinkgelder sind pro Crewmitglied und bezahlt wird von der Gruppe, nicht vom Einzelnen Bergsteiger.

Bergführer:        $20 – $25 USD pro Tag (7-Machame Route = $140 – $175)

Assistent:           $15 – $20 USD pro Tag (7-Machame Route = $105 – $140)

Koch:                    $12 – $15 USD pro Tag (7-Machame Route = $84 – $105)

Träger:                 $8 – $10 USD pro Tag (7-Machame Route = $56 – $70) pro Träger

Am Ende der Tour ist eine kleine Feier üblich bei der die Trinkgelder (wenn möglich in Umschlägen) überreicht wird.

Gesundheit und Höhenkrankheit

Eine der größten Schwierigkeiten bei der Besteigung des Kilimandscharo ist die Höhe, die in extremen Fällen dazu führt, dass Sie an der akuten Höhenkrankheit (AMS) leiden. Die meisten Kletterer erfahren Beschwerden über 3.500 Meter, wie z. B. Kopfschmerzen, Übelkeit oder Appetitlosigkeit.  Normalerweise ist dies aber behoben mit viel Wasserzufuhr und eine einfache Ibuprofen Tablette (vorausgesetzt, sie sind nicht allergisch). Einige Kletterer schwören im Notfall auf Diamox gegen die Höhenkrankheit, aber das sollte nur in Betracht gezogen werden, nach einem Gespräch mit Ihrem Hausarzt.

Um der Höhenkrankheit entgegen zu wirken, muss man in erster Linie körperlich fit sein, ein langsames Aufstiegstempo wählen, viel Wasser und Nahrung zu sich nehmen und eine ausreichende Akklimatisierung einplanen.

Viele Bergsteiger unterschätzen die starke Sonneneinstrahlung und die kalten Nächte. Das alles muss bei einer guten Planung miteinbezogen werden.

Versicherung & Erste Hilfe am Berg

Eine ausreichende Kranken- und Reiseversicherung ist unumgänglich.  Notfall- Bergrettung und Flying Doctors sind in der Besteigung enthalten aber Ihre eigene Versicherung muss alle medizinischen, Transport, Unterkunft und Rückführungskosten abdecken, sobald Sie wieder am Fuße des Berges sind.

Bemerkung: Bei einer Besteigung werden Sie aufgefordert, eine “Übernahme von Risiken” Formular bei der Ankunft zu unterzeichnen. Der Zweck dieser Form ist, dass Sie sich der Risiken und Gefahren, die mit Trekking in großer Höhe bewusst sind und die Dienstleister und Equatours von allen Ansprüchen für Zwischenfälle, die sich aus aufgrund von Umständen außerhalb der angemessenen Kontrolle von beiden Parteien, zu entbinden. Das kann Ihre Rechte im Rahmen Ihrer Versicherung beeinflussen und raten Ihnen, dies mit Ihrem Versicherungs-Anbieter abzusprechen.

Was packe ich?

Kilimandscharo Packliste

  • Schlafsack bis zu -25 Grad Celsius
  • Schlafsackmatte
  • Kleines Kissen
  • Stirnlampe mit zusätzlichen Batterien
  • Wanderstöcke
  • Wasserflasche (n) bis zu 3l
  • Ein großer Rucksack für Bergausrüstung, max. 15kg, wird vom Träger getragen
  • Ein kleiner Rucksack für Jacke, Kamera und anderen Kleinigkeiten, wird von Ihnen getragen
  • Wasserfeste Abdeckung für Ihren Rucksack
  • Kamera mit Ersatzakku und Speicherkarten, ideal sind zwei Kameras
  • Handy (vielleicht möchten Sie Ihre liebsten mal anrufen)

Kleidung

  • Gute Bergschuhe mit Gore-Tex
  • Gamaschen
  • Gore-Tex Hosen
  • 4-6 Dry Fit T-shirts
  • Gore-Tex Windjacke
  • Fleecejacke
  • Warme Unterwäsche
  • Unterwäsche und Socken (bitte ausreichend)
  • Turnschuhe und Turnanzug für die Abende
  • Sonnenbrille
  • Sonnenhut, Schal, Handschuhe, Mütze
  • Regenkleidung für alle Fälle

Medizin (sprechen Sie zuerst mit Ihrem Hausarzt) / Toilettenartikel

  • Baby wipes, Babytücher – das beste Mittel um frisch zu bleiben!!
  • Kleines Handtuch
  • Zahnbürste, Paste, Deo
  • Lippenpflege
  • Wasserreinigungstabletten
  • Kopfwehtabletten, Schmerzmittel
  • Ibuprofen oder Nurofen
  • Immodium , Diamox
  • Persönliche Verschreibungen
  • Sonnenschutz plus 50 Faktor
  • Kleine Apotheke (Plaster…etc)
 Check Liste vor Abreise

Bevor Sie zum Flughafen fahren, checken Sie bitte noch Folgendes:

  • Pass und Tansania Visum (min. 5 Wochen vor Abreise beantragen)
  • Gelbfieberimpfung mit Impfpass
  • Rückflugticket
  • Reise – und Krankenversicherung Dokumente
  • US Dollars und eine Visa/Master Kreditkarte

Bei weiteren Fragen kontaktieren Sie uns bitte hier

Lemosho Route: Climb Kilimanjaro along the Road Less Travelled

A relatively new route, but one that is fast becoming the most successful route on Mount Kilimanjaro, the Lemosho Route offers the perfect balance of low traffic, breath-taking scenery (and I’m not referring to the altitude!) and a high summit success rate.

P1010385Available as an 8 or 9 day expedition, the Lemosho Route approaches Mount Kilimanjaro from the west, starting with a long drive to Londorossi Gate, before a slow but steady ascent through verdant rainforests to the Shira Ridge.  Longer and less crowded the popular (but less successful) Marangu Route, the Lemosho Route is a great choice for those who want to take their time, enjoy the experience, and make it to Uhuru Peak.

Here’s a brief overview of an 8-Day Lemosho Route Expedition:

Day 1: After breakfast today, you will check out of the hotel (leaving any unnecessary baggage at the hotel), and your driver will transfer you to the Lemosho Glades 6890ft (2100 m), where you will register, meet your mountain crew and begin your hike to Rain Forest (Big Tree) Camp through a beautiful old growth forest. Your trek today will be along a little used track known as Chamber’s Route. You will see in places that the vegetation is so undisturbed by humans that it grows right across the narrow track. Flora and fauna are richer here than on other more popular routes through the rain forest. Trekking Time 3 – 4 Hours.

Day 2: After a hot cooked breakfast in the mess tent, you will begin your full day’s trek to Shira One Camp. This is a beautiful valley just outside the Shira Crater at around 3050mts /10,000 ft. After lunch, you cross into the Shira Caldera which is a high altitude desert plateau rarely visited by the man. Shira is the third of Kilimanjaro’s volcanic cones. It is filled with lava flow from Kibo, and its rim eroded and blasted away by weather and volcanic action. Today you camp at Shira I at 3500mts (11500ft) in Caldera. This day expect the first close views of Kibo – the dramatic summit cone of Kilimanjaro. Trekking time 6 – 8 hours.

Day 3: Today’s trek will take you across the Shira Plateau to the higher grounds of Moir Camp.  At 13,500ft (4114m), this spectacular camp is located just beneath the northern ice fields of Kilimanjaro, on a little used site at the base of Lent Hills.  Today is an important day for acclimatization, and there are plenty of walks available around the camp for those who want to explore. Trekking time 3 – 4 hours.

Day 4: After breakfast in camp, you will ascend to Lava Tower, an impressive formation at 4600m/15,090ft elevation. During your hike, you will see plants indigenous to the alpine zone such as giant lobelias, giant senecio, tussock grasses, and helichrysums. From Lava Tower, you will make your way across the Southern Ice fields, before descending down to Barranco Base Camp beneath the spectacular breach wall of Barranco.  Another important day for acclimatization, you will ‘hike high and sleep low’ to help your body prepare for the coming days. Trekking time 3 – 4 hours.

Day 5: After breakfast today, your climb with start with a scramble up and over the Barranco Wall to Karanga Valley Camp at 13,900ft (4235m). You can view the entire Shira Plateau from here, which gives you a good look at how far you have trekked! Trekking time 4 – 5 hours.

Day 6: After breakfast this morning, we will leave Karanga Valley Camp behind and continue our journey past the crowded Barafu Camp to the secluded Upper Barafu special use camp at 15,970ft (4867m).  We will see many different angles of the summit along the way, and the two peaks of Mwenzi and Kibo are clearly visible from this prime position. At camp, we will rest, enjoy dinner, and prepare for our midnight summit. Trekking time 3 – 4 hours.

Day 7: Today is the day you have been waiting for, and you will enjoy tea and biscuits at midnight before beginning your final journey to the summit – Uhuru Peak at 5895m / 19,340ft.  Your journey to the Roof of Africa will take approximately 6-7 hours, and you will arrive just in time to watch the sun rise over Africa. Whilst here, you will have spectacular views of the Mawenzi Peak to the east and Mt. Meru to the west and glaciers including Furtwangler Glacier, Northern ice field and Reusch crater. After taking your summit photos, you will descend along Mweka route via Stella point. You will stop en-route for lunch at Barafu Hut, before descending further down to Mweka camp at 3100m / 10,170ft for the last night on the mountain. Trekking time 8 – 10 hours.

Day 8: After breakfast in camp, you will walk down through the rain forest to Mweka Gate where you will receive your certificate and spend some quality time with your mountain crew. After a picnic lunch, you will enjoy a private transfer back to your lodge in Arusha for a welcome hot shower and overnight.

Climb the Lemosho Route under the Total Lunar Eclipse in September 2015! 

Rongai Route: Kilimanjaro Expedition

With 7 different routes to choose from, it can be hard to decide which Kilimanjaro Route is right for you, but if you are looking for a quieter path to the Roof of Africa, you might want to consider the Rongai Route.

Kilimanjaro Lunar Eclipse ExpeditionThe only Kilimanjaro Route that approaches the mountain from the north (close to the Kenyan border), the Rongai Route is less crowded than the popular Machame Route, and as such it offers unspoilt wilderness and plenty of wild animal encounters along the way.  Here’s a sample itinerary of what your Rongai Route Climb might look like:

Day 1: After breakfast today, your driver will collect you from your hotel in Arusha and drive you to the Marangu Gate where you will collect your permit. You will then continue to the Nalemoru gate near the Kenyan border, where you will start your Mt. Kilimanjaro trek. Your first day’s walk is a gradual ascent through the rain forest. As you walk, watch out for elephants and cats covering portions of the trail. The trek is about 3 to 4 hours and it bring you to your first camp, Simba Camp Trekking Time: 3-4 Hours

Day 2: After a hot cooked breakfast in the mess tent, you will start the day with a steady ascent up to the ‘Second Cave’ (alt.3450m) where you will be treated to breath taking views of Kibo and the Eastern ice fields of the Crater rim. After breaking for lunch, you will leave the main trail and head out across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. Your campsite for tonight is in a sheltered valley with giant Seneciois near Kikelelwa Cave.

Day 3: Today’s trek starts with a short but steep grassy slope, as you make your way towards Kilimanjaro’s peak.  At the top, you will be rewarded with stunning views and a tangible sense of wilderness. As you leave the vegetation behind, you will make your way to your next camp Mawenzi Tarn (alt. 4330m), a spectacular camp located directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. In the afternoon, you will have some free time to rest at camp or explore the surrounding areas. Trekking Time: 3-4 Hours

Day 4: After breakfast today, you will cross the lunar desert and the ‘Saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach Kibo Hut (alt. 4750m) at the bottom of the Kibo Crater wall. You will spend remainder of the day resting in preparation for the final ascent. Trekking Time: 5-6 Hours

Day 5: Today is the day you have been waiting for! After a midnight wakeup call, and a warming cup of tea with biscuits, you will begin your summit to Uhuru Peak at 5895m / 19,340ft. This part is considered steepest and most demanding part of your journey, but you will walk very slowly through loose scree to reach the crater rim at Gilman’s Point (alt. 5685).  Here you will rest briefly to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi, before continuing further to Uhuru Peak (alt. 5896m), where you will pass the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area.  After taking those cherished photos, you will begin your descent to Kibo Hut for lunch, before trekking further down to Horombo Campsite for your final night on the mountain. Trekking Time: 11-12 Hours.

Day 6: After breakfast in camp, you will have a steady descent that takes you down through moor land to Mandara Hut (alt. 2752m), the first based used by people climbing the Marangu route. Here you will receive your certificate and spend some quality time with your mountain crew. After a picnic lunch, you will enjoy a private transfer back to your lodge in Arusha for a welcome hot shower and overnight.

Private and Group Expeditions available for the Kilimanjaro Total Lunar Eclipse in September 2015         

Climbing Kilimanjaro: 10 Tips to Help You Reach Uhuru Peak

Climbing Kilimanjaro is neither easy nor cheap, but if you have always dreamed of climbing Africa’s highest mountain on a journey of self-discovery and adventure, there are endless reasons why you should turn that dream into a reality in 2015.

Reputable Kilimanjaro Climbing Companies in Henry Steadman book

Kilimanjaro is now easily accessible from all major international airports, and if you book your flights approximately 3 months before your climb, you should get a good deal (this does not apply to Christmas & New Year!).  Once you have booked your flights and confirmed your climb with a reputable Kilimanjaro Climbing Company (check out Henry Stedman’s book for advice), the rest is up to you – but here are 10 Tips to Help you Reach Uhuru Peak based on my own experience…

  1. Pack as much hiking gear in your hand luggage as possible and always travel in your hiking boots. Luggage delays happen, and while you can rent clothing and hiking gear in Arusha, you don’t want to be climbing Kili in strange boots!
  2. Eat, drink, eat, drink and repeat. If you have booked with a good company, food and beverages will be plentiful – so indulge and give your body the energy it needs to succeed.
  3. Listen to your Mountain Guide. He knows what it takes to reach Uhuru Peak – he’s probably been there 50 times already, so heed his advice.
  4. Enjoy every day. Uhuru Peak is your main prize, but the fact that you are hiking Kilimanjaro is amazing – don’t forget to enjoy the days leading up to the summit.
  5. Take photos – of everything, everyone and anything! You are probably never going to do this again.
  6. Listen to your body, if you feel a headache coming on, act quickly. A simple Ibuprofen tablet and a litre of water could be all you need to overcome altitude headaches (worked for me!).
  7. Take an inflatable mattress and the warmest sleeping bag you can find. The ground is hard and the temperatures are freezing – so be prepared!
  8. Speak to your porters and cooks, these guys are the life and soul of Kilimanjaro, and if they can climb with a 20kg pack – just imagine what you can do!
  9. Learn a few words of Swahili – it’s a fantastic language and you’ll have a whole lot of laughs along the way if you can speak with the mountain crew in their own language.
  10. Don’t stress about success – in the unlikely event that you do not make it to Uhuru Peak, you have still been to Tanzania and still attempted the mighty Kilimanjaro – that’s success in itself!

Climb Kilimanjaro – Great Value Total Lunar Eclipse Small Group Expedition

Many people list ‘Climbing Kilimanjaro’ as a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, and when you stand at Uhuru Peak some 5,895metres above sea level, the first thing you say to yourself is “amazing – but never again!”, but the truth is, this mighty mountain gets under your skin, and once you conquered it, it is only a matter of time before you itch to return.

We were lucky enough to climb Kilimanjaro successfully on 4th October 2012, and while our 7-Day Machame Route Tour wasn’t particularly difficult in terms of hiking (it’s neither steep nor technically challenging), the long days and cold nights on the mountain soon begin take their toll on the body.

Kilimanjaro Total Lunar Eclipse

Preparation is key, and you need to be in good physical condition if you are to reach the ‘Roof of Africa’, but we found it to be more mentally challenging than physically challenging, and if you are determined to reach your goal – there is a very good chance you will make it.

So after much consideration, we have decided to tackle Africa’s highest mountain once again, and to make it even more spectacular than the first time, we have scheduled our 2015 Expedition to coincide with the Total Lunar Eclipse on September 28th.

Tanzania just happens to be one of the best places on earth to view the Total Lunar Eclipse in September 2015, and with the best seats in the house on top of Mount Kilimanjaro – we are sure it is going to be a spectacular event!

Our small group escorted tour is set to depart Arusha on 22nd September 2015, and we have 10 spots available for intrepid travellers who want to join us on this amazing adventure. Here is a brief overview of our Kilimanjaro Total Lunar Eclipse Tour 2015:

Day 1     –              21/09/2015         Depart on flight to Kilimanjaro

Day 2     –              22/09/2015         Arrive Kilimanjaro – Transfer to Hotel – Briefing

Day 3     –              23/09/2015         Kilimanjaro – Machame Camp

Day 4     –              24/09/2015         Kilimanjaro – Shira Camp

Day 5     –              25/09/2015         Kilimanjaro – Barranco Camp

Day 6     –              26/09/2015         Kilimanjaro – Karanga Camp

Day 7     –              27/09/2015         Kilimanjaro – Upper Barafu Special Use Camp

Day 8     –              28/09/2015         Kilimanjaro – Summit Lunar Eclipse – Mweka Camp

Day 9     –              29/09/2015         Kilimanjaro – Transfer to Hotel – Dinner

Day 10   –              30/09/2015         Departure or Beach / Safari Extension

For a more detailed itinerary, please head over to our website: http://www.equatours.co.uk/successful-kilimanjaro-climb/4577686606

This fully inclusive climb includes international flights from the UK / mainland Europe (flight exclusive package and other international airports available), two nights accommodation in Arusha with breakfast and dinner (pre and post climb), all airport transfers, and a fully escorted 7-day Machame Route Climb including all meals and soft drinks, transfers to/from Kilimanjaro National Park, all climbing permits, all camping equipment (except sleeping bags), a team of certified Mountain Guides, Cooks and Porters, Mountain Rescue, Safety Equipment, portage of two bags (max 15 kilos), and luggage storage in Arusha.

Price based on 2 adults sharing: with flights £2250.00pp / without flights £1595.00pp Those departing the UK on a flight inclusive package will enjoy full ATOL Protection

Ingo and I will be escorting this tour personally, and as it is a fully inclusive trip, the only thing you need to budget for is the climb itself and tips for your porters / guides.  We can extend your stay in Tanzania with a Safari in the Ngorongoro Crater or Serengeti National Park, or you can simply sit back, relax and celebrate your amazing achievement with a few days on Zanzibar’s sugar white beaches.

With five months to prepare, there is plenty of time to get in shape for your Kilimanjaro adventure – so why not join us, and watch the Total Lunar Eclipse from the top of the world!

 

Want to Climb Kilimanjaro? Check Out these Inspiring Stories!

Some people climb Kilimanjaro for a reason, while others climb for no reason at all, but every adventurer who attempts Africa’s highest mountain has one goal in mind, and that is to reach the snow-capped peak of Uhuru.

Climbing Tips KilimanjaroClimbing Kilimanjaro is no easy task, and you need both mental and physical strength if you are to summit the ‘Roof of Africa’, but Kilimanjaro is not technically challenging (you do not need crampons or ropes), and if you are physically fit, mentally prepared, and willing to follow the ‘Poley Poley’ pace set by your Mountain Guide, the chances of reaching the top are high.

Some 50,000 travellers attempt to climb Kilimanjaro each year, and while most of us are more than happy with a 7 to 10 day tour along the Machame Route, the Lemosho Route or the Umbwe Route, it seems not everyone is prepared to take the easy route…

Wim Hof, otherwise known as Iceman, is a Dutch extreme sports enthusiast with 26 Guinness World Records under his belt.  In a bid to add one more title to his impressive collection of extreme challenges (which include running a full marathon above the arctic circle wearing just a pair of pants!), Iceman recently ran up Mount Kilimanjaro – and did so in a record time of just 31 hours and 26 minutes! In true Iceman style, Wim opted for a rather skimpy climbing outfit consisting of a pair of shorts and shoes!

Meanwhile, a Russian adventurer by the name of Valery Rozov, has become the first person in the world to BASE JUMP from the top of Kilimanjaro.  After hiking all the way to the top of the Western Beach Wall, Valery decided to take the quick way down, gliding some 3 kilometres in his rather colourful Red Bull sponsored base-jump suit! He captured his entire jump on camera, so head over to the Red Bull website to watch it for yourself.

Finally, the most inspiring Kilimanjaro story of all goes to Alex D’Jamoos, who recently climbed Kilimanjaro for the second time – despite being a double amputee!  The University of Texas student scrambled his way to Uhuru peak, despite suffering from bleeding knuckles and endless ant bites, and did so to raise awareness and money for his favourite charities. Alex said, “The purpose of the trip was to demonstrate that children with disabilities have the ability to overcome great challenges”.

 

 

 

 

 

Camping on Kilimanjaro – What you Can Expect on the Machame Route

If you are going to be one of the 50,000 or so people to attempt the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro in 2015, you have probably got a million questions, and could well be asking yourself, “What am I letting myself in for!”

Climbing Kilimanjaro is a dream come true for many, but you need to be well prepared if your trip to the Roof of Africa is to be every bit as spectacular as you imagine.

Most of Kilimanjaro’s most popular routes involve camping mountainside for the duration of your time on the mountain.  There are some exceptions, such as the Marangu Route where you sleep in very basic shared huts, but the longer, more successful routes are all about camping – so be prepared!

Climb Kilimanjaro

I had never been camping prior to our 7-day Machame Route Expedition in September 2012, and while we invested in top quality sleeping bags, thermal sleep suits, and plenty of hats, scarves, gloves and socks to keep the minus temperatures at bay – we were not quite prepared for the rock hard floor.

The camping sites on Kilimanjaro’s Machame Route, namely Machame Camp, Shira Camp, Barranco Camp, Karanga Camp and Barafu Camp are well-prepared and spotlessly clean, but at the end of the day (literally), your tents are set up on the mountain floor with little more than a ground sheet and mat for comfort.

Next time we climb Kilimanjaro (Lunar Eclipse September 2015!), we will be taking an inflatable mattress of some sort, and swapping our high-tech but somewhat restrictive sleeping bags for a regular down duvet!  We will need to take an extra bag – but that’s one more job for one more porter, and that’s always a good thing in Tanzania!

If you book your Kilimanjaro Climb with a reputable company, they will provide a port-a-loo for your climb, which includes a tent, a flushable portable loo, and toilet paper. They also provide a mess tent with tables and chairs where you will enjoy three hot meals per day.

If you have booked with the cheapest operator you can find – well, you shouldn’t expect the same level of comfort.  You will have to carry your own packed lunch each day, and perch on a rock to eat it, and you will need to take your own loo paper and make do with bushes during the day!

There is really nothing else to see/do on Kilimanjaro’s campsites, except admire the views and keep saying to yourself – I can do it!!