Tag: climbing Kilimanjaro

Notes from the Trail: Kilimanjaro, Day Six

IMG_1974Karanga Camp to Barafu (Base) Camp
• Elevation: 13,106 ft to 15,331 ft (3995 m to 4673 m)
• Distance: 4 km
• Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
• Habitat: Alpine Desert

After a liesurely departure from camp we made our way from Karanga to Base Camp under pleasant temperatures. The short, 4-hour hike consisted of a steady march up a boulder-strewn slope, down one valley and then up the other side to camp. Base Camp is a motley collection of tents scattered among lava boulders on a steeply-sloped ridge. While it is reasonably sheltered from the wind, it is generally crowded, especially at midday with the crossover of trekkers preparing to ascend later that night and those who have descended from the summit that morning and are now resting up before continuing further down the mountain. (more…)

Notes from the Trail: Kilimanjaro, Day Three


Shira Camp 1 to Shira Camp 2
Elevation: 11,500-12,500 ft (3505-3810 meters)
Distance: 14 km
Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
Habitat: Heather Moorland

Moving like a herd of turtles in a pot of glue, we departed from camp on the later side today at 9 am to make our way across the Shira Plateau (one of the world’s highest) to our next camp at Shira 2. The Lemosho Route is designed for gradual acclimatization, so the vertical gain today was a modest 350 meters. We savored the gentle ascent across the open plateau, which resembled the desert country of Arizona and Southern California and kept us in full view of Kilimanjaro all day long. (more…)

Notes from the Trail: Kilimanjaro, Day One


Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree Camp)
Elevation: 7800-9500 ft (2360-2895 m)
Distance: 6 km
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
Habitat: Rain Forest

After a pleasant breakfast in the open-air restaurant of our hotel in Moshi, we were picked up by our guides, Rashid and Rama. At Rashid’s insistence we stopped by an outdoor gear shop in town to rent additional cold weather gear—snow pants and a heavy down parka. After freezing on top of Mt. Meru, we were easily convinced that the extra layers would make our experience on the summit of Kilimanjaro considerably more pleasant.