Kilimanjaro Summit Photo Album
The climb begins at Londorossi village (altitude 7500 ft)
through tropical forest, and takes us to our first night’s lodgings at
Barrier Camp, from which we get our first on-trek view of Kibo. The typical
campsite is on a level area, near a water source, with several outhouses and
generally a wooden hut (used by porters) nearby.
Day 2 takes us
across the Shira Plateau and up to Shira Hut Campsite, where we afford
ourselves our first day of acclimatization. Trekkers carry only what is
needed for the day (water, raingear, additional layers etc.), and the rest
of the equipment is carried by porters (2-3 per trekker).
Up The Western Breach
Pre-summit day takes us up the outer face of Kibo Crater’s
rim – across the lower ice fields, and then up and over one lava wall after
… which entails
skirting around, and scrambling up, boulders such as these.
Atop awaits Kibo Crater, within which we camp and spend our
pre-summit night. An early start the following morning, and an 80-minute
climb back to the crater rim and along it, get us precisely at sunrise to …
Atop the roof of Africa
5,895 meters / 19,345 feet. (Notice the arching horizon.) After 20 minutes
of smiles, photos and congratulations from and to other trekking teams, it’s
down, down, down 12,000 feet over the following day and a half to Mweka
Gate, our summit certificates, showers and the flight home.