Ascent of Kilimanjaro on 2012-10-10

Climber: Shelley Cheng

Date:Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:5895 m / 19341 ft

Ascent Trip Report

I did the trip with Zara Tours: 7 days 6 nights (Machame Route), summitting on the 5th night. It was one of the most unforgettable experiences of my life. FYI: The trail is just a long walk on a well-maintained trail. Barranco Wall is the toughest part and it's just 2 hours of Class 2 at most (the exposure is quite minimal--I'm deathly acrophobic and had no problems whatsoever--and you'd have to try really hard to hurt yourself). The hardest part is actually struggling on the scree on summit night: nothing technical or dangerous, just quite a work out.
Summary Total Data
    Distance:67 km / 41.6 mi
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:10 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Guide, Porters, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:6 nights away from roads
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:40 km / 24.9 mi
    Route:Machame Route
    Trailhead:Machame Gate  
Descent Statistics
    Distance:27 km / 16.8 mi
    Route:Mweka Route
    Trailhead:Mweka Gate  

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