Ron and I can now tell you what it’s like to hike from the equator to the NORTH POLE in seven days! Because that is what this climb is compared to! We traveled through FIVE different climate zones. One of many reasons why this climb is so unique over other high summits.
Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro has been my greatest achievement earned to date! It’s also by far the hardest thing I have ever done! Funny how those two go hand and hand. It’s not necessarily a “HARD” hike per-say. I have done much more strenuous hikes. It’s the high-altitude guys! It’s a whole other beast! That’s what made it so challenging and so much more rewarding!
Now that I have completed my #1 Bucket list item off the list I am excited to share every detail with you! I have filled you in on good, bad and the ugly! Leaving nothing out!
I made a full itinerary of exactly what we did each day and loaded it with photography, tips and interesting facts! Click each day below and see how drastic the landscapes change!
Now that you have read through all of them, which day was your favorite!? I would love to hear from you! Comment below, Pin, share and subscribe to stay up to date on our latest adventures!
CLIMBING MT. KILIMANJARO
TRAVEL COMPANY: Altezza Climb & Safari
CHANGE IN ELEVATION: Drop off (3,500m) – Uhuru Peak (5,895m) – Meek Gate (1,650m)
DAYS ON MOUNTAIN: Took us seven days. Routes can be shorter or longer, consult with Altezza on what works best for you.
MEALS: Hot breakfast, lunch, dinner + snack supplied every day. Reccomended to bring bars to snack on throughout the day.
PRICE: $$ (Contacted 29 companies and Altezza had the cheapest price with greatest value and gear.)
BEST TIME TO GO: Possible all year around. January-March (typically colder but less people) and June-October (the busy season since USA & Europe have summer holidays). We didn’t mind going in August with more people. We met people from all over the world!
WEATHER: We went in August. Wore light layers and fleece most days. Ranging from 60 degrees to 15 below or more on summit night with windchill. Rained 1 hour whole trip.
RECOMMEND: Drinking 4liters of water a day, take Diamox pill each day (altitude sickness pill, consult with your doctor), invest in light, warm, quick drying gear. Altezza supplies great packing guide. Rent big expensive items from Altezza. We rented North Face duffle bags, North Face -15 sleeping bag, North Face 600 down coats, -15 gloves, tracking poles, and gators.
TIPS: You can find all other tips and recommendations throughout each blog posts!
NOTE: Altezza gave us a discount but as always all my thoughts and opinions are my own!