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KILI : Ready for Kilimanjaro ?

Par Caroline Letrange :: 18/06/2007 à 2:23 :: Climbing

The kilimandjaro is a fabulous volcano which can be climbed almost during  all year. However, it's better is climbing during the main dry seasons to have less clouds, less showers and less snow. Here are some good tips to prepare you climb ... and to get to the top !


All at the top for sunrise !!
  • What season ?
The kilimandjaro offers a great flexibility in the dates of rise because there are no monsoons or of window weather which obliges the climbing ones "to be thrown" on the heights in extremely limited times.

In the facts, you have two dry seasons:
  1. The great dry season between June and the beginning of October which enables you to benefit from less precipitations and to see the top. This period is also very advantageous when you cross the wet drill without "patauger" in mud or to endure the rains of the day.
  2. The small season dries which goes from semi January at at the end of February. This period is shorter but quite as pleasant. The nights are less cold there but precipitations can be more frequent in the course of the day. It can also snow at the top, perfect for the photographs, but sometimes the falls of temperatures are impressive and the wind can make some give up more one.
The two periods are worth and allow you to appreciate a very beautiful course. "more" estival period it is that one can take along all the family and vary the pleasures between safaris and ecotourism for mom and the children and rise for dad!

  • I live downtown, I spend 10 hour a day with my beloved laptop and weekends with my mother in law ... How the hell can i train ?

Even if Kilimandjaro is not technically difficult, altitude and thus the mountain altitude sickness are not to neglect. It is thus highly recommended to train before reaching alt.5895.

- the breath : you will have several consecutive days of walk during several days in a rough. REACH SUMMIT designed 7 days climbing instead of 5 or 6 on the Machame route to ensure you a good acclimatization and to considerably increase your chances of success. Running is the best to develop its breath and its pulmonary capacity. The oxgygen blood tranfert will be better to prevent breathlessness and mountain altitude sickness. Run on the long term to improve endurance without forcing and by monitoring your heartbeat rate. Do not push yourself, but enhance endurance.

- muscles : Why not going to the gym to strengthen the thighs and to reinforce the tendons. The knees suffer a little during the descent, it is thus necessary to take good care of them. I recommend to put knee brace if you knees are painful. The descent is done straigh after the final night which preceded one day of trek and the challenge for legs is very demanding.

- Walking slowly during your trek: it is essential. Some trekking days may sometimes seem easy to you on the way, do not accelerate. Give time to your body to acclimatize, to get accustomed to high altitude and lack of oxygen. Saved your energy for the final part which will request the best of you.

- Medication ? remain simple, the vitamins are your best friend. A good vitamin complement, 1000 Mg of C vitamin /day and one natural energetic is sufficient to prevent exhaustion. For altitude, aspirin and drink a lot, minimum 3/4 liters per day. Take soup, tea, water... whatever but drink !

TO AVOID : I do not recommend Diamox ; it is diuretic which will hide the first symptoms of altitude sickness. When the Ealtitude sickness strikes, it is often serious and too late to be treated (loss of appetite, impressing  swelling of the face, refusal to go and/or oedema)  ...  the pulmonary and cerebral oedema are not myths; you are at nearly 6000 meters!

The solution thus, small a 1h of gym apès work with a "Reply Car" (automatic answer) with your malls after 19h, "JE donot can answer you, I am in Kili drive!"and to run with the dog after the Sunday lunch.

  • Which Route to take ?
The National Park of Kilimandjaro is splendid and the crossed vegetation is a breathtaking experience. You first get through the rain forest, the Moorlands and altitude steppe before reaching the rocky desert.

- the Marangu way : also called "Coke Cola" Route,  appreciated by thetourists. Nights in refuges.

- the Machame way : western route, it is wilder and is perfect for trekkers in love with wild landscapes. nights in tent.

- the Lemosho Route through "Shira Route": Western route, longer but also one of most wild and has a huge diversity of vegetation. Healthy trekkers and those who wish to avoid the long queue of trekkers, will definitly prefer this route. REACH SUMMIT propose this route within 10 days with fresh food to benefit from tasty good food during this long trek. Tented trek.


Happy breakfast on Shira Plateau (Machame Route)

Other routes also exists, in the south Umbwe and Rongaï and in the north to diversify the climbing routes.

- the Mweka way : this is a very south one only for descent; 3 days were enough to make climb but the huge number of oedemas and deaths encouraged the authorities to close this route to get to the top of Kilimanjaro.

  • Kilimanjaro, it costs too much !
The prices vary indeed. However the park is a protected inheritance registers as the world inheritance of UNESCO. The recrudescense of the tourists has encourage the authorities to found an entry fee of USD 650 before launching out on the tracks. REACHSUMMIT includes parks fees and rescue in all its prices for Kilimanjaro ascent(the prices are in US Dollars, please convert in your own currency)


Tough job ! Porters climbing the Barranco Wall (Machame Route)

The tips and gears are also highly recommended. The local teams live tourism and are often far from their family during several days during the ascent. Don't forget to bring dollars and give good tips while arriving in Mweka Gate the last day of your climb.

  • What about visa?
You can take your visas directly in your own country or directly at the airport at arrival. If you enter and get out through Kenya a 20 USD tax will be claimed to you with each way (in and out).


I hope i have answered all the questions which are regularly asked to me for this very beautiful ascent. Please let's improve this blog by sending your questions directly on the Blog. Always happy to share with you my mountaineering experience and hope to make your travel a success.

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KILI: 5895m, all on the top

Par Caroline Letrange :: 18/06/2007 à 2:24 :: Climbing

See a marvellous sun survey in the summit meeting of Africa, nothing like it to make the life more beautiful!!


With Lema, candidate-guide, always of excellent mood in the summit meeting of Africa!

7 days of trek in altitude and rise to join Uhuru Peak (Peak of Freedom) to 5895 Mr. of altitude on the most volcano of Africa.

Kilimandjaro is a particular mountain because it is a stratovolcano, i.e. a volcano made up of layers of lava and other volcanic components, which offers in your eyes the splendid spectacle of 5 types of different vegetations. Departure on February 6, 2007 at the end of the morning of Machame Gate to engulf itself in the wet forest. The trek starts gently in the heart of extraordinary and spectacular tropical forest where many endemic species develop to with it.



The air is saturated with moisture and the plants épiphytes develop without constraints on the trees which extend towards the sky and filter daylight. The spectacle is imposing, even if in middle of day we are rattrappés by an enormous storm and pouring rain which soaks us to the bones. At the end of the day Camp 1 is installed and the sun, hardly résurgit clouds, spins refugier behind the Meru Mount to the west.

Reveil under a radiant sun and a unspoilable view on the western side of Kilimandjaro whose ice scintillates under the rays  of the raising sun. The breakfast is been useful in the open air and the tents are dismounted gently in merry a good mood. The departure is given for one day of walk "Pole Pole" (gently, gently) towards the plate of Shira. The vegetation is a more arid steppe made up of bulky bushes and high grasses. The way loses in a maze of covered rocks luxuriant ship's boys and exuberant trees. Then we fork towards a valley plunged in a fog violet which coats the odorous bushes from where emerge the colours milky crimsons and of Helichrysum or Immortelles flowers. In middle of afternoon, here are arrived to us on the plate of Shira plunged in a thick fog. The landscape drowns in a white veil. To lunch and Rest for the remainder of the day. Towards 18h, as of the return of the sun, small strolls in direction of Shira Hut to discover a marvellous ballet of hot colors and languorous clouds  which accompany the slow one to lay down sun on the valley.


To lay down sun with Shira Camp

Fresh night and a little freezing in the morning, but at that time of the year (small rain season), the temperatures are pleasant and favourable with a good recovery after each day of walk. Breakfast in the shade of the Breach Western, the sagging part of the volcano which shines of all its fires. With, plunged far in a shroud of morning fog, emerges the brownish rocks of the Meru Mount which faces us. Departure with 8h30.


Sun survey of any beauty on the camp of Shira. At the bottom, the Meru Mount.

We walk in Indian file towards Lava Tower in direction of Valley de Baranco, our next stage. The sun is radiant. Easy walk and quasi without effort. The carriers cross us with indéfectible a good mood and contours of the volcano covered with snow take shape under an invariably blue sky. Which marvellous day. At the end of the morning, we approach Washed Tower for a lunch with the shelter of the furious winds which mugissent around us and of the clouds which crawl gently of the valley towards the frozen heights. The slopes of the volcanos hide slowly behind a long gray scarf of clouds before we do not set out again. The brown ground and rubbles have dorénavent covered the ground until the end with the valley. Only the ship's boys indolentes accorchées on their rocks of lava resist an increasingly hostile climate. The fog accompany us throughout the way and transforms the silouhettes into funny of the fantomes moving ones with dubious contours sometimes disappearing with the turnings from a lace.


Slopes of the kilimandjaro

Finally we reach splendid Vallée of Baranco. The vegetation is there here with its ease. Seneçons centenaries, bushes odorous and other lobélies run there peaceful days with the feet of the eternal snow. End of afternoon of rest in the medium of a vegetation of a single diversity. Calm and slightly fresh night.


Seneçon, each branch corresponds is 10 years old of life.
Count the branches and you have the age of Seneçon.


In the morning, the camp is in effervescence: we must pass with all the material the wall of Barranco which faces us. 300 meters of climbing along a wall of lava. The carriers launch out parcellings there balances some on their heads and sweat oozing along their faces. The shoes are rudimentary, voires unsuited, the bulky loads and the attention always with the aguêts. This rise is not complicated but requires all the attention necessary not to block the projection of the carriers, many, and the false steps are always possible. In top, the spectacle is of any beauty. The valley opens on a horizon which vibrates under the rays of the morning sun. With the opposite the slopes of Kilimandjaro shine of thousand fires under the bright rays.



We go down again towards the valley in direction of the camp of karanga in the valley of the same name. The sun us rechauffe and the way curves between the brown and black stones which extend as far as the eye can see. We cross the various valleys to lead finally to Karanga where the tents are scattered in the medium of a fog which has just taken possession of the places. End of day calms around a good hot tea and of some biscuits. Before slipping to us under the tent, we admire the spectacle enchanter of a covered star sky. In bottom, in the valley, the diaphanous lights of Moshi, the city downwards, scintillate in the night.

As of the survey of the day, we move towards the Camp of Barafu. Altitude climbs. The breath is shorter. The slower step. But the sun still accompanies us on this portion by poussièreux way. As of the end of the morning, the first teams atteingent the camp perched on its perch of rocks. It made gray there. The wind courre along the rock. It made cold there. As of the first hours of the afternoon, a rain of grésil kills on us and us constrained with folds in our tents. Rest and music in the ears before the night which awaits us. Quiet evening meal in the shade of the moon which scintillates in the medium of the last clouds of altitude. Environment a little heavier than with the accustomed one; this evening we leave to the attack the volcano!




Camp of Barafu

Midnight. It is the departure effervesce quasi-quiet in the camp. Hot drink and biscuits before strapping the back bags and engulfing us in the black night. Slow walk and almost automatic. The head lights slip their halation along the way piétinné by thousands of walkers on this way in direction of Stella Point, at the edge of the crater of the volcano. The weather starts to be cold. The breath is done shorter. Major breathing. The head turns sometimes.



We cross some unlucky persons who, the face bouffi and red, tried out the effects of a beginning of oedema related to altitude. While raising the head one sees the long wire of the small lights scintillating of frontal which courrent along the slope. In top, the delivery, Stella Point which we must reach as of the first gleams of the day. We stop little. The failures are bénines and the bodies recover vites as soon as the hot liquids and the bars énergisantes are swallowed. Stella Point takes shape finally. A covered crater of snow opens in front of us. To far, more to the east, the sun launches its rays of light behind Mawenzi, another old volcano, and sets ablaze the sky of crimson colours. The red day is dawning gently when we reach Uhuru Peak, the so much coveted top.

Even with the top, the indéfectible portable ToughBook de Panasonic holds out!!
Extremely Tough!


The descent is fast but exténuante. The slope descent quasi in straight line towards Barafu where we will stop before taking again our descent along Mweka Route. The sun is still with go and us rechauffe gently as we lose altitude. Stop avnt the wet forest for one night of well deserved rest. The evening, environment is with the euphoria. Total success for all. The top charmed our eyes and our directions. Which marvellous mountain. Which incredible experiment. Single. Who marks a life... one of climbing celebrated his 50 years at the top!! Happy birthday seen frozen heights of Africa!!





The following day we cross once again this extraordinary wet forest which absorbed us of his luxuriant vegetation. The memories invade my head. The emotions and the feelings submerge me. Which splendid rise. What a marvellous experiment!!

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NEPAL : back from Everest

Par Caroline Letrange :: 18/06/2007 à 3:30 :: Climbing

The Everest, mythical mountain which attracts hundreds of climbers every year. This year coming back of a French mountaineer who attempt the summit from the Southern route.


  • Expedition
At the end of May 2007, after approximately 2 months of trek, acclimatization and finally climb, come back of a  french climber from Everest by the Southern route ... she wazs happy, even if the top were not acheived she reached 8480m ! Congratulations!
More news soon.

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  • What about Everest:

Located on the border between Nepal and Tibet, Everest (also named Qomolangma */Sagarmatha/Chomolungma - * Q decides CH) is the highest mountain of the world with its 8850m of altitude. It is in 1865 that the Everest takes its current name in reference to the general controller of the India, Sir Everest. In 1852 that an Indien mathematician determined the height of the Everest and is taken appellaton of "Peak XV".

2 principal routes to reach the top:

- the Northern route, through Tibet in the Rongbuk Valley

- the Southern route, through Nepal in the Khumbu Valley 
Through this route you cross among the most beautiful landscapes of Nepal while passing by the famous capital of Sherpa, Namche Bazaar. Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the top in 1953 by this route. To get to base camp, 2 main routes can be taken. The first in landing in the small village of Lukla by plane or in trekking from Jiri for a very beautiful acclimatization trek.

The acclimatization is long but necessary to give to the body time to be accustomed to altitude and lack of oxygen. Either routes have very different landscapes; Nepal profits from monsoon and thus from greener landscapes. Tibet located on the North of the Himalaya receives only very few rains, this the landscapes are more arid and exposed to winds... but keep a wild charm !

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KILI : Just left for Kilimanjaro !

Par Caroline Letrange :: 02/01/2008 à 14:36 :: Climbing

En Français >

The departures for Kilimanjaro are linke to the instable situation that currently ocuurs in Kenya.
However all REACH SUMMIT teams are on the spot 24/7 to handle with the situation and to accompany its customers.

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Sonia and Manuel left this morning to Africa. Small layover in Amsterdam then new departure towards Tanzania by avoiding Kenya. Last minute changes to modify the flying ticket initially booked for Nairobi with a new flight towards Kilimanjaro Airport. Skype has burnt these last days and i received their SMS this morning to confirm that everything is OK!



Message customer via Skype:  “On the way with 24:00 in advance. We have to take other plane tickets because initially we were to land in Nairobi but because of the situation we preferred opted for security and we will land directly in Tanzania. Departure envisaged tomorrow at 7am. Luggage ready, all is under zipploc because of moisture.

The "package", alias Gaspard has been delivered to his grandparents at exit 6 on the A40. A good dish of pastas awaits us this evening… and yes it is already necessary to be put on diet with slow sugars! We hope that all will be OK and that you will be able to follow this adventure on line and we will acheive our dream, a dream that we have been awaiting for nearly 20 years!



Photo sent by the client by MMS: bags of the departure!

Reception this evening towards 20:45 by the teams of REACH SUMMIT and… to directly to bed ! The ascent starts tomorrow, the dream will finally be able to concretize itself!

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KILI : Machame Route

Par Caroline Letrange :: 07/01/2008 à 2:08 :: Climbing

Expedition Dispatch on - Kilimandjaro, Machame Route -   2/01 to the 10/01/2008
Contact by SMS and telephone
Group of 2 trekkers - FR

The Machame way is one of the most beautiful route of Kilimanjaro. Camping under tent and single ecosystem offers to the trekkeurs a decoration to cut the breath in this part of the valley of the Rift. 5 levels of vegetation make it possible to appreciate all the diversity of this wild territory.

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The departure is carried out starting from Machame Gate. Engage carriers and first steps in the wet forest in the middle of a luxuriant vegetation and of a marked moisture. This first day of rise is easy, progressive and without much major difficulty. For our trekkeurs, Handbook and Sonia, beautiful day of walk where they could appreciate the first contacts with the teams and the landscapes of any beauty. Arrival in end-of-day with the camping with the feet of the slopes of Kilimandjaro.

The following day, survey early and breakfast in full nature; a true pleasure. The hours of walk are regular to allow a better acclimatization. The wet drill complétement disappeared and they are landscapes of moors which extend progresssivement on the horizon. Sunny and hot time for Sonia and Manuel which benefit from this small dry season with a time proprice with the impressive sights on the glaciers of the top of Kilimandjaro.

Then redescente towards the valley of Baranco after a passage to the accesses of Washed Tower, immense column of lava lost in the clouds and the fogs of altitude. The loss of altitude makes it possible the body to be acclimatized and the muscles to rest a little. For Sonia and Manuel walk is long but the crossed landscapes leave our climbing under the charm. The valley of Barranco is a ilot of vegetation of moors plunged in the fogs. The bushes, the lobélies and let us séneçons them cover this splendid valley that our trekkeurs reached after several hours of walk. Finally the camp appears in the hollow of the valley. Well deserved rest. It is the time of the acclimatization. Tomorrow a big step: the passage of the wall of Barranco. It is an old lava flow which bars the valley and which is climbed slowly along a path in zigzag along the volcanic rocks. This evening, rest and sleep before a departure early tomorrow morning for the valley of Karanga.

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