On the 1st October 2016, an intrepid group of 11 men and women will embark on a journey to the rooftop of Africa, the Uhuru Peak at the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro, the tallest freestanding mountain in the world.
On arrival in Tanzania we will take the Lemosho route from Londrossi Gate up to Uhuru Peak. The trek takes 8 days, with the summit attempt on the morning of the 7th day. We will trek a total of 42 miles, ascending over 11,500 feet and then descending 14,000 feet.
Trekking to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro is tough largely because of the altitude. The summit on Mt Kilimanjaro is called Uhuru Peak and stands at 5,895m or 19,341 feet, but here’s where the altitude comes into play, both Everest Base Camps – South and North – are below the summit of Kilimanjaro; however, most climbers take upwards of 8-10 days to reach base camp. This relatively rapid ascent to such altitude can often lead to Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), also referred to as altitude sickness. The symptoms associated with this such as headaches, nausea, exhaustion, lassitude, rapid pulse and insomnia are why less than 50% of all climbers successfully make the summit.
The mountain is also fairly unique as it has 4 distinct climatic zones; Rainforest, Low Alpine, High Alpine and Glacial. Temperatures will range from 25°C in the Rainforests to -20°C at the summit. The final zone consists of high altitude artic conditions. Life is very scarce in this zone as oxygen levels are near half what they were on the lower reaches of the mountain. Due to the high solar radiation during the day, freezing temperatures at night, gale force winds and low oxygen levels, this zone is not one where you want to stay too long!