Kilimanjaro

In September 2016 I fulfilled a long-held ambition and went off to Tanzania to climb Kilimanjaro.  I opted for the 8-day Lemosho Route, using the African Walking Company.

Here are lots of posts about how I planned and prepared, and what happened on the trip…

 

Ten Reasons To Do Group Holidays

Ten Reasons To Do Group Holidays

Group holidays can get a bit of a bad press. Horror stories abound of being forced to spend your trip with a tedious bunch of randoms, having to share a room with a snoring stranger, spending hours on a bus being waffled at by a bored guide, or being dragged&…
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A Kilimanjaro Packing List For Women (and Men too!)

A Kilimanjaro Packing List For Women (and Men too!)

In September I finally got round to ticking one of the top things off my bucket list – I climbed Kilimanjaro. I’m an organiser and planner by nature, so before I went I did a LOT of research to work out what to pack for Kilimanjaro – and you can…
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Ol Doinyo Lengai – Climb the Mountain of God

Ol Doinyo Lengai – Climb the Mountain of God

Most climbers travelling to Tanzania have only one target in mind: the towering summit of the six-kilometre high Mount Kilimanjaro.  Ask them if they’re planning on climbing Ol Doinyo Lengai and odds are you’ll get a blank stare.  Ol Donny-who?! But if you want a serious challenge, in …
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The Unsung Heroes of Kilimanjaro

The Unsung Heroes of Kilimanjaro

No one survives even a day on Kilimanjaro, let alone making it to the top, without a frankly embarrassing amount of support from an enormous team of guides and porters.  It’s their job to carry your stuff, cook your meals, supply you with safe drinking water, put up your …
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How To Climb Kilimanjaro In 10 Steps

How To Climb Kilimanjaro In 10 Steps

So your itchy feet have got the better of you and you’ve decided you want to climb Kilimanjaro?  Excellent decision!  But now you’ve got to actually organise and (eeek!) do the damn thing!  Here’s how… (Disclaimer: it does take a few more than 10 steps to get to …
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Kilimanjaro-Lemosho-Route 8 – Descent

Kilimanjaro-Lemosho-Route 8 – Descent

This is the eighth and final part of my day-by-day account of what it was really like to climb the Lemosho Route on Mount Kilimanjaro.  If you missed it, click here for Day Seven. Today’s post covers the descent. What it’s like to finally go down after all …
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Kilimanjaro-Lemosho-Route 7 – Summit Night

Kilimanjaro-Lemosho-Route 7 – Summit Night

This is the seventh part of my day-by-day account of what it was like to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.  If you missed it, Day Six is here. Today: the day we’d all been waiting for. Kilimanjaro Summit Night! If you think it’s hard having to wake up at 4 am …
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Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 6 – Base Camp

Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 6 – Base Camp

This is the sixth part of my day-by-day account of what it was really like to climb the Lemosho Route up Mount Kilimanjaro.  If you missed it, Day Five is here. I woke well before the morning wake-up call on Day Six to a weird feeling in my face.  I …
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Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 5 – Barranco Wall

Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 5 – Barranco Wall

This is the fifth part of my day-by-day account of what it was really like to climb the Lemosho Route up Mount Kilimanjaro.  If you missed it, here’s Day Four or start from the beginning with Day 1 – Getting Started. Today I’ll talk about the dreaded Barranco Wall. How …
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Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 4 – Lava Tower

Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 4 – Lava Tower

This is the fourth part of my day-by-day account of what it was really like to climb the Lemosho Route up Mount Kilimanjaro.  If you missed it click this link to go to Day 3 – Shira Plateau.  Today I’ll talk about the walk up to the Lava Tower. Altitude…
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Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 3 – Shira Plateau

Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 3 – Shira Plateau

This is the third part of my day-by-day account of what it was really like to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.  If you missed it, Day Two is here. As dawn broke on day three, and with barely a cloud in the sky, we got our first proper look at where we …
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Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 2 – The Forest

Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 2 – The Forest

This is the second part of my day-by-day account of what it was really like to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.  If you missed it, Day One is here. It’s not something that had occurred to me before starting, but the nights on the mountain are LOOOONG.  The sun set at …
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Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 1 – First Day

Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 1 – First Day

For several years I had talked occasionally about how ‘One Day’ I would climb Kilimanjaro.  It was one of those challenges that sounded like it might be a Good Thing to do (in a totally bonkers-painful, crazy-yet-hopefully-rewarding kind of way) but for a long time looked like it would be …
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How To Prepare For Kilimanjaro – Weeks 4 to 1

How To Prepare For Kilimanjaro – Weeks 4 to 1

This is the second part of my guide to how to shop, train, pack and prepare to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, doing the Lemosho Route with Exodus Travels*.  Read the first part here. FOUR WEEKS TO GO I’m starting to get really nervous now. I keep waking up in the …
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How To Prepare for Kilimanjaro – Weeks 9 to 5

How To Prepare for Kilimanjaro – Weeks 9 to 5

In September I will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.  At 5895m above sea level it’s the highest point in the African continent, and certainly WAY higher than anything I’ve ever scaled before.  I’m not an experienced hiker: I live in London, which is pretty much entirely flat, and …
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