I am thrilled to extend an invitation on a climb up Mount Kilimanjaro guided by myself, Pasang Kaji Sherpa and my African friends February, 19th – 28th, 2024.
Africa’s Highest Peak
At 19,340 feet high, Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain. This climb isn’t just about reaching the top. It’s about the journey, the beautiful landscapes and the people you will meet along the way. I am confident that with our experienced team of guides, porters, and cooks, we will maximize your potential to summit this mountain safely and comfortably.
In support of Mariam
During the first two days of the expedition, we’ll be joined by my close friend Mariam Bandaba, a person with albinism. Mariam aims to summit Kilimanjaro late fall, 2024. She’ll return to her home as our team carries on towards the summit.
We’ve summited Everest collectively 12 times, K2 and numerous others mountains. We’re here to guide and mentor you every step of the way.
I’ll be leading the trip with my trusted friends and together we’ll be guiding you every step of the way.
Pasang Kaji, my climbing partner and soul brother, will be co-leading the expedition.
Our African Guides
My African friends will be running the logistics for our team. Collectively, they’ve summited Kilimanjaro hundreds of times.
Watch the video below and scroll through the images to get a feel for the journey.
Get in touch via the form below for booking and additional trip details.
Duffle bag or rucksack for your main gear with lock (to be carried by porter). Maximum 15kgs.
Daysack of about 30 -40 litres for carrying your daily needs, with waterproof cover.
Bag to leave in the hotel with travel clothes (suitcase is fine)
Sleeping bag rated down to -10° Celsius or more if you get cold easily (available for hire)
Sturdy hiking boots with ankle support, and a sole that does not bend too easily. Gore-Tex lined fabric boots are not quite as warm as leather and are not fully waterproof in very heavy rain.
Shoes or sandals for wearing around camp
Waterproof windbreaker and trousers, preferably breathable, with a hood and big enough to accommodate several layers beneath
Fleece tops or jumpers, or lightweight down tops
Down or synthetic jacket or a heavy duty fleece
Base layer, long sleeved top and long johns
- Balaclava and Buff
Warm hat and sun hat
Warm gloves or mittens and thin liner gloves. Make sure gloves are windproof or waterproof.
Sun hat, high SPF sun lotion, high SPF lip screen and good quality sunglasses
Trekking clothes – trousers and shorts, shirts and T-shirts, jumper or mid-layer fleece, underwear and several pairs of hiking socks
Water bottles and/or camelback (take a protective cover for the mouthpiece) and water purification tablets (optional, iodine-based is fine). The Park only allows hard Nalgene water bottles, no disposable ones.
Head torch with spare batteries
Trekking poles (available for hire)
Personal wash kit including a nail brush, moisturising cream, after sun, a small towel, tweezers, nail clippers, wet wipes (Femfresh for women), soap and a small shampoo.
- Variety of waterproof bags – for dirty clothes, sleeping bag and keeping clothes dry
- Personal first aid and hygiene to include ibuprofen to help with altitude, paracetamol for high temperatures, plasters, antiseptic cream, Immodium, strepsils, some toilet roll and prescription medicines. Also, ear plugs are useful.
- Passport, insurance papers, spending money, air tickets, spare batteries for digital cameras, reading books and maps, diary, pen
- Power pack for phones, and any electrical items.
- Feb 19
Arrive into Tanzania. Fly into Kilimanjaro airport.
- Feb 20
Day in Moshi, meet the Tanzania staff and have time for hiring equipment or relaxing in the hotel. This is a good day to hydrate fully for the start the next day.
- Feb 21
Transport to Machame Gate (1 hour up to 1790m). Registration (sometimes it can take a few hours or so for this process). Trek to Machame Camp through beautiful montane forest on good path. Camp overnight at the edge of the forest.
- Feb 22
Machame Camp to Shira Plateau uphill through thinning forest and onto a huge volcanic plateau. Camping is more exposed here with great views of the summit massif.
- Feb 23
Shira Camp to Barranco Camp traversing two valleys skirting the base of the summit massif. High desert environment with amazing rock formations, quite exposed to the weather, dropping into the Barranco Valley right beneath the Western Breach. This day ascends a maximum of 700 metres but the net height gain is only about 100 metres.
- Feb 24
Barranco Camp to Karanga Valley, starting with a scramble over the Barranco Wall and over a further two valleys to get to this open campsite with great views of the Heim Glacier. Another up and down day but no net gain in height, which is all good for acclimatisation.
- Feb 25
Karanga Valley to Barafu Camp, heading upwards towards the open rock and colder temperatures. Barafu means ‘ice’ in Swahili and the camping is amongst the rocks. Early dinner.
- Feb 26
Summit day. Night-time ascent on rock and scree, snow and ice, to the crater rim and the summit. Expect cold temperatures with windchill. The final slope to the crater rim and Stella Point has loose scree and is very slow. From Stella Point it is a further 45 minutes up the escarpment to the summit of Uhuru.
Descend in sunlight to Barafu for early lunch, and then walk down to Millennium Camp, normally arriving mid-afternoon.
- Feb 27
Millennium to Mweka Gate. Descend through the lush forest to Mweka Gate where you sign out and pick up the summit certificate. Legs will be tired! Meet Castro at the gate for transport back to the hotel, arriving normally at about 2pm. The gate is where tips are handed out and you say goodbye to the mountain staff, although sometimes this is done at the hotel. A hot shower and an afternoon relaxing.
- Feb 28
Day Trip or depart home.