Mount Kilimanjaro Trip Report (#18906)
- Signed By: Greg Horne
- Date submitted: February 14, 2006
- Number of People Encountered:0-10 people
- Recommend to a Friend: Highly
We ascended via the Shira Plateau - Western Breach route, a longer, quieter, and more scenic alternative to the usual trekking paths. This route included a little non-technical climbing, which was fun, but the great advantage was in spending more time on the mountain for altitude acclimatization, greatly increasing the chance of reaching the 19,340 ft summit. Our 9-day itinerary included an extra day for acclimatization at Lava Tower Camp, and we camped in the Crater before summit day to avoid the necessity of a final ascent in darkness.