Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro Trip Report (#22091)

  • Signed By: Etienne Gosselin
  • Date submitted: October 07, 2010
  • Date(s) climbed: Sept 21, 2010 to Sept 27th 2010
  • Number of People Encountered:50+ people
  • Recommend to a Friend: Neutral

I climbed via Rongai route. It was a lot more difficult than I expected. I am used to long difficult rocky trails. The hikes were actually pretty short and we walked ''pole-pole''. This is fine in my book. The weather and dust, however, drived me crazy. I got a cold on the second day, which transformed into a bronchitis. I also expected to drink bottled water but instead, I had to drink that ''swamp'' water that my porters gatherer at various camp sites. This swap water also made me sick, in the worst way possible. So bring Immodium... lots of it.

Lastly, I had no sign of altitude sickness until about 5300 meters. After that point I was hit pretty hard. I reached Gilmans's point, highest point on the East side. I turned back after than because I had absolutely no fun.

So if you ever go, bring:

Medication for cold and fever

Anti diarrea pills

Dust mask

Have your own tent

Bring any type of heater if you can find one cause it's very cold at night

Avoid being in a big group so you can go your own pace

Take Diamox

Take malaria pills

Bring a good water filter OR hire an extra porter to carry bottled water. Ensure your food is cooked with that water.

Choose one of the west trails to give you a better chance of reaching Uhuru Peak. The reason I turned back after Gilman's point is because the walk to Uhuru peak was another 1h30 hour (one way). I was not interresting in puking my guts for another 3 hours. So take a western route to avoid that long painful walk at the summit.

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