Mount Kilimanjaro Summit Log (#22555)
- Signed By: KVC Shekar
- Date submitted: October 08, 2016
- Date(s) climbed: 09/16/2016
- Number of People Encountered:25-50 people
- Recommend to a Friend: Highly
I climbed Kilimanjaro via the Marangu route, and reached the highest point - Uhuru Peak (5895 m or 19,341 ft amsl) - on the morning of 16th September 2016. I could do this successfully under the able guidance of Mr. John (Shah Tours & Travels Ltd., Moshi, Tanzania).
We started at the Marangu Gate on 12th September and reached the last station, Kibo Hut (4703 meters amsl) in the afternoon of 15th September. The "summit push" was undertaken at midnight the same day and I was on the rim of the volcano at Gilman Point (5685 meters / 18,652 ft amsl) by 08: 15 am the next morning. Then we continued to trek along the rim of the volcano to reach Uhru Peak (the highest point at 5895 meters amsl), pausing on the way at Stella Point (5756 meters / 18,885 ft amsl) for a few photographs.
While reaching the top-most point on Kilimanjaro was my primary objective, I thoroughly and immensely enjoyed the entire path I traversed to reach the peak. The experience of walking through the different stations - Mandara Hut, Horombo Hut and Kibo Hut - with their characteristic flora and fauna, is etched permanently in my memory. Kili-Climb, as it is called, is the most memorable as well as the most difficult trekking expedition I have done so far in my life. I can compare it with only my experience of trekking to the Everest Base Camp in the Himalayas in September 2015. What more can a man ask for at my age of 68 years?!! I thank God for giving me both the strength and the motivation for undertaking such tasks.