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Kilimanjaro at 5,895m/19,340ft is the highest mountain on the African Continent, one of the Seven Summits, and is often referred to as the ‘Roof of Africa’.  Adventure Consultants is operating expeditions to climb Kilimanjaro from July 25 to August 3, 2016; August 21 to September 2, 2016 (including safari), August 22 - 30, 2016 and September 4 -17 (including safari).  We will be posting regular updates from the teams on this page. Scroll down to find more treks below!

KILIMANJARO TREK AND SAFARI - September 4 - 17, 2016

Expedition Members
Kilimanjaro Guide: Godlove Kiwela
Safari Driver/Guide: Peter Ngotio


Team Members
Caroline Rudolph - USA

Joe Schnering - USA

         

Sept 15 - Ngorongoro Crater

 

   

After a final breakfast at the camp, Joe and Caroline packed up to start the short journey from the Serengeti to the Ngorongoro Crater.  This drive takes them through the park to Nabi Hill, where they will visit the information centre and to take in the views from the top of the hill that look out towards the Maasai lands and the Crater. Nearby is the Olduvai Canyon, famous for having the earliest evidence of the existence of the human race, where they

 
Kili Safari - Nabi Hill
02 September 2016
02 September 2016

Nabi Hill looking across towards Ngorongoro Crater. Archive Photo.

Kili Safari - Ngorongoro Farmhouse
16 September 2016
16 September 2016

The spectacular N
gorongoro Farmhouse. Archive Photo.
  15 Sept
Ngorongoro

14 Sept
Exploring

13 Sept
Serengeti

12 Sept
Mweka Gate

11 Sept
Summit

10 Sept
Barafu

9 Sept
Karanga

8 Sept
Barranco

7 Sept
Shira Cave

6 Sept
Trekking Begins

5 Sept
Exploring Arusha

4 Sept
Safe Arrival

3 Sept
Tanzania Bound

will also stop to explore the museum.  Finally, they will drive to the Nabi Hill Gate from where the road descends into the Ngorongoro Crater and enjoy exploring this World Heritage site.  After their game drive, they will head up the other side of the crater to Karatu and the Ngorongoro Farmhouse, where they'll spend the night.

 

 

Sept 14 - Exploring the Serengeti

 

 

Today Joe and Caroline awoke to the sun rising over the savannah and after a leisurely breakfast, departed for a full days exploration of the Serengeti National Park.  The great thing about game viewing is that you are never sure of what you will see, but as the park has the highest concentration of large animals on earth, they are guaranteed to see giraffes, elephants, gazelles, baboons, hippos and at least some of the many lions that call the Serengeti home.

 

They enjoyed an unforgettable picnic lunch in the heart of the 

 
The AC Safari Truck. Archive Photo.

Kiimanjaro Safari - Zebra
03 July 2014

Zebra, some of the many wildlife seen around the Serengeti. Archive Photo.
 

Serengeti, relaxing and enjoying the wonderous Serengeti scenery.  After an afternoon of watching these amazing animals in their natural habitat, they returned to Kati Kati Camp for a sundowner drink by the fire, which was the perfect end to the safari day. 

 

 

Sept 13 - Onwards to the Serengeti

 

 

Today Joe and Caroline woke to an early start as their driver arrived at RiverTrees to transfer them to Arusha Regional Airport for their flight to the Serengeti! Their safari starts today and it includes the stuff dreams are made of! Today their destination is the Kati Kati Tented Camp, but not before beginning their exploration of the heart of the Serengeti.

 

After arriving at Seronera Airstrip they will head away on a game drive, along with their guide and driver Peter Ngotio. Peter is well practised at

 
Kilimanjaro Virtual Tour Safari 05
27 September 2007

Spotting wildlife among the trees. Archive Photo.

 No trip to Africa is complete without a luxury safari!  © Suze Kelly
Serengeti Safari
© Suze Kelly

No trip to Africa is complete without a luxury safari!

07 September 2012

Up close to the elephants in the Serengeti. Archive Photo.
 
 

spotting the wildlife in the area and knows all of the animals favourite haunts and movements around the park. With luck they will enjoy seeing giraffes, elephants, gazelles, baboons, hippo’s and at least, some of the many lions that call the Serengeti home.

 

 

Sept 12 - Mweka Gate and return to Arusha

 

 

With their summit success still sinking in, Joe and Caroline trekked down off the mountain and returned to Arusha. The trail winds down from Millennium Camp taking the team down to Mweka Gate, the official end point of the trek. 

 

They returned to Arusha and the comforts of Rivertrees Country Lodge for the night and are looking forward to the next phase of their journey, the safari!

 

 

Sept 11 - Barafu Camp to Summit

 

 

We have just received word that Joe and Caroline have successfully reached the summit and their personal best. Joe reached the 'true' summit at 5,895 metres and Caroline reached Stella Point at 5,756 metres.  Their long day started at midnight, trekking through the dark to the summit of Kilimanjaro – the highest point on the African continent and one of the coveted Seven Summits.

 

Following some time celebrating on the summit, they descended back to Barafu Camp, before continuing the descent together down to Millennium Camp for the night.  Tonight the team will be having a well-deserved rest and contemplating their achievements!

 
Kili6 summit Joe and Caroline
13 September 2016

Caroline and Joe at Stella Point photo: Caroline

Kili5 Joe on summit
13 September 2016

Joe at the top of Africa Photo: Joe Schnering

 
 

Sept 10 - Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

 

   

Today was a short trekking day from Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp at 4600 metres, from where Joe and Caroline will base themselves for the summit attempt.  Upon arrival at Barafu Camp, they took the opportunity to rest, eat and hydrate, before going to bed 

 
Barafu Camp and porters
13 September 2016

Barafu Camp Archive photo
   

early so as to arise again at close to midnight.  After eating and drinking, they set out for the summit with their supportive team of guides and support staff.

 

   

Sept 9 - Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

 

   

Joe and Caroline got up for breakfast and prepared to head out for the day. The first obstacle is scaling the infamous Barranco Wall, which has a good  track winding its way up, through and over the boulders.  It was exciting to scale the wall and amazing to see how nimble of porters were, even with the 

 Karanga Camp and the view
Karanga Camp

Karanga Camp and the view

13 September 2016

Karanga Camp Archive photo: Guy Cotter
 
 

heavy loads on their backs.  It is great reminder that we could not do this trek without their assistance.  At the top of the wall, the team rested and took in the stunning views that were spread out below them.  From here, it is an easy trek to Karanga Camp at 4200m.

 

Sept 8 - Shira Cave to Barranco Camp

 

Today our intrepid team of two set off for Barranco Camp, by first crossing the flat Shira Plateau before gaining height which leads to the Lava Tower, located at 4630m.  It is here that they will enjoy their lunch stop, before descending slightly as 

Approach to Barranco Camp on Kili
13 September 2016

Approach to Barranco camp from Shira - Archive photo
 

 

they make their way to Barranco Camp at 3900 metres.  They have trekked out of the moorland zone and into the high alpine zone, and this is distinctive in that they are now seeing the huge Senecio plants for which Kilimanjaro is famous.  It was a welcome relief to arrive at Barranco Camp, after what is a challenging trekking day.

 

 

Sept 7 - Machame to Shira Cave Camp

 

 

Today Joe and Caroline awoke to their first morning on the mountain and following breakfast, continued further up the mountain to Shira Cave Camp, located at 3,740 metres.  Enroute the landscape changes immensely from their first day of trekking through the rainforest, 

 
Kili Trekking to Shira Camp Archive
25 August 2016
25 August 2016

Trekking to Shira Cave Camp. Archive Photo Guy Cotter.
 

into what is now quite stark in comparison, as they enter the moorland zone.  Today the trek takes around 5-6 hours with a lunch stop and the opportunity to take in the amazing views. As they gain elevation the views down onto the surrounding plains become more and more spectacular.  As they arrive into Shira Camp, they will see for the first time the wonderous snows of Kilimanjaro.

 

 

Sept 6 - Trekking Begins

 

 

Today the Kilimanjaro Trek started in earnest with Joe and Caroline departing Rivertrees early to make their way from Arusha, through Moshi to the Machame Gate, the start of their trek.  Here they met with their porters and weighed bags to ensure none were carrying too much, before setting off

 
Kili Trekking Day One Rainforest Archive
07 September 2016
07 September 2016

Trekking through the rainforest on Day One. Archive Photo Guy Cotter.
 

into the lush forest zone.  Their destination - Machame Camp, nestled above this in amongst the heather zone of the mountain.

 

One of the unique aspects of Kilimanjaro is that the mountain has very distinct vegetation zones, which clearly define themselves by the noticeable change as they trek higher.  This afternoon Joe and Caroline will arrive into Machame Camp to find their porters already there, and camp set up for the night.  After a long first day on the trail it will be a welcome sight!

 

 

Sept 5 - Exploring Arusha

 

 

Joe and Caroline spent the day exploring the surrounding area before meeting with their guide Godlove in preparation for their trek which starts tomorrow.

 

Caroline emailed our office with the news that "Things have been wonderful so far. We went canoeing on Lake Duluti today and saw several birds, monitor lizards and monkeys! We are very much looking forward to the trek and safari!"

 

 
Kili Side Trips Lake Dultui Canoeing Rivertrees
06 September 2016
06 September 2016

Canoeing on Lake Duluti. Photo Rivertrees Country Inn.

Kili Side Trips Colobus Monkey
06 September 2016
06 September 2016

The elusive Colobus Monkey sometimes seen around the lodge gardens. Photo Rivertrees Country Inn.
 
 

Sept 4 - Safe Arrival

 

     

Earlier today Joe and Caroline arrived safely into Arusha and will enjoy their first night at the Rivertrees Country Inn. 

Tomorrow, following a leisurely breakfast they will spend the day exploring Arusha before meeting their guide Godlove for the all-important team briefing.  

   Rivertrees Lodge - Kilimanjaro Accommodation
Rivertrees Lodge Swimming Pool

Rivertrees Lodge - Kilimanjaro Accommodation

24 June 2016
24 June 2016

The beautiful surroundings of Rivertrees. Photo Rivertrees Country Inn.
 

Godlove will discuss plans for the trek and check equipment and clothing, prior to heading off to the mountain on the 6th. 

 

Sept 3 - Tanzania Bound

 

Our season of climbing Kilimanjaro continues with another trek and safari about to begin. 

This small team will be climbing the 5,895m/19,340ft Mount Kilimanjaro followed with the classic African Adventure - a safari in the Serengeti from September 4 to 17, 2016. 

Dispatches will start soon after!

 

  Kilimanjaro
Kili 001
Kilimanjaro
15 July 2004

Mount Kilimanjaro 5,895m. Archive Photo.

 

KILIMANJARO PRIVATE TREK - August 22-30, 2016

Expedition Members
Guides: Edward Seth Mollel and Respicious Baitwa

Team Members
Mark Smith - UK
Joshua Smith - UK

         

Aug 29 - Return to Arusha

 

   

Today Mark and Joshua trekked down off the mountain and returned to the comforts of Legendary Lodge in Arusha. Congratulations on your summit! From all of the crew at the AC Office!

 

 
Kili gazing
26 January 2015

Kilimanjaro contemplation. Archive Photo
 
  Aug 29
Return to Arusha

Aug 28
Early Summit

Aug 27
Moving Fast

Aug 26
Barranco

Aug 25
Shira Cave

Aug 24
Trekking

Aug 23
Exploring

Aug 28 - Summit a day early!
 

 

Mark and Joshua at 10.20am this morning reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro 5,895m! This is a day ahead of schedule, a reflection of their high level of fitness and flexibility of travelling in a small group!

Following their summit the

 
Climbing high on Kilimanjaro
26 January 2015

Climbing high on Kilimanjaro. Archive Photo.
 
 

team descends past Barafu Camp down to Mweka, making for a long day!  It is anticipated that they will return to Arusha tomorrow enjoying the success of summiting one of the world's coveted Seven Summits!
 

 

 

Aug 27 - Moving Fast!

 

   

Today the team continued across the slopes of the upper mountain past Karanga Camp (4,200m) and onwards to Barafu Camp (4,600m). It is from here that they will prepare for their summit bid in the early hours of tomorrow morning. The plan is to leave around 5am and summit late morning.
 

  Kilimanjaro from Camp Karanga © Mike Roberts
Kili Camp Karanga
© Mike Roberts
Kilimanjaro from Camp Karanga
16 August 2005

View from Karanga Camp. Archive Photo.
   

Aug 26 - Barranco Camp

 

   

Today the team set off for Barranco Camp, by first crossing the flat Shira Plateau before gaining height which leads to the Lava Tower, located at 4,630m.  It is here that they will stop for lunch before descending slightly and proceeding to Barranco Camp at 3,900m.  The trek takes them out of the moorland zone and into the high alpine zone, distinctive for its Senecio plants that Kilimanjaro is famous for.  

   © Suze Kelly
Kili Barranco Camp dining tent
© Suze Kelly
30 November 2011

Barranco Camp. Archive Photo.
   

From Barranco Camp the trek normally moves onto Karanga Camp, however, given how fit and well acclimatised Mark and Joshua are they plan to move directly onto Barafu Camp at 4,600m tomorrow in preparation for an early summit bid.
 

   

Aug 25 - To Shira Cave
 

   

The team awoke to their first morning on the mountain and after a sumptuous breakfast, set out to trek to Shira Camp, located at 3,740 metres.  The landscape has changed immensely from our first day of trekking through the rainforest, and is now quite stark in comparison, now that we are in the moorland zone.  Today saw the team trekking for 5-6 hours with a lunch stop and the opportunity to take in the amazing views, now that they are gaining elevation.  Upon arrival into Shira Camp, it the snows of Kilimanjaro become immediately evident for the first time.
 

  View from the 'Heather Zone' © Mike Roberts
Kili heather zone
© Mike Roberts
View from the 'Heather Zone'
16 August 2005

Views from the heather zone. Archive Photo.


Kilimanjaro Shira Camp Guy Cotter
26 August 2016
26 August 2016

Arriving into Shira Camp. Archive Photo Guy Cotter.
   

Aug 24 - Trekking Begins
 

   

Today the trek begins in earnest and Mark and Joshua departed early for the Machame Gate, the official start point of the trek. Upon arrival, the team checked in with the park authorities before starting the trek up through the rainforest zone.  

 
Kilimanjaro Machame Gate Archive
26 August 2016
26 August 2016

The Machame Gate, official start of the trek. Archive Photo.
   

Nearing lunchtime, Mark and Joshua arrive to a spot to find the Nature Discovery team set-up lunch, complete with a table and chairs!  After lunch, it was an easy trek into the heather zone, where Machame Camp is located at 3,000m and where our amazing porter team had erected the camp for the night.
 

 

Aug 23 - Exploring Arusha

 

 

Yesterday Mark and Joshua safely arrived into Arusha from Kenya and enjoyed their first night at the luxurious Legendary Lodge.

Today, following a leisurely breakfast and day in Arusha before meeting their guide Edward came to the lodge for the all-important team briefing.  Edward discussed plans for the trek and checked equipment and clothing, prior to heading off to the mountain tomorrow.

   Legendary Lodge - Kilimanjaro Luxury Trek Accommodation
Legendary Lodge Surrounds

Legendary Lodge - Kilimanjaro Luxury Trek Accommodation

17 June 2016
17 June 2016

The spectacular Legendary Lodge, an ideal place to relax and enjoy Arusha. Photo Legendary Lodge.
 

 

 

KILIMANJARO TREK AND SAFARI - August 21 - September 2, 2016

Expedition Members
Head Guide: William Bwenje
Assistant guides - Phillip Mbise and Calvin Assey
Safari guide - Japhet Maleko

Team Members
Vida Viliunas - Australia
Ginta Viliunas - Australia
Wendy Hamson - Australia
Fabienne Pattison - USA
Michael Damiano - USA
Mark Biegel - Philippines / UK
Scott Adams - USA (Kilimanjaro Trek only)

         

Sep 1 - Ngorongoro Crater

 

   

After a final breakfast at the camp, the team packed up to start the short journey from the Serengeti to the Ngorongoro Crater.  This drive takes them through the park to Nabi Hill, where they will visit the information centre and to take in the views from the top of the hill that look out towards the Maasai lands and the Crater.  Not far from here is the Olduvai Canyon, famous for having the earliest evidence of the existence of the human

 
Kili Safari - Nabi Hill
02 September 2016
02 September 2016

Nabi Hill looking across towards Ngorongoro Crater. Archive Photo.


Kilimanjaro 2016 Safari Mark Biegel
20 October 2016
20 October 2016

A leopard in the trees. Photo Mark Biegel
  1 Sep
Ngorongoro

31 Aug 
Safari Day

30 Aug
Serengeti

29 Aug
Trek Down

28 Aug
Summit

26 Aug
From the Team

25 Aug
Barranco

24 Aug
Trekking

22 Aug
Exploring

21 Aug
Arusha

9 Aug
Starting Soon

race, where they will also stop to look at the museum.  Finally, they will drive to the Nabi Hill Gate from where the road descends into the Ngorongoro Crater and enjoyexploring this World Heritage site.  After their game drive, the team will head up the other side of the crater to Karatu and the Ngorongoro Farmhouse, where they'll spend the night.

 

 

Aug 31 - Exploring the Serengeti

 

 

Today the team awoke to the sun rising over the savannah and after a leisurely breakfast, departed for a full days exploration of the Serengeti National Park.  The great thing about game viewing is that you are never sure of what you will see, but as the park has the highest concentration of large animals on earth, they are guaranteed to see giraffes, elephants, gazelles, baboons, hippo’s and at least, some of the many lions that call the Serengeti home.  Our fantastic driver is exceptionally good at spotting game, so the team are lucky to have him showing them around. At lunchtime, he choose a great picnic spot to relax and enjoy the wonderous Serengeti scenery. 

 
Kili Safari - AC Truck
01 September 2016
01 September 2016

AC Safari Truck. Archive Photo.


Kilimanjaro Virtual Tour Safari 02
27 September 2007

Spotting Giraffes amongst the trees. Archive Photo.


Kili Safari - Tent at Kati Kati Camp
01 September 2016
01 September 2016

AC Tent at Kati Kati Camp. Archive Photo.
 

 After an afternoon of watching these amazing animals in their natural habitat, they returned to Kati Kati Camp for a sundowner drink by the fire, which was the perfect end to the safari day.
 

 

Aug 30 - Serengeti Serenity!
 

 

Many people dream of one day joining a safari in Africa, for our team today this is a reality!  Early this morning they left Arusha and boarded a flight to the Serengeti National Park where they were met with a picnic lunch.  The afternoon will be spent on a game-drive before heading to the Kati Kati tented camp for the night.

 

 
Kili Safari - Giraffe Lion
31 August 2016
31 August 2016

Serengeti Wildlife. Archive Photo.

Kili Safari - Kati Kati Camp
31 August 2016
31 August 2016

Kati Kati Tented Camp. Archive Photo.
 
 

Aug 29 - The Long Trek Down
 

 

Today with their summit success still sinking in the team will trek down off the mountain and return to Arusha. The trail winds down from Millennium Camp taking the team down to the Mweka Gates, the offical end point of the trek. 

From here they returned to Arusha and the comforts of Rivertrees Country Lodge for the night.  

   © Suze Kelly
Kilimanjaro elephant
© Suze Kelly
04 July 2014

Anticipating the days ahead. Archive Photo
 

With the exception of Scott, who departs tomorrow the team will begin preparations for the next phase of their journey - the Safari!

 

 

Aug 28 - Summit for All!

 

 

We have just recieved word from guide William Bwenje that all seven of the team members have successfully reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro 5,895m.
 

Their long day started at 12am, trekking through the dark to the summit of 

 
Kilimanjaro 2016 Kili 5 Summit
29 August 2016
29 August 2016

All of the team on the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Photo William Bwenje.
 

Kilimanjaro, highest point on the African continent and one of the Seven Summits!  
 

Following some time celebrating on the summit the group descended back to Barafu Camp, before continuing the descent together down to Mweka for the night.  Tonight the team will be having a well deserved rest and contemplating their achievements!
 

 

Aug 26 - From the Team

 

   

Today we have a note direct from the team on the mountain!

 

This photo was taken at Barranco Wall - elevation 4,200m -  reached after some awesome mountaineering, including the vertical rock climbing bits! 

 
Kilimanjaro 2016 Barranco Wall Bwenje 5
29 August 2016
29 August 2016

The team at the Barranco Wall. Photo William Bwenje.
   

Team Perfect (yup, that's us!) continues to enjoy the ultimate mountain experience in every sense of the term. But remember: what happens on the mountain, stays on the mountain, so don't ask too many questions when we come home; you will have to listen to our trekkers' tales or hikers' histrionics! Tonight we will sleep at Base Camp & tomorrow we summit Mt Kilimanjaro (we still sometimes have to pinch ourselves to truly believe it!) Kabisa!! 
 

 
 

Aug 25 - Trek to Barranco Camp

 

   

The team awoke to a stunning day, perfect for their long trek to Barranco Camp at 3,900m. Their trek today, from Shira Cave, will take them along a flat plateau that rises up to the Lava Tower where the team will rest and have lunch.  From here, it is a descent into the Great Barranco Valley. 

 
Kilimanjaro 2016 Team 5 William Bwenje
26 August 2016
26 August 2016

A stunning day to be climbing - Mount Meru in the distance. Photo William Bwenje
   

The Barranco Camp lies beneath the spectacular cliffs of the Breach Wall, Uhuru and on the edge of the alpine desert zone, bringing with it a cornucopia of weird and exotic plants. Barranco Camp is also home to a large stand of Senecio Kilimanjari, a tree whose form appears to have been the brainchild of Dr Seuss!

 

   

Aug 24 - To Shira Cave Camp
 

   

Early on the morning of the 23rd the team departed from Rivertrees and made their way to the Machame Gate. It is here that they officially sign in with the park authorities and begin making their way up through the tropical rainforest which gives them their first taste of this spectacular mountain! Enroute, their fabulous guides and team will have set up an amazing lunch, complete with tables and chairs. Another few hours of trekking, and they would have entered into the heather moorland where Machame Camp is located.

 
Kilimanjaro 2016 Mark Biegel Machame Gate
20 October 2016
20 October 2016

Starting point of the trek. Photo Mark Biegel.



Kili Trekking to Shira Camp Archive
25 August 2016
25 August 2016

Trekking to Shira Cave Camp. Archive Photo.
   

Today, August 24th, the team would have enjoyed a fantastic breakfast supplied by the Nature Discovery team’s cook. Their trek today will see the team start from Machame Camp and move up to Shira Cave Camp at 3,740m. This is the first camp from which the team will get their first proper view of the mountain.  Given the higher altitude of the camp, the team will be ready to relax upon arrival and enjoy the fabulous views that it offers.

AC Office
 

 

22 Aug - Exploring Arusha
 

   

The Kilimanjaro team have all safely arrived in Arusha and have been enjoying the relaxed atmosphere of Rivertrees Country Inn.  This team includes members that have previously travelled with Adventure Consultants and this is the first time that they have seen each other since. 

 
Kilimanjaro 2016 Team Fabienne
23 August 2016
23 August 2016

The team from left to right at the back: Michael Damiano, Mark Biegel and Scott Adams. Front: Ginta Viliunas, Fabienne Pattison, Vida Viliunas and Wendy Hamson. Photo Fabienne Pattison
 
 

 

So once the team all met up they enjoyed a dinner together with lots of conversation and laughs. Yesterday saw them all heading into downtown Arusha to change money, explore and spend time shopping.  On their return they met their lead guide, William for the all-important trek briefing.
 

   

21 Aug - Arriving into Arusha
 

   

Over the past few days, the Kilimanjaro team members have been travelling from various points around the world to Arusha, Tanzania. Upon arrival, they are transferred to the fabulous Rivertrees Country Inn, where they will have time to relax and recuperate from their jetlag, as well as having the opportunity to meet each 

 

 Rivertrees Lodge - Kilimanjaro Accommodation
Rivertrees Lodge Exterior at Night

Rivertrees Lodge - Kilimanjaro Accommodation

24 June 2016
24 June 2016

Rivertrees Country Inn where the team will meet before starting their trek. Photo Rivertrees Country Inn.
 

 

other.  For some, it will be catching up with team members from past trips and for others, it will be a chance to meet these individuals for the first time. We look forward to bringing you further news and updates on this team as the week progresses.
 

 

9 August - Kilimanjaro Expedition and Safari Starting Soon!
 

 

Our season of climbing Kilimanjaro continues with another trek and safari about to begin. 

This team will be climbing the 5,895m/19,340ft Mount Kilimanjaro followed with the classic African Adventure - a safari in the Serengeti from August 21 to September 2, 2016. 

Dispatches will start from August 21!


 
 The summit crater glaciers on Kilimanjaro, at sunrise.  © Mike Roberts
Kili summit day Jun 10
© Mike Roberts

The summit crater glaciers on Kilimanjaro, at sunrise.

12 August 2011

Climbing to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro 5,895m. Archive Photo.

 
 

 

 

KILIMANJARO TREK - July 25 - August 3, 2016

Expedition Members
Head Guide: William Bwenje
Assistant Guides: Respicius Baitwa and Loshie Lazier

Team Members
Cherry Taylor – New Zealand
Brent Taylor – New Zealand
Scott Malcolm – New Zealand / Australia
Jane Taylor – New Zealand / Australia
Sam Williams – New Zealand
Arthur Inglis – Australia

2 Aug - Back to Arusha

 

   

The team were relieved after a long day to arrive at Mweka Camp last night. Today they continued their descent trekking from Mweka Camp to the Mweka Gates, completing the return trek.  Their accomplishments were celebrated at the end of the trek, as the local guides and porters sang farewell to the team.  They've now returned to the relative luxury of the Legendary Lodge in Arusha where they'll stay before departing on the remainder of their trip.
 

Congratulations from everyone at the AC Office and thanks for following the Kilimanjaro dispatches. Our next trip - Kilimanjaro # 5 departs on 21st August - look out for more dispatches then!
 

 
Kilimanjaro 2016 Mweka Camp Cherry
03 August 2016
03 August 2016

The team arrive at their last camp Mweka Camp. Photo Cherry Taylor.

Kilimanjaro 2016 Porters Farewell
03 August 2016
03 August 2016

Guides and porters sing farewell to the team at the end of the trek. Photo Cherry Taylor.
  2 Aug
Arusha

1 Aug
Summit Success!

31 July
Summit tonight!

30 July
Barranco Wall

29 July
Lava Tower

28 July
To Shira Cave

27 July 
Machame Camp 

26 July 
Team Arrives

21 July
Starting soon!

1 Aug - Summit Success!

 

   

The team roused themselves at 12am for the long trek through the dark to the summit of Kilimanjaro, highest point on the African continent and one of the Seven Summits!  
 

Following some time celebrating on the summit the group descended back to Barafu Camp. There they meet up with Cherry who was not feeling well and had decided not to push on for the summit. They then continued the descent together down to Mweka for the night.  It will have been a big day for the summitters and they will be enjoying a rest and contemplating their summit success tonight!

 
Kilimanjaro 2016 Summit 1-8
02 August 2016
02 August 2016

Celebrating a successful climb on the summit of Kilimanjaro. Photo William Bwenje.

Kilimanjaro 2016 Summit with Bwenji 1-8
02 August 2016
02 August 2016

Happy trekkers on the roof of Africa. Photo William Bwenje.

Kilimanjaro 2016 Summit NZ 1-8
02 August 2016
02 August 2016

The NZ contingent of the team celebrate. Photo William Bwenje.

Kilimanjaro 2016 Looking up to Summit 1-8
02 August 2016
02 August 2016

Looking up to the summit from Barafu Camp. Photo Cherry Taylor.
 
 



 

31 July - Summit tonight!

 

   

Today the team trekked from Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp. On arrival at Barafu camp they will relax and begin preparations for their summit attempt which begins at  midnight tonight!

 
Kilimanjaro 2016 View around Barranco Cherry 30-7
01 August 2016
01 August 2016

Views above the cloud. Photo Cherry Taylor.
 
 



 

30 July - Barranco Wall

 

     

Today as the team departs camp, they head directly to the bottom of the Barranco Wall and make their way to the top. This takes around an hour of climbing defined tracks and over the odd large rock/boulder.

 
Kilimanjaro 2016 Barranco Wall Cherry 30-7
01 August 2016
01 August 2016

Climbing the Barranco Wall. Photo Cherry Taylor.

Kilimanjaro 2016 Barranco Wall Team 30-7
01 August 2016
01 August 2016

The team part way up the Barranco Wall. Photo William Bwenje.
 
 

 

29 July - Lava Tower

 

       

Today brings a longer trek to Barranco Camp at 3900m. As the team depart from Shira Cave, the trek takes them along a flat plateau that rises up to the Lava Tower where they will rest and have lunch.  From here, it is a descent into the Great Barranco Valley. The camp lies beneath the spectacular cliffs of the Breach Wall, Uhuru and on the edge of the alpine desert zone, bringing with it a cornucopia of weird and exotic plants. The Barranco Camp is home to a large stand of Senecio Kilimanjari, a tree whose form appears to have been the brainchild of Dr Seuss!

 
Kilimanjaro 2016 Taylor Team 29-7
30 July 2016
29 July 2016

The trekking team. Photo William Bwenje.

Kilimanjaro 2016 Taylor team Lava Tower
30 July 2016
29 July 2016

At the Lava Tower. Photo William Bwenje.


Today's high point Lava Tower 4600m. Photo Cherry Taylor
 
 

 

July 28 Machame Camp to Shira Cave Camp

 

   

After another fantastic breakfast supplied by the Nature Discovery team’s cook, the team start the trek from Machame Camp to Shira Cave Camp at 3740m. This is the first camp from which the team will get their first proper view of the mountain.  Given the higher altitude of the camp, the team will be ready to relax upon arrival and enjoy the fabulous views that it offers.

 
The trail steepens as the team climbs higher. Photo Cherry Taylor.

Kilimanjaro 2016 Taylor Team 28-7
30 July 2016
30 July 2016

The team stop for a photo en route. Photo William Bwenje
 
 

 

27 July - Machame Camp

 

   

The day started with an early pick-up from the Legendary Lodge for the team, as they made their way from Arusha, through Moshi and up to the Machame Gate; the start of their trek to the highest point in Africa.  Once the porters had their bags weighed to ensure that they were not carrying too much, the team set off up through the lush forest zone towards Machame Camp which is set in the heather moorland zone of the mountain.  This makes Kilimanjaro very special in that the mountain has very distinct vegetation zones, which clearly define themselves by the noticeable change as they trek higher.

 

 
Kilimanjaro 2016 Porters at Machame Gate 27-7
28 July 2016
28 July 2016

Porters ready to go at the Machame Gate. Photo Cherry Taylor

Kilimanjaro 2016 Lunch Stop 27-7
28 July 2016
28 July 2016

Lunch Stop at 2000m. Photo Cherry Taylor
 

 

After a few hours of trekking, the team came to a small clearing the forest and in which, their guides had set-up lunch, complete with a dining table and chairs. This is a welcome stop, giving the opportunity to refuel before the final push to Machame Camp.  After their first night on the mountain, the team will trek up to Shira Cave Camp at 3840m.

 

   

26 July - Kili team arrives in Arusha

 

   

After a long journey from New Zealand and Australia, our team have all arrived safe and sound into Arusha, Tanzania.  They are now relaxing at the fabulous Legendary Lodge; a superb property located on a coffee plantation on the western side of Arusha.

 

They have had the opportunity to meet our wonderful Tanzanian team from Nature Discovery and their guide, William Bwenje has completed an all-important trek briefing 

   Cherry Taylor and the Taylor Team - Kilimanjaro 2016
Kilimanjaro Expedition 2016 Taylor team photo 27-07

Cherry Taylor and the Taylor Team - Kilimanjaro 2016

27 July 2016
27 July 2016

The team arrives in Tanzania - Photo Cherry Taylor.

Legendary Lodge Exterior
17 June 2016
17 June 2016

Legendary Lodge in Arusha - Photo Legendary Lodge Archive.
 

 

with them. This is all in preparation for day one of their trek starting tomorrow, when they transfer to the Machame Gate and trek up to the first camp, Machame Camp at 3000 metres.

 

We will keep you posted with updates and photos as we receive these. Stay tuned.
 

   

21 July - Kilimanjaro Expedition Starting Soon!

 

   

Our season of climbing Kilimanjaro is about to begin. 

First up we have a team from New Zealand and Australia climbing the 5,895m/19,340ft Mount Kilimanjaro from July 25 - August 3. 

Dispatches will start from July 25!

 

 © Dean Staples

Kilimanjaro 2014 Private - Summit
© Dean Staples
12 September 2014
The summit of Mt Kilimanjaro (5,895m). Archive Photo.


 

 



 

 

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