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Chris’ Kilimanjaro Vlog

Day 1: Machame Gate to Machame Camp

  • Elevation: 1,800m to 3,000m
  • Distance: 11 km
  • Hiking Time: 5-7 hours
  • Habitat: Rain Forest

In Dec 2016, Chris climbed Mt Kilimanjaro with Adventure Out Loud. Originally planning to complete the Machame Route in 7 days, we amended our itinerary to 6 days due to persistent rain and snow. As part of his climb, Chris fundraised to sponsor the secondary school education of a young girl living in Kibera Slum. Her name is Faith.

While Chris is young and fit, he struggled with fatigue throughout the climb; highlighting that while age, fitness level and experience can be an advantage, they do not guarantee a successful summit. Altitude sickness is non-descrimatory.

Upon his return home, Chris completed a short video log of each of his 6 days on Kilimanjaro for the friend or relative that had sponsored that days walk.

Day 2: Machame Camp to Shira Camp

  • Elevation: 3,000m to 3,800m
  • Distance: 5 km
  • Hiking Time: 4-6 hours
  • Habitat: Heather & Moorland

Day 3: Shira Camp to Barranco Camp via Lava Tower

  • Elevation: 3,800m to 3,900m via 4,700m
  • Distance: 10 km
  • Hiking Time: 6-8 hours
  • Habitat: Semi Desert

Day 4: Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp

  • Elevation: 3,990m to 4,000m
  • Distance: 5 km
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Day 5: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp

  • Elevation: 4,000m to 4,600m
  • Distance: 4 km
  • Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
  • Habitat: Alpine Desert

Summit: Barafu Camp to Summit to Barafu Camp to Mweka Gate

  • Elevation: 4,600m to 5,895m to 4,600m to 1,800m
  • Distance: 5 km ascent / 5 km descent
  • Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 2-3 hours descent to Barafu Camp / 6-7 hours to Mweka Gate
  • Habitat: Arctic to Rain Forest

Day 6: Barafu Camp to Mweka Gate

  • Elevation: 4,600m to 1,800m
  • Distance: 17 km
  • Hiking Time: 7-9 hours
  • Habitat: Arctic to Rain Forest
About the author

Nate is an writer, adventurer and keynote speaker with a serious case of Locational A.D.D. With experience, travelling, living & volunteering around the world, including in developing countries such as Cambodia, Tanzania and Kenya, Nate is determined to do whatever it takes to make education accessible to every child in the world.

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