How hard is it to hike to Everest Base Camp compared to Kilimanjaro? Most people think Everest Base Camp is higher than Kilimanjaro but surprise surprise, it is not. Base camp of Everest (or rather Kala Pathar – the little hill you climb up above base camp) is actually 5545m, whereas Kilimanjaro summit is 5895m.
How Bad is the Barranco Wall? These are the type of catch phrases you will read about on many sites that describe or talk about the famous Barranco Wall. So is it really that bad and do we need to fear it?
Well for a start the three passes trek is incredible and if you can do all three then do. Each pass has its own difficulties. Renjo is a long slow pass and more of a ridge than a pass itself. It is spectacular and more remote than the other two as it goes via the … Continue reading Between Cho La, Kongma La, and Renjo La, which pass is more difficult?
Marangu is often considered to be the easiest route on Mount Kilimanjaro - but don't be fooled, as no route on Kilimanjaro is "easy". It is given this rating as it has a gradual, less steep ascent climb, which means that you also as a result cover greater distances each day. It is also one … Continue reading What are the Climbing routes on Kilimanjaro?
I am often asked which is better, Mera Peak or Island Peak and although there are similarities and differences, it is hard to judge one over the other. So let us look at what makes them similar.
You have trained for months to Climb Kilimanjaro. You have gathered all of your gear. You have flight tickets, all services booked, passport in hand and ready to fly. But have you bought Travel Insurance? Yes it is not just a buzz word that agents use to try to get you to part with your … Continue reading Emergency evacuation off Kilimanjaro
Being equatorial, the temperatures on Kilimanjaro from one month to the next do not vary substantially on the mountain as they do e.g at the base. However, Tanzania does have two wet seasons. The first is the long rains which normally run from March through to May, and then a short rainy season in November, … Continue reading When is the best time to Climb Kilimanjaro
Who would have thought that a country, once the seat of an horrific wave of genocide, where 800 000 people were brutally massacred in the space of only 100 days, is home to one of the most gentle and rare of animal species, the Mountain Gorilla - 95% genetically human, and struggling to fight back … Continue reading In the Mists of Rwanda with the Mountain Gorilla