Here is some information about Mount Kilimanjaro from Wikipedia and Ultimate Kilimanjaro. Kilimanjaro, with its three volcanic cones, Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira, is a dormant volcanic mountain in Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilimanjaro Region,Tanzania. It is the highest mountain in Tanzania, the highest mountain in Africa, and the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 5,895 metres or 19,341 feet above sea level.
To put this into perspective, Whistler: 2182 m (7160′) Blackcomb: 2240 m (7347′). So more than two and a half times as tall as Whistler and Blackcomb.
We will be trekking to the top via the Machame route. Not the easiest route but we chose this one because it is the most scenic and popular route.
We have medications to take to prevent us from getting Acute Mountain Sickness, which can set in above 2400m of altitude. It affects approximately 40 percent of climbers. In case we are unlucky and it does set in, we have medications to treat it, but it likely will mean our trek is over. We are travelling with a pharmacy to cover for all possibilities. Pray for the best, plan for the worst!
The success rate quoted on different sites varies quite a bit. There is a high rate of reaching the crater rim but the success rate drops quickly when speaking about making it to summit. Up to 60 percent of people do not make it to the summit.
In a trek like this, it is important not to take any shortcuts. Picking the right trekking company to climb with will keep us safe, healthy, well fed and increase our chances to get to the top. For example, for the two of us, we will be accompanied by a minimum of 9 people from our company (guide, assistant guide, chef, porters). The longest part of planning this trip was researching the different outfitters and speaking to people who have gone with them in the past to ensure we are making the best choice.
We will not have any access to Internet or a cell phone signal while we are n Kilimanjaro. We are starting our trek early morning on the 6th and will be back down at night on the 12th. Regardless of whether we make it to the top or not, we are in for an unforgettable experience…. Making it to the top would just be a bonus!