Bucket list keepers. Climbers. Hikers. Dreamers. And just people who are crazily determined to make it to Africa's highest mountain. Liam was all of the above and made us proud when he got to the top of Kilimanjaro.

Day 1

In December 2015 I conquered the mighty Kilimanjaro. My journey began in Nairobi, Kenya as I was volunteering with Marafiki Community International. It was a six-hour drive to the border crossing, to the receiving city Tanzania. I got a fellow trekker from France to d0 the hike with me plus two guides and a cook, and many porters.

Day 2

We started hiking at the foot of the mountain. We were extremely lucky with the weather and dodge all of the seasonal rains. We crawled through the Montane forest to the first camp site. You would walk really slowly as to allow your body to acclimatize to the attitude. And yes I was taking attitude medication to avoid any sickness.

Day 3

This day we hiked for 7 hours. It was an early start in order to get to the top of the forest before lunch. Then trek then takes you through moorland and a rocky ridge before reaching the Shira Plateau where you will camp. Since I trekked during the low season Its was super quiet and the trail and the campsites. I really loved this compared to how busy some popular treks can be.

Day 4

This day was a very long day of slow ascent to Lava Tower, the mental and physical fatigue that set in during this time was more intense then I had imagined. Camp is made at Barranco where there are a stunning views of the western beach.

Day 5

This day is spent climbing the Great Barranco wall before heading down the glacial valley. Camp for the night is made in the valley. And also water for the rest of the trek is taken on board here; due to the freezing temperatures, water cannot be collected beyond this camp. It’s from here that you will attempt the summit.

Day 6

Base to the summit was the greatest challenge. We woke at 11:00 pm, dressed in many layers as possible to protect against sub-zero temperatures at the top, and started the final assent at midnight. This posed as a challenge as we did the steepest and most high-altitude part of the hike in complete darkness. Although time at the summit is limited due to cold and fatigue, viewing the sunrise from the top of Mount Kilimanjaro is nothing short of amazing and a feat accomplished by few. Yes, it was worth struggle along the way

Day 7

The entire way down as again very mild. This was likely because we were decreasing in attitude again and our bodies were very much grateful. This is also the time when a sense of accomplishment starts to sink in as you step away from the peak and see it from afar. You will hike down the mountain to sign your names in the register of successful climbers and receive your awards.

Day 8

I finished up at the same hotel I spent my first night in. Then took a bus back in Nairobi where I was greeted by all my fellow volunteer and team members with a cheer. It was absolutely an amazing experience and one that felt great checking off my bucket-list.

The Nitty Gritty

Duration: 7 days – 8 days


  • Arrival day and departure day: Spent in a hotel
  • Rest of the days: You will be camping as you climb
What’s included in the price?
  • Tanzanian visa and climbing permit.
  • All meals.
  • Guide and cook.
  • Porters.
  • Tent and parking fee.
What’s not included in the price?
  • Climbing gear.
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