The highest free-standing mountain in the World is a bucket list achievement of a life time for many daring travelers. Freewalker led a team up Mount Kilimanjaro through five testing biomes to reach the summit at sunrise on day 6 of the Lemosho Route. The entire crew reached Uhuru Peak and could only have done this with the help of the Guides: Goddy, Tuliza & Monday. The Group met in Moshi Town for a night at a Hotel before being met by Our fabulous Guide: Godlisten. Goddy, as we got tot know him has summitted the highest free-standing mountain in the World on 500 occasions. Goddy’s knowledge brought a calmness to the group, and a certain feeling of self positivity and belief that we will conquer this quest. Our first climb was to Big Tree Camp through thick forest filled with black-and-white Colobus Monkey, and Blue Monkey. On arrival we were met by monkeys in and around camp. The second day saw us skip Shira 1 to get a further 20 km’s along the trail to Shira 2 Camp, where we camped high above the clouds, with some extremely cold winds blowing throughout the night. Day 3 took us up to some serious altitude to acclimatize at Lava Tower, and continued to descend to Barranco Camp. Barranco Wall awaited us in the morning, a towering vertical ascend up a mountain face, also known as breakfast wall, as many loose it here. Hiking up here is so peaceful, the views from above, falling stars at night, Kilimanjaro looming all day, its all just spectacular. Our 4th night was based at Karanga Camp, on the foothills of Kilimanjaro, 5th night high up on the rocky ledges of Barafu Camp. Barafu is the last Camp before summit morning. We slept throughout the afternoon to gather the last remaining energy for the midnight summit. Alarm clocks echo throughout the mountains as we get ready to start the grueling 6 hour climb to Stella Point under headlamps and extreme weather conditions. After a mammoth ordeal getting to Stella Point, Uhuru Peak lay another 1.5 hours away, and only there could we say we have done it. The entire crew made the summit and congratulations were in order, we would never have made it without our trusted Guides, whom we felt like we had just created new friendships with. Uhuru Peak is a place a sheer beauty and peacefulness, its somewhat worrying though to think that the ice could possibly disappear in 20 years time…A MASSIVE THANK YOU TO THE FINNEY FAMILY WHO KEPT IN HIGH SPIRIT THROUGHOUT THE CLIMB, AND TO OUR ENDURING GUIDES FOR DELIVERING US TO THE SUMMIT. WE LOOK FORWARD TO TAKING MANY MORE GROUPS AND FAMILIES UP THIS MAGNIFICENT MOUNTAIN EXPEDITION.(ENJOY THE VIDEO BELOW):
STUDENT SUMMER ADVENTURES
With summer arriving fast and hot, there are plenty more hours in the day for adventure activities and sight seeing. Freewalker has been busy taking groups on some unforgettable adventure weekends with students and volunteers being introduced to a fun, active and unique South African lifestyle. we have formulated the ideal weekend packages to show... Read more »
WHERE TO NEXT CAMPAIGN: Kilimanjaro summit September 2017
Freewalker Adventures summits the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa for the second time.