November 11, 2022
by Nate Taiaroa

In 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. Despite the miserable weather, everyone successfully and safely summited Kililmanjaro, and all make it back to the hotel on night 6 for the best sleep and hot shower they have ever had. 

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. 

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. Upon his return home, Chris completed a short video log of each of his 6 days on Kilimanjaro for the friend or relative who had sponsored that days walk. Today, Chris has a little girl of his own, and Faith has graduated from secondary school and is currently at university in Ghana on scholarship. 



This footage is from Adventure Out Loud's second trip when we were running budget trips aimed at younger travellers. We've come a long way since then; with better processes, better safety, more guide training, and much better gear. The footage is still interesting though and it will give you a feel for what to expect when you trek Kilimanjaro. 



Day 1: Machame Gate to Machame Camp

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



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 4,600m
  • 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














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About The Author:

Nate Taiaroa

Founder & Head Guide

Nate is an adventurer, keynote speaker and responsible tourism expert with more than 10 years experience, travelling, living & volunteering in Africa. He is the Founder of Adventure Out Loud and is most passionate about making education accessible to every child in Africa.