This itinerary can be individualized for people who prefer to eliminate the safari and just do the climb. In our experience, these first three days of recovering from jet lag greatly increase the chances of summiting.
There is also an option for companions of climbers who do not want to climb but would like to do a more extensive safari. (We can also help you arrange travel for those interested in extending your trip for vacation or other purposes.)
Customized trips on any of the available routes can also be arranged.
Our climb was an amazing challenge. We hiked for three days to the Kibo Hut base camp, slept for just a few hours, and then began our climb at 11 p.m. We hiked through the night, under the full moon, reaching the summit around 7 a.m. The air was thin and our bodies were exhausted. People on the summit seemed to be delusional from altitude and lack of oxygen. As we walked the last hour on the summit ridge, the light of the full moon faded and the sun rose illuminating the African sky. Hiking above the clouds, on a dormant volcano, looking out on glaciers, we could see the world below us, just a sea of clouds. Mountains have an amazing healing power, which remind us just how small we are in the grander scheme of things. I am thankful to have spent time on this mountain and in this dynamic country.Lindsay Yost