Best route up Kilimanjaro


Jul 17th, 2002, 03:25 PM
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Best route up Kilimanjaro

Going up Kilimanjaro end of november. Have
a choice between Rongai or Machame route.
Read a bit,but can't find much on rongai.
Any opinions? Thanks, Ted
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Jul 25th, 2002, 06:55 AM
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Hi. I just got back from Tanzania, and while I don't know much about Rongai in particular, everyone said Machame is the most beautiful - you really get to see every zone of the mountain, and the trail goes through some of the prettiest areas. It was amazing. I was shocked by how consistently different people consider Machame the best route.

It was much easier than I expected...until summit night, which was harder than expected. After about two hours of being fine, I suddenly got nauseous and weak and ended up throwing up twice and actually passing out for a split second while sitting on a rock feeling really disoriented and weak. My guides were great and experienced, so I trusted them to tell me when I should have gone down. Apparently all that is pretty common on summit night, so I continued and summitted.

But even with all that, it was wonderful. And definitely do it in seven makes summit night MUCH less of a nightmare!
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