The name Kilimanjaro has a mystical ring to it, and for good reason. It dominates the East African landscape for hundreds of miles around and is the most recognizable landmark on the continent. Clouds often obscure the lower reaches of the
mountain, giving it the appearance of floating above the African plain. Its glacier-crowned summit sparkles in the sun, 19,340’ above sea level.
We will hike Skip's secret variation on the remote north side of the mountain, called the Northern Circuit. This is a longer, more scenic, and less traveled trail than the normal routes, and allows us two extra days to acclimatize to the higher altitudes. This variation is not often used and retains a measure of wilderness not found elsewhere on the mountain. We should have
the route to ourselves most of the time, avoiding the crowds typical of the other routes. Our head guide Deo, assistant guide Faza, and head cook Stephen are old friends of Skip’s, having worked together on the mountain many times. Porters will carry our gear, so you need carry only a daypack, and a complete camp staff will set up and break down our tented camps each day. They'll even bring hot coffee to your tent in the morning. Our expert cook will prepare heartyand healthy meals using fresh local fruits, vegetables and meats. The night before the summit we’ll stay in the comfortable and private School Hut, making the final push a bit easier.
Before and after the climb we will drive out into the great-game country and spend several days on safari enjoying the African wildlife, overnighting in atmospheric lodges. This is the perfect complement to the classic African experience.
Skip Horner will personally lead this trip. He is one of the foremost mountain guides in the world, with over a hundred high-altitude ascents. This will be his 32nd ascent of Kilimanjaro, more than any other non-African. He is one of the ablest and most sought-after wildlife and birding guides in East Africa after his more than 100 trips and safaris guided on the continent.
For more information on him go to www.skiphorner.com, then to 'Meet Skip'.
All photos on this page were taken by Connie Ward
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