Climb Trip Report: Preparatory Expedition to the Mt. Kilimanjaro Crater

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5 February 2015

High-altitude preparation for Valery Rozov's expedition

The altitude expedition following one of the most challenging routes on Kilimanjaro, i.e. the Western Breach, was crowned with success at the end of January, 2015. 16 professional climbers, grouped in 4 teams, set out from the tropical woods of Umbwe route. Climbing all the way alongside the Baranco Wall and turning around the Lava Tower, they kept ascending along the western slope of Kibo, which is known as one of the most complicated routes, requiring physical endurance, but also one of the most dangerous ones due to frequent rockfalls.

It goes without saying that we couldn’t look over the exceptional beauty of the surrounding landscapes and hold back from sharing our impressions of the wonderful views opening from the peak of Kibo, so enjoy and get your backpack ready.

The view on the Kibo volcano from the Umbwe Route

This time too January didn’t let down the climbers. The weather was absolutely clear throughout the entire expedition, so that without much effort the team reached the summit in barely 2.5 days, which is the shortest possible period of time for such an expedition. They went down into the crater and installed a camp to spend three nights at the height of 5790 m and properly get themselves prepared for Valery Rozov’s upcoming expedition.

Climbing along the Western Breach

The expedition was primarily aimed at an appropriate training of skills, required for an operative and safe installation of high-altitude camps, as well as playing out scenarios of evacuating injured teammates from the volcano’s crater, who in some severe cases might need emergency medical care.

For the successful completion of the expedition our team of climbers was also given an additional task, which was no less important, namely: ensuring a better preparation of porters to high altitude acclimatization, since they would be responsible for providing the group with everything that is required for climbing. 

Our camp inside Kilimanjaro’s external crater

It goes without saying that we couldn’t look over the exceptional beauty of the surrounding landscapes and hold back from sharing our impressions of the wonderful views opening from the peak of Kibo, so enjoy and get your backpack ready.

The chief guide Hadgi against the background of Kilimanjaro glaciers
Inside the Kilimanjaro glacial arc
Crater’s brim. The path to Uhuru peak
Uhuru peak - the highest peak of Africa, 5895m
And of course the proof - a photo on Uhuru peak
And of course the proof - a photo on Uhuru peak

All the members of the expedition came back to Moshi up to the knocker and with sharpened skills, so that in a week’s time they took charge of Valery Rozov’s expedition, which was completed with the first ever BASE-jump from the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dima is a Tanzania-based travel expert with multiple Kilimanjaro hikes under his belt. He contributed his knowledge and skills to many notable expeditions, including Wings of Kilimanjaro 2019, BASE-jump trip with Red Bull, National Geographic trips and many other adventures.

At Altezza Travel Dima is the Kilimanjaro Expeditions Coordinator. Every year he supervises the departure of over 1500 Kilimanjaro trekkers, appoints the guides and makes sure that everything goes as planned before, during and after the expedition.
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