8-Day Group Climb with PeakPlanet.com
Flew KLM from Phoenix to Arusha, Tanzania via Montreal and Amsterdam. Spent two days acclimating in Arusha at 4500′ before my rendezvous with the rest of the group and getting bussed up to the Londorossi Gate at 7800′ to begin the climb.
Spent six days trekking up the Lemosho route to Barafu Camp at 15300′ before beginning the midnight ascent to Uhuru Peak at 19,341′, the summit of Kilimanjaro, reaching the peak an hour after sunrise. Despite starting Day 2 with a 100 degree fever which did not break for 24 hours and despite developing a pulmonary embolism during summiting which necessitated an expedited descent all the way down to Mweka Camp, the climb was quite a fun experience. The climb is worth doing once, and once you forget the negative aspects, something successful climbers think they would want to do again. Highly recommend Peak Planet or Ultimate Kilimanjaro to anyone thinking about doing a Kili climb.