How tough is summiting Mount Kilimanjaro? That’s the question most people ask when it comes to the decision of climbing Kilimanjaro. No doubt, it is tough to summit mount Kilimanjaro. But how tough it is, it depends on many factors. One of the factors is the weather on your summit day. In this post we chat with our legendary guide, Julio Ludago who summited three friends from Quebec in crazy weather condition.
The summit day:
On the 25th of October 2018, three friends from Quebec, Canada in the picture (Pierrick, Maxime, and Nick) reached the top of Africa despite the crazy weather we had on that day.
The summit climb was properly planned and executed by our legendary guide, Julio Ludago who has more than 15 years of experience on Kilimanjaro. From his experience and expertise, he knew there was no danger and his three young clients (as you can see in the picture), were physically and mentally fit to attack the climb.
The experience on the summit day:
We caught up with Julio for a few Q&A’s regarding the summit in crazy weather conditions
How challenging was this trek for you?
This was my toughest climb ever on Kilimanjaro, although we all made it to the top.
What was going through your mind during the first 8hrs fighting weather?
I was not worried because everyone on the team was in good health and good gears. Everything on the team worked like clockwork and I consciously insisted to the clients to be open, transparent and honest with me at all times.
Any special moment you would like to share with us?
My clients carried 17kg on the Barranco wall all the way to Karanga. For sure it was a nice trip for me with loads of funny and different experiences.
How was the weather on the summit that day?
The temperature was between -8 to - 12-degree Celcius. Windchill was -17. Snow was about 8cm but at noon it was between 30cm to 50 cm.
Julio was accompanied by another experienced guide Jamal and a few summit porters. Maximum respect to the team
Just like any other Kili summit climb, this one too was tough. In fact, it was the toughest, but as the clients, themselves said: "It was tough, but it was worth every effort".