Mount Kilimanjaro Expedition
Departed 31st August 2018
Leader: Patrick Hickie
The group are safely off the mountain and are on their way back to their hotel.
100% Summit Success! Congratulations to the whole team on reaching Uhuru summit on Kilimanjaro at 5895m. They set off at 1am from Kibo camp (4700m) and made their way up the mountain, with snow and ice underfoot on the crater rim on the path from Gillman’s point onwards and all reached the summit by 8am. Making a swift descent back down, they were back down at Kibo by 10.30am where they enjoyed a good meal and a quick rest before walking down to Horombo camp. Everyone is safely down and looking forward to a relaxing afternoon and evening at camp, and most likely an early night! We look forward to seeing the photos when the group return to their hotel tomorrow.
Patrick has called in today with an update – the team are now at Mawenzi Tarn, where they will spend 2 nights to aid their acclimatisation. Tomorrow they plan to do an acclimatisation hike up Mawenzi to around 5000m, from where they should have great views out over the Kenyan plains and across to Uhuru peak (the highest part of the crater on Kilimanjaro).
Everyone has arrived in Tanzania and after a night at the hotel in Arusha, the team are ready to roll! The journey begins with an interesting drive through villages and banana markets to the National Park gate, where they will obtain their permits before starting their trek on the Rongai route. The path weaves its way up through forest at first, with the chance of seeing Colobo monkeys and numerous birds.