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Up Mt Kilimanjaro: Diary and Photos

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Over the last week of January, a few friends and I climbed to the highest peak in Africa on Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, East Africa. It was very tough to the point of almost giving up but getting to the summit is such a fulfilling feeling. I hope the adventure will be captured in this part of my diary and the photos.

Wednesday 27/1/2010. 2104h

I am writing this from 3700m asl on Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. We are spending the night here at Horombo Hut. Tomorrow we will climb to 4700m asl and camp at Kibo Hut. 8 of my friends have made it for this trip. The adventure started 3 days ago in Nairobi through the green town of Arusha, Tanzania. We got to Marangu gate yesterday [Tuesday], registered and climbed upto Mandara Hut for the night.

Having done Mt Kenya, I can with conviction say that a mountain is not Bonjour! It takes a forward-ever spirit. One needs enough preparations, in fact more psychological than physical.

All is well and everyone is ok. We are having fun chatting about as much and eating. Today we covered 12 solid km. Good, it was not as difficult as I imagined. That at least gave us the morale to reach the summit Friday morning. Tomorrow, Thursday, we are covering 9 km which will takes about 4 hours. We are supposed to reach Kibo Hut at approximately midday to rest, acclimatize more, have supper, sleep for 3 hours and wake up at 2220h to start the last ascent to the summit.

The reason for climbing at night is so as to get to the top as the sun is rising and also to avoid climbing in the very hot sun. Once at the summit, 5,895m, the highest peak in Africa, we will stick around for 30 minutes for photos, awe, watch the sun rising and then start descending. The plan is to be back to Kibo Hut at 0900 for breakfast and a short rest.

We will then walk to back to Mandara, a distance of 21km, for the night. The next day, Saturday 30/01/2010, we are to make the last descent of 7km to Marangu gate for clearance and start the last part of jaunt which is supposed to take us back to Nairobi. God willing, that is our plan.


God did will. We reached the peak. The stretch to Gillman’s point, 5685m, completely breaks your body and many go back before reaching it. For those who get to Gillman’s, it’s the point of no return. You just hit the summit in the next 1 hour. I swore to never do a mountain again, but nah, Ruwenzori Ranges in Uganda here we come in September.

Here are the photos.


Written by coldturkey

February 16, 2010 at 5:45 PM

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  1. Oh Turkey! Pourquoi tu ne m’invité pas? I would gladly have ditched law school (and these awful exams!) to go globe trotting with you! I’m eating my heart out I swear! And the view is magnificent! Don’t go to Ruwenzori without me, promise? Ps, are the white dude in a cape…kidding…or not…? Sincerest Congrats.


    February 21, 2010 at 3:27 PM

  2. Aha loulou…tu m’a beaucoup manquait!! where’ve you been? You don’t want to say you’d have come coz I can now see it; standing together on one massive rock I saw called Zebra Rock and chatting in the wind till late!. Simply Victorian!. It’s so beautiful. I won’t leave you anywhere I go next. Ruwenzori yes, maasai mara yes…Je te promets. Hm the white dude…kidding 🙂 Mille bisous ma douce.

    Cold Turkey

    February 23, 2010 at 11:03 PM

  3. Awesome pictures dude….Are you always on the road?


    February 24, 2010 at 1:46 PM

  4. Cheers Sketchyart. Not always…just that when time and coins allow, I get to see the world man.

    Cold Turkey

    February 24, 2010 at 2:17 PM

  5. wonderful, marvellous, i really envy you, cause I could’t arrive until the top, for a problem of time and organization! Take care!


    March 10, 2010 at 12:52 AM

  6. I love the photos and I envy you!


    March 22, 2010 at 9:13 PM

  7. THe pictures are great. Kilimanjaro has always been my dream mountain, not that I hike or anything, I just love the 2 peaks. Good to see the top again, on pics 😀


    May 8, 2010 at 8:40 PM

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