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Crossing the Dark Continent
Tanzania - Part 2

After the railway adventures with Tazara and exciting safari in Ngorongoro, Tanzania "provide" the ultimate challenge: climbing the legendary Mount Kilimanjaro

The choice of the travel agency that will undertake the preparation of such an ascent is crucial, as it can make it a pleasant and unique experience or an adventure with tragic consequences. A quick internet search did not help at all, since all you can find there are countless intricate websites that promise a perfectly organized itself dash led English-speakers experienced mountain guides. We concluded that only someone who had a similar experience could shed some light.

DIASCHIZONTAS THE BLACK CONTINENT
 
• SOUTH AFRICA
 
• ZAMBIA
 
• MOZAMBIQUE
 
• BOTSWANA
 
• TANZANIA - Part1
 
• TANZANIA - Part 2
 
• KENYA
 
• ETHIOPIA
 
• EGYPT - Part 1
 
• EGYPT - Part 2
 
• ORGANIZING THE JOURNEY
 


In this we were lucky, because during the investigation found a Greek mountain climber who had already gone to Kilimanjaro several times as a mountain guide, escort missions Greek. He introduced us unreservedly Robert. The offer we got was neither the cheapest nor the most expensive. The truth is that there was a wide range of options / prices.

The cheapest was somewhere in the 900 to 1000 dollars, while many packages were up to $ 4,000! The latter, indeed, offered everything from the taxi to take you back from your house to the airport until your return back, asking in essence only your physical presence.

We ended up with a $ 1,270 package that included everything (accommodation, food, transportation to and from Moshi, entrance to the national park of Kilimanjaro, etc.) for a climb five days.

Another important element is the choice of the route to the top, as each route has its own difficulty with the respective pluses and minuses. By far the most popular route is the Marangu or more popularly known «Coca Cola route». As its moniker, the Marangu is the easiest and fastest route and requires no special knowledge mountain successful outcome. This is the advantage, but which serves as a disadvantage, since attracts the vast majority of visitors. A related online research carried rather disappointing picture hordes prospective climbers to climb followed by porters carrying all the comforts of home (tables, chairs, portable coolers, etc.) at 4,500 m Thus, we ended up in the path of Umbwe, one of the hardest of Kilimanjaro, but promised authentic ascent without unnecessary comforts and expenses, exclusive stay in tents (in Marangu the night was mostly in enclosures). Of course, the classification of Umbwe in a mountaineering forum as' ascent to steely legs "had reflected well on our minds ...

FTANONTAS IN Moshi

Always on time we had booked quite a few months ago, we were no longer at the hostel in Moshi, at the foot of Kilimanjaro. There we met with Robert to sort out the final details. One of these was the repayment of the balance, which should be done on "new U.S. dollar," which was printed after 2000. For some unknown reason, in Kenya and Tanzania (perhaps in other African countries) do not accept older cuts dollar. One of the key issues with Robert was the composition of the group.

General trend is to send large groups with redundant porters, cooks and mountain guides. After much haggling he ended up in four people will take two mountain guides and eight porters, one of whom would perform the duties of cook. The whole deal was about gratuities, and the pay they get seven days incredibly hard work on the mountain is minimal (about $ 20) than the tips you need to get ($ 5 per day porters, 7 dollars assistant driver and 10th mountain guide). Can these figures look really little, but those involved in Kilimanjaro are really lucky, after you earn in a week almost doubles from a monthly salary of around $ 35 in Tanzania. We had a real problem with it, just could not fit in our minds that someone would porter carrying our own things.

Once clarified and the final details, we went for a walk in Moshi, where there was not much to do except to make sure he had all the necessary equipment together. The latest additions deficiencies renting a good jacket and buying a used windbreaker. Perhaps the most interesting that one can do in Moshi is to sew the clothes always dreamed. All you need is a little imagination, one and all roads are tailors with machines, if they go the fabric of your choice and a rough draft, you can prepare an unbelievable time clothing of your choice. They can also copy some your garment fabric that you can choose from a very wide variety. Once the sun fell, fell sharply and the temperature and we came in mind that just a few hours starts rather a difficult day, but a tough week ...

Mountain climb

DAY 1st: Umbwe park gate (1.800 m) - Forest Caves (2.850 m)

Without wasting much time left for the entrance to the national park of Mount Kilimanjaro in Umbwe park gate and, after Robert arrange typically proceeded as the beginning of the path. There we waited for the porters and driver. At some point has pitched a scale to ensure that the porters did not carry over the legal limit of 15 kg.

Despite the arrangement was made, there was a little tension as the driver insisted not to take ourselves our stuff, but to give someone porter. Also, there was a fierce quarrel with Robert because he insisted we take with our tables, chairs, baskets and everything else imaginable, considering it somehow, given that every customer had the need for such equipment . In fact, when I told him I would eat on the ground or when it rains will eat in tents, looked at me with surprise and said: "But you're not tourists ... You porters!".

We started the climb, and as we met other groups, I started to understand what he meant Robert. Overtaking groups with too many porters carrying on their backs everything imaginable that can take the most demanding climber. If at any point with overtaking a porter carrying a portable bath decorated in pace "Rococo" I would not be absolutely no surprise. With so many bazaars, our equipment was significantly reduced, resulting in a porter to take a backpack and guitar, while another had the tent and a bouzouki we had not separated in any outing so far.

The ride was something completely different from what we had imagined, and crossed dense tropical vegetation with tall trees. Constantly get high and some parts were somewhat abruptly. When I started thinning vegetation, opened our visual field and could see exactly where we were ... on the edge of a ridge between the rivers Umbwe and Lonzo, while in the background you could see a mountain peak. It took us some time until we have a steady pace and eventually, after about six hours, we arrived in Forest Caves at 2,850 m The porters had arrived at least two hours ahead of us, had cooked and smoked in discussing football!

2nd DAY: Forest Caves (2.850 m) - Barranco camp (3.950 m)

We had realized that waking would be a key part of the test, but that we had forgotten the night before and after the nights got up two hours late. Half the camp had xestisei and we grope our shoes, found on the other side of the camp (for unknown reasons). The porters were gone and we began the ascent drivers targeted at approximately 4,000 m The vegetation had thinned and the landscape was rocky, and a fog covered everything. We followed for some time the river Umbwe and as the passes became more and more steeply, the "war-war" ("slowly" in Swahili) were philosophy of survival.

Furthermore, the driver had in mind that you must earn height slowly to avoid the well-known "altitude illness', which will automatically mean the failure of the operation, they would have to abandon immediately the mountain to lower altitudes. The well-known as the "disease of climbers' has to do with the body's ability to absorb oxygen which decreases with altitude and not unrelated to the individual's physical condition.

Preventing this is the slow pace and day climb. Finally, passing lunar landscapes and the shade of the peak, we arrived at Barranco camp. There, with much energy we had left, engaged in an open concert, which was interrupted unexpectedly when a huge cloud of moisture covered everything.

3rd DAY: Barranco camp (3.950 m) - Barafu Hut (4.600 m)

The driver was very well understand the special relationship with sleep, especially at high altitudes, and every moan yelled the familiar anymore 'war-war. " Although the goal of the day was only 650 m higher, we got over 7-8 hours to reach the Barafu Hut.

The trail was fairly steep and the lunar landscape. We had to make several stops, not only accustomed to the lack of oxygen, but also to digest double (if not triple) servings breakfast we eat. In the end, the trail climbs steeply, with a strong wind on a ridge that seemed all to end but always had a little longer. Eventually, we arrived there we were confronted with the image of a "state scenes" as the Barafu Hut was the point where met a lot of different routes before the top.

There was solved the mystery with such a large difference in prices from one office to another to climb Kilimanjaro. We discovered many strange as special scene-toilet, huge stage-lounge-tables with chairs for 15 people, and at some point I think I saw something that looked like a scene-prayer space, but I'm not sure! In the afternoon we were somewhat numb and maybe a little fatigued from lack of oxygen and a sharp drop in temperature. We played some music during the preparation of food, and just went dark, the driver put us almost by force to sleep because you had to wake up somewhere at midnight to begin the ascent to Uhuru, the summit of Kilimanjaro.

DAY 4: Top Uhuru (5.895 m) - Mweka camp (3.100 m)

The fourth day began very early and actually began the evening before. I do not recall fully aware of exactly where we are and what you're going to do, but I remember clearly when after many calls we get out of the scenes in one night. It was a very shocking moment, and blew, did too cold and a vast line of lenses seemed to climb the mountain, like a strange epitaph.

We were once again the last to leave the camp. After a simple breakfast, we started the climb. It was an endless uphill that, just when you thought that somehow ends could see another set of lenses moving slowly higher than you. The temperature was below zero, the wind strong and, combined with the continuous dilution of oxygen, I created a feeling that will never reach! Several came back, either from exhaustion or fear of disease climbers.

Finally, at 6 in the morning and as the sun seemed tentative, we came to «Stella point», on the edge of the crater, at 5,756 m there went up significantly our morale, and could finally see the top. It took another hour course ascent under difficult conditions, but the view was so stunning, employing just your mind off the pain felt all over your body either from fatigue or cold. Finally, around 7:30, we got everyone in Uhuru, the highest peak in Africa at 5,895 meters was true, we had accomplished! Conditions, but unfortunately did not allow us to sit more than half an hour and so, after the necessary commemorative photos, we began the descent.

Going down, we realized what we had done path in complete darkness. After 3-4 matter of hours rather carefree descent, we arrived at Barafu Hut, where we expect a hearty meal. What gave us big surprise is that already half the porters were xestisei and were gone, and when asked where they are, we realized that the fourth day was not over yet. For accuracy was exactly halfway.

Because for reasons of economy we reduce it for a day, it was not until later that afternoon at Mweka camp, back in the 3100 m with a heavy heart xestisame scenes and full stomach we took the long downhill for another 6-7 hours. When we arrived, it rained and was almost dark. I do not remember if we had energy for anything after falling asleep immediately after dinner.

Day 5: Mweka camp (3.100 m) - Mweka Gate (1.980 m)

The last day had a festive character, since, after a xemoudiasma, we began to descend to the exit of the park in a beautiful route in tropical vegetation. Said goodbye all the porters and the cook (they would stay in camp) and gave the corresponding gratuities.

There, of course, realized that the group had somewhat elevated members who claimed they were sending them, but started early in the morning, so do not we met before. We ended up giving about 11 people, but really you and we were very small compared to what they had done these people for us. At the exit of the park, waiting for us smiling Robert, who is slowly losing his smile, as the latter had linger for an hour vinteoskopontas something monkeys 1-2 km from the gate. Finally, after we got the necessary certificates-mementos of the ascent, we left to catch the last bus to our next stop ... Kenya!

TANZANIA

www.lonelyplanet.com / tanzania
www.tanzaniatouristboard.com/
www.bbc.co.uk/lancashire/content/articles/
2008/06/13/alice_hazeldine_tanzania_feature.shtml
www.infohub.com / TRAVEL / SIT / sit_pages / tanzania.html
http://humanlanguages.com/swahilienglish/rlsp.htm

Kilimanjaro

www.climbingkilimanjaro.com
www.trailmakersadv.com
www.kilimanjaro.co.tz / home.htm
www.climbmountkilimanjaro.com / index.html
www.mtkilimanjarologue.com/
http://wikimapia.org/7852302/Stella-Point-5756-m
www.thomsontreks.com / index.html
http://species.wikimedia.org/wiki/Senecio_kilimanjari

RIDE ROUTES

Umbwe

www.climbingkilimanjaro.com / umbwe.htm
www.thomsontreks.com / umb_trek.html

Marangu («Coca-cola route»)

www.mtkilimanjarologue.com / routes / coca-cola-route.html
www.infohub.com/vacation_packages/6993.html

DISEASE mountaineers

www.princeton.edu/ ~ oa / safety / altitude.html
http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/healthy/physical/injuries/247.html
www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=57018
www.climbmountkilimanjaro.com / safe-trekking / index.html






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