Thursday, August 8, 2013

Day 3-5: Trekking Day 1-3 (Londorossi Gate to Mti Mkubwa to Shira One Camp)

Day 1: LONDOROSSI GATE to MTI MKUBWA (8,692 ft.)

Hike time: 3hrs
Elevation Change +650 M
Estimation distance: 10 km
Final Elevation 2650 M

"A three-hour drive from your hotel to Machame Londorossi Park Gate located on the western side of Kilimanjaro. At the gate, we pick up our game ranger who will accompany us, as we might encounter elephants and buffaloes during our trek. We drive to the trailhead at Lemosho Glades and start our trek through the rain forest. In places, the vegetation is so untouched that it grows right across the narrow track. The flora and fauna are richer here than on the other morepopular routesthrough therain forest. Our trek today will be along a little used track known as Chamber’s Route. In about 3-4hours, we reach our camp in the rain forest at Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree)."


Dusty road and village.
The living condition is not ideal. 

Group photo before the trek

Porters weighing their load (max 20kg/porter)

8 days worth of supplies.

48 crews supporting 14 trekkers!!!

Trekking through the tropical rain-forest zone.

Day 1 campsite

JE & C looking happy in the tent.

DD playing Ukulele in the dark

Popcorn & hot chocolate served in the dining tent!

This is my favourite.
Private portable toilet!!

This is a luxurious trek. 
There are porters to carry the load, porters to setup the tent, a dining tent with waiters & private toilets.

Day 2: MTI MKUBWA to SHIRA ONE CAMP (11,841 ft.)
Hike time: 5 – 6 hrs,
Elevation change +950 M
Estimation distance: 12 km
Final Elevation 3,610 M

"After breakfast, we start the climb cross the remaining rain forest towardsthe giant moorland zone. Today is a full day trek with an altitude gain of 2,000 ft. A great lunch stop is One, a beautiful valley just outside the Shira Crater at around 10,000 ft. After lunch, we cross into the Shira Caldera, a high altitude desert plateau that is rarely visited. Shira is the third of Kilimanjaro volcanic cones, and is filled with lava flow from Kibo Peak. The crater rim has been decimated by weather and volcanic action. Today you will get your first close views of Kibo - the dramatic summit of Kilimanjaro."

In the morning, we brushed teeth together in the open.

Breakfast in the dining tent with table properly set up.

Still trekking through the forest vegetation zone.

Kung-Fu Panda Sequel 

Kungfu Panda Part 1:

View along the way

Little Flower

Another kind of flower I have never seen before.

DD & SM enjoying the view & blue sky

View along the way

View along the way

Packed lunch

Freddie (Our Capable Chief Guide)

View along the way

View along the way

First sight of Kilimanjaro Summit

Group photo with Kilimanjaro

2nd Camp Site at the high altitude desert plateau

Amazing Night Sky 
(Taken by Chandy)

Day 3: SHIRA ONE CAMP to SHIRA TWO CAMP (12,628 ft.)
Hike time: 5 to 6 hrs Elevation change: +240 M
Elevation distance: 5 km Final elevation: 3,850

"After breakfast continue hike east across the Shira Plateau past the Shira Cathedral towards Shira T camp. We only gain 700 feet in elevation – this allows us to acclimatize slowly to the altitude. The views of the plateau are nothing less than spectacular."

Frost on the ground in the morning.

The night and morning was freezing. Going to the toilet is a big chore, especially when it was really cold. Simple thing like brushing teeth is challenging, I had to wear gloves as the water temperature is close to freezing point.

Taking time to slow down and enjoy the scenery.

I enjoyed this solitude moment along the trek.
I did not need to talk to anybody.
I was enjoying the view.
Listening to my favourite music.
Feeling grateful. 

High altitude desert plateau

High altitude desert plateau

Kilimanjaro in the center

Sea of clouds in the right

3rd Campsite - Shira Two Camp

Another wonder moment again.
Reading a good book with a great view.
What more can I ask I for. =)

Life is a collection of great moments.

Sea of Clouds

Sea of Clouds

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