Kili Family trip
- Caroline B.
On December 14th, everyone arrived safely in Tanzania, with no luggage lost and everyone was happy to be there. After a quick briefing, we set out on the drive to Itikoni Camp. The camp was very nice and the best place to start before the climb. We ate dinner and made plans for the following day.
The next morning, everyone was feeling good and happy to be in the camp. The tents were comfortable; the mess tent, lounge, and the people working in that camp made the stay fabulous. After breakfast we did a gear check and decided to do a hike before lunch because of the weather. It was a good choice, because after the hike it started to rain. At around 5:00pm we went for a sundowner. We saw some Colobus monkeys and Giraffes, a double rainbow and got views of mount Meru though with clouds while having drinks and crackers.
The next day, everyone said they awoke many times in the night because of lots of animal’s calls – Hyenas, Baboons, Colobus, and Bushbucks made a lot of noise during the night. After breakfast we loaded the vehicle and drove to Londorossi Gate, where the Kilimanjaro trek begins. We signed in and started our hike getting to camp around 3pm. After a great dinner all went to sleep.
For the next couple of days, we had good nights of sleep, awoke, had breakfast and started hiking. Our plans were to get to the next camp before having lunch because of rain. All were happy to have hot lunch in camp and we got there both days before the rains started. Dinner was delicious every night, and we went to bed shortly after.
The next two days we hiked to Lava and Arrow Camps. Then, on the morning of December 20th it was sunny and the night was beautiful. The mountain was clear with more snow from Arrow Camp. Wakeup call was at 4:00am and breakfast thereafter. We all woke up feeling well and ready for the crater. After breakfast we started our hike at 4:50 am. We hiked slowly and the weather was good. We had some snow on the way to crater so we cut steps using the ice axe. We carried enough water and snacks for the trail and had lunch at the rim of the crater. Then, we walked around the Furtwangler Glacier and took good pictures. We found a nice vent behind the smallest part of the Furtwangler Glacier, which was deep underneath. We decided to stay there for tea and rest. It started to snow before dinner and continued the whole night.
Early the next morning we woke up with a lot of snow. Everything was covered with snow. After breakfast we hiked about an hour to the summit. It was a beautiful hike because of soft snow and everything was covered with it. After taking pictures we hiked down to Mweka camp and stopped at Millennium Camp for lunch. We arrived in Camp around 1:30pm, washed, and had some tea before dinner. The clients were all surprised that they felt fine and not as tired as other people looked.
The next morning, we woke up early so we could get to the gate before the rain. It was always around 10:00am or so when the rain started. After breakfast we said goodbye to the porters and we hiked to Mweka gate. We got to the gate at 10:15am, signed out and ate lunch there. From there we drove to Moivaro Lodge, which was very good as well and all got hot water for shower. After we cleaned up and had a short talk about the climb; everyone received certificates. Shortly thereafter, Dennis, (the safari guide) gave a short briefing about the safari then we said goodbye and went home.
- Jim B.