Hoping for some advice from anyone lucky enough to have done both....how do they compare?
I have previously guidede both for Exodus before moving inot an office based role. I'm happy to talk through the differences and provide advice on the phone (0208 772 3914), but a brief summary is included below.
The tough section of Kili's grade refers to summit day and the speed of ascent to high altitudes. Although trekking days on EBC are often longer than on Rongai or Lemosho (previously Shira) the ascent in a day is usually lower and stops at teahouses, etc more frequent on the lower days. Teahouses versus camping does play a part in influencing grade, but isn't teh be all and end all as many people will sleep better in the tent (see 4 below).
2. Tough section on EBC
As Einstein mentions, the climb to Namche is steep and tiring, but once there you have time to rest and acclimatise. You don't have to turn round and walk back to Mweke or Horombo! The other tough days are generally when you get above Gorak Shep - either heading to Base Camp or the climb of Kala Pattar. As you've spent longer acclimatising, you generally don't suffer as much from altitude but you have also spent longer walking to get there and are often more fatigued.
Very differnt - EBC you are surrounded by snow capped Peaks and you are always looking up, while Kili is a sole volcano (or 3 volcanoes if being picky). generally those used to walking in the Lakes, Highliands, Snowdonia prefer the scenery of teh high Khumbu around Everest.
Tea houses are generally comfortable with twin rooms and good communal dining areas. Some have solar power and (hot) showers versus a bowl of 'washy washy'. Neither tents or tea housese are sound proof - twin rooms often have thin walls - so ear plus are usful for a good nights sleep. Tea house rooms canm also be cold at higher altituides. Communal areas in tea houses are often siomilar to teh dining tent, but witha choice of local or international meals. Snacks are available at most locatiosn en route to EMC and you definietly spend a lot more on trek.
Porterage and support are very similar in both locations with the Sherpa being just as friendly and helpful as the Chagge in Tanzania.
There are plenty more simialraities, and differences but quite simply if you enjoyed one - you'll love the other!
Thank you for the summary. That helps loads.
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I climbed Kili last year, summited via Rongai route. Summit day was the biggest challenge but made it up and down again :-) I also loved every second I was out on the mountain. I leave for EBC next Friday and have been apprehensive about the differences between the two, so thanks Exodus and Einstein for the posts! Think I'll just try and enjoy my last week of rest before the trip and stop worrying so much!
Have a fabulous couple of weeks. Can you review your trip when you return? I'll keep an eye out for a post by you and bear in mind your previous Kili experience!
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