Anyone else on this trip? It's getting closer and I'd love to make contact before we go.
I'm doing the trek with a friend of mine and the nerves are already kicking in!
I did this trip last year and it was amazing! The only downside for me was that there was only one other person on the trip and I was travelling alone. As you're going with a friend you'll be fine. Just take on the advice to walk slowly!!
So, that at least makes 4 of us!!
Have you been training? How's it going?
Hi Ali - nice to have a response to my message,
I do consider myself fairly fit anyway - I have been known to run half marathons with no training - so to this effect I have not done any specific training recently apart from my usual occasional run, cycle and gym visit. From what I have read we will move so slowly anyway that aerobic fitness is important but not a big issue!
I have this week done a 50+ mile cycle and a couple of gym classes and have a few things planned for next week but am not stressing myself out with it all. I'm more trying to organise my kit and work out what is still left to buy!
Have you done anything similar? I did the Inca Trail last year and that was amazing!
Both my friend and I are teachers, in our 30's, from Surrey and Berkshire to put you in the picture about us!
Hey Beth, good to hear from you - I am beginning to think it's going to be a bit of a teacher convention on this trip!
I got YF last year for Peru and my friend got it last week. I'd get it to be on the safe side - my GP said you do need it but I know lots of info on the internet begs to differ. I'd hate to be turned away at the border! Plus, it lasts for 10 years, and future travels!
Hi Guys, I did this trip a month ago and thought I might be able to help with the Yellow Fever issue. We were asked for certificates but the boys who didn't have them didn't have any problems they just explained we hadn't travelled from a high risk area. That said we got eaten alive in Zanzibar so I'm glad I had my jabs. You need to have had the 10 or 14 days before travelling if you are going to have it. Hope this helps. Good Luck with the trek. It's amazing and I've still got post Kili blues...
Jelly Babies on summit night were a god send, but we all took loads of snacks which we really didn't need the catering was amazing and we didn't eat nearly all the extras we too. Clothing was the same, someone has to carry all the stuff that you 'might' need. I took 2 pairs of trousers, 2 fleeces, 2 thermals (top and bottom) and 3 pairs of socks. I wore nearly all this and a down jacket on summit night and after half an hour i was hot... So I'd say give your gear a try because having too much on is as bad as not having enough.
Be prepared to tip everyone, at the airport, the hotel, the drivers etc. They can be quite demanding.
Don't overthink it all, I did and worried myself sick. The walking is reasonable and slow. Take you time, have a look round and take in what you are actually achieving with each days walking, and take each day as it comes.
The first shower is bliss but you won't feel clean until the third one.
The place in Zanzibar does look amazing doesn't it! Let's pray for an ash cloud........
Good work Ruth, liking the Ash Cloud Prayer idea!
Anyone started packing yet? Somehow I have managed to fill my wheeled holdall I'm bringing and still have a pile of stuff left on the floor, plus my hand luggage feels like it weighs ten ton! But to be honest I have packed quite a few snacks and masses of baby wipes, plus toiletries for Zanzibar to scrub off all that mountain dirt!
How's everyone else's packing and preparation going?
I'd definitely wear your walking boots for that very reason - it happened to me when I went to Peru and I was so glad I wore them; other stuff I could borrow from people but not boots!!!!! Lost luggage is the worst thing ever....... I am so excited now! The packing will be done tomorrow - it's all arranged and piled but all over the floor. Toiletries and first aid stuff seems to weigh a ridiculous amount and take up a ridiculous amount of room!!!
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