Another 10 people out there somewhere girl!
Looks like its the same trip, but my date is Sat-13-Feb-2010, are you land only/own flight ?
I shall be on the group flight. should be a great trip but not so sure about the final ascent day .
Don't take life too seriously, you'll never get out of it alive.
Hi, we're also going Sat 13th but when I typed in the code it came up with the 14th??
We're (myself and my friend Rosie) doing the whole group thing too :) I spoke to exodus and they said the trip is fully booked 12 in total...soo excited!
Are you organised? have you done anything like this before? It's a first time for both myself and Rosie.
I saw that the trip was closed, but did not know how many people.
Am I organised, No I never seem to manage that, normally its down to the last minute.
I am off treking in Jan in the Algerian Sahara, then 2 weeks to get ready for this trip.
Never done anything quie as serious as Kilimanjaro, but quite a few other silly things, you can see some of my trips at
www.1sandstone.net then clik Recent Holiday Photographs
Talking to others that have done a Kilimanjaro trip it seems that only the final ascent day is realy tough,
the other advice received is Dont underestamate the cold.
Oh my goodness Dave, have just checked out your website, what a busy bee you've been over the last couple of years!! ...fabulous photographs :)
Have read numerous kit lists etc still undecided as to what to take...do you have any tips you would like to share??
I have not given much thought about what to take, I have a list that covers just about every thing for any trip, so its a case of crossing off anything not needed and packing the rest.
looking at the trip notes, there are a few things that spring to mind regarding this trip
a ) Cold weather clothing, going faster to keep warm is not an option, so beg borrow or buy some good cold weather gear, I shall take a fleece plus my ski jacket, salutettes, thermals, etc, the full works.
b) 2 bags or rucksacks, as posibly the bulk of the luggage is being left behind for the safari part, a smaller bag/pack for the safari would be useful. I use a large rucksack, and a 30 or 40 Ltr pack as hand luggage this is also used as a day pack for the rest of the trip.
c ) There would seem to be little opertunity to wash any dirty clothes before reaching Zanzibar, by which time its getting a bit late, probably better to take a large dirty clothes bag, and enough clothing to see the trip out.
d ) On the subject of clothing, mossies may be a problem, they say they bite at dawn and dusk, rubbish some places they bite 24/7 and through thin clothing, so long sleeves and trousers should help, especialy evenings..
e ) I am not sure if the luggage is likely to get rained on ( it happens on airport trollies sometimes ) I always take the precaution of packing everything in dry bags just in case.
Well thats a lot for now, hope it answers more questions than it raises.
Thanks for the tips :) A couple more questions... are you taking anything with you in the way of energy snacks and are you getting your visa before you go? My friend Rosie already has hers but I have heard it's very easy to obtain and much cheaper when you get there!
I shall get my visa upon arrival, just need to check what currency is needed for it, ( some places req US$ )
Energy snacks, I have not had time to think of that one yet, needs some careful thought, something that does not melt in the heat, or go rock hard in the cold. but it may be advisable to take something, so I will think about that one.
I am off to Algeria 03-Jan to 17-Jan after which I can turn my attention to the kilimanjaro trip, and will post any thoughts on snacks then.
Oh and never ever go without toilet rolls.
Happy New Year!
Apparently the visa is $50 (us), think I will wait and get mine at the airport too!
Hope you have a fabulous trip and will catch up with you on your return...will probably have thought of a few more questions by then!
I am also going on this trip with a friend from University.
Getting quite excited now! I think I will get my Visa at the airport too.
I have been busy looking at kit lists, feel like I am going round in circles! Would appreciate any tips...
feel better knowing i wont be the only one getting my visa at the airport!
i am hiring the duvet jacket, sleeping bag (incl liner), mattress and walking poles from exodus...very reasonable i thought £85 in total...and these wont be included in my baggage allowance...even better! have spoken to a few people regarding the trip and apparantly we mustn't under estimate the cold...i am taking my ski pants just in case!
have you had all your injections? have you done much training?
can't believe it's less than 5 wks away...am no where near organised! are you and your friend??
I have just been talking to a guy that has done the kilimanjaro trip, but not with exodus, he said that the guides/porters carry Diamox and will give it out if required, also they carry plenty of snacks and he had no need for any extra ones.
Having said that I think I may take a few packets of dried fruit.
welcome back, how was algeria?
which malaria tablets are you taking? priced up Malarone today...£78 for 24 tablets! thought that was pretty steep??
Yes they do want an arm and a few legs for Malarone, but it seems to be usable in most places, and with less risk of side effects than some others. I have used it whenever required and have had no side effects whatsoever.
The Algerian trek went well, about 180 Km + much of it very rocky, very warm during the day, very cold at night,
and sleeping under the stars, I hope to have a few pics on my web site within a few days.
I had my jabs today! I also forked out for the Malarone tablets. Having taken them before I know that the side affects aren't too bad (for me!).
I have done some training but not as much as I would have liked to. We are thinking of a trip to Snowdon a couple of weeks before departure.
Are you raising money for charity? We decided to raise some money for the Haiti appeal:
I am not sure if a trip to Snowdon is the best plan, personaly I think the time traveling would be better spent legging it around somewhere local, the highest hill near me is about 100 mtrs so walking is almost all flat, I just walk for as long as possible, its always worked for mountainous trips before, I just hope it does for this one.
Only just caught up with the Haiti disaster, Some while back I beveloped COS Charity Overload Syndrome, maybe its time for a rethink.
I have posted some advice for people doing Kili on the forum with 23 Feb departure date which you will prob find useful as background info.
Have a great trip
Does anyone have any advice on travel insurance? I called up my annual travel insurance company and they said that I was not covered. The Exodus policy looks really expensive! Would appreciate any tips...
Very excited now!!!
Hi Michelle, thanks for your useful information and good wishes, I'm sure we're all going to have a wonderful time :)
Hi Dave, your pics were great...have high expectations of your Kilimanjaro pics too! ;)
Hi Pete, myself and Rosie have taken out the exodus insurance which was £85...worth it to be well covered I think! Am also doing a bit for charity collecting for Breast Cancer Awareness and the MGP Helicopter Fund. Can't believe just over 2 wks to go...are you all sorted with kit etc? I'm reasonably organised just got to sort out all the medical supplies and the arm and a leg malarone!!! :)
My friend Shaz and I are also joining this trip, we are from Australia, but believe we fly in on the same group flight (kenya to killi?). Just wanted to say Hi.
Pete, yes the exodus insurance is pricy, you could have a look at www.etravelinsure.com they do offer a option for over 4000 mtrs, most companies do not offer cover over 2500 mtrs. ( but you should worry I have to pay double ).
Dani & Shaz Cant be too many flights Kenya/ Kilimanjaro so I guess we are all on the same one, trust you are looking forward to this trip
Just a couple of questions, how many people are taking walking poles? We have never used them before and are trying to decided whether to buy them especially for the trek. Also, do you think the porters are ok to take a professional backpack, it weighs 2.5kg, which we will factor into the weigh allowance, but being from Australia, we didnt get the free duffel bag. If anyone does have that free bag, what are the dimensions/weight etc. And are you using it as the bag to take on the trek?
Hi Dave, yes, we are very excited, its our first big trek!
We have just arranged all the gear/clothes etc onto the lounge floor and are currently trying to decide what can fit into 20kg......It looks like so much stuff!
I am not on your trip but am leaving to do Kilimanjaro on 22nd feb. I have just received my free kit bag from exodus. It is bigger than I thought. The dimmensions are in cm's. 33w x 33h x 69l. Which is pretty good. The porters are allowed to carry up to a max of 15kg. You carry your rucksack and they carry your kit bag. I am taking a large 120l kit bag to get all my gear out there, and then transfer the gear into my rucksack and the exodus bag for the trek. And leave the 120l at the hotel.
Yes take 2 poles, they will be a great help. They do really help on long treks.
have a good trip
Regarding Poles, I have never used them, and wont be using them on this trip. Some people swear by them, I think that most of the time they are something else to carry. Its a difficult decision if you have not done a lot of trekking, but one that only you can make.
I have the Exodus kit bag ( many in fact ) but do not use them, I prefer using a large backpack and day pack, I shall take a large dry bag to leave all the cold weather clothes etc in at the start.
A problem seems to be all the luggage comes together after the safari, just when the 15kg limit will apply, maybe its possible to leave some at Marangu, I shall seek clarification on this as it would help shed some weight on the trek.
Dave, I read in the trip notes, under the 'What to Take' section, it says that "While climbing Kilimanjaro you can leave clean clothes and other items at the hotel in Marangu".
However, after the trek I guess that is where we need to be careful about how much stuff we take, as the plane to Zanzibar has a small load limit on the luggage. At least if we don't take poles - we wont be the only ones, poles would only inhibit me, if I am crawling on hands and knees! :-)
Ah yes it does say about leaving the luggage, anyway I received clarification,
the following is cut from an Exodus Email
" You can definitely leave at the hotel anything you won't need for theclimb.You will be provided with a scale the evening before the climb starts,so that you will be able to make sure that your luggage won't exceed the15kg allowance and you can leave the rest of you luggage at the hotel "
Its the Serengeti to Arusha flight that has a 15kg limit ( not sure about hand luggage)
so it should not be a problem as only the safari luggage needs to be carried. The Zanzibar flight has a 20 kg limit according to my flight ticket.
So I guess you are taking knee pads as well !!
does anyone know if eating utensils will be provided, don't recall reading anything anywhere!
OMG can't believe there's literally only days left until departure...feeling very excited and a little nervous I have to say...is everyone more or less sorted???
I dont think you need worry about eating utensils, I have only ever been on one trek where they were not supplied and that was not an Exodus trip. ( although I carry them anyway ).
I am taking my own sleeping bag & mat, but putting off thinking about packing, I am sure I will need a bus to run over it to squash it all in !
Despite turning the place upside down, I can not for the life of me find out charger converters for different counteries. I saw in a shop a converter which does Brittan several other countries and also says 'Africa' on the pack. A different converter says 'south africa' only. Since I believe the majority from our group are from the UK, do you guys think your plugs will work in Tanzania? Being from Australia, we will need some sort of converter to charge our phones/camera, but I am not sure whether to trust the pack that says 'Africa' but on the back does not guarantee that it will work in every country.
You will need a plug adaptor/convertor The one for South Africa is of NO use. One for Britain will be Ok.
Africa seems a bit vague, but is probally the same as for Britain.
Two different sockets are in use in Tanzania, one small with round pins, this is an old british type, and a larger one with square-ish pins which is the one I would expect to find the most of, and the only one that I will be able to use.
Voltage/ frequency are the same as Oz, so its only a cheap convertor.
There are a couple of sites with info and diagrams of various sockets which may be of help.
www.travel-images.com /electric-plugs.html convertor should look like type G from this site
www.adaptelec.com Last picture, Travel Plug Adaptor for England
not long now, is everyone organised and raring to go??? :)
We are so excited and think we are ready, and whatever we have forgotten, too bad!
Dave, thanks so much, I think we have the right one, should only need to charge things once or twice during the trip anyway.
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