Any trip, no matter what the purpose, can really be make or breaked by the people you are travelling with. I cannot speak highly enough of the other 5 guys on the trip, everyone got on really well. This just made the trekking even more enjoyable.
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
- I suppose the vast majority climbers would say reaching the top, be it Gillmans Point, Stella Point or the Uhuru Peak. But for me, it was waking up every morning to stunning sunrise above the clouds. Though, a honourable mention must to go flying from Nairobi to Kilimanjaro on Precision Air and flying past Kilimanjaro, your first view and an awesome sight.
- What did you think of your group leader?
Our group leader was Abraham, and he was fantastic in every sense of the word. Always willing to talk to us, whether it was on the trail, in the campsite or around the mess tent. Infact, I was lucky enough to have him personally guide me upto Gillmans Point, due to others moving ahead and others unfortunately having to desend.
He always made sure that everything was as it should be, right down to the missing Ginger Tea at breakfast one morning. Tip : although you might not like it beforehand, Ginger Tea is excellent whilst on the trek, then you'll probably go straight back off it again when you finish.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
For the trip upto Kibo Huts, just remember to take it slowly to help avoid altitude sickness also eat alot, even if you feel sick. I woke up a couple of times in the morning feeling sick, but as soon as I had some breakfast I was fine.
For the Summit Night, as much as it's hard not to try not to look up, as you will lights way above you and it immediately demoralises you. It really is a test of mental strength as well as Physical, don't worry if you go slowly and fall behind, just keep going planting firm steps (so not to slip on the scree too much).
Finally, the guides do have a medical kit but have a comprehensive one of your own. I struggled with a cold/cough most of the week and I could have really done with some lemsip and beneylin. The guides only had strepsils, which were ok but only temporarily helped.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
(i) Make sure you are on the left hand side of the Precision Air flight from Nairobi to Kilimanjaro to see the mountain. The check in attendant did me a massive favour there.
(ii) Drink Serengetti lager - it's the best of them all.
(iii) Enjoy every second of the trek, because believe me it is over all too quickly.
(iv) Take plenty of memory cards for your camera, and you can never take too many photos or video footage.
(v) The Arusha National Park Safari is good end to the week, otherwise you will just be sitting around the hotel
(vi) The Kilimanjaro Mountain Resort is excellent, and the staff are really helpful.
(vii) Go out on a village trek in afternoon of your arrival and see the waterfalls.
(viii) Everyone I met who was doing the Rongai Route was really friendly, and there was sense that everyone was in it together and no one wanted to anyone not make it. And no matter where you got on the crater rim, everyone was pleased for you becuase we all knew how much everyone had put into it.
(ix) This was first Exodus trip, and I'm looking at couple next year.