Tanzania
Mount Kilimanjaro

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  • Day7

    Day 3: Über den Wolken...

    August 9, 2019 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 5 °C

    Fangfrage: Welche Idioten gehen bei -10 Grad nachts Zelten 🤔🤦‍♀️
    Uuuund welche Idioten haben noch ganze 5 Nächte vor sich? 🙈🤯

    Heute spielte sich bereits eine leichte Routine ein: 5.30 Uhr Aufwachtee, dann „Waschi Waschi“, Frühstück und um 7.00 Uhr loswandern für ca 6 h aufwärts...... dann Lunch im Camp und ein Staatsbesuch beim Kardinal 😴... Wahnsinn wie kaputt man nach einer kleinen Wandertour sein kein 😅

    Heute kamen wir in die Desert Zone an und unser Base Camp lag bei 4.200m. Nachmittags haben wir dann noch einen „kleinen“ 3h stündigen Akklimatisierungsspaziergang (😂🤣🤦‍♀️) gemacht auf bis zu 4.600m mit mega Aussicht 😍😍
    Über den Wolken... a na na naaaa.... kann die Freiheit wohl grenzenlos sein... 🎵🎶

    Danach ging es jedoch für den Abend steil bergab, nicht nur zurück zu unserem Camp, sondern auch die ersten Höhenmerkmale machten sich breit... Müdigkeit, Kopfweh, Appetitlosigkeit und das dringende Bedürfnis den Magen mehrmals zu entleeren - Bine lässt grüßen 🤢🤢🙈🙈
    Laut Jackson, ist das jedoch gut und man akklimatisiert, so dass man am nächsten Tag wie neu geboren ist 🐣...... ja gut ähhh...

    Fazit: Drölftausend Bilder für unsere Selfie-Queens (Basti und Hannes 🤣🤣) and no Dinner for the Girls.... 🥺 aber dafür „Dinner for One“ für Bine - unbegreiflich wie man jedes Mal wieder aus dem Zelt rausstolpern kann und dabei das Zelt halb abreißt
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  • Day6

    Day 6: Is day 5 for the Kili adventure

    February 7, 2019 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Now, what do you think? Did I reach Uhuru Peak (5,895m)? The roof of Africa? One of the world’s seven summits?

    Of course I did 🙏🏃‍♀️🗻💪✌️🏔

    I am proud. Proud of this strong body 🏃‍♀️. Proud of me doing this all by myself 👸🏼. Proud of fulfilling this dream of mine ✨. Proud of my mental strength 💪. Proud of my willingness to never give up ✌️. Proud of doing something I never thought I would be able to do 🦸🏼‍♀️.

    Will I do it again? Probably not. This has been very, very hard. It was one of the toughest things I have ever done. And this adventure was never meant to be the first of many more climbing adventures (Mount Everest is not next 😉). This was about a dream I had when I was a teenager and fulfilling this dream without waiting for anybody else to come along helping me fulfilling this dream.

    Today’s lesson: I can achieve everything I want and I am enough 🙏✨
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  • Day6

    Day 6: Is day 5 for the Kili adventure

    February 7, 2019 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Ume lalaje?
    (Swahili, means “how did you sleep?”)

    Well, to be honest, not at all 🧟‍♀️ I’m scared of the altitude, scared of not making it to the top 😬 (by the way, just the day before someone was picked up with a helicopter due to severe height sickness).

    But today is the big day: Summit day🗻 (yes, one day earlier than initially planned 💪🏃‍♀️). At 2am Gaston and I start climbing - it is freezing cold, even with 5 layers of clothing. Gaston carries my daypack due to the pain in my neck ... I don’t know how he did it... but he did, without complaining even once.

    This climb is pretty tough. Mostly solid rocks and 7 hours of walking up (no plateau in between). Physically and mentally I am definitely at the edge ... next to aching muscles, a sore neck, headache, no sleep and freezing like crazy, I can now feel the height. I have to vomit 🤢. My body refuses any food and I panicked 😱

    But again it is due to Gaston that I keep going. Coca Cola brought my energy levels back to normal and every time I started to cry (😢 - I don’t actually know why I cried), Gaston motivated me to keep going (“you are so strong”, “everyone is feeling like you”, “you can do this”).

    And then in the early morning, we have reached Stella Point 😱🙏(5,756m - this is not the top, just a milestone)!

    Please have a look at that sunrise ... it truly is the most beautiful I have seen ☀️
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  • Day8

    Uhuru Peak

    July 12 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 4 °C

    23 Uhr, der Schlafrythmus ist etwas durcheinander geraten. Wir packen uns ein und den Rücksack mit Tee und Verpflegung voll.

    Im Essenzelt stehen Popcorn und Ingwertee bereit. Ingwertee.... Naja, gut gegen Höhenkrankheit und eine Tasse wird nicht schaden, der Rest versickert im Boden und wird mit Früchtetee ersetzt. Mit Strinlampe montiert stellen wir uns hinter Jonas gemäss Befehl in Lemmingmanier auf. Sophie, Nicole, Andre, Thomas, Joshua und Alex der Porter der für "alle Fälle" die Guides unterstützt, sind bereit für die letzten 1100hm.

    Zuerst flach über ein Kiesweg steigen wir zirka 100m/30minuten in langen Kurven auf. Es ist tatsächlich arschkalt und wir, die Schweizer die sich Schnee und Eis gewohnt sind, merken das Jonas recht hatte. Daunenjacke und Daunenfäustlinge sind/wären bei diesem Tempo das A und O. Wegen der Kälte möchte man zwar schneller gehen, wegen der Höhe ist aber immer noch Pole Pole angesagt. Niemand von uns schwitzt oder kommt ausser Atem. Jedoch aber haben alle kalt. Sei es an den Händen, Füssen oder gar am Körper. Unser Guide hat ein gutes Gespür für die Pausen und langsam aber stetig nähern wir uns der 5000m Marke.

    Ab zirka 5200m steigen wir in engen, rutschigen und endlosen zickzack Serpentinen dem Gilmans Point entgegen. Wer in guter konditioneller Verfassung ist, muss sich eher in Geduld und Meditation, als Husten und Keuchen üben. Unterdessen sind sogar Neopren geschützte Camelbag Schläuche gefroren und sämtliche Riegel steinhart.

    Über paar einfache Steinblöcke und Stufen erreichen wir um 05:00 Uhr nach der Zickzack Passage den Gilmans Point am Kraterrand. Wer hier landet, schafft es auf den Gipfel. Und noch besser: wir stellen fest, dass wir immer noch alleine! sind.
    Vom Gilmans Point folgt man dem Kraterrand oder eher Grat, in etwa einer Stunde dem Gipfel entgegen. Normalerweise einfach zu finden, ohne Spuren und mit Schnee wird die Spürnase unseres Guides noch etwas gefordert. Wüsste man nicht wo man ist, könnte man meinen auf einer Hochtour zwischen vergletscherten Gipfeln zu sein. Aber nein, es ist "nur" ein Berg und ein Krater in Afrika, jefoch mit extrem eindrücklichen Dimensionen.

    Auf den letzten Metern zeigt sich die Sonne und ein Schotte der mit seinem Guide bereits im Abstieg ist. Uns soll es recht sein. Wir alle erreichen pünktlich und in blendender Verfassung zum Sonnenaufgang den Uhuru Peak und können das Dach Afrikas in vollen Zügen auf 5895m geniessen. Bei solchen Momenten in den Bergen kann sich keiner eine Träne verkneifen. Normalerweise steht hier eine Kolone wie am Skilift, wo man für das berühmte Gipfelfoto 20 Minuten anstehen muss.

    Bei diesen Postkarten Sujets wird jeder zum Starfotograf. Es werden solange Fotos geschossen und geposed bis die Apparate glühen und Jonas zum Abstieg mahnt. Leicht geflasht steigen wir zum Stella Point ab, wo wir feststellen, dass wir vergessen haben mit Gipfel Schnaps anzustossen. Wir holen dies mit Guides und Porter nach, bis der Flachmann leer ist.

    Das steile Kiesbett wo wir im Zickzack hoch sind, surfen wir in grossen Schritten runter: "Kilimanjaro Skiing". In nur anderthalb Stunden laufen wir im Kibo Hut Camp zum Brunch ein.
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  • Day5

    Day 4 Barranco Camp – Karanga Camp

    July 4, 2018 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 2 °C

    Day 4 Barranco Camp (3950m) – Karanga Camp (3950m)

    Hiking time: 4-5 hours

    Distance: Approximately 5 kilometers

    Habitat: Alpine desert

    After an early morning breakfast, it was time to conquer the Great Barranco Wall! Intimating at first glance and a Class 2 hike but an extremely rewarding and beautiful walk / climb . At the top of the Wall, we had a view of Heim Glacier and are above the clouds. The trail then winds up and down into the Karanga Valley. An ideal hiking day for acclimatization.

    Foto included Dejo and the chief Edwards
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  • Day9

    Day 8: Summit Day

    March 13, 2011 in Tanzania ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Barafu Camp, 4690m ASL

    We did it!!!!

    As expected, the climb was a long hard slog, but we managed it in the end.

    The snowstorms mentioned in yesterday's entry intensified during the evening, so that by the time we got up at 10pm the snow was already several inches thick outside our tent. After some steaming tea and biscuits we set off into the night at 11pm, armed with headtorches, cameras, and a shitload of warm clothing.

    The first stage directly out of the camp was pretty brutal - lots of steep rocks to scramble over in the dark. Extra fun when you realise they're also treacherously slippery with the wet snow which was still falling.

    After about 30 minutes the rocks gave way to what we were all expecting - long, steep uphill stretches. Since it's dark you don't really have any conception of where you are, how high you are, or how close you are to a cliff. Most of the climb thus passed by simply staring at the boots of the person in front of you, with the occasional glance down at the lights of nearby Moshi.

    Our altitude sickness was mostly under control at this point, though from hour 2 onwards I felt drunk and light-headed. I listened to music for an hour or two, but I found it more of a hindrance than a help. I couldn't hear people talking to me or others, couldn't hear the sound of my breathing (very important when every breath is about half as effective oxygen-wise as it is at sea level), and it just took me completely out of the group.

    Despite being emptied of everything except snacks, water and the first aid kit, my pack was still too heavy for me and Samweli our assistant guide carried it for me the rest of the way.

    Looking back, it's honestly hard to remember how the 7 hour climb passed. It was just walk, keep walking, keep breathing, keep drinking. Eventually we arrived at Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa at 5895m above sea level. Only two other groups on the mountain had beaten us to the summit, one of those being John our Canadian friend (we discovered later he was a marathon runner). We all took some photos with the sign, I tried vainly to call home by was foiled by Vodafone, and attempted a few fruitless scenery shots. Sadly the clouds had closed in again, despite the growing light in the eastern sky.

    All up, the summit was a little underwhelming, but I guess it's about the journey, not the destination.

    And so began the long descent into the morning. The journey up had taken roughly 95% of my willpower and energy, so the trip down was mostly torture. Snow fell on and off, we slid down dirt slopes past vistas we'd completely missed in the dark, stacked it onto arses and started the cycle again.

    After 3 tortuous hours, I finally arrived back at Barafu Camp, 9:15am. The whole climb and descent had taken just over 10 hours. Shandos arrived back about 15 minutes before me, as we'd gotten separated during the final parts of the descent. She was much better able to keep up with Hasani who was doing his best Speedy Gonzalez impression.

    I had a few glasses of pineapple cordial, a stretch and a lie down for 2 hours. Then by 12pm we were having a brief hot lunch before the second descent of the day.

    What was described as a gentle 3-hour descent to a lower altitude camp was one of the most horrible experiences of my life. After very little sleep and already walking for 10 hours, we were now being asked to walk another 3+ hours. The first hour or so was OK, fairly smooth and a long gentle down slope into the valley.

    But as we left the alpine moonscape behind, the road, scenery and weather all changed. The snow gave way to drizzling rain, the desolation became pine and then rainforest, and the smooth trail became a muddy, rocky staircase. I hated every minute of it.

    Four long hours later, we arrived at Mweka Hut in pouring rain. Thankfully our tent was mostly dry inside. We had a brief chat with Tom and Sarka who confirmed that they hadn't summited and turned back at Stella Point due to gastro, mountain sickness and fatigue. A wholly unremarkable dinner, a group cup of tea before collapsing into bed at about 8pm. Summit Day was finally over.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Kilimanjaro, Kilimandscharo-Massiv, Mount Kilimanjaro, Kilimandjaro, ኪሊማንጃሮ, جبل كليمنجارو, মাউণ্ট কিলিমাঞ্জাৰ, Monte Kilimanjaro, Kilimancaro, کلیمانجارو, Килиманджаро, Гара Кіліманджара, কিলিমাঞ্জারো, རི་བོ་ཆི་ལི་མ་ཀྲ་ལུའོ།, Kilimandžaro, چیای کیلیمانجارۆ, Chilimangiaru, Kilimandžáro, ކިލިމަންޖާރޯ ފަރުބަދަ, Κιλιμάντζαρο, Kilimanĝaro, Kit-li̍t-mâ-chap-lò Sân, קילימנגרו, किलिमंजारो, Kilimandzsáró, Կիլիմանջարո, JRO, Bantay Kilimanjaro, Kilimangiaro, キリマンジャロ, Gunung Kilimanjaro, კილიმანჯარო, Mount Kilimajaro, ಕಿಲಿಮಂಜಾರೊ, 킬리만자로 산, Килиманжаро, Kilimandiarus, Kilimandžaras, Kilimandžāro, Kilimanjaro te maunga, Килиманџаро, കിളിമഞ്ചാരോ കൊടുമുടി, किलीमांजारो पर्वत, ကီလီမန်ဂျာရိုတောင်, किलिमन्जारो हिमाल, च्वका किलिम्यान्जेरो, Kilimanjaaroo, ਕਿਲੀਮੰਜਾਰੋ, Kilimandżaro, کلیمنجارو, Kilimandscharo, Кіліманджаро, Kilimangiaru, Moont Kilimanjaro, Kėlėmandžars, කිලිමන්ජාරෝ කන්ද, Kilimanjaaro, Kilimanxharo, கிளிமஞ்சாரோ மலை, కిలిమంజారో పర్వతం, Kilimanjaru, ยอดเขาคิลิมันจาโร, Kilimanjaro Dağı, Núi Kilimanjaro, Bukid Kilimanjaro, קילימאנדזשארא, 吉力馬扎羅山, 乞力马扎罗山

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