Rombo District

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  • Day5

    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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  • Day7

    Day 6 Summit Attempt

    Barafu camp (4600m) – Stella Point

    Hiking time: 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak

    Distance: Approximately 7 kilometer ascent

    Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

    Up at 23:30 for tea and biscuits. After 4:30 hours, we reached Stella Point (5685m), located on the crater rim.

  • Day7

    Barafu camp (4600m) – Uhuru Peak (5895m)

    Hiking time: 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak

    Distance: Approximately 7 kilometer ascent

    Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

    Quick break .1.5 hours to Uhuru Peak (5895m). Summit at 0603.

  • Day7

    Day 6 Ascent : Uhuru Peak - Barafu camp

    Uhuru Peak (5895m) – Batavia camp (4600m)

    We started the walk down the glazier, the snow very quickly became slippery as the sun came through the clouds. After Stella Point we were back to the rocky road in between the icy islands.With-in half an hour it all converted into a slope of dusty volcanic ash which was a slippery as the skiing slope

    Started the climb at 00:00, summited at 06:03, back at Barack 1146
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  • Day9

    Day 8: Summit Day

    March 13, 2011 in Tanzania

    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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  • Day6

    Trotz Temperaturen in der Nacht von um die Gefriergrenze, hatten uns unsere kleinen Daunenschlafsäcke nicht im Stich gelassen. Nur die Höhe machte mir im Gegensatz zu früheren Bergtouren in großer Höhe stark zu schaffen. Die ganze Nacht war mir leicht übel und ich kam nie in eine echte Tiefschlafphase. Typische Symptome für den Aufenthalt in großer Höhe. Sonia ging es zum Glück im Gegensatz zu mir sehr gut und schlief wie ein Murmeltier. Die schlimme Nacht war dann schnell vergessen als ich den Blick aus dem Zelt warf. Eine tolle Tagesetappe lag vor uns zur "Karanga valley campsite" auf 4000m. Nur 8,5 km aber durch einige Kletterpassagen dann doch knapp 700 Höhenmeter zu meistern. Zudem kam jetzt die intensiv brennende Sonne hinzu. Da ich über nicht so sensible Haut verfüge, habe ich mich auch nur 3-4x eingecremt.
    Von nun an bewegten wir uns auf der Hauptroute des Kili. Waren wir die ersten beide Tage noch auf der einsamen steilen Umbwe-Route ziemlich allein unterwegs, bewegten wir uns ab jetzt in der Karawane der internationalen Hobby-Bergsteiger fort. Auf jede Person kamen im Schnitt ca. 3-4 Träger + Koch und Bergführer. Auf die etwa 30 Leute im camp also ca. 120 Personen Personal ! Wir stellten als 4er- Gruppe eine Besonderheit dar und fielen mit unseren großen Rucksäcken sofort auf. Zudem hatten wir die schwierigste Aufstiegsroute gewählt. Man kann es sich auch schwer machen - aber natürlich waren wir auch stolz es bisher so geschafft zu haben.
    Wir liefen als letzte los und ließen die anderen die steile Felspassage vor uns erklimmen. Die Etappe war schweißtreibend und der trockene Sand klebte hartnäckig an jeder Stelle unseres Körpers. Der Zeltplatz war wieder ein Traum: was für ein Blick auf das Wolkenmeer nach unten und auf den Kilimandjaro nach oben! Abends wurden wir noch von einer Gruppe Franzosen in ihr Gemeinschaftszelt eingeladen. Eine sehr schöne Begegnung. Die nächsten Tage trafen wir uns immer wieder und machten uns gegenseitig Mut. Die Nacht verlief für mich leider ähnlich schlecht wie am Vortag und Essen konnte ich auch nicht richtig. Keine optimalen Voraussetzungen für eine Bergbesteigung.

    Ma version:
    Notre troisième étape: Baranco (3900 M) - Karanga (4000 M) - 2h50 de marche pour 700 M de dénivelé en fait!

    En temps de marche avec du recul, je me dis que ce n'est rien mais en fait avec l'altitude, on peut multiplier par deux ou trois tellement c'est crevant!!

    Il a fait bien froid cette nuit, d'ailleurs le sol et la tente sont bien gelés ce matin.
    On démarre notre marche par "The Wall" et on comprend vite une telle appellation!!! C'est très raide pendant plus d'une heure et on doit souvent utiliser les mains. On escalade pas mal!! Avec l'altitude et nos gros sacs, ce n'est pas forcément de la tarte. Gero s'éclate et moi je gère mon rythme cardiaque;)

    Enfin en haut, youpi!! Et vive la descente poussiéreuse et rocheuse qui suit!! Ca fait appel à d'autres muscles, on souffle!!
    On voit de loin la suite du chemin qui est plutôt lunaire, ça change ;) On a la pêche et on trace. Une méga descente et une méga montée nous attendent pour atteindre le camp. Dans la descente mais aussi dans la montée, Gero va vite tandis que je sens le poids de mon sac et je fais plus attention surtout qu'il y a pas mal d'autres randonneurs. En montée, je suis lente et je regarde juste mes pieds!! Gero m'accueille au sommet. Je me sens un peu faiblarde, faut que je récupère de l'effort!!

    Ce camp est très sympa aussi. On est au pied du Kili et on surplombe la magnifique mer de nuages. On s'installe tranquillement et on retrouve Jean-Marc en haut du rocher juste au-dessus de notre tente, trop fort! On fait connaissance avec le reste de la troupe: Maeva, Anne, Jean-Blaise et leur guide Bernard. Ils nous invitent dans leur tente à boire un thé (avec une pensée positive pour chaque sachet, merci Anne;). On a même droit à d'excellents beignets de leur cuisinier, la classe!!! C'est un super moment de convivialité et de partage :))

    On va au lit vers 19h30 comme un peu chaque soir maintenant!! Et on s'habille davantage cette nuit!

    Pour plus de détails et de photos, RDV sur notre deuxième blog: www.myatlas.com/confettiEnVoyage
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  • Day7

    Version de Sonia:
    Notre quatrième étape: Karanga camp (4000 M) - Barafu hut (4673 M) / 2h10 de marche.

    Gero a le courage de se laver un peu ce matin! No comment me concernant ;)
    On discute ce matin avec David, un californien qui monte avec son fils et une équipe de 11 porteurs/guides/cuisinier. Chouette rencontre. Le fils parle français car la mère est française! Ils sont en forme tous les deux; en effet, ils prennent du Diamox contre le mal d'altitude ;)

    J'aime beaucoup la première partie: c'est une montée régulière et agréable. Je me sens très en forme. C'est une drôle d'atmosphère car on se retrouve à monter parmi de nombreux porteurs!! Ils sont vraiment impressionnants...

    On s'arrête très peu pour boire car on est en short et c'est un peu juste ce matin, il fait vite frais. En haut, on croise à nouveaux nos cops les Californiens. Suite à un peu de plat à nouveau et de la descente, ça remonte grave sec!! Mon rythme ralentit, Gero me sème avec William. Je reste concentrée sur mon rythme que je gère bien et Guiprong est à mes côtés.

    Puis, ça redevient moins pentu jusqu'au camp. Par contre, on est dans le purée de pois, ça caille et il commence même à neiger. A la cabane d'arrivée, on revoit Jean-Marc et Jean-Blaise. Je me sens un peu étourdie.
    Vite vite, on s'installe, on se couvre et on dort un peu. Vers 16h, on se fait un petit repas chaud, le soleil réapparait, ça change tout et la vue sur les alentours se dégage.

    Ce soir, c'est la vraie première fois où je me sens mal: j'ai mal à la tête, ça me rend KO et méga lente :( .... A suivre!

    Pour plus de détails et d'infos, RDV sur notre deuxième blog: www.myatlas.com/confettiEnVoyage

    Geros Version:
    Aufstieg zum Basecamp auf 4600m. Eine kurze Etappe von ca. 5km zu "Barafu huts". Nur die Höhe verändert alles. Wir fühlten uns fit und kamen nach unserer Morgenwäsche zügig voran. Beeindruckt waren wir immer wieder von den Trägern, die unheimliche Lasten in einem wahnsinnigen Tempo nach oben oder unten brachten. Stühle, Tische, mobile Toiletten, riesige alte Zelte mit schweren Zeltstangen, schwere Gaskartuschen ... alles wurde auf dem Rücken und Kopf kontrolliert transportiert. Wenn man sich das bewusst macht, ist doch die eigene Leistung den Berg mit eigenem Rucksack bestiegen zu haben sehr schnell relativiert. Die Träger lassen bei jedem camp ihr Gepäck wiegen und werden dann nach Kilo bezahlt. Es darf allerdings nicht 22kg übersteigen erzählten uns unsere guides. Eine Träger-Vereinigung (KPAP) hat vor Jahren dafür gesorgt, dass diese Grenze eingehalten wird und verhindert, dass Lasten bis zu 35kg getragen wurden.
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  • Day1

    Rombo Mount Kilimanjaro

    December 15, 2017 in Tanzania

    Rongai Route 8 Days: Africa Natural Safari
    AFRICA NATURAL SAFARI (The best tour company in Tanzania)
    Specialized in: Wildlife safaris, Cultural tourism , Beach holidays and
    Mountain climbing
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    The Quiet One
    In the northern region, the base of Kilimanjaro is covered in a dense blanket of rusty gold savannah. The spectacular landscapes of the Masaai land feature elephants, monkeys and gleaming silhouettes of the contrasting black buffalo whilst colourful flocks of East Africa’s enticing birdlife soar the blue skies. The tranquil route travels through many different climate zones. The towering peak of the mountain is drenched in brilliant light, spikes of thin emerald impale the snow in distinctive directions. The enchanted cloud forest beckons one into its pulsing heart. Steeped in plushness and opulence with coils of vaporous mist and light illuminating through fractured canopies. The long drive to the gate is crammed with beautiful sights and the 9 days Rongai Route is considered to be moderately difficult. During the wet season this route is favoured due to the fact that there is less precipitation in the area – this allows for enjoyable, drier conditions.

    Day 1: Kilimanjaro Airport to Moshi
    You will be picked up from the airport, from there you will go to the hotel for orientation on your hike. Your guides provide relevant information for your specific route and preform a comprehensive inspection on your gear.
    Day 2: Rongai Gate / Nalemoru (1950m) to Simba Camp (2650m) (First Cave Camp)
    WalkingTime: 3-4hrs Distance: 6.5km Altitude Gain: 700m
    In the morning we will transport you from your hotel to the Marangu Gate (1,8km). Park registration will be completed upon arriving and then we will proceed to the Nalemoru gate (Under 2km). The extended trip to the gate is packed with astonishing sceneries and ventures through a native village. An appetising hot lunch will be served at the gate an introductions between you and your crew members will take place. We will embark on the 9 days Rongai Route to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. The coiling path amid the golden maize field leads to entrance of the oak-brown forest. Fallen leaves will crackle beneath your feet as you marvel at the immensity of the emerald canopy. The knotted ember arms of the tree rise towards the sky, assisting the blue monkeys with their trapeze performance. The orchestra of birdsong floats through the mist covered air. You may encounter the striking Black and White Colobus or the adorable Bush Baby. We will arrive at the Simba Campsite where we will spend the night (2650m / 3-4 hours of hiking).
    Day 3: Simba Camp (2650m) to Second Caves Camp 3150m
    Walking Time: 3-4hrs Distance: 4km Altitude Gain: 500m
    After a delicious breakfast we will continue to move in the direction of the looming peak of Kibo to the Second Cave. We will venture on a gentle incline through the fuscous brown moorland and heather vegetation zones. The arid plains are scattered with hoary desert plants and the heather is dominated by whimsical plantation and celestially enormous trees. Hot lunch will be provided at the Second Caves Camp (3150m / 3-4 hours). There is a possibility of small excursions towards the Third Cave – this will aid the acclimatization process, relaxing is also an option. The excursions will increase your chances of witnessing marvelous sights including the distinct crown of Mawenzi’s serrated, dark peak speckled with snow. Encountering wildlife such as buffaloes or jackals is conceivable and the spectacular figure of Kibo Peak (the summit peak) is best observed at this angle. Your tents will be assembled at the Second Cave.
    Day 4: Second caves Camp (3150m) to Kikelewa Caves (3600m)
    Walking Time: 3-4hrs Distance: 5km Altitude Gain: 450m
    The trek advances towards Kibo and we will begin after breakfast is served. We will venture through an exposed area of moorland and heather foliage to reach the Kikelewa Caves Camp. Your chances of viewing Kibo, which is shrouded in ghost-grey mist, are high. You may spot the great buffalo with winding horns and more jackals. A tantalizing lunch will be served at the campsite.
    Day 5: Kikelewa Caves (3600m) to Mawenzi Tarn (4330m)
    Walking Time: 3-4hrs Distance: 6km Altitude Gain: 370m
    We will travel to the Mawenzi Tarn Hut (4,330m) after breakfast. We will traverse on a malachite-green slope. The chatter of the birds breaking the quiet of the world whilst clouds shaped like tufty pillows glide slowly across the sky. The parched fauna and flora of the moorland is temporarily banished as we travel through a region of wilderness. Our trek proceeds through a low desert area. The comforting aromas of your delicious hot lunch will drift through the entrance of the Mawenzi Tarn Hut. (6000m / 3-4 hour trek). Brief excursions for acclimatization may occur but the remaining hours of the afternoon will be spent lounging around the campsite.
    Day 6: Mawenzi Tarn to Kibo Hut (4700m)
    Walking Time: 4-5hrs Distance: 9km Altitude Gain: 370m
    The route gradually develops into a steeper, rockier trail as we further ourselves from the Mawenzi Tarn Hut. Traveling along the meek landscape of the ashen ‘Saddle’, an expansive lava stone ridge amid Mawenzi and Kibo, provides stunning views of the lofty peak of Kilimanjaro. An appetising, warm meal will be served when we arrive at the Kibo Hut (4703m). You will have a relaxing evening and an early bedtime to ensure that you are well rested for the midnight trek to the summit.
    Day 7: Kibo Hut to Uhuru Peak (5895m) to Horombo Hut (3700m)
    Walking Time: 6-8hrs ascent, 5-6hrs descent Distance: 5km ascent, 15km descent Altitude Gain: 1195m Altitude Loss: 2195m
    We will depart from the huts shortly after midnight and undertake the most demanding day of the entire trek. Until we reach the beautiful Hans Meyer Cave the trail ensues an extended screed incline, at this stage it adapts into a single-file zigzag. A rocky path with wildflowers bursting from the earth with their azure gongs attached will lead us to Gillman’s Point (5685m). The pollen travels like floating grains of pixie dust, scattered by the blustery wind. This is the most challenging section of the route. Gillman’s Point signifies the last two hours of the hike to Uhuru Peak are upon us (5895m). On Africa’s rooftop the gleaming landscape is smothered in wispy clouds and pasty streaks. An amethyst-purple tint invades the skies as the sun begins to emerge, soon the sky will be a-fire in the warm glow of tree-flame. Sun washes the ice fields with a golden radiance and the sugar-frosted coating glints. We will marvel at the view and celebrate what you have accomplished before starting the descent to Kibo Hut where we will take a break. Horombo Hut is our final destination for the day and you can enjoy a well-deserved slumber.
    Day 8: Horombo Hut to Marangu Gate (1800m) to Moshi
    Walking Time: 5-6hrs Distance: 20km Altitude Loss: 1900m
    After enjoying an appetising breakfast we will circle past the Mandara Hut and through the magnificent rainforest before reaching the Marangu gate. You will receive your summit certificates for completing the 9 days Rongai Route and short festivities with your porters will occur. You will be transported you to your hotel where a steaming shower and plush bedding await.
    Day 9: Moshi to Kilimanjaro Airport
    A driver will bring you to Kilimanjaro Airport, where it is time to say goodby to Tanzania and its friendly people. If you’ve decided to go on a safari – well, that’s a different adventure and we’ll take care of that too!
    Our Package Includes
    • Transport from/to park gate & airport transfer
    • Pre and post climb accommodation (B&B) in Moshi
    • Park, camping & rescue fees
    • Mountain tent & mattress
    • Professional English speaking guide(s); porters & cook
    • 8 breakfasts; 7 lunches; 6 dinners
    • Water; tea and coffee with meals
    Not Included
    • Flights
    • Lunch & dinner in Moshi
    • Travel insurance
    • Visa and passport fees
    • Increases in park fees where applicable
    • Personal equipment
    • Sleeping bag
    • Tips for guide(s), porters & cook
    • Soda and Alcoholic beverages
    For more information visitwww.africanaturaltours.com
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  • Day4

    First day

    October 9, 2007 in Tanzania

    We were having breakfast at the hotel, when we noticed the peak of Kilimanjaro right out our window. It looks really big. Just a note to self. After breakfast, we loaded into a 6-wheel vehicle, with open bed, benches along each side, and canvas roof. We travelled west toward the Londorossi Gate, where we checked in with the ranger. We also had the pleasure of using a western toilet for the last time. Small things make a difference. Anyway, we drove a 4-wheel drive trail to get to the trailhead, where we unloaded and ate our lunch, as it took about 4-5 hours to get to this point. We hiked three hours in the rainforest to our first camp, Mte Mkubwa. Our tents were pitched and even the little portable toilet has its own little tent. I've got pictures. We had dinner, then we began a routine that would get more intense through the climb, we had about 10 questions to answer about our health: on a scale of 1-10 how do you feel? Vomiting? Diarrhea? Nausea? When was your last pee? When was your last bowel movement? (Did I mention everyone else in your party is sitting there at the same time you answer?) Coughing? Difficulty breathing? etc. Answering yes then began a whole new line of questioning. Before bed we were warned that we would hear the tree hyrax and columbus monkey before dawn....Read more

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