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Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro - 6 - Weather & Clothing - what to expect

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Before embarking on the feat to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, I had read a lot about it, watched videos and listened to the experiences of other "Kilimanjaro Challenge" Participants who had done it before me. What I can conclude is that ever experience is different and mine was different from theirs too!

Here I will mention things which are generic situations and tips & tricks, which normally everyone will feel and experience, but for the rest it will be your personal experience when climbing that will make your adventure unique and completely yours.

I will start with the Weather and the clothing approach for the climb

The Weather. 
The mountain has its own weather system, so weather actually is kind of unpredictable, but there are some typical patterns including :

Start (jungle area)
Hot / Humid / Wet, but turns colder when reaching higher altitude (towards Machame Camp)

Mid Section camps
Still can be very warm (remember you will be walking), but turns nippy quickly and might …

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro - 5 - Day 3 (Starting the climb)

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No alarm clock required - 530am was up - excitement, edginess you would say - yes but mainly I just needed to pee yet again (thanks Diamox!).

By 730am I was all ready from breakfast and went for my duffle bag weighing in and to fill my water bottles and in the main yard of the hotel there was a “controlled” chaos - people running around with bags, supplies, crates etc. How many people will be with us?!? Well we found out that we had about 60 accompanying us from guides (6) to kitchen staff, porters etc. since we were such a big group.

When all the team members had their gear checked by the crew, the owner of the Marangu hotel introduced our guides and each and then we were asked to find our personal porter who had a paper with our name on. My porter was Frank, a thin, young chap, for whom immediately I felt kind of sorry that he had to carry my stuff all the way up a mountain - could he do it? He looked so frail - but looks are deceiving and Frank was going to show me this all throug…

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro - 4 - Day 2 (Orientation in Marangu)

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The day started off with me trying to switch a "birds' call" iPhone alarm, only to realise it was an actual bird just out of our window!

Anyway - was a good start and after a shower went up to the hotel's dining room for breakfast - Glorious!!! Fruit, cereals, toast, eggs to order and some strange looking but tasty bacon & sausage - the basic staples, but all amazingly fresh. I must stress on the fruit. In Tanzania the Papaya & Mangos are to die for and I simply couldn't stop eating (that also might explain some rush trips to the bathroom later on when thinking about it!).

After breakfast, we all got ready to go for a walk around Marangu, but before managed to get some basic Swahili words :


Thank you          : Asante You’re welcome : Karibu Good morning   : Habari Water                 : Madi Hello                  : Jumbo  (Don't mix this with Jamba since the latter means "fart" and can be embarrassing!!)

Before leaving I managed to get a…

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro - 3 - Day 1 (Getting there)

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Early morning flight from Malta to Istanbul, which, with relatives from 18 team members and also a nice attendance from local press, was far from quiet, but ultimately that was the point to raise more money for the cause.

We then had a layover at Istanbul Atatürk Airport, which is not a bad place to spend around 4 hours, with a good selection of restaurants & cafes and a variety of duty free 'temptations'.

Our next flight was to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, were we arrived at about 4am (Tanzania time). Here we had our visas checked and a word of warning is to be ready to wait - it does take some time and we were a bit unlucky of merging in with another two flights. Also it is important to check which type of visa you require and if you need to do it before or if it can be obtained there and then at the airport (in fact for Maltese citizens we found that it can be done at the airport itself).

After the visa check point, we simply got our bags from the baggage claim and altho…