Packing Daypack: Climbing Kili is serious business, no doubt about it. But overall I felt like a princess on an all-inclusive trip. Your fantastic porters will carry all your gear up the mountain like soldiers, those men are made of steel! The only things you need with you are your rain gear, drinking water and… Read More Kilimanjaro Packing List
The plan today was to wake up at 23, have a light breakfast, and get going by 23.30. I had been feeling good everyday but as soon as I woke up I knew something was terribly wrong. I was extremely nauseous and my stomach was doing weird things. I walked to the toilet and on… Read More Summit day: Barafu Camp (4662 m) – Uhuru Peak (5895 m) – Millenium Camp (3797 m).
Today is when the challenge starts and I am so scared I have no words. I don’t know what I am exactly fearing but I am extremely nervous. I’m sure it’s mostly myself who I don’t want to disappoint. My friends will still be my friends, my amazing colleagues will still be amazing and my… Read More Day 5: Karanga Camp (4034 m) to Barafu Camp (4662 m).
Tonight at Barranco it was extremely windy. I really thought the tent would fly off with me inside. Compared to last time the weather is really acting up now and this is no longer a nice walk in the sun but one in quite harsh conditions at times. I spent most of the night awake,… Read More Day 4: Barranco Huts (3986m) to Karanga Camp (4034 m).
Mornings are like hell and today was not an exception. Here is where I started feeling sort of bad last time so I guess it brought me some bad memories. I am taking Diamox (something that is supposed to help acclimatize faster) and I really feel like I have been drinking tons of beers through… Read More Day 3: Shira Camp (3839 m) – Lava Tower (4627 m) – Barranco Huts (3986 m).
Being here is like putting all my problems and worries in the tumble drier. They shrink and shrink until they are so tiny and unimportant that they do not matter anymore. I love the feeling of being able to focus on the present, something I have problems doing at home. Taking one thing at a… Read More Day 2 – Machame Hut (3021 m) to Shira Camp (3839 m)
Made it to the first camp! Today it is not much of an achievement but it feels nice to be able to cross it off the list. I met with the chief guide at the hotel very early in the morning for briefing, since I knew most of the things I thought it would be quick but… Read More Day 1 – Machame gate (1811 m) to Machame Hut (3021 m).