We are getting ready to leave.
First, the best link to follow us up the mountain, thanks to Liam McGuire is http://www.arcgis.com/apps/PublicInformation/index.html?appid=e3126e57c52742beb635da29589b6de2
Here is our itinerary while in Tanzania:
Day 1 | Mar. 31, 2017 TEAM ARRIVAL DAY Pickup at the airport and drive to hotel. Overnight at Springlands Hotel.
Day 2 | Apr. 1, 2017 (B)Rest/prep day, optional city tour included. Overnight at Springlands Hotel.
Day 3 | Apr. 2, 2017 (B,L,D)Start at the Machame Gate (1,490 m/4,890 ft) where the group will register and begin climbing to Machame Camp (2,980 m/9,780 ft). Hiking time: 7 hours Distance: About 18 km Rainforest Zone
Day 4 | Apr. 3, 2017 (B,L,D)Machame Camp (2,980 m/9,780 ft) to Shira Camp (3,840 m/12,600 ft). Hiking time: 6 hours Distance: About 9 km Lower Alpine Moorland Zone
Day 5 | Apr. 4, 2017 (B,L,D)Shira Camp (3,840 m/12,600 ft). Full day acclimatization. Habitat: Moorland
Day 6 | Apr. 5, 2017 (B,L,D)Shira Camp (3,840 m/12,600 ft) to Lava Tower (4,630 m/15,190 ft) to Barranco Camp (3,950 m/12,960 ft) 15 km, 7 hours. Habitat: Semi-Desert
Day 7 | Apr. 6, 2017 (B,L,D)Barranco Camp (3,950 m/12,960 ft) to Karanga Valley Camp for acclimatization.
Day 8 | Apr. 7, 2017 (B,L,D)Karanga valley camp to Barafu Camp (4,550 m/14,930 ft).Hiking time: 7 hours Distance: About 13 km Habitat: Alpine desert
Day 9 | Apr. 8, 2017 (B,L,D)SUMMIT DAY! Barafu Camp (4,550 m/14,930 ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m/19,340 ft) to Mweka (3,100 m/10,170 ft). Hiking time: 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak, 7/8 hours to descend to Mweka Distance: About 7 km’s ascent, 23 km’s descent Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
Day 10 | Apr. 9, 2017 (B,L)Final descent, Mweka camp (3,100 m/10,170 ft), Mweka Gate (1,980 m/6,500 ft). Hiking/Descend time: 3 hours Distance: Approx. 15 km Transfer to Springlands Hotel in Moshi town for a much deserved celebration. Overnight Springlands Hotel.
From here, some of the group will return home and some will stay a few more days to take part in a safari.
I can’t guarantee beautiful photos like the one in this blog, but I will do my best to take shots and blog whenever possible and feasible.
Now it’s time to put on the packs and get going!