The challenge begins...Mt Kilimanjaro

Mt. Kilimanjaro Travel Blog

 › entry 6 of 6 › view all entries
Loading up the bus
The true beginning and whole purpose of my trip starts today.  I am finally starting my most challenging experience ever...climb to the top of Mt Kilimanjaro.   I could hardly sleep last night; I was sooo excited!!!
Awake at 6 am, I found my way from the farthest and darkest corner of the complex to the breakfast room.  While I can't say much for the hotel, the breakfast was amazing.  I had eggs cooked however I wanted, tons of fresh fruit: pineapple, oranges, mangos, etc, coffee, and sausages.  We were supposed to leave at 7 am, but ended up waiting till 8:30am to leave to Machame.  Zara had several groups of people.  Originally, I was by myself then it changed to one more person.
Broken window when we landed in a ditch
  By the time we left, there were 3 in our group plus the guides and porters. 
Of course you have to have a little adventure before the climb.  On our way to the gate our +20 passengers bus tried to pass another vehicle and ended up in a ditch, complete with a busted window.  We all climbed out and helped push the bus out. 
Ok so I'm an amateur at climbing so I thought it was a little strange arriving at the gate.  I've never seen mountains having high gates fences with armed guards .  Just outside were the shacks of porters who clammered around the vehicles trying to get work. 
After a long wait to register with the park rangers, we (Me, Ned, and our guides) started the steep trek into the rainforest.  Our guides told us to go slowly "pole" to help adjust and Ned really did go "pole".
Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!
Loading up the bus
Loading up the bus
Broken window when we landed in a …
Broken window when we landed in a…
Bus in the ditch
Bus in the ditch
Machame Gate
Machame Gate
The start of our trek with porters…
The start of our trek with porter…
Mt. Kilimanjaro
photo by: joneskm9
Resources Reviews