KILIMANJARO

Height: 5.895 m.
Location: Parc Nacional del Kilimanjaro - Moshi - Tanzania.
Main difficulties: L’alçada.
CIM Data:18 d’Agost 2009.

“From the standpoint alpinístic is not a challenge, but rather it is a trek high. It is a mountain that provides a very exotic experience for a mountain; more than other alpine expeditions” Albert Bosch – adventurer.

Day 13 August.- Moshi.

To go to Kilimanjaro my wife Lorraine and I, airport we fly the same name, near the town of Moshi by an endless flights from Nairobi airport( Kenya). Here we were coming to collect the Hotel Springland where we did the first night. It was a small cozy little hotel, Situated on the outskirts of Moshi owned company Zaratours. Interestingly explain that there is where we saw the only woman with dyed hair and elegant dresses that I saw every day that we were in Tanzania. Zainab is tract, The control of the empresa, and Clark (http://www.zaratours.com/).

Day 14 August.- Moshi – Mandara Hut (2720m)

The day the matí següent, yes even recollia electricity Eddie, the head of our expedition guide, to direct us towards the bus "Marangu Gate, one of the gates of Kilimanjaro National Park. This is where our long started trekking towards the peak of the roof of Africa.

Given our inexperience in mountain we decided to take the normal route and easier to say it somehow. Per aquest fat, route "Marangu is also known as the path of the Coca-Cola.

Once arrived at the "Marangu Gate at once we landed in one of the most special experiences that brings the mountain: the muntatge de l'expedició. We never would have thought that people would behave much support to go to conquer a summit of the characteristics of what we had before. En el case ours, we formed the expedition in the Lorraine and I, There was a lot of porters and helpers: We had 1 main guide and assistant guide, a cook, a charge of logistics and service, in 6 carriers. The latter is responsible for bringing all necessary materials for 6 dies crossing, plus some luggage 30 Kg. for each of us.

This route is the only shelter that has to spend nights, called Mandara Hut, Horombo hat in Kibo Hut. Some are fitted with llits (The sleeping bag is absolutely necessary), sunlight and very basic toilet. First two also have running water.

The Marangu route is in pot-realitzada 5 díes, Although the chances of the summit in such a short time are not very high due to the emergence of problems of acclimatization, it still recommended to use at least 6 jornades.days

We started up the middle of the jungle part of the park's Kilimanjaro (Marangu Gate), and really gave us the feeling of being one of those early expeditions in Africa and mid-twentieth century that I have seen in the movies. Molt was a special moment, both the excitement that always has when it starts the walk towards a new and interesting mountain, as the contrasts offered that situation. We'd better equipped to issuing in contrast to the porters, who were dressed in anything, old shoes, simple shoes, i always gairebé, loading the material piled in a bag or tied with ropes and a pilot, and located directly above the head. We are surprised as to bring back proper bearing backpacks acababen always making a bundle and placing it on top of the head in a very ergonomic. Throughout the day did you get used to this embarrassment of exoticism, but the first day is really a feeling of those that cost of forgetting. Obviously, A to això, must add a landscape full of nature for all sides: A thick tropical vegetation and jungle, moist environment and wild animals like small deer, monkeys, exotic birds etc.

Partly 1.840 metres de la “Marangu Gate”, vàrem finish the first day at "Mandara Hut, a 2.720 metres. It was an extremely slow climb where our guide we should set the pace to keep on top of. Actually, those three hours we were like a walk where we would sometimes want to run caught. After some rest at the shelter, we found that other expeditions carried the same route, dinner and share experiences.

Day 15 August.- Mandara Hut- Shelter Horombo (3720m)

After an abundant breakfast, begin the climb but with a certain unevenness of little difficulty to leave the jungle area. Change the landscape far and reach a height into the savanna 3000 feet will be a constant until the last stage. We see for the first time the fabulous giant lobules, i flors shrubs of the savannah, etc.

At our feet, part of the forest and savanna in Tanzania, Mount Merhu amb (second highest in Africa ahead), just the time to appreciate it and give way to a mantle núbols that accompany the rest of the expedition making us the impression of being walking on the sky.

Horombo Hut is a collection of huts and houses bungalow type for cooking, a great-room hut where he had to shift. From here the first views of Mount Mawenzi (5149m) much more technical than the Uhuru peak. The duration of the stage was 5 hours and night began to notice the early symptoms of altitude (wrong course, trouble sleeping, color accelerat,etc.).

Day 16 Shelter-Agost. Horombo (3720m). Day aclimatació d'.

The third day we take to make a good acclimatization: Leaving 3.780 metres, arribem a mayor of 4.200 m., Zebra Rocks on to take pictures to make the summit and the indigenous flora.

The remains of dia, rested and exchange view with other expeditions. Watch the first evacuations with the famous stretcher with wheels.

Day 17 Agost. Horombo-Hut- Kibo Hut (4745m).

It is a gentle way but which already started to notice symptoms of high (difficulty breathing, fatigue,wrong course,etc.) evacuations and two more on the way. Besides the fact that other groups did the same route they decided to go back and upload. And that is the path easier and more suitable for beginners, which adds a little pressure on our inexperience.

The final image of the crater with its snow Uhuru (ja no tant perpètues) ens motivarà per a empendre l’ascenció a la matinada següent. Sabem que serà la etapa més difícil amb diferència, amb la qual cosa sopem aviat i a intentar dormir, cosa gens fàcil si unim l’alçada, els nervis i els ronquits i altres sorolls del refugi.

Day 18 Agost.-Kibo Hut- UhuruPeak (5895m)- Kibo Hut (4745m).

Ha arribat el gran dia! El dia de cim. At the 12 de la nit ens llevem, prenem una mica d’esmorzar ràpid, i comencem a pujar amb la llum dels frontals cap al cim. La temperatura està a uns -10ºC, però va baixant a mesura que guanyem desnivell. Al principi havíem dit que el Kilimanjaro no és una muntanya especialment complicada; però us asseguro que poca gent hi havia en aquell moment que pensés que estàvem fent una cosa senzilla. Superar els 5.000 metres sempre és un fet delicat. Molta gent es troba malament a partir d’aquella alçada i el cami es comença a marcar amb taques de vòmit. Per a Lorena i per a mi era la primera vegada que superavem aquella alçada, vam tenir algunes molèsties i moments complicats degut a l’alçada, però varem poder fer el cim. El Kilimanjaro és una muntanya molt atractiva per a molta gent que no té, de vegades, massa experiència en aquest esport. Per això, tot i no ser tècnicament complicada, té una estadística de gent que no puja força elevada: Aproximadament un 25% de la gent que ho intenta. Recordaré sempre una expedició de triatletes que ens van passar a primera hora de la nit com una exal·lació mentre nosaltres esbufegabem de valent i ens costava seguir el pas superlent que marcava el nostre guia i que durant els primers dies ens havia fet desesperar. Pero el “pole pole” al final ens va permetre arribar dalt mentre altres expedicions inclosa aquesta, formada per gent físicament molt forta, tenia que  fer enrere marxa i tornar al refugi sense el cim.

El moment clau de l’ascens final per aquesta ruta, és quan s’arriba a Gilman’s Point, punt on acaba la gran pendent i s’inicia un últim tram per la cresta del cràter del volcà fins el pic principal anomenat “Kibo”, with 5.895 m. Una vegada arribats al cràter, tot canvia i iniciem una marxa suau per a assolir el cim pero que resulta dura degut a l’alçada.

Una hora i mitja més de caminada, i ja estàvem al punt més alt de tot l’Àfrica.

La baixada és fa per la mateixa ruta pero aquest cop ens parem a fer fotos dels glaciars i observar les vistes. Com més baixarem més cómodes ens sentim i aquest cop no baixem fins a Kibo Hut sinó que decidim arribar a Horombo per poder descansar millor. Ha estat una etapa dura pero amb la gran satisfacció d’haver aconseguit el nostre objectiu.

Day 19 August. Horombo hat- marangu-Gate Moshi.

Emprenem el descens final, amb la feina feta i disfrutant dels paisatges i el camí, repetint l’itinerari dels dos primers dies a través de la sabana i de la selva tropical fins a l’entrada del parc on ens despedim dels portejadors i ens dirigim a l’hotel per descansar amb el nostre guia.

Sempre que es fa un viatge tant lluny i, sobre tot, a un país tant interessant com Tanzania, val la pena aprofitar per a fer algunes altres coses. Nosaltres vam anar posteriorment a fer un safari pels parcs naturals de Lake Manyara, Serengueti i N’gorongoro i visitar algunes aldees masais.

Curiositats: un tema a tenir en compte fou el tractament que haviem de fer per afrontar el risc de contraure la malària. N’hi havia que no es prenien res, d’altres que s’ho prenien de tot i tots els dies, i una tercera opció que era d’arriscar-se els primers dos dies, evitant al màxim les picades de mosquits, per arribar a 3.000 metres on ja no hi ha risc de cap tipus, i començar el tractament anti-malària al baixar de la muntanya per a la resta de l’estada al país. Aquesta última opció va ser la nostra elecció degut a que el Malarone no és precisament barat i no som molt amics dels medicaments. Vam començar a pendre el fàrmac al baixar del cim, en els dies posteriors que vam estar realitzant un safari i visitant Tanzània i fins a una setmana després d’abandonar la zona de risc.