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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Updated Intinerary

Here's the updated Itinerary, we have chosen to take the Machame route now and be staying at the Millenium rather than Mweka camp on the way down.

Pre-Safari:
Sun, Aug 20 Transport London -> Kilimanjaro Airport -> Arusha (Arusha Country Style Bungalow)
Safari:
Mon, Aug 21 Safari Day 1: Lake Manyara National Park (Lake Manyara Serena Lodge)
Tue, Aug 22 Safari Day 2: Ngorongoro Crater (Ngorongoro Serena Lodge)
Pre-Climb:
Wed, Aug 23 Transport Safari Area -> Arusha – part day in Arusha, prep for hike (Arusha Bungalow)
Climb:
Thu, Aug 24 Trek Day 1: Macheme Camp
Fri, Aug 25 Trek Day 2: Shira Camp
Sat, Aug 26 Trek Day 3: Borranco Camp
Sun, Aug 27 Trek Day 4: Karanga Valley
Mon, Aug 28 Trek Day 5: Barafu
Tue, Aug 29 Trek Day 6: Summit day, descend to Millenium Camp
Wed, Aug 30 Trek Day 7: Descend to Mweka gate, and transport to Arusha Bungalow
Post-Climb:
Thu, Aug 31 R&R Relax and Re-packing (Arusha Bungalow)
Fri, Sep 1 Transport Arusha -> Kilimanjaro Airport

Mike has suggested that we add an extra day for the safari to make it an even two week trip. I have plenty of vacation time, so I agree.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Mobile Phone Coverage

Would still have to confirm with someone, but there seems to the possibility of cell phone use at the peak. Vodacom Tanzania uses GSM on both 900 & 1800 Mhz frequency but I'm not sure if they allow roaming. But that means we could probably rent/buy a cheap phone rather than using a satellite phone (or none at all). My trusty Sony Ericsson T616 can use 1800 but not 900 band.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Altitude Check

A few comparisions of why to climb Mount Kilimanjaro:
  • Mt Kilimanjaro Uhuru Peak - 19344 feet / 5895 meters
  • Jungfrau Peak 13,642 feet / 4158 meters
  • Sunshine Village Ski Hill's Top Altitude - 8954 feet / 2730 meters
  • Calgary International Airport - 3736 feet / 1139 meters
  • Mt Everest Base Camp - 17,500 feet / 5350 meters
  • Mt Everest Summit - 29,028 feet / 8848 meters
  • Mt Mckinley Peak 20,032 feet / 6194 meters
Note that the last two are pretty remote and not easily accessible and also that at 18,000 feet the oxygen is about 50% of that at sea level.

Shira 7 night sample trip from ATR

Date Description
Fri 01-Sep-06 Fly : XXxxxxx : xxxxxxx to Kilimanjaro

Car : Kilimanjaro airport to Moivaro Lodge (approx 1.5 hrs)

Accommodation : Arusha : Moivaro Lodge (bed and breakfast)


Sat 02-Sep-06 Trek : Kilimanjaro : Shira 7 night route

Briefing : at Moivaro Lodge

Accommodation : Arusha : Moivaro Lodge (bed and breakfast)


Sun 03-Sep-06 Transfer : Ilboru Lodge to Shira trailhead : 2 to 3 hours

Trek : Trailhead to Shira One : gentle ascent through shrub forest : 4 to 5 hours

Accommodation : Kilimanjaro Shira : Shira One Flycamp (inclusive)


Mon 04-Sep-06 Trek : Shira One to Shira Hut : ascent of Shira Cathedral : 4 to 5 hours

Accommodation : Kilimanjaro Shira : Shira Hut Flycamp (inclusive)


Tue 05-Sep-06 Trek : Shira Hut to Moir Hut : gradual ascent from moorland into alpine desert : 3 to 4 hours

Trek : optional hike : exploration of the remote Northern Icefields and ascent of the Lent Hills : 3 to 5 hours

Accommodation : Kilimanjaro Shira : Moir Hut Flycamp (inclusive)


Wed 06-Sep-06 Trek : Moir Hut to Lava Tower campsite : gradual ascent across alpine desert : 3 to 4 hours

Trek : optional hike : spectacular ascent to Arrow Glacier : 2 to 3 hours

Accommodation : Kilimanjaro Shira : Lava Tower Flycamp (inclusive)


Thu 07-Sep-06 Trek : Lava Tower to Karanga Valley : taverse of Southern Flank including the Barranco Wall : 4 to 5 hours

Trek : optional hike : walks above Karanga campsite : 2 to 3 hours

Accommodation : Kilimanjaro Shira : Karanga Valley Flycamp (inclusive)


Fri 08-Sep-06 Trek : Karanga Valley to Barafu Hut : steep ascent to highest campsite : 3 to 4 hours

Accommodation : Kilimanjaro Shira : Barafu Hut Flycamp (inclusive)


Sat 09-Sep-06 Trek : Barafu Hut to Stella Point : night time ascent up all the way : 5 to 7 hours

Trek : Stella Point to Uhuru Peak : around the crater rim : 1 to 2 hours

Trek : Uhuru Peak to Mweka Camp : downhill all the way : 5 to 7 hours

Accommodation : Kilimanjaro Shira : Mweka Flycamp (inclusive)


Sun 10-Sep-06 Trek : Mweka Camp to Mweka trailhead : painful descent : 5 to 6 hours

Transfer : Mweka Trailhead to Moivaro Lodge : 1 to 2 hours

Accommodation : Arusha : Moivaro Lodge (bed and breakfast)


Mon 11-Sep-06 Onward details to be confirmed……