Day 3 – Feeling really good

I read and forgot about it. But the stars yesterday evening… what a wonderfull view. Of course everything around us was completely dark making all stars shine really bright! Like the sky has gone bling-bling.

Today the direct route from Shira 1 to Shira 2 at 3840 meters should only take two and a half hours. But we chose the route via Shira Cathedral, about 4 hours. This included (after a small addititional climb) a really spectacular view. We were on an edge with a far view on both sides. On the one side the valley with Moshi, comletely in the clouds. On the other side was Shira Valley, which we crossed today. A perfect view on a nice walking day.

When we almost reached the camp an american guy was brought down: height disease. I didn’t expect people to fall out this early, so I am happy I still feel good. From our group only Jasmijn does not feel to good, but we expect and hope she will feel better soon. It should help we are sleeping at this altitude for three nights.

The highest point of tomorrows hike is at 4530 meters, I wonder how that will feel….

All pictures: http://picasaweb.google.com/tomvanlamoen/Kilimanjaro

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Route on Kilimanjaro

This is our planned route to during our Kili climb:

day 1 Moshi -car- Londorossi park gate – Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree) 2795m via Chamber’s Route
day 2 Mti Mkubwa – Shira Caldera – Shira 1 Camp 3505m
day 3 Shira 1 Camp – Shira Plateau – Shira 2 Camp 3730m
day 4 Shira 2 Camp – pass Lava Tower – Barranco 3865m
day 5 Barranco – Karranga Valley – acclimatisation hike – Karranga Valley 4100m
day 6 Karranga Valley – via Mweka trail – Barafu 4633m
day 7 Barafu – Stella Point – UHURU PEAK 5895m – Mweka Hut 3102m
day 8 Mweka Hut – Mweka Village 1450m -car- Arusha

Below the map. We start on the Lemosho (yellow) route. On day 4 we join the Machame (orange) route, because the Western Breach is technical climbing, which we should not try.

On our way down we follow the Mweka (purple) route.

Routes on Mt. Kilimanjaro

Link to the map: http://www.climbmountkilimanjaro.com/KILIMANJARO-MAP.jpg (the map doesn’t fit this blog, so click the link if you want to see the complete map)
From the makers of the very informative trekking guide on Kilimanjaro.

It’s a long route. The fastest normal route, the Marangu (green) route, is only 5 days. But our longer route should be much better for acclimatising, meaning we have a much bigger change of reaching Uhuru Peak. Alsmost each day we get to a (much) higher point than the camp where we sleep, giving the body even more possibilities to get used to the hight. Besides that we should have more time to enjoy the surroundings. And the first couple of days we should not encounter too much other people, because it’s a not often used route.