First Short Hike From Lemosho Gate

Having weighed in with then drove down hill to our starting point nearly 45 minutes away. Getting to the first gate was a challenging journey as it had rained overnight and part of the road was quite Muddy. on one occasion we had to disembark our carriage so that it would lighten up the load and permit the axle to go over the muddy mounds in the middle of the road created by the tyre tracks either side.

Our bus have to be unloaded of us to get over the muddy banks

Once we arrived at our first gate the porters set to work again and unloaded our carriage; then, as quick as a flash, our Porter’s had disappeared, taking our well packed gear on their heads and away they went ahead of us. We had a quick bite to eat, took a few photos in the shade of the the forest and then started our journey:

Weighing In

After a couple of hours we eventually arrived at the weighing in centre at Londorosi Gate at 2250m in altitude. There is a strict limit that porters can only carry 25 Kg. So our supplies and belongings were carefully distributed and each porter the has to be accountable for their bag. Our bags were packed inside waterproof outer sacks.

Trip to the Beginning

The following morning have courage arrived. There seems to be plenty of room in this rather large Transporter. There were 14 seats and I wasn’t quite sure whether we would get everybody in as well as all that baggage. Nevertheless we started on a journey. After loading our bags up with drove just under an hour to the pick-up point where we would collect the remainder of our entourage. We stopped for a quick bite of breakfast comma stretch their legs and then NJ watched in amazement as the team loaded up up the van on with all of our belongings and all of our camping equipment.

Preparation

After a day’s rest we then unpacked everything and had everything checked by Justin our tour operator from Evarast. We had a long meeting to go through what we should expect on the first day and how we should pack our bags with a 15kg pack. We had already weighed our packs at home and restricted our pack to 12kg so we had no problem with that. The weight limit was there to protect the porters from being overloaded. They will have to climb the entire mountain with this pack on their shoulders. Daniel, our Head Guide, and Justin, our Chief coordinator and proprietor of Evarest Travel, complemented us on how well prepared we were. The painstakingly long preparation time paid dividends later. We learnt how to “send messages” more of this later!

Google Maps Hiking Route

Shared route From Lemosho Glades to Crater Camp via Lemosho Rte. 13 hr 30 min (43 km)

1. Walk east on Lemosho Rte towards Shira Evacuation Rd

2. Arrive at location: Shira Camp One

3. Walk south-east on Lemosho Rte towards Shira Evacuation Rd

4. Turn left to stay on Lemosho Rte

5. Arrive at location: Shira Camp Two

6. Walk east on Lemosho Rte towards Machame h/trail

7. Turn left onto Machame h/trail

8. Slight left

9. Arrive at location: Lava Tower

10. Walk south-east towards Machame Trail

11. Slight right onto Machame Trail

12. Continue onto Machame h/trail

13. Turn left

14. Arrive at location: Barranco Camp

15. Walk east towards Karanga – Barafu Trail/Mweka Trail

16. Turn left onto Karanga – Barafu Trail/Mweka Trail

17. Arrive at location: Karanga Camp

18. Walk east on Karanga – Barafu Trail/Mweka Trail

19. Turn left onto Mweka Trail

20. Arrive at location: Barafu Camp

21. Walk north on Mweka Trail towards Horombo – Barafu Trail

22. Slight right to stay on Mweka Trail

23. Arrive at location: Stella Point

24. Walk south-west on Mweka Trail/Stella Uhuru Trail

25. Slight right to stay on Mweka Trail/Stella Uhuru Trail

26. Arrive at location: Crater Camp To see this route visit 

Equipment List For Climbing Kilimanjaro

The equipment to climb Kilimanjaro should be high quality and reliable. It is worth spending a little more for the comfort and reliability of the gear. Shopping is easy with amazon and ebay. I did a lot of research on the gear before I purchased. Looking at comparison sites and reviews gave alot of insight into the pros and cons of different kit. We also spent time talking to experienced staff at Go-Outdoors and Mountain Shop. Decathalon workers were less in tune with the needs but we did buy some gear from there too.

Click the pictures to get to the shop to obtain the gear.

Personal

  1. Wet wipes
  2. Razor + Shaving oil
  3. Femfresh
  4. Small towel
  5. Toothbrush
  6. Antiperspirant
  7. Toothpaste
  8. Mouthwash
  9. InterDental brush
  10. Hairband
  11. Face moisturiser
  12. Body moisturiser
  13. Sunscreen
  14. Pantyliners
  15. Tissue packs
  16. Hand gel sanitiser
  17. Lavender oil for the tent.
  18. Hairbrush
  19. Compeed
  20. First aid kit
  21. Travel sewing kit (as given in hotels)
  22. Small nail scissors

Equipment

  • 2 x 45L day sack with camel packs
  • 2x 90L back packs for carrying rest of supplies.
  • Hiking Sticks
  • Thermal Base Layer x 3. I used Merino wool but these bamboo leggings stopped the itch and were very warm
OEX’s Barneo Baselayer Bamboo
  • Fleece This is the lightest thermal layer I have ever used well worth the money
RABMen’s Nexus Jacket
  • RAB Coat Down High Fill Incredibly warm and light much better than any ski coat. Expensive but well worth the money
RAB Men’s Electron Down Jacket
  • Quality Hiking Boots.
  • Sunglases with side protection Cat 4 .
  • Waterproof Coat SKI jacket
  • Thermal hats
  • Gaters Rab Latok Extreme Gaiter, Light weeight and waterproof
Rab Latok Extreme Gaiter
MEN SNOW HIKING WARM PANTS & FLEECES Hiking - M TROUSERS SH520 X-WARM - RED QUECHUA - Hiking Clothes
  • Sealz Waterproof socks
SEALSKINZ Waterproof Extreme Cold Weather Mid length Sock
  • Walking socks x 4 pairs
  • Underpants 6 pairs
  • Hand warmers
COLD PROTECTION Skin and Body Care - X30 HANDS WARMER WEDZE - Skin and Body Care
  • Foot warmers
COLD PROTECTION Skin and Body Care - Feet Warmers x 30 WEDZE - Skin and Body Care
  • Plastic bags one for each day to get rid of rubbish plus bag to put slippers in
  • Slippers that can be worn with socks in the evening when you don’t want to be in your boots
  • Space Blanket a must to keep you warm near the Summit

Electrical

  • Headtorch x 2
  • Lithium batteries AAA
Lithium Are the Best
  • Lithium batteries AA
Energiser Lithium Batteries
  • Solar Panel Ravpower Very useful
RAVPower UK RP-PC005(B) Solar Charger 24W Solar Panel 
  • Batteries phone charge x 2
Gnceei Power Bank 24000mAh Wireless Battery Pack Portable Charger

or

Power Banks RAVPower 26800mAh Portable Charger
  • GoPro
  • GoPro Batteris x 5
PowerTrust AHDBT-501 Battery (4-Pack) and 3-Channel LED USB Charger for AHBBP-501 Gopro 
  • Camera I bought a high quality camera Fujifilm XH-1 and Zoom Lens
  • Batteries x 5

Food, Snacks & Other Things

  1. $1000 for payment of unexpected expenses and porter tips. We took $2600 which covered our flight back to Nairobi and a one day safari.
  2. Glucose tablets
  3. Trek Bar
  4. Dates
  5. Humbug mints
  6. Wrapped sweets
  7. Small Hotwater bottle
  8. Isotonic tabs with caffeine and without caffeine
  9. Snack bags one for each day ready to put into your day sack.

For Next Time

  1. CPAP Machine for me with 4 batteries
  2. Goggles to wear on summiting. The dust is harsh to the eyes.
  3. Spare Torch for Tent
  4. Microfleece Towel: a Face towel and a Hand towel
  5. Pillows (Inflatable or otherwise)
  6. Poncho (These were rented – it didn’t rain at all so not needed).

Medications

  1. Blood pressure pills
  2. Acetazolamide 10mg daily from 2 days before
  3. Ciprofloxacin
  4. Pain Killers: Paracetamol, Voltarol, Ibuprofen
  5. Omeprazole
  6. Imodium Instant
  7. Antimalarial were stopped as this may cross react with acetazolamide.
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