Saturday, April 21, 2012

Picking up the gauntlet

A clap of thunder tore through the charged atmosphere like a starter's pistol.

It was quickly followed by the irregular, staccato beat of a dozen heavy raindrops clattering against the thin, tin roof of the climbers’ shelter.  A few seconds later an unremitting arsenal of liquefied bullets hammered down on the corrugated roof, threatening to distort its smooth undulations into a ragged, dimpled finish.

At this point, we had not even passed through the gate into Kilimanjaro National Park, but already the mountain was squaring up to us.

Kibo, the summit of Kilimanjaro, from Shira Plateau

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  1. Lemosho route is the most Scenic Climb up Mt Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route using different routes; the one that is most popular is the Mt Kilimanjaro Marangu Route Climb since it is the shortest, is easier and you get to sleep in bunker beds in the huts on the hiking trail with luxuries like beverages and beer. Marangu route up kili is the most popular and therefore the one with the highest traffic. Click here to see the Marangu Route Map

  2. The most popular and scenic route is the Machame Climb Route . This route is however of medium difficulty and is recommended for people with average fitness.

  3. The Machame route is the most popular because it has the best success rate, great acclimatisation being the key.

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  6. Your pictures are gorgeous! I have never been to Kilimanjaro. I can't wait to go.


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