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Travel Blogs from Kilimanjaro National Park
... Huts took us about 3 and a 1/2 hours and I did not find it too difficult. The path is designed in such a way as to allow you to climb very gradually (apart from a few places) and while the constant uphill can be a wee bit tiring, the way it gently meandered gave the illusion that you were not really climbing that much at all.
Mandara is at a height of about 2,720 meters and is the first point where you would stay the night if you were climbing the whole way via ...
... of the trail.
After checking out at the ranger station, and our champagne toast, we headed for our hotel. Showers never felt so good!! Both Keely and Alyssa are sure that this is the longest time they have gone without a shower (7 days), and certainly have never been dirtier! Even after scrubbing for 20 minutes, we still had work to do to remove another coat or two of dirt. We did finish in time to make the 2:30pm end ...
... a hike out tomorrow, so we packed up and headed down around 12:30pm.
It is amazing how quickly things begin to stiffen up after working your muscles hard, and then resting a bit. Unfortunately, Keely's knee injury from heli-skiing three years ago was aggravated by all of the downhill work, and it got progressively worse as we descended. She is to tough that she gutted it out, even though she wasn't really able to bend her left knee for the last 90 ...
... you can climb almost anything.
The views from Lava Tower are awesome. Below us we could see a dense cloud cover over the Arusha valley, and peaking out of the clouds is the summit of Mt. Meru, which we are now essentially even with. Looking up, we could see the sun illuminating the glaciers on the peak of Kilimanjaro looming above us. It is true that we are SO much closer than when we started -- it actually looks like ...
... range, to the high 80s. Interestingly, Gabriel's was lower than all of ours this morning, at only 82%, so we felt pretty good about our readings. If the readings get below 75%, then they start to monitor things pretty carefully, to ensure that we don't "run out of gas" so to speak.
Some additional (semi-interesting) information: between 15 and 18,000 people come to climb Kili each year: Mt. Meru is about 15, 500 feet and the peak ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Free parking