Off the mountain...straight to the airport !!!
Trip Start Sep 12, 2013
19Trip End Oct 06, 2013
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Start Point - Horombo 3705m
End Point - Marangu Gate 1860m
It was here, the last day it was time to get off the mountain, it was a nice sunrise in camp and we got a last view of Kilimanjaro with even more snow on it. Our thoughts now were of getting a shower and removing the dust from us was in sight...well hopefully. We had booked a 10 week tour of Africa initially but due to my job changing it was now a 3 week trip and that meant in order to get our tour we were joining we had to fly out tonight in order to get to Mozambique for the tour starting tomorrow. We were told that there would defiantly be enough time to get off the mountain and shower before getting to the airport for our flight at 8pm.
First though today we had a 13 mile walk to get to the exit gate, we felt ok after a decent sleep and it was a case of just power on and get it done. By the end of this our legs and feet were aching 7 days and no blisters had been good going, some 6 hours or so later we arrive at the gate and have a well deserved beer as the group all finishes. What an amazing 7 days will not be forgotten in a hurry, still cant believe we all reached the summit it feels so surreal.
There was a stop on the way to the hotel for what was described as the best cheeseburger ever and we were keen to get moving so that we could get that shower however it seems one of the guys bags had been left at camp, it was at the side of a tent so had been missed so some poor porter was being sent back up for it but this caused about an hour or more delay in us setting off....slowly but surely we were realising there was going to be no shower.
We ate our cheeseburgers and our other bags were brought to us after goodbyes to everyone we were taken straight to the airport - we were dirty and stinking but about to take on 24 hours of flights to get to Mozambique. We are used to the travel but the smell of us was not good all we wanted to do was take the boots off haha
Depart 1950 24th/Arrive 1300 on the 25th
Kilimanjaro - Nairobi 1 hour flight
5 hours layover
Nairobi - Jo'berg 4 hour flight
5 hours layover
Jo'berg - Inhamane - 1hr40 flight
Cost of 7 day Rongai Route climb - £1300 each with Team Kilimanjaro
Flight Kilimanjaro - Inhambane £495 each