Day 1: Pole pole!

I’m excited! We arrived to Moshi, a small town in Tanzania, yesterday from Kenya. From Moshi, at 900m altitude, we had just a 45 minute bone-shaking drive to the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.

My girlfriend and I have chosen to climb Mount Kilimanjaro through the Machame Route, a route considered the most beautiful on Kilimanjaro by many and the same one I had used in 2003 when I climbed the mountain for the first time.

Our expedition group, consisting of the two of us as well as two guides, a cook and a group of porters registered at the Machame Gate office and after having our backpacks weighed, we started trekking from 1490m altitude.

The route to the first camp, Machame Camp, was almost entirely jungle and we were also welcomed by rain, which lasted the entire 18 km and seven hour trek to the camp, which was located at 2980m altitude.

Delanii’s jacket, supposedly fully water-proof one from a leading manufacturer, failed miserably on the first day, so our assistant guide offered his jacket to keep her dry for the remainder of the trip.

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