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Kilimanjaro - Rongai Route

Mon, 06/07/2010 - 20:12

Looks like I'm the first here.....

Looking forward to meeting fellow team mates. My first trip with Exodus.

Well, see you guys soon,


Thu, 07/01/2010 - 09:25

Hi Andy,

I am going to Killy on 5th, I've had a posting since May  with no replies. Would also love to get in contact with others on trip and find out who they are and what they are doing for prep. I've managed to get in contact with another and we met to climb the welsh 15. This  weekend off to Mont Blanc for some altitude training. What have you been doing


Fri, 07/30/2010 - 21:24

Hi all

There is a lot of us 'Kili Trekers' on this site trying to contact others in they group. I've be in touch with most of you traveling to Kili in Aug, Sep and Oct. As there are a couple of us going to North wales to climb Snowdon on Sat 14 Aug, arriving the friday night and camping out. Sunday will look at Tryfan another lovely walk/climb. Therefore I would love to get as many Kili Trekers together to do some walking and talking. If you are insterested e-mail me on [email protected] I think it would be great to get everyone together and discuss 'Kili'

Hear from you Jim

Fri, 08/27/2010 - 10:54

I will also be attending - i did the avenue of the volcanoes in Ecuador last year & got to 5800m on Chimborazo before turning back through lack of blood sugar - word of advice - on summit day keep a bag of jelly babies in your pocket - looking forward to meeting everyone & hopefully a successful trek - i'm using this as preparation for an attempt on the Mera Peak in Nepal next march


Hi all fellow travellers, just checked my dates and yes it's definately the 21st and not long left to get as fit as possible, would love to hear from anyone on the same trip, and of course hear from anyone with advice.  Juliet

Thu, 09/09/2010 - 14:30

Hello Andy & Brian, preperation almost there, now been jabbed , and started the malaria tablets... Still got a few more bits to buy, Fitness training at the gym, also swimming to help boost fitness levels.  Looking forward to meeting everyone, I'm flying from Heathrow on Tues 21st flight at 2000hrs., are we all booked on the same flight to Nairobi ?

See you all soon, Juliet


Thu, 09/09/2010 - 16:23

Hi All.

Are you staying at the kilimanjaro mountain resort hotel? . If so it has its own website. Very nice hotel . Although the last mile or two is along a rough old mud track, so it's a bit bumpy. The first night you are there you will get a standard room. (still very nice). But on return from trek they upgrade you all to great rooms!. 

ps ( foods better on the trek than at the hotel)  ;o)

Anybody want any tips plz don't hesitate to ask.

Fri, 09/10/2010 - 09:02

Hi Juliette - me & my friend Goska are booked on the same flight so may see you there - would be good to get some team spirit going early as this was seriously lacking when i visited Ecuador last year - what malaria tabs are you taking as it's still 10 days to go - i'll be using Malarone myself - looking forward to a great experience & sharing it with some great people - don't forget the jelly babies!!

Fri, 09/10/2010 - 15:14

Lovely to hear from you guys and yes it would be great to start getting to know everyone, The malaria I have started taking is Larium Mefloquine, it has to be started 2 weeks before travelling, I had to visit my travel clinic which is connected to my GP's, this is where, I was jabbed in the arm as well as the wallet !!! I have just made yet another visit to Go Outdoors for more bits and pieces I think I am finally at the end of my shopping list. Thanks for the inside info on the Hotel, I have had a look at the website and the views look fantastic, I live in Basingstoke does anyone need a lift to the Airport ?

Still have Jelly Babies on the shopping list

Looking forward to hearing from you all,


Fri, 09/10/2010 - 19:23

Hi all,

I'm on Malarone too. You are right Juliet about the hit to the wallet! I am training hard, got a Black Mountains charity 18 miles walk on Sunday and trying to up the anti this week. It does look like we have got some team spirit going which is best for these types of trips, I am flying from Heathrow on same flight as you guys, might get my dad to drop me off as I don't want to say goodbye to three year old twins and look a wuss in front of you all (my wife is threatening to print me a t-shirt!).

Really important issue: (hate sweets BTW) Are jelly babies better than Kendal Mint cakes?

Brian, thanks for the training tips, I got on the rower today. Your advise has left me a bit more confident regarding my fitness level. I want  to not just make it to the top, but enjoy it too, if you kinda understand?

Will check back online after the weekend to see you'all back.


Sun, 09/12/2010 - 01:48

Not too sure how this forum works and just posted message. Can't see it anywhere so a further test run before I bombard you with questions and share my hints and tips.


Sun, 09/12/2010 - 09:40

hi Karen, i'm not on your trek but did it in feb thiss year.  You can leave your excess luggage at the hotel so take an extra bag for this. It is quite safe to do so.  I got my visa before travelling but half the group got theirs on arrival at kili airport and they had no problems. Money,... well you can't spend much on Kili and the beers in the hotel are $1 . :o) . Just take enough dollars for the group tip and even a personal tip to a guide who goes above and beyond for you.  And money for prezzies .

They will offer you a safari at the hotel meeting which is approx $100 .  This takes place on the morning of the day of your return home. you will go straight to the airport from safari. Most did this. But we chilled for the day at the hotel instead.

$400 dollars will be more than enough. hope this helps.


Sun, 09/12/2010 - 17:58

Hi all, I have been out walking for a couple of hours today, I figure any walking must be good, unfortunately that are not that many hills around Hampshire although have found the wayfarers walk which takes me up over the downs and to one of the highest points in Hampshire and on a day like today was beautiful, I will be at the Gym again tomorrow have got into the habit of time in the Gym (rowing, cross trainer and a fast walk (I don't do running)) then Aqua Aerobics then a few lengths of pool, unfortunately due to work restrictions that will be the last time for a week !  The pills to help with altitude sickness, I dont know wether to get any or not ? Any advice on this please. I believe we will be supplied with a kitbag for the porters to carry has anyone received this ?

Look forward to hearing further




Sun, 09/12/2010 - 18:00

By the way thanks Craig your advice is invaluable


Mon, 09/13/2010 - 12:58

hello everyone


I am flying out of manchester on the 24th so will be a bit later than others, Bit aprehensive as it my first trip and I am not sure what to expect, although I am seeing a friend tonight who went up a couple of weeks ago and I hope that will ease my nerves (probably not).


Would be good to hear from others on the trip



Mon, 09/13/2010 - 17:47

es, that's all folks, and low and behold, I've just come down with an lmighty cold.!! Refraining frm gym for a few days and dosing up with vit C. Best to get it out of the way before the trek (typical hey).

So Craig, thank you so much for your advice. Next question then, does our luggage go straight through to the connecting flight, or do we have to physically collect and reload?

Also, I know it's a 20k limit for the hold, but we do get hand luggage too, right? But, what is the weight for the trek?

AND....................another big question to all of you have been before, what is the weather supposed to be like? (Other than cold ascending to summit). Wet / dry ???

I've previously used water filters (brilliant). Anyone else got suggestions for purification?

Thanks everyone Kx

Mon, 09/13/2010 - 19:18

So then, after finally spending time reading the full itinerary (as opposed to working out /walking etc) I notice an amount of $590 (or should that be £s?) for Kili park fees :-(

Somebody please tell me this is part of what has already been paid for the trip!  Classed as local taxes.

And surprised that the walking is anything from 6 - 12 k per day. I expected it to be much further. Thank heavens for Snowdonia and the Lakes. Good training!

Mon, 09/13/2010 - 21:10

Just a quick note...

Thought park fees were included in holiday price???

Mon, 09/13/2010 - 22:02

at what point do we stay in hotels? (thinking running water here!)?

Thanks for prompt replies by the way ;-)

Tue, 09/14/2010 - 16:47

Hotels first night and last night. So lots of celebrating on the last night and a chance to  wear your new   I climbed Kili T Shirt. :o)

Mozzies won't be around on the mountain , it is too high for the mozzie that carries Malaria. I wouldn't bother with a hat net.  Nobody on our trip got bit at all or wore any repellant . It just wasn't an issue. The biggest threat is from the SUN . So take the strongest factor you can buy and apply it regularly.


Tue, 09/14/2010 - 17:27

Thanks again ............. keep having to retrace my thread! How can I view your photos on line?

ps, never screed before as I hate coming down mountains!!!! However Snowdonia/ Tryfan/Pyg and Scarfel have certainly prepared me, but I've got a feeling I'm in for a shock! OMG

Tue, 09/14/2010 - 21:45

You can see photos of my trip by typing TYW in the search bar. Then scroll to bottom of page and click on images link and then scroll down to find craiglc photo album.  Some pics are from N Wales accidently put them on :o(


Tue, 09/14/2010 - 21:48

This time next week we should be sat on the plane, hopefully having met up beforehand in the departure lounge.  I have had to make a phone call to chase up my kit bag I have been assured that it will arrive. After reading Andy's update now considering more shorts ! will have to do a practise pack, I have never had to pack for a trip trying to cover Hot & Cold, Rain or Sun, I am sure I have read somewhere that mosquito nets are supplied when needed, have made sure that I have repellent and also have purification tablets and enough to share, probably got more in the 1st aid kit than stocked in Boots !!

Thanks for all the tips guys really appreciate all the information.

7 sleeps and counting


Tue, 09/14/2010 - 23:19

Hey Juliet,

Don't worry about the packing....we will all just pack a peg. Simples!

Actually, you will be surprised and pleased what you can manage to get in the Exodus bag. Definately all meet up in departure lounge (we all will be the ones in shorts, T-shirt, padded down jackets and clogg hopper walking boots, just in case they lose the luggage, lol). Looks like some great team spirit going on here. Figure it will help us all reach the summit.

Oh, BTW, If anyones interested The Welsh rugby captains are on TV this Thursday evening at 7:30pm, going up Kilimanjaro, they went on 5th Sept...decided not to watch it, but am going to record it and watch it when I get back...

Cheers, Andy

Wed, 09/15/2010 - 10:29

Hey Juliett,

I would totally recommend getting some zippy food bags and packing separate clothing items in them, and marking them up. It saves pulling everything out of your kit bag, where you run the risk of either getting very frustrated or losing something! It means everthing you need is easily to hand. i.e put pairs of liner socks together with a thick pair. Hankies in one bag, pants in another (Uou've presumably invested in wicking knickers?) Thermals long sleeved. etc Sounds long winded but did this for Everest and my friend does it for every trek. She was always the first one ready in the mornings. Also, preplan your summit layering, make a list, and when the time comes there'll be no faffing around! Otherwise I've heard that you just wear everything you've got because it is sooooo cold (LOL).

Having a duvet day as full of cold and need to shake it off before 25th Sept! Time for some extra research :-)

Wed, 09/15/2010 - 12:36


My friend Gill and I are also doing the Kili trip on 21st September - you all sound great and really ready for the big adventure. We did the Inca trail a few years ago and the team spirit and comeraderie were amazing,  so really looking forward to meeting up with you all.  See you at Heathrow next week!


PS We are the pensioners in the group, so look out at the airport for two white haired old ladies wearing summer dresses and plimsoles!  (It's 30degrees at Kili airport today)

Wed, 09/15/2010 - 22:22

Hey Andy, I cant find the programme of the Welsh Rugby Captains doing Kilimanjaro on sky planner, what channel is it ? would like to record it myself and try and keep it for later on our return.

More shopping today, remembered to get a bigger memory card for the camera, forgot the extra batteries !!

still no kit bag


Wed, 09/15/2010 - 23:12

Hi Juliette,

7:30pm ITV Wales

Cheers, Andy

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 13:41

good to hear everyone is preparing well - i would recommend taking some sugary items for summit day - i failed to get to the top of Chimborazo last year as all the will in the world is no substitute for zero blood sugar level - my mate who i went with also took jelly babies to the top of Kili 3 years ago & he said they were invaluable - a big box is currently half price in sainsbury's so time to stock up.

Does anyone know if there'll be snow on the summit as well - my mate reckons not for this time of year.

only 2 more gym sessions & 1 walk across the seven sisters to go

 see you soon


Thu, 09/16/2010 - 16:41

We took *Sports Beans* enough for a pack per day. They are full of energy. check them out on the web. Very good.

There was snow on Kili in Feb but I don't think there is at the moment. But that will make the section between Gillmans and Uhuru safer to walk and less energy sapping.

You will be glad to know that you will be given Bars of Cadbury Chocolate at various points on the trek especially on summit night. Yum!


Fri, 09/17/2010 - 08:21

sports - never heard of them - probably too late to check them out - picked up a bad shoulder injury about 3 weeks by slipping off a flight of wet steps - hasn't affected training but can feel it especially carrying a rucksack so will probably be on painkillers - can't believe the bad timing - could be worse i suppose.

have 2-3 training sessions left & last day at work today - happy days!!!

 hope everyone else's preparation is going well - look forward to meeting you all

Fri, 09/17/2010 - 11:09

Hi Guys, I have just taken my dog to the vet and he pulled and I twisted round pulling a muscle in my thigh !!! AGH !!!! currently sitting with heat pad on the muscle and a couple of Ibruprofen in me, unbelievable.... I am hoping when the spasm unlocks it will be OK so talk about bad timing, I was going to go the the gym but decided against it, Anyway looking on the positive side, now have my dollars, and the taxi is booked for the airport a little twinge is not going to stop me !

Fri, 09/17/2010 - 14:03

whenever i get a muscular injury i use the following method

 get in the shower & hold the shower head in your hand & run it over the affected area - then turn the temperaure down very slowly so the affected area gets used to the temp change - then down again - until you have it on freezing cold but keep it concentrated on the affected area for about 1 -2 minutes on the coldest setting - then turn it back up to normal & then once more as before - then take 2 ibuprofen & go to bed - you should feel like a new person in the morning.

works for me on my squash injuries & also very good against a lactic acid build up.

Fri, 09/17/2010 - 14:35

are you on my trip we start the trek next sunday (26th Sept), OMG its so close, when I booked the trip it was ages away! I joined a bit late and the flight was fully booked so I am flying from Manchester to Amsterdam and then to KIlimanjaro next Friday so I think I will meet everybody next Saturday. I am now really looking forward to it, I packed my bag last night and everything fitted in quiet easily. The suggestion of bagging everything has been confirmed by a couple I spoke to who went up 2 weeks ago as everything gets wet and dirty really quickly. Don't forget some smarter clothes for the last night to celebrate!

Last trip to decathalon (hopefully) for some new socks this afternoon, and a few more lucozade powders.

See you next week



Fri, 09/17/2010 - 20:16

That is next Saturday guys! unbelievable hey :-) I now have enough socks so ready to go (last minute packing gets done on Monday!) Oh and I have spare laces too :-)

Ian, think you are setting out a day before us, but sure our paths will cross. Are you doing MERU too?

Everyone, be careful this week leading up to the trek, and avoid taking doggies to vets!!


Fri, 09/17/2010 - 21:13

Hi Guys,

How lovely to hear from you all! I'm a friend of Brian who's been very busy in this cafe giving you all lots of tips!. It seems like you're all very fit and ready to go! I hope I won't be the one slowing you down. I've only done Inca Trail and got up to 4.500 m so cannot tell what's it like above it. Looking forward to meeting you all!

love Goska

Sat, 09/18/2010 - 11:50

Hi Guys, the leg is fine this morning, thanks for the advice.  It is more likely to be me at the back bringing up the rear, I am fit and feel fitter than I have done for years with the extra preperation I have done for the trip.  I have achieved high peaks in the UK but no more than that.  What I do have in abundance is PMA (Positive Mental Attitude) and I am sure the team spirit will get us there.

Trial pack done and weight is good, still no kit bag !!!


Sat, 09/18/2010 - 21:13

Hi Guys,

Glad to see all injuries improved. Kinda watch out the next few days till we get out there, lol!

Last training session for me, today. Pen-Y-Fan. Living on pizza, burgers and beer the past fortnight, I would say to gain some weight, but my wife would say because I have been out training rather than have the kids!

See you all on Tuesday evening, Terminal 4, Heathrow.

Cheers, Andy

Mon, 09/20/2010 - 14:48

Hi every one,just back after completing kili, we were a group of 12 and 11 made it to the top, ages ranged from 27 to 71. We did Mt Meru first, this helped with the altitude. Enjoyed the trip greatly. You get very dirty due to the dust once up in the desert plane. Important note, you should wear all your essential gear as bags go missing in Nairobi. The captains where 1 day ahead of our groupWishing you all the best and good LuckJim

Mon, 09/20/2010 - 18:42

Well done James, thanks for the advice, so looking forward to the adventure which starts tomorrow !

We will have to swop notes with you when we get back.

See you all tomorrow in Departures


Mon, 09/20/2010 - 19:33

Just want to wish you all a great trip!

Drink plenty,eat well,enjoy the company and listen to your guides! and you WILL make it!

Thu, 09/23/2010 - 01:26

Well, 2 really cos here I am at stupid o'clock reading the forums when I should be getting decent pre trek sleep!

Currency collected. Packing done, zipped, weighed. New camera purchased. In touch with Jim (thank you for all your advise). Will be leaving some gear (older clothing) and any unused medication. Any idea who we would give this to?

Have been advised to get a stack of cheap bangles from Primark and use to bartar or to get rid of any hawkers. Have any of you experienced difficulties with peeps selling their wares and pestering?

All this and packed my friends trek bag too!! Thinking of hiring myself out for future travellers nite x

Thu, 09/23/2010 - 16:18

Hi Karen
You wont get pestered that much, but on your last day on the mountain there will be kids selling flags,t shirts etc waiting on the trail very near the marangu gate. Best just smile and keep walking . No need for bangles unless you want to give them as gifts to the kids.

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