Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro Trip Report (#3617)

  • Signed By: Anya brzezinski of lynnfield, ma, usa
  • Date submitted: August 27, 2004
  • Number of People Encountered:

On Feb 15 2004 my husband asked me what I would like for my special birthday. My answer was: Surprise me. Six months later and the 24 hours before departure I was informed about my surprise-CLIMBING KILIMANJARO- the highest freestanding mountain in the world. Andrzej (my husband) picked F&S KILIWARRIOR as our outfitter because their approach gave us the greatest chance to succeed. Our family included a 12-year-old son, 15-year-old daughter and 19-year-old son. We are very ordinary family. My kids never slept in the tents. We have NEVER climbed any mountain and since it was surprise we did not do any preparations. On 8/8/04 we landed in Tanzania. Wilber greeted us. He drove us to the beautiful hotel were we could relax. Next day he and Eben showed us our road to the top. It looked very long, but according to Eben the longer the time on the mountain the better chance for success. We had total of 9 days. Seven going up including 1 full day for acclimatization and 2 days going down. We had team of porters and 2 guides. On the day of our departure to Kili my daughter got fever so my husband took her personal backpack, she took Tylenol and off we went. The scenery was beautiful, the guides very knowledgeable. They stop and at any interesting flower or plant. My 12 year old for three hours was talking to Faraja (our guide). Justin the second guide was at the end of our group, making sure that the whole group gets to the camp. When we got there-the tents were ready, hot water provided, tea waited. A few hours later we had great dinner. Portable toilets with hot showers were always available. That pattern repeated itself at every camp. (I have to add the mattress under sleeping bags were very good; -thick foam and not thin plastic like others campers' had) All the porters were wonderful. My 12 year old spend more time with them then with us. He played cards with them, learned songs and ate ugari food. In summary, thanks to great organization our totally average inexperience family with a feverish kid, got to the top. We had wonderful time and my children will be able to tell someday a story to their own children about a mountain in the middle of Africa with snow on top. THANKS: GO-KILI.COM. Anya Brzezinski-Lynnfield Mass

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