Monday, 30 September

Elevation: 3,720 m, moorland terrain

Spirits very high we started our mountain hut routine. Woken up by one of the porter for coffee and tea and then the “wishy washy” was brought which was basically a small bucket of warm water each and some soap. This was the same in the evenings and allowed us a little bit of hygiene. This bit of “luxury” was omitted at the highest – Kibo hut. After wishy washy time we had breakfast and then about 30 minutes later we hit the trail again.

We started to see some other parts of the mountain like Mt Mawenzi. A sharp escarpement to the east of Uhuru peak that is much more technical compared to the “standard” hike up Kilimanjaro.

About half way up the 11 km hike we saw the last of the trees which were replaced by low shrubbery. It takes about 5 hours hiking to reach the very important Horombo hut.