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Kilimanjaro

Day 5: Shira Caves (Stage 2)

Wednesday, 14 Dec 2011

Distance: 7 km
Duration: 6 hours
Altitude reached: 3840 m

We were the last to be ready! I think our group members started to recognize our trait then. Malu!

Our chambres. [singlepic id=205 w=640 h=480 float=]

Another long day of walking in the rain. The vegetation gradually changed into a mix of heath and moorland which gave a different impression. I felt like being in a magic forest. Enchanting! Was expecting to see some magic mushroom and pixies (Thanks to Enid Blyton fairy tales). [singlepic id=206 w=640 h=480 float=]

It made my heart wrench every time I see the backbreaking hardworking porters passing by us. Can you imagine the hard work for just 7 USD per day! [singlepic id=212 w=640 h=480 float=]

Do remember to drink a lot! I also read somewhere that it was not advisable to walk and drink at the same time so I only drank during breaks to avoid AMS (also know as altitude sickness) at all cost. We only used water purification and neutralizer tablets without any flavoring. And still I managed to drink about 4 litres of water everyday! (That’s Agrey, one of our guides taking a break next to me) [singlepic id=214 w=640 h=480 float=]

It was really lovely except that the rain which made us cold. So, those cheap ponchos were worth it! [singlepic id=211 w=640 h=480 float=]

Can’t really remember how long we walked, perhaps about 4-5 hours (6km). The paths were rather steep but truly scenic moorland. There were streams and waterfalls. We had to go all the way up onto the Shira Plateau! [singlepic id=207 w=640 h=480 float=]

We trekked until a height of 3800m, descended and then camped at 3800m again.

Upon arrival, our guide suggested a short acclimatisation walk up to 4000m. It took about an hour and most people suffered from a mild headache due to the altitude while up there except me. Yeah! But I did walk really really really slow as I was afraid of being sick (remember my bad experience in KK!). At the end of that trek, I earned the nickname ‘moon walker’. Someone even asked me if I have asthma.

Poor Chris didn’t join us as he wasn’t feeling too well since the morning trek.

We missed the usual popcorn and tea session as we took too much time cleaning up (using baby wipes only!). Had the usual soup, rice with sauce for dinner and special treat of Belgian chocolates from Chris after. Yummy!

Toilet was again behind our tent. Easy access!

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