On December 9 2013, three friends Sheetal, Gayathri & Nikhil arrived in Arusha, Tanzania to start their Kilimanjaro adventure!
Day 1 - The Climb Begins
Their 7 day Machame Route climb started at the Machame Gate. The weather was good and all were happy.
Sheetal, Gayathri and Nikhil were doing well this morning and on the way to Shira cave today. It was raining but all was good so far!
Today the group headed to Baranco Camp via the Lava Tower. They were doing fine despite of the rain they had been getting everyday.
In the morning of Day 4, Sheetal, Gayathri and Nikhil scaled and scrambled up Baranco Wall. They then made their way to Barafu instead of Karanga camp. Since the group was taking a slow pace Lead Guide Tumaini and the group decided that they would do day time summit the next morning.
Day 5 - Summit Day - They Did It!
Sheetal, Gayathri & Nikhil started making their way to the summit at 05:50. Though tired, all three climbers kept walking - pole, pole - slowly, slowly as the guides always say. It snowed for them - in Africa! There is nothing like a rest and a warm cup of tea to keep you going!
Despite the rain they had every day and snow, Sheetal and Nikhil summited to the Roof of Africa! It took 9 hrs of determination to make it to the top. Gaya had to turn back just before Stella Point - it takes courage to get this far and wisdom to listen to your guide, and your body, and turn back if necessary.
Everyone is doing well and will spend the next two days trekking back.
Congratulations to Sheetal, Nikhil and Gaya, you can all be very proud of your achievement! Welcome to the select group of people who have been brave enough to go on this journey.
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