Tuesday, 04 August 2015 09:44
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Monday, 06 April 2015 13:05
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Monday, 03 September 2012 11:13

100% Team Summit Kilimanjaro: This is just a fast message to all family and friends of the team.

At 08:00 Kilimanjaro time all team members reached the summit. As usual it was a hard climb and some team members suffered more then others at altitude. All however pushed through and made a dream a reality. We did one of the worlds highest Flash Mobs and sang some songs on the summit.

Everyone is now back at high camp at Barraffu for an hours rest before packing up to descend another 1600 meter. No one is looking forward to the descent. Some of the team are very tired.

'Great news Pat and big HURRAY to the rest of the gang, well done and enjoy the elation this evening' - from all at the office!

High camp Barraffu and all the team ready for summit attempt tonight.

Sept 7th - 13:00.
It's snowing, cold and cloudy on arrival at high camp. We are going to have some lunch before doing an acclimatizing trek to rise another 150 meters before we descent to high cam for early dinner at 17:00 before we retire for a few hours rest to rise at 23:00 for our summit attempt . Tonight and tomorrow is going to hardest day ever for nearly all the team. We rise at 23:00 and get ready to climb at 24:00 . Then it will take between 7 and 9 hours to reach the summit then a three hours descent to our high camp and after an hours rest we descend for another four hours to Mweka camp site. We will be up to 17 hours on the go. Cross fingers for all the team tonight.

en route to karranga camp

Barranco wall, after all the apprehension this morning every one in the team really enjoyed the climb. A highlight for most. All safe and now making our way to our next camp site at Karangu 4000 meters. Tomorrow we make our way to high camp.

When we arrived at camp last night the mist was in and no one got a chance to see our obstacle of the 200 meter high Barranco wall.

This morning the team woke to the view ahead of the climb today and it always amazes the comments when people see it.

Karen: We have to climb that, are you serious?

Ronan: I thought it was going to be vertical, I'm relieved.

Gary: I'm staying here with the bags.

James: Can't wait, it will be a step closer to the summit.

Mark: Big hi to Julie and Luke. It a great climb looking forward to today.

Maura: Can't wait to get over today, the summit is within reach.

Greg: Looking forward to the climb today and getting closer to the summit.

Lil: O my what a challenge!

Paul: I can't wait to scramble up that, it's exciting.

Trevor; A walk in the park!! Big hi and kiss to Anusia and Lauryn! I'm shitting it !!

Eric: No problem, it's great to just be here.

Pat G: Holy shit!! Everything is great.

All in very positive form and having great fun!



Shira camp September 5th 13000 feet To 15200 feet Lava Towers.

All the team suffering from a little sleep depravation due to altitude, cold, snoring and stomach wind which increases at altitude. All getting use to the camping and getting lots of rest once in camp. The good news is that all the team are doing well. The pace is great and being set by Greg who is being paced by Alfred. Today it a lot colder with treating clouds sweeping in from the valley below and even though the sun is up there is a biting wind. All the team are geared up with warm wind gear and gloves. It's amazing how fast the weather can change up here. Today will be a hard altitude day as we rise to 4650 meters to lava towers which will test our ability to acclimatize. It's going to be a long day as we ascent to 4650m before a long descent to our camp at Barranco wall at 3950m for the night. We rise high and sleep low. Today's walk took all of 8 and a half hours including beaks. All the team are feeling good.






Tuesday 4th September - Trek day 2 : Machame to Shira camp

Rain forest, September 3rd and moorland, September 4th.. this has been one of the finest days I have been in the rain forest since I started climbing Kilimanjaro in 1994. Not a cloud in the sky and for the 1st time in 28 ascents I have had the perfect day in the forest. Ronan and Mark are excited at the idea of sleeping in a tent as they have never in his 35 years stayed in one.We had a beautiful night with full moon, a star studded night and woke to the singing of birds from the rain forest and moorland.

Wake up call at 06:30am with James and Amadeus woke all the team to serve tea in the tent. Most of the team got a good night sleep and are ready for the day ahead. We are now at 3000 meters 10000 feet, all the team are good with a few slight headaches. Today we push to 3950m to Shira camp where the altitude will start to click in. Beautiful morning, weather good and sun is up. Can you believe we are down to t-shirts, sweating, a full moon still in the sky, no clouds and sun high in the sky. All smiles and positive as we make our way across the moore land traverse to our camp site. Keep you posted.

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Monday 3rd September 2012 - Trek Day 1

Kilimanjaro start for our September group. A great day with good weather. It a fantastic morning with little cloud and the team have their first sight of the full scale of the mountain as we leave Moshi to go through the banana coffee plantation. The are in awe of the height of it from here. It's the first time in a while that we have got it this clear on our approach. Lots of the team are in disbelief that in a few days that we will be standing on the summit of which they now see. It is an amazing sight pushing skyward from the Africian plains below. Glistening like a polished diamond our team approach the mountain in anticipation of the days ahead. Hopefully we will have a nice day in the rain Forrest. The trek to the top of Africa begisn.



Saturday 1st September 2012


Kilimanjaro international airport.

All the team for our September climb have arrived safely, excited but tired. I have just met them with my driver Hamis for the hour long journey to our secure hotel in Moshi. This month's team are below.
The energy of the team feels great. All bags have arrived, always a major relief for myself and all the team.

1 Paul Maher
2 James Brodrick

3 Lil rogan
4 Trevor Deady
5 Mark O Connell
6 Eric O Leary
7 Pat O Gorman
8 Mary Stilvern
9 Gary McGullagh
10 Karen Roche
11 Greg Butler
12 Ronan Guilfoyle

Follow the team over the coming week on Facebook and news on www.patfalvey.com for another exciting adventure as we climb to the summit of kilimanjaro.

Saturday 1st September 2012


Africa Kilimanjaro September: I'm excited Greg Butler has arrived and the rest of the September team is arriving tonight for the Kilimanjaro Climb.  They are now en route from Amsterdam. All going well we will be leaving for the mountain on Monday. The weather is stable today and great views of it from our hotel in Moshi. This will be my third time climbing the mountain in the last few weeks. It is one of my favourites and I never get tired of working with my teams that come out here to fulfill for them a life long ambition.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012 11:48
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Summit Push
12 midnight all the team left Barrafu and made a slow but steady pace. It took 8 hours to summit we had an amazing team of my African guides. Fredrick my head guide as well as his two sons Godiliven and Emanuel as well as Jasper, Alfred, Oktavian,and Livingston. All are highly motivated to have all of the team to the summit. The unsung heroes of the mountain. We had 100% success.
For all the team it was they said the hardest thing they have ever undertaken. We are all down safely angd making our way to Moshi and looking forward to a big party tomorrow night with all of the team. Congratulations to Kathy, Carmel, Phil, Joe, Jim, James, aisling, John, Sean, Louise, Laura, Tony and Colette.  We will post some pictures and video once back to civilization.

Day 6 kili - All team Summit!!
Short sms received at 11.30am Irish time from Pat:
"All team reached the summit 14 Irish and 7 Tanzanian guides, full blog later"
The team should be arriving back down to Barrafu camp around 1pm Irish time for rest and replenish water/food. Fantastic success again for another team on Kilimanjaro. Well done Pat!

Day 5 kili - pre summit at Barrafu.

Today we rose from Karanga To Barrafu camp site. All the team were in great form and all of the altitude problems of the previous few days are under control. Laura, john, Kathy and James have recovered from there problems of altitude and overheating which cause them some problems. Colette is having some small problems with her back but provide we can keep the weight down she has a great chance.  The atmosphere at breakfast was positive and all now confident of being healthy enough for a good attempt on the summit. I believe we will all reach it if we can keep the team focused and confident. It took up four hours to get to Barrafu which is at 4700 meters. We left at 09:00 and arrived at 13;00. The pace was pole - pole, slowly - slowly. We will have some lunch here before going for an acclimatizing trek for an hour after lunch. Dinner will be at 17:00 tonight and the team will try and get a few hours sleep before our ascent at midnight.
Stay posted and I'll update either later tonight or tomorrow early to let you know how all the team gets on. This is it the summit looms overhead and by this time tomorrow we will be on our way down. Cross fingers for Kathy, Carmel, Phil, Joe, Jim, James, Aisling, John, Sean, Louise, Laura, Tony and Colette.
If I summit this will be number 26 for me. I'm really looking forward to the August and September trips also with two more great teams.
Talk again soon. Pat

Weather: The temperature dropped to - 4 degrees over night last night and by 8 am had risen to 1 degree, by the time we climbed the wall the sun was baking down and temperatures rose to 24 degrees and Kathy and Laura suffered from heat exhaustion. Once all had lunch all are now acclimatized and now the talk is all positive.The next 48 hours are going to be hard for all the team as we make our way to the Barrafu camp site tomorrow where we rest for a few hours and then leave for the summit.
Cross fingers that all the team will remain healthy and acclimatized. It's still a long way to the summit....


Day 3: 26th June. Early rise 6:30am some of the team have had a restless night while some have complained of slight headaches but all are in good and positive form. Even though apprehensive about going up another 850 meters today before descending. We headed in an easterly direction from camp site to gain the ridge to connect to the upper path under the imposing face of kili to traverse over the mountain. We made our way to lava towers to a height of 4650 meters . The altitude was affecting most of the team today and that is to be expected. We rested for a hour at lava towers to give everyone time to acclimatize.  While there a few of the team scrambled up on the tower before descending to high camp. It was a long day leaving camp at 08:30 and arriving at Barranco camp 18.00. It's been a long day for all the team. All now at camp relaxing and recovering from a hard day and looking forward to tomorrow.

The Mountain Lodge says: Great news Pat !! - The team will enjoy a different and interesting day tomorrow as they ascend the Barranco wall for 2-3hrs offering dramatic views of the valley and campsite below. Its a nice break from the meandering pathways and you get to use your hands as you scramble up. Then to Karanga Camp where hopfully they get some clear weather underneath the mighty Kibo. Pat confirms tonight they are getting mixed visibility, cloudy in afternoons, and dry overall today.


Day 2: 25th June. After an early rise of 06:30 we had breakfast and made our way from from our damp campsite at Machame at 3000 meters at the top of the rain forest into a new climatical change of scenery today into the moorland and alpine meadow. This was a hard four hour push to our lunch break through a steep incline through spectacular landscape. All the team were feeling good but a little tired. We were hoping for sights of the upper reaches on route but mother nature cloaked the summit from us. Even though disappointed, all the team were over the moon as none were yet suffering any effect of altitude, mainly due to the pace and drinking water. After lunch we  traversed the upper reaches of the moorland and alpine region to arrived tired but excited to have now risen to 3850 meters and all feeling great. We arrive in camp at 15:00 for a well deserved rest before dinner. Tomorrow we head into the lunar landscape as we try to acclimatize to 4650 meters. This will be a hard day and a test of the altitude for the team.

rainforest240Day 1: 24th June. All up for breakfast and the team were in great form excited at the adventure ahead. Then a 45 minute drive to the gate to sign in. Sorted all our porters and guides a total of 39 in total. Porters, cooks, helpers as well as our summit guides. All of whom have worked for me over the last 15 years. We then started our trek through the rain forest which was overcast with our enlarged caravan. After 5 and a half hours we were now wet and sweaty after the journey while we settled in for the first night. The day was warm and humid with temperature reaching 28 degrees with humidity of 86%, however the night temp dropped to 2 degrees. All the team had a hard but interesting day and settled down to their first nights camping on the mountain. All the team were feeling tired but in good form.

Louise, Laura, Sean and John Quirke
Jim, James and Aisling Ronayne
Joe and Phil Byrne
Colette and Tony Doonan
Carmel Hughes
Kathy Killgallon

Team leader: Pat Falvey
Our head local mountain leader: Freddy Tarimo

Local administration office: Nadir

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Monday, 07 May 2012 11:43
Published in Travel & Training News

Post Trip Report from Annie Ryan

Here are a small selection of some of my photos. I have taken so many that it was seriously tough just selecting a few. Again, I want to thank you for organising such an amazing trip. I also would like to note without our Guide and Cook our trip would not have been as amazing as it was. They deserve as much credit as we can heap upon them.

I won't forget my amazing week in Morocco. Def plan on returning someday.

Cheers, Annie

Head Guide: Abdulla (Berber)

Team: Marty Cooke; Emma Perry; Annie Ryan :


Arrived in Morroco: Day 1 Report 5th May

All going well We had enjoyable day in Marraketch Emaa el-Fna - the main market square in Marrakesh, Morocco. This square hosts the largest traditional market (souk) in Morocco and is reputedly one of the busiest squares in Africa and the world. It is amazing the hustle and bustle having to deal with all the traders. Gives a real sense of Morroco.


Day 2/3 Report Monday 7th May

A wonderful few days, amazing scenery and really nice to see the Berber community. Abdulla is a wonderful guide. I think the fact that he is Berber himself is a bonus. He is a fountain of local knowledge.

To see the herds of goats being herded through the mountains was brilliant. I'm running out of adjectives to describe how much I am enjoying myself. The girls ask me to tell Lorraine all is ok. They are having problems getting texts out...


Day 4/5 Report May 7th

Another great day - weather and views wonderful. Had a slight back spasm today, could barely move for a few minutes. Abdulla carried my pack for half an hour till we got to the spot where we were having lunch, Then let the mule take it to the gate. Feels a lot better now. Will decide in the morning whether to attempt the high pass over to the Refuge or to do the easier route with the mules. The rest of the team are doing great. Emma has a bit of a cold, but not that bad to cause her real concerns. We will be in place for summit attempt tomorrow. All good!


Day six Report May 8th Mid-morning Report:

Sitting eating a moroccon picnic on a mountain pass 3600 meters above sea level- altitude starting to click in but all feeling well. We are excited at the first view of our goal- Mount Toubkal. Awe inspiring! God Allah in his heaven and all's right with the world..

Evening Report:

Hi base in Ireland, safely at the refuge, very tired! All in good form..... now the challenge starts as we are summit bound. Will keep you updated in the next few days.


Day seven Report May 9th:

Our staff Mustapha in Morocco got in touch with the wonderful news that 'The team reached the summit this morning. Everbody made it! They are so happy. They are in Imlil village tonight. Tomorrow, they will be transfered to Marrakech'

And from Marty..''Hi Lorraine I have attached a zip file of some of the photos from the Toubkal Trek. Hopefully the file names will be self explanatory.

It has been a wonderful experience - both the ascent of Toubkal itself, and the experience of seeing the way of life of the Berber community. Abdulla, our guide,has been a mine of information.

I will contact you again on my return to Ireland''

And we look forward to hearing from you all on your safe return! Congratulations on a wonderful summit to you all and we look forward to hearing from you all as settle back after what seems to of been an amazing adventure!!

Wednesday, 28 March 2012 19:57
Published in Travel & Training Team

Hello my friends. I was born in 1964. My education is primary school for 7 years and then secondary for 4 years.

In 1986, I started as a porter until 1988 and from then, I walk as a Chief Guide.

Myself, I never travelled out but I travel by meeting the people, because I meet the people around the world.

I look forward to meeting you - Fredy




Saturday, 17 September 2011 00:58

All team members reach the summit - See reports received by the Expedition Office

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Trip Reports by: Lorraine Gordon - Team Leader/Guide

Guides: Ian O'Neill & Lorraine Gordon

Good morning Lorraine, back at desk since yesterday. Just a short note to say I found the climb a wonderful experience and to thank you personally for all the support and encouragement during the week and especially your efforts that got me to the top on the night climb. It is only now when I am home and have time to reflect on the photographs and talk to people, the hugh achievement personally and by you and Ian, to get the whole group to the Top.
All the best, Dermot

Post Trek Report: Well, the dust has settled and everyone is back from Safari and Zanzibar. Most of team has been in contact over the past few days and the feedback and comments coming in from everyone has been amazing - Second time round and I can honestly say the experience was as good and even better as my first time being out in Tanzania. Mount Kilimanjaro is often understated in her challange but the rewards reaped in each days trek far outweigh any moments of despair. It's not just the sense of accomplishment as you look back on height gained, or the amazing views, or the experience of the different terrains encountered- these are all part of what makes Mount Kilimanjaro so unique. But it's the people who are with you and that become an integral part of your adventure that each time makes this trek an unforgetable experience. Our support team of 61 lead by head guide Fredrick made our journey not only possible but awe inspiring as they each day set up Camp and cooked and aided us and throughout, were so kind and positive. Their smiles and camaraderie at the end of each days trek were welcomed! They work so hard to ensure that everyone's journey is the best it can be and without a moment of hesitation it can be said they were top class! As for the Irish team- what can I say! We had it all  - determination, glamour ('here come the girls), laughter, remarkable team work and strength. Everyday everyone worked together to ensure not only their day but the day of those around them went well. We set off as 18 strangers and returned to Moshi as one. On behalf of Irish & Worldwide Adventures, again we say Congratulations to you all! An amazing journey with you one and all

''Thanks so much for organising a fantastic trip for us and for taking such great care of us on the mountain - Best adventure of my life!''  - Ciara

''Lorraine & Ian, Just a quick note to thank you both for all your help & organisational skills (& patience) in Tanzania. I had a wonderful time & that's in no small part due to you & the rest of the amazing team in Moshi. Thanks again''  - Lisa

''Thank you for everything you did and how well you looked after us in Africa, Pat and I were really impressed''  - Jim





DAY 6 September 22nd: Success all reach the summit

The night begins:
All the team had little sleep in anticipation of what the night held in store for them. A bright clear night we were summit bound as we donned on our warm clothes and head torches in the dark of the morning to head to the summit. A long and arduous day ahead and all of us working together as a team.

Barafu Camp to Summit to Mweka Hut 

Elevation (ft): 15,300ft to 19,345ft (and down to 10,000ft)
Distance: 5 km ascent / 12 km descent
Hiking Time: 7-8 hours ascent / 4-6 hours descent
Habitat: Arctic

We all left camp in the early hours of the morning, it was dark and the only sound was the rustling of feet. The instruction to move upwards was give by Fredrick and the summit attempt began pole pole, the mantra for the night, (slowly slowly) we had 14 hours to go. We continued our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers, moving in a northwesterly direction ascending through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. By the time we got there we where both mentally and physically exhausted. This is the most challenging portion of the trek. But after a few minutes rest we knew the summit was within reach.

At Stella Point (18,600 ft), we stopped for a short rest and were rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise.

From Stella Point, we made our way on the long slow 1-hour ascent to the summit - Uhuru Peak, the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the continent of Africa. We all look in awe at each other; the summit was achieved by all the team. Tear of joy, sorry and pain came to everyone naturally for all the team the dream of standing on the highest point on the African continent was achieved. Now the long descent from the summit begins.

Team on Summit

From the summit, we now make our descent continuing straight down to the Mweka Hut camp site, stopping at Barafu for lunch.

We will update the balance of our journey later.

The team: Ciara O Bien, John Gethings, Keith Sheridan, Myles O Brien, Dermot Scanlon, James Cummins, Patricia Cummins, Lisa Molan, Shane McCabe, David Murray Keane, Mary Murray, Neol Murray, Patrick Murray, Mark Murray, Nigel Heath and the guides Fredy, Francais ,Lorraine, Ian, Douglas, Alfred, Jasper, & Armani.

They are now all descending to Mewka hut campsite with 5 Kitchen staff and 49 porters for a celebration and a good night sleep before returning to Moshi tomorrow and the completion of the trek.

DAY 5 September 21st

Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
Elevation (ft): 13,100ft to 15,300ft
Distance: 4 km
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert


After a healthy breakfast (eggs anyone!) all the team were on the move heading to our head camp Barafu, the spirits high and no altitude sickness yet amongst the whole group due to proper acclimatization on the mountain. All the training at home and in Kerry is paying off. We left Karanga camp site and hit the junction which connects with the Mweka Trail and continue to gain altitude slowly as we ploughed our way uphill as we continued up to the Barafu Hut.

At this point, we have completed the South Circuit. The views of the summit from all around us were fantastic and our hearts ran faster at the thought tonight is the summit. We set up camp at around 1.00pm and had some lunch before walking a little higher to gain altitude before returning to camp to rest for a few hours.

We are now at high camp, resting, enjoying dinner as we prepare for the summit attempt later tonight. As we retire to bed the beauty of our surrounding is awesome, the two peaks of Mawenzi and Kibo are to be seen from this position.

All the team are feeling fine, the altitude is starting to click in and we are hoping all the team will feel well enough in the middle of the night to make a summit attempt.

Our next despatch will be to let you all know how we get fare on the summit push. Cross fingers and say a prayer that we all get to the summit and back safely to lower camp tomorrow.


Day 4 September 20th

Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp
Elevation (ft): 13,000ft to 13,100ft
Distance: 5 km
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Habitat: Alpine Desert

Leaving Barranco Camp, we crossed, scrambling, a steep ridge passing the Barranco Wall. An unexpected added bonus for some, the team enjoyed and conquered the challenge and were rewarded at the top of the wall by the vast and beautiful views back down over Barranco. As we crossed the Karanga Valley, it started to rain, only dampening the spirit of the group for a short spell. We are now a well oiled machine! We made our way across a traversing slope to the Karanga Valley Campsite.

Cloud drops with Mt Meru peeping through

After a change and some tea, the clouds suddenly lifted and there was silence as we climbed out of the mess tent to witness a picture that will stay in our minds for a long time to come - the clouds had dropped below Camp and peeping over it's cover in the near distance was Mt Meru. We sat around the site gazing at this backdrop and as we did every night, found a new reason and energy in this to get us through another day!

This is a short day meant for acclimatization. All the team are feeling confident and they are awaiting a big day tomorrow.


Day 3 September 19th
Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco Camp
Elevation (ft): 12,500ft to 13,000ft
Distance: 15 km
Hiking Time: 6 and a half hours
Habitat: Semi Desert


All up bright and early today fantastic views as we made our way from our from Shira Plateau campsite which resembles a semi desert landscape making our way east up a ridge, passing the junction towards the peak of Kibo.

The clouds started to role in by mid morning. All the team continue in good form with little altitude problems. A few of the team had slight headaches. After lunch, we were feeling strong as a team- there was a few moments where it was felt by some that a descend to Camp without visiting the Lava Towers would be a good option. I admire strongly their decision to listen to the advise of the team and Freddy and continue in a slow pace, turning South East towards the Lava Tower, called the "Shark's Tooth." By the time we got to the towers, everyone was feeling the benefit of having taken in this extra acclimatisation and the picture is strong in my mind of 17 smiling faces surrounded by the overshadowing tower rock wall. Shortly after the tower, we continued down to the Barranco Hut at an altitude of 13,000ft where we camped for the night. There we rested, enjoyed dinner, and overnighted. Although you end the day at the same elevation as when you started, this day is very important for acclimatization and will help your body prepare for summit day. All of the team arrived in camp in good form.


Day 2 September 18th

We awoke to another day and set off upwards toward Camp 2

Shira Camp (3840m)

Hiking time: 6h Distance: 9 kms approx

Habitat: Moorland

Having left the glades of the rain forest, the team continued on an ascending path, crossing a little valley walking along a steep rocky ridge, covered with heather, until the ridge ends. The route then turned West onto a river gorge at 3,658 meters. After lunch/rest, the team continued up a rocky ridge onto the Shira plateau.

At this stage, in an easterly direction, the Western Breach will be visible with its stunning glaciers, but unfortunately the cloud was down all day. Due west of Kibo, after a short hike the team reached the Shira campsite. The night at this exposed camp will even be colder than last night, with temperatures dropping to well below freezing. The team are all smiling and the form is good, bring on tomorrow!!



Team at Machame Gate - Bring it on..

Day 1 September 17th

The excitment was building all evening. Early start this morning and we are now passing through Machame Gat,  the starting point of our mountain adventure.
The gate was busy with porters gathering themselves to take the personal and communal loads after being weighed.

The team are all in cracking form. Onwards we went for 5hrs trekking with a rainy start, although it is a rainforest after all!! Before evening approached we setup Machame Camp (2980m) on the fringe of the rainforest just entering the alpine meadows. Good meal and off to bed with the rain heavy again overnight.


16th September: Briefing and relaxing

Today was a rest day for the team to recoup from the long journey and to have a full briefing in the morning at the hotel from Fredrick our head guide and our mountain staff for the trek which will start tomorrow. Everyone is in great form but understandably apprehensive of what will lay ahead of them for the coming days, but all the team are in good form and cant wait to get going. The afternoon was spent repacking for the mountain and enjoying the African way of life in Moshi before we leave for Mt Kilimanjaro in the morning


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15th September: All arrive safely

Everyone had a long tiring journey from Ireland with delays in Amsterdam before continuing onto Tanzania where the team were picked up by Nadir and our local staff at Kilimanjaro International Airport.

The team arrive late in the evening and retired to the comfort of our hotel resort in Moshi for a nice evening meal (and a sampling of 'Kilimanjaro beer') before retiring for the night for a well deserved rest.


Friday, 01 July 2011 02:20

Some of team taking in the views on Meet Day Hike

June 25th Meet Day/Fitness Assessment Weekend for the September Mount Kilimanjaro Team Members. 

What a weekend it was! Fourteen of the team were able to join us on our Free Meet Day offered to aid their preparation for their climb of Mt Kilimanjaro.

The aim of the day is to allow the team to meet with their guides and fellow trekkers, discuss the trek ahead, address any queries that may remain and run through the gear required.

We also hit the hills this weekend. We choose the route over Strickeen down into the Gap and crossed onto the 'Chimneys' to ascend Tomies Mountain. The routes we choose are part of Fitness Assessments covering terrains and exerting energy simular to that of a typical days trek.  

The benefit of this day has proved very successful over the past years and with most of the team staying to partake in the Night Hike, that together with the earlier hike simulates summit night.  The team left The Mountain Lodge on Sunday feeling ready to take on the challenge ahead.  



"Hi Lorraine, Thanks a million for a fantastic weekend. I can't wait until September!"  Kind Regards, Lisa


Two days of trekking in great company with good food and comfortable lodgings. Our Fitness Training Weekend for Trekkers is geared towards those wishing to take on a challenging trek or climb like Kilimanjaro, Elbrus or even Aconcagua and is recommended as part of a training plan. We suggest you complete this course early in your training plan or at least 2-3 months prior to departure. This course is an ideal way to assess your fitness level with a long day on the mountains while simulating the summit day by starting in the dark early on Day 2.

This course is designed for people who would like to use a guide to assess their fitness levels and to show them the fitness level required for trekking holidays that involve higher altitudes. (4000-6000+)


For more information on our Fitness Assessment Weekends or our expeditions to Africa and worldwide - contact us here at www.patfalvey.com



African Tour Leader Gerry Walsh enjoying day on Tomies

Sunday, 26 June 2011 20:58

Today saw our June trekking team leave their base hotel at Moshi (910m), set for the Machame Gate passing banana and coffee plantations that line the route. Our lead guide was in contact to say everyone was in great spirits as they set off after meeting their trekking team of Guides, Porters & Cooks.

Our team's first day has seen their ascent from Machame Gate (1490m) to Machame Camp (2980m) through the Montane Forest region. Tonight, Aine, Caoimhe & Roisin will spend their first night on Mount Kilimanjaro. Tommorrow as they leave the forest, opportunities to experience some of the much talked about magestic views of the mountain itself and surrounding lands should make for a wondeful backdrop for their days trek.

Probably the most beautiful route up Kilimanjaro, the Machame provides a scenic splendour such as not seen on other routes. From late afternoon sunsets at Shira, to the wonderous views of Kibo at the great Barranco Wall, the Machame route offers the adventurous hiker a stunning experience on the world's higest free standing mountain.

Our 7 day itinerary affords the most valuable commodity on the mountain - acclimatisation. The extra day allows our teams to trek high and sleep - one of the key elements to successful acclimatisation that has aided in seeing a 98% success rate with our trekkers on reaching the summit over the past 14 years.

Barranco Wall - June 28th 'Everyone's in great form and today, are set to take on the Great Barranco Wall' Thomas from our office in Tanzania calls to report on girls third day on Mount Kilimanjaro.

The 'breakfast wall' is a stiff 800 foot scramble that once passed, brings you to beautiful views from the Karanga Valley and a much deserved respite! Pole to Pole (Slowly Slowly) will be advise well heeded on today's trek.

The Lava Towers (4630m - a bit higher than the summit of Mt Meru) can be climbed on todays route to aid acclimatisation as an optional extra if feeling up to it, just prior to a descent down a steep rock face. Tonight will see the team at almost half way point of their 7 Day adventure on Mount Kilimanjaro and as they rest at Barranco Camp (3950m), they should experience some of the most amazing views of the summit glaciers and down onto the Barranco Valley.

June 30th 'Hi, Caoimhe here with Roisin on the way to Base Camp.  (Barafu Camp 4633m) Tonight we set off for the summit at 12pm our time. Say Hi to my mom for me.'

Yesterday the team set off across the Karanga River heading for the Karanga campsite. It was during this trek that one of team, Aine felt unwell and a decision was taken to come down via the Umbwe Route, a steep but quick path that saw Aine in full health as she left the Mount Kilimanjaro Park Gate and returned to Base Hotel in Moshi. Congratulations Aine on your achievement and decision and we look forward to hearing from you as you continue on your journey, deciding to get a few days in Zanzibar post Safari- for much deserved rest.


Today, the fifth day for the team on ascent, follows the path up and across a rocky zone, finishing at the High Camp Barafu. Very little vegetation can be found on the inhospitable terrain. A field of sedimentary rocks litters the ground like many broken mirrors on this scenic traverse to Barafu. Later tonight, Caoimhe and Roisin will commence on their summit attempt with lead guide Zongolo. We will follow their progress as further updates come in and we wish the girls a safe and happy climb.  Caoimhe climbs Mount Kilimanjaro for the Cork based charity Suicide Aware and on top of all the preparation and training the team put into getting ready for their challenge, Caoimhe's fantastic fundraising events have to be commended. If you want to climb for Suicide Aware or any other charity, contact us now to arrange it for you - www.patfalvey.com


July 1st - 07:25am Irish time  - A call from our Base Office in Tanzania prompted a call to Caoimhe and Roisin

'At 0630 local time, Rosin and I successfully reached summit. We took lots of photos and it was amazing. Roisin is ahead of me now as we make our way down to Base Camp. Thanks for everything' Caoimhe.   Our lead guide further added 'the girls made good time on their summit ascent and are both in very good health. After rest at Barafu, descent will continue to Mweka Camp for early this afternoon' 

From Mweka Camp, if cloud allows, another great view of the top of Kilimanjaro should prevail, peaking out from behind the hill above Camp. In looking at the summit, the total of what has been accomplished in 6 days (with descent in less than one day!!) is fully realised.

On route to Barafu(Base Camp)


Don’t forget, the night before, you probably woke up at 11:00pm, and hiked six-eight hours before making it to the summit and then a further seven-ten hours to the point where you now stand. Tired no doubt but energised by the experiences your journey has left you with, this last night on Mount Kilimanjaro is one that you will never forget.

Our sincere congratulations to all the team and we look forward to hearing from you all over the coming days as you leave the mountain and head for a 3 Day Safari, luxury lodgings and very little walking, if desired.  :)

July 10th: With all the team back safely and rested post trip, it's been great to hear of their experiences and see the photos they captured along the way. 'Had a great time' 'Really enjoyed the trek' are some of the comments that have been coming in and over the coming days, we will add an image gallery of more shots brought back from Tanzania by our June trekking team. Congratulations again guys!!



To plan your next adventure in the mountains  - both here in Ireland and worldwide - plese contact us at www.patfalvey.com






Mount Kilimanjaro Summit June 2011





Monday, 28 February 2011 19:59
Published in Africa


  • Overview

  • About

  • Grade

  • Date

  • Prices

  • Itinerary

  • Preparation

  • Gear


Trip: The Best of Egypt


Altitude: Mt Sinai 2,285 m (7,497 ft)

Route: Cairo - Giza - Luxor - Aswan - Sharm El Sheikh - Mount Sinai

Date: All Year

Duration: 11 Days/ 10 Nights Land Only

Grade: Trek: Easy - Moderate

Price: From €1,595.00 per person Land Only


An ancient land of the sun, which gave birth to one of the world’s first great civilisations, Egypt is known widely for its archaeological treasures and its warm, modern hospitality. Experience the essence of this intriging country as you visit the majestic Pyramids flanked by the mysterious Sphinx, one of the seven wonders of the world.

An ancient land of the sun, which gave birth to one of the world’s first great civilisations, Egypt is known widely for its archaeological treasures and its warm, modern hospitality. Experience the essence of this intriging country as you visit the majestic Pyramids flanked by the mysterious Sphinx, one of the seven wonders of the world.


Cruise the River Nile, the longest river in the world. It runs for about 6,670km and creates a fertile green valley across the desert. It was by the banks of the river that one of the oldest civilisations in the world began. The ancient Egyptians lived and farmed along the Nile, using the soil to produce food for themselves and their animals. We also stop at the world famous Aswan Dam, which holds back this great river and changed Egypt's economy forever.


Visit the Temple of Philae, dedicated to the goddess Isis and set in a beautiful landscape this temple has several shrines and sancturaries such as Trajan's Kiosk or Pharoahs's Bed. It was relocated by UNESCO after the Aswan Dam was built on the Island of Isis. We also see the Granite Quarries and the Unfinished Obelisk.

Grade: Trekking - Easy - Moderate

This trek is suitable to all and can be achieved by a beginner. A good level of fitness and some experience on a mountain is recommended prior to departure. You will enjoy your trip a lot more if prepared well.

All Year Departures checked on enquiry

  • Meet & assist upon arrival and departure

  • All transfers to/from airport, station, hotel & cruise by an air-conditioned vehicle

  • Accommodation in Cairo for 3 nights at including bed and breakfast

  • Accommodation on a 5 star superior cruise for 3 nights on full board basis

  • Accommodation in Sharm El Sheikh for 4 nights including bead and breakfast

  • All sightseeing tours in Cairo (Private Tours) joining English-speaking Tour Guide

  • Lunch during your trip in Cairo

  • During your sightseeing tours on aboard the cruise you will be accompanied by English-speaking Tour Guide

  • A bottle of mineral water per trip in Cairo and Giza

  • Entrance fees to all sites as indicated on the itinerary

  • All transfers by a modern air-conditioned vehicle

  • Entrance fees to St. Catherine National Park

  • Bedouin guide during climbing up the mountain

  • Domestic flight (Cairo / Aswan - Luxor/ Sharm – Sharm / Cairo)

  • Portage when needed

  • Free Mobile phone during your stay (charged) about (30 min Local calls or 2 min. International Calls)

  • All service charges and taxes




  • International Airfare

  • Egypt entry Visa, for non-restricted nationalities you can buy it upon arrival before passport control

  • Drinks and any personal expenses

  • Optional excursions in Sharm

  • Entrance fees to special archaeological sites like (Mummies room at the Egyptian Museum - Inside one of the Pyramids)

  • Your hotel and Nile Cruise:

  • In Cairo Movenpick Pyramids

  • In Aswan 5 star Deluxe Aljamila Nile Cruise

  • In Sharm Maritim Jolie Ville Royal Peninsula Hotel & Resort


Price per person Sharing: €1595

Price per person (Inc. Single Supplement): €1955

  • Day 01: Arrive Cairo: Our Rep will meet & greet you at Cairo International Airport. Then you will be transferred by an air-conditioned vehicle to your hotel. Overnight in Cairo. Upon arrival at the hotel you will be checked in and given details on tomorrows trip.


  • Day 02: Giza Pyramids / Egyptian Museum: After breakfast, you will be transfered to the Egyptian Museum, where you can admire the splendid collection of Tutankhamun alongside many other fascinating artifacts. Then visit the Pyramids & Sphinx, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy a camel ride. After the visits lunch will be taken in a local restaurant. Back to your hotel.


  • Day 03: Aswan Sightseeing ( High Dam & Philae Temple & Unfinished Obelisk) After breakfast, you will be transferred to Cairo airport to take a flight to Aswan , where you will be met by a private A/C vehicle for your Nile Cruise ship. Embarkation to Aswan before Lunch (11:00a.m) Enjoy visiting the world famous High Dam, the beautiful located Temple of Philae on Isis Island and the Granite Quarries and the Unfinished Obelisk. Dinner on board and overnight in Aswan.


  • Day 04: Kom Ombo/Edfu Sail to Kom Ombo Have breakfast on board & visit the Temple shared by two gods Sobek & Haeroris in Kom Ombo. Sail to Edfu, lunch on board. After that, Visit the well preserved Horus Temple in Edfu. Take afternoon tea during sailing to Esna. Dinner and overnight on board.

  • Day 05: Karnak and Luxor Temples Sail to Luxor, have breakfast, lunch on board visit East Bank (Karnak & Luxor Temples), enjoy afternoon tea during sailing. Dinner on board, overnight in Luxor.


  • Day 06: Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut , Colossi of Memnon Breakfast on board, disembark from your Nile cruise after breakfast at 08:00 a.m. Then visit the West Bank and the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at El-Deir El-Bahari & the Colossi Memnon. Then you will be transferred to Luxor Airport for flight to Sharm. Upon arrival at Sharm Airport, transfer to your hotel in Sharm and overnight stay.



  • Day 07: Optional to Ras Mohammed National Park or a free day in Sharm or, join our optional tour to Ras Mohammed National Park which is both a terrestrial and an aquatic nature reserve. The 480 square kilometre protected area lies where the Gulf of Suez meets the Gulf of Aqaba in Sinai's southern extremity. The arid desert terrain of sand dunes, gravel plains, fossilized corals and granite mountains is home to a number of rare mammal species: Dorcasgazelle, nubian ibex and red fox. Easier to spot are the resident birds like terns, herons, gulls and ospreys. Thousands of white storks pass through Ras Mohammed each year, heading south during September/October and back north during April/May. About 85 flora species live in the park, including mangrove.


  • Day 08: MT Sinai Climb Our representative will pick you up from your hotel in Sharm El Sheikh at 10:30pm by a modern air-conditioned vehicle to drive to St.Catheine city (approx 3hrs drive) Start climbing the Moses’ Mountain beginning at 2:00 am.


  • Day 09: St Cathrine Monastery Descend for 7:00 am. Then proceed to visit St. Catherine Monastery which is considered one of the most famous monasteries in the world and it was dedicated to one of Alexander’s rulers, Saint Catherine who was tortured to death for the sake of her new faith. Then transfer to Dahab for relaxation. Lunch at local resturant in Dahab. Then back to your hotel in Sharm El Sheikh.


  • Day 10: Back to Cairo / Salah El Din Citadel / Old Cairo & Khan El Khalili Bazaar Breakfast at your hotel in Sharm El Sheikh and then you will be transferred to Sharm El Sheikh airport for flight to Cairo. Upon arrival at Cairo, Transfer to visit Salah El Din Citadel which was constructed by Salah El Din in 1183 AD to defend Cairo from the armies of Crusaders. After that visit Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque which was designed by the architect Yousif Boushnaq, a Turkish man who came specially from Istanbu land built this great mosque for Mohamed Ali, the ruler of Egypt (1805-1849) who ruled for over 45 years. Lunch will be taken in a local restaurant. Then proceed to visit Khan El Khalili Bazaar, one of the most famous and oldest bazaars in the Middle East. Visit Old Cairo where you will enjoy, the Hanging Church, Ben Ezra Synagogue, Church of St. Barbara, Church of Abu Serga and back to hotel.


  • Day 11: Breakfast at hotel, then transfer to Cairo Airport for your departure.

Passport / Visas:


Non-Egyptian visitors arriving in Egypt are required to be in possession of a valid passport. Entry visas may be obtained from Egyptian Diplomatic and Consular Missions Abroad or from the Entry Visa Department at the Travel Documents, Immigration and Nationality Administration (TDINA). It is, however, possible for most tourists and visitors to obtain an entry visa at any of the Major Ports of Entry. Note: Most travelers obtain their Visa upon entry to Egypt. Visa applications are normally passed out by airlines prior to landing at an Egyptian airport. We can make visa arrangements for you for the duration of your tour. Approx Tourist Visa Fee €30.




Days are warm or hot, and nights are cool. With only two seasons, (a mild Winter from November to April and a hot summer from May to October) variations can be seen in the daytime temperatures and changes in prevailing winds. For Coastal regions, temp ranges between, on average, mini 14° C (Winter) max 30° C (Summer) However, inland desert areas vary widely esp in Summer (average 7° C at night to 43° C during the day) During Winter, temperatures in the desert fluctuate less dramatically, but they can be as low as 0° C at night and as high as 18° C during the day.

Egypt is a conservative country which we must respect.


General Wear:

  • Breathable materials: No synthetics -too hot if travelling in Winter or Summer

  • Loose clothing: To allow the body to breath in desert climates

  • Protection for head and neck: to prevent heat stroke. Large brimmed hats (required on some historial visits to Mosques etc) A cloth hat/ scarf that can be soaked will also help keep your head cool

  • Scarves or equivilant: to cover shoulders/ arms

  • Comfortable shoes/ Trekking Boots for climb: Walking shoes to be breathable and perhaps made of a lightweight nylon or similar fabric


Equipment/ Essentials:

  • Sunglasses: with high UV rating

  • Sunblock

  • Canteen or water holder: Bottled water is easily accessible

  • Camera: (with spare batteries & film) You may take pictures as you like from the outside of most monuments, many require that you do not use a flash when taking pictures inside. If you intend to take pictures inside tombs, for example, you will need to bring high-speed film. Most people use ASA 800 film, which they push to 1600. For the most part, this requires a good 35 mm SLR camera. In addition, monuments in Egypt are truly monumental, and tourists will often be disappointed with regular lenses. If possible, a good wide-angle lens will be nice to bring along. A video camera will also provide you with nice souvenir footage of your trip, however, keep in mind that filming inside many of the museums, monuments and tombs is prohibited.

  • Power Adapters: Egypt uses 220 volt and plugs are two prong rounded.

  • Medication: It goes without saying that anyone traveling should bring his/her prescription medicine. It’s likely that any medication you need will be available at an Egyptian pharmacy, thought it will probably be listed under a different name, making it difficult to find your exact medicine. There is no problem with bringing prescription medication into Egypt, and it is also more convenient to bring your favourite non-prescription medications along as well. Though you may find such medication in Egypt, such as heart burn medication and pain capsules, you may have problems finding your favorite brands. In addition, many tourists who are a part of an organised tour will be staying in large hotels, which may lack a complete inventory of such medication, and trekking out to find a variety of over the counter medications may be inconvenient. Don’t forget your Immodium. The most common bottled water brand, Baraka, contains a little magnesium and therefore may act as a mild laxative. Another brand to try is Siwa bottled water.

  • Sewing Kits: Some of the larger hotels, as well as some of the better-equipped smaller hotels (the Longchamps) may supply a sewing kit in your room. But don't count on this. It is not unusual to lose a button here or there climbing through tombs and pyramids.



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