Monday, 03 September 2012 11:13

Kilimanjaro September Group updates

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 mob 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

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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
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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.

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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 closed 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 xxx !!!!!! 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 .

 

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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 4650 m before a long descent to our camp at Barranco wall at 3950 m 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.

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

Rain Forrest 3rd sept and moorland 4th sept.. this has been one of the finest days I have been in the rain Forrest 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 Forrest. 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 start studded night and woke to the signing of birds from the Rain Forrest and moore land.

Wake up call 06:30 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 3950 meters 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 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 d
isbelief that in a few days that we will be standing on the summit of which they now see. It 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 begin.


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Saturday 1st September 2012

MOSHI

Kilimanjaro international airport.

All the team for our September climb have arrive 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 months 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

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Saturday 1st September 2012

MOSHI

Africa Kilimanjaro September: I'm excited Greg Butler has arrive and the rest of the September team is arriving tonight for the Kilimanjaro Climb. is arriving tonight. They are now on 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

Kilimanjaro June 2012 Update

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 Gasper, Alfred, Oktavian,and Livingston. All highly motivated to have all of the team to the summit. The unsung hero's 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 fora 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 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 but 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 6:30 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 Six o clock. 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.


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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 Forrest 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 steel 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 through 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 tires 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.

TEAM DETAILS
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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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 husstle and busstle having to deal with all the traders. Give a real scence 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 Gite. Feels alot 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 look summit bound.Will keep you updated in the next few days.

Day seven Report May 9th Our staff Mustapha in Morocco get 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!!

For further information on Morrocon Adventures follow link here..

 

 

Wednesday, 28 March 2012 19:57

Fredrik Tarimo

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

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

All team members reach the summit - See reports received to 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 y/day.
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 reeped 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 every thing 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 nigh,t we started summit bound
  • the feeling of a ghost like march as we donned on our warm
  • clothes and head torch in the dark of the morning to head to the
  • summit. A long and arduous day ahead and all the working
  • together as a team was ready to pay of with a 100% success.

  • 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 let camp in the early hours of the morning, 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 awa 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 Freddy, 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 hole 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 slowly 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 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 awsome, 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 on on our summit push. Cross fingers and 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 hal 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 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!!

Day 1 September 17th

Team at Machame Gate - Bring it on..

The excitment was building all evening. Early start this morning and we are now passing through Machame Gate- 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 craicing 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 morning1109160022 400x300

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

Meet Weekend for Mt Kilimanjaro Team

Some of team taking in the views on Meet Day HikeJune 25th Meet Day/ Fitness Assessment Weekend for September Mount Kilimanjaro Team

And what a weekend it was! 14 of the team were able to join us on our Free Meet Day offered to aid their preparation for their trek of Mt Kilimanjaro.

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

We also hit the hills and 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 a fitness assessment 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 Lodge on Sunday feeling ready to take on the challenge ahead Kilimanjaro prep Night Hime in Reeks

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 for 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+)

African Tour Leader Gerry Walsh enjoying day on Tomies


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 summit over the past 14 years.barranco wallJune 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 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 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 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.

On route to Barafu(Base Camp)Today, the fifth day for the team on ascend, 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 prep and training the team put into getting ready for their challenge, Caoimhe's fantastic fundraisining events have to be commended. If you want to climb for Suicide Aware or any other charity, contact us now to arrange

July 01st 07:25 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 ascend and are both in very good health. After rest at Barafu, descend 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 summit, the total of what has been accomplished in 6 days (with descend in less than one day!!) is fully realised.

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Don’t forget, the night before, you probably woke up at 11:00 at night, 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 safe 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!!

Mount Kilimanjaro Summit June 2011

 

 

 


Monday, 28 February 2011 19:59

Egypt

Sunrise from Mount Sinai

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 €1595 pp 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.

Overview

Cruise the River Nile, the longest river in the world.It runs for about 6,670km 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 famred 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 to the Island of Isis. We also see the Granite Quarries and the Unfinished Obelisk.


Grade


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.

Date


All Year Departures checked on enquiry

Prices


Inclusions:

  • Meet & assist upon arrival and departure
  • All transfers to/from airport, station, hotel & Cruise by an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Accommodation in Cairo for 03 nights at including bed and breakfast
  • Accommodation on a 5 star superior cruise for 03 nights on full board basis
  • Accommodation in Sharm El Sheikh for 04 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

Exclusions:

  • 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

Itinerary


Day 01: Arrive Cairo Our Rep will meet & greet you at Cairo International Airport. Then you will be transferred by an air-conditioned modern 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 (B) (L)
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 (B) (L) (D)
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 (B) (L) (D)     
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 (B) (L) (D)
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 (B)
Day 07: Optional to Ras Mohammed National Park 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 (B)
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 (B)
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 (B)
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 Istanbuland built this great mosque for Mohamed Ali, the ruler of Egypt (1805-1849) who ruled 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 (B) (L)
Day 11: Breakfast at hotel, then transfer to Cairo Airport for your departure

Preparation


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

Weather: 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

Gear


Egypt is a conservative country which we must respect.
General Wear:

  • Breathable materials: No synthetics -too hoting system if travelling in Winter
  • 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/ Essentails:

  • 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 favorite 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 organized 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.

 


Published in Africa
Monday, 28 February 2011 11:49

Morocco

Trip:           Toubkal Treks including Desest Tour
Altitude:     4167m/ 13,671f   
Route:        Various See itineraries
Date:          Various See itineraries
Duration:    7 - 9 Days Landonly
Grade:       Moderate    - Strenuous
Price:         From €880

Morocco is a land of contrasts, a place where shadows merge with sunlight; where sky and sea meet at the horizon. Morocco is unique in many ways! It is an African country closest to Europe in geographical and cultural terms. The country is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea on the North; the Desert and the Atlantic Ocean to the West and a huge mountain range.

Your destination, The High Atlas Mountains, are a mountain range across a Northern stretch of Africa. They extend about 2,500 km (1,500 miles) through Morocco. The highest peak is the Toubkal Mountain, with an elevation of 4,167 m (13,671 ft) in southwestern Morocco.

Overview


At 4,167m, Mount Toubkal is the highest mountain in North Africa. The hike to the summit is challenging, but requires no mountaineering experience and the panoramic view from the summit makes the hard work worthwhile.

With the start of the trek just a couple of hours drive from Marrakech, you can reach the summit and back within 2 days and still have plenty of time to explore Morocco’s most captivating city, Marrakech.Toubkal has become a magnet for trekkers heading to the Atlas Mountains.

The Jebel Toubkal trek is typically done in two days. The first day begins with the relatively easy walk from Imlil along the Mizane Valley towards Aremd Village and the Muslim shrine of Sidi Chamarouch, followed by the tougher push up to the Toubkal Refuge, making around five hours walking in all.

Most trekkers then aim to start early the following morning for the 3 hour scramble up to the summit (the trail at this point is a rocky scree covered path). At the summit, the views are incredible taking in most of the Atlas Mountains and on a clear day, the Sahara. The descent back down to Imlil takes around five hours.

7 Day


Grade: Trek - Moderate (Strenuous for some) This trek is suitable to all and can be achieved by a beginner with training. 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. Moderate on good tracks that most fit people should be able for. This trek is Moderate but can be strenuous for some. Most days will require 4 to 6 hours walking excluding acclimatizing days.

Date: It is possible to climb Jebel Toubkal any time but spring is arguably the best. In Winter, the mountain is covered in snow and a skilled guide, crampons and ice axes are a must. In Spring, the weather is warmer and there is still some snow cover over the loose scree making for perfect trekking conditions. Summer and Autumn can be hot and the scree is loose but an early start makes it more than manageable. 

Price from: €880 pp Landonly.

Price includes:
•    Airport transfers
•    Accommodation in a 3 star Hotel in Marrakech, breakfast included
•    Transport from and back to Marrakech
•    A mountain guide
•    Mules & muleteers
•    A cook & cooking equipment
•    Accommodation & food & mineral water during the trek
Price does not include:
•    Flight
•    Tips
•    Beverages. Meals in Marrakech
•    Travel Insurance

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival to Marrakech:  Transfer & Overnight at your hotel


Day 2: After breakfast, you will be transferred to the little village of Imlil. Here you will be able to explore the area and you will spend the night in a local Berber Guesthouse.


Day 3: Today we begin our trek. Heading along the Mizane Valley, we first pass the village of Aremd and then onto the shrine of Sidi Chamarouch. We then continue east and by crossing the flood plains our route takes us along mule tracks and up into the high rocky cliffs above the valley. Crossing the river we eventually come to the pastoral shrine of Sidi Chamarouch, which attracts tourists and pilgrims. From here the trail continues to climb steadily, snaking and zigzagging its way up to the snowline and the Toukbal Refuge (3206m), our stop for the nightn Approx 4hrs - 5hrs walk


Day 4: Early in the morning we make our attempt on the summit of Jebel Toukbal, the highest peak in Northern Africa. Our route takes us up the south cirque, crossing the stream above the refuge. The walking is relatively straightforward, but the scree and the altitude will make the going quite difficult in parts. The views along the way make the journey more than worthwhile. When you reach the the summit you will see that the vistas across the surrounding landscape are quite breathtaking. From here there are unrestricted views in every direction, from the Marrakech Plain to the High Atlas in the north and as far south as the Anti-Atlas and the Sahara. We will retrace our steps back to the refuge where we will have lunch and spend the night Approx 8hrs walk
Day 5: After a late breakfast, we return down back to Imlil where you have lunch and relax a little bit before being transfered back to Marrakech. Overnight at the hotel Approx 4hrs walk plus 1h drive
Day 6: A free day in Marrakech so as to visit the historic monuments. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 7: Transfer to airport

8 Day


Grade: Trekking - Strenuous. This trek is suitable to all and can be achieved by a beginner with training. A good level of fitness and some experience on a mountain is recommended prior to departure.

Date: May until the end of October

Price:€920 pp Land Only
Price includes:
·    Airport transfers
·    Accommodation in a hotel Riad in Marrakech, breakfast included.
·    Transport from and back to Marrakech
·    A mountain guide
·    Mules & muleteers
·    A cook & cooking equipment
·    Accommodation & food & mineral water during the trek
Price does not include:
·    Flight
·    Tips
·    Meals in Marrakech
·    Beverages
·    Travel Insurance

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival to Marrakech. Transfer & Overnight at your hotel
Day 2: Marrakech - Tiziane. In the morning we leave Marrakech in our private minibus. After admiring the Moroccan landscape awhile, we arrive at the point where our trek begins. There, we meet the mules and the cook who will make our life much easier these coming days! We cross the town of Imioughlad and begin the ascent towards the first mountain pass of the trek. From the pass, at 2000m above sea level, we have precious views of the region of Tigouga, Taroudant, and of the Angour mountains to the north. After lunch, we arrive at the village of Tiziane and set up camp Approx 4hr walk
Day 3: Tiziane - Tizgi. We start the day early to avoid the sun during the ascent of a mountain pass. After reaching the Teouti pass, at 2400m, we descend towards the town of Assaka. After lunch, our path climbs again until we reach the village of Tizgi, where we set up camp. Approx 6hr walk
Day 4: Tizgi - Azib Tamsoult. Today we hike along beautiful, wild, landscapes of the Toubkal range. We'll find flocks of cattle with their Berber shepherds. After the morning ascent, we descend to the valley of the river Azaden, where we eat. With renewed strength, in the evening we climb to the campsite of Azib Tamsoult, at 2250m Approx 6hr walk
Day 5: Azib Tamsoult - Toubkal Base Camp.Today is an intense day, in which we significantly increase the average altitude of the trek. Ahead of us we have the demanding ascent to the Aguelzim pass, at 3450m. The ascent is long but progressive. Once on the pass we will be able to admire the summit of Toubkal. We then descend towards the Toubkal base camp, at 3200m Approx 6hr walk
Day 6: Ascent of the Toubkal. Today is the Day. With four days of walking in the Toubkal National Park, the possibilities we have of successfully reaching the summit are high. We start the day early, at daybreak, to avoid the sun as much as possible during the ascent. After 3 hours of effort, we reach the top of North Africa. All the effort pays off with the impressive views we have. After enjoying this moment, we start the descent to the base camp. There we eat and then continue the descent towards the Village of Imlil, where we spent the night Approx 7hr walk
Day 7: Hiking along Berber villages. Today we have a "relaxed" hike through several Berber villages. We climb a pass and then we walk along the beautiful Valley of Imenane. In the evening we head to Marrakech Approx 5hr walk
Day 8: Transfer to airport

9 days


Toubkal Trek & Desert Tour
Grade: Trekking - Moderate This tour is suitable to all and can be achieved by a beginner with training. A good level of fitness and some experience on a mountain is recommended prior to departure

Date: Autumn, Winter and Spring

Price: €1080 pp Land Only Minimum No. 4 Maximum No. 20
Price includes:
·    Airport transfers
·    Accommodation in a 3 star Hotel in Marrakech, breakfast included
·    Transport from and back to Marrakech
·    A mountain guide
·    Mules & muleteers
·    A cook & cooking equipment
·    Accommodation & food & mineral water during the trek.
Desert tour:Ttransport in 4WD Vehicles with drivers & fuel
Food & Accommodation during the tour
Camel ride
Price does not include:
·    Flight
·    Tips
·    Beverages. Meals in Marrakech
·    Travel Insurance

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival to Marrakech. Transfer & Overnight at 3*** Hotel. Breakfast included
Day 2: After a transfer to the little village of Imlil we begin our trek. Heading along the Mizane Valley, we first pass the village of Aremd and then onto the shrine of Sidi Chamarouch. We then continue east and by crossing the flood plains our route takes us along mule tracks and up into the high rocky cliffs above the valley. Crossing the river we eventually come to the pastoral shrine of Sidi Chamarouch, which attracts tourists and pilgrims. From here the trail continues to climb steadily, snaking and zigzagging its way up to the snowline and the Toukbal Refuge (3206m), our stop for the night Approx 4hrs - 5hrs walk
Day 3: Early in the morning we make our attempt on the summit of Jebel Toukbal, the highest peak in Northern Africa. Our route takes us up the south cirque, crossing the stream above the refuge. The walking is relatively straightforward, but the scree and the altitude will make the going quite difficult in parts. The views along the way make the journey more than worthwhile. When you reach the summit you will see the vistas across the surrounding landscape are quite breathtaking. From here there are unrestricted views in every direction, from the Marrakesh Plain to the High Atlas in the north and as far south as the Anti-Atlas and the Sahara. We will retrace our steps when we return down the mountain and head back towards Imlil. We spend the night in a local guesthouse here
Day 4: Today drive towards the Moroccan desert. First we cross the spectacular Tizi n’Tichka Pass of the High Atlas Mountains. You will pass through many Berber villages, and once in the desert, riverside oasis and barren hillsides are clustered with Kasbahs. After lunch we drive further to Valley of the Roses, with beautiful views of the Dades valley, valley of a thousand kasbahs. Overnight in Dades.
Day 5: After breakfast we drive to Todra Gorge. After a short stop there we drive on to a nice Auberge at the dunes of Erg Chebbi.
Day 6: Today you have a free day to just enjoy the beautiful views and atmosphere of the dunes of Erg Chebbi. In the afternoon you will ride camels into the dunes, where you will spend the night under Berber nomadic tents. After seeing a beautiful sunset you will enjoy a fantastic dinner.
Day 7: After viewing the most beautiful sunrise and having breakfast at the camp site you will ride the camels back to the Auberge. From there it will be a long day driving to Ait Ben Haddou (via Draa Valley). Ait Benhaddou is a small town with one of the best-preserved and most sought-after Kasbah's to visit in all of Morocco.
Day 8: Drive back to Marrakech, again via Tichka pass. You will arrive in Marrakech early in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 9: Transfer to the airport.

Preparation


Passport / Visas
you will need a valid full passport, please ensure it at least have six months before expiring before we leave. People from UK countries as well as other countries in Europe don’t need a visa, it’s free.

Preparation - Outside the winter months, Jebel Toubkal is accessible as long as you are reasonably fit and determined. No specialist gear is required and with a guide and mule to take the load the task is made much easier. Even in winter the climb can be attempted without technical skills - however you must ensure you have a suitably qualified guide and the right equipment. Toubkal is at altitude and altitude sickness is a possibility - albeit impossible to predict.

We have selected a walking weekend to help you adjust to the goal of the trek. The weekend has two walks with advice and techniques for clothing and gear given also. On the Saturday we will climb one of Irelands highest peaks during a day hike and on Sunday morning early we will go on a night hike simulating the requirements on the summit day of a trek which takes you out of your comfort zone prior to the real thing.  If you are a total beginner to walking/hillwalking then a 12 month training program is recommended.

We suggest a training program of at least 6 months to comfortably trek to 4000-6000m.
Months 1-2: This should include fortnightly hillwalking for 3hrs+ with a small/medium pack of weight of 5-10kg approx.
Months 3-4: This should be increased to include longer days (6hrs+) and pack weight of 10kg approx. Attend our Free meet day!
Month 5: Two days walking back to back twice giving 4 days total. Example: Saturday 7hr & Sunday 6hr = 13hrs walking. Avoid injuries at all costs!!
Month 6: Continue with some walking but reduce to lower peaks and durations of 4hrs, avoid injuries at all costs!!

Gear


Equipment
3 to 4 season sleeping bag
Walking stick
Day sack/backpack
Headtorch / headlamp
Basic First Aid Kit
Ice axe and crampons (winter)
Water bottle
Penknife (useful)
Clothing:
Good walking boots and socks
Comfortable shoes/slippers for camp/guesthouse
Trekking pants
Lightweight waterproof over-trousers / rain-pants
Underwear
Long johns
T-shirts
Fleece jacket or warm jumper
Lightweight windproof/waterproof jacket
Hat
Goggles (winter) and sunglasses (summer)
Lightweight thermal or fleece gloves
Other:
Personal items (e.g. towel, sunscreen, wipes, toilet tissues, antibacterial handwash)
Small First Aid Kit including insect repellent, plasters, meds
Small rubbish bag to carry out what you carry in
Matches e.g. burn toilet paper
Trail snacks
Zip-Up bags for camera
Repair kit (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)


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Saturday, 22 January 2011 11:38

Kilimanjaro January 2011 - Team Reports

Some Images from Trek & Extracts from Teams Feedback 'Despite Airline strikes, we got there! 11 people set out on Jan 27th to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and 11 people made it. Guides were brilliant. Weather was brilliant. Team were brilliant craic and worked well together throughout trek. Where to next guys?' Tony

'It was the trip of a lifetime and one I thouroughly enjoyed; The office was very helpful and always contactable, which was very reassuring; Documentation - Excellent. Would highly recommend  Pre Departure Meet Day as it breaks the ice and helps in getting to know the team; The whole trip was very well planned. Yea were always there at the end of the phone and brilliant for giving advise on gear. Very good value for money; Tony was an excellent guide. Would love to trek with him again; - Yvonne

'Just wanted to say thank you for organising the trip for us. I must say it was a trip of a life time- really enjoyed it and the Reps on the other side were really good. I have all the photo's (plus Tonys- again, a big thank you to him for everything) as a slide show on my computer in work. The walking club I am part of are seriously thinking about it in October. Can't go- all my floating days used up!! Until we cross paths again- take care and the best to Gerry and Pat and the rest of the team- Joan (Happy Walking xxx)

'Excellent experience. Pre Departure Meet - Excellent. Builds excitement and get to know people; Website was Excellent resource. The family & Aisling were delighted;  Excellent value for money; The whole trip was a truely amazing experience. It was so much better than I could of ever imagined and would say to anyone thinking of it just go for it. It was a very tough challenge but so worth it. The joy and emotion at the top was amazing along with the views, and without the care and attention your company put into it alongwith Zangola,we would not have got there. Thank yo so much for everything. I'll be travelling with yea in the future. Elbrus maybe next year (2012) send on the info - Ian

'Excellent trip. Tony was very helpful and gave good mountain advice; Communications from office was excellent - Lorraine=5 stars! Could not reccommend higher; Excellent value for money; Hope to do Elbrus with yourself later in year - Eanna

'Very Good experience; Communication with office was very good; Good value for money; Thanks for everything Lorraine, your sincerely, Tom

'Very Good trip; Excellent office support; Website excellent resource for people at home to follow and when service was poor on mountain; I would like to take the opportunity to thank the Pat Falvey Worldwide Team for a very enjoyable & sucessful trip & to thank Lorraine in particular for all her help - Thomas

'Very Good trip. The 100% success of our group in reaching summit was highlight of trip; Staff and documentation was very good; Pre Departure Meet & Website very good resources. Good vaue for money'.

Feb 02 Let the Celebration's begin... Our team are safely back at Base Hotel looking forward to showers, lunch and a little bit of R&R. Tony rings 13:32 (10:32 Irish time) 'Everyone's still on a high. This evening, we have a bus booked to take us to hotel 3km from Moshi where we will be joined by our trek guides for a celebratory meal and certificates will be presented. It has been some week for one week. The group are a great bunch.. everyone working together to ensure we as team made summit and tonight, we will celebrate..We have a shopping trip arranged for the morning as Adrian and Yvonne set off on Safari. Then we will make our way to Kilimanjaro airport for our international flights. See you all on Friday..Kwahari (Goodbye for now)

Feb 01 A call from Tony confirms everyone's fantastic achievement 'We did it! Everyone made summit after what can only be described as a tough, tough night. There was a scene of celebration at top with everyone kissing and hugging. Now a tired team is on the way down to Barafu Camp for lunch before a further 4 hour walk to Mweka Camp. Sleep will be welcome'

Ian texts 10:42 (08:02 Irish time) 'Hello from the top of Africa and the top of Kiliiiiiimannnnjaro Woohoo I did it Woohoo we all did it. On the way back to camp for lunch and bed we're shattered' 

09:25 (06:45 Irish time) A call from our lead guide Anania confirmed that everyone was doing fine and 'they all summitted to the the top with health' We await further updates but right now are delighted that team are safe and well. Congratulations to all. It was a long but hopefully rewarding night. More information soon...

Jan 31 13:39 (10:59 Irish time) Tony reports 'Team has made it to Barafu Camp (4550m).Everyone's doing really well. Tom Weston is experiencing headache's and nausea but guides are confident that the days rest and a good meal will have him fit for tonight's attempt on summit. Right now it is snowing.

The plan is to set off 24:00 (21:00 Irish time) I will keep in touch as opportunity arises to provide updates. For now, here are a few messages some of the team wish to be passed on to loved one's at home' Ian Delahunty - still 'bulling it' Hopefully my dad and Aisling will be with me tonight and carry me up..love to all Cormac Veale wants Jackie to have one of her cracking vindaloo's ready for Friday. She makes the best one's this side of New Delhi John Rigney is looking forward to seeing Christina in the airport and wants to say thanks to chris for being so supportive while he's away. Love you x

Barafu is Swahili word for 'ice' and the Camp is bleak with it's exposure to ever-present gales. Tents are pitched on a narrow, stony and potentailly dangerous ridge if you don't take time to familiarise yourself with the terrain before dark. The summit is now a further 1345m up and before dinner, the team will prepare their gear and equipment for tonight's summit attempt to allow them some precious rest in the evening.

After tea and snack at 23:00 (08:00 Irish time) the team will take off 'pole pole' to commence their final ascent. Their route will take them north-westely and terrain will be heavy scree as they make their way towards Stella Point on the crater rim. For most, this 6hrs will be the most mentally and physically challenging part of their time on Mount Kilimanjaro. At Stella Point (5685m) a reward awaits - the most magnificent sunrise you are ever likely to see (weather permitting) After Stella Point, a snowy trail should be experienced all the way to Uhuru Peak.

Tonight, the plan is Uhuru Peak (5895m) and then descending to Mweka Camp (3100m) Hiking Time: 8h to reach Uhuru Peak 7-8h to descend to Mweka Distance: 7kms ascent 23kms descent approx Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit. With snow at Barafu, a magical snowcovered ascent is likely- Be safe guys. Keep warm. We are behind yea all the way..

Jan 30 Tony rang from Karranga Camp(4000m) Hiking Time:6h Distance: 12kms approx Habitat: Semi-Desert Everyone was feeling fine. Headache's had disappeared and everyone was looking forward to a good meal, rest and tomorrow. Nerveous excitement is seen within the team who have really gelled over the past few days and they continue to have  the 'craic' despite drop in temperature 13:39 (10:59 Irish time) The journey from the gate to the peak is like traveling from the equator to Antarctica in a matter of days

A text from Ian 10:34 (07:54 Irish time) tells us the team have set off on 'Nearly at the top of the breakfast bowl. Everyone doing good. Air is thin alot of heavy breathing not that we need much more breath taking as the views are exactly that. It's amazing. Big day tomorrow - bulling for it. Hope all is well' As the team make their way up the great obstacle known as the Barranco Wall, they top out just below the Heim Glacier. It's here you can really apppreciate how beautiful Mount Kilimanjaro really is. Our team make there way steadily towards Karanga Camp, situated in a valley of the same name, over intervening ridges and valleys. Continued safe climbing guys - you are all doing great!

Jan 29 Barranco Camp (3950m) Team arrive safe at Camp 3. Having left behind the moorland landscape, they have now are experiencing semi-desert and rocky environs. This is definately the toughest day so far. It is normally about this point, where for the first time, some climbers start to feel symptoms of breathlessness, irritability and headaches. This was the case for our team.

Tony reports 16:24 (13:48 Irish time) 'We have all reached Barranco Camp. There were some minor headaches been experienced today but nothing major. Spirits still remain high. Our team has increased to 36 with additional porters joining us with extra water supplies. Today we climbed high and will sleep low to help us with tommorrow's continued ascent'

Earlier, 10:18 (07:48 Irish time) Ian had this to say 'Hi. On Climb. Breathing! Views amazing. All is good. Steady pace today.Farting sorted it was ***** (shall remain anonomous :) they are at the back today. Hi to all Hi from Kilimanjaro' While Ian can now enjoy his breath's, Yvonne McHugh has this to add 'It's all about me' Sure there is more to that tale to tell..

Barranco Camp Hiking Time:6h Distance: 12kms approx Habitat: Semi-Desert is situated in a valley below the Breach and Great Barranco Wall, which should provide the team with a memorable sunset and opportunity for some beautiful photographs of the Breach above

Jan 28 Tony rang from Shira Camp 14:41 (11:41 Irish time) with news that blew us away (no reference to Ian's report below!!) Two of the team, Yvonne McHugh & Adrian Fehily got engaged just before they started trek on Mount Kilimanjaro. Congratulations to you both from all at Irish & Worldwide Adventures. We hope this is the start of a lifetime of many wonderful adventures together

Ian texts 14:29 (11:29 Irish time) 'Hi Lorraine All is good at Camp 2 Everyone feeling good and spirits still high, along with the farting, the air is thin sometimes difficult to breath but not too bad hope all is good there' Irish & Worldwide Adventures accepts no responsibility for the production of excess endogenous gases.... ;) On a serious note, altitude has been noted as a cause of flatulence due to the low atmospheric pressure.Now there's a wordy excuse to use guys!

12:08 (09:08 Irish time) Tony rang - Lunch stop on route to 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 their lunch / rest, the team will continue up a rocky ridge onto the Shira plateau. At this stage, in an easterly direction, the Western Breach will be visable with its stunning glaciers.  Due west of Kibo, after a short hike the team will reach the Shira campsite. The night at this exposed camp will even be colder than last night, with temperatures dropping to well below freezing.

Jan 27 Ian Delahunty texts 17:13 (14:13 Irish time) 'Hi at Camp 1. Good and sweaty but still grand out. Everyone good and still cracking jokes. A bit tired but not too bad. Hope all is well there' The team's porters (arriving at the camp site long before they did) will have set up Camp, will boil drinking and washing water and the cook will prepare dinner, before the team retire to their tent for the night. Night temperatures can already drop to freezing point at this campsite. Rest well Guys. First bite taken out of your elephant ;)

Tony rang 09:30 (06:30 Irish time) - bags were packed and the team were heading via bus for Machame Park Gate (1490m). Reports were of a 'high spirited, fit and fun' gang eager to get their first step in Africa's highest mountain. Today will see the team commence ascent entering lush rainforest almost immediately in aim of reaching Machame Camp (2980m) Hiking time: 7 hours Distance: 18 kms approx Habitat: Montane forest Safe Climbing Guys

Jan 26th Team arrived at their Base Hotel in Moshi last night 23:19 (20:19 Irish time) They awoke this morning with the sun shining bright (and hot) to get their first glimpse of the challenge ahead - Mount Kilimanjaro could be seen in all its glory as they sat in the courtyard having breakfast. Now there's a way to start a day! Ian Delahunty, who is climbing for Suicide Aware (www.suicideaware.ie) had this to say 'Its beautiful here. Heading for a tour of local area today and then the big day tommorrow. We're all bulling to get going - can't wait. Spirits are high and everyone's relaxed' Roll on tommorrow..

Jan 25th Our Kilimanjaro team departed this morning from Dublin. The weather in Moshi, Tanzania is reported to be glorious but there was approx 15 minutes yesterday when we here were feeling that heat. 7 of the 10 team were due to depart ex Cork but due to Airline strike, their flight to Amsterdam was cancelled.

After many calls and alot of positive thinking (Joan :) their flights were able to be transfered to ex Dublin. Phew was just one of the words that crossed many lips! The team are now on route and due to land in Kilimanjaro Airport at 21:30 (18:30 Irish time) where they will be met by the successful Meru summitter Thomas and their trekking guides. Tommorrow's rest day will be welcomed prior to their start on Machame route Jan 27th. Will update as we hear from Tony, the team's leader from Irish & Worldwide Adventures

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