Tuesday, 04 August 2015 09:44
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Welcome to the signup page for the FREE KILIMANJARO WEBINAR  by world renowned expedition leader Pat Falvey.
The dates to join are opposite here. Please select a date that suits you.
Once you sign in we will email you with the 'Go To Webinar' details for your chosen dates. 
The Presentation is colourful, entertaining and informative and well worth listening to if you plan to climb Kilimanjaro in the near future.
The Route - The effects of Altitude - Training "how fit you need to be" - Food - Gear required - Packing - Guides and Porters - Types of accommodation - Your Leaders on the Mountain - Motivations - The psychology needed to succeed - The support for you, family and friends from Ireland to the mountain - Rescue and evacuation plans if required. 
Enjoy the presentation from world renowned expert on high altitude adventure Pat Falvey.
Looking forward to seeing you.
Pat Falvey Expedition Leader.
Pat Falvey Irish and Worldwide Adventures; Ireland's leading high altitude Adventure Company;  Over 1500 ascents to the summit of Kilimanjaro.
Also other free webinars on trekking Nepal, Mount Elbrus Russia, Antarctica and many other regions of the world.
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Tuesday, 04 August 2015 09:37
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Welcome to the signup page for the FREE EVEREST BASE CAMP WEBINAR  by world renowned expedition leader Pat Falvey.
Please select a date from the list opposite that suits you
Once you sign in we will email you with the 'Go To Webinar' details for your chosen dates. 
The Presentation is colourful, entertaining and informative and well worth listening to if you plan to go to Everest Base Camp or complete any of our high altitude treks in the near future.
A trip to Everest Base Camp is a journey of a lifetime with passionate experienced guides to a land known as Shangri-La, where you live among the Sherpa community.  Experience the magical feeling as you walk among the spiritual people of the high Himalaya. Let your mind relax as you step away from the hustle on modern day life.
 The Webinar Will Discuss:
The Route - The effects of Altitude - Training "how fit you need to be" - Food - Gear required - Packing - Guides and Porters - Types of accommodation - Your Leaders on the Mountain - Motivations - The psychology needed to succeed - The support for you, family and friends from Ireland to the mountain - Rescue and evacuation plans if required. 
Enjoy the presentation from world renowned expert on high altitude adventure Pat Falvey.
Looking forward to seeing you.
Pat Falvey Expedition Leader.
Pat Falvey Irish and Worldwide Adventures; Ireland's Leading High Altitude Activity and Adventure Company.
Also other free webinars on trekking Nepal, Mount Elbrus Russia, Mount Kilimanjaro, Antarctica and many other regions of the world.
Please contact Pat or Abina for details This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Phone +353 64 6644181. 


Thursday, 07 March 2013 10:50
Published in Tours & Attractions

 Day Tours on the Dingle Peninsuls

  • Overview

  • Route 1

  • Route 2

  • Route 3

  • Route 4

  • Route 5

  • Route 6

  • Route 7

  • Route 8

  • Gear

The Dingle Peninsula is world renowned for its rugged beauty, colourful towns and villages and ancient history. These walks claim perhaps the finest scenery and richest archaeological heritage of all of Ireland's 32 Waymarked Ways. It combiines wild coasts and cliff-tops with superb uplands and beautiful, peaceful and fertile countryside. Choose from one of our day tours below or choose to combine your favourites over a number of days, all these great walks are equal in beauty and their description is only a taste of what the Dingle Peninusla Tours have to offer.


Accommodation can be provided at any of the townlands listed below.


Minimum Group size: 4 people


Route 1: The Blasket Islands

Route 2: Camp to Annascaul Lough

Route 3: Annascaul to Dingle

Route 4: Dingle to Dunquin

Route 5: Dunquin to Ballycurrane

Route 6: Ballycurrane to Cloghane

Route 7: Cloghane to Castlegregory

Route 8: Castlegregory to Camp


Enquire now 


Private Groups:

The most popular option for many of our clients. We regularly organise day-long excursions, weekend & mid-week breaks and outings for individuals, coporate groups, sports teams, families and friends. The benefits are endless and we can organise all the logistics for you, from transport to accommodation, team building, military bootcamps, walking, trekking, abseiling....the activities are endless. We are your one stop adventure company who pride ourselves on providing the best of adventures in some of the most beautiful locations in the world.


Please contact our office to further discuss the benefits of a private course or guided walk/expedition, you would like to challenge your team, group, family or friends with!

The Blasket Islands:

The Blaskets lie on the western most edge of Europe, seperated from the mainland by the Blasket Sound - a narrow but treacherous strip of water. We will travel by boat from either Dingle or Dunquin. On a clear day, the views from our walk to Cro, the modest summit, are glorious and panoramic. In poor weather the vist to the abandoned village is still of great interest, and later we can relax in the cafe, a restored ruin. We visit the sandy beach of White Strand, where seals bask and play offshore. This island is steeped in history and has many wonderful stories just waiting to be told, from it's ruins to it's fort, from it's summit to it's sandy beaches, from it's spectacular views over the Dingle Peninsula to it's beautiful flora, this tour is a real gem and one not to be missed.

Tour Details:

Date: All year - weather dependent


Duration: All Day


Meeting Point: Killarney


Walk Distance: 10km Approx - easy grade


Price: €150 - Inlcudes transport to and from ferry location, ferry to and from the blaskets and Tour Guide with all the stories to tell!

Camp to Annascaul Lough:

We walk along an old disused road, across moorland and through small conifer plantations, with the western outline of the Sleive Mish Mountains by our side. We walk by peat bogs, and through river valleys only to find the long sweep of Inch Strand lying before us. Descending on a narrow rocky path with the Iveragh Peninsula in view, we reach the strand withs it's shop and cafe close by. After a short rest we continue west to Annascaul, walking past ancient standing stones and along rugged coastline. We shortly reach the hometown of Tom Crean. We stop at The South Pole Inn and immerse ourselves in the stories left by Tom Crean and his world famous adventures before we leave on our short walk to the picturesque Loch An Scail, or Annascaul Lough.


Tour Details:


Date: All year-weather dependent


Duration: All Day


Meeting Point: Killarney


Walk Distance: 20km Approx - easy grade


Price: €130 - includes transport and Tour Guide.


Annascaul to Dingle:

Quiet country roads lead to a picturesque cove and the ruins of Minard Castle, sitting prominently on a hill, overlooking a gorgeous little bay with views across the Irish Sea to the Iveragh Peninsula. It is one of only three of the mid 16th century Fitzgerald's Castles on the Dingle Peninisula with substanial remains. After a brief tour, we leave to pass by St. John the Baptists Well and on over country roads and farmland until we reach an old railway viaduct on the right, we then pass through the hamlet of Lispole to the Garlinny and Owenalondrig Rivers where we turn and walk north for a short while. The roadside is dotted in ancient ruins as we walk up some steep ground to open views over the Iveragh Peninsula and Skellig Micheal. Walking over rough pastures and by farmhouses we end up in the colourful fishing and market town of Dingle. Time to explore it's world famous streets and harbour.


Tour Details:

Date: All year-weather dependent


Duration: All Day


Meeting Point: Killarney


Walk Distance: 20km Approx - easy grade


Price: €130 - includes transport and Tour Guide



Dingle to Dunquin:

From Dingle to tranquil Ventry, we walk along undulating roads until we reach it's gorgeous beach. We continue on over mixed terrain for some time and on to steep ground on the exposed hillside, behind us the views reach to Ventry and Dingle harbours. As we continue westward we start to see the most southerly outliness of the Blasket Islands, followed by Great Blasket itself. After cresting another ridge, we dip into a wide valley, densely filled with archaeological remains, over 500 features including many clochans. We then cross the watercourse via stepping stones and head for the rocky shoulder of Mount Eagle. We then descend over a stile to a craft shop before we aim for Slea Head. Walking directly above Coumeenoole Bay, overlooked by the jagged cliffs of Dumore Head, we pass by old stone cottages to the shingle shore where we cross a stream, walk uphill and then arrive at the Great Blasket Centre. This walk is one of the most beautiful walks on the peninsula and is steeped in history, it's description cannot emphasise the beauty to be found.


An option available is to take the ferry to the Blasket Islands from Dingle Harbour and complete the Blasket Island Tour (Route 1), returning by ferry to Dunquin later that evening.


Tour Details:


Date: All year-weather dependent


Duration: All Day


Meeting Point: Killarney


Walk Distance: 20km Approx - easy grade


Price: €130 - includes transport and Tour Guide.


Dunquin to Ballycurrane:

Travelling on minor roads and boreens leading to coastal paths, then fine beaches and clifftop pathways, this is an outstandingly scenic day and one of the most memorable you will ever experience. The secluded beach walks, rich history, spectacular views and rugged landscape are so beautiful and rare that it will leave you wondering if you have found heaven. We choose between a number of routes to the town of Ballycurrane, we walk along the sandy shore of Wine Strand after visiting Dun an Oir, an Iron age fort, and then we find ourselves in the fishing port of Ballydavid, and not far from breath taking coastal pathways and magnificient views. Our walk then heads inland to Feohanagh and onto Ballycurrane.


Tour Details:


Date: All year-weather dependent


Duration: All Day


Meeting Point: Killarney


Walk Distance: 28km Approx - easy grade coastal walks


Price: €130 - includes transport and Tour Guide.


Ballycurrane to Cloghane:

One of the tougher routes, but equal in it's beauty and richness. With a steep ascent of 650m and long descent, this route is by far the most dramatic and challenging day. Crossing the shoulder of Brandon Mountain and descending to Brandon Bay, we are rewarded with more magnificient views, all the time stunned at it's rugged beauty. When we look back from the lower slopes of Mount Brandon, we can see Ballydavid Head, but we keep walking along an old British military pathway, onto the col near the summit of Masatiompan. We cross a stile and wander to thw Ogham stone on it's far edge and hear it's story. We descend some steep ground into the wide valley and head towards the Owennafena River. We continue on tarmac to Brandon Point overlooking Brandon Bay. We finish with an easy walk to the village of Cloghane, via Cappagh, all the while admiring the stunning views towards Castlegregory.


Tour Details:


Date: All year - weather dependent


Duration: All Day


Meeting Point: Killarney


Walk Distance: 21km Approx - Moderate to Strenuous


Price: €130 - includes transport and Tour Guide


Cloghane to Castlegregory:

We walk along quiet country roads, the shores of Brandon and Tralee Bay to the town of Castlegregory. We walk along Ireland's longest beach with it's fine seascapes including offshore, The Maharees. At the start we cross small rivers, flowing down from the surrounding mountains to our right, and find ourselves on this sandy beach heading towards Scraggane Point, some 12km ahead. The beach is full of interest, with seaweed, shells, pebbles, drifts, crab skeletons, flotsam, oystercatchers, and perhaps horses racing! It is lined with sand dunes covered in marram grass and set in the background are superb mountain views. Once we leave this beach, we head for Scraggane Bay, where nearby traditional namhogs are still made - leather boats! We then leave the beach at Kilshannog, where a ruined church holds a 7th century cross with Greek engravings. We continue along Castlegregory's sandy beaches for a number of kilometres until we reach Fitzgerald's shop. Here we rest after an amazing day!


Tour Details:


Date: All year - weather dependent


Duration: All Day


Meeting Point: Killarney


Walk Distance: 21km Approx


Price: €130- includes transport and Tour Guide



Castlegregory to Tralee

This walk takes us through Camp and along the lower slopes of the Slieve Mish Mountains, into Blennerville and on to the town of Tralee. We pass through fields and brambles to make our way by the enigmatic Aughacasla standing stone. We continue along a beach and head eastward around the broad head of Carrigagharoe Point, where we turn right through a gap in the cliff. We walk along varied terrain and landscapes until we reach the tall holly and birch around the long-deserted hamlet of Killelton with it's historic church. Then come more streams, gates and stiles, boreens, roadways and paths all the while admiring views over Derrymore Island. After a short climb we come to the valley of Curraheen River, with Blennerville Windmill as a landmark. From some points we might see Mount Brandon as we look back towards Catlegregory, but we keep walking to Blennerville where we rest shortly before finding a canal path which will lead us into the beautiful town of Tralee.

Tour Details:


Date: All year - weather dependent


Duration: All Day


Meeting Point: Killarney


Walk Distance: 27km Approx


Price: €130 - includes transport and Tour Guide




  • Backpack
  • Hillwalking boots (waterproof and durable)
  • Waterproof jacket & trousers
  • Warm fleece - layers are best!
  • Warm hat, gloves, spare socks, water, lunch and snacks for the day, camera and case, binoculars and a small first aid kit.
  • Additional Info: bring any additional clothing you can carry to ensure you are comfortable



Wednesday, 17 October 2012 17:15

Team Everest Base Camp en route from Dublin airport. Everyone is excited. The journey to Nepal has begun. Follow the team below as we send updates on Facebook and web site www.patfalvey.com as we hear from the team below. Enjoy the beauty, the culture, the colour, the landscape and how the team feel as they trek through the Himalayas. Share their journey with your friends.

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If you are interested in trekking, full details here,trek to Everest Base Camp please see our itinerary and options.

October 2012 Group as follows:

Joe and Concepta Lillis; from Quilty. Mick Howe, Milltown Malbay. Mike Corry and Davy Fitz, Six Mile Bridge. Locky o Loughlin and Darran Ward. Ennis. Emer McCarthy, Wicklow. Pat kelly; Doonbeg. Pat McGrath ; Quinn and Jeff McInerney ; Newmarket on Fergus. Caroline Langrell and Brian Kavanagh; Gorey. William Shortall; Cashel. Liz Ruth: Wexford. Helen O Donnell; Carrig On Suir. Helene Philion and Jean Maltais: Quebec, Canada.

Pat Falvey Group Leader Reports below





 Jumping for joy. All the team are more relaxed today and had their morning workout which is the highest group fitness class in the world at 14652 feet! Under the instruction of Darren Ward of Fitness Solutions, Ennis Co. Clare, it was a tough work out with only 60% oxygen. Then they had to do a 7 hour walk. To sign up for Darren's new altitude Fitness class, go to www.fitnesssolutions.ie and for a trip of a lifetime go to www.patfalvey.com.


Thursday 25th October 2012


Success 100% to Everest Base Camp 2012

It was a great attempt by all the team. It was hard, lots of the team suffered but all persisted and achieved a dream of going to Everest, following in the footsteps of those early adventures in a landscape where the mountains reach to the sky in every direction you look. Where the sherpa culture is evident at every turn. We are now descending for celebrations and should be in Kathmandu on the 30th October the long walk out now begins. Well done to all the team. People not tagged on Facebook which also reached base camp. The Quebec connection, Jon Maltais, then from Clare, Davy Fitz who caught a sliotar hit by Cork's own Pat Falvey. Also from Clare Pat Kelly as well as Helen o Donnell from Tipperary. If you know other friends of theirs please share!




Sunday 21st October 2012

Picture: The Buddhist Monks at Tengboche Monastery are an intriguing spectacle as they go about their daily routines.

The trek to Base camp continues as we live amongst the Sherpa people and learn about their culture.

All of the team went to the monastery for afternoon prayers. For all including me it was a spiritual experience that moved all of us. The chanting, the drums and horns sent a vibration out throughout the valley. The team were very tired after a strenuous push from Namche Bazar as we weaved our way along the track to our new high point of 3860 meters as we walked along spectacular landscape where the mountains reached to the sky. Everest summit ahead and many more of the highest mountains in the world surrounding us. To the indigenous people who live beneath these it is obvious that the ground and the mountain we are traversing is the abode of their gods.

Some of the team are feeling the effects of the altitude but all are coping well and the experience is overwhelming all of the team as we follow in the footsteps of those early adventures.

Route Description: Easy trekking with a descent then rising through steep forested pathways to Tengboche. A short trek down to Deboche again in forested area.

Also on trek outside names below not on face book. Davy Fitz, Helen O Donnell, Pat Kelly, and Jean Maltais.


Saturday 20th October 2012

Days three and four - Namche Bazaar (3440m):

We are now three days in and we are having an acclimatization rest day in Namche. Yesterday was a hard push for the team and some were suffering from altitude related problems but the rest day has sorted all of that and all of the team are feeling great today. Tomorrow we move up to Tengboche and all the team can't wait to start moving again. Namche is no more than a village, this is Sherpa capital and trading post between Tibet and Nepal has two museums, several internet cafes, and two pizza houses and three cafes (locally known as bakeries), so there is much to keep us occupied during our stay here.

Report: Pat Falvey


Kathmandu to Lukla flight. Classified. Exciting. Wednesday 17th

We are now boarding one of the worlds most interesting and fearful flights. We will make our way through the foothills in a small 20 seater Donnier aircraft. at times you feel the wings are going to touch the mountains at either side, some of the passes are only hundreds of feet below you and the you make a fast turn to the right for Lukla to a runway that goes uphill. It is frightening but thrilling. We are now at the start of the trek. I have done this flight about 40 times and like all of the team I have always been fearful. But the journey is worth doing.

All of the team safely landed in Lukla. From there they will trek to Phakding - then Namche Bazaar (3500m) Thursday.

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.

Thursday, 16 August 2012 08:43

August 30th 2012

Today the sunrise as I approach Ngorongoro Crater on the top of the Rift Valley.



August 30th 2012

Africa, Tanzania crop maize failure causing huge problem.
For the last two weeks as I traveled around Tanzania, it was obvious that the poorer people of the country are about to face a major food crisis because of the failure of the maize crop, The staple diet for most of the country, it is soul destroying to see an 80% crop failure which has risen the cost of maize by 100%. The poorer people of this country will suffer greatly. Lets hope things get better.


29th August 2012

Africa: I'm now in Karatu Village at the beautiful Tlimo Lodge on the top of the Rift Valley with 12 of the Kilimanjaro team, who are having a wonderful time. The rest of the team are about to finish their safari and head home later this evening. This Kilimanjaro trip has been very successful and I'm really looking forward to the team coming out on the 1st of September. Stay tuned to see how our September team gets on. — at Plantation Lodge, Karatu, Tanzania


AUG 24th -19 on summit, 1 turned back - back in low camp now all in great form - more later, Pat.

Congrats to all the team - hope you all let the hair down after...

Best of luck to all as they enter their summit push tonight!! From all the team back in Ireland!  Safe climbing!!



karanga camp 2012

Karanga Camp 4035 meters - All happy and fed for the night and all in great form for summit attempt tomorrow night. An army marches on its stomach. All team having dinner at the Karanga 4035 meters on Kilimanjaro . All feeling great and ready for summit tomorrow Thursday night, after a 3 hour climb to Barrafu in the morning.

en route to karranga camp


Scrambling on Barranco wall to Karango camp. 22th August

Today im going to leave the description to a few of the team to give you a perspective of the climb through their eyes.

Ronan Curran "I have never seen anything like it before, the word is definitely scrambling and it's not for the faint hearted or those afraid of heights. My respect goes through the roof for the porters that carried our gear over these steep inclines."

Gerry Gallagher "It's the best scrambling I have ever done. I'm glad we have come up this way"

Liam Lynch "It's brilliant, it gets ever muscle in your body moving. "

Fiona Kelly "It's the highlight so far, I've got great photos."

Everyone has had a thrilling morning on the wall and then slowly we have made our way to Karanga camp site at 4035 meters our staging point for heading for high camp tomorrow.

All the team are feeling great apart from two slightly twisted ankles, but these are presently in hand and should not deter the team members involved.

The next 48 hours are going to be testing as we make our way to high camp and then the summit.



Shira Camp to Lava Tower to Barranco wall camp. Tuesday 21st August

It was freezing cold last night in the mess tent, but it true Irish style a great sing song started. We were joined by some of our African staff.

All the team had a restless night as high winds shook the all our tents. It had been the worst I have experienced in recent years and had blown down some of the other team tents. The temperatures were not so cold and wind eased by 07:00am and have given way to bright sun and warm conditions.

Most of the team are tired from being awake with the wind but they are all well rested and enthusiastic and ready for the high rise in altitude today to lava towers 4650 meters. The pressure is on today and all the team are just plodding along in a quite pace taking in the splendour of being above the clouds. Words from the team to describe their surrounding. Spectacular, fantastic, awesome.

Everyone have done well to get to our high point which will be the same height as out high camp. Now the long descent to our camp for tonight.

A fantastic end to a great day.  Everyone is exhausted so hopefully all will sleep well tonight before tackling the impressive Barranco wall tomorrow.


Monday August 20th - Shira Camp 3950 meters.

It was an interesting day today as we broke loose from the rain forest and made our way into the alpine/moorland region. The temperature fell giving us a temperature that at times fell to 0 degrees. The team is going well and no one is suffering from altitude sickness. It took us 7 hours to get to Shira. All the team are relaxing for the afternoon and acclimatizing for tomorrows push which will see us to to Lava towers at 4650 meters before descending to the barranco wall camp site.

Wet night in the rain forest.

After a reasonably dry ascent through the rain forest which took 6 hours in a magical setting, we arrived to our camp site where it rained for the entire night. Most of the team had a restless night as for most it was their first night ever under canvas. The snoring, the human other sounds both amused and distracted them from enjoying the experience. Early morning call, the rain stopped and the team have risen to a glorious morning to the sound of singing rain forest birds and the view of Kilimanjaro. Cameras out and now the talk of the days ahead and how we are going to get over the obstacles.

07:00am and breakfast being served. All ready for the next rise through the moorland. The days begins. We rise today to 3950 meters. The altitude will start to kick in.



3pm Sunday 19th - Machame Gate, Tanzania

Machame Gate 1900 meters to machame camp 3000 meters, this is the region where the altitude begins.

20 Irish, 1 Chinese, 1 Kiwiang and 66 Africans all now bound together as a team to challenge Africa's highest. The caravan of team members, guides, porters, cooks are ready to march, the objective is the top of Africa. "The Snows of Kilimanjaro." The atmosphere is electrifying as the tension rises for the challenge ahead. Thoughts of "will I get to the summit?" lingers in the backs of the mind as we enter the 2nd climatic zone of the mountains.  Today we have driven though the coffee and banana plantations. It hot and sticky as we gather for a team shot at the Machame Gate. The rain forest just ahead of us and we begin the long journey summit bound. Who will or will not get to the summit will be known in the next 7 days. Proper Acclimation is crucial to success.

Gerard Gallagher is like a child at Christmas about to get to visit Santa. Amy Clavin our youngest member only 16 is ready for the challenge, she is here with her father Brian.

The climb to the summit begins 11:30 and we are on the move.


6pm Saturday 18th - Moshi, Tanzania

The team has landed in Tanzania. It's great to be back in Tanzania as it is a place I love. The landscape, the culture, the color and my friends. Fredrick, Nadir, sharrifa, her daughters and all my ground staff. All the team are excited, Kili now looms above our heads up somewhere in the clouds. The anticipation for all of the team of what lays ahead is infectious. The smiles, the comments and the sheer joy of getting here is always intriguing to listen to, to look at. It's all part of what I love about coming here, And the good news, all our bags arrived.

A few hours sleep now and the challenge begins. All the team retiring after a long journey.

kilimanjaro briefing moshi 2012


9pm Friday 17th - Frankfurt, Germany

Dublin flight delayed by 30 minutes and we had to be taken from one plane to our flight for Addis Abba. Fears of our bags missing connecting flight. At least most of the team have enough gear in their carry on bags to at least do the first day on Kili. Well all part of expedition travelling. Now the guessing game begins. Will all the bags arrive in time — at Frankfurt Airport

kilimanjaro group 2012 august pat falvey

Preparations are now finished! Pat Falvey & Gerry Walsh are heading out tomorrow, Friday the 17th to Moshi, Tanzania for our August climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro. With 20 adventerous trekkers undertaking the 5895m challenge to the roof of Africa, they are in good hands. It is Pats 27th time and Gerrys 10th time successfully climbing to its top. We will be updating on their progress over the next few days here and on our Facebook page.

The Group consists of:

Brian Clavin
Liam Lynch
Liam McNally
Fiona Kelly
Laura Wiltshier
Eoin O'Ferrall
Rory O'Ferrall
Noreen O'Halloran
Jessica Ferguson
Jodie Yan
Amy Clavin
Michelle Moore
Siobhan Moloney
Fiona English
Sinead Healy
Carmel O'Brien
Ronan Curran
Sinead Keogh
Gerard Gallagher
Gerard Keogh

Our next group trip out is 1st of September, then last few places available for January 2013. We have options available throughout the year, See our travel page for more details and prices for climbing Kilimanjaro.

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

For more info on our 2013-2014 trips to climb Kilimanjaro and dates for training days contact us or visit our Travel Section. We also have 2013-2014 trips to Everest Base Camp, Island Peak, Aconcagua and  Morocco.

Monday, 07 May 2012 11:43
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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 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!!

Friday, 27 April 2012 13:16

climbing carrauntoohil

With Kilimanjaro in their sights, two families arrived down to Kerry once again for more training on the 12th April as they prepare to travel on our June departure date. Following a briefing at the Mountain Lodge, we left for the Hags Glen joined by Wesley and Tom to climb Carrauntoohil. The day was bright and cool, with wintry clouds looming over the peaks around us from 7-800m upwards. We chatted about the upcoming trip to climb Kilimanjaro for the Quirke and Ronayne families, a mountain I had the pleasure to guide back in January. Training and getting gear sorted out were going well for them. With a sense of understanding about how to train achieved from our Meet Day, they are now focused on strengthening up the team and finalising gear selection.

Our walk in the valley was quiet because we started around midday. We got a taste of winter with a downpour of rain, not far off sleet as we left the main track at the ford and headed toward O'Sheas. Our gradual pull up the path with the 2 scrambles up steep ground proving adventurous for some of the group. After lunch the pace was slow and when we started to climb the bottom of O'Shea's Gully, we were reminded once more of winter with an intense shower of hard hail stone pounding our faces for ten minutes and then stopped.

photo of summit Carrauntoohil

Exhilarated, we put on an extra layer before heading toward the summit. There were a few others on top in cloudy grey cold conditions although dry. After a few photos and congratulations we left to descend toward the Devils Ladder. Half way down the cloud lifted and gave us brief views out to the sea in Kenmare bay. The decent was wet and took some care weaving a way through the loose gravel and rocks before we walked out the valley back to the cars.

Later the lads from Cork departed for home and the two families made for town to eat before getting up again at 2.30am for a night climb.

Starting from the top of the Gap at 3.30am, the head torches were bouncing around in a line as we started Purple Mountain. We adjusted our clothing with conditions being good and dry for now. We had 2 small breaks for water and snacks before we caught glimpses of the moon's reflections on the upper lakes of Killarney. As we crested the col nearing the summit, the light was approaching but only just. We wrapped up a little more and slowly got to the summit for 6.00am.

summit of purple mountain

The descent was easy at the start as you feel good following the summit but then tiredness that feels like you're on autopilot mode. That's when accidents and stumbles happen but luckily everyone was concentrating and we got back to the cars around 8.00am.

This fitness assessment course is ideal for setting a mark on physical and mental training required for trekking holidays and climbing Kilimanjaro. We recommend all groups to undergo this process and find out about gear selection along the way. Contact us to discuss options and dates for upcoming meet days and courses. The success rate is much better when you prepare well.

I wish the Quirke and Ronayne families the best, keep up the preparations.

Guide report: Niall Foley

Wednesday, 28 March 2012 19:57
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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




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