26th Aug 2011 - Kenya & Tanzania
Moshi - Altitude 850m
Our last day on the mountain treated us to an early 6am start. We did however get an extra sausage for breakfast, it’s just a shame we didn’t like the sausages! Breakfast was followed by the tipping ceremony. This is where the crew sang the “Kilimanjaro song” for us after which we got to address the crew, tell them how wonderful they were and present them with their tips. For the chef and the porters, this was the last time we would see them. Adam and Edward were to hike with us today, but our bags would be waiting for us at the bottom with the porters gone. The descent would take us down approximately 2000m, particularly jarring on the knees. We started above the cloud, walking through heather and moorland, before passing through the clouds and coming out below them into natural rainforest, where we encountered our first bit of rain. We took lunch at an overnight camp for those coming up the mountain, then carried on through the rainforest, passing a blue monkey. We got back to the Marangu gate just after half 1, where we said our goodbyes to Adam and Edward, and were transferred back to Moshi for a well deserved shower and a sleep in a proper bed.