Day 1: To Marangu!

Today, we’ll meet up with the rest of the group! Phil and Sarah arrive today.

From the Dossier:

“Day 1. Arrive JRO Airport, transfer to Marangu

Rendezvous at the group hotel in Marangu. Complimentary airport transfers are provided for all flights into Kilimanjaro Airport on this day. We have a 2 hour transfer to the group hotel, which is a comfortable, modern establishment, situated on the south-east slopes of Kilimanjaro just a couple of kilometres from the Marangu Gate. KE Land Only services begin with the evening meal.”

Day 1 Transfer

From Arusha to Marangu - Thanks Google Maps!

A little more info on the upcoming adventure:

“The Secret of Success on Kilimanjaro

Success on Kilimanjaro is all about acclimatisation. At 5894 metres (19,340 feet) this is a mountain of Himalayan proportions, but without the opportunity to gradually acclimatise on a walk-in through a region of foothills. A poorly acclimatised person will not cope well with the Kilimanjaro climb and may even become quite ill during the ascent. We know that some companies offer an ascent of Kilimanjaro with just 6 days on the mountain. In our opinion, this at best risks your chance of reaching the highest point in Africa and, at worst, can threaten your health. KE’s itinerary includes two nights at 4300 metes and an acclimatisation walk to 4500+ metres before climbing Kilimanjaro. This extra day will make all the difference to your chance of success and also to your enjoyment of the trip. On a 6-day ascent 5 or 6 people out of 10 will reach the summit, most of them having really struggled to get there. On a 7-day ascent with the extra night at Mawenzi Tarn, 9 out of 10 on average will make the summit.”

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