• Matthieu Piekarski

Let the Adventure begin

Welcome everyone, I am pleased to announce to you that we have finalized the booking for the adventure that will bring us to the Roof of Africa.

I cannot think of a better and more unique way to celebrate entering a new decade. More than that, this adventure is a statement of our willingness to challenge our mental and physical resistance. An adventure that will be recounted from generations to generations.

This website is our reference point in communicating details about the trip. Throughout the year, I will be publishing various posts in order to organize and prepare for this trip. You will get notified everytime there is a new post.

Until then, you will find below a layed out agenda, with descriptions of what you can expect from the 26th of December 2019 until the 3rd of January 2020.

December 26, 2019:

Meeting point in Moshi (40km from Kilimanjaro International Airport)

Everyone must arrive at the latest on this day. On this day, we will finalize all the last details:

  • Meeting with our guides and porters.

  • Explanation of the agenda, safety and other important rules.

  • Equipement inventory including food & water supply.

  • Final day in 2019 to enjoy certain luxuries such as running hot water, toilets, a soft & comfortable bed and electricity.

Day 1 (December 27, 2019):

Start of the adventure to the Summit.

  • Early pick up from the hotel; time to be determined.

  • 45 mins drive from the Hotel in Moshi at 850 meters above sea level (m.a.s.l) to Machame Gate at 1800 m.a.s.l.

  • Start of the journey with a 7hr walk from Machame Gate to Machame Hut at 3000 m.a.s.l.

Day 2 (December 28, 2019):

Slowly getting there

  •  5hr walk from Machame Hut at 3000 m.a.s.l to Shira Camp at 3800 m.a.s.l.

Day 3 (December 29, 2019): 

Acclimatization Day

  •  7hr walk from Shira Cave Camp via Lava Tower at 4600 m.a.s.l.

  • Lava Tower is our reference point to test how each of us is acclimatizing to the altitude. It's crucial that each one of us be completely honest how they feel at this altitude, this will determine if we can pursue the climb to the summit.

  • After the check-up on how we are handling the high altitude, we will redescend to Baranco Camp (3950 m.a.s.l) and spend the night there.

Day 4 (December 30, 2019):

Almost there

  • 4hr trek from Baranco Camp to Karanga camp at 4000 m.a.s.l, this includes climbing the Baranco Wall (please do not use on this day any trekking poles for safety reasons)

Day 5 (December 31, 2019):

Last day of the year

  •  4 km walk from Karanga 4000 m.a.s.l to Barafu Camp 4645 m.a.s.l. 

  • Early bed time as the next day we will wake up around midnight to start the final étape to the summit.

Day 6 (January 1, 2020): 

Welcome to 2020 and to Uhuru Peak a.k.a the roof of Africa

  • Midnight wake up call, quickly celebrate 2020 before we head to the summit.

  • Barafu Camp to the Summit (Uhuru Peak) at 5895 m.a.s.l is a 6-7hr walk.

  • The objective is to arrive for the first sunrise of the new year and new decade.

  • Savour our accomplishment

  • Head back down to either Millenium at 3797 m.a.s.l or Mweka Camp 3100 m.a.s.l and spend the night there.

Day 7 (January 2, 2020):

One last walk back to civilization

  • Start from Millennium or Mweka Camp and walkdown through the forest to Mweka gate at 1653 m.a.s.l, where we will be picked up and driven back to the hotel. 

  • Check-in to the Hotel.

  • Thank the guides and porters.

  • Celebrate our accomplishment and my 30th birthday.

Day 8 (January 3, 2020):

Good-bye or shall we pursue the party?

  • For those wanting to see a bit more of Tanzania, some of us will continue the adventure by heading to the paradise island of Zanzibar. This will be relaxing and readapting to the normal life.

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