My Kilimanjaro Climb- Green Oasis

I stepped in Kilimanjaro Park gate, the starting point of Marangu route, wishing me a good climb, as written on gate. I smiled. Signed in register with permit details. And ventured into my Kili adventure (Mt Kilimanjaro is fondly called as Kili by the locals).

My tranquil moments in lush green forest
My tranquil moments in lush green forest

As I took to my Kilimanjaro trekking trail, I found me amid green oasis. And me a wanderer there. All around lush rain forests, suffused with mist. I stopped. I stayed with my rhythmic deep breaths. Dripping through flowing beards of moss, few droplets fell on my face. I softly touched each drop with my finger and paced forward while admiring nature.

My refreshing trek of six hours
My refreshing trek of six hours

Rustling of leaves. Gurgling water of a stream nearby. Sun rays filtering through mammoth trees. If time had permitted I would have spent long hours meditating there in tranquility.

This was my 8 km trek through dense forest to Mandara Hut, my first night halt. On my way I pampered my hungry tummy with delicious packed lunch. And swigged my juice with relish. All my vegetarian delights.

Mandara Hut on Marangu route
Mandara Hut on Marangu route

This is the unwritten rule I have set for me that I trek slow if I have to cover long distance. That way I remain constant speed without getting much tired and conserve my energy. At slow and steady pace it took five hours for me to arrive at Mandara Hut. At registration office I was required to fill my details and sign in register. I did so and got my key to share a hut with other climbers. There were toilets with running water and flush outside each block of cabins.

Though this was a long trek with gradual elevation, little tiring too, still I felt so refreshed. My cook and porters had reached earlier. As soon as I occupied my bed, my cook provided me a bowl of warm water to clean my hands and face. Then a call for evening tea with popcorn, in dinning hall. And followed by early dinner, soon after, so that I could have good rest and be ready for early rise, next day.

My Kilimanjaro Climb tale continues….

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