During the days on the mountain, the Tanzanian guides shared with us some basic Swahili words so we had a common vocabulary we could use. This was a good ice-breaker since many of the porters do not speak english.
At 7am on 17th February 2012, we reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro at 5,895m, commonly known as The Roof of Africa.
The journey began over a year before summit day when pondering how to celebrate my 50th birthday milestone. It had to be something different, challenging and adventurous but achievable.
The following is a list of tips and advice that would be useful to anyone considering climbing Mt Kilimanjaro.
The following is a gear list of what we took in addition to improvements.