day 2 – to Kikelewa caves camp – 3,600m

Sunday 3rd February 2013

We started the day with an introduction and photo call with our porters and cook.  Whilst we spent all of our ‘walking’ day with Douglas and Paul it was important to get to know the rest of the team who were part of our mission.

A Sunday stroll?  Complete with Sunday lunch?  Well in a Kilimanjaro way then Yes it was!

We first walked up through scrubland on decent stone paths to the Second Cave area where we stopped for lunch.  Our porters had travelled ahead at speed, of course, so lunch was set up and waiting.  Whilst it was damp and drizzly in the UK we enjoyed a cooked lunch and more great views of Kibo summit and the icefields.  After lunch we headed across the moorland to arrive at the Kikelewa Caves mid-afternoon.  This campsite is on the North side of the mountain and from here we looked back down over the Keynan plains stretching into the distance.  A long, hard day of walking in which we gained around 1,000m of altitude and started to notice the effects of the thinner atmosphere.  We also got some magnificent views of the second peak on Kilimanjaro – Mawenzi.

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