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Kilimanjaro Story and Pictures of Fernando and Tara Candido

This is pictures taken of my trip to Kilimanjaro on the Machame Route. It took six days to reach the top, my guide was Julius Whitey (Blanquito) best guide in Africa. We went with Ashante Tours and it cost us 1300 dollars per person, we were the only two members of our tour. We had to pay 8 percent extra to use Master Card. Once we reached the gates we had to wait for our guide so he could register us. Through the gate many people were trying desperatly to sell some flags or other items. The porters were lined up to wait their loads. In the past some porters had to carry huge loads. Their conditions have improved a lot but it's still a very difficult job. We had about two guides and six porters. After we waited for more than an hour we finally got going. We follow a road for awhile. Julius pointed at a blue monkey. There were also some kids playing with vines and imitating Tarzan. We were really pleased with the service from the company.
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 Moshi town starting point to Kilimanjaro
Moshi starting point to Kili

One of the yougest females to climb Kilimanjaro
Is she the youngest female to climb Kilimanjaro?

Can you spot the blue monkey
Can you spot the blue monkey

Children playing like Tarzan on natural ropes
Children playing like Tarzan on natural ropes

In the rain forest, Julius our guide and Tara from Peace River, Alberta Canada
In the rain forest, Julius our guide and Tara from Peace River, Alberta Canada

Wet and warm, the first few kilometers are fairly flat
Wet and warm, the first few kilometers are fairly flat

More Julius and Tara in one of the five climate zones
More Julius and Tara in one of the five climate zones

Some parts of the trail can be slippery
Some parts of the trail can be slippery

Walking poles are very convenient on a muddy trai
Walking poles are very convenient on a muddy trail

The lower part of the trail has not too much wildlife
The lower part of the trail has not too much wildlife

Porters carry heavy loads for about ten dollars a day
Porters carry heavy loads for about ten dollars a day

Confidence reigns at the beginning of the trek
Confidence reigns at the beginning of the trek

In the clouds, great vegetation great views
In the clouds, great vegetation great views

This first part of the trail has beautiful waterfalls
This first part of the trail has beautiful waterfalls

Stunning scenery but challenging at times
Stunning scenery but challenging at times

Balancing act, fooling around
Balancing act, fooling around

Rain was rare on our six day trip
Rain was rare on our six day trip

Day two Shira camp, very crowded
Day two Shira camp, very crowded

Shira caves
Shira caves

Shira camp, in the distance mount Meru
Shira camp, in the distance mount Meru

Even at Shira camp you can find quiet places...feeling sick Though...
Even at Shira camp you can find quiet places...feeling sick Though...

Going down near the Lava Tower
Going down near the Lava Tower

Near Stella Point
Near Stella Point


6 AM near the summit, spectcular sunrise

6 AM near the summit, spectcular sunrise
From Uhuru looking towards the crater

One of the spectacular glaciers possibly Rebmann glacier
One of the spectacular glaciers possibly Rebmann glacier


One of five climate zones: desert environment
One of five climate zones: desert environment

Our eating and strategy quarters
Our eating and strategy quarters

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Myself with Tanzanian Silipa Swai she was ten when she climbed Kili
Myself with Tanzanian Silipa Swai she was ten when she climbed Kili

Machame Gate (start of trek) (5718 ft/1738 m): wikipedia
Machame Gate (start of trek) (5718 ft/1738 m): wikipedia

Porters waiting to weigh their loads
Porters waiting to weigh their loads

Staying dry puts a smile on our faces
Staying dry puts a smile on our faces

The real heros the porters, carrying a kitchen table and chairs
The real heros the porters, carrying a kitchen table and chairs

First camp: Machame camp (3020m), fully catered
First camp: Machame camp(3020m), fully catered

Road to Shira Camp
Road to Shira Camp

Some sections are fairly steep
Some sections are fairly steep

Machame camp, our tent,the eating tent for us and the guide only
Machame camp, our tent,the eating tent for us and the guide only

Tara on a steep section, moving out of the porters way is important
Tara on a steep section moving out of the porters way is important
(Puxa mama sasa)

Do not step on the wet green moss.
Do not step on the wet green moss.

Julius and Tara, Pole, Pole (slow slow)
Julius and Tara, Pole, Pole (slow slow)

Incredibly scenic...check your steps
Incredibly scenic...check your steps

Once in awhile we had small pauses
Once in awhile we had small pauses

Challenging but not boring...the steepness looks worst in the picture
Challenging but not boring...the steepness looks worst in the picture

Huge boulders
Huge boulders

Near Shira Camp, many trails intersect in this area...it becomes a busy camp
Near Shira Camp, many trails intersect in this area...it becomes a busy camp

Baranco Camp a place where mices surround your tent
Baranco Camp a place where mices surround your tent

Baranco camp with Kilimanjaro behind
Baranco camp with Kilimanjaro behind

Near Baranco Camp among the Groundsel trees
Near Baranco Camp among the Groundsel trees

One of the kilimanjaro summits
One of the kilimanjaro summits

Tara and I in front of Kilimanjaro summit. This photo made the front page of the Auri-Negra.
Tara and I in front of Kilimanjaro summit. This photo made the front page of the Auri-Negra.

Tara and I, Fernando Candido on Uhuru Peak...emotional moment
Tara and I, Fernando Candido on Uhuru Peak...emotional moment

Bryson and Julius and us celebrating on Uhuru Peak
Bryson and Julius and us celebrating on Uhuru Peak

Mount Meru in the background, glaciers still standing
Mount Meru in the background, glaciers still standing

On our way down to Barafu for a small nap
On our way down to Barafu for a small napTara and I relaxed after our successful climb
Tara and I relaxed after our successful climb

Walking toward the Millenium camp and the Mweka exit
Walking toward the Millenium camp and the Mweka exit

Walking towards the Millenium Camp
Walking towards the Millenium Camp

Video of our crew