Mweka Camp to Mweka Gate
• Elevation: 10,065 ft to 5380 ft (3068 m to 1640 m)
• Distance: 10 km
• Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
• Habitat: Rain Forest
After a good night of sleep, everyone—porters, guides and trekkers alike—woke up excited and eager to finish the journey. Sounds of “Jambo” and “Kilimanjaro” filled the camp as crews said kwaheri to their clients.
We savored the overwhelming sense of relief we felt and took advantage of this one last opportunity to talk to Rashid, eat a good camp breakfast and model the latest in Kilimanjaro fashionware. Check it out in Day 8’s video:
The 3+ hour trek to the finish line was a muddy, slippery descent through montane forest, and the rich green foliage and the humid air were a welcome change from the dry, barren days in the higher elevations. As we reached the finish line, “civilization” reared its ugly head in the form of intrepid capitalists offering coca cola, beer and boot-washing services. We signed the registry for the very last time, and our crew (freshly showered and wearing their Sunday finest!) greeted us with fist bumps, salutes and big smiles.
They serenaded us with a spirited singing of the requisite “Jambo” and “Kilimanjaro” songs making it even more difficult for us to say goodbye. We thanked our incredible team for their hard work and for making our time on Kili both successful and genuinely fun.
Dazed by the re-entry into the noisy world of people and cars, we piled our dusty bodies into a Land Cruiser and wiped the tears from our eyes as we waved goodbye and headed back to Moshi for our first shower in 8 days. Hallelujah!
6 thoughts on “Notes from the Trail: Climbing Kilimanjaro, Day Eight”
Matt and Alison – I have tears thinking about your journey and this ultimate accomplishment. Loved the guides’ singing – watched that video 3 times. You are both super humans to me, and I am so proud to call you my friends. Thank you for sharing a place and journey I will never go to but learned about it through your eyes, ears, knowledge and thoughts.
Well I think that might just be the nicest comment anyone has ever left on our blog. Thank you so much, Kathy! We really appreciate you reading along and being so supportive. We loved the guides’ singing, too. It was such a touching ending to this incredible experience, and it is fun for us to be able to experience it again on video. We are glad you enjoyed it!
Kilimanjaro is definitely on my bucket list – thank you for great pictures and movies! 🙂
You are most welcome. We hope our posts helped move it closer to the top of your list. It is a once in a lifetime experience that is definitely worth doing. Cheers!
I am very, very glad that you finished safe and sound. OOOOH I wish I were 50 years younger.
You would have loved it. You turned us both on to hiking and photography, so we always hike with you in spirit!