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Bolle at Mera Peak Expedition 2017

Posted by on Jun 29, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Bolle at Mera Peak Expedition 2017

Bolle at Mera Peak Expedition 2017

 

 

 

Bolle at Mera Peak Expedition May 2017

 

 

The expedition started on 19th when the members reached Kathmandu, one day earlier. The members stay in Samsara hotel located in Thamel.

 

We are in end of Spring Season and the sun will be shining very strong with less clouds in the sky. All members have been reminded about carrying 1-2 pair of eyewear and 1-2 goggles as per the Alpine Expedition Equipment Checklist.

 

The 17 Days Trekking and Climbing really needed a good and reliable eyewear and goggles to avoid Snow Blind and Loss of Energy due to exposure to SUN. my choice of eyewear and goggles are always Bolle. Read more about Bolle Brand at www.bolle.com and https://www.bolle.com.au/

 

Here are some of pictures with Bolle during the expedition.

 

 

Bolle Model – “6th Sense”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mount Gangshika Ski Mountaineering 2017

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Mount Gangshika Ski Mountaineering 2017

Mount Gangshika Ski Mountaineering 2017

 

 

 

 

Mount Gangshika, Qinghai, China

 

 

Introduction of Mount Gangshika

 

Altitude: 5255 meters

Location: Northern Dongtan village, Huangcheng Mongolian town, Menyuan Hui Autonomous County, Haibei Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province.

 

 

Trekking to Base Camp and view of Menyuan City

 

 

There is a snow peak in Menyuan Hui Autonomous County, the peak Gangshika, which shows all the magnificence of northern scenery. Gangshika, the highest peak of eastern mountain Qilian, has Altitude of 5254.5 meters, which own it the honor of the head of mountains in Menyuan Hui Autonomous County. It’s snowy summit, so shiny and silvery that look just like a glittering jade dragon. From afar, it is a pure white expanse, yet every evening, when the beautiful sunset varnishing the sky, the peak blazes with color, the gorgeous scene is called “dragon peak in twilight”, it is one of the Eight scenes of Longyuan. Peak Gangshika is a perfect place for mountaineering expedition, and it is also a training base for climbing and backpacking for its proper altitude. With the increasing fame and prosperity of our province’s adventure travel, the peak Gangshika has become a magnet for tourists all over the world.

The area of peak Gangshika is about 450 square kilometers, also named Lenglongling, is one of the main peaks of mountain Qilian. Its altitude is between 4000 meters to 5000 meters, and 30 kilometers to 50 kilometers wide. The peak runs roughly northwest-southeast, stretches over 280 kilometers in Qinghai province, compared with other snow peaks, peak Gangshika has the shortest distance to Xining city. Yet still not open to abroad. The algidity pressing Even in midsummer, for there are about 81 square kilometers’ present glaciers above 4500 meter of the peak. When sunset glow fulfill the sky, the sparkling and translucent summit shining magnificently, yet under the snow line, you can see broadness green filed and golden sea of rape flower. The different altitude and the complex landscape, the cold glacier and hot spring, the quiet lake and the long river, all these things endow peak Gangshika a profound and mystic charm and elegant temperament.

Peak Gangshika is rounded by mountains, the vegetation here has a significant Vertical distribution, the glaciers on the summit are enigmatic and unexplored, the ice cascade is bold and vigorous, stream gurgling, gorgeous waterfall flying, look down to the foothill, Grass and trees flourishing, flowers blooming, Herds of sheep and cows grazing, here you also will have many chances to see rare wild animals. In the myth, it is the Crystal Palace of the Queen Mother of the West, the first holy peak of the thirteen mountain deities worshiped by the Huare Tibetan. Peak Gangshika has high value of historical and artistic, as well as scientific investigation. Its unique natural scenery makes Peak Gangshika a resort for tourist sightseeing, scientific investigation, and climbing expedition. Grasslands, snow peaks, villages, ancient religious culture, and charming ethnic customs, all these things constitute the theme of characteristic tourism, and make Peak Gangshika fly its own colors in tourism market.

Peak Gangshika located in a continental cold sub-warm climate region, its annual average temperature is about 1℃, annual precipitation is 550—600 millimeter with 80 percent falling in May to September. The average temperature of January is -13.5℃ while July is 12℃. There will be strong wind in March and April. Perfect time for climbing should be June to July and September to October.

 

Travel Routes to Gangshika Peak

The traffic from Xining to peak Gangshika is quite convenient, and there are two roads for selection:

  1. Xining—Datong—Dabanshan—Qingshizui—Panpo col—BC
  2. Xining— Huzhu county— Beishan forest farm—Menyuan County —Shizui town—-Panpo col—BC

 

 

Climbing routes of Gangshika Peak

 

The climbing of peak Gangshika mainly based on ice skill, there are many ice cracks along the route, so it is necessary to climbing

 

 

 

Horse carrying our load to Base Camp

in group and with most caution. Have a coach to give climbing guidance would be perfect. In this region, climb to the summit usually require fine weather for at least three days, compared with the same altitude of hinterland of Tibet plateau, air of peak Gangshika has higher oxygen content, so basically there is no need to worry about high altitude reaction. Moreover, its north slope is Hexi Corridor, which has altitude only about 1300 meters.

 

BC→C1

C1 is quite far away from BC, with a distance of 5.5 kilometers and a higher altitude of 530 meters. The journey will take four to five hours. Along the route, we will encounter a talus slope which stretch for about 2.5 kilometers long, and some rubbles are quite large, so hiking boot and walking stick are necessary. There is a talus slope of more than 40 degrees 300 meters below the snow line, dangerous and hard to pass, thus required more attention. Pass over this slop is the snow line. After cross a ridge, we will climb up along zigzag route until reach C1. The path is usually covered by thick snow (be careful for the ice cracks), so walk in group is more appropriate. Protection is needed when climbing rocks. We will stay at C1 for the night.

 

 

 

 

Bad weather on Mount Gangshika

 

C1—the summit

The altitude difference from C1 to the summit is about 646 meters, and it will take seven to eight hours. Set out for the summit at 5 o’clock is expected, upward from C1 is a ridgelet of about 35 degrees and 200 meters long, then is a 500 meters flat ground, pass the flat ground we reach foot of the main peak. Our summit climbing will start here. The slop of climbing route is about 40 degrees, group climbing and proper precautions is required. Be conscious with time, reach the peak before 1 o’clock would be best, for the plateau climate is changeable in the afternoon.

 

 

 

Relaxing at Base Camp. Good weather

 

 

The summit —C1

When photographing at the summit, protections are still necessary, without gloves and snow goggles for a long time will cause frostbite and snow blindness. The summit has a stunning sight, but not a place for long stay. Control the speed during the descent, and backtrack along the same way, break a new path will be a terrible choice. Complete protection in group, avoid falling and ensure safety.

 

 

 

Deep snow and some crevasses along the trail to summit.

Mount Cho Oyu Expedition 2019

Posted by on Jun 26, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Mount Cho Oyu Expedition 2019

Mount Cho Oyu Expedition 2019

 

 

 

Mount Cho Oyu, Tibet

 

 

Mount Cho Oyu is the sixth highest mountain in the world at 8,188 meter (26,864 ft) above sea level. Mount Cho Oyu means “Turquoise Goddess” in Tibetan. The mountain is the westernmost major peak of the Khumbu sub-section of the Mahalangur Himalaya, 20 km west of Mount Everest. The mountain stands on the China-Nepal border.

Just a few kilometers west of Cho Oyu is Nangpa La (5,716m/18,753 ft), a glaciated pass that serves as the main trading route between the Tibetans and the Khumbu’s Sherpas. This pass separates the Khumbu and Rolwaling Himalayas. Due to its proximity to this pass and the generally moderate slopes of the standard northwest ridge route, Cho Oyu is considered the easiest 8000 meter peak to climb. It is a popular objective for professionally guided parties.

Mount Makalu Expedition 2018

Posted by on Jun 25, 2017 in Links, News | 0 comments

Mount Makalu Expedition 2018

Mount Makalu Expedition 2018

 

 

 

Mount Makalu Expedition 2018

 

 

The Makalu Expedition heads to the fifth highest peak in the world rising to 8463m (27,765 feet). This beautiful and impressive massif is situated just 19 km South East of Mount Everest and it is located in the Mahalangur Himalayas,  on the border between Nepal and China. Being one of the eight-thousanders, Mount Makalu is an isolated peak whose shape is a four-sided pyramid.

 

The name of the mountain was probably taken from the Sanskrit word Maha-Kala, which means ‘big black’ and is a by-name of Shiva – one of the most important gods of Hinduism. Shiva is sometimes an evil, cruel destroyer, but at other times he is gentle and kind-hearted. The mountain has another name in the local dialect – Kumba karna which means ‘the giant’. Its size alone is impressive, but its perfect pyramid structure with four sharp ridges makes this mountain all the more spectacular. Makalu has two notable subsidiary peaks. Kangchungtse, or Makalu II (7,678 m) lies about 3 km (2 mi) north-northwest of the main summit. Rising about 5 km (3.1 mi) north-northeast of the main summit across a broad plateau, is another subsidiary peak, rising just north of the main summit and connected by a saddle, is called Chomolonzo (25,650ft).

 

 

 

 

Expedition Schedule

 

The expedition will start with departure from Kuala Lumpur on  1st April, 2018.  The expedition will take about 50-55 Days in Nepal schedule to end and reach Malaysia end of May or beginning June 2018.

 

Expedition Itinerary

 

 

  • Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu & transfer to hotel
  • Day 02: Prepare for Expedition, Hotel
  • Day 03: Expedition Briefing in Ministry of tourism, Hotel
  • Day 04: Fly to Tumlingtar & drive Num, Lodge
  • Day 05: Trek to Seduwa, Lodge
  • Day 06: Trek to Tashigaun, Lodge
  • Day 07: Trek to Khongma La (Danda), Lodge
  • Day 08: Trek to Mumfuk, Lodge
  • Day 09: Trek to Yangle Kharak, Lodge
  • Day 10: Trek to Merak, Lodge
  • Day 11: Trek to Sersung (half day rest) for acclimatize, Lodge
  • Day 12: Trek to Makalu Base camp, Camp
  • Day 13-42: Climbing Period for Makalu (8,463m), Camp
  • Day 43: Trek to Mumbuck, Lodge
  • Day 44: Trek to Khongma La (Danda), Lodge
  • Day 45: Trek to Seduwa, Lodge
  • Day 46: Trek to Chichila, Lodge
  • Day 47: Trek to Tumlingtar, Lodge
  • Day 48: Fly back to Kathmandu & transfer to hotel
  • Day 49: Free Day in Kathmandu, Hotel
  • Day 50: Final Departure.

(The above itineraries are subject to change due to condition beyond our control. This is a Guideline showing tentative night stops. Physical, Technical and Natural condition may change this above itineraries).

 

 

 

Makalu Valley

 

 

Expedition Sponsors

 

We are inviting Corporate Sponsors and Product Sponsors to participate in this 9 month Expedition Project. List of Sponsors.

 

Expedition Costing

 

The expedition will cost around RM70,000.00.

 

Expedition Support Team

 

We invite members from Global Expedition Club to join the expedition as  “Trekking Members”. We have design a package for Trekking Members. Refer to “GEC Makalu Base Camp Trek 2018″.

 

    

Mount Makalu Base Camp Trek 2018

Posted by on Jun 23, 2017 in Links, News | 0 comments

Mount Makalu Base Camp Trek 2018

Mount Makalu Base Camp Trek 2018

 

 

 

Mount Makalu Base Camp Trek

 

 

Makalu base camp trek is a stunning and adventurous trek in the eastern part of Nepal all the way to the base camp of the world’s 5th highest peak Mount Makalu. Placed on the lap of the great Himalayan range, the Mt. Makalu is the fifth largest summit of the world and has a height of 8463m. This is one of the most remote area of Nepal. This trekking route takes you all the way through beautiful Makalu Barun national park from the lowlands of Tumlintar to the highest access of Makalu base camp. Makalu base camp trek is a classic trek stretched the high plateau of Tibet to the variety of sub-tropical forest carved by the Arun River. Mount Makalu base camp trek is still fascinating trekking destination for the trekkers to explore the virgin wilderness and natural beauty from lowland to the high peaks of Nepal.

 

This journey will be an experience of a grand adventure when you take a trip to the Makalu Base Camp. Trekkers will be able to catch a glimpse of some of the most amazing and unseen beauties of Nepal’s hilly region. It is situated close to the Mount Everest and stretches in the north east border region of Nepal. The region is also blessed with an incredible diversity of scenic landscapes, flora, fauna and culture of the local civilization residing there.

 

The Makalu Base Camp trek is regarded as one of the most hard-working and the best experienced camping region that a trekker can experience and the journey will require some skill with hard work and is ideal for people who can easily adapt to any geographical setting type.  The highest altitude is about 5000 m. The journey will began with walking through green forests and rice terraces and will gently ascend to some of the most unfrequented and remote places, where you will get to see some of the most stunning landscapes on the Earth. Upon reaching the higher altitudes, trekkers will find themselves encircled by deep glaciers, huge moraines and impressive lofty peaks, some of which have a height ranging from 7000 m to 8000 m. Some of the popular mountain peaks in this range are – Nephau peak, Peak 3, Peak 5, Mt. Baruntse (7,129 m), Mt. Chamlang (7,319 m) and Mera Peak (6,476 m).

 

The Makalu Base Camp Trek is situated near the Barun Pokhari Lake, at 4860 meters high. The trek cannot be categorized under normal trekking because the journey will also involve some steep walk on rock and snow. While trekking, travellers will be encountered by three notable passes namely – the Kongma La, the Shipton La and Keke la, en route from Khongma to Dobate. The task becomes difficult because as you reach the higher altitude and you will also begin to feel cold. However, trekkers will be able to capture the incredible glimpses of the Great Himalayas. Experience the rich culture of the people there and the diverse range of flora and fauna, making your journey an unforgettable one. 

 

 

 

 

 

Itinerary

 

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu

Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1340m) and transfer to the Hotel. 

 

Day 02 Kathmandu to Tumlingtar by flight and same day drive to Num (1560m) 4-5 hrs driving.

Fly to Tumlingtar 35 minutes flight and then we drive along the village of Khandbari, Chichira to Num village a ridge line with great views on both side and perched on the end, this is Num for us. Overnight in Num. 

 

Day 03 Num to Sheduwa (1600m) 5-6 hrs walking.

A steep descent through forests and terraced farms takes us to Barun River. We cross the river and follow an equally steep ascent up the other side again. Often quite hot – the forest on the valleys offer a bit of shade. This is where Makalu Barun National Park begins and where we register our permits. We camp right at the top of the village. Overnight in Seduwa.

 

Day 04 Seduwa to Tashigaon (2100m) 4-5 hrs walking.

Ascend the ridge bounded by the Ipsuwa Khola on the west and Kasuwa Khola to the east. Crossing the hillside through quiet villages and passing by small paddy fields, we reach the exotic village of Tashi Gaon. Once there, we are surrounded by breathtaking Himalayan panorama. Overnight in Tashigaon. 

 

Day 05 Tashigaun to Khongma (3520m) 6-7 hrs walking.

Today the day is tough as we have to walk on a steep trail climbing up. We will ascend through forests to a stream and then onto a ridge. From here the trail gets even steeper and passes a yak pastures and finally follows a series of rough stone stairs and small lakes ascending to the top of the ridge. From here we have a short walk down to Khongma Danda. Overnight in Khongma Danda. 

 

Day 06 Rest day for acclimatization.

Rest day at Khongma for acclimatization. 

 

Day 07 Khongma to Dobate (3860m) passing over the Kongma la. Shipton la and Keke la pass. 6-7 hrs walking

Climb towards the ridge of the Kongma la then contine to Shipton la which takes a 4 hours to reach there.We can see the stunning views of Mt. Chamlang (7321m) from here including many other peaks. After it comes Kalo Pokhari and pass over the Keke La. After crossing the Keke La pass, we descend through the beautiful valley to Dobate.

 

Day 08 Dobate to Yangle Kharka (3600m) 5-6 hrs walking.

From Dobate, we walk down through the rhododendron forest which leads to the Barun River and the upper reaches of the valley. We should be very careful during the first two hours of trek as the trail is steep and arduous. We then take a pleasant walk, slowly gaining altitude until we arrive at Yangri Kharka situated at the base of the valley. Overnight at Yangri Kharka.

 

Day 09 Yangle Kharka to Langmale Kharka (4410M) 5-6 hrs walking.

Today we have gentle walking day along the valley, we pass through some yak pastures, lush forests of Pines and Rhododendrons as well boulder fields. The valley walls tower imposingly above us during the start of the trek.  We pass Merek as we make our way further up and notice a significant rise in the scenic Himalayan views. Today we get above the tree lines reaching Langmale. Overnight in Langmale Kharka. 

 

Day 10 Langmale Kharka to Makalu Base Camp (4860m) 4-5 hrs walking.

Finally today we reach the the Base Camp of Makalu. The trail is gradually climbs up to Shershong and eventually to Makalu Base Camp. Makalu comes into view as we get to Shershong. Then short walk along the grassy meadows and reach to the Makalu Base camp. Overnight at Makalu Base Camp. 

 

Day 11 Exploration day around Makalu Base Camp. 

Makalu Base Camp is a rocky barren place with the large Barun Glacier beyond it. From here we can see the magnificent view Makalu and as well panorama of Everest and Lhotse. We can explore the surrounding lakes, glaciers and go for a short hike up to glacier. Overnight at Makalu Base Camp. 

 

Day 12 Trek from Makalu Base Camp to Yangle Kharka (3600m) 6-7 hrs walking.

We descend from the base camp all the way generally. On our way down, we pass through Shershong, Langmale Kharka, Merek and descend down the valley finally stopover at Yangri Kharka. Overnight at Yangri Kharka. 

 

Day 13 Yangle Kharka to Dobate (3860m) 5-6 hrs walking

After Yangri Kharka we descend through rock falls, green forests and valley, making our way towards Dobate. We follow the river banks of Barun as we descend down the trail. We begin the trek with steep climb all the way to Dobate. Overnight at lodge.

 

Day 14 Dobate to Kongma (3520m) 4-5 hrs walking.

We walk through a forest of fir and rhododendrons cross the Keke La, Shipton ls and Kongma La en route. Next, we descend to Kongma Danda again. Overnight in Kongma Danda. 

 

Day 15 Kongma to Tashigaun (2100m) 4-5 hrs walking.

The trek continues with frequent long and steep descent cutting through the hillsides. The trail takes us through thick forests and finally making it to the indigenous Sherpa village of Tashigaon. Overnight in Tashigaon. 

 

Day 16 Tashigaon to Seduwa: 4-5 hours walking.

We retrace our steps as we exit the Makalu Barun National Park and descend down to the Barun River. We then cross the hillside and come across villages and settlements as we move further down finally stopping at Seduwa again. Overnight at Seduwa. 

 

Day 17 Sheduwa to Num (1560m) 5-6 hrs walking.

We leave Seduwa and trek through lush forests towards Num. The trail goes up and down and passes through dense forests and Sherpa villages as we move downwards. Overnight at Num. 

 

Day 18 Num to Tumlingtar(400m)

Num to Tumlingtar drive out by Jeep. 

 

Day 19 Tumlingtar to Kathmandu

Tumlingtar to Kathmandu, 35 minutes flight back and Transfer to the hotel. 

 

Day 20 Final departure.

Drive to international airport for your departure flight back to home. 

 

 

What’s Included?

  • Airport transfers to/from by private vehicles as per itinerary.
  • Accommodations 2 nights at 3 star standard hotel in kathmandu with breakfast and all govt. taxes. 
  • Half day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley and entrance fee to the sites. 
  • flight from Kathmandu /Tumlingtar/Kathmandu by regularly scheduled or chartered flight, airport taxes and surcharges.
  • Full board meals and all drinks(tea/coffee/chocolate).
  • Service of experience Sherpa guide, assistant guide and required number of porters while on trekking and as well their wages, foods and insurance. 
  • All necessary trekking equipments.
  • All staffs transports and cargo charges.
  • Makalu Barun National park entrance fees.
  • TIMS cards arrangement.
  • Agency service charges and all govt. applicable fees. 

 

What’s not Included?

  • Meals (lunch/Dinner) during staying in Kathmandu 
  • Visa fee US$ 40.00 per person. 
  • Airfare to and from home/Nepal.
  • All personal expenses, travel insurance, rescue charge in emergency. 
  • Extra cost to due to flight cancellation or road condition .
  • Purchase of bottled while on trek, gifts and alcohol. 
  • All personal clothing and equipments including sleeping bag. 
  • Tipping for trek staffs and donations.

 

 

GEC Kilimanjaro Climb 2018

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in News | 0 comments

GEC Kilimanjaro Climb 2018

GEC Mount Kilimanjaro Climb 2018

 

 

 

Kilimanjaro Glacier

 

 

Introduction

 

Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain on earth. Crowned with an everlasting snow-cap, this majestic mountain can be found inside the Kilimanjaro National Park of Tanzania. Global Expedition Club hopes to provide prospect climbers with a comprehensive guide that contains accurate and valuable information to increase one’s chance of a successful summit when climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro.

 

 

 

 

Kilimanjaro Trekking Schedule 2018

 

Global Expedition Club will be working very closely with Ethiopian Airlines as our preferred airlines for all Africa Adventures and we will be organising 6 trips to Mount Kilimanjaro for Year 2018.  All the 6 treks have been designed to summit Mount Kilimanjaro from 5 different trails. All treks can be extended to include Mount Kenya Climb (Kenya), Mount Res Dejen (Ethopia) and Safari Adventures.

 

  • Trip   1 –  29th January.  GEC Kilimanjaro Marangu Route 5D
  • Trip   2 – 15th February.  GEC Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 7D
  • Trip  3  – 14th June.  GEC Kilimanjaro Machame Route 6D
  • Trip  4  – 26th July.  GEC Kilimanjaro Rongai Route 6D
  • Trip 5  – 24th August.  GEC Kilimanjaro Marangu 5D
  • Trip 6 – 10th September.  GEC Kilimanjaro Shira 7D

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kilimanjaro Routes

 

Machame is the most popular route on the mountain, with an estimated 45% of all climbers using this route. Next is the Marangu route, with an estimated 40% of all climbers opting for this route. Lemosho and Rongai see far less use, but are the preferred routes for the more reputable (expensive) Kilimanjaro outfitters, and are thus growing in popularity. 

There are seven major routes used to climb Kilimanjaro. They are:

  • Marangu Route
  • Machame Route
  • Umbwe Route
  • Rongai Route
  • Shira Route
  • Lemosho Route
  • Northern Circuit Route

 

Marangu Route

 

 

 

 

Marangu Route: Known as the “Coca-Cola” route, the Marangu route is a classic trek on Mount Kilimanjaro. It is the oldest, most well established route. Many favour the Marangu route because it is considered to be the easiest path on the mountain, due to its more gradual slope. It is also the only route which offers sleeping huts with dormitory style accommodation. There are 60 bunk beds at both Mandara and Kibo Huts, and 120 bunk beds at Horombo Hut. Guests are supplied with mattresses and pillows, but sleeping bags are still required. The huts have communal dining halls and basic washrooms, ranging from flushing toilets and running water at the lower huts to long drop toilets and buckets of water at Kibo Hut.

 

 

Machame Route

 

 

 

 

Of the seven main routes used to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the Machame route is the most popular path. It is the route of choice for many people because it provides impressive views and a variety of habitats. About 50% of all climbers, and most seasoned climbers, choose the Machame route. It is also one of the cheaper routes due to its easy access and shorter itinerary.

The Machame route is also known as the Whiskey route, given its reputation for being a tough climb, in contrast to the easier Marangu route, which is known as the Coca Cola route. Unlike the gradual incline and hut accomodations found on the Marangu Route, the climbers on Machame hike steeper trails, for longer distances, while sleeping in tents. Machame is a popular route that summits Kilimanjaro via Stella Point. It’s a camping route and we favour it as the quickest and easiest route for the average climber. The best time to climb Kilimanjaro is during the short rains (October and November) or the ‘shoulder season’ (March and June). The peak or dry season (July to the end of September) is extremely busy and cold, and there’s not much snow at all. It also gets dusty and windy during the dry season.

 

Lemosho Route

 

 

 

 

The Lemosho Route is widely considered to be the best route on Mount Kilimanjaro. Not too long ago, there were only two main routes used to climb Kilimanjaro – the Marangu (Coca Cola) route and the Machame (Whiskey) route. But as Tanzania’s tourism industry flourished, the Kilimanjaro park authority created more trails to African’s highest peak to distribute climbers to more areas of the park. This reduced bottlenecks at certain points and also made for a more pleasant experience by limiting crowds. Additionally, these latter trails were more thoughtfully designed to improve acclimatization for the climber by incorporating longer distances, longer times on the mountain and shorter elevation gains. Lemosho, a relatively new route, falls into this category.

Lemosho is preferred by reputable operators due to its beauty, remoteness and success rate. In short, it maximizes the chances that a climber will reach the summit, and enjoy the experience overall.

 

Rongai Route

 

 

 

 

 

The Rongai Route is the only route that appraoches Kilimanjaro from the north, near the Kenyan border. Rongai’s ascent profile is very similar to that of Marangu. It is one of Kilimanjaro’s easier routes. The climb to the top is gradual and steady. However, unlike Marangu, this route has low crowds and passes through remote wilderness areas. It is probably the only route where seeing wildlife in the first days is possible.

 

Shira Route

 

 


The Shira route is another path that approaches Kilimanjaro from the west, and it is nearly identical to the Lemosho route. In fact, Shira was the original route and Lemosho is the improved variation. While Lemosho starts at Londorossi Gate and treks through the rain forest to Shira 1 Camp, the Shira route bypasses this walk by using a vehicle to transport climbers to Shira Gate, located near the Shira Ridge. 

On the first day on the mountain, climbers begin their hike from 11,800 feet (3,600 m) and spend their first night at the same elevation at Simba Camp. Then, the route merges with Lemosho and follows the southern circuit route. 

Although Shira is a varied and beautiful route, Lemosho is recommended over Shira due to the relaively high altitude of Shira’s starting point, which is accessed quickly by vehicle. It is possible that climbers will experience some altitude related symptoms on the first day while camping at 11,800 feet.

Mount Kenya Climb 2018

Posted by on Jun 17, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Mount Kenya Climb 2018

Mount Kenya Climb 2018

 

 

Mount Kenya

 

 

Introduction

 

Mount Kenya is Africa’s second highest mountain at 5,199m (17,058 feet) and the highest of all Kenya Mountains. Mount Kenya is roughly circular, about 60km across at the 200mm contour, where the steep font hills rise out of the gentler slopes of the centered highlands. At the centre of the massif, the main peaks rise sharply from around 4,500m to the main summit of Batian 5,199m, Nelion 5,188m and point Lenana 4,985m. Other major summits on the mountain include Point Piggott 4,957m, Point Dutton 4,885 and Point John 4,883m. Of the three main peaks (Batian, Lenana and Nelion), only point Lenana can be reached by trekkers and the other two being only for technical climbers.

 

Mount Kenya is the second highest peak in Africa and stands somewhat unjustly in the shadow of it’s taller neighbour Kilimanjaro, which lies some 320km away in the south and is visible on a clear day. Kili may see much more traffic – due to the possibility of summitting via several non-technical trekking routes and due to the sometimes dubious honour of being one of the Seven Summits – but Mount Kenya offers a wealth of excellent and diverse climbing possibilities on rock, snow and ice.

The rock on Mount Kenya can be of variable quality but is at it’s best high on the mountain where the syenite rock is similar to granite – rough, hard and well endowed with features.

 

 

Apart from the superb climbing potential on Mount Kenya, its tarns and alpine meadows; exotic, equatorial, high-altitude vegetation; sunbirds, hyrax and soaring eagles make the walk around the peaks one of the most beautiful expeditions in the East African mountains.

 

Mount Kenya – Chogoria Route

 

 

 

 

The magic of Mt Kenya comes to life on this spectacular route. With the steep faces of the ‘Gorges Valley’ and the beauty of the high altitude tarns, this is a route that will never be forgotten. This is a sample itinerary of the route to Point Lenana (4985m) via the scenic Chogoria route, that incorporates some of the most beautiful and scenic sites on the mountain.  All in all it takes 5 days with campsites set up by a team of trained local porters, who accompany you throughout your expedition.

Distance to the Summit – 29km

Altitude at the Start – 2,400m, 7,875 ft

Altitude at the Summit – 4985m, 16,355 ft

Summit- Point Lenana

 

The Climbing Itinerary

 

 

Day 1.  Chogoria Road Head to Chogoria Banda’s

 

Transfer from the solitude of Colobus Cottages to the Chogoria Route road head on the far eastern side of the Mountain. An early start is required as you travel round the mountain passing through Meru communities and the lush farm lands below the Montane Forest. Once through the bustling Chogoria town the journey enters the forest to the road head. The first days walk takes you up through the forest for approximately 5 hours to the Chogoria Banda’s. If it is a clear afternoon you can generally get a good sense of the landscape from this point; where the Afro alpine forest ends and the moorland begins. The area is paradise, with rolling hills and crystal clear rivers, and a good chance to see some wildlife with good high view points over waterholes. Elephant, Buffalo, Zebra and Eland are often spotted. After a very comfortable night in the Banda’s you will be prepared to go into mountain mode, itching for what’s to come and ultimately the summit.

Distance: 10 km

Hours walking: 5 hrs

Altitude gain: 700m, 2,295 ft

Overnight at Chogoria Banda’s (3,100m, 10,150 ft)

 

Day 2. Chogoria Banda’s to Lake Elice

 

Depart the Banda’s at a leisurely pace to enjoy the spectacular views of the rolling hills ahead and perhaps even a glimpse of the snow-capped peaks of Batian (5199m) and Nelion (5188m). Arrive at Lake Elice camp earlier than the previous day, giving you a great chance to sit back and relax and enjoy the views around the lake whilst having lunch. We go by the general rule of thumb to “climb high and sleep low” to allow for better acclimatisation.  You will head out on an evening walk to the nearby Mugi Hill for a great chance to have a good look at the main peaks and your ultimate goal. This is a very nice way to finish the day and enjoy the sun going down.

Distance: 8km

Hours walking: 5hrs

Altitude gain: 400m, 1,310 ft

Overnight at Lake Elice (3,480m, 11,420 ft

 

Day 3. Lake Elice to Halls Tarn Camp

 

Today begins by heading up the ridge that overlooks the Gorges Valley, which is possible the most stunning walk on Mt Kenya. Lake Michelson can be seen in the valley below, surrounded by the steep cliff faces on each side. Lunch is enjoyed with a great view of the Gorges Valley and of the main peaks ahead. This is followed by a gentle traverse into the Halls Tarns camp. Afternoon rest followed by a walk to the “Temple” view point and a summit brief.

Distance: 8km

Hours walking: 7hrs

Altitude gain: 800m, 2,625 ft

Overnight at Halls Tarn Camp (4,290m, 14,075 ft)

 

Day 4. Halls Tarn Camp to Austrian Hut

 

A beautiful day’s trek as you approach the massifs of Batian and Nelion over the rocky lunar landscape. The walk sees you traverse the summit of Point Lenana from the northern side to Austrian Hut on the south. The Hut is your high camp and is a major part of Mt Kenya’s history, full of mountaineering stories of exploration, bravery and rescue. Throughout the trek you pass several little tarns where lunch can be enjoyed and views of terrain passed enjoyed.

Distance: 10km

Hours walking: 8hrs

Altitude gain: 500m, 1,640 ft

Overnight at Austrian Hut (4,790m, 15,720 ft)

 

Day 5. Point Lenana and down to MET Station 

 

The short trek to the summit of Point Lenana starts at 4 am and is likely to be your toughest challenge of the expedition. Yet standing on the summit at sunrise is a great experience with uninterrupted views of the expanse of Africa. The descent takes you down the southern side along the Naro Moru route in the Teleki Valley an original route used in the famous story ‘No Picnic on Mt Kenya’. An early lunch is had before leaving the Valley and the view of the main peaks and other rock faces. The final walk takes you down through fields of Giant Groundsel, Cabbage Groundsel and other endemic flora in the Moorland Zone and ends at the MET station for collection.

Distance: 14km

Hours walking: 9hrs

Altitude gain: 195m, 640 ft

Overnight at Met Station (3,050m, 10,000 ft)

 

 

Mount Kenya

 

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Preparation For Expedition

“Reasons to Drink Water”

 

 

 

Stay hydrated with Camelbak

 

Preparation for an expedition involve extensive training (cardio, strength and endurance) and every training involve losses of fluid from sweating. GEC members are advised to drink lots of water (plain water or others) during preparation, during expedition and after expedition.

Drinking water (either plain or in the form of other fluids or foods) is essential to your health. We also lose fluids from our daily activities and fluid losses occur continuously, from skin evaporation, breathing, urine, and stool, and these losses must be replaced daily.

 

The benefits of water are many and there are plenty of reasons to drink water.

 

“Always think of water as a nutrient your body needs that is present in liquids, plain water, and foods”. All of these are essential daily to replace the large amounts of water lost each day.

 

Dehydration happens when water intake does not equal output. In warmer climates, fluid losses are accentuated. The losses are increased during strenuous exercise (preparation) and in high altitudes during expedition and worst during mild acute mountain sicknesses where our sense of coordination and thinking ability is not as sharp as in lower altitude. Also during expedition, its very difficult is make water from snow as the fire burning capacity is low temperature and high altitude.

 

Here are some of the reasons to make sure you’re drinking enough water or other fluids every day:

 

  1. Drinking Water Helps Maintain the Balance of Body Fluids.Your body is composed of about 60% water. The functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature.

 

2.   Water Can Help Control Calories. For years, dieters have been drinking lots of water as a weight loss strategy. While water doesn’t have any magical effect on weight loss, substituting it for higher calorie beverages can certainly help. Food with high water content tends to look larger, its higher volume requires more chewing, and it is absorbed more slowly by the body, which helps you feel full. Water-rich foods include fruits, vegetables, broth-based soups, oatmeal, and beans.

 

3.   Water Helps Energize Muscles. Cells that don’t maintain their balance of fluids and electrolytes shrivel, which can result in muscle fatigue. “When muscle cells don’t have adequate fluids, they don’t work and recover well. The feeling of fatigue will continue. With good water intake, the muscles will recover and can be ready for continues training or expedition.

 

4.   Water Helps Your Kidneys. Body fluids transport waste products in and out of cells. The main toxin in the body is blood urea nitrogen, a water-soluble waste that is able to pass through the kidneys to be excreted in the urine.When you’re getting enough fluids, urine flows freely, is light in color and free of odor. When your body is not getting enough fluids, urine concentration, color, and odor increases because the kidneys trap extra fluid for bodily functions. If you chronically drink too little, you may be at higher risk for kidney stones, especially in warm climates.

 

5.   Water Helps Maintain Normal Bowel Function. During training and expedition, having a normal bowel helps. Adequate hydration keeps things flowing along your gastrointestinal tract and prevents constipation. When you don’t get enough fluid, the colon pulls water from stools to maintain hydration — and the result is constipation.

Adequate fluid and fiber is the perfect combination, because the fluid pumps up the fiber and acts like a broom to keep your bowel functioning properly. At high altitude and cold temperature, having a good toilet habit and easy toilet going situation helps in having a safe and energy saving expedition.

 

“I have seen and experienced many situation up to Everest summit (8848 meter) due to water intake, facing hydration and Acute Mountain Sicknesses.” By Ravichandran Tharumalingam.

GEC Mount Meru Climb

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GEC Mount Meru Climb

Mount Meru Climb

 

 

 

Mount Meru View

 

 

Mt. Meru is located in the heart of Arusha National Park and it is 50 miles west of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Mount Meru is a massive volcano reaching 14,980 feet (4,565 meters). This trek serves as an ideal warm up for Mt. Kilimanjaro due to its altitude acclimatization and hiking distances. This trek is also geared towards hikers that prefer less crowds and a challenging ascent.

Because Mount Meru is located in Arusha National Park, hikers must climb with an armed ranger due to the wide range of wildlife living on the mountain. On the lower slopes of the mountain, hikers are more likely to see elephants, giraffes, and buffalo! As hikers continue their ascents, the trail follows the north rim of the volcano’s crater along a dramatic ridge line. Throughout the climb, hikers sleep in designated huts along the trail. Hikers reach the summit as the sun is rising and they will have spectacular views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and of the Mt. Meru Crater.

 

GEC Mount Meru Trek 3 Day 2 Nights

 

Climbing Itinerary

 

Day 1Momella Gate to Miriakamba Hut (2514m)

 

The trek follows the trails, often well-used game routes, through the forest towards the crater floor, and then climbs steeply up to Miriakamba Hut. Buffalo may be seen just after Momella gate on the wide, open plain. Further on there is an impressive Fig Tree Arch, streams and waterfalls. Overnight at Miriakamba Hut.

 

Day 2 Miriakamba Hut to Saddle Hut (3570m)

 

Trek continues up to Elephant Ridge where lunch is taken and there are spectacular views down into the crater and up to the main cliffs below the summit. From Saddle Hut the peak of Little Meru can reached in approximately an hour and offers impressive and imposing views of the summit and the sheer cliffs of the crater’s inner walls. Overnight at Saddle Hut.

 

Day 3 Saddle Hut – Meru Summit (4566m) – Momella Gate

 

Depart Saddle Hut around midnight to reach the summit for sunrise over Kilimanjaro. This exhilarating trek follows the narrow ridge between the sloping outer wall of the crater and the sheer cliffs of the inner wall. Descend to Miriakamba Hut for overnight. (Possible excursion to Rhino Point at guide and groups discretion). Trek down to the crater floor and then on to Momella gate where your transport will be waiting to take you back to Moshi.

 

 

Mount Meru Summit

 

Kilimanjaro Climate Zone

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Kilimanjaro Climate Zone

Mount Kilimanjaro Climate Zone

 

 

Kilimanjaro Climate Zone

 

 

Another interesting fact about Kilimanjaro is the “Climate Changes At Altitude”, where all climbers are recommended to understand and to pay attention.

The trail to the summit will take to 4 Climate Zone.

 

Rain Forest Zone

 

Upon registration, the climbers will start the trek through a rain forest with warm and humid condition. The altitude is from the beginning to the end of the rain forest is (800 – 2900 meter) and sometimes, you get some rain especially during wet season. The temperature is around 12 – 15 Cel.

 

Low Alpine Zone

 

On Day 2, climber will enter another climate call Low Alpine Zone with altitude from (2900 – 4200 meter). Its more like Heather and Moorland on the trail. Average temperature is around 5 – 10 Cel.

 

High Alpine Zone

 

This zone is more like desert and don’t see much vegetation. The altitude is around (4200 – 5000 meter) and the temperature drop to freezing point.

 

Glacier Zone

 

The summit trail will take you through Glacier Zone above 5000 meter and the temperature will drop to average minus 10 Cel. During winter, the trail above Gilman Point to the summit is covered with snow. The temperature will drop fast due to wind chill factor from the high wind and expose condition.