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There are two sister hotels – Keys Mbokomo and Keys Uru. Both of these hotels have good views of Mount Kilimanjaro and are classified as modern “tourist” standard hotels. They are of medium size, and rooms are all en-suite.
Some have air-conditioning, television and mini-bar. Meals consist of buffet continental breakfast, full restaurant meals, bar snacks served all day and occasional barbecues. A bar with a full range of drinks including beers, bottled water and soft drinks is available. Amenities include room service, full laundry service, swimming pool, international telephone, facsimile and internet services, car parking and security.
Leave any excess clothing and valuables at the hotel – they will lock them up for you. Pack your bag carefully for the climb – remember the weight limit of 12kg.
Our representative will meet you either today or tomorrow morning, please feel free to ask her for any assistance you may require.
Please also chat to her about the tipping situation (I have attached a document for your perusal).
From here there are a few steep downhill sections, especially to get back down to Barranco.
The night temperature – again cold with night frosts, especially if the wind drops down from the peak over the glaciers. Magnificent view of Kibo from camp and the Umbwe Valley below you.
There are some sections on the downhill that are quite slippery, so take care, but your trusty guides will always be with you to advise the best options. There is a short, but steep ascent out of the valley to the camp on the other side at 4 200 m where you will overnight (+- 4 hours walking).
Once again, pace yourself to graduate slowly. Tonight you may experience further headaches, nausea and breathing problems. Night temperature – again cold (night frosts). Overnight camping.
Steep ascent to the camp. You will be able to rest up at Barafu to gather strength for the summit attempt that will follow this evening. Learn to pace yourself with your breathing – do not try to rush to catch up with anyone, go at your own, most comfortable speed and you will arrive at base camp relatively comfortably.
Listen to your guide/s they will help you.
It could be very cold today – especially when you rest or the wind picks up – dress warmly, again you may expect some sleet on this day. You will be walking through the cloud. Relax for the rest of the afternoon after arriving at camp.
After supper, drink as much tea as possible settle down (option with a sleeping pill**) for an early night. You are likely to have a pretty bad headache at this stage.
If you are vomiting, or hallucinating, talk to your guide. He will make the decision as to whether you are able to continue. If you plan to take Decadron, do so before going to bed. Drink plenty of fluids, as you are in a ‘desert’ area – albeit cold, and tomorrow will be a long hard day. Overnight camping.
You will overnight at the Keys Hotel with a continental breakfast included.
Please note that the hotel will be pretty busy this evening, and it is wise to stagger showering if there are other large groups in – otherwise you may not get hot water.
The bar will be well stocked with cold beers however!
Please re-confirm the time of your departure for the transfer tomorrow morning