|The Kili 7 -Ashesh, Ruchir, Swetal, Ronak, Achal, Preena and Pritesh|
Hike time: 5 hrs, Initial elevation: 5,400ft (1828m) Estimated distance: 7 miles (11km), Final elevation: 9,400ft (3020m)
|The Kili Crew with their Kili Crew of guides|
December 13, 2012 - We woke up in the morning anxious to get started. After months of waiting the final hour seemed like eternity. We had our last shower, unfortunately we had 5 drops of hot water. Last night we learned that we have one main guide, Gasper. Team Kili for I-Cell completed their final packing, and met for breakfast. We had a hearty breakfast consisting of a vegetarian omelet, toast and AfriCafe! Our outfitter was supposed to arrive at the hotel at 8:30 am but was delayed. Once he arrived, we filled our camel bags with 1.5 liters of water and drove to Machame gate.
By Achal and Preena Gandhi - Day 1 ended with our party looking up in wonder at the sky by night. There were more stars than any of us had ever seen before and Pritesh was even blessed by seeing a shooting star pass by.
The night passed with an orchestra of synchronized snoring by Ronak, Ashesh and Pritesh.Tomorrow, we will start a steep climb at about 9am."