01.10.2014 - 02.10.2014 28 °C
We've arrived safely at The Keys Hotel, Moshi, Tanzania.
The trek starts early on Saturday so today is a time for checking, rechecking and triple checking again our kit and packaging for the trip. We're allowed 15kg in our bags which seems a lot, but by the time you take out the sleeping bag (for comfort down to -20c) and sleeping mat there isn't so much room left.
The flights were fine, with no delays although it took some time to get through the various checks at Kilimanjaro Airport.
First was a general security form to fill in which didn't seem to be examined after all of our hard work and best handwriting.
Next Yellow Fever, no vaccination card, no pass.
Then there was Ebola. The threat of Ebola is obviously very real here but after completion of a lengthy form we were assessed as 'low risk' (some of you may disagree).
Finally it was visa and customs. It was a good job we had acquired our visas in advance otherwise we would still be in the queue. The 'already have visa' line was empty and after photographs, finger and thumb prints we were through, and into Tanzania.
I had expected to immediately see Kilimanjaro towering over us but hazy cloud since our arrival has meant the mountain, up to now has retained her mystery.
So here we are at Keys Hotel. It's a bit of a strange place. No one's here for a long duration, they have either finished their trek, or, are due to embark in the next day or so.
You can easily tell the difference. Those completed are loud and happy, those yet to start, more subdued and looking apprehensive. So we fall in the latter camp for the moment, but in seven days when we are back here again? We will see.
No wifi on the mountain, so this will be the sign off for now.