At around 11.30 after a very slow walk enjoying the scenery, wildlife and plants, we come to the Mweka Gate. The final destination and the end to this amazing adventure. We have smiles from ear to ear as we pat each other on the back, shake hands and hug. A celebratory Kilimanjaro Lager is in order and tradition to be photographed at the final gate with a Kili in hand.
The crew are way ahead of us and have already started doing gear checks as they load the vehicles that will bring the gear back to the base. They have transport waiting to take them back home and we also have our safari vehicle, with a smiling driver asking how it was and how do we feel?
We head off to the lunch venue where we shop for souvenirs and have another beer or 2. Lunch is served and it is a delicious beef curry with rice and salad, with avocado on the side and a bottle of bubbly. We pop the bottle and celebrate each other and we thank the guides for the invaluable leadership and care they have shown us on the past 8 days.
Polite hands out certificates to us all for successfully summitting the Roof of Africa as the crew sing and dance and encourage us to dance along. It is quite emotional having spent every minute over the past 8 days with this amazing team, as it dawns on us the incredible feat we have accomplished, battling altitude and the elements and realizing what some of us thought was only a dream, is now so real.
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