Tanzania 19 October: Marangu Gate, Foot of Kilimanjaro (1879 m) - Marangu Gate - and Kili summit!
Day Hike Marangu Gate towards Mandara Hut
In 2013 the Peace Run had carried our Torch up to Uhuru Peak - this year our focus was more an the East Africa Peace Run events and we did not get a climbing team together. So here the symbolical summit!
We were already quite late - and would not make it to Mandara hut anymore as planned. The drive from Arusha was longer than expected - over 3 hours, with lots of police controls, slow trucks and tuc-tucs on the Saturday roads.
Observe the rules! We were lucky it had rained lots. Since the trees and shrubs weres soaked we were allowed to light the Peace Torch on our hike.
A church choir visiting Marangu Gate in their best Saturday clothes - and eagerly holding and sharing the Peace Torch and taking selfies.
A very peaceful and meditative hike through beautiful green foliage, with nice little streams accompanying us.
Manjura Sumuni, our professional mountain guide (you have to have a guide to enter the park!) - he got inspired to take the Torch all the way up to Kili on his upcoming tour. Fingers crossed it will work out! Manjura has summited Kili more than 75 times since 2007! His personal record time for the fastest climb and descent is 14 hours! (The current world record is under 7 hours for up and down!)
We met many climbers coming down from the summit - and many wanted to hold the torch. This team is from Saudi-Arabia.
Climbers from England and London - and yes, they knew the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team and our Self-Transcendence races!
After 2 hours we stopped, observed a moment of silence and then sang our Peace Run song before turning back. We wanted to leave the park before 6 pm. (And then the battery of the camera was finished ...) Kilimanjaro remained hidden in clouds the whole day.
On Oct. 28th we got a short message and photos from mountain guide Majura with the Peace Torch at Uhuru Peak of Kilimanjaro. The photos may not look perfect, but the Torch went up again as part of the Southern Hemisphere Peace Run 2019! More details to follow. Thank you to Majura!