On the last day we were all ready to get off the mountain; we were tired, some of us were sick, and it was raining all the time! We all went at our own pace and we were quite spread out along the trail. For a while I was on my own and as we re-entered the rain forest I could hear a loud thud. I kept walking and heard it again. I looked up only to see a monkey staring down at me! I realized that he was throwing ‘something’ at me; luckily he missed.
When we were about an hour away from the entry gate a mini monsoon hit us on the trail! We were all too tired to stop to put our rain pants on so we powered through. The only problem with this was that our waterproof boots were also great at holding the water in and we all ended up with huge puddles in our boots. We arrived at the gates after what felt like an eternity.
When we got back to the Marangu Hotel I had never been happier to see a shower. After 6 days with minimal running water the baby wipes were no longer cutting it. After we all showered and freshened up we met in the lodge to receive our certificates from the climb. The guides and porters all sang for us and relaxed and had some beverages at the bar.
This trek was the most challenging thing I have ever done and was an amazing experience. As Nelson Mandela one said, “After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.” Who knows where our travels will take us next!
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