How are the trekkers getting on? Follow their journey here.
It’s the last morning of our trek. One bus left the hotel at 7 am for the 2.5 hour drive back to Kisumu Airport. Some trekkers are heading off for a safari and leave later.
Yesterday at dinner the local Save the Children team presented every trekker with a bracelet of their name in beads. It has been an intense, and wonderful, experience. Everyone learnt so much about our programmes. All are determined to spread the word with friends, family and colleagues. At a personal level, we all know we have made 40 friends for life from all around the world.
A proud day visiting GSK funded projects with Save the Children. We began at the local sub-county hospital with a tree planting ceremony to honour GSK and celebrate the partnership, followed by a Community Health Fair. We were danced into the ground as a welcome by the traditional birth attendants. We saw all aspects of the work we are supporting, and met mums and children who have benefitted. Several trekkers were particularly excited to see our chlorhexidine gel being used, with Save the Children Kenya reporting a reduction in umbilical cord infections since the introduction of chlorhexidine into Bungoma County.
Today our trekkers did a lot of travelling in preparation for a visit to one of the partnership’s flagship healthcare programmes tomorrow. They will see Save the Children’s vital work in action and how their fundraising, and your donations, are making a difference to the lives of children living in Kenya.
Today our trekkers did their final 3 hour walk before heading back in their ground transport to Nairobi. A celebration dinner with colleagues from Save the Children Kenya and GSK Kenya is planned for this evening.
On Sunday the trekkers will be travelling to Bungoma County ahead of a visit to our community projects on Monday.
We made it! Up at 3 am for the final ascent to Lenana summit at 4,985 m. The 3 hour climb was very steep, very challenging and very tough. But what a feeling of achievement! 36 trekkers made the summit; altitude sickness affecting a few. All the trekkers say thank you again to our families and everyone who has helped us to raise over £250,000 so far for Save the Children.
The signal up here isn’t very strong so check back for more photos later!
Yesterday the 700m ascent was tough, gruelling and a challenge for everyone. One group finished in about 7 hours; others took a little longer. But everyone felt a huge sense of achievement, and relief, to arrive in camp.
It’s cold here at Hall Tarns at 4200m. We pretty much had dinner and went to bed. The camp was quiet by 8.30 pm. On waking there was widespread misery at first. It’s hard sleeping in sub-zero temperatures however good your sleeping bag. But the sun is out and warm. The sky is blue. And today is a shorter day. Four hours climbing another 500m.
Tuesday night was significantly colder in camp and some are feeling the effects of altitude. We were up at 6am again and again treated to porridge and a cooked breakfast to boost our energy levels for the day ahead. We set off from Lake Ellis by 8.15am. By 9.44 am we’ve reached 3500m. Today we are climbing solidly for 7 hours and ascending 700m.
Today we set off for the four hour hike to Lake Ellis. The guides set a slow and steady pace. “Pole pole” (slowly slowly) is the theme. No one is allowed to overtake Moses our lead guide. At 12.30 we arrived at the site of our second camp.
The amazing porters, who packed up camp after we left this morning, had overtaken us on the trail and our tents were ready. This afternoon there is an extra 2 hour hike but it is voluntary…. a few of us are going to conserve our energy for the challenges on the days ahead!
After five hours driving our first glimpse of mountains was obscured by haze. Leaving the pleasant hilltop town, Mt Kenya rose like a pale blue island in the distance. At the end of the tarmac road we start along a dirt track to Mount Kenya National Park, Chogoria Gate. We still had a 26 km, bone-shaking ride ahead of us!
Walking the last two hours of the journey to Chogoria, the altitude made it challenging but our guide Moses set a gentle pace. We’ve been allocated our tents, and are hoping the rain we can see isn’t coming this way.