In August 2018 Lakpa Pinasa Sherpa joined us on one of our Kilimanjaro Adventures! Lakpa has been working with Earth’s Edge since 2012, trekking with us to Everest Base Camp over 15 times. Lakpa has worked on over 15 Earth’s Edge expeditions since 2012. Lakpa won our guide exchange programme in 2017 which is part of our wider CSR strategy to recognise the great work of all our team throughout the world. He wrote a short piece about his adventure with us.
One of the finest and most satisfying experiences of my life so far was to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. Each day on the trip brought new sights and new adventure into my life. I arrived in Tanzania on August 2nd, 2018 and I was amazed by the great hospitality of Tanzanian people. Everything about my trip was totally different from that of trekking in Nepal. First and foremost, l loved that I got a chance to explore a new place and mountain. The guides and porters on Kilimanjaro are really friendly and helpful. Moreover, I was fascinated by the natural beauty of Tanzania, the plants and trees there were so different than that found in Nepal. Besides that, I came to know that one of the flowers is only found in Tanzania which was really surprising.
When I first arrived and saw Kilimanjaro from a distance it looked an easy task, but in all reality, it is was quite tough. The hardest time I faced on this trip was on the summit day because of the extreme cold we experienced. I have never felt the cold so much! Tanzanian people were so generous and helpful. They treated us in a very good manner. The guides and porters were so amusing and the funny part is they were dancing and singing every day using their own traditional songs. Even at the higher altitude they were still enjoying life and made our trip memorable. On the other hand, the Irish people were so kind and full of joy. I really enjoyed my whole trip with them.
Apart from the mountain, I got to experience a safari and it was totally different than any safari in Nepal. There was such a wide variety of animals, trees and plants. The national park was so big that it would take a whole day to explore it. I, along with Irish clients, had such good time during Safari.
Overall the trip was amazing and I got an opportunity to interact with different people and explore new places and mountain. Thanks so much to all my Earth’s Edge brothers and sisters in Ireland and Tanzania for this amazing experience which I will never forget!
Photos courtesy of Peter Bjoerk – https://instagram.com/pbjoerk/
If you travelled with us in 2018 and you have some feedback about one of our local guides please let us know.
We are holding a FREE information talk on this trip of a lifetime where we will be covering everything from gear to training to safaris and will have a Q&A session at the end. The talk takes places @ 7pm on Tuesday the 2nd of October in the Great Outdoors on Chatham St, Dublin 2. To register click here.