“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all” – Helen Keller
This quote has been the driving force behind Isabel Engel (Dutch) and Dario Farotto’s (Italian) desire to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in August. While the climb would have been life-changing adventure in itself, they both felt a strong urge to increase their impact by raising funds to support those in need and perhaps, to even inspire others to take action. They decided to support their community by raising funds for Serve the City Brussels’ projects. While they will use the money to help fund several different projects, their focus will be Food4Friends – a project that is close to their heart. Sharing food and friendship, Food4Friends works to build caring relationships with those living on the streets of Brussels. The couple shared: “The idea of having the support of a local charity organization, which seems to advocate multiple causes with the help of active volunteers strongly appeals to us.”
Climbing Schedule: Machame route (6 days)
Day 1: 21st Aug 2016: Arrive at Kilimanjaro airport and then transferred to Springlands hotel for overnight bed and breakfast. Day 2: 22nd Aug 2016: Machame Gate (1,490 m/4,890 ft) to Machame camp (2,980 m/9,780 ft). Hiking time: 7 hours; Distance: About 18 km’s Day 3: 23rd Aug 2016: Machame camp (2,980 m/9,780 ft) to Shira camp (3,840 m/12,600 ft). Hiking time: 6 hours; Distance: About 9 km’s Day 4: 24th Aug 2016: Shira Camp (3,840 m/12,600 ft) to Lava Tower (4,630 m/15,190 ft) to Barranco Camp (3,950 m/12,960 ft) Hiking time: 7 hours;Distance: 15 km’s; Habitat: Semi-Desert Day 5: 25th Aug 2016: Barranco Camp (3,950 m/12,960 ft) to Karanga Valley to Barafu Camp (4,550 m/14,930 ft), Hiking time: 7 hours. Distance: About 13 km’s. Habitat: Alpine desert. Day 6: 26th Aug 2016: Summit Day! Barafu Camp (4,550 m/14,930 ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m/19,340 ft) to Mweka (3,100 m/10,170 ft). Hiking time; 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak, 7/8 hours to descend to Mweka. Distance: About 7 km’s ascent, 23 km’s descent. Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit. Day 7: 27th Aug 2016: Final descent, Mweka camp (3,100 m/10,170 ft):- Mweka Gate (1,980 m/6,500 ft). Hiking/Descend time: 3hours. Distance: About 15 km’s. Picked and then transfer to Springlands hotel in Moshi town: bed and breakfast.
Want to support their cause? Make a donation!
- GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/27xsjtw *
- *GoFundMe accepts Visa, MasterCard or American Express payments only
- Bank transfer:
- IBAN: BE92 7310 4051 2023 (account holder: Isabel Engel); Reference: Dario & Isa Kilimanjaro