Coastweek-- We have heard that very clichéd
statement – When was the last time you did something for the
This time it was a motley crowd of
fourteen ranging from 45-60 years of age who wanted to
step foot on the highest point on the continent of
Africa. They comprised of Doctors, Engineers, Dentist,
Corporate executives and entrepreneurs – all brought
together by their shared childhood - living in Kenya !
Yes, all but one, spent their
formative years in Kenya, including the coast and life
has now dispersed them far and wide - Australia, UK and
within Kenya to Nairobi and Mombasa.
This was going to be a very special
The group chose to reach Uhuru peak,
standing tall at 5896m, through the Lemosho route
spending all of 8 days on the mountain.
There are many routes to get to the
summit but the group chose the 8 day lemosho route as it
gives a better chance to acclimatize to the high
altitude and it is also considered the most scenic route
on the mountain. The success of their climb vindicated
their decision of the route as all of them finally made
it to Stella Point which sits on the rim of the crater –
No mean feat considering most of us were heading from
A Group of 10 tackled the real summit
which was only a short distance away with not much
climbing to do. They managed to reach the top – Uhuru
are Ritu Patel, Renu Wanzah, Khilna Malde, Dipak Soni, Ashok
Kumar, Dee Hirani, Dr. Sundeep Chavda, Mikesh Shah and Vasant
Sanghani.Seen [from left] are Ritu Patel, Renu Wanzah, Khilna
Malde, Dipak Soni, Ashok Kumar, Dee Hirani, Dr. Sundeep Chavda,
Mikesh Shah and Vasant Sanghani.
After a short halt at the summit for
pictures the group started the descent and made it to Moshi
after having successfully conquered what is one of the most
difficult mountains in the world.
We went to the mountain as good
friends, trying to catch up with all that has happened in our
lives since we parted, and returned back as a family.
The team consisted of :- Dr. Sundeep
Chavda, M. Shah, Ms. Khilna Malde, Ms. Bijal Shah, Mr. Dinesh
Hirani, Mr. Vasanth Sanghani, Mr. Dipak Soni, Ms. Muni Soni, Ms.
Renu Wanzah, Mr. Ashok Kumar, Ms. Sweatal Shah, Kuntesh Shah,
Dr. Ritu Patel and Parisha Patel.