Iringa trek – update from team Alpha one

7th December 2014

Admiring the view

Team Alpha one wrote this blog to sum up their trek through the Southern Highlands as they passed their half way point. Lizzie, our volunteer Deputy Operations Manager, who joined the team for the first half of their trek, provides the photos.

Over to Team Alpha one...

"For the past nine days team Alpha one has been trekking through this incredible terrain, meeting people and seeing sights that no usual visitor to Tanzania would get to see.

Admiring the view

We started in Iringa and have been winding our way up, down and through the surrounding mountains.

Team walks up steep hill

 

Scenery - rocks

Trekking through trees

We finally made it to the Maasai Camp, where we have been fully immersed in the Maasai lifestyle – milking cows, herding goats and helping to cook.

Maasai with their cows

Between us we have eaten 10 kilos of porridge, 24 tins of baked beans and have somehow created 6 different dishes out of corned beef. We are still not sure if miles of walking has brought out the culinary prowess in all of us or if we are always too tired after a day’s walking to care what anything tastes like.

team stops for break

We can't lie - trekking 90km whilst carrying all our equipment is no easy task and the sporadic yet persistent rain does not make it any easier, however this will never dampen the spirit of alpha one.

Trekker carrying kitchen sink

 

Trekking through bleak landscape

Whether it is the triumphant shout of jetpacks on (rucksacks are now called jetpacks), the endless games of mafia, the relief of taking our boots off or just the reassurance and encouragement by our fellow trekkers, now friends, we will always find a way to keep walking and keep smiling whilst at it.

Iringa, here we come!"