Sulley, our guide, picked us up at the Meru House Inn in a Landcruiser, and about an hour later we arrived at the Machame Gate. We met our assistant guide Nadya and the rest of the support crew: Total 17 people for the four of us. Guide, 2 assistant guides, cook, 13 porters. These are positions of status. Paperwork at the Gate took over an hour and Juli's famous credit card once again saved our the trip.
Finally we are on our way, up through the rain forest. After we walked for hours through the montane rainforest, characterized by dense vegetation, a muddy trail and short sections of steep climbs, we never got a view of the top. But finally, it's there: Around early afternoon we arrive at Machame Hut and got a glimpse to the peak.