My first high trek. Couldn't have done it without the help of our wonderful guide Ahmed. Very hard, tiring climb but well worth it. The views on route and at the top simply take your breath away. If you plan to stay at refuge it is advisable to take some earplugs if you want to get some sleep before your ascent to summit. Warm clothes and a hat are a necessity as it can be very windy. If you use walking poles, you may need gloves. There is ice as you get higher. Need care on descent, lots of loose stones and scree. Our chef (also called Ahemed) did a great job ensuring we were adequately fed throughout our trip. I must also give a mention to Monica, our mule. She like all the other mules on the mountain do a fantastic job!