While gaze remains fixed on the surreal landscape, exotic beaches, the bewildering array of wildlife and vibrant culture of the indigenous tribes; there is one ice capped giant that sticks its neck out to lure adventure seekers to its fold year on year. An astounding 50,000 trekkers gather at the footsteps of Mt. Kilimanjaro infused with a sense of adventure risking their all to experience the feeling of standing atop the “Roof of Africa” which is the highest free-standing mountain in the world.
Standing atop the 5985m giant can be the most empowering and life-changing experience you will ever have in your life but let it be known that is as challenging as it is exhilarating. Don’t succumb to the mindless ‘easy’ talk; it’s no walk in the park! It is not even a climb per se; but partly hike, part slog and partly high altitude trek. The journey is a scenic trek through varying climatic zones ranging from lush montane forests-heather moorlands-alpine desert-to arctic snow cap and swinging temperatures. “Think Equator to Arctic!”
The altitude is the biggest challenge that you will encounter with effects of altitude sickness kicking in once you cross the 2400m height. So go for the long trek, observe the principles of climb high/sleep low and give yourself the best chance of scaling Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Kilimanjaro is imposing enough to dwarf every other mountain in the vicinity and deservedly so, but would be interested in climbing an active volcano? Sitting two degrees south of the equator and rising menacingly from the Great Rift Valley is Oldonyo Lengai. Revered as the ‘Mountain of God’ the 2870 meter high mountain is known to spew hot material anytime. It’s a steep climb to the 2870m top and is challenging every step of the hike. Much of the climb is at a 45-degree angle – and the hot equatorial sun and the loose scree slopes make Lengai an exceptionally tough proposition. Approaching from the western side and early in the morning is your shield against the scorching sun.