Apr 17, 2012 - Experiences    No Comments

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain and the tallest freestanding mountain on earth. The flat-topped mountain is located on Tanzania’s northern border with Kenya, and is made up of three extinct volcanoes, Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira. The highest peak, Uhuru, is 19,340 feet (5,900 meters) high. Getting to the top of Kilimanjaro won’t be easy at all, it will take time, but of course this experience comes with its upside as you will have a chance to take the Machame Route up so you can see the region’s wonderful animals and birds. Then you’ll begin your journey across the Shira Plateau through the Grand Barranco Canyon and on to the top. Continuing your journey you’ll reach Stella Point with a chance to continue around Kibo’s rim to Uhuru. You will need a lot of strength for this journey and also have to be mentally prepared. You should always keep in mind that you need to go slow while on mountain, you need to drink a lot of water, to climb light, to use a ski - pole (1 ski pole is a must, but 2 are recommended). There is also a danger of a disease, but can be easily prevented as malaria occurs below 1800 meters and you should use the recommended prophylactics. Please consult your doctor about these. Currently, there are various preventative medication products available which will be effective against the malaria strains currently found in Tanzania. Women using oral contraceptives should consult their physicians before using prophylactics. So get in shape, gather up your gear and begin this unforgettable journey.

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