Mt. Kilimanjaro Travel Tips - See You At The Top!

Mt Kilimanjaro Travel Tips - See You at the Top!

Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain, stands alone in its snow-covered equatorial atmosphere. Since it's close to the border with Kenya and part of many safari package tours, chances are you will be able to see the mountain when you travel to Kenya.

Now that this mountain has been climbed and charted, stories about her man-eating spirits that took up roost have been relegated to mere folklore. However, Mount Kilimanjaro is known to preserve a certain mysticism which defies any and all recent knowledge of her beautiful slopes.

Her towering snow-covered cone rises majestically from the fertile green foothills and has become a powerful motif of the extremes that Tanzania and Kenya experiences. There is hardly no one that does not feel a sense of overwhelming awe when the cloud parts to reveal this mountain's towering peaks that shine ever so brightly in the equatorial sun.

Climbing this Formidable Mountain

One thing that amazes people about this mountain in today's world is the accessibility of the mountain's peak to climbers that have had no real experience of mountain climbing or who possess no mountain climbing equipment.

Mt. Kilimanjaro welcomes tourists from far and wide. However, climbing this peak and reaching the summit remains, for those who want to endure it, a considerable feat. It takes five days with trekkers walking on their own two feet to reach the top of the peak and to return.

Some of the most common trails of Mount Kilimanjaro are the following:

  • Machame - This is perhaps the most popular trail that people want to use.
  • Marangu - For those who would rather sleep under the stars, here's the original Mount Kilimanjaro route. It is breathtakingly beautiful.
  • Umbwe - This is the steepest trail on the mountain for the really tough people.
  • Lemosho - This route is beautiful, quiet and varied and just lovely!

Items to Carry with You to the Top

You will probably not see your backpack, if you have a travel guide, from the moment you give it to him in the morning to at the very least lunchtime and sometimes you may not get it until day's end.

Therefore, if you carry a bag with you, it would be wise to carry these necessities. You may think of more, but these are just some suggestions:

1. Sweets/candy

2. Camera, extra batteries and spare film if not using digital camera.

3. Water and water purifiers

4. Guidebook and maps

5. Compass

6. Rainwear

8. Knee supports and walking sticks

9. Watch

10. Lunch

11. Medical kit and chapstick

12. Whistle

Have a safe trip! This is truly a once in a lifetime experience.

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