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Experience Top 5 mountain climbing without a porter

Posted on April 8, 2010 | Adventure Travel7 Comments


Climbing with porters is not that much adventurous, when you give your burden to someone else. To be honest am against this, hiring of porter while you climb, that is because most of the time we under pay to these porters. Also what is the meaning of mountain climbing without you taking on your back your heavy rucksack! Listings below are those mountains which don’t require much of expertise in climbing and definitely can be done, without a porter. Where you Mount Olympuscan pick up your own burden and just go climbing.

Mount Olympus, Greece

This is some sought of magical, isn’t it! Something about Zeus and Haedes, you shall be rubbing your hiking boots with gods when you ascend the Greece’s highest mountain, the legendary domicile of all the Olympian gods. Mt Olympus still flakes in worshippers of sort, but for trekkers, this is two-day climb for reaching to its highest peak, the Mytikas (2918m). The most popular and common trail for going up the mountain begins at tiny settlement of the Prionia, which is 18km from Litohoro. From here it’s a 2½-hour climb to point Refuge A, with summit of the Mytikas which is about three hours more further. Once at peak don’t forget to give in your signature at the visitors’ register. It’s achievable to climb as well as descend in just two days. It will all be exciting!

Start: from Refuge A which is near Prionia.

Gunung Bromo, Indonesiatr

Adding adventure and thrill, then climb Gunung Bromo, Indonesia.  Rising from crater floor of the Java’s huge Tengger crater, there are three volcanic-peaks. The peak which is puffing and smoking of Gunung Bromo (2392m) is smallest of all three but it’s the only one that can be climbed. The most popular and easiest route is from the Cemoro Lawang, which is crater rim that can be accessed from city of the Probolinggo. The route encompasses the crater’s Sand Sea, and just in an hour you’ll be on standing on summit of Bromo, savoring vistas of the steaming crater. Magnificent isn’t it! Like any other mountains in world over, the favored time for reaching the summit is at sunrise. Travel agencies in Java’s Solo and even in Yogyakarta can book you for minibuses ( though don’t expect much of top quality!) to Bromo for something IDR100,000–150,000.

Gunung Bromo

Table Mountain, South Africa

This one is easy and so much fun, with flat-topped and just 1086m-High Table Mountain, giving Cape Town a backdrop of visual splendor. Table Mountain is said to have more than three hundred walking paths. For most of the people, nonetheless, it’s about getting to peak, and pronto. For this, take route through Platteklip Gorge, very beautiful all the way and most straightforward. The gentlest climb is the Jeep Track, through Back Table, even though gentle incline, this one is longest approaches to reach the summit. The Platteklip Gorge route will take two- three hours while climbing up; but you can descend in just about in four minutes via the cable car. Once reaching on top, admire the view of ocean and Cape Town, along with some people watching as there is well-catered although expensive cafe at the flat top of the Table Mountain.

Table Mountain

Mount Sinai, Egypt

Moses had climbed it and then carried back stone tablets, but all required for you is sleeping bag and warm clothing if you wish to be on peak for requisite sunrise vigil atop Mount Sinai, signature mountain of Sinai Peninsula. The climb begins at UNESCO World Heritage–listed and famous St Catherine’s Monastery, from where follow camel trail, or opt for sweating out the sins on the sacred Steps of Repentance. The 2285m summit will offer you stunning scenic views that will leave you gapping at such as bare desert surrounding, serrated mountains and plummeting valleys. The summit is reached in some two hours if chose the camel trail. While on ascend, choose the path of desert trails which is all zigzagging on the mountainous side and when descending down  choose the aptly named  of 3750 steps sacred Steps of Repentance. You may also stay back if tired; accommodation is available around the St Catherine’s Monastery.

mount sinai egypt

Mount Fuji, Japan

This one is must on your trip to Japan, Mount Fuji is said to be most climbed mountain in the world, and one which is Mount Fujicertainly amongst the most recognizable. Mount Fuji is highest mountain in Japan which is rising to 3776m, as seen from far distance from Tokyo. The official climbing season is from July to August, although I suggest off peak season will be better for avoiding crowds that can be said as large as mountain itself. The climbing up starts from traditional starting points, from their it takes 4½ hours. Plan in such a way that you reach the summit at the time for dawn as you can witness the sunrise and beat clouds at the top. From Tokyo, you can take express bus from the Shinjuko; the journey just takes around 2½ hours and drops at Kawaguchiko 5th Station, from where climb begins.

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