Adventures at Matheran Hill Station
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Matheran is a Hill Station located near Mumbai, Karjat.   It is located 800 meters above sea level in the Jambol Forest of Maharashtra.  It was found by Hugh Poynts Malet in May 1850.  It spreads over an area of 8 square kilometers in Sahyadri Mountains.  It is one of the best places to spend a two-day holiday if you are in Mumbai or in the vicinity of Mumbai or its suburbs.  To reach Matheran,  [...]

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Mount Kilimanjaro: A great trekking experience

Posted on December 27, 2010 | Adventure TravelNo Comment


Mount Kilimanjaro is even today a mystery in mist. To some it means the Mountain of Light, while a few believe it to be Mountain of Greatness. But guess what, the locals here do not name it and regards it as the summit of Africa. Just by the name, Mount Kilimanjaro is an allegory of the persuasive charm of Africa, which is best understood on visiting it. It is the Africa’s highest peak, world’s tallest free-standing mountain, and also the world’s highest walkable mountain. With too many superlatives in its honor making it to act as a beacon for the travelers from all across the globe, who will not dream of climbing? Just one properly planned trip to Mount Kilimanjaro upholds better mountaineering practices, a memorable vacation, and an enjoyable trip that might motivate more mountain adventures in years to come.

A majority of the hikers successfully reach the rim with proper clothing, determination, and with required other equipments. However, only a few of these make up to the actual peak called the Uhuru or Gillman’s Point on the crater’s rim earning them proud memories as well as climbing certificates. However, Mount Kilimanjaro is much more than climbing. Its slopes offer you a virtual environmental trip, which ranges from Artic to Tropic. In fact, before reaching the border of the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park, the refined slopes open up a new world of green montain forest and animals such as elephants, buffalo, leopard, rare Abbot’s duiker, and small antelope after which above is the moorland area followed by an alpine desert of mosses and lichen, sparse vegetation, as well as a winter wonderland of snow. So, you at least pass through 5 climatic zones of the world! What an outstanding trip it is!

This climb is hard and it lasts mainly for 7 to 10 days. Many tour companies will advise you to go for a health check up before climbing this mount because of its high difficulty level as well as presence of only half of oxygen than at sea level. To track this memorable expedition, you need to reach Kilimanjaro National Park in Tanzania close to the Moshi town. From the Kilimanjaro airport, it is just an hour drive.

To trek, there are six usual trekking routes that take one to the summit as well as some more challenging mountaineering routes. All of them are of six days – Marangu Route, Umbwe Route, Machame Route, Rongai Route, and Lemosho Route. No matter which one you choose, your trek will cost you in a range of $2400 to $5000 per person. This will include food, guides, park fees, camping, and transport from as well as to the mountain. Among these, some are short in length and are cheaper too in terms of money, but at a cost of decreased probability to reach the summit. Just ensure that your food is good, your guide is well trained, and you too have a good sleep at night. If at all you are choosing a difficult route, then make completely sure that guide and caretaker have everything with them to tackle with the emergencies.

Climb slowly so that you get enough time of acclimatisation that simply raise the chances of you reaching successfully at the summit. In order to prevent altitude sickness, schedule your climb with your guide in such a way that it takes six days at minimum to reach up, preferably more than that. Just take enough time so that you also have the opportunity to soak into the beauty of the mountain. Digital camera will not work here because of low temperatures as well as misty setting. Before coming, just know about the symptoms of acute mountain sickness that include nausea, headaches, and disorientation. If you feel any of these, then just descend.

While you are here, also take up the day or overnight ascend on the plateau of Shira and do not forget to spot the wonderful Chala crater lake that adorns the southeastern slopes.

Best time to come

December to February because of the clearest as well as warmest situations.

July to September because of dry as well as colder situations.

Accommodation

Campsites as well as huts are available on the mountain. Also, there are many hotels as well as campsites in the park’s periphery in Marangu hamlet as well as Moshi town. Hatari Lodge along the way towards airport for $231 and Makoa Farm on the southwest slope from $97 are good options.

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