For the Sherpa people, Mt Everest is known as Sagarmatha, Goddess of the Sky which literally means “the Peak of Heaven.” It is a place of the gods, a place that no mortal should be.
Kilimanjaro is a free standing mountain, meaning it is not connected to any range. It rises directly from its base to an altitude of 5895m. Most trekking routes start at around 1800m. So if you measure out 4.095km on a road and imagine that to stand vertically, THAT is how much you are going to ascend.
There is very little that Namche lacks. It even boasts the world’s highest Irish pub offering everything from Jameson whiskey to Guiness. It sports a sign as you enter that strikes to the heart and soul of what Namche and her people are all about.
Now you would be forgiven for thinking that the Groundsel is a troll of sorts as we all know that giants only exist in mythology, but they are in fact, plants. I am referring to none other than the giant scenecio or Dendrosenecio kilimanjari.
Let us remind ourselves when we climb this sleeping beauty that Kilimanjaro is not stratovolcano for nothing, for beneath her seemingly calm demeanour lies a hotbed of activity.
You have longed to get out and climb a mountain or do an extended trek to high altitude and you read about acclimitisation. It may all sound very complicated but what is it.
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Well the answer is quite simple – snuggle up with all of your batteries at night or as soon as the temperatures drop. Packing a spars pair of warm thermal and mohair socks will go a long way to creating a nice warm package for all of your batteries.
I spent the evening at a camp site at Explorers, full of young student adventure seekers, hanging on the bar trying to look cool until it dawned on them that I am probably older than their fathers. Funny thing age…you definitely don’t feel the way you are portrayed the mirror.
It’s easy to get confused when you talk about the Inca Trail, as the Incas built an advanced network of nearly 40,000 thousand kilometers of trails to connect the distant corners of their vast empire from Ecuador to Santiago and Mendoza in Argentina. The classic Inca Trail starts at a place called Km82 (so called because it is located 82 kilometers along the railway line between Cusco and Machu Picchu).